free safe fit

let our expert advisers demonstrate
and fit your child’s car seat safely
in your vehicle

We know nothing’s more important than your child’s safety. With our 'Free Safe Fit' service, our expertly trained advisers will check that the car seat you buy is suitable for both your child and your car. Our advisers will also show you how to fit the car seat correctly, so that you leave our store feeling confident enough to fit it by yourself.

At selected stores, we offer a free fitting service too, fitting the car seat you bought from us directly in your car. Once fitted, we’ll also provide you with a comprehensive checklist to make sure your little one stays safe on every journey.

It’s important to remember that not all car seats are compatible with all vehicles. The same idea applies to little ones – not all car seats will suit their needs. Car seats are divided into different groups based on your child’s weight and/or height (not age), so make sure to weigh and measure your child before visiting the store so that we can help you find the perfect fit.

where?

Check our store finder to find out which stores offer ‘Free Safe Fit’ (advice and demonstration), and which ones offer free fitting of a new car seat directly in your car. You can also book your fitting appointment below.

We offer the specialist free fitting service on any car seat purchased from a mothercare store or online at mothercare.com. You’ll need to bring your receipt as proof of purchase to benefit from it.

regulations

The law in the UK dictates that your little passengers must normally1 travel in a car seat until they’re 1.35m tall or 12 years, whichever comes first.2

It’s recommended that you buy a car seat before your baby is born, as you’ll need one to drive home from a hospital or birth centre.3

The car seat you choose should meet EU standards (check for the ‘E’ label), which ensure it’s safe and ready for the road. It should also be the right category for your child based on their height or weight, depending on the type of car seat. For a complete list of safety features to look out for when buying a car seat, click here. You can also find more detailed advice on car-seat safety at RoSPA as recommended by the NHS.3

Whichever car seat you pick, you must ensure it’s properly fitted according to its manufacturer’s instructions. It’s better to fit the seat in the rear of the car, but if absolutely necessary it can be fitted in the front. The most important thing to remember is to never fit a seat in the front if there’s an active airbag4 ; this is illegal and unsafe. You shouldn’t fit a car seat in a side-facing seat1 either.

ISOFIX is the current standard system built into new cars, designed to make installing your little one’s car seat easy. With ISOFIX, all you have to do is ‘plug in’ a compatible car seat to the anchor points in the vehicle. i-Size is a new EU regulation that seeks to improve car seat safety to offer better protection for children on the move. i-Size does not replace the ECE/R44 legislation, which will continue in tandem for the foreseeable future. Don’t worry if your car isn’t compatible with i-Size – we can help you find suitable alternatives for car seats.


1 https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/when-a-child-can-travel-without-a-car-seat
2https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules
3 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/child-car-seats-and-child-car-safety/
4 https://www.childcarseats.org.uk/choosing-using/fitting-child-car-seats/