A child car seat is one of the things you can buy before your child is born becomes. As soon as you drive home from the hospital, you need a child seat to carry your little darling safely. And regardless of whether you own a car or not. This not only protects your baby, but is also required by law. In Germany, the obligation to protect children in vehicles up to 1, 5 m in height or reaching the age of 12 years applies.
If it's clear that your baby will rarely be in the car, you can borrow a seat - then make sure that the seat is the right size and has not been used in an accident.
Similar to other security related items such as: For example, a bicycle helmet will not protect the child seat in the car unless it is the right size for your child and is properly installed and used. Therefore, consult with the purchase and train it, neatly fix the seat in your car before you take your baby for the first time on the road.
According to the ECE standard (these are internationally agreed regulations in the field of motor vehicle technology), a distinction is made between five weight classes for child car seats:
- Class 0 = up to 10 kg and approx. 9 months
- Class 0+ = up to 13 kg and about 18 months
- class I = between 9-18 kg and about 9 months to 4 years
- class II = between 15-25 kg and about 3 to 7 years
- class III = between 22-36 kg and about 6 to 12 years
Parallel to this, since July 2013, there is the so-called I-size standard, which considers the height of the child instead of the weight. Both standards will be valid at the same time in the next few years.
For newborns, there are either baby bowls or baby baths that are class 0 or 0+.
In an infant carrier, you can carry your child in and out of the car with a carrying handle and sometimes also use it outside the car as a rocking cradle.
Baby bowls are always installed in the opposite direction of travel. This provides your child with the greatest protection in frontal accidents, as the forces are derived over the back and not the neck of your child. Frontal accidents account for around 40% of all accidents. In principle, the baby seat is the safest in the back seat, there is always the safest place for children in the car. But it can also be attached to the front passenger seat. Then, however, the local airbag must be switched off, otherwise it can injure the child in the event of an accident.Pay attention to all manufacturer information regarding child safety devices and airbags and in case of doubt ask your workshop.
Since babies sit in baby bowls in a half-upright position, you should not let your child sit in it too long in the first few months. Since his spine is still unstable, it should be left most of the time.
If you do not bother with long car rides in the first few months of your baby's life, a baby bath could be the right alternative for you. These are often combined stroller tops, which you can take off and secure in the car. The child is then secured in a recumbent position in the rear seat, transverse to the direction of travel. Baby baths must also be tested and approved, pay attention to the ECE seal. Since the burden on a child in a carrycot in the event of an accident is higher than in a baby carrier, you should only choose this option if longer journeys are really unavoidable.
You can use the infant carrier until you reach the appropriate weight - eg. Up to 13 kg of body weight in class 0+ - as long as the child's head is supported by the shell. It is not recommended to change to a forward-facing system too soon, as your child will be safest in a back-facing system (also called a reboarder) until the next weight class is reached.