What is a Child Booster Seat?
Like babies, older children are also at risk of serious injury in the event of a vehicle accident, which is why a safety tested child booster seat is essential for ensuring the proper protection of your child when driving.
Child booster seats are required by law
Every parent knows the safety of your child in the car is of up most importance. Gone are the days of strapping your child into the back seat with just the seatbelt for protection. It is well documented that children aged four years and older need protection when traveling in the car, the same way a younger child or baby does. Each state has its own requirements but children aged four to seven years of age must be secured in either a forward facing seat with an inbuilt harness or a child booster seat.
A child car booster seat is designed to accommodate the needs of your child once they have outgrown a forward facing restraint. There are national and state based guidelines on when a child should be upgraded to a booster seat, however you should take into consideration not only the age of your child, but also their height. All Safe-n-Sound booster seats come with full instructions and advice on when your child should start using this type of restraint.
Choose the best child booster seat for your needs
There is a range of child booster seats to choose from and it is important to consider your specific needs before selecting the best booster seat for your child.
Convertible child booster seats are child restraints that can be used as a forward facing restraint with inbuilt harness from the age of approximately six months and then convert to a booster seat from approximately age four onwards when you can remove the harness.
A convertible booster seat is a good option if you are expecting another baby and need a new seat for your older child. The Safe-n-Sound range of convertible booster seats come with an easy to use buckle and harness that can be adjusted to the height of your child.
A standard booster seat is more appropriate for when your child is aged approximately four years or older. The child is secured into the seat by either the car seat belt or an additional harness for extra safety - if using a lap only seat belt a Child Harness must be used. Older children can be incredibly skilful at wriggling and moving around, which is why a well-fitted and secure booster seat is important.
When shopping for child booster seats, always look for products that meet or exceed Australian safety standards and are crash tested to perform in all conditions. In addition to rigorous testing, Safe-n-Sound booster seats are designed specifically to protect older children and come with easy to remove covers for washing and deep side wings for impact protection.
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