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How to Fit Your Child Properly in the Car Seat

When it comes to the safety of your child during car journeys, particularly on the potentially perilous high-speed highways in the Middle East, properly fitting them in a car seat is naturally of utmost importance.  


Here we aim to provide you with some essential tips and guidelines to follow, so that you can rest assured that your child will be kept safe – and comfortable - while on the road.


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Dos and Don'ts:

  1. Do: Read the car seat manual thoroughly to understand proper installation and usage instructions.
  2. Do: Register your car seat with the manufacturer to stay informed about recalls or safety updates.
  3. Do: Regularly inspect the car seat for any signs of wear and tear, and clean it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Don't: Use second-hand car seats without knowing their complete history or if they have been involved in an accident.
  5. Don't: Place bulky clothing or blankets under the harness straps, as this can affect the harness's ability to secure your child properly.


Before fitting a child car seat, you should:

  1. Choose an appropriate car seat that is suitable for your child's age, weight, and height.
  2. Select a car seat that meets the latest safety standards and is approved by regulatory authorities.
  3. Ensure that the car seat is compatible with your vehicle's seating positions and can be securely installed.

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How to fit a Rear-Facing Baby Car Seat:

  1. Position the car seat in the back seat of your vehicle, facing the rear.
  2. Adjust the recline angle according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use the built-in level indicators, if available.
  3. Fasten the seat belt or use the ISOfix system to secure the car seat tightly.
  4. Place your baby in the seat and buckle the harness, making sure it fits snugly and is positioned at or below shoulder level.
  5. Perform a pinch test on the harness straps to ensure they are secure and properly adjusted.


How to fit a High-Back Booster Seat:

  1. Position the booster seat in the back seat of your vehicle.
  2. Fasten the seat belt across the child and ensure it lies correctly across their lap and shoulder.
  3. Adjust the headrest and shoulder belt guide to the appropriate height for your child.
  4. Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across your child's upper thighs, and the shoulder belt rests across their shoulder and chest without crossing their face or neck.

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Signs that the car seat is improperly fitted:

  1. The car seat is loose and moves more than an inch when tested for stability.
  2. The harness straps are twisted, loose, or positioned above the child's shoulders.
  3. The chest clip is not at armpit level.
  4. The car seat is facing forward for a child who is under the recommended age and weight.
  5. The child's head is not adequately supported, slumping forward or to the side


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We hope that the above has been a useful summary of some of the key considerations when fitting your child’s car seat.  Drive safely and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family is well-protected.


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