Parent’s Guide To Safety Seats For Children

Your childs first adventure

It’s time to strap your newborn into the car and go off on their first adventure, to the shop, to a friend or somewhere more exotic maybe. Think safety first!

Infant Seats

An infant seat is slightly different to an “infant safety seat” or “child safety seat” for cars. A typical infant seats allows a young baby to sit upright. It’s important to note that, these aren’t designed to protect the infant in untimely event of a collision so they shouldn’t ever be used as a substitute for a car seat!

Although, some of the child safety seats on the market, do also serve as an infant seat.

What to look out for:

The base of the infant seat is supposed to be wider than the actual seat. Any mechanisms for locking should be securely in place. Give a little push down on the seat to ensure that it’s sturdy.

To prevent any movement of the seat on smooth surfaces, the bases should be a non skid surface.

Obviously, any seat belt need to be secure and any fabric needs to be washable.

If there are supporting devices which snap onto the seat’s backing, then make sure that they’re secure enough to avoid them popping out, causing a collapse of the seat.

Safety points:

  • Never, ever put your infant in a seat on top of a table or any other high surface from which they could fall from! Also, don’t put them on top of a washing for example.
  • Fasten the safety belt each time you put your infant into the seat.

Child safety seats for cars

Did you know that there are more children seriously or fatally injured in auto accidents than all other types of accidents? Avoid this catastrophe by getting the correct child safety seat for protection, while traveling in your car.

As mentioned above, don’t ever substitute any infant seat for a actual child safety car seat! A child safety seat is designed to be installed in the back seat and protect the child from injuries in the event of a collision.

What to look out for:

Never buy or accept a seat that’s older than 6 years old or one that looks like it was in a crash before!

Also, check the manufacturer’s “expiry date”. If doubt about the history of the seat, or if it’s looking cracked or showing any wear and tear signs, please don’t use it.

And finally, ensure that it fits your child.

Safety points:

  • It’s recommended to have infants and toddlers under two years old, in a seat facing the rear in the back of the car. (or reach height and weight limits set out by the manufacturer)
  • As soon as your children are ready to move into a seat facing forward, harnessing them in until they are of the maximum height and/or weight for the seat is advisable. As soon as they outgrow this seat, they should be in a booster type of seat until they can safely use the standard car’s safety belt.

Things to remember

Make sure you are not confusing an infant seat with a child safety seat for a car.

Measure your child’s height and weight as they grow up, you may need a bigger seat (booster).

Ensure the seats are fastened in place securely before using.