There are so many rules and regulations and judgments on how to keep your children safe, but car seat safety is pretty black and white. Here are the rules of you to remind yourselves.

Regulations came in on May 1 last year which says manufacturers cannot introduce new models of backless booster seats for children weighing less than 22kg, or shorter than 125cm.

However, this does not mean that the car seat you are currently using goes against regulation or is illegal to use.

The rules were put in place because backless car seats offer less protection to children in the event of a crash.

Here are the rules on car seats:

Children should use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.

Car seats can be bought based on a child’s height or weight.

Children over 12 or more than 135cm must wear a seatbelt at all times.

Height-based seats are known as ‘i-Size’ seats. They must be rear-facing until your child is over 15 months old.

Your child can use a forward-facing child car seat when they’re over 15 months old.

Only EU-approved height-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘R129’.

You must only use a child car seat if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap.

You must also deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing baby seat in a front seat and not fit a child car seat in side-facing seats.

The Child Car Seats website has information on how to choose a seat and travel safely with children in cars.

The same rules apply for children with disabilities or medical conditions, but they can use a disabled person’s seat belt or a child restraint designed for their needs.

A doctor can issue an exemption certificate if a child is unable to use a restraint or seat belt because of their condition.

They may seem very obvious but you can never be too careful when it comes to the care and safety of your children.