Monday, 2 February 2015

Car seat confusion

Depending on what pram you bought your bambino, whether it be a travel system that comes with a car seat or you've bought one separately, their will come a time when you have to buy a new one...


Current UK law for car seats:
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.
The law is different for buses, coaches and minibuses with seat belts fitted. Details are provided in the Other Vehicles section.
http://www.childcarseats.org.uk

We bought the Mothercare Xpedior travel system that came with a car seat and we've used it more or less everyday since Joey was born. 7 months on and our baby boy is now 20lb 5oz and looking rather snug when he's in the car seat and it's flipping heavy to carry to and from the car. For about a month I've been looking into getting him a combination car seat so yesterday we ventured to Mothercare to enquire and possibly buy one their and then. I had an idea of what we wanted I just had a few questions and wanted to try it in the car.

So off we went to Mothercare, it was packed, it seemed that everyone went out on the same day to get a car seat. We waited a good few minutes until we were seen by an assistant, we took Joey with us so that they would have an idea of what we were looking for. 

What we were advised...
  • take out the baby insert to make more room for baby: Silly mummy, I didn't know I could take out the newborn insert to make more room for older babies. So after the removal of that you can see that Joey has still got quite a bit of room. 
  • when using car seat in the car don't put baby in a thick Snowsuit: I try not to put Joey in a snow suit while he's in the car, if I do I struggle fastening the harness. But the advisor in Mothercare told us that when a baby wears a Snowsuit while in the car even though the harness may seem tight it's not secure enough to hold in the baby if their was an accident. 
  • when babies head touches top of the seat, it's time for a new seat: after taking out the newborn insert, Joey now had plenty of head room.
  • doesn't matter if childs legs dangle over: one of the reasons I thought Joey needed a new car seat is because his legs are sort of resting on the back of the seat in the car. My worry was that if their was an accident and his legs aren't flat against his car seat that his legs could be badly injured. Again, the Mothercare advisor said that it's fine injured his legs start to outgrow the seat.
  • child should be 9 months old AND 20lb+ before going in a combination car seat: The Xpedior car seat is suitable fron birth to a maximum weight of 13kg/29lbs (approx 12/15 months)- new laws to be introduced in 2018 on car seat guidelines: I don't know how true this is but Mothercare advisor told us that their is going to be new legislation in 2018 which states that a child has to be 15months old before converting to a combination car seat.
This is all so confusing, I can't help but think that I am being told the wrong information. Joey will be 12months old in 4 months time, I really don't think he'll last in his current car seat. I thought I was doing the right thing in going to get him a new car seat. The last thing I want is for Joey to be unsafe in both a car seat that he has outgrown and also a car seat that he isn't ready for yet.

Has anyone else had the same worries? or can you recommend a great car seat? I'd love any advice

Thanks for reading 


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