“When you were a baby,” my mother is fond of telling me, “we had no such things as special car seats. You were rolling around in a papoose in the back of my old Renault, and you were absolutely fine.” Of course, she also likes to tell people, with pride in her voice, that I could walk, talk, read, and discuss quantum physics before I was 1…. so I take what she says with a healthy pinch of salt.

Of course, back in those days (yes, many many years ago!), there weren’t the stringent regulations in place that there are today to keep our bambinos safe. Car seats, seat mirrors, special seat belts, car shades… The list is endless. And quite rightly so – what price for a child’s safety? There’s nothing quite like the awesome responsibility of the first time you exit the hospital with your little bundle of squirmy sweet-smelling joy, and the primal visceral need to protect them from anything and everything. Danger lurks around every corner. Buckling them into the car for the first time and driving off is one of the first experiences you have as a parent where you don’t have complete control over your child’s safety. So, anything and everything you can utilise to ensure and augment that safety is a must, in my book.

When they’re very small, and perfectly cocooned in their rear facing car seat, if you’re lucky, they’ll drop off to sleep and you can enjoy your own grown up music on the radio rather than the latest Nursery Rhymes for Kids Volume 800.* Car seats are a godsend for the baby who won’t sleep – who doesn’t remember driving up and down the road at midnight just to get your screaming child off to the land of nod?