10 Top Tips when buying a child seat

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Having children comes with a lot of accessories! But a child car seat is the only thing that is legally required. Always think about it as a safety product, which requires some time and effort and not a nursery accessory, which you can grab and go and you’ll have the right mindset when purchasing this life saving product!

Buying your child a child seat is one of the most important purchases you will make, and the most confusing! 

There are different types that cover different ranges, different ways to attach them to your car, and they can be forward or rear facing – it’s enough to give even the savviest researcher a headache!

Tip 1:

Have a look online at different seats before you go to a shop for advice.  This will give you a good idea of what sort of prices you are looking at, and you may see something that you think will really suit your needs – going into store with a child seat in mind can make life easier for you and the staff member!

Tip 2:

It is essential to know the weight and height of your child, so before buying a child seat make sure you have the correct information.

Tip 3:

It’s worth familiarising yourself with the vehicle for example: can you remove the head restraints? Do you have hidden underfloor storage? Are there tether points? This information can all be found in the vehicle handbook, so it is definitely worth taking this into store with you.

Tip 4:

If you need the seat to fit in more than one car, take the details of all the cars with you – so you’ll need to know the year, make, model and design names. Our advice would be to try the seats in all the cars before you buy.

Tip 5:

We would recommend that you visit a retail store – many stores have trained staff who are able to take you through the options available, and narrow down what child seats best suit your needs.  They can also try the seat in your car to make sure it fits. Ensure the staff member you speak with has been trained, you could also check to see if they have done their Child Seat Safety Awareness IOSH qualification – this is the highest training course on child seats available.

Tip 6:

When you go to buy your seat, take your child with you – it’s best to go when they’re not tired or hungry, and some toys to distract them will mean a happier time choosing a seat for everyone!

Tip 7:

The child seat needs to fit your child correctly so dress them in their indoor clothes and take off any coats or hoodies when trying them in the seat.  Remember to do this for every journey.

Tip 8:

When you have purchased your seat, ask the staff member to show you how to fit the seat, and have a go yourself.  If you need to re-fit the seat at 10pm on a Sunday evening, the staff member cannot help you!

Tip 9:

Not all stores hold stock of child seats – they’re very bulky and take up a lot of stockroom space!  Be prepared that you may need to order your seat in store, then return another day to collect your seat and have it fitted. 

Tip 10:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the after sales service that your retailer offers. They are there to help with the adjustment and refitting of your child seat as the child grows or if you change your car.

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10 Top Tips when buying a child seat

Having children comes with a lot of accessories! But a child car seat is the only thing that is legally required. Always think about it as a safety product, which requires some time and effort and not a nursery accessory, which you can grab and go and you’ll have the right mindset when purchasing this life saving product!

Buying your child a child seat is one of the most important purchases you will make, and the most confusing! 

There are different types that cover different ranges, different ways to attach them to your car, and they can be forward or rear facing – it’s enough to give even the savviest researcher a headache!

Tip 1:

Have a look online at different seats before you go to a shop for advice.  This will give you a good idea of what sort of prices you are looking at, and you may see something that you think will really suit your needs – going into store with a child seat in mind can make life easier for you and the staff member!

Tip 2:

It is essential to know the weight and height of your child, so before buying a child seat make sure you have the correct information.

Tip 3:

It’s worth familiarising yourself with the vehicle for example: can you remove the head restraints? Do you have hidden underfloor storage? Are there tether points? This information can all be found in the vehicle handbook, so it is definitely worth taking this into store with you.

Tip 4:

If you need the seat to fit in more than one car, take the details of all the cars with you – so you’ll need to know the year, make, model and design names. Our advice would be to try the seats in all the cars before you buy.

Tip 5:

We would recommend that you visit a retail store – many stores have trained staff who are able to take you through the options available, and narrow down what child seats best suit your needs.  They can also try the seat in your car to make sure it fits. Ensure the staff member you speak with has been trained, you could also check to see if they have done their Child Seat Safety Awareness IOSH qualification – this is the highest training course on child seats available.

Tip 6:

When you go to buy your seat, take your child with you – it’s best to go when they’re not tired or hungry, and some toys to distract them will mean a happier time choosing a seat for everyone!

Tip 7:

The child seat needs to fit your child correctly so dress them in their indoor clothes and take off any coats or hoodies when trying them in the seat.  Remember to do this for every journey.

Tip 8:

When you have purchased your seat, ask the staff member to show you how to fit the seat, and have a go yourself.  If you need to re-fit the seat at 10pm on a Sunday evening, the staff member cannot help you!

Tip 9:

Not all stores hold stock of child seats – they’re very bulky and take up a lot of stockroom space!  Be prepared that you may need to order your seat in store, then return another day to collect your seat and have it fitted. 

Tip 10:

Don’t forget to take advantage of the after sales service that your retailer offers. They are there to help with the adjustment and refitting of your child seat as the child grows or if you change your car.

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