Choosing the right baby car seat: 3 useful tips

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Are you looking for the perfect car seat for your unborn baby and feel a little lost with all the models available? We guide you!

If you can quickly indulge in unnecessary purchases when expecting a baby, the car seat is essential. Whether you decide to put it on your birth list or are trying to find it second-hand, choosing a car seat requires special care. But with all the models available on the market, it is easy to get lost.

3 tips for choosing a car seat

Indispensable for the safety of your little one, the car seat will protect him in the car and prevent him from the worst in the event of a collision.

1. Refer to the European safety standard

Since 2013, the I-Size standard, which we are telling you about in this article, has been labeled by the European Union in order to guarantee the safety of car seats available on the market. Unlike its predecessor (the ECER044 / 04 standard), the I-Size label is not based on the child’s age, but on his weight and height. More specifically, this standard focuses on several points in order to guarantee greater seat safety:

  • Mandatory Isofix fasteners: much safer than the seat belts with which the car seat is attached, especially in the event of an accident.
  • Crash tests for side impacts: I-Size labeled seats now guarantee protection for frontal and side impacts.

2. Choose a shell car seat

If we listen to marketing, there are a lot of pods that can be attached in our cars. They are convenient because they do not disturb baby’s sleep, except that they are much less safe. Indeed, the carrycot does not hold baby well (often attached only by a small lap belt), who may tip over or have his head shaken in the event of an accident. Maxi-Cosi-type shells, which are placed back to the road, guarantee optimal support for baby in the event of an impact. The proof in two videos.

Crash test with a nacelle

Crash test with a shell seat

3. Avoid upgradeable seats

Although practical at first glance, an upgradeable car seat is much less safe for your baby. Keep in mind that you will need three seats before she is 8-10 years old.

  • A shell seat (Maxi-Cosi type): from birth to approximately the first birthday, depending on the baby’s weight and height, to be placed rearward facing. The feet protrude slightly from the hull? Don’t panic, it’s the head that counts!
  • A second age seat: as soon as baby grows up to around 4 years old.
  • A booster: until your child is 1m35 tall, around 8-10 years old.

When to change your car seat?

As soon as your baby is too tight, their head protrudes from the car seat, or their weight exceeds the I-Size standard. Don’t laugh on these points.

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