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The Royal Society for the Prevention of AccidentsCarrying Premature and Low Birth-Weight Babies

As advised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the safest way for babies to travel in a car is in an approved rearward facing car seat, that is suitable for the car and child, correctly fitted and in the rear of the car. However, research in the USA has suggested that premature and low-birth weight babies can be susceptible to breathing problems if they stay in a baby seat for long periods of time.

The research showed that some newborn babies developed breathing problems after one hour in the baby seat, with some premature babies actually stopping to breathe for a short period of time. If you have a premature or low-birth weight baby, the advice from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is:

  • Ask the hospital to assess whether it is safe for the baby to travel in a car seat before you are discharged (some hospitals routinely do this assessment)
  • When the hospital says it is safe to take the baby home, make sure that you put the baby in an approved rearward facing car seat that is suitable for the car and is properly fitted
  • Do not keep the baby in the car seat for longer than necessary
  • Recline the car seat as much as possible when in the car (making sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions for fitting and using it). Some new car seats offer a lie flat facility Click here to find out more
  • Never leave the child unattended in the car seat. Try to have someone else do the driving, so you can sit next to the baby to keep an eye on him or her
  • Keep car travel to a minimum in the first few months
  • Only use the car seat in the vehicle and not on an integrated travel system or for feeding or sleeping etc
  • If in any doubt, consult the hospital or your GP

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Buying Your Car Seat

Fitting Your Car Seat

This section includes information on the different types of car seat, explaining which seat is the right size for your child, what to look for, useful accessories and important things to remember before you buy. The car seat safety guide, sections on child car seats and the law, and car seats on test, provide the vital safety information that you need when buying your car seat. This section also includes information on fitting your seat, with a step-by-step guide to installing your car seat, a list of common problems and information on where to get help.

With most car seats in the UK being fitted incorrectly, it is crucial that you have access to the right information when selecting and fitting your child's seat. Our trained staff are all experienced car seat fitters and we have used their collective knowledge to put together this information. The golden rule is that it is absolutely essential that you get the fit checked if you are in any doubt at all.. Some manufacturers have car compatibility fitting guides on their websites, however it should be remembered that these are just guides and are not definitive lists. Not all car seats will fit all cars, and no car or car seat manufacturer can guarantee a secure and safe fit. All cars are different, even two of the same make and model can have different length seat belts!

It is therefore essential to ensure your car seat is fitted correctly, in order to secure your child's safety whilst travelling in the car. The showroom is based just outside of Wallingford and we are always happy to check the fitting of your car seat.

Three important points to remember about car seats are:

  • Always buy a car seat to suit your child's weight rather than height.
  • Not all car seats fit all cars; check the model you have chosen will fit your car. Seek professional advice if you are unsure.
  • Always buy a car seat because it has safety features that improve fit and protection, not because it has attractive fabric choices or good value accessories.

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