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Your Guide to Buying the Safest Car Seat for Your Child

When it comes to ensuring your little one’s safety on the road, choosing the right – safest and best - car seat is paramount, and with a multitude of options available, we are here to help you make an informed decision.  


In response to some of the key areas of concern that you have expressed, here are some valuable insights - from tips for buying car seats for newborns to understanding the benefits of a five-point harness, determining rear- or forward-facing travel, and exploring the advantages of i-size. 


Top tips for buying a car seat for newborns:


  1. Always opt for a rear-facing infant car seat designed specifically for newborns. These seats provide optimal support and protection for their fragile neck and spine.     
  2. Look for a seat with a snug and adjustable harness system to ensure a secure fit as your baby grows.
  3. Check for compatibility with your vehicle and consider the ease of installation and adjustment features.


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How important is the five-point harness?


It’s a critical safety feature in car seats!  With two shoulder straps, two hip straps, and a crotch strap, this distributes the force of a collision across the strongest parts of a baby’s body. This system ensures maximum protection and minimizes the risk of ejection or injury in the event of an accident. It is recommended to use a car seat with a five-point harness as long as your child fits within the seat's height and weight limits.


Rear- or forward-facing travel?


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other global safety organizations recommend keeping your child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, at least until they reach the maximum height or weight limit set by the car seat manufacturer. As explained above, rear-facing seats provide superior protection to a child's head, neck, and spine, especially in the event of a frontal crash. Once your child outgrows their rear-facing seat, you can transition them to a forward-facing seat with a harness system.


Is i-Size the best choice?


i-Size is a European car seat safety regulation that has been adopted in the Middle East, which focuses on providing better protection from side impacts and keeping children rearward-facing for longer. It also has the added advantage of easy installation with ISOfix anchors, and a simplified selection process based on a child's height rather than weight, therefore providing a better fit.  The seats are categorised under four groups i-Size baby (newborns up to 85cm in height), i-Size baby and toddler (newborn to 105cm), i-Size toddler and child (61-105cm) and i-Size child (100-135cm).


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This is clearly a much bigger discussion to be had, and our ‘My Baby Experts’ would love to meet you in store, to go over all your questions and concerns.  We are here to equip you with maximum knowledge and peace of mind, from considering the specific needs of newborns and which seats provide optimal protection according to the specific needs of your growing baby.  We are here to save you hours of time researching the somewhat overwhelming amount of data online. 


As always, stay safe and enjoy this incredible parenting journey!


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