Key things to Consider When Buying Baby Car Seat!
Most babies have to take their first car trip shortly after birth – from the clinic home or from home to get to know their grandparents for the first time.
Most parents buy a baby seat before they are born. We explain the most important terms and what to consider when purchasing.
Those expecting children for the first time can lose their bearings in the product jungle when visiting a baby store or browsing the Internet and only understand the train station for all the information. Anyone looking for a baby seat for newborns will stumble across new words like Isofix, Rebounder, or i-Size.
The experience shows that these are the three main requirements that young parents place on a baby seat as safe as possible, easy to use.
The leading manufacturers of restraint systems for children are making it increasingly easy for their customers in this three-way battle: Squeaky-colored patterns and softly washed pastel tones have largely disappeared from the market.
Skin-friendly covers in life-affirming colors dominate the offer. Clever functions ensure more convenience and security. Isofix brackets essentially rule out operating errors.
However, it is not that simple: The range of baby seats is enormous, and unfortunately, differences in processing and safety.
The integrated reclining position is the new benchmark for baby carriers. A slatted frame moves up inside the cradle by turning over the handle. It gently moves the baby from a sitting position to a flat lying position.
The seat is turned towards the door to fasten and unbuckle, which makes it much easier to place and remove the child.
According to the approval standard R-129, children up to and including 15 months of age must be transported backward. The baby seat may only be used on the front passenger seat if the front airbag is switched off.
Rules for Buying a Baby Seat:
- Never use baby seats/child seats without an ECE seal!
- No blind purchases – the baby should always be a test.
- Test the child seat in the car – does it fit in? Is belt length sufficient? ISOFIX available?
- Read the instructions for use – this is how you can safely rule out incorrect operation.
- Check the settings – does the baby grow, does the upholstery (reducer) and belt route have to be adjusted, and, if necessary, a larger, new seat.
Which Place Is The Safest For The Baby Seat?
The kids are safer in the back seat. The middle seat is to be preferred there, as this offers the best protection in the event of a side impact.
However, there are few Isofix anchors there. If the middle seat only has a lap belt, it is also ruled out.
In these cases, the place behind the front passenger is recommended, as parents can then lift the baby into the car from the sidewalk and buckle up. Attention: If a baby seat is attached backward on the front passenger seat, you must deactivate the front passenger airbag. However, the side airbags on the back seat are harmless to the child.
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