Car seats to keep your child safe and secure. Your child will go through 3 'stages' when transitioning between different car seats. While some seats are suitable for only one stage, many can last you for all three. Scroll down to find out which car seat is best suited for you and your child using our guide.
Your baby’s safety is of paramount importance. It is important that your child is safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.
At Tinitrader, we have only the best in car seat technology offering a full line of child seats including infant car seats, convertible car seats, combination seats, and booster seats from the industry leaders.
Most parents don’t know they are using the wrong car seat. To eliminate any confusion, we have put together this helpful infographic which explains which type of car seat to use at the different ages and stages. For more information, check out our car seat buying guide.
You can breakdown the different types of car seats into five categories:
Travel System Baby Capsules – Suitable from birth to 12 months depending on the brand, these are rearward-facing restraints for use until your infant’s shoulders reach the shoulder height marker. Also commonly referred to as 'Infant Carriers', baby capsules make getting out and about with your newborn a whole lot easier as they can also be attached to your stroller using an adaptor.
Convertible Car Seats – Easily converts from rear-facing to forward-facing as your baby grows! First, it can be used in a rearward-facing position until your child’s shoulders reach the lower shoulder height marker, then easily adapts into a forward-facing position until the shoulders reach the upper shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age).
Harnessed Forward Facing Car Seats - When your child has outgrown their infant capsule, it’s time to buy a forward-facing car seat. For use in forward-facing position with built-in harness for children whose shoulders are above the lower shoulder height marker (approx. 6 months of age).
Convertible Booster Car Seats – These are to be used in a forward-facing position with built-in harness for children whose shoulders are above the lower shoulder height marker (approx. 6 months of age) until their shoulder reach the middle shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age). The Convertible Booster Seat then can be used with either a lap-sash seatbelt or an add-on accessory child harness.
Booster Seats - Easily-portable seats with several head-safety features for use with either a lap-sash seat belt or an add-on accessory child harness. Appropriate for children whose shoulders are above the lower shoulder height marker (approx. 4 years of age).
Three things matter the most when choosing the car seat that’s right for you: safety and age-appropriateness, comfort for your child and ease of use for you. Even the best-reviewed car seat won’t give you what you need if you buy a model that’s meant for an older child, or if it’s too cumbersome for you to manage alone.
VicRoads have found that around 70% of child car seats are fitted incorrectly. That means roughly three out of four children are at an increased risk of injury every time they get in the car! To help make the installation process a little less daunting, we have put together some tips on [setting up your child car seat safely]((https://www.tinitrader.com.au/blog/setting-up-a-car-seat-safely).
When purchasing or hiring a car seat, remember the following: