Baby crib, check. Baby clothes, check. Baby toys, check.

A new bundle of joy in the family doesn’t only bring delight, it also brings about many lifestyle changes and a slew of new investments too.

With the new family member, you may notice both small and big changes happening in your life. It may start out with a casual browse through the children’s clothing section or even pursuing a healthier lifestyle for the benefit of both you and your child.

While you get your clothes and other necessities ready for your baby, it is important to prep your car too. You’ll be travelling around with your little one eventually, so it’s best to get the needful done earlier rather than later.

Here are a few simple ways to get your car ready for your baby.

1. Spring Clean Your Car

The first step to getting your car ready for your baby is to do some thorough cleaning.

Deep clean the upholstery and clear out all the clutter and trash from your car. Any stray trash or clutter can become harmful in the event of an accident as they’re sent flying all over the car. Also, babies can’t resist putting everything in their mouth, so get rid of any unwanted hazards.

Clearing out your car will create more space. You’ll need the extra space to fit in an infant car seat and other baby care essentials for your journey.

2. Invest In A Safety-Approved Child Restraint System (CRS)

Get a safety-approved child restraint system to provide better protection for your child. There are several types of CRSs in the market but for newborns, a convertible child restraint is the way to go.

Infant carriers are lighter and more portable than convertible car seats, however, a baby can outgrow the former within a matter of months, depending on your baby’s size, of course.

Buying a convertible CRS saves money in the long run, but if you’re looking for convenience, the infant carrier may be the better option for you.

If you’re planning to get a second-hand baby seat, take note of its history. Check if it has been through an accident and keep an eye out for its lifespan.

Yes, CRSs have a lifespan – it helps consumers check if the seat’s features are up to date.

Mechanisms like the buckle and harness are tested for durability. Along with those tests, a CRS undergoes several other tests and observations in a controlled environment to ensure that it lasts for a certain number of years.

An important detail to note is that the lifespan of a CRS will start from the date of manufacture not from the date of usage.

When you’ve finally bought the child restraint, install it properly. You want it installed securely so that it won’t come loose or shake too much while you’re driving. A general rule is that if you hold it at the belt path, the seat should not move right to left, forward and backwards more than an inch.

3. Prepare Sun Shades

Living in Malaysia, we’re no strangers to hot, sunny days throughout the year. Your baby will be uncomfortable if she is seated by window under the harsh, uncomfortable rays of the sun.

Protect your baby from the harsh glare with simple sun shades. There are different types of sun shades to choose from out in the market. If you’re looking for full protection for your baby, look into getting a sun shade that reflects the rays.

4. Stock Up On Baby Goods

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Veteran parents will tell you how handy it is to equip your car with an assortment of baby goods. From goodies like baby wipes to extra clothes or toys, keep these around your car for unexpected situations.

Having baby wipes is always handy in case of any mess or spills that may happen with a baby around. Toys and snacks are also good to have in case the baby gets fussy during the ride.

5. Check That Child-Lock Works

Today, most cars come with the child safety lock feature installed in rear doors. This is a nifty feature that prevents the door from opening from the inside at all times.

You may want to activate the child lock feature in your car as soon as possible. As your baby grows older, curiosity will cause them to reach for the door handle, and this could lead to dangerous consequences.

6. Make Sure That Your Car Is Well-Maintained

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Remember to check that your car is in good shape. A well-maintained car can make all the difference in its overall safety.

Make sure that your brakes are working efficiently and that you have more than half a tank of petrol in your car. This is especially important in the event of any unexpected emergencies when you may need to quickly get your baby to a doctor.

Don’t forget to check your tyres too. Certain tyres are of better quality and designed to handle bad weather than others. Investing in quality and safe tyres ensure a smooth and safer journey for your passengers and child.

For better tyre safety, here are some quick tips Michelin has to offer:

  • When checking your tyre pressure, make sure that your tyres are neither under-inflated nor over-inflated. Tyres with incorrect pressure will be unable to provide you with the much needed grip to be safe on the road, especially during an emergency braking.
  • Information on correct tyre pressure can be found on your car on a sticker placed on the driver side door sill, or on the back of the petrol flap, or mentioned in your vehicle’s manual.
  • Ensure that your tyres have sufficiently deep grooves for water evacuation when driving through heavy rain. A groove is the long drain-like cut that goes full circle around the tyre pattern. When the small bridges inside these grooves become visible, you will know that it is time to change to a new tyre.
  • When getting a new tyre, you don’t need to worry about tyres aging. When a tyre is in storage, it is uninflated, unloaded, and subjected only to relatively minor temperature fluctuations. It’s only after the tyre is installed that it begins to be subject to wear and tear.

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