WHAT CAR SEAT?
Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in children, so this is one to take very, very seriously. You can buy car seats suitable from birth to four years, or a backwards-facing baby seat suitable until nine to twelve months ( depending on the size of your baby ), then a car seat suitable from about nine months to four years. The backwards-facing baby seat is useful as you can clip it in and out of the car and carry or sit your baby in it when you’re in cafes or friends’ houses
THERE ARE CERTAIN CAR-SAFETY RULES YOU SHOULD ALWAYS FOLLOW:
- Always put your baby in a properly fitted seat, suitable for his age and weight.
- Be sure the car seat is genuinely a safe one. It should have a British Standard Kitemark or United Nations Standard Regulation 44.o3 and is the one piece of equipment you shouldn’t buy second-hand unless you know its history (i.e. no accidents) and have the instructions. Never fit an infant car seat in the front seat of a car with air bags.
- The back seat is the safest place (unless your car is, freakishly, without back-seat seatbelts).
- Never ever take your baby out of the car seat when the car is moving, even if is purple in the face and bellowing and your pulse is racing. We have been tempted to do this but it’s extremely dangerous. Always pull over somewhere safe before you get him out.