While I was pregnant with Amelia I searched high and low for a baby car seat. I didn't know much about car seats but after much research we finally settled on a Maxi Cosi car seat which saw us through until Amelia was 11 months old and needed to be changed into a big girl car seat.
It can be a tricky task choosing a car seat for a baby, there are so many options and designs today it can be rather daunting. A car seat is your baby's first mode of transport when leaving the hospital and an item you really need to purchase before your baby is born even if you don't own a car. You will not be able to leave the hospital in transport without a car seat and most hospitals will want to see how you use the car seat before you leave.
There are a number of things that you need to consider when choosing a car seat and these include:
- The height and weight your baby/child - not just your child's age
- Ease of putting in the car and removing easily
- The size of your car - Do you have other children/is there enough room with other car seats?
- Connivence - Do you need it to attach to a pushchair?
There are various sizes of car seats depending on your child's age, height and weight. Do ensure you follow these regulations and that your child is in the correct car seat for their restrictions. You will need a group 0 car seat for newborns up until they are around 9 months (10kg) and they go right up to group 3 which is up to 12 years of age. When purchasing a car seat always try before you buy. Fit it in your car before purchasing and have a shop assistant show you how to instal and remove it correctly.
You should always avoid taking on second hand car seats. You never know if the car seat has been in a car accident even if it doesn't look damaged a car seat should always be replaced after a car crash and you should always buy new.
What car seat did you choose for your baby?
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