It must be the right stage seat for your child
There are many different group stage child car seats available, and quite often, there is a crossover of the weight categories. Children are safest staying in the lower stage seat for as long as possible – don’t be in a rush to move them up a stage. Our child car seat selector tool can help you work out what stage seat your child should be in.
We also see a lot of children at checking events using the wrong stage seat because it’s a short journey, or they’re allowed to use an older siblings booster seat for a treat – the wrong stage seat will not be able to protect your child adequately, and could have fatal consequences.
It must be compatible with your car and every car the seat will be used in
Not every child seat fits every car, even ISOFIX seats are not automatically compatible. It is essential to ensure your child car seat is a perfect fit to your car, and also to other cars it may be fitted into. If you have an ISOFIX seat, you can visit the manufacturer’s website for an up to date vehicle fitting list. Some companies, such as Britax and Maxi Cosi have developed fit finders, to help you find what seat fits your car.
Avoid buying your child car seat online, or from stores who fail to offer trained members of staff who can give you fitting advice. Our store finder tool gives you a list of Good Egg approved retailers.
Your seat must be fitted correctly
Once you have the correct stage child car seat, and know that it is compatible to your vehicle, it is important to fit it correctly. It isn’t always obvious how your seat fits, particularly when using the adult belt. Our blogs on fitting the seat with the seat belt, or ISOFIX can give you great tips to help you to fit your seat safely.
Use your child seat correctly
Once your child car seat is strapped in, it is important that your child is strapped in safely. Although this sounds obvious, it is the second most common error on child seats. A properly fitted seat will stay put in the car, but a poorly fitted child will not be restrained or protected correctly.
When securing your child with a harness, the following steps will help you ensure they are safely restrained: