Rear Facing Car Seats

Manufacturers have recognised whilst rear facing is new beyond 12 months to UK parents, they are now offering an alternative. A car seat that can be rear faced for longer, with the added option of turning the seat/child forward facing when the parent feel comfortable to do so. (Rear ward and forward facing in one car seat). So they can rest assured when they invest in a Group 1 rear ward facing car seat they genuinely will get the three years use out of it. If a parent feels they want their child to face forward to age 3 then they can do so; or for days when the child feels unwell, and the parent would prefer to have the baby forward facing.

Many parents choose to invest in rear facing car seats because they have additional safety benefits. Rear seats protect the baby by offering additional protection - particularly for baby's delicate head and neck.

We have a variety of excellent quality brands offering rear facing car seats. Our team can also provide advice for safe installation. This is important because the baby must be seated in a seat that is appropriate for its weight and size.

For safety reasons, it is also important that a rear facing seat is never used for a front seat if the car has an active air bag. For this reason, it is best to have the car checked out by a professional. Local councils offer road safety teams and may offer this as a service, or you can approach a car dealership or car accessory store, some of which offer free checks and plenty of advice. Also see the manufacturer's guidance for excellent tips and guidance for picking the right car seat and model for your baby, and your car type.

New regulations

The government has now recognised this, and put Regulation 129 (R129) into force in July 2013, saying that children should continue to be placed in rear facing seats until they are fifteen months of age. The majority of car seats are now marketed as being R129 compliant if they achieve this new standard. They are also described as being iSize compatible.

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