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You’ve got the toys, the nappies and a shed load of snacks – all ready for a ‘please don’t have a meltdown’ journey ahead.

But what if we told you there are few other things that can keep you and your kids content?

Yep, car seat gurus Graco reckon they have the ultimate guide to nailing safe journeys for parents who are here there and everywhere. Read on to find out what they suggest.

And no, it doesn’t include earplugs (although maybe it should).

Graco’s ‘Ultimate Guide to Safe & Happy Journeys’

The Best Way to Clean Their Seat

We thought we were the only ones who had crumb filled car seats, but according to research apparently, 82% of parents also wish they could keep their child’s seat clean. But who has the time to thoroughly wash off mashed up melty sticks amidst a precision car pack? Not us! Well, what if we told you your child holds the answer? No, we’re not expecting them to do it. Graco says a basic wet wipe is all you need. One quick swish, and you’re good to go. Honestly, it’s something you’ll do and wonder why you’ve procrastinated over it for so long. Well, we did anyway.

Keep This Playlist in Your Locker

Next up on the list of things that keep your trips void of screams, is entertainment. Whether you opt for their favourite new toy or a good old-fashioned sing-along, keeping your kids amused is a great way to get from A to B. But if you’re one of those people who can’t get past the chorus of ‘Head shoulders knees and toes’ without messing it up, you might want to keep Graco’s Spotify playlist Kids in Car Karaoke to hand. One extra tip: Play this at the end of the trip. Otherwise, you may hear “Mummy, mummy, again, again” and have it on loop for hours.

Graco’s Spotify Playlist Kids in Car Karaoke
Graco’s Spotify Playlist Kids in Car Karaoke

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Be Comfortably Safe

If you know your child is safely secure, you can relax a little bit more and concentrate on driving. Graco found that safety in the car when travelling with children is a top priority for 87% of parents, yet only a quarter are confident they know what the different car seat safety standards mean. So, if you’re facing confusion, you’re not alone. To simplify advice on the existing car seat standards, R44 and R129, Graco has brought new meaning to the word S.A.F.E. by making it a memorable way to remember the key points of the latest R129 standard.

  1. S – Size of your child
    R129 car seat compatibility is measured by the length, or height of the child.
  2. A – Advanced Side Impact Protection
    R129 car seats have improved reinforced frames to protect the child in the event of a collision.
  3. F – Fitting formulas
    Ensure the car seat fits the car.
  4. E – Extended rearward facing.
    Graco, is recommending rearward travel up to 4 years of age.

One of Our Favourite Safe Car Seats

Turn2Me™ i-Size R129 - 360º Rotating ISOFIX Car Seat
Turn2Me™ i-Size R129 – 360º Rotating ISOFIX Car Seat

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Want to know more about car safety?

Head to the Safe Journeys website to learn more about the safety standards, connect to experts on a variety of car seat related subjects and see Graco’s full range.

Graco’s Safe Journey Site

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