Car seats for twins and more……tips from an insider!

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When you have multiples, there is so much to do and worry about. Take the worry out of installing your car seats for twins and more and get a professional to do it. That way, you know your precious cargo is safe.

Twinfo recently interviewed the lovely Michele from Child Safety Solutions Australia to find out more.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to start Child Safety Solutions Australia?

In the past I worked as a nanny, and had the challenging task of trying to fit three car seats across the car, whilst still keeping everyone nice and safe. Long story short, I ended up doing a lot of research, to work out which combinations of car seats worked well with certain combinations of children.

I ended up receiving a job offer (installing car seats), after attending a car seat checking event to have my own car seats checked.

Eventually, I decided it was time to start my own business so I could offer the level of service and support that I was aiming for, and that’s how Child Safety Solutions was born.

Installing car seats, and offering advice is so much more than just putting the car seat in the car. It’s assessing the needs of each family and working out which products will best suit their needs. Not to mention demonstrating how to use and adjust each car seat. It’s so important that parents and caregivers know how to use their car seats correctly, and adjust them as their children grow.

What qualifications do you need to have to become an authorised restraint fitter?

I have an accreditation in the correct selection and installation of child car restraints. Insurance is very important to have as well. Most importantly, experience and customer service skills play a huge part in being able to help customers in the best way possible.

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What is the best part of your job?

In all honesty, no two days are ever the same, and it certainly keeps it interesting. Of course, it goes without saying that it is very satisfying helping families find a solution that will work specifically for their needs, and keep their little ones safe. It is also quite nice not being bound to an office desk 24/7, although working outside through the peak of summer can present its challenges.

Why should parents get their car seats for twins and more professionally installed?

It’s a great idea for parents to have their car seats professionally installed- Even if it’s just the first time.

A good installer will talk you through how to correctly use the car seats. They should show you how to make adjustments, how to check that it’s still correctly installed, how to tell when it’s been outgrown and so much more.
Car seat installation is so much more than having your car seat installed in your car. It’s definitely not a ‘set and forget’ situation. Those car seats will need frequent adjusting (especially in the first few weeks when your babies are growing fast), and it’s important that parents and caregivers know how to correctly fit each child to their car seat.

When getting your car seats for twins and more installed, you should leave knowing you’ve learnt lots of great tips for keeping your little ones safe in the car, and be confident using and adjusting your chosen car seats.

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You don’t “just” install carseats, you also have a busy hire business.   Why should parents of multiples consider hiring capsules and other baby equipment?

Capsules can be quite expensive to buy, and really only offer a limited period of usage. Baby capsules can be incredibly convenient to use in the early days (especially with multiples) – not to mention, some models offer a much better harness fit for premature or low birth weight babies.

It really can be cost prohibitive when you’re needing to buy a few of them. By choosing to hire your baby capsules, professional installation is included for no extra cost, and there is a multiples discount available as well.

You can view Child Saftey Solutions Australia full range of capsules for hire HERE.

As for holiday hire, we often have customers send through a message at the end of their hire thanking us for the service, or saying they wished they had chosen to hire a certain item with their other items.

Long story short – Holiday hire is way easier than lugging trollies full of baby gear through the airport (plus the children of course!), or reaching your destination to find that the hotel has offered an out dated or dirty portacot, or the car rental company hasn’t got any suitable car seats.

You can view Child Saftey Solutions Australia extensive range of hire equipment HERE.

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What age do you recommend people keep their child rear facing?  Why is this?

It is recommended to keep children rearward facing for as long as possible, or until they reach the height marker on their convertible car seat (ideally aiming for a minimum of two years).

It is definitely worth investing in a good quality, easy to use car seat with high rearward facing limits.

I would definitely recommend trying different car seats in your car before purchase- Make sure the inbuilt head rest is extended so you can check that the car seat is still going to fit as your little ones grow.

Whilst the option to rearward face for longer is relatively recent in Australia, countries like Sweden have been rearward facing their children up to 4 years, since the 1960’s. They have the lowest rate of injuries and deaths as a result of collisions. There is plenty of science there to prove that rearward facing is safer, unfortunately our laws are the bare minimum, are a bit slow to reflect this.

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Fitting three car seats across one row of seats can be challenging.  Have you got any advice to parents who might need three seats across the back of a small car?

Fitting three across is one of the biggest car seat challenges that parents and caregivers face. I would recommend starting by trying the slimmest car seats in your car. This may potentially mean replacing any existing car seats you may own, however, it is often more budget friendly to replace your car seats to fit your car, than replace your car to fit the car seats.

Most cars can fit three across the back – Even compact hatchbacks! It really comes down to trying a few options in your car to see what will work in your car, and suit the needs of your family.

Whilst SUV’s are a popular choice for families, not all models have very roomy back seats (some are actually smaller than a hatchback). It’s also important to keep an eye on the amount of space between the back seat and the back of the front seat. You’ll need to make use of this space with your rearward facing car seats and baby capsules – Especially with multiples

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There are so many twin/triplet prams and baby capsules on the market these.  How can people find out what prams are compatible with what capsules.

We’ve spent a lot of time putting together our baby capsule compatibility chart. It includes a list of popular prams, and shows which baby capsules will fit each pram. Many of these will require adapters to fit the capsules onto the pram.

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It is definitely worth choosing your pram first, then work out which capsules will fit. When choosing a pram, think about how it will grow with your children and the needs of your family after the newborn phase. You’ll be using that pram for the next few years, so make sure it’s one that you really love using, and will grow with your children.

View the full capsule compatibility chart that Child Safety Solutions created HERE.

What is a “holiday concierge”?

Our ‘Holiday concierge’ service is basically a service where we run around behind the scenes and make sure everything is organised for you ahead of your arrival.

Some of our customers will book a rental car, and we’ll go and install their hire car seats into their allocated car before they arrive, and leave their hire pram and other items in the boot, so it’s all there when they pick up their hire car. They then leave their items in the car when they return it, and we deal with the rest of it from there.

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We offer the same style of service to our customers who would prefer their items delivered to their hotel or their relatives’ homes prior to their arrival. That way their cots, portacots and highchairs, are delivered and assembled before they arrive.

Most importantly, all of the items are clean, safe and specifically chosen based on the size and age of each child. We try and make travelling with children as easy as it can be, without compromising on safety and comfort.

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Child Safety Solutions is dedicated to helping keep your little ones safe when travelling.

Take the worry out of installing your car seats for twins and more and let
Child Safety Solutions professionally fit them.

Contact Child Safety Solutions Australia today.


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