All children below the age of eight are required to use a car seat to promote car safety. Find out how to choose a baby car seat...
Buying an appropriate baby car seat for your child is imperative for their safety. And with the new rules on infant car safety in Singapore, a baby car seat is increasingly becoming a must-buy for parents who drive.
However, with the huge range of car seats in the market it can be daunting for new parents to choose a baby car seat.
We’ve made it easier for you by creating a checklist to help you choose a baby car seat.
Who are you buying it for?
Only parents know the age and size of their child, so get the measurements of your child before going to the shops, or better yet, consider bringing them along when you shop. This ensures that the baby car seat not only fits your baby but is also comfortable for them.
What vehicle are you driving?
Once you find a car seat that fits your child, you need to check if it fits your car. Some cars will be smaller than others and since no car seats are one-size-fits-all, you need to measure the dimensions of your vehicle to ensure that the car seat can both fit through the car door as well as sit comfortably on the seats.
What’s your budget?
Since a baby car seat is meant to keep your child safe, we suggest that you don’t skimp on cost. However it is good to have a budget in mind so that you can find a car seat that suits your needs, meet safety requirements and still won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
If you really are on a tight budget, you might want to consider getting a used car seat. New car seats can cost anywhere from $400 upwards while used car seats cost around $150 and are usually negotiable. You can shop for preloved baby goods on our Facebook group.
Do note that safety experts warn about buying a preloved car seat unless you know and trust the person selling the item. That’s because they may have been damaged in an accident.
What are your needs?
Do you need a car seat that can be fitted to a stroller because you are always on the move and need your baby to travel with you most times? Or, do you just need a standard no-frills car seat to just bring baby back and forth for their doctor’s appointments?
Once you have figured this out, you will be in a better position to decide which car seat suits your family’s lifestyle.