When we have customers in our shop looking for car seats, we will always ask, "Does your car have ISOFIX?"
We love ISOFIX - we think that it's a fast and easy way to safely install a car seat (child restraint) in your car, and most of the car seats that we sell are ISOFIX compatible. Lots of people don't know if their car is fitted with ISOFIX, but it's easy to check. We've made a video to help you. In the video we've shown how the points look different in different car makes.
So, what is ISOFIX? ISOFIX is an international standard for attaching a car seat (child restraint) to your car, without the use of a seat belt. The system was developed by car seat manufacturer Britax-Romer and car maker VW, and was first released in 1997*. Most European cars from 2001 have ISOFIX installed. The rest of the world started using the system from around 2007 (US cars call it Latch). In Australia, ISOFIX didn't become standard until 2015**.
Is ISOFIX safer than seatbelt installation? Yes, and no. Both methods of installation are very safe if they are done correctly. When car seats are installed using a seatbelt, up to 8 out of 10 inexperienced parents install the seat incorrectly. However, 94% of parents use ISOFIX correctly***. Furthermore, most ISOFIX seats come equipped with guides that will turn from red to green when the seat is connected, or an alarm will sound if the seat isn't installed correctly, reducing operator error.
So how do I decide if I should buy an ISOFIX or seatbelt install seat? The best seat is the one that fits best in your car. In our experience, it is better to try before you buy to ensure that your car seat fits properly, with a good solid install, at the correct angle, and with enough leg room for the people sitting in the front. When you purchase a car seat, make sure that you have it professionally installed (the shop should be able to do that for you) and get them to show you how to do it so that you can switch the car seat between cars if you need to.
Edwards & Co are a New Zealand stroller brand, based on Auckland's North Shore. They specialise in strollers that are designed to impress, and designed to last, their strollers fun to use, and smooth to push. At Global Baby we've been stocking Edwards & Co since 2018, and it has been rewarding to see our two brands grow together. Anita from Global Baby chatted to Mark Edwards from Edwards & Co to find out what makes this brand tick.
Our customers asked us to create a video showing the differences between the two strollers, so here it is! We'll take you through the differences one by one, from wheels to handlebar, and everything in between.
Recently our family has cut back on screen time. It was hard! Probably the hardest thing I've ever done, harder than giving birth or running a marathon. LOL! But don't let that put you off, the rewards are worth it. Here are some things that I found helpful when cutting down.