Around the age of 15 months, your child will begin to outgrow their rear-facing car seat. At this stage, you will want to consider the appropriate forward-facing seat for your little one.
Children's car seats and booster seats come in two categories - those based on weight, and those based on height (i-Size seats). Both seat types must be EU-approved, showing a label with a circled capital 'E', as well as the code 'R129' (height-based) or 'ECE R44' (weight-based).
Children must use an approved car or booster seat until they are either 12 years old or reach 135 centimetres in height.
Children who are 12 years of age, or 135 centimetres tall (whichever comes first) will no longer legally require a car seat or booster seat.
At this stage, they are permitted by UK law to use an adult seatbelt, however, it is advised that all children under age 14 remain in the back seat.
Drivers are required to ensure that all children aged 14 and under are wearing a seatbelt at all times. Until children reach the age or height requirement to stop using a booster seat, they must use either a high-back booster seat or a backless booster seat.
When placing your baby in their new car seat for the first time (or even the first dozen times), it can be a little daunting. But checking they’re in correctly is relatively simple.
First, move the straps to the side of the seat in preparation for placing down your baby. Supporting their head and neck, gently place them in the seat, ensuring it is positioned in a semi-reclined position to prevent their head from falling forward. Secure the straps snugly around the shoulders and body, as well as between the legs to ensure they remain upright during travel.
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