It goes without saying that baby safety should always be the absolute number one priority for parents and carers. What top tips can we give you in the minefield that is car safety information for our little ones?
Every child under the age of 12 or less than 135cms needs to sit in a car seat. The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) advise that the safest place for babies and children to be seated is in the rear of the car.
Not every car seat fits in every car – make sure that you check with the manufacturer that the seat will fit in your car. Retailers, like Mothercare, will often have a specialist car seat advisor who will be able to advise you on the right seat for your car.
According to the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) two thirds of car seats are not fitted correctly! Make sure you are not in that statistic and follow the fitting guidelines to the letter, or ask the retailer to fit the car seat for you.
There are 2 ways of fitting car seats, either by using the car seat belt or an ISOFIX system. ISOFIX can only be fitted if the car has ISOFIX anchor points in the vehicle.
Babies and children should not wear big coats and snowsuits in their car seat; it can affect how effective the seatbelt is fitted.
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