Child car seats – expert advice from a Qualified Child Restraint Technician

As qualified Child Restraint Technicians, Sitting Safe are experts in child car seats, offering expert advice to parents on what is an appropriate form of car safety equipment for a child’s age and stage. Rear and forward facing information and education is available. We supply and fit a range of quality rear, convertible, and forward facing car seats, as well as harnessed boosters, and seat belt booster seats.

Sitting Safe’s trained technicians are qualified installers for all types of baby and child vehicle restraints and booster seats, to ensure the safety or your most precious cargo. They are available to install all car seats, not only those purchased in store. Those purchased in store receive lifetime installs and support as needed.

As a mum, Claire understands the challenge of doing what’s best and the huge amount of learning involved when you first become a parent. “There is so much to take in, and doing what’s best is not always simple. Knowing where to go to get good advice is really important”

Choosing the right car seat was a big part of this. “Until you need one, you don’t realise what is involved. Children spend a lot of their time travelling in a vehicle. It is important that we ensure their safety by providing them with the right vehicle restraints for their age and stage – and fit them correctly.”

When choosing a car seat after the capsule for her first baby, Claire engaged with an experienced technician who made the experience so much easier - “We found the installer really helpful, answering all our questions – it made the whole process so much easier and less stressful.”

This inspired Claire to train as a Child Restraint Technician and set up an installation service from her home in Mosgiel, Dunedin.  The business launched on Facebook in 2015 and has proved really popular, attracting clients in both Southland and Otago.

 “Our main focus has always been to provide parents and whanau with the information they need to keep their children safe in the most dangerous place we put them - Vehicles."

What then?

When Sitting Safe got too much for Claire when working full-time as well as running the business it was decided to expand. Sitting Safe couldn't expand without a baby shop to support it, and thus Sitting Safe - Newborn to Knee High developed.

In setting up the shop Claire searched tirelessly to find the best quality, and also the right style for the community. Mosgiel does not have a baby store - so she wanted to fill a gap in the retail market for parents and gift buyers.

The philosophy of product searching remained strong - supporting New Zealand Businesses, and Made by Mum products where appropriate. Claire sourced over 65 suppliers from a range of backgrounds and business sizes and what emerged is a Boutique store that the community are raving about.

They are always on the search for new product lines - if you think your product suits the ethos then contact Claire - she would love to hear from you!