I know that you are thinking.... birth is aggggges away, why talk about carseats now!? Its good to think about it now! With time and preparation you can take advantage of sales if buying a new carseat. If borrowing then you have time to confirm the seat will be available and check the expiry date.
Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in a restraint if one is available in the vehicle.
click here to read more on the NZTA website...
One of the things I am passionate about is extended rear facing carseats. Each to their own & its ultimately your choice but hey- if you don't know about it, then I am happy to share some info!!
In NZ there aren't actually any laws that specifically set down how loing a baby should be rearfacing in a carseat. It was only recently Plunket got with the programme & updated their recommendations to rear-face until at least 2 years old.
In Northern European countries it is not unusual to have kids rear-facing until 5 years old. This is by far the safest way for your child to travel. By keeping your kid rear-facing in a suitable carseat for as long as possible you are giving them the best chance at reducing serious injuries in a crash. As awareness grows in NZ about the benefits of extended rear-facing, more seats are available at a range of price-points to suit everyone's budget. If you are considering extended rear-facing, look for a carseat that has a high weight rating for rear-facing (like 18kg+).
click here for a video that shows the benefits of extended rear-facing...