Of all the baby equipment you buy for your child, there’s none more important than a good car seat. After all, it could be responsible for saving your child’s life in the event of an accident, so you’ll need to pick wisely. Babies should sit in safety seats facing backwards until they reach nine months or weigh at least 13kg. When buying a car seat, ask to speak to a specialist advisor, who’ll be able to explain the latest car safety guidelines, recommend a good seat and make sure it’s compatible with your car.
Here’s a few dos and don’ts to look out for in the process:
- DO beware of second-hand seats, which could be damaged, missing instruction manuals and parts, or be out-of-date with current standards or recalled without your knowledge.
- DO read the manuals that come with your child safety seat, and the ones that come with your car before installing a car seat in your car.
- DO install and adjust the seat correctly. Most reputable shops that sell car seats will check the fit for you, and make sure the belts and straps are properly adjusted.
- DON’T ever place a safety seat in front of a passenger air bag.
- DO make sure that both your baby and baby’s safety seat are buckled securely.
- DO use the car seat every time your baby travels in the car.
- DON’T ever leave your child in the car alone.