Baby car seat: 5 things to consider when choosing a car seat is one of the most important purchases you will make for your child, so be sure to take your time choosing the right one for you. Every bebe confort car seat is tested and approved, but which will be best for you and your specific situation? It is to this question that we will try to answer you by exposing you to the five essential points to consider before any purchase of such an obligatory object.
Baby car seat: what do you need to know before buying one?
For any parent, it is important to choose a car seat that is suitable for the child but also fits in the car in the possession of the family. Among professionals, it is always recommended to test the car seat in the car and the child in the car seat before purchase.
Any car seat you choose must be tested and approved
It’s more than obvious and there shouldn’t even be any doubt about it, but there are car seats that aren’t. For such an object to be tested and approved, it must be tested under two regulations which are: ECE R44 and UN R129 size (also known as the i-Size standard).
As a parent, it is important that you choose a car seat that has been tested against one of these criteria. An ECE R44 approved car seat has been tested in both a forward facing and rear facing crash, while a UNr 129 approved car seat has also been tested for a side impact. A child safety seat approved according to UNr 129 has met the latest maximum requirements set.
Side impact protection is extremely important as 25-30% of impacts are side impacts! It is therefore essential to maximize protection in this area of the car seat and this is now part of the new incoming UN R129 regulation.
Easy and secure installation
First check if you have ISOfix in your car. ISOfixes are small metal rings located on the back of the vehicle seat to connect isofix car seats. Using isofix fixings is quick and convenient and clear indicators show when the seat or base is fitted correctly, reducing the risk of it being fitted incorrectly. If you don’t have them, use all the seat belts to secure the baby or child seat.
Depending on the age and size of the children themselves, the car seat changes
Make sure you choose the right seat for your child’s age and size! Car seats are divided into three groups; Infant car seats, car seats and high back booster seats. It is mainly the age and size of your child that determines which group to choose.
Group 1, the one for the baby: This group is intended for newborns up to about 12 months, more or less a few months depending on the size. As a parent, you should move on to the next step when the highest point of the child’s head reaches the highest point of the car seat and when the baby can hold their head steady.
Group 2, the one for a small child: According to UNr 129 regulations, children must stay rearward facing for at least 15 months, but some specialists recommend at least 4 years, preferably longer. Some seats in this group can be rear-facing or forward-facing when needed. The child has outgrown the seat when the highest point of the child’s ears reaches the highest point of the car seat headrest at maximum adjustment.
Group 3, high-back booster seats: This is the car seat your child will use the longest. By law, your child must sit in an approved car seat until they are at least 135cm or 12 years old, whichever comes first.
Choose a car seat suitable for the entire duration of use
Make sure the car seat will provide your child with maximum safety and comfort for the duration of use. A car seat that grows with the child in several stages is preferable. Features to look for include legroom, adjustable height, adjustable recline position, and adaptive side guards.
Plenty of leg room – longer use
One of the most common reasons parents choose to roll their children forward too early is lack of legroom. A car seat that provides more legroom for children means it will be used longer. Car seats with adjustable legroom save space when children are small and provide more legroom when the child grows.