How to choose the right car seat for your child

August 26th, 2015 by admin

With your child growing so fast, it can be hard to know what seat he or she should be using in the car. What is certain, however, is that you want your child to be as safe as possible. To help you keep track of which seat is appropriate for your little one, from infancy to teenage years, we've got you covered.

Rear-facing seats

Rear-facing car seats are designed to protect babies' weak heads and necks. The seats sit at 45 degrees, keeping your child's head supported while ensuring it is still easy to breathe. In the event of a sudden stop or crash, the seat's harness holds the child in place and its backwards orientation reduces the amount of stress to the child's head and neck. 

You should keep your child in a rear-facing seat until he or she grows out of it.  You can find the weight and height limits for car seat in its user guide. Even if your child weighs more than 10 kg and your local law says you can use a forward-facing car seat, your child is safer in the rear-facing car seat for as long as he or she is still below the car seat's weight and height limits and fits properly in the seat.

Forward-facing seats

When your child grown a bit more, he or she no longer requires the extra support in their heads and backs. Forward-facing car seats provide children with narrow harness straps that fit their shoulders better than vehicle safety belts designed for adults. In the event of a crash, a forward-facing car seat spreads the force over the strongest parts of your child's body.

Like with a rear-facing seat, it is safest to keep your child in a front-facing seat until he or she grows out of it. If this happens before he or she is ready for a booster, there may be another forward-facing seat that fits your child — there are forward-facing car seats that are made for children up to 30 kg.

Booster seats

Booster seats position your child properly so that the seat belt is correctly located on his or her lap and shoulder, eliminating the need for the forward-facing seat's harness. 

You'll know your child is ready to shed the booster seat when he or she can sit up straight with his or her back against the back of your vehicle's seat, legs hanging over the seat without slouching and when the shoulder belt can rest on your child's shoulder, not his or her neck or arm. 


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