Can you list some safety tips for traveling with a baby in
a car seat?
a good quality car seat which has SABS approval.
allow the baby to be unrestrained in a moving car.
the various types of seats and decide which one will best
suit your lifestyle and budget.
- If possible
avoid buying a second hand seat unless you know the history,have
the instruction manuals for the seat,and it is not too old.
that the seat is properly installed and is firmly in place.
- If possible
place the seat in the centre of the back seat, which is the
safest position in the car.
very small babies, use the cushioned inserts which prevent
the baby from flopping in a chair that is too big. This is
vitally important for the neck region in particular.
sure that the shoulder straps are at the correct height for
the baby. Many chairs have more that one slot so that the
straps can be adjusted as the baby grows.
sure that the straps lie flat and hold the baby snug without
sure that you know the weight limits for the chair that you
choose, and be ready to purchase a new one once the baby nears
the weight limits for the chair.
- Never use a car seat facing forward on the front seat
use a rear facing car seat on the front seat of a car which
has air bags, as the force of the air bags activating can
seriously injure a baby.
- In very
cold weather it is better to strap baby into the seat and
then put blankets over, than to have extremely bulky clothing
which interferes with the straps and restraints of the car
toys to car seat with short straps that cannot tangle or cause
problems. Toys designed for use in cars are usually the best
- Do not have
heavy items loose in the car as they could get dislodged and
Car Seat - Correct size
Car Seat - Fitting the seat
Car Seat - Front or back of car
Car Seat - Is is compulsory
Car Seat - Keeping baby happy
Car Seat - Resistance from baby
Car Seat - Safety