The Baby Car Seat Guide
Safety is a priority whenever you get in a car, especially when it comes to your friends and family. Drivers should never take it for granted and ensure that their passengers are always strapped safe into their seat. It is actually mandatory in Singapore for a child aged 8 and below to ride a car with a child seat according to their height and weight. If the car were to accidentally jerk, the child may be thrown forward, which can cause other serious issues.
In the case of an accident, a seatbelt would not be sufficient enough for the child to be held in his/her place as they may slip through it. There are three types of car seats to choose from, which are the child booster seat, forward-facing car seat and rear-facing car seat.
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How To Choose a Baby Car Seat
- Rear-facing car seat – For your little addition to the family! Can be used for the front or rear of the car seats, however, it is safer to place the seat in the rear. If the front passenger seat has an airbag, DO NOT place the car seat in the front. Rear-ward facing seats provide greater protection for the baby’s head, neck and spine as compared to front-facing.
- Forward-facing car seat – When your baby can start sitting upright! Can be used for the front of rear of the car seats, however, it is safer to place the seat in the rear if the front seat has an airbag.
- Booster seat – Your baby’s all grown up! He/She can almost graduate from the car seats and belt up like a mini adult! Can be used for the front or rear of the car seats, however, it is safer to place the seat in the rear if the front seat has an airbag. Some booster seats have back support that can be converted into a booster cushion be detaching the backrest.
- Seat belt – Gone with all the seats! Your child has officially graduated from the Seats Academy and strap in like a professional. Soon, they’re going to get their own license and drive themselves around. Ah, how time flies.
It’s important to choose the right seat for your baby and children according to their age, weight and height to ensure the safety of your baby. We hope that we have provided you with a clearer guide on how to choose a baby car seat and you can travel safer now with a baby on-board!
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