What to look for when buying an infant car seat

It is now illegal to transport children under the age of three if they are not strapped into a car seat. Follow these tips to help you choose the best car seat for your little one.

It is now illegal to transport children under the age of three if they are not strapped into a car seat. The new regulation to the National Road Traffic Act became effective on 1 May 2015. In an attempt to reduce deadly accidents on the roads, especially over the holiday periods, law enforcement officers will ensure that any driver not abiding by this rule will incur a heavy fine.

Arrive Alive Research Data and Statistics show that child safety car seats that are correctly installed and used for children aged newborn to four years can reduce the risk of death by 70%.

These 6 tips will help you choose the best car seat for your little one:

  1. The car seat base: Most infant car seats come with a plastic base that you install in your car. You snap the seat into the base and buckle up your child when you’re ready to go. When you reach your destination, you simply unsnap the car seat from the base and take it with you. Some people buy an extra base to keep in a secondary vehicle.
  2. A five-point safety harness: The straps – one for each shoulder, one for each thigh, and one between your baby’s legs – are more adjustable (and thus safer) than older designs.
  3. Easy adjustments: You’ll need to adjust the harness as your child grows, so avoid seats that make this complicated. Better car seats allow you to adjust the straps and harness height easily from the front. A few models even have one-hand belt adjustments with quick-release buckles.
  4. Easy cleaning: Babies and messes go hand in hand, but a surprising number of car seats come with covers that you can’t take off. A detachable, machine-washable cover makes cleaning up much easier.
  5. Comfort: A well-padded seat with plenty of head support gives your baby a safer and more comfortable ride.
  6. Side-impact protection: Some car seats have special energy-absorbing foam and other features designed to better protect your baby’s head and chest in a side-impact accident.

Click here for our round up of the best car seats for baby. 

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