If your baby is going to be travelling in a car she must have an appropriate car seat for her age and one that is fitted properly. We show you how to fit a baby car seat.
If your baby is going to travel in a car, by law she must have an appropriate car seat.
For a newborn you'll need a group 0+ infant carrier (suitable from birth to when your baby weighs 13kg -- around 12-15 months) or a combination group 0/1 seat, which lasts from birth to 18kg (around age four).
Baby car seats have evolved in recent years, with bolder designs and new features adding to their versatility. Many can now be attached to a compatible pushchair to create a travel system. Other seats lie flat so they double as carrycots.
The priority with all car seats is safety, so check the seat will be secure in your car. 'Some manufacturers list compatible vehicles on their website; otherwise the shop assistant should be able to check,' says Caroline Cosgrove of nursery advisory service Baby Concierge.
It's also crucial that you know how to install the seat, so ask for a demonstration.
While standard car seats attach using the adult seat belt, ISOFIX models clip onto a base that plugs into the car's chassis, simplifying installation.
Designed to eliminate incorrect (and hence dangerous) fitting, ISOFIX has been standard in all cars manufactured since 2006 but some older vehicles have it, too. Check in the manual if you're unsure.
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