The car seat is the only way to protect your child in case of accident or sudden stop, so no question of the impasse on its quality and using an unsuitable seat to its size, its weight and its morphology. Our advice to help you choose the ad hoc equipment, combining both safety and comfort of the small road user.
Car seat From 1 January 1992, all children under 10 must be installed in a suitable holder (seats designed before 1985 are prohibited). This means that during the growth of your child, you will have to buy at least two devices: a seat for the first few years and then a booster.
Car seat: be in the standard
The label must also indicate the children’s weight range at which the device is intended. There are five categories labeled 0 to 3:
Group 0: from birth to 10 kg (group 0);
Group 0+: from birth to 13 kg;
Group 1: from 9 to 18 kg;
Groups 2 and 3: 15 to 25 kg (group 2) and up to 36 kg (group 3).
Check that the label bears the symbol “universal” ensuring that the seat fits all car brands. Always go for an easy device to attach and remove, especially if you need to transport the car to the other. Finally, do not hesitate to compare models and ask the seller to test the installation in your car. You win by nervousness!
Up to 9 months: the seat shell or the nacelle pram
At this age, we must of course ensure that it maintains the neck, the neck and the head of your baby and choose the seats Group 0 (up to 10kg) and 0+ (up to 13 kg). Two options are available: the pram-pod or shell seat.
The seat shell for protection
Baby semi elongated position is maintained by a harness with crotch straps. Some models can be used as chair and fit on a stroller. He always puts himself back on the road for maximum protection in case of frontal impact, preferably at the rear of the vehicle. If you travel alone and prefer to keep an eye on your baby, you can place it in the front, next to you, but to express condition of having disabled the airbag (choking hazard upon activation of the system) . Choose a model with a seat reducer and a head hugger to provide better comfort to your baby and do not leave it too long in his seat.
The pram cradle for comfort
Pram baby pod provides better travel conditions, especially for long trips. The nacelle is fitted to the rear of the vehicle parallel to the back seat. Coated trip infant held by a holding band around the waist and covered by a protective net.
Group 1 (9 to 18kg): the bucket seat
Your child now holds seated and can withstand the forces that propel it forward when braking. It can be installed forward-facing in the back of the vehicle on a bucket seat harness (group 1). Using a reduction is necessary for the first few months although the stall less than a year. Always go for quality, because your child will keep several years: Make sure that the file is properly adjusted, that the seat can tilt and that the harness straps are long enough to tie when the child grows . Generally, preferred systems that attach with the belts rather than with belts.
Group 2 and 3 (15 to 36kg): booster seats with or without backrest
The size and girth of your child no longer allow him to travel comfortably in a bucket seat, it will be more comfortable in a booster seat (group 2 and 3), attached directly to the seat belt. Until the age of 7 years, focus on models with a backrest and armrests that much better keep your child once asleep. Thereafter, the seat will suffice.
The 3 in 1 evolutionary seats
Several manufacturers offer scalable and versatile seating, capable of covering several “mass groups”. These seats have control systems that allow them to adapt to the growth of the child. Even if their purchase price is still higher than a conventional model, these models are more advantageous from an economic standpoint.
Finally, these seats are the best solution for occasional use. For example, grandparents can make the purchase to walk their grandchildren without jeopardizing safety.
Little more ‘comfort’ car seats
Some assets can be interesting when the choice of protection fleece in the shoulder and neck on the harness, well enveloping sides around the head, armrests, anti-perspirant fabric are so many details that will optimize conditions travel your child. For infants, always think of the seat and head gear to hold that it is not curled up and properly adjust the straps of the seat: up one finger between the belt and the body of the child. The head of your child must never exceed the height of the back.
The installation of the car seat
Since 1 October 2002, car manufacturers must be included in the manual any recommendations for installing a car seat. Take the time to read it before purchase. If your vehicle is new, it is fitted with the Isofix system for clipper directly the seat, thanks to a three-point anchor metal located at the seat, without using the safety belt. Result? A lesser risk of poor installation, a car seat that is one with the vehicle and optimum safety …