Even when in a hurry remembers the child’s safety is paramount: never be in any doubt as to what may happen in an instant.
In the hope of keeping our children safe during a journey.
The very first journey with a newborn in the car should also be the safest: the younger the baby the more fragile it is.
Many accidents occur close to home or just “popping round the corner".
The type of child seat is determined by weight and height (age is an indication). Just the same as clothes, the child needs to change the size of the seat as it grows.
A damaged seat that may have been involved in an accident could shatter in another accident.
It is fundamental that the child seat is properly and firmly fixed to the vehicle seat, and that the harness or seatbelt is also a snug fit around the child.
The ISOFIX system makes a marked difference in the ease of installing the child seat into the vehicle, reducing the possibility of incorrect fitting, and so generally improving safety.
The seats in which the child faces backwards are much safer than those that face forward.
Under one year of age and less than 9 kilos in weight, babies should always be facing backwards.
Never install a backward facing child or baby seat in the front passenger seat without first deactivating the front airbag.
In the same way that some cars are safer than others, some child seats are safer than other. Good information is fundamental.
Purchase the child seat in a trustworthy store where the salesperson is able to answer all your queries, that will help with the first installation and will allow you to return the seat should you not be totally happy with it.
Children learn by imitating: if parents use their seatbelt so will the children.
In the car, as at home, don’t give in to their protests and tears “ the car will not move until they are all strapped in to their child seats and have fastened their seatbelts”.