Our children are our most precious cargo when travelling in vehicles and it’s important to ensure that they have a correctly fitted child restraint at all times to keep them safe. Here is some information we have collated on Child Restraints in Tasmania…
Important Points to Remember
- Buckle up every child on every trip
- Ensure the restraint is correctly fitted
- Follow the manufacturers instructions
- Ensure straps are not twisted or torn
- Remember that children are safest when travelling in the back row/rows of seats in the vehicle
- It is not recommended to use a child restraint more than 10 years old
It is recommended that you have your restraints fitted by an experienced child restraint fitter. You will find there are many of these in Tasmania who will fit your restraint free of charge including;
If purchasing a second hand restraint you must check it’s safety history. Is the restraint in good condition, free from any tears, dents or cracks? Does the buckle work correctly? And never ever use a restraint that has been involved in an accident.
Child Restraint Laws from www.transport.tas.gov.au – please be sure to check regularly for updates and changes to the law.
– Children under 6 months to be restrained in an approved rearward facing child restraint (eg. infant capsule)
– Children 6 months – 4 years to be restrained in either an approved rearward facing child restraint or an approved forward facing child restraint with built in harness.
– Children 4-7 years to be restrained in either an approved forward facing child restraint with an inbuilt harness or an approved booster seat restrained by a correctly adjusted and fastened seatbelt.
I met up with Craig and Allison from Mother Goose Baby Shop who kindly offered some advice on Capsules v’s Car Seats;
One of the hardest decisions to make when looking to purchase new baby goods is deciding what car seat or capsule to purchase. This very important decision can be made a lot easier with the help of an experienced team of car seat experts and a professional car seat installer.
Three options for a newborn baby;
- A convertible 0-4 year car seat
- A 0-8 year car seat
- A capsule that can be removed from the car and connected onto a variety of prams
With out any doubt some family and friends will offer you advice, our best advice is to do what you think will best suit your families needs and your lifestyle. A capsule will last any where from newborn to approx. 6 months, sometimes even 12 months. Our youngest daughter Ivy (who was born 3 weeks early) actually lasted approx. 14 months in the Safe n Sound Unity Capsule.
A capsule can be a very convenient purchase as it gives you the flexibility of being out and about whilst also maintaining your babies sleep routines as the capsule can be removed from your vehicle without waking your sleeping baby. It is not recommended that babies sleep in capsules however for prolonged periods of time regularly.
If looking at buying a pram & capsule travel system, keep in mind that not all brands and styles of prams connect to all capsule, this is where some expert help can be very handy.
When purchasing your car seat make sure it fits in your vehicle, you still have leg room for the driver or front passenger, and make sure that you have plenty of clearance between the top of the Car Seat and the top of the door opening of the vehicle to lift baby into the Car Seat.
Another fantastic piece of advice is to plan ahead, will you need to try and fit 3 Car Seats across the Vehicle one day, if the answer is yes, then you should try before you buy. Most quality Baby stores will let you try these in your Vehicle to make sure the seat will fit now and in the future.
The Child Restraint Team at Mother Goose Kingston have over 30 years fitting experience, and offer a free fitting & check service for Car Seats and Capsule purchased in store.
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