Where to get a car seat fitted in Brisbane
Finding a trusted place to fit a baby capsule or children’s car seat is one of the first decisions a new parent will ever make. When you ensure your car seat or capsule is fitted correctly you are directly reducing the chance of severe injury in the event of an accident. By not having a car seat fitted correctly you risk even the smallest accident resulting in more injury than it would have otherwise.
Who can fit your carseats?
Legislation requires all car seats to be fitted properly and you ARE entitled to fit your own. However, considering the cargo you are protecting, it is worth paying a professional and getting it done right, the first time… and every time after that.
That said, if you are going to do it yourself, then firstly check the most current info like this found on RACQ.
If you want to know more about the correct type of seating for your baby or child, and the current laws involved, then we recommend visiting the Department of Transport & Main Roads.
RACQ can fit your carseats at selected locations at specified times. They have centres that can install your child car restraints for you for $55 for members ($80 for non-members) at Eight Mile Plains, Kallangur, Ashmore, Burleigh Heads, Maroochydore and Toowoomba. An adult (preferably the end user) must be present at the time of the installation as the RACQ installer will demonstrate the correct method of adjusting the restraint to suit a growing child. Find out more about this RACQ service.
KidSafe offer a number of installation services across South-East Queensland, including Sunshine Coast, Kidsafe House Herston, Mater Hospital, Logan Hospital and Springfield Lakes. A mobile service may also be available in your area, subject to availability (surcharges applicable). Bookings are required, and a fee of $45 per seat applies. Discounts may be available for multiple car seat installations per car. You need to allow around 30 minutes installation per seat, and it is recommended that you bring along 2 towels that may help to secure a capsule or rear-facing baby car restraint. Kidsafe’s professional child car restraint fitters can also assist with advice and/or configuring child car restraints in your vehicle. This service incurs a fee of $60 per half hour. KidSafe offer a child restraint hire service, providing baby capsules, toddler seats, booster seats, travel systems, prams and safety products. These can be hired for a weekend, weekly, 3 months or 6 months. Find out more about the KidSafe installation and hire service.
Baby Bunting offers a car seat installation service at each of their stores for $39 on weekdays, and $45 on a Saturday. Bookings for this service are essential and subject to availability. Baby Bunting have an ACRI accredited child passenger safety technician who will install your car seat and demonstrate how to use the restraint properly. From what we hear, the technicians at Baby Bunting have great knowledge of this industry and are extremely informative and helpful, taking you through how to use your car seat in the safest way for you and baby. Find out more at www.babybunting.com.au/car-seat-fitting.
Bubs n Grubs offer a free car seat installation service at their Morningside store if you purchase your car seat from them. Alternatively, they offer the same service for a $40 fee if you buy your seat elsewhere. A 19 Point Safety Check Service is also available at a cost of $20. Bubs n Grubs are a Professional Member of ACRI and have multiple trained and accredited Car Seat Installation Professionals. Find out more at https://www.bubsngrubs.com.au/free-car-seat-installation-brisbane.
Brisbane Baby Hire in Lawnton provide a car seat installation service at the cost of $35 per seat. This service is by appointment only. Installation of your seat is carried out by a Certified, Experienced Restraint Fitter with 10 years in the industry, and includes an Installation Certificate with Safety Checklist to take with you. Advice will also be provided on the safe use and maintenance of your restraint. Brisbane Bay Hire also hire baby capsules and child car restraints. Find out more at https://www.brisbanebabyhire.com.au/fitcarseat.
You can find out about mobile baby seat installation services in Brisbane here – http://www.babyseatfitting.com.au/AboutUs.html.
Are there FREE car seat installation services?
As of June 30th 2014, Queensland Ambulance no longer offers free car seat installation.
When should you fit your baby capsule?
The school of thought on this differs, however a wise midwife once gave me this advice – she said “We will not let you drive away from the hospital without a baby capsule in your car AND the last thing you will want to think about in the time after birth is finding and getting one fitted, so fit it as soon as a hire place will let you!”. Obviously it pays to wait until your final trimester if you are paying to hire a seat, BUT don’t leave it until the last week – trust us! Most importantly, you need to book the hire of carseats early in your pregnancy to avoid the potential for there being none available when you need it.
Please note that installations prices quoted are current as at July 2019, and may be subject to change.
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