The other day I had a car seat training session at Mamas and Papas and it really opened my eyes. There are so many things about car seats that I had no idea about before I had Oscar and even after I’d had him, when I was choosing his first car seat I had no idea about even the simplest of things. I hope that this post can be helpful for you, please let me know if you even learnt ONE thing from it! Here we go:
- That handle we use to carry the baba’s around with is actually an anti-roll bar so if you were to be in a car accident and your car flipped the baby wouldn’t get crushed under the car seat the bar would hold the seat up and roll it over- SOOO CLEVER.
- The hood cover over that bar that I thought was to keep the sun out is infact used in accident to help prevent glass and debris from getting in to your baby, although some do have SPF protection also.
- Children should be in a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm in height.
- A baby should stay in their infant carrier for as long as possible as it’s safest for them, they are ready to move up a stage when their head reaches the top of the seat.
- The harness should be level with baby’s shoulder or below (so it comes up and over)
- Baby should travel rear facing for as long as possible. This reduces the risk of injury to the head and neck by up to 80%
- Buckle Crunch- If your car seatbelt buckle is at an angle on the plastic of your carseat this is called buckle crunch and with impact the buckle would shatter
- A new law will be coming into place soon called ‘i-Size’ it’s bet to do some internet research of your own on this if you’re interested because there is so much information about it but the key points are:
- The child will be classified by height rather than weight for seats to make it easier to choose the right seat for each child.
- There will be better protection for your child’s head and neck.
- Children will HAVE to be rear facing until they are 15 months old.
- i-Size seats will fit all ‘i-Size ready’ cars.
- Moving your child around will be easier and safer because the risk of incorrect installation is reduced.
- Babies should only be kept in their infant carrier for 90 minutes at a time, after 90 minutes they should be taken out and laid out flat on their back for at least 30 minutes.
- Your baby should not wear padded clothing when in their infant carrier as the harness will not be tight enough to baby’s body to fully support them.
So there it is, a few things I’ve found out recently, how did you choose your car seat? Did you do lots of research? How many of the above points were you already aware of?