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How to Choose a Car Seat for your kid

One of the main basic safety decisions you can make for your son or daughter is choosing a suitable child carseat. This helpful guide provides practical information to help you decide on the best carseat to your requirements.

More accidents are happening each and every year and children are mainly involved in such accidents. For this reason, the main and top priority of any parent should be the safety of their babies and children especially when on the road travelling with family. And there’s no better and safer way to ensure your baby is safe than by placing him or her in a car seat so as to prevent a conceivable fatal injury during a car crash or collision. Holding a baby on your lap is one of the common mistakes that most parents commit since that’s very ineffective as far as keeping the baby protected during a collision is concerned. For this reason, a car seat is a very important baby gear that every parent must get for their children.

Below are some reason top reason to get a car seat

Suggestion 1 - Consider the age of the child
Children require different types of car seats as they grow and each point out in Australia requires children up to 7 years to be restrained within an appropriate restraint.

Age can be utilized as a guide:
Children under age six months must use a rear facing restraint
Children aged half a year to four years may use either a rear end facing seat or a forward facing restraint.
Children aged four years to approximately seven years must travel in a forwards facing restraint or booster seat.
Hint 2: Consider the elevation of the kid
Furthermore to using age as helpful information, current car seats feature a shoulder elevation marker which dictates use. Your son or daughter should stay in a rear facing seat or position until their shoulder is in-line or above the ahead facing height marker. Your son or daughter should stay in a ahead facing seat until their shoulder height is above the top shoulder height marker.

Hint 3: Practice using the funnel and straps
Aswell as providing safe and sound support, it's important that child car seats, harnesses and straps are correctly adjusted. You will probably be dealing with straps every day, so it is worthwhile testing them before you make your purchase. Some seats within the Britax Safe-n-Sound range feature hassle free harnesses which helps further in changing the harness duration. When you adjust the top or back break the harness straps will automatically reposition.

Hint 4 - Choose a child car seat that is safety tested
Within a collision, babies, infants and children are really vulnerable if they are not properly secured in an automobile seat. Australia’s standard for child child car seats is one of the toughest on earth to ensure better cover for our children.

In Australia it is unlawful to purchase an automobile seat that will not comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard 1754. The Britax Safe n Audio range of car seats adhere to this standard, and also have been rigorously analyzed at our laboratory to ensure almost all their components provides the best safety for your child.
Browse our selection of car seats and accessories today via our website or speak to one in our helpful customer support operators to find out more.

Children who are big enough, old enough, and mature enough to sit relatively still in the vehicle should ride in a booster seat. Most kids need to ride in a booster seat from about age 4 until at least age 8.

A child should remain in a booster seat until the vehicle's standard seat belts fit properly and all the requirements of the provincial regulations have been met.
If using a low-backed booster, the vehicle seating position must have adequate head support to at least the top of the child’s ears for proper head and neck protection.
Booster seats must be used in a seating position with a lap/shoulder belt.
*The height and weight limits of each seat may vary. Read the specifications on each seat carefully.

Improvements in side impact protection, or the most vulnerable part of a car in an accident

I’ve written about all kinds of accidents and seen many more in my years on this earth, and the kinds that have always been most likely to lead to fatalities have been . There simply isn’t much material protecting you in a t-bone collision, which is why these collisions are the most likely to be fatal compared to frontal and rear impacts. With this knowledge, you want car seats that have side impact protection systems, such as those found in the Fllo, Foonf, Rainier, and , which we think are the four best car seats for side protection available today in the United States.

New car seats are bringing new technologies like load legs and rear-facing tethering

Finally, while newer isn’t always better, it certainly is when it comes to car seat technology. For example, think about rear-facing tethering. There are only a handful of  in the United States, even though rear-facing tethering does have a number of advantages in car seat safety. A few of those advantages include the ability to reduce rebound and rotational rotation, as well as the ability to limit head excursion, or the forward movement of a child’s head in a rear impact collision. These are significant features, and only seats like the Rainier, Pacifica, and a few others allow you to take advantage of them. But the number of seats that let you tether rear-facing is growing by the year, and buying newer car seats allows you to keep your children safer for longer.

In conclusion, while it might be a pain to go car seat shopping (although I hope my reviews of  makes it easier), the truth is that you’re doing your children a favor by keeping up to date with their car seats. Car accidents are the primary killer of children in the United States, and for a few hundred dollars every 7 or 10 years, you can keep your children safer than ever. They’re worth it.

Safety Features

Car seats may have extra features that increase your child’s safety or make them easier to install or use. Features such as anti-rebound bars, adjustable head rests, and built in lock-offs are just a few of the extra features that may offer additional safety or make a seat easier to install in your vehicle.
Some car seats may incorporate additional safety in the form of energy management to reduce the force a child feels in a collision. 

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