The world is waiting for you! People to see, places to go, things to see! Travelling with your child will always be an adventure, so follow these key safety tips, and then get ready to hit the road.
Taking your child out in the car is a great shared experience, whether you’re just popping out to the park or going further afield. Naturally, you want the peace-of-mind reassurance that your child will travel safely and happily and a properly fitted car seat will be your first priority.
Always choose a quality car seat made by a reputable manufacturer, and never buy second-hand as the seat may be damaged and dangerous even if it looks brand new. For maximum safety, choose a car seat with extra side protection.
Also, make sure you install the car seat properly and that it is the right size for your child. Buy from a trusted outlet and ask the salesperson’s advice. It’s also a good idea to take your car with you when choosing your new car seat so that you know it fits and how to install it securely. If you fit the car seat to the front seat of your car, it’s important to always turn off the airbags.
Always choose the correct car seat for your child’s current height and weight. Your child needs to travel rearward-facing until they weigh at least 9kg (20lbs) as this will support your baby’s head, neck and spine.
Make travelling fun
Take regular breaks if you’re on a long journey – it’s important for you and your child to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and stay mobile!
Don’t forget to have some travel games planned to help pass the time on longer trips – even simple games such as ‘I Spy’ will keep kids happy. You can also sing songs with them play music or use talking book CDs. Make sure they have their favourite toy or book with them.
When you get there…
Make sure you have suitable outdoor clothes for when you get there. If the sun is out make sure you put sun protection on the whole family before venturing outdoors. If you’ve gone to colder climates then you might want to make sure the family has something warm to put on. Don’t forget the sun can still be strong when it’s cold so having sun protection at the ready is always advisable.