in the car with britax romer | my child rides backwards in dualfix i-size

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“Like backwards?! But he is not so small anymore. How do you get him into the seat, is it still a baby car seat??! And isn’t it dangerous because of the little legs on the backrest? And anyway, the little one gets bored there, he surely wants to see a little bit on the way…”

Just to give you a small extract of (unasked) opinions that happen to you when you decide to buy a reboarder. Re… what are some of you wondering now and that’s why I would like to tell you today why we have deliberately decided that Emil will continue to enjoy his car journeys rearward facing after the baby car seat.

What happened so far… In the beginning was the baby car seat.

By the end of last year, almost every car ride was becoming a challenge. The child prospered splendidly and became ever larger, above all however broader and the clothes owing to the winter onset ever thicker. Sooner or later, being in a car seat simply became uncomfortable. A new child seat was needed. But my baby sat just a few weeks, was still quite wobbly and for my eyes still much too small for a “normal” forward-facing child seat. After the voices about the ECE R129 standard became louder and louder in the last few months, the decision was actually made quickly. Emil should continue to drive backwards, in a reboarder.

What is i-Size?

When dealing with child safety seats, one has the feeling of having to learn a new language. i-Size, R129, ECE R44 regulation? What exactly is i-Size and which standard will soon have to be met?? You first have to find your way through it..

i-Size (also known by the current standard ECE R129) is the first phase, of the EU safety regulation R129, which came into force in July 2013. i-Size child seats require children up to 15 months of age to ride rear-facing. The new child seats are compatible with all i-Size cars and almost all ISOFIX cars. Furthermore they offer more security:

Better fit due to length specifications in centimeters: The choice of the right child seat is simplified and replaces the previous information in kg. Thus the premature change to the next larger seat is counteracted.

Easy installation: Faulty installation is much less likely with an i-Size seat, as they are mounted on the ISOFIX anchor points with a simple click installation and are compatible with almost all ISOFIX cars.

protection for head and neck area: Improved protection in the event of a side and frontal impact.

Side impact protection: i-Size seats provide better protection for the child in the event of a side impact accident.

Rear-facing child seats: It offers maximum protection because forces in a frontal collision are better distributed over a larger area of the child’s body, meaning the head and neck have to withstand less pressure.

Forward, backward, sideways, stop! The DUALFIX i-SIZE has the hang of it

The DUALFIX i-SIZE is the most flexible option for your child – from birth to 4 years (105 cm). The 360-degree swiveling child seat offers ultimate comfort for parents and children and can be used both forward and rearward facing – and thanks to lateral rotation towards the open vehicle door, putting the child in or lifting him out is easier than ever. The child seat not only looks smart, but also incorporates all our experience in the field of child safety – for a good feeling on every ride.

When I visited the Britax Romer stand at last year’s Kind und Jugend, I was attracted by a huge crowd of people. All gathered around this new child seat which is, now be honest, but really a real gem.

The DUALFIX i-SIZE, which has only been on the market since the beginning of the year, is a premium reboarder for babies and toddlers made in Germany, which can be rotated 360 degrees. Meaning forward and rear-facing driving is possible from birth to 4 years of age (105 centimeters and up to 18 kilograms body weight). The seat offers a total of twelve seating positions, including an ergonomically flat reclining position for newborns. You can drive forward-facing in the DUALFIX i-SIZE from a body height of 76 – 105 cm. Rear-facing is possible from birth with newborn insert and at least 40 cm body height, and up to a body height of 105 cm! The DUALFIX i-SIZE offers the option of permanent use as a reboarder for the entire period of 4 years.

But why actually drive backwards? Because it is safer! The rear-facing shells better protect the head, neck and back area of the smallest children and in the event of a collision, the weight is distributed in the seat and not just held by straps.

Turning the seat also offers another advantage – relaxed fastening and unfastening of the seat belt. Everybody knows the situation, the child whines, maybe doesn’t like to get into the seat, buckling up becomes a struggle. The DUALFIX i-SIZE can now be turned to the open car door in a relaxed manner, without having to perform back-wrenching acrobatics. Lifting out of the car seat when the child has fallen asleep while driving, for example, also works much better, as he or she sits perfectly facing you thanks to the swivel mechanism.

By the way, the seat is turned very easily by unlocking it with the help of a button that is easily accessible from the side. The seat can be rotated super smoothly in both directions on the base. Once in the driving position, the seat locks into place and the red warning area turns black – ready to go.

And how is he now so our DUALFIX i-SIZE

So since the end of January, we are now happily driving the Mini backwards through the area. The installation of the seat went via Isofix very easy. Put it in, latch it, adjust the height-adjustable support leg, done. In the meantime Emil was already chilling in his uninstalled seat and didn’t want to get out of it, a good sign! The seat offers enough space, even with thick winter jacket. We have the seat currently set relatively flat and yet the structure is high enough so that the Mini can look out the window while driving. I have often thought he fell asleep because it was so quiet in the car. When I got out of the seat, however, a satisfied child grinned at me, who seemed to enjoy the passing view very much during the ride.

What you can not do with the DUALFIX i-SIZE, however, in the first months – transport the “baby shell” outside the car. The Mini for example in the baby seat on the shopping cart is omitted (I personally always found totally annoying and have therefore usually resorted to the stretcher).

Furthermore there is a shortcoming, which we could observe at the DUALFIX i-SIZE up to now, our car – an Opel Astra station wagon – is too small. We have Emil’s seat permanently installed behind the driver’s seat, when I drive there is only a few centimeters of free space between my backrest and the child seat, so that I can also turn the child seat as intended without any problems. However, if my husband drives, it will be tight. The driver’s seat then abuts the tub and the space for my husband is not 100% sufficient.. And that although he is not really a giant with his 1.83 cm.

Also, when getting out, you must always remember to make the driver’s seat a little forward, so that you can turn the DUALFIX i-SIZE, otherwise it is stuck namely. One point to pay attention to when buying the child seat. For us, there is now only one solution – we need a larger car& However, as soon as the child seat is set in a steeper position or forward-facing, the space problem is also gone.

The purchase price – A calculation example

The new DUALFIX i-SIZE of Britax Romer costs according to manufacturer 579,90€. The price seems is quite hefty at first, but if you deal with it more closely, I find it absolutely justified. What I would like to explain to you by means of a small calculation example.

With the DUALFIX i-SIZE you buy a child seat for a period from birth to about 4 years of age. Let’s break this down by looking at the child seats on offer that you would otherwise have to purchase. The first purchase would be the baby seat, which is used from birth to about 1 year, if you have a petite child maybe 15 months. For example the Britax Romer BABY-SAFE i-SIZE for 199,90€.

For safety reasons, of course, we want to attach this with an Isofix station in the car: BABY-SAFE i-SIZE BASE for 149,90. Thus we are already in the first year of life at about 250€.

At a little over a year, it’s time for a new seat, you choose, for example, a solid classic that offers the option of forward-facing only. Here, too, are the models such as the KING II – Black Series once again at 199.90 €. This accompanies you if everything fits then up to the 4. Year of life. Added up you have spent thus completely simply also 549,70 euro. With a simple basic configuration, without rear-facing, you are just 30 euros below the one-time purchase price of the DUALFIX i-SIZE. From the time saved researching, installation and conversion, whining child, because the infant carrier is too tight, etc. once completely apart.

One question at the end. And why does Felix not ride backwards?!

Well, this is indeed a good question, but it can be answered quite simply. In 2015, when Felix also moved from the infant carrier to the next larger child seat at around 9 months of age, the reboarder issue was still very fresh. The regulation ECE R129 one had heard perhaps already here and there, but so correctly one did not notice the topic yet. By the way, at that time the few rear-facing seats were still unaffordable and impractical, as they could only be used for a short period of time. Therefore we decided at that time more unconsciously than consciously against a Reboarder or better said, it was at that time simply no topic at all. Of course Felix didn’t miss the chance to take a seat in the new DUALFIX i-SIZE.

An advantage of this, the two guys can look at each other while driving. We hold hands or fool around and I get immediate feedback from Felix when Emil falls asleep. Since we got the DUALFIX i-SIZE we are finally happy again with the rear seats. Except joyful gequieke or wohliges snoring we hear since then no more much in the car. We are really super happy with our new child seat and enjoy driving together again.

Reboarder?! Yes or No. Is this an issue with you?

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