A Guide to Choosing, Using and Installing Booster Seats and Booster Cushions

Booster seats and booster cushions exist to provide a safe travelling experience for your children, most importantly, toddlers. They raise small children above their height so that the car’s seat belts can be easily fastened around them. Booster cushions are different than booster seats, because of the absence of a back, so they do not provide side impact protection. Booster seats do come with detachable backs, but it is better to keep them on for added protection.

Now that you know booster seat is a traveling essential for your children, but this doesn’t end here. The right choice of a booster seat and its correct installation play an important part in the safety of your child too. The last thing you want is an unfixed booster seat thrashing along with your child when an accident occurs. Here’s a complete guide on the proper selection, installation, and usage of booster seats.

Why are Booster Seats getting all the Hype?

New laws enforcing the way to use child car seats have been implemented this year. Later in 2017, a child must be 22kg or 125cm tall to use a new booster cushion (the new booster cushions will be clearly labelled after the rule is passed). If you have booster seats that are already in use, continue using them the same way, because the rule is applied to the new ones only. Booster seats are popular car safety measures for your children, but the new rules have changed the way people used child’s seats before. It’s crucial for the parents to make sure their booster seats meet the new regulations.

How Old Should a Child Be to be Allowed to Sit in a Car Booster Seat?

According to the law, the age limit for any child to sit in a car booster seat is below 12 years (or 135cm tall). If your child exceeds this age, they should not be allowed to use the child safety seat. The idea is that your child should be tall enough to get into a seat belt on his own. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has extended the limit to 150cm or more for your child to stop using seat boosters.

What to Consider before Choosing a Booster Seat?

It is imperative for parents to pick the right booster seats for their children. A high back booster is recommended for enhanced safety purposes. Make sure your booster seat gives head and shoulder protection to avoid head, shoulder and neck injuries in case of a sudden jerk. Go for ISOFIX standard fitting to prevent the seat from swinging when fixed to the car. Booster seats come in a variety of colours and designs, but that shouldn’t be your priority. You can prefer designs and colours that your children would love, only after you’re satisfied that it holds all the required safety features. And finally, it’s better to purchase from a traditional store rather than online, because it allows you to judge the product accurately and get an expert advice.

How to Install a Child Booster Seat?

Installing child booster seats is not a rocket science. You just have to be careful that it’s fitted properly and for that you need to understand two types of fittings; ISOFIX and non-ISOFIX. ISOFIX seats are pretty easy to install. You just have to fasten the seat in the fittings and look out for the indication on the seat to make sure it’s perfectly lodged. Carefully read the instruction manual that comes along with the booster seat and follow all the steps properly. Double-check the adjustment of detachable parts like head and shoulder rest. If you want to secure the seat in place with car seat belts, then take the belts under the booster seat’s guides. This will keep the seat belts in place and prevent your child from being strangled by them.

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