Buying A First Car Seat For Your New Born Baby

If you are planning to travel in the car with your newborn baby, you will need a car seat that meets UK safety regulations. All children need to use a car seat from birth until 12 years old (or until they are 135cm tall, whichever they reach first). Child car seats are designed to protect children’s soft bones and vulnerable internal organs at each stage of development.  Babies need different levels of protection to toddlers and older children, so when you’re buying your first newborn or baby car seat you need to make sure you’re getting one that is suitable specifically for newborns and younger babies.It’s recommended that a child continues to use a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 15 months old or below 13kg. The NHS recommends that If you have your baby in hospital or a birth centre, and you need the car seat to drive your newborn home safely, practise fitting the seat before your baby is born.

If you need some free guidance please give us a call or come into one of our stores and will be only too happy to help in the meantime please see our guidance below for buying car seats for a newborn baby.

How to choose the right car seat for a newborn baby

  1. Begin by reading your vehicle owners’ manual before buying your car seat. Check whether your car has Isofix connectors built into it. These are designed to make fitting baby and child car seats simpler. Most modern family cars have them. They may be hidden in the cracks between the padding of your car seats.Make sure you know where the connectors are as they may not be any in the middle rear seating position which is the safest place for a newborn baby.
  • Measure your back seat to know how much room there is for a car seat and don’t go buying the largest car seat you can find if you drive a small car. When you go shopping takea measuring tape with you to measure the base of the seats.
  • Choose something easy to clean.  Let’s face it babies puke! So choose a car seat that is easy to clean.  Seats made with a smooth fabric will wipe clean more easily than a textured fabric such as corduroy.
  • Do not buy a second-hand car seat. It could have been damaged in an accident, and may not have all its parts, including the instructions. It may also not be the safest and most user-friendly model, plus it may not fit your car properly.
  • It is dangerous and illegal to carry a baby in a rear-facing baby seat in a front passenger seat that has an active airbag. Forward-facing seats in the same position, while not illegal, are not ideal. It’s always safer for children to travel in the back of the car.
  • Make sure the seat is fitted properly in the car, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you are still uncertain please come and talk to us we have over 35 years’ experience of advising parents and parents to be on buying the correct car seats for newborn babies.  All out car seats for newborn babies conform to UK safety regulations.

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