BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR
M&B takes the guesswork out of buying a family vehicle with our motoring picks
Need new wheels? Our top picks for transporting your crew
Cot, check. Pram, check. Think you’ve ticked off the big-ticket items when it comes to preparing for baby? Think again. Forget the age-old joke about trading in the convertible for a station wagon once two becomes three because, according to a recent M&B study, one in three first-time parents upgrades their family car once they’ve had a baby. Accredited child restraint fitter Danyle Guerreiro, who also owns Rock-A-Bye Baby Equipment Hire in Sydney, says she’s often asked what makes the ideal family car.
“There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to find the perfect car for your family. How many people are you likely to be transporting each day? What size pram, bikes, etc will need to be stored in your boot? Bigger is not necessarily better; it’s more about what space is available in the vehicle and if it will configure to suit your family’s needs today and into the future,” she says. “In a panic, you may look at a seven-seater to ferry all your kids and their friends to sport on Saturdays, but a vehicle with a versatile interior with multiple folding seats and access options that are easy to use may be all that is required.”
From a safety perspective, Danyle recommends making sure your car
possesses the following safety features as standard: ABS brakes, multiple airbags (particularly side airbags), child safety locks on doors and windows and, if the budget allows, rear parking sensors and reversing cameras. “Sadly, too many children are killed each year in their own driveways.”
And for added comfort, Danyle says not to forget about in-car entertainment options, such as DVD players and sockets for iPads and headphones. “Yes, kids don’t need more screen time, [but] hearing the words ‘are we there yet’ on high repeat can turn a lovely Sunday drive into a teeth-grinding horror movie,” says Danyle. “Many kids get bored in the car and need some distraction. Whether you choose handheld consoles or go all out on the in-car entertainment system, you might get from A to B with barely a noise from the back seat.”