As a parent, you want what is best and safest for your child and car seats are no exception. Car seats are designed to keep your child safe during a crash – always refer back to this criterion when in doubt.
The problem is that what is best, safest and affordable is not always clear. The average sales person at a baby shop is of no help whatsoever and can give you very confusing and conflicting advice. The internet is awash with sensational articles and even more confusing and conflicting advice.
So, what do you do? You let the car seat talk to you.
The car seat has an “ID” attached to it in the form of an orange sticker. On this sticker will be all the information you require to assist in choosing the correct seat and must be on the seat for it to be considered legal and certified.
By law, all car seats must have installation guides on them as well. This is your next mine of information. Use it!
Blue always indicate rear facing installation and will tell you for long you can rear face in that specific seat. This might be up to 9, 13, 18 or even 25 kg. That car seat has been designed and tested safe for that weight range. Use the seat in the rear-facing position up to the upper limit and then only do you switch to forward facing.
Red indicates the forward facing guidelines for the seat. The minimum weight given is to accommodate our tall skinny kids that have outgrown the previous group seat in length but not weight. Again, use the car seat up the upper limits that it is designed for.
You are, as always, very welcome to be in contact with us on all issues around car seats. Good luck and happy travels.
Founder of Wheel Well, the home of the Car Seats for Kids campaign,
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