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Choosing your first child car seatBack

A car seat is one of the first things you’ll need to have ready when your little one decides to enter the world, but like all baby-related equipment, it is a bit of a daunting prospect for new mums when it comes to choosing the right car seat to suit you and your baby’s needs.

If you’re feeling worried, relax, Trusted Dealers has done the work for you so just follow our simple guide below.


Getting started

If this is your first car seat then you’ll no doubt be searching for an infant or combination car seat which is suitable from birth onwards. Most infant car seats will last you until your baby weighs approximately 9 kilograms, and it is well worth noting an important fact, that car seats are measured in weight, NOT in age. As soon as your baby does outgrow the legal weight for its car seat, you MUST replace it. A child who is above or below the weight range of their seat may obscure the seat’s protection mechanisms.

Do not purchase second-hand

With popular websites such as eBay available to purchase all manner of baby-related products at knock down prices, it may appeal to you to look into purchasing a second-hand car seat. This is something you should avoid at all costs as it could cause danger to your baby. You have no way of knowing if a used car seat has been damaged at all during a crash, which could mean it does not work to its full capacity in the event of an accident. Hand me down car seats are therefore only worth considering if you are absolutely certain of their past use.

Try before you buy

Although it is essential for the car seat you choose to fit your child, it is also important that the seat actually fits into your car. It’s well worth taking the car which you intend to use when your baby is born along to the store, and asking the shop assistant to fit the car seat into your car for you so that you can see if it fits and learn how to fit it correctly yourself. Also, remember that many car seats now come as part of a travel system, so you’ll need to make sure that you can fit the entire travel system into your boot if this is the case.

International Standards Organisation FIX (ISOFIX)

ISOFIX car seats are a relatively new design of car seat which has become increasingly popular with new mums during the past five years due to the fact that they guarantee a high level of safety for your child in the event of an accident. They are also much easier to fit into the car as they operate using a simple click-in system as opposed to having to fiddle about with a seat belt. The system will turn to green when the seat has been fitted correctly which eliminates the worry that you may not have installed the seat correctly. If you are interested in purchasing an ISOFIX car seat then you’ll need to make sure that your car has the necessary ISOFIX points in which to slot it in.

Safety comes first

Once you’ve found the right car seat, it’s important to adhere to the safety regulations when installing it. It is imperative that you stick to the manufacturer’s instructions and if you have any concerns of queries, contact the manufacturer or the store where you purchased it immediately.


Posted by Leana Kell on 01/02/2012