Car seat buying guide

The car seat is one of the most essential safety items you will buy for your child, making it an important baby purchase.

Here's a quick rundown on the things you need to know:

capsules

Typically only suitable for birth to approximately 12 months old, these are rear facing seats which clip out so the baby can be transferred in and out of the car in the capsule.

Many of these will attach to your pram creating a complete travel system.

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Convertibles

These can be used as both forward and rear facing seats, and are suitable from birth till approx. four years old. In the rear facing position they are suitable from birth.

Convertible car seats can be switched to forward facing from six months.

NOTE: Children must remain in the rear facing position until they are at least six months old, but they can remain in a rear facing position beyond six months. Children are far safer in the rear facing position, so many parents choose to leave their children in this position for as long as possible. There are height indicators on each of the Maxi-Cosi and Mother’s Choice seats that tell you when your child must switch to the forward facing position.

Convertibles fit your child much longer than a capsule, however cannot clip out, or attach to prams.

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Boosters

Harnessed boosters: These are forward facing seats which have a safety harness attached, and are suitable from six months to approx. four years.

Boosters: These are forward facing seats which are used with a lap sash seatbelt.

Usually for use between four to eight years old, depending on the height of your child. It is suggested a child not move out of a booster seat until they are at least 145cm tall.

Convertible Boosters: These are forward facing seats which have a safety harness attached, and are suitable from six months to approx. 8 years old.

At Baby HQ we sell the Maxi-Cosi Titan Pro which is a convertible booster seat that is designed to grow with your child. The Titan Pro can be used as a harness seat until the child reaches the middle height marker, then can be used with a lap slash seat belt until the child’s shoulders reaches the highest height maker.

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Safety

All Australian car-seats undergo rigorous safety testing, so as long as it’s certified by the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 175 you can feel confident in buying. However it is important to consider the following;

Is it fitted properly in your car? There are many fitting services available to help with this.

Is it appropriate for your child's age or size? Most seats will have shoulder markers so you will know when it's time to change seats or direction.

Is it less than 10 years old and has never been in an accident?  Any seats that don't meet this criteria can't guarantee the same level of safety.