Stage 2 - Forward-facing car seat

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As your baby grows, you will need to move to a forward-facing car seat.

Remember it is safest to keep your baby in a car seat that allows them to be rear facing (facing the back window) in the vehicle until they are at least two years old, or have outgrown their rear-facing car seat, and then move them to forward facing.

Make sure that when your child sits in a forward-facing car seat:

  • The harness straps are over their shoulders and the harness is firm against their body
  • The harness is moved up as your child grows to keep the harness level with or above their shoulders
  • The chest tie, if provided, is at armpit height
  • You check the car seat harness buckle is clicked shut before you drive off

Placing a forward-facing car seat in your vehicle:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Place the car seat in the back – it’s safer
  • Putting your weight in the car seat as you tighten the safety belt will help get a tight fit
  • If your car seat has a tether strap, use this to hold the seat in tightly
  • Always make sure the vehicle safety belt is buckled tightly through the car seat

Your child is best protected in their forward-facing car seat until they have outgrown it.

This is when:

  • Their eye level is at the top of the car seat
  • They are over the recommended maximum weight

Now is the time to move them to a booster seat (child restraint).

If you have any questions about car seats or installing your car seat ask for advice from a trained child restraint technician at a Plunket car seat rental scheme, another hire outlet or your retailer.

Find a Plunket Car Seat Rental Service in your area.

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As your baby grows, you will need to move to a forward-facing car seat.

Remember it is safest to keep your baby in a car seat that allows them to be rear facing (facing the back window) in the vehicle until they are at least two years old, or have outgrown their rear-facing car seat, and then move them to forward facing.

Make sure that when your child sits in a forward-facing car seat:

  • The harness straps are over their shoulders and the harness is firm against their body
  • The harness is moved up as your child grows to keep the harness level with or above their shoulders
  • The chest tie, if provided, is at armpit height
  • You check the car seat harness buckle is clicked shut before you drive off

Placing a forward-facing car seat in your vehicle:

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Place the car seat in the back – it’s safer
  • Putting your weight in the car seat as you tighten the safety belt will help get a tight fit
  • If your car seat has a tether strap, use this to hold the seat in tightly
  • Always make sure the vehicle safety belt is buckled tightly through the car seat

Your child is best protected in their forward-facing car seat until they have outgrown it.

This is when:

  • Their eye level is at the top of the car seat
  • They are over the recommended maximum weight

Now is the time to move them to a booster seat (child restraint).

If you have any questions about car seats or installing your car seat ask for advice from a trained child restraint technician at a Plunket car seat rental scheme, another hire outlet or your retailer.

Find a Plunket Car Seat Rental Service in your area.

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