Choos­ing the per­fect CAR SEAT

Keep your lit­tle one safe and sound

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The only way to pro­tect your pre­cious bun­dle while on the road is with a child re­straint specif­i­cally de­signed for her age and size. And, with a wide range of child res­traints avail­able, try­ing to choose the best one can be an over­whelm­ing ex­er­cise.

Chil­dren who are less than six months old or who still sit below the re­straint’s height mark­ers must be se­cured in an ap­proved rear­ward-fac­ing re­straint. There are now many car seats that al­low your lit­tle one to rear-face for up to around 36 months. This keeps your child in the safest travel po­si­tion for as long as pos­si­ble. The pic­tured Quat­tro, Kom­pres­sor and Grandeur seats al­low rear-fac­ing to ap­prox­i­mately 30 months. Six months is the min­i­mum age by law for for­ward-fac­ing res­traints, how­ever, it is rec­om­mended that chil­dren are kept in a rear-fac­ing po­si­tion for as long as the re­straint al­lows.

Lit­tlies aged be­tween six months and four years must con­tinue to be se­cured in ei­ther a rear- or for­ward-fac­ing ap­proved child re­straint with an in-built har­ness if ap­pro­pri­ate, while chil­dren aged be­tween ap­prox­i­mately four and seven years need an ap­proved for­ward­fac­ing re­straint with ei­ther an in-built har­ness or ap­proved booster seat.

All child res­traints need to carry the Aus­tralian Stan­dard (AS/NZS) 1754 la­bel and, when in use, the re­straint must be cor­rectly an­chored to the ve­hi­cle us­ing an Aus­tralian Stan­dard-ap­proved an­chor­age sys­tem.

If you’re un­sure how to fit your car re­straint, con­sider hav­ing it in­stalled pro­fes­sion­ally. Con­tact your lo­cal Ba­bies”R”Us or mo­tor­ing au­thor­ity for de­tails of ap­proved fit­ters.

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