One of the most important ‘to-do’s before your baby arrives is buying and fitting a baby car seat. Before leaving hospital you’ll need to make sure it’s correctly installed in your car. Then you’re well on your way to easy (and safe!) trips out with your precious bundle.
But first, what type of car seat should you buy for a newborn baby?
A newborn baby must be in a rear facing car seat and there are two choices:
1. A Convertible Car Seat.
“This seat fits your baby from 0-4 years (approx.). It’s installed in the car for you and stays there. It starts as a rear facing seat and then you get it turned and re-installed front facing when your baby is big enough*.”
2. A Capsule.
“A capsule is made up of the seat and the base. It fits your baby from 0-6 months and lets you strap the baby into their seat before you head to the car. The capsule then clips easily into a base that stays in the vehicle.”
Easy Peasy. So, now ask yourself the following questions:
1. Are you on a budget? It’s cheaper to purchase the rear facing seat from the outset… so if you’re on a budget, this is a good choice.
2. If budget isn’t an option and you like to be on the move then a capsule can be purchased or hired** for use until your baby outgrows it.
If you’d like a read up of what your requirements are by law then click here for all those juicy details!
The Baby Consultant Top Tips for baby car restraints…
- When strapping your baby in, the straps mustn’t be twisted (and they twist easily – see some simple instructions for untwisting here) and they must be comfortably tight. If you can just slide a finger underneath the stap when it’s flat then you’re good to go!
- You’ll need to make adjustments to the straps to get them to fit correctly, so figure out how to lengthen and shorten the straps so it’s safe. Without adjusting them it’s hard to gently get baby in the seat (+ what your baby is wearing also changes what length the straps need to be.)
- Prepare for some tears (maybe yours and baby’s?)… a lot of babies Do. Not. Like. Their. Car Seat. And there’s not much that’s more stressful than a cross town trip with a screaming bub. Purchase a mirror like this so you can check on baby safely.
- You can rate your seat at www.childcarseats.com.au, where seats get put through their paces.
- Plus get advice from professional car seat installers here.
*See professional advice or refer to sites like this one for more information about when it’s safe for turn your baby.
**Hire options are aplenty – find your local Hire for Baby branch here or google your local service.
Travel safe and happy!
Which is your choice? Reversible or Capsule?