Forward Facing Child Seats
Despite the fact that seats in this group may technically be approved for children from 9kg – which could be as young as 6 months – it’s a good idea not to rush to get your child into a forward-facing seat; rear-facing provide better protection and the child has a lower risk of injury in a crash.
In Group 0+ baby/infant carrier’s, you can keep your child rear-facing for a minimum of 15 weeks or more.
Seats in group 1 usually are made up of a seat layer attached to a framework. Your child is held in the seat by an essential five-point harness and the frame is mounted to the car using the car seat belts or Isofix anchorages.
Some booster car seats, geared towards older children in groups 2 and 3 are supplied with a removable harness for younger kids, so it is possible to buy only one seat for your child when they are nine months old up until their 12th birthday. When buying, choose seats marked for age ‘Group 1, 2 and 3’.
Check if your car has Isofix anchorage points. Along with being much safer, these points can also make it faster and a lot easier to fit your child’s seat correctly.
Things to consider when buying a seat
- Easily adjustable seats
- Consider Isofix compatible seats
- Look for Recliner Seats
Rearward Facing Child Seats
According to surveys conducted for child safety, it is 5 times more safe having the a child positioned int eh rearward position until they reach the age of 4 or 5 years or when they reach 25 kgs.
Make sure the seat is compatible with your car before you buy a rearward facing child car seat.