The Best Spot for Rear-Facing Car Seats: A Guide for Parents

Welcome to Saunders and Smalls, where we specialise in providing the highest standard of child safety on the road through our expert car seat fitting services and personalised consultations. Our commitment is to ensure that every child is secured in a car seat that is not only comfortable but also offers the best possible protection. Today, we're focusing on the critical aspect of car safety for the youngest members of your family: the placement of rear-facing car seats.

Why Choose Rear-Facing?

The safety benefits of rear-facing car seats for infants and toddlers are clear and compelling. In the unfortunate event of a collision, a rear-facing seat offers superior protection for your child's head, neck, and spine. By cradling and moving with your child, it significantly reduces the risk of injury, which is why we at Saunders and Smalls specialise exclusively in rear-facing car seats.

Optimal Placement for Rear-Facing Car Seats

The Safest Spot: Middle of the Back Seat

The ideal position for a rear-facing car seat is in the middle of the back seat. This placement is considered the safest due to its distance from any potential impact during a collision. However, we understand that not all vehicles or car seats are compatible with this positioning.

Alternatives: Behind the Passenger or Driver’s Seat

Should the middle seat not be feasible, placing the car seat behind the passenger or driver’s seat is the next best option. This allows for a secure installation using your vehicle’s 3 point seat belt, or isofix system, ensuring your child's safety at every journey. At Saunders and Smalls can assist you in determining the best position in your car, taking into account ease of access and comfort for both you, any frequent passengers and your child.

Our Services: Fitting and Consultations

At Saunders and Smalls, we go beyond just advising on the best placement for your car seat. We offer Smalls Install Plus which includes; 

  • Professional Car Seat Fitting:Expert advise and on hand to install your car seat, ensuring it's fitted securely and correctly, offering maximum protection for your child.
  • Personalised Consultations: We understand that every child and vehicle is unique. Our consultations are designed to find the perfect rear-facing seat that matches your specific needs, focusing on safety, comfort, and compatibility with your vehicle.

Keeping Your Child Rear-Facing for Longer

Adhering to UK guidelines and our expertise in child safety, we advocate for keeping children in rear-facing seats for as long as possible. Our selection of rear-facing car seats is designed to accommodate children up to 36KG, ensuring they are protected during the most critical stages of development.

Commitment to Your Child's Safety

At Saunders and Smalls, your child's safety is our utmost priority. With our specialised services, we're here to support you in making informed decisions about your child's travel safety. From selecting the right rear-facing car seat to professional installation and personalised advice, we're dedicated to ensuring every journey is as safe as possible for your little ones.