Baby car seats are designed to keep your new-born safe while they are travelling in a car with you and, by law, you must use one that is of the correct size. If you take the chance and attempt to drive without using a baby car seat you will not only be breaking the law but also endangering your child's life, as they won't be protected in the event of a car crash.
Buying your first baby car seat can seem like a very confusing endeavour, but it really isn't as difficult as it appears. There are three categories of baby car seats for you to choose from and you must ensure you pick the one that best suits your child's age and weight. Group 0 is suitable for babies from birth up to around nine months old, or up to 10kg in weight. Group 0+ suits babies from birth up to 12-15 months, or up to 13kg in weight. Group 0+, which is also known as Group 1, is suitable for babies from birth up to four years of age, or up to 18kg.
You should look at a few different baby car seats before deciding on one and ensure the seat you finally choose will properly fit into your car. The seat will need to be completely secure and needs to fit into all cars that your child will be travelling in - if their grandparents regularly look after them for you, buy a car seat that will be suitable for their car as well.
It's important that you remember that babies must be placed in a rear facing car seat until they are at least 9kg in weight. This is vital as these rear facing car seats are able to provide them with additional support and can protect your child's head, neck and spine should you be involved in a car crash. You will need to check whether your car is fitted with a front air bag - if this is the case you must not fit your rear facing baby car seat in the front of the car as your child could be injured if it was activated. If you don't have a front airbag you can use this kind of car seat in either the front or back of the car.
The safety features of your chosen baby car seat are the most important factors you should look for, but once you have found one that complies with this you can begin considering the colour, how comfortable your child will be in it and how easy you find it to use.
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