Things to Keep in Mind While Buying Car Seats for Kids

Last updated on : 16 Apr 2024
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Selecting the perfect car seat for your child involves many considerations that stretch far beyond your kid’s age. The very purpose of a kid's car seat is to keep the child safe during a ride, but the safety greatly hinges on the fact whether you have selected the right car seat or not. In this blog, we'll discuss everything that you need to know before buying a car seat for kids as a parent.

Types of Car Seats for Kids

Before delving into the details of how to select the right car seat for your child, let’s take a look at different types of car seats and regulations around it for you to be able to select the right kind of seats for your child. As a parent, it is likely to feel confused about selecting the right car seat for your child. It is not only about the safety precautions, but it's equally important to be aware of what each type of child car seat has to offer. Another important factor to consider is the child's age and height. While selecting a car seat for your child, you may also factor in at what stage you will have to transition from an old to a new seat. Let's take a look at the three most common types of car seats below: 

1. Rear-Facing Car Seat for Kids:

Rear-facing car seats are usually designed to offer the utmost protection for your infants and young toddlers. With a snug harness and comfortable padding, these seats provide a cocoon-like environment to cradle your child during travel, absorbing impact forces in the event of a collision.

Ideal Usage:

Rear-facing seats are recommended for infants and young toddlers, ideally up to the age of two or until they reach the specified height and weight limits. The rear-facing position offers superior support for a developing spine and neck.

2. Front-Facing Car Seat for Kids:

The front-facing car seats are designed to provide optimal safety and comfort for your growing child. Suitable for toddlers and beyond, these seats offer a secure harness system and adjustable features to accommodate your child's needs. The front-facing position allows for easy interaction and ensures your little one enjoys the ride while staying safe.

Ideal Usage:

Perfect for children transitioning from rear-facing seats, typically from age two and up. Ensure that the seat is installed securely, and the harness is snug for maximum protection during forward-facing rides.

3. Booster Seats:

As your child grows, the booster seats step in to provide the necessary elevation for a safe and comfortable ride. Designed for older children who have outgrown traditional car seats, boosters ensure that the seat belt fits correctly across the chest and hips, offering an added layer of protection.

Ideal Usage:

Ideal for children who have surpassed the height and weight limits of front-facing seats, typically around ages four to seven. Boosters position the seat belt properly, preventing potential injuries in case of sudden stops or accidents. 

Determining when to transition to the next stage car seat is essential for optimal safety. It is recommended to wait for as long as possible before switching from a baby to a toddler car seat, as rear-facing travel provides the best protection. The transition from a baby to a toddler seat is ideal when your baby's head reaches the top of the seat’s back. You can also check if your child’s shoulders are 2 cm above the shoulder strap opening. Legal requirements stipulate that children reaching 1.35 or 1.50 meters in height (around 12 years old) no longer need a child car seat. At this point, they must use regular car seat belts for safe travel.

Did you know that the Dubai Police is offering free car seats for kids to promote safety? 

In a bid to enhance child safety on the roads, Dubai Police has initiated the “Child Seat, Safety and Serenity” campaign, which includes the distribution of free car seats to parents. The move follows distressing statistics related to child safety on roads. The campaign aims to educate parents and caregivers about the correct usage of car seats and promote overall child safety during car journeys.

Dubai Police has collaborated with prominent partners such as Audi and Noon to deliver comprehensive education on selecting the appropriate child car seat based on a child's age and weight, as well as proper installation techniques.

Dubai Police's campaign comes in response to a growing issue where, despite owning proper child car seats, two-thirds of parents do not consistently ensure their children buckle up. The responsibility for establishing proper safety habits lies with parents, starting from birth onwards. The campaign seeks to address these concerns and create a safer environment for children on Dubai's roads.


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