Car seat safety has come a long way over the years. As a child I don’t ever remember sitting on one, and if I’m totally honest, I’m not sure I always wore a seat belt. I don’t think my dads older cars even had rear seat belts! Sitting in the front of the car was a huge treat and my seat belt was always worn then but it was a different story sitting in the back.
With more cars on the roads it is so important for safety to come first and this means putting your child in an appropriate car seat. The current law states that children must be in an appropriate car seat until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years in age (whichever they reach first).
I have to admit I’m not a big fan of the backless booster seats and wasn’t surprised to hear there were plans for them to be banned. This hasn’t happened yet but there are ongoing discussions about making backless booster seats approved only for children taller than 125cm and weighing more than 22kg.
My 4 year old has a high back booster seat, I spent a lot of time researching into them when he outgrew his previous seat and felt that they were safer than the backless versions out there. Online 4 Baby have a great range of car seats if you are on the look out for a new one. We did have an issue of him thinking it was babyish (because his 5 year old cousin told him it was, sigh!) but we sat down and chatted about the benefits of this seat over a backless one.
A huge advantage for me is that O quite often falls asleep in the car and the high back seat means he can rest his head on the sides and have a little snooze. My mum has a backless booster seat in her car for him and he really struggles to get comfy when he is sleepy. I also like the side impact protection that comes with a high back seat.
It is worth noting that any changes that do take place only apply to newly purchased car seats, so you won’t need to buy a new booster seat to meet any rule change. As long as your current booster seat complies with the existing regulations after any changes in the rules you will not be breaking the law if you continue to use them.
Did you know about the proposed changes to the booster seat laws? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear.
Disclosure: Post written in collaboration.