Things A New Parent Should Consider When Approaching Parenthood and Motoring03 March 2021
Things a new parent should consider when approaching parenthood and motoring
There’s definitely lots to think about when you’re about to bring a baby into the world, and arguably even more so if this is your first!
As well as wondering how you’ll cope with sleepless nights and the many nappy changes, the sort of car you’ll need might also start to rank highly on your list.
Whether you’re looking for something compact and practical for little trips here and there or something to take you on longer family trips, here’s the tick list of things to consider for your family car.
You’re going to need a pram for little one’s first few months as more streamlined pushchairs are only recommended from six months or once baby is holding their own head up.
Prams these days do tend to dismantle and fold up to make them as compact as possible, but you’re still going to need some decent boot space to take it with you.
Look for models that have an adjustable base in their boot, as that extra few inches of depth could make all the difference when you’re trying to get the shopping in there too.
And while we’re looking at the boot of the car, an automatic opening and closing boot will be mega handy when it comes to loading up and unloading the precious cargo.
You’ve probably heard this term from fellow parents or while you’ve been buying all your baby essentials. Since you’ll need a car seat to bring your new bundle home from the hospital, this is a key piece of kit.
In a nutshell, ISOFIX means ‘International Standards Organisation Fix’, making it the top-class level of car seat safety on the market at the moment to ensure your car seat is secured safely and properly.
It’s a universal system for fitting car seats that uses attachment points that are built into the car rather than using a seat belt, which makes it easier to fit the car seat securely by reducing the risk of error.
ISOFIX became mandatory in all vehicles manufactured after November 2014 but can be found in most models prior to this – it’s always worth checking.
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Look into whether your in-car furniture can be protected from spillages – these are bound to happen as your child grows up.
Protective coatings can be applied to fabric interiors, while leather trims and seat covers lend themselves to operation clean up!
Nothing is more precious than your newborn, so you’ll want to make sure your car has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, which is the highest available.
You’ll also want to check the same report for the child occupant protection score – anything over 80% is considered a good score, and obviously the closer you get to 100% the better.
It goes without saying that activating the child lock is also key to enhancing your child’s safety in the car. Familiarise yourself with where the child lock is located in your vehicle for when you need it.
Can you reconfigure the seating in your car as and when you might need it? Do the back seats fold forward or back? Will it give you more boot space?
If this is important to you, have a good look at how the seats can move to suit your family.
For further advice on the best car for your family, get in touch with one of our team who would be more than happy to help