Here is some help in regard to safe car seat fitting
Here is some more advice regarding safe car seat fitting. You will find additional information on road safety websites:-
- Not all car seats fit all cars, and the best way to ensure you get it right is to find an IOSH accredited car seat fitter. If there is no one close to you over the years, there have been several car seat fitting investigations by Which? Magazine and these suggest an independent nursery shop offers the best advice typically. In the links page, you can ascertain how to find an IOSH accredited fitter.
- Just because a car seat gets good reviews, it does not mean it is the right car seat for your car; sometimes, in fact, the reverse could be true.
- Don't buy a car seat online unless you are 100% positive it fits safely in your car and you know how it fits.
- The best way of knowing a car seat fits is to have it fitted by a professional. A true professional will not need (or likely trust) a manufactures website that states a particular model of car seat fits a particular model of car.
- Please don't buy a used car seat unless you are 100% positive it has never been dropped or been involved in an accident. You also need to ascertain that it fits safely.
- This website promotes the use of lay flat and low angle car seats for newborns (0-4 months or thereabouts). Clearly, most newborns use step angle car seats quite safely so if you are using one under no circumstances stop using it. Not only is it the law that a car seat is used for young children, but it is common sense as well. Any parent who believes they can hold a baby safely in the car is entirely wrong; it is impossible to do so.
- If you are travelling with a newborn in the car using a conventional car seat/infant carrier, remember to take very regular breaks. Take your baby entirely out of the car seat for at least 15 minutes at a time and keep them as flat as you can.
- A car seat is for travelling in the car only. Once you have finished your journey take the baby out of the car seat.
- It is preferable that you do NOT allow a newborn to sleep in the car at least until they reach a few months of age. Wherever possible, have an escort in the car to watch a newborn whilst they are travelling.
- Never use a car seat as a substitute for a Moses basket, crib or cot.
- Never fit an ISOfix leg on top of a false floor even if your car manufacturer says it is safe; the chances are that the car seat manufacturer will say it is not.
- Generally, air-bags & kids do not mix. This particularly applies to the front seat where the airbag must be switched off if using a car seat. Check both the car seat instructions and your car's handbook.
- By far the most common error made by parents is for the child's safety harness to either be positioned incorrectly or not to be tightened enough, (you should be able to get two fingers under the strap).
- The interior of a car can get quite hot, even in winter. It is a good idea to remove external clothing when baby is in the car seat as not only can thick clothes impede the correct positioning of the harness, but it can also cause baby to overheat.
- Youtube can be a great source of information video's (such as car seat fitting) but make sure you trust the producer of the video first.
In regard to SIDS, you can find great advice here. Please remember issues like co-sleeping and smoking are important too. Please ensure you read and then action everything the Lullaby Trust suggests. http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep
The "Think Heart" advice from the Children's Heart Federation can be found here: http://www.chfed.org