Singapore has one of the lowest car crash fatality rates in the world but accidents DO happen.
And if you’re riding around with an unsecured infant (Or children moving freely around the back seat of the car) it can be extremely dangerous for that child.
If you have children it’s important to buy an appropriate car seat in order to protect your child’s safety.
But with the huge range of car seats available, choosing the right one can be a difficult and time consuming process.
First you need to know about the 3 types of child car seats.
- The rearward facing seat is for children between 6 months and 4 years, this type of seat is better to protect their head, neck and spine in an accident
- The forward facing seat offers less protection but allows you to keep a closer eye on your infant.
- The last type of child car seat is called a “Travel system.” This means you can easily disconnect the seat from its housing and transfer it to the pram, without disturbing the infant. These seats are useful for moving sleeping babies.
Once you’ve decided on the type of seat you want here are some things to keep in mind:
- It’s important to check that the seats fits and install well, if the seat fits badly then you’ve wasted your time and money. So try to do this BEFORE you leave the shop.
- You also need to learn how to fit the seat, and make sure you can do it yourself properly (You can’t always rely on other people to do it for you.)
- Determine your seat choice according to your child’s weight and height, not their age.
- Also try to bring your child along so you can check if they are comfortable in the seat.
- Choose a seat with a cover that can be easily removed and washed.
- Finally take a look at the straps on the seat. Car seats will either have 3 or 5 point straps. Three point means there are two straps connecting to another between the babies legs. Five point is exactly the same, but with an extra strap across the chest.
The five strap system is more expensive, but also more secure.
When you buy a car seat you don’t want to skimp but at the same time you need something that fits your budget. And with these tips you should be able to find a seat that is comfortable and safe and affordable.
Finally, and most importantly, once you’ve bought the seat, make sure to ALWAYS use it, no matter how inconvenient.