If you’re driving with your baby, you’ll need to put them in a special seat until they’re about 12, unless it’s an emergency.
What is it?
Do I need one?
What about multiple children?
They’ll need one each. If you have more than two kids, you’ll need to make sure they fit in your car properly.
How do I get one?
This is one of the few times it might be worth buying new, as it’s really important to get one that’s not been in a car accident. But if you’re confident of the source, you can pick them up on Freegle, Gumtree, or a secondhand market.
How much are they?
You can pick up a stage 1 rear-facing seat new from around £25. I got one at a Jack and Jill market for a fiver.
What are the safety concerns?
It’s really important that you put your child in the seat correctly. Children are often injured or die in car accidents because the car seat wasn’t correctly fitted. Read the manual (if you do buy second hand, try and get one with a manual; otherwise look it up online).
What’s the alternative?
Don’t ever take your child in a car.
If/when you have a rear-facing seat, you might want to get a baby mirror, so you can see your baby when you look in your rear view mirror. I didn’t, but kept meaning to get round to it; there were times I just pulled the car over to check the baby was breathing! You can also get fun little mirrors and toys to amuse the baby while they sit there.