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When choosing the right car seat for your baby the first thing to be aware of is Australian child restraint laws:
For more information about child restraint laws and car seat requirement head to the KidSafe website.
Below are the main different types of car seats you’ll find in Australia.
Car capsules can be a great option for easily getting baby in and out of the car without having to remove them from their car seat. The base of the capsule is installed into the car and the seat itself is able to be taken in and out. They are also very convenient when paired with a compatible pram to create a complete travel system.
Convertible car seats are probably the most popular option for newborns because they’re the most versatile. They are able to be positioned rear-facing for at least the first 6 months, though they can stay rear-facing until your child reaches the maximum height marker for the rear-facing position. Depending on the car seat and your child’s height, you may be able to keep your baby rear-facing for much longer than 6 months. Then they can be turned to be a forward-facing car seat until your child is 4 years old.
Booster seats don’t have an in-built harness, so they’re not for children under 4 years old. Booster seats use the adult seat belt and “boost” your child up to an appropriate height and also position the seat belt securely. Some booster seats have a tether that attaches to the car’s anchor point, though not all of them do. This depends on the weight of the car seat itself. Often the car seats with more features and padding require a tether, whereas light and compact booster seats do not, making them ideal for quickly popping in and out of the car, as all you need to do is adjust the seat belt.
Convertible booster seats offer a forward-facing position only, so aren’t designed for babies under 6 months – though they are a great option if you’re looking for a harnessed car seat for a tall toddler. They can also be a logical follow on car seat from an infant car capsule.
There are a couple of car seats in Australia that are designed to go from birth all the way until 8 years old. These also offer the option of extended rear-facing. While they are generally are more expensive option initially, they might be the only car seat your child will ever need from birth so can save money in the long run.
Another factor to consider when choosing a car seat for your baby is how long would you like the option to keep them rear-facing? While it’s legal to switch your baby to a forward-facing seat when they turn 6 months old, generally the longer they remain rear-facing the safer they are, so keep this in mind when you’re choosing your rear-facing car seat. For example, type A4 or Type A4/G car seats are designed to be used rear-facing until 30 months, which is nearly 3 years old.
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