If you're soon to have the little pitter patter of feet around your home, now is a good time to start assessing your vehicle requirements. Is your baby's car seat going to fit comfortably in your car, along with your other children? How much boot space do you have? Your little one comes with a lot more baggage then you think, including a pram and baby bag for starters. Will you have enough room for your shopping too? Make a note of these top car accessories to 'baby-proof' your car.
If you have other children under the age of seven, it's important that you buy booster seats after a law was passed in 2010 that enforces this. It may help to pick out your child restraints first, so you can better assess the amount of space you need in the back seat when purchasing a family car.
Make sure the vehicle you purchase has an easily accessible anchor points for your child seat - this can save you a lot of hassle if you remove your baby seat frequently.
Wisely choosing the seat fabric of your car is a practical move to make, helping to ensure your car is stain-free well after your kids' baby years.
Cloth is the most common seat fabric around but it can be hard to clean once your baby gets older and starts to eat and drink in the car - placing their grubby hands everywhere, dropping food and spilling milk!!
You may want to consider getting a leather interior for your family vehicle, as they're easy to wipe clean and maintain, and are not that unaffordable these days.
Tinted windows can also help to keep your car cooler in the summer, making for a more comfortable baby when summer rolls around, and you are returning to your vehicle after leaving it out in the sun.
According to the Cancer Council Australia, tinted films can reduce the amount of UVA and UVB penetrating through the side glass, so it can be also be a great asset in preventing sun damage.
It's all about practicality and flexibility when purchasing a family-friendly car, so make sure that your vehicle of choice has fold-down seats. This will allow you to adjust room in your car so that you can comfortably fit in your buggy, or make more space for your food shopping.
There are also newer models of cars that come with a push-button ignition start, so you can come and go as you please with ease and only need to have your keys 'somewhere' in your handbag.
At Motorama on Brisbane's southside, we retail new and used cars to suit every family scenario, from practical hatchbacks for first-time parents to people movers for your growing brood!