Infant car seats and child safety seats supply your child with safety and protection while riding in a car. They provide specific benefits such a practicability and seating comfort. Therefore, choosing the right car seat must be considered carefully. More information >
Travelling is always the utmost fun. No matter if you are visiting grandma or granddad, going on holiday or making a short trip to the supermarket – child safety seats provide the necessary comfort and reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident. Choosing the right car seat can be quite challenging. What do parents have to take into account in order to supply their little one with optimum protection and to turn even short trips into exciting adventures at the same time?
Which car seat suits my child best?
In order to help mom and dad ease the choice of the right type, the standard ECE-R 44/04 categorises the car seats into several groups:
New-borns and babies travel safest in group 0+ car seats. Infant car seats for babies up to a weight of 13 kg usually feature a seat insert that can be removed if required. This way, an optimal position which is adapted perfectly to your little passenger is created. Another benefit of infant car seats is the foldable carrying handle which eases the transport. The carrying handle of some infant car seats can even be used as a sun shield holder. Infant car seats are to be attached in a rear-facing mode at all times – this way, they provide the best protection for your baby. Pebble by Maxi-Cosi, for instance, is a very popular infant car seat which is available in various designs and can be installed in the car in two different ways: by using the belt or the ISOFIX base.
When your child has reached 15 months of age you can switch to a car seat that can be installed in a forward-facing mode. Always make sure that the seating position feels comfortable for your child. On particularly long rides, it is important to supply him with a cosy recline position, too. The safest option is an infant car seat which is installed in a rear-facing mode. An infant car seat is recommended to be used as long as possible. Once your little one has reached a weight of 9 kg you can switch to a car seat of the next group. Group I child safety seats are suitable for children weighing between 9 kg and 18 kg.
Group II and III car seats supply optimum comfort for taller children weighing between 15 kg and 25 kg and between 22 kg and 36 kg respectively. Many child car seats usually cover more than one group so that they can be used for a longer period of time. Child safety seats that are suitable for groups I, II and III are considerably cheaper compared to buying several car seats of the different groups, because they grow with your child. Once your little one is tall enough, you can use the safety belts of your car. Group I/II/III car seats are suitable for children weighing from 9 kg and up until they reach the age and weight to move out of the car seat. Particularly popular is the car seat Pallas M-Fix by Cybex.
Reboard car seats are suitable for being used in a rear-facing mode for taller children who are older than 15 months. These child safety seats are much bigger than regular child car seats but minimise the risk of injury in the event of a collision. There are also other car seats which can be used both in a forward-facing mode and in a rear-facing mode. The former feature either an impact shield that absorbs the forces that occur in a crash just like an airbag or standard safety belts. Once you child has grown taller, the impact shield can be removed. The car seats made by the manufacturer Britax Römer are uniformly equipped with safety bets.
It is of vital importance that the belts of the seat are stretched tightly. This way, the protective effect in the event of a collision is the highest possible and you can make sure that your little passenger won’t climb out of the seat. If the car seat of your choice is equipped with an impact shield, it must be adapted to your child’s size, too.
Car seats are mandatory until the child has reached twelve years of age or a body height of 1,50 m respectively. These car seats should adapt to both size and weight of the child to guarantee a comfortable seating position for a longer period of time and to make sure that he or she is optimally protected in case of an accident.
Once you have chosen the car seat you want to buy, another question arises: Does the seat fit in my car? There are two installing options:
A safe and easy way to attach the car seat to your car is by using the ISOFIX system. For this option you need to be provided with two mounting brackets which are usually built-in components of the seats in your car. They can be located by the markings which are featured on the seats in the car. Children’s car seats with ISOFIX snap into these brackets so that a rigid connection between car seat and car is created. In order to gain more stability a child car seat often comes with a support foot. Furthermore, you can use lashing straps.
Children’s car seat withouts ISOFIX are to be attached by using the car’s own safety belts. When this option is applied, you need to make sure that the belts are positioned correctly. This way, the car seat stays put and doesn’t slip out of place in the event of a collision. Several car seats can even be attached to your car in both ways – by using ISOFIX and the safety belt.
The new ECE-R 129 standard – also known as “i-Size” regulation – is supposed to replace the ECE-R 44/04 in the long run. I-Size car seats do no longer consider the weight of the child as standard but his or her size. Attaching the car seat by using the ISFOX system is an obligation. For further information, don’t hesitate to consult our Guide on i-Size regulations.
No matter if you are on an outing in the nature or on a trip through town – exercising is always fun and feels good. Travelling by bike is a practical and cheap alternative to a ride in the car because a bike never requires much space when it has to be parked. Bicycles are easy to transport and satisfy everyone by their manoeuvrability. Those who wish to ride their bike together with their child, might want to get a children’s bicycle seat. Such seats are usually to be attached on the pannier rack above the rear wheel and connected tightly to the frame of the bike. A harness and padding supply your child with both safety and comfort. If you plan on doing longer tours with your bike, we recommend you to get a children’s bicycle seat that features a comfortable recline position to make the trip for your child as pleasant as possible. The matching bike helmet makes the safety package complete – this way, you are well equipped and ready for the tour to begin!
If you have any questions on which children’s bike seat matches your and your child’s needs best, feel free to contact our customer service at kids-room.com. Since we are familiar with all the questions parents have before purchasing a children’s bike seat, our trained service team will gladly advise and assist you in choosing the matching product.
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