Best Ways to Choose a Family Car

You’ve already consulted all online and written resources and wracked your brain in the process of searching for a stroller. Now, it’s time for you to pick out the car that’s not just going to accommodate you and your spouse, but also the rest of the litter and your new baby.

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While safety has always been a paramount concern when choosing a car, this becomes an even more pressing issue when a new baby is brought into the mix. It’s important to know how a certain car can protect you and your family in the event of a crash. There are a lot of websites which provide the ‘crashworthiness’ ratings of various cars.

Child Restraint

While some parents find child restraints unnecessary, it’s actually a near impossibility to protect a baby that is unrestrained in the event of a crash. Research shows that at a crash of 60 kilometers per hour, the weight of a child can be multiplied up to 20 times. And once the airbag is activated, the unfolding scenario could be extremely devastating.

After choosing the right car, the next logical step is to choose a child restraint which fits and is compatible with your car. Every child restraint on the market is mandated by law to follow strict safety regulations, however, if it is not installed in a car correctly, even a child restraint that passed all the standards will pretty much be rendered useless.

Picking a child restraint should be done even before the baby arrives since the new baby must be restrained in a car seat on the inaugural journey from the hospital. Currently, there are fitting stations at a number of maternity hospitals. If your hospital does not have one, your local baby store can help locate a fitting station nearby.


While safety is a point of contention regarding 4WDs, the truth of the matter is that they’ve always been a popular family vehicle. The main reason is because 4WDs offer more space compared to other models and are more versatile compared to other types of vehicles within the same price points. Space is a huge factor when choosing a vehicle for the entire family, especially with growing kids and strollers and large bags that you will have to lug around. 4WDs are not created equally, so do your research and compare vehicle specs before choosing any one.

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