Car Seats: Where do you start and what does it all mean?
Here’s a quick guide that will hopefully answer some of the many questions you are bound to have:
9 RULES TO CHOOSE YOUR CAR SEAT:
• Is the car seat suitable for the weight, height and age of your child?
• Is the car seat comfortable and welcoming?
• Is it easy to adjust the harness or to place the car belts?
• Does the car seat have a recline function?
• Once placed in the car, is the car seat convenient to use every day?
• Are older children able to get on and off easily?
• Is it suitable for your car? If you can, try to install it.
• Is it easy to complete the installation?
• Is it equipped with ISOFIX system which is safer, faster and easier to install?
WHY IS IT BETTER TO TRAVEL REAR FACING?
The newborn’s head is larger than the rest of body and it is 25% of the total weight, while this percentage drops to 6% in an adult. Therefore children are more protected if they are transported reward facing until at least 15 months, since only from that age head and neck can withstand the forces generated in a frontal impact better.
REMEMBER: CHILDREN ARE NOT SMALL ADULTS!
When is it the right time to change your car seat?
Car seats are designed to ensure the utmost safety and comfort for children according to their height, weight and age. There are a couple of key things to look out for when deciding whether you need to change your car seat:
• If the top of the child’s head appears above the upper edge of the backrest
• Shoulders are more than 2 cm above the integrated seat belt attachment when the headrest is the highest position
The child grows, the car seat also.
As they become older, children want to imitate their parents and during the travel by car they often refuse to use the car seat because it makes them feel too small.
Be aware: the use of the car seat from 4/5 years continues to be crucial because it is the only way to protect your child correctly. We must remember that cars and their devices (belts or airbags) are designed to transport adults.