Booster Seats Buyers Guide
When your child gets a little older, it'll be time for them to sit in a booster seat when travelling in the car. There are quite a lot of booster seats there for parents to choose from - luckily you can use this handy Halfords' buyer's guide for help picking the right one.
Your child will have to use their booster seat until they're around 12, so take time to look through the range available and make your decision carefully. Safety is paramount, but you'll also want to consider things like convenience and budget - read on to find out more.
WHAT IS A BOOSER SEAT?
A booster seat is a type of child restraint that's designed to be used once your little one has outgrown their infant car seat.
In the event of a crash, an adult seat belt alone won't fully protect small children. Child booster seats help to raise the child up, so that the car's seat belt fits properly across their pelvis and shoulders, offering the best support and protection.
The law states that children must use their booster seat until they have reached the height of 135cm, or 12 years of age, whichever comes first.
TYPES OF BOOSTER SEAT
There are two main types of booster seat:
|High-back booster seats - Will protect your child's head in the event of a side impact. They also provide more comfort and height, and often feature extras like headrests, seat arms and drinks holders.||
The majority of booster seats are Group 2-3, meaning that they are suitable for kids aged approximately 4-12 years old or 15-36kg in weight.
There are also many Group 1-2-3 seats available, which can be used from 9 months all the way up to 12 years (9-36kg). These allow you to secure your baby in a 5-point safety harness, then convert it to a booster seat when they reach the age of 4.
|Backless booster seats (sometimes called booster cushions) - Less bulky and more portable. However we would always recommend a high-back booster, because of the added safety advantages.|
FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR ON A BOOSTER SEAT
The first and most important thing to consider when choosing between car booster seats is safety. Check that the seat will fit properly into your car - staff at your local Halfords will be more than happy to help with this. Once you're satisfied, look out for some of these features:
- Adjustable headrest - Means the seat can grow with your child
- Side impact protection - Offers extra protection in a crash
- ISOFIX - A safety system that reduces the risk of incorrect fitting. Check first that your car has ISOFIX connection points installed.
- Drinks holders - Helps to prevent spillages
- Seat belt guides - Assists with fitting
- Reclining position - Added comfort for kids who like to snooze!
BOOSTER SEATS FITTED FREE AT HALFORDS
At Halfords we have a massive variety of booster seats from top brands like Maxi Cosi, Recaro and Britax. One benefit of buying your child booster from Halfords is that we will fit it professionally into your car, totally free of charge.
Our fitters are trained to standards accredited by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). They will even give you a free 16-point safety demo, so you can fit your own seat with confidence the next time.