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Baby Restraint fitters in South Melbourne

Local Baby Restraint fitter in South Melbourne

At childrestraintfitting.com, we are pleased to announce that we have extended our service area to now cover South Melbourne, Port Melbourne areas.

We understand you are very busy and do not always have the time to fit in with the local baby hire shop in South Melbourne. We take you through the whole operation of the baby restraint; so that you will understand how to operate your child restraint, booster or baby capsule.

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Latest CREP Report 2015 – Maxi Cosi Seats Rated Unsafe

2015 CREP Report Released from NRMA

12 Baby car seats safety Tested

The 2015 CREP report from the NRMA was released 8 December 2015. The Crep testing, tested 12 new seats; and rated the seats based upon Protection and Ease of use. Surprisingly 2 seats achieved a single star (maxi cosi mico ap and Safety 1st sentinel II ), under the protection heading.

Some cheaper seats achieved better results than then more expensive seats. Proving you do not need to buy the most expensive seat, to get the best protection.

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What is a Car Seat Fitter

A Baby Car seat fitter (also called a child restraint fitting technician), does more than just install baby car seat into parents cars.  The Baby Car Seat Fitter will educate you on the law, and the standards.  The car seat fitter will also demonstrate, how to use the baby car seat and encourage you to experience the use of the restraint and address any problems you may experience.

An Accredited baby seat installer understands through their experience and being a member of the ACRI; what is the best for the installation of current car seats. Does your car have any safety issues (inflatable seat belts, anchor points which have not been tested etc) which impact the installation of the child restraint.

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Mobile Car seat fitting in Port Melbourne

Mobile Car seat fitter in Port Melbourne

Child seat fitting in Port Melbourne At childrestraintfitting.com, we understand that you are very busy and do not always have the time to fit in with the local baby shop in Port Melbourne, for when they may have a child restraint technician on-site. Furthermore, we take you through the whole operation of the child restrint, so that you will understand how to operate the child restraint, booster or baby capsule.

Child restraint fitting are your Mobile Car seat fitting experts in Port Melbourne

Mobile Accredited Car Seat Fitter

There many people who become accredited, but do not maintain their accreditation, or only perform a handful of installations per month. At Child restraint fitting we have installed over 2000 child restraints and are experienced in all types of child restraints, booster seats, baby capsules and convertible child restraints. We maintain our accreditation through the ACRI and continuously train with child restraint manufacturers, so we keep up to date with the latest child restraints. As a mobile restraint fitter we travel to you, whether that is at your home, office, or the local playgroup.

Installation Service in Port Melbourne

We fit your child restraint according to the best practices, and always educate you. on how your child restraint works. We go one step futher and explain all the typical issues you may encounter when using your child restraint / baby capsule and explain any issues that may be discussed on social media at the time. The appointment is not rushed and comes complete with an Installation certificate for residents in Port Melbourne

Car Seat Fitting Cost (for Port Melbourne)

The cost for our mobile child restraint installation service to Port Melbourne is only $50, regardless of whether we come to your home, office or maybe even a playgroup. Depending on the type of car and restraint being used there may be parts such as a gated buckle of tether extension required.

Two or More Baby car seat fittings in Port Melbourne

When you have 2 or more baby car seats to be fitted in Port Melbourne, we will do both car seat fittings for $80; this is the same cost as an a baby shop car seat fitting but at your home when you need the installation done. In most cases we only need 24-36 hours notice to be able to meet your needs and time schedule.

Note :Car seat fitting checks events are only possible through accredited playgroups and are scheduled events on specific days. Checking a installation not done by childrestraintfitting.com has the same cost as an installation ($50).

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Baby Car Seat Fitting Now in Port Phillip

Child Restraint Fitting are pleased to announce the widening of our service area to include the area of Port Phillip

When we talk baby car seat fitting; we are normally referring to rear facing baby capsules/ carriers and convertible child restraints. By law; in Australia, a child must be rear facing for at least six months, however many experts believe the 6 months rear facing is too short, and coined the phrase “Rear for a Year”.

In Australia; torso length height markers are used, so that parents are aware when it is safer to turn their child forward facing. To Further strengthen the rear facing argument, Australia introduced the A4 rear facing child restraint which has been tested to 30 months, keeping our children safer.

If you need your baby car-seat fitted in / around Balaclava we will come to your home or office for only a little bit more than a shop fitting. As ACRI Fitters we take the time to explain how the baby car seat works and allow you to ask any questions. In short we want to ensure you are comfortable when putting your child in the restraint for the first time.

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Using a baby capsule /carrier is sometimes the easiest option, snap the capsule onto your pram, allowing grand parents to pick can up their grand children easily with an extra base in their car for emergencies.

Unfortunately the cost of a purchasing a baby capsule for such a short space of time is prohibitive; with many new baby capsules costing upward of $400, which does not include the cost of the baby capsule fitting in Melbourne.

Thankfully the cost of hiring a baby capsule is much cheaper and more cost effective, when your baby capsule is hire through child restraint fitting. Installation cost is free when you hire for more than 4 months.

Additionally we also have cost effective weekly rental options available for when you are unsure on how long you will need to hire the baby capsule.

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Your baby arrived a little early and you did not get a chance to arrange the installation of your child restraint.

Don’t worry; The ACRI Accredited child restraint technicians are trained to handle this emergency and in many cases can come to the hospital to install the baby car-seat / baby capsule for you.

If you have forgotten to organise a convertible child restraint or capsule, we can help out in an emergency and organise a baby capsule hire. Just Call 0420 516 587 TODAY

When you have friends coming from another state, you may need a child restraint fitted in your car. The Child restraint may be a tethered booster, Forward facing convertible child restraint or even a baby capsule / rear facing child restraint. We can provide what you need easily as a simple call to 0420 516 587

Call 0420 516 587 to discuss our hospital emergency service
Prior to going into hospital, you will need to arrange your baby capsule or convertible child restraint and the fitting of the child restraint/ baby capsule should be done at least 4 week prior to the delivery.

Should you not manage to organise a car seat fitting prior to going to hospital, Our team can help organise both the emergency baby capsule hire and car seat fitting. We will bring the baby capsule to you and fit it in your car, just as easily as calling 0420 516 587.

Our hospital emergency hire and capsule package does not cut any corners and we spend just as much time explaining to your/ or your partner how it all works. We always recommend the use of a head snuggler and a rear mirror so that you can monitor your baby easy when travelling in the car. Just Call 0420 516 587 TODAY

Call Just Call 0420 516 587 TODAY Call 0420 516 587 to discuss your car seat installation in Elwood with one of our ACRI Accredited technicians who come to your home or office and in an emergency to the hospital.

The region that is the City of Port Phillip has a long history and a rich heritage, which starts with the First People of the Yalukit Wilum and the Kulin Nation, who have lived here for over 50,000 years. Since European settlers started to arrive in the mid 1830s the area has changed dramatically in appearance and character.

The City of Port Phillip was formed in 1994 under the municipal restructure by the then Jeff Kennett Liberal government. European settlement in each of these cities dates from the mid 19th century. Grand architecture and worker’s cottages, community organisations, arts organisations and cultural sites together with sporting groups and grounds are still present today.

The City of Port Phillip is bounded by White Reserve and Todd Road to the west, the West Gate Freeway, Kings Way and Dorcas Street to the north, St Kilda Road, High Street, Punt Road, Queens Way, Dandenong Road, Orrong Road, Inkerman Street, Hotham Street, Glen Huntly Road, St Kilda Street and Head Street generally to the east and the foreshore of Port Phillip to the south.

The Suburbs of Port phillip cover suburbs such as : Albert Park Balaclava, Elwood, Middle Park, Port Melbourn,e Ripponlea, St Kilda, St Kilda East, St Kilda West, Southbank, South Melbourne, South Wharf and Windsor.

Not forgetting – Beacon Cove, Garden City (Localities within Port Melbourne)

Being on Port Phillip Bay, the Council of Port Phillip have a number of very notable festivals these include

  • St Kilda Festival.
  • St Kilda Film Festival
  • Gay Pride March
  • St Kilda Writers Festival
  • Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix (Albert Park Reserve

By 2010 the City of Port Phillip had an estimated population of over 97,000.

There are many myths about Car Seat Installation, and one of them is that you need to have the car seat installed professionally and that you need to bring the installation certificate to the hospital. This is not correct.

A Car Seat installation service is more than just installing the car seat, it is educating the parents about the use and the dangers of the child restraint. All good child restraint technicians should allow you to experience using the child restraint as part of the service.

Note : Car seat fitting checks events are only possible through accredited playgroups and are scheduled events on specific days. Checking a installation not done by childrestraintfitting.com has the same cost as an installation ($45)

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Maxi Cosi New G Seat Coming Soon

Introducing the Maxi Cosi New G Seat

At the Adelaide Baby Show recently Maxi Cosi announced that they will be realeasing in June 2015 the Maxi Cosi new G seat. When parents look at the current Maxi Cosi Aura, they will be excused for believing that the Aura is a G type child restraint; that Maxi Cosi intended to release. However the Aura is only a B/E type seat meaning that you have to stop using the internal harness at approximately 4 years of age and then go to booster mode.

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Car seat Rules and what you need to know

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014 During September 2014 the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754 and the Australian Design rule ADR 34 relating to child restraints.

The basic rules relating to child restraints are:

  • Newborns and Babies must be in a rear facing capsule/ carrier or in a rear-facing convertible child restraint until they are at least 6 months old.
  • Children from From 6 months of age to 4 years(approx), can use either a rearward-facing or a forward-facing child restraint.
  • Toddlers from 4 years to 8 years (approx), use either a forward-facing child restraint (type A/B, or Type G or Type A/B/E) or, when they (Type A/B) have outgrown that, a booster seat(Type E). From 2010 all child restraints must have height markers and as the age range is based on the 2004 standard and are only the 50th percentile so some children may reach the marker earlier or later.

Height Markers

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Even though the law indicates that children can be forward facing from 6 months of age, the practicalities of this are that firstly children must reach the minimum height marker. If your child restraint does not have height markers please go into a baby store to check out if your child has reached the minimum height. Secondly at 6 months of age your baby does not have enough strength in their neck / body to keep their body upright and prevent injuries. This is why many parents are opting for child restraints that allow extended rear facing such as the INFA Kompressor

Similarly the next critical point is the change over to booster seats and it is very important that a child is not moved to booster mode pre-maturely as the sash part of the seat belt will not be in the correct position. To overcome this issue, the G Type child restraint was introduced and allow children to be internally harnessed until they are 8 years of age. An Example of a G tyo child restraint is the Infa Evolve

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Top Tethers

All child restraints must use a Top Tether connected to a tested Anchor point. Most cars have achor points already installed but there are some cars such as the Great Wall Cars which have not been tested and as such should NOT be used with child restraints.

Attachment mechanisms

The AS/NZS 1754 released in September 2014 introduced the Type G seat and ISOFIX. ISOFIX is just another attachment mechanism and is not any safer than the traditional seat belt installation method.

It is still possible to use a seat belt installation on an ISOFIX child restraint, however you should not use both isofix and the seat belt installation

Car seat rules – Australian approved ISOFIX carseats

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It is illegal to use a child restraint from Europe and other countries as these child restraints have not passed the Australian standards. Additionally ALL child restraints in Australia MUST use the top tether strap to attach to an Certified and tested anchor point in the car. More information on Understanding ISOFIX.

Carseat rules – After market isofix low anchorages

Australian road authorities do not recommend having aftermarket ISOFIX low anchorages fitted in your vehicle.

Carseat rules-ISOFIX and Booster seats

There will be NO Isofix booster seats. The Australian Standard AS/NZS 1754:2013 will only allow child restraint manufacturers to produce ISOFIX compatible rearward and forward facing child restraints to 4 years of age.
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Rock Hard ISOFIX Installation

Not all cars have ISOFIX attachments points. and even when the car does have a ISOFIX anchor point, the depth of the seat and the angle of the backrest, all play a part on how tight your child restraint installation will be for ISOFIX connections. There are some cars where the installation may feel rather loose compared to what a seat belt installation will achieve. The main concern should be whether the green ISOFIX indicators on the isofix connectors are fully green. If both indicators are fully green then the isofix has been tighten according to the legal requirements.

NOTE: it is an urban myth that child restraints must be installed ROCK HARD, it is best to have an installation a little bit softer than a rock hard installation

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Review infa arlo baby capsule and stroller

Introducing the Infa Arlo Pram and Travel System

Infa Secure have released the Arlo Stroller and the Arlo Infant carrier making the complete Infa Arlo travel system

infa arlo travel systemYou can purchase the Infa Secure pram by itself, or you can make a complete travel system.

Infa ARLO Capsule and Carrier

Shopping trips are no longer a problem, simply un-clip the carrier from the base, and clip it onto the pram.

Info ARLO Stroller

The Arlo Stroller converts easily from a flat bassinet into a seated toddler stroller. The Toddler seat can be reclined to 4 positions, using a reversible handle covered with real leather.

The Arlo Stroller easily converts from a bassinet style lay down pram, to rearward facing stroller, to forward facing stroller.

arlo Complete Travel SystemA huge problem with many prams on the markets is that; you need to use both hands to be able to fold and un-fold the pram. On the other hand the Infa ARLO Stroller is an easy to fold and adjust the stroller, with one-handed fold and one-handed telescopic handle height adjustments.

The stroller is available in seven colours, while the stroller also comes in two frame colours and includes a 25 litre accessory basket.

Pros and Cons of the Infa Arlo system

The biggest disadvantage of the Infa ARLO Stroller; is it can only handle a 15kg child. For most parents this will mean the child will only be 10 to 12 months of age before they can no longer use the stroller/pram travel system.

The price tag of the Infa Arlo Travel System, is value for money. The Infant Carrier and Infant Carrier base retails at $349.99 for the non-ISOFIX model. The Arlo Stroller, has a competitive retail price of $629.99, and is an all inclusive package and consists of a rain protector, plush boot cover and a seat that converts to a bassinet.

Summary INFA ARLO Pram and Travel system

Overall the Infa arlo stroller has many of the features and benefits of prams at twice the price, with one major dis-advantage that it can only handle 15kgs.

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Child Restraint Safety Tips

Your childs baby capsule / child restraint has a lot of engineering and design that has gone into ensuring your child will stay safe, with revision ever couple of years with the latest update in September 2014, which saw the introduction of ISOFIX and the G type child restraint. These simple safety tips and pre-cautions may help you travel safer with your child

Top Tether / Upper Tether strap

Australia was the first country to introduce the top tether to stop forward motion in case of an emergency braking or being hit from behind in case of an accident. The Top Tether is mandatory and should always be attached to the anchor point (please check your vehicle manual for the approved anchor point). DO NOT wind the upper tether around the head rest, the upper tether should only be attached to an approved anchor point.

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Seat Belt Installation

When using a seat belt installation, always ensure that the seat belt is pushed in fully to the buckle. it can be very easy for friends to accidentally reach behind and disconnect the seat belt or for your cuild to reach and and disconnect the seat belt

ISOFIX Installation (Safety tips)

When using an ISOFIX installation, please ensure that the ISOFIX indicators are full solid green color. If you can see some red press the seat down and re-tighten.

Buckle up the Harness

When you insert the tongues, there should be a very audible click when you insert the second tongue into the buckle. The order does not matter, but on the second tongue you should hear an audible click. If you have not heard that click, it usually means that you have not inserted one of the harness tongues in to the buckle fully.

If the child restraint is several years old, there may be food crumbs in the buckle in which case rinse out and clean the buckle.

Staying safe with longer rear facing child restraints

It is well know fact that children travelling in rear facing child restraints are safer, as there is no stress placed upon your child’s neck, shoulders, arms and chest and they are pushed back into the restraint in the case of a sudden stoppage. Note all other aspects need to be secured such as top tether, seat belt etc. An example of a longer rear facing child restraint is the INFA Kompressor which based upon the 50th percentile will help to keep a child rear facing until 24 months.

A secure harness for safety

In Forward Facing child restraint, one of the most important aspects is the tightness of the child restraint. When the child restraint harness is loose, it is possible for children to take their arms and shoulders out of the harness and the child would be shot forward in the case of a sudden stop, this would happen even if the child has not taken their shoulders and arms out.

There are two tests; parents can do to check the tightness of the harness, 1/ try to grab a fold in the harness, if you can grab a fold; the harness is too loose, 2/ place two fingers under the harness at the shoulders, if you can get your finders under the harness and it is still loose, re-tighten the harness.

When your child is wearing alot of clothes, pay closer attention to tightness of the harness as there is a tendency to not make the harness tight with alot of clothing on

Shoulder and Harness Height

Most child restraints with in-built harnesses feature multiple shoulder strap slots; so you can move the harness up as your child grows. Ensuring that the correct slot is used can help prevent a loose harness fit; improve shoulder strap placement and can also contribute in preventing harness escapism.

In rearward facing restraints, you should use the slot that is level or slightly above your child’s shoulders. Do not use a slot if it is below your child’s shoulders.

In forward facing restraints, you should use the closest slot to your child’s shoulders, but not more than 25mm below your child’s shoulders.

When you adjust the height of your harness, ensure that you’ve correctly re-attached the straps to the spreader / G plates on the rear of the restraint.

There are some child restraints that are easy adjust and do not need manual re-threading. Exampes of child restraints that do not need manual re-threading include, Infa Secure Evolve, Maxi Cosi Euro and Hera, and nearly all Child restraints from Safe n Sounds / Britax.

Twisted Harness straps

It is very easy for the shoulder straps of the child restraint harness to become twisted, when putting on the harness day in, day out. Though it may appear innocuous, these twists can create a pressure point on the shoulders and may cause bruising or more. A flat harness on the other hand distributes the forces more evenly in the event of an accident, evenly across the point of contact with your child, reducing the forces being applied to their shoulders and chest.

To minimise strap twisting, you can fasten the harness when not in use, and straighten the harness each time you use it, so you don’t end up with an overly twisted strap that takes longer to untwist.

Fixing twisted harness straps

The easiest was to remove the twist in case on a child restraint that needs to be manually re-threaded when adjusting for the shoulder height is to undo the harness at the spreader bar and re-thread the harness so that it is now straight. When your child restraint uses an easy harness adjustment then the way to untwist the harness is to create a 45 degree fold in the harness and slide the clip over the fold.

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