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Your guide to buying a child car seat

by Natasha Christou Digital Marketing Consultant

As the UK enters its tenth week of lockdown, many families are starting to enjoy outdoor trips to the park. But what about new mum panicking about getting from A to B? Buying a car seat for your little one should be a task that you complete with care and plenty of time. This is because you want a product that will keep your baby comfy whenever they are joining you in a drive, as well as safely strapped in throughout the journey.

Baby buggies specialists Babythingz, are on hand to give you the advice you need to buy the correct seat for your child:

When does a child car seat have to be used?

UK law states that all children need a car seat from the time they are born until they are either 12 years old or 135cm tall — whichever is reached first. Further details of this law can be found on the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

What are the different categories of child car seats?

Due to child car seats being required for a large amount of time, there are different categories of products manufactured for varying heights, weights and ages. Here’s a look at how you can distinguish between each type:

Baby car seats (Group 0+)

Age range: From birth up to 12 months.

Weight range: Up to 13kg/29lb.

Features:

·        These car seats are lightweight in design and feature a carry handle so that you can easily transport a little one from a car at the end of a journey without waking them up.

·        Always designed to be used in a rearward facing position. This goes along with the UK law that a child must travel rear-facing until they are at least 9 months old.

·        Curved based design to allow for gentle rocking.

·        Many of these car seats are compatible with pushchairs, doubling up as a travel system.

Combination car seats (Group 0+/1)

Age range: From birth up to approximately 4 years old.

Weight range: Up to 18kg/40lb.

Features:

·        Can be adjusted from a rear-facing position to a forward-facing position easily.

·        A reclining seat design, so that babies can safely travel in a more lie-flat position if desirable.

·        The seat is designed to remain in your vehicle at all times once initially installed.

Forward-facing car seats (Group 1)

Age range: Approximately from 9 months old to 4 years old.

Weight range: From 9kg to 18kg/20lb to 40lb.

Features:

·        Deep sides and head support for enhanced impact protection.

·        Many of these car seats come with the option of being set up either in an upright position or a reclined position.

·        The majority of these seats are forward facing, though some have the option of extended rear-facing travel being applied if requested ahead of purchase.

Highback booster seats with integral harnesses (Group 1-2-3)

Age range: Approximately from 9 months old to 12 years old.

Weight range: From 9kg to 36kg/20lb to 79lb.

Features:

·        High back and sides allow for enhanced protection of a child’s chest and head.

·        Harness can be removed once children weigh 15kg.

·        Height-adjustable head rest allows the child to be supported as they grow.

Highback booster seats without harnesses (Group 2-3)

Age range: Approximately from 4 years old to 12 years old.

Weight range: From 15kg to 36kg/33lb to 79lb.

Features:

·        These car seats are designed so that children are always secured when using an adult seatbelt.

·        Many of these car seats come with an adjustable headrest so that you can easily adapt the product to growing children.

·        Lightweight design to make it easy to transfer the seat from one vehicle to another.

·        Armrests and cup-holders are convenient parts of these car seats.

Backless booster seats (Group 3)

Age range: Approximately from 4 years old to 12 years old.

Weight range: From 15kg to 36kg/33lb to 79lb.

Features:

·        Used by many parents as a handy standby seat hen children need to ride in a taxi or in a friend’s vehicle.

·        Compact design makes these car seats simple to store.

·        These car seats are designed to be used with an adult seatbelt.


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