Choosing a safe car seat is an important decision for all parents who will be taking their baby or child in the car with them. It’s a legal requirement to have the correct style of car seat for your child’s age and weight, but some are safer than others. Here, we take a look at some buying tips to help you find the perfect, baby car seat for your precious little one.
The first thing is to weigh your child and check their height, so you know which style of car seat to choose for their size. Your child must be within the manufacturer’s height and weight limits in order to the seat to offer maximum protection.
It’s also recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that infants and toddlers ride in an extended rear facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old, and ideally for as long as possible after this time. The impact on a child’s head and neck in the event of a collision is much less when they are travelling rearward facing when compared with travelling facing forwards. So, travelling in a rear facing child seat can reduce the risk of serious injury and even death.
You should also look for a quality kids car seat which has been thoroughly crash tested. Many seats are not tested above 30 mph, however, most serious collisions occur at much higher speeds. Try and find a seat which has been tested to at least 60 mph, and has also been tested for side impact protection. I found my daughter her car seat on WhooopsADaisy.com after doing some extensive research about which car seats are safest for children.
Child car seat can be made from different materials – look for high-impact energy absorbing filling, as well as comfortable external materials. After being involved in a collision, it is recommended that a car seat is disposed of and a new one purchased in its place. There can be internal damage after being in a crash, so to ensure your child is always safe, it’s best to replace it even if it looks fine, to be on the safe side.