Meet­ing our ba­bies’ needs

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

“WE wouldn’t rec­om­mend buy­ing sec­ond-hand car seats,” states Emily Moul­der of Hal­fords. “Un­for­tu­nately, there is no way to tell – just by look­ing – if a car seat has been in an ac­ci­dent, col­li­sion, dropped or dam­aged, all of which can af­fect per­for­mance.

“There are lots of baby prod­ucts that de­liver great re­sults sec­ond hand, car seats aren’t one of them.”

If there is no other op­tion for you, how­ever, Au­drey Mizrahi, the UK dis­trib­u­tor for grab-and-go car booster Mifold, says you must en­sure you have the an­swers to these ques­tions:

Has this car seat ever been in a crash?

Are all the parts and pieces still at­tached to the car seat?

Are all the la­bels for proper use still af­fixed to the car seat? Has this car seat ever been re­called? If you can’t find the an­swer to these ques­tions, or if the seat should fail in any of these ar­eas, she rec­om­mends not mak­ing the pur­chase. “USE each stage of seat for as long as pos­si­ble and don’t be tempted to move to the next stage too soon,” rec­om­mends Mark Ben­nett. “Rear­fac­ing is the safest op­tion, ide­ally to at least 15 months, but many seats al­low you to do this for four to six years, de­pend­ing on the model. And if your car has Isofix (a car seat fit­ting sys­tem), then choose this over a belted op­tion, as it’s eas­ier to fit and provides bet­ter crash pro­tec­tion.”

“If you’re buy­ing a car seat for your third child, make sure it fits in the back seat with the two other chil­dren, who might still be in car seats them­selves,” says Amiad. Fran Vaughan, founder of Ickle Bubba, the brand be­hind the So­lar car seat, sug­gests mon­i­tor­ing the weight and height of your child reg­u­larly, to en­sure you’re us­ing the cor­rect car seat. “Check that it meets ECE safety stan­dards, too,” he adds. “A sticker is nor­mally lo­cated on the car seat to in­di­cate this. Also, make sure the car seat is com­pat­i­ble with your ve­hi­cle.

“Most are uni­ver­sal, but it’s best to check be­fore you pur­chase. I rec­om­mend choos­ing a car seat that in­cludes an Isofix base as part of the pack­age. This will make it much eas­ier to in­stall and re­moves most of the risks as­so­ci­ated with a seat belt at­tach­ment.”

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