Tips for the child seat in the car – how to find the perfect car seat

Before you have a child seat in the car, you ask yourself many questions. From when do I need which seat? What is comfortable and safe? We looked around for a long time with both kids because after the infant carrier we didn’t want to buy a new car seat every year. In this article, you’ll learn everything we’ve learned about car seats. When your kid needs which seat, where to save money and why it’s not a good idea to be on the road without a seat for your kids.

A good friend, who is about to become a father for the first time, reminded me of something I had almost forgotten about. With the many purchases for the child you do not think further about whether you buy it.

Most purchases are alternativlos and that makes spending money on children much easier.

On the list of this alternativless Things is the car seat for your child – in technical jargon, restraint called. Already from the first day you need a child seat in the car. No later than the time you pick up your child from the hospital by car.

Which car seats for children are there and when does my child need which kind of child seat??

Car seats are divided into different classes. Start with class 0, the baby car seat for the first car ride home from the hospital. At the age of ca. twelve years, the last child seat is a booster seat class III.

As a rule, the classes are assigned to the weights of the child. A normally built child outgrows a seat before reaching the maximum allowable weight for a seat. Only a few children drive a seat up to the weight limit.

Seat classes and weights at a glance:

  • Class 0 – weight up to 10 kg / seat is used against or across the direction of travel
  • Class 0+ – weight up to 13 kg / seat is driven against the driving direction
  • Class 0+ to I – weight up to 18 kg / seat must be driven against the direction of travel up to a weight of 9 kg and can then be turned in the direction of travel
  • Class I – from 9 kg to 18 kg / may be driven in the direction of travel or against the direction of travel
  • Class II – from 15 kg to 25 kg / from this class onwards, the seat is usually in the direction of travel
  • Class II-III – from 15 kg to 36 kg
  • Class III – from 22 kg to 36 kg / Class III seats are booster seats

By the way, any of these seat solutions you may attach to all passenger seats in the car. Also on the front seat.

What do I do with a baby only?

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Which child seat do I buy?

In more correct terms, the question is: how many car seats do I buy??

As you can see from the different classes, you won’t get by with just one child seat. You will probably buy two or more seats, the infant carrier and at least one other child seat.

In front of you is a wide range of different car seats and need to choose your combination of options.

You can z. B. Buy a class 0 infant car seat and change to a class I seat. If this no longer fits, a class II seat is purchased before the class III booster seat is due. This is the most individual and expensive solution. If you consider that a child seat of class I and II costs 200 €, you quickly invest 550 – 600 € for seats.

Group 0 car seats

  • A car seat for 12 years. Group 0+/1/2/3. For babies 0-12 years (0-36kg). Grows with your child. Certification according to EU safety standards (ECE R44/04).
  • 4 position recline comfort for baby. Position 1,2,3 for forward facing position, position 4 only for rear facing, 7-way adjustable headrest (up to 20 cm). Removable and washable seat cushion. 5-point harness with shoulder and.
  • 3-in-1 car seat: rear-facing, forward-facing, high-back. Change from a rear-facing, buckled-in infant carrier (birth to 13 kg) to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat (9-18 kg) to a booster seat with high.
  • 360° rotation makes it easier for the child to get in and out of the vehicle. Save time on seat installation. ISOFIX+Top Tether: Can be easily and safely installed in the car with the ISOFIX connectors. The Top Tether prevents.
  • ISOFIX attachment (easier to install the car seat); Newborn inner cushion,(Baby is too small and needs support in group 0 for 0-13 kg). Please feel free to contact us if you have any quality problems.
  • ROTATABLE 360 DEGREES: Using unique technology, the car seat can freely rotate around its axis without the need to disconnect from the seat belts
  • ISOFIX – SYSTEM + TOP TETHER: a stable and quick way to install the child seat in the car. The ISOFIX system significantly reduces the forces acting on the child in the event of sudden braking or collision
  • HEAD SUPPORT ADJUSTMENT: 7-step adjustment of the head support, allows the child seat to grow with the child
  • 4 LEVELS OF TILTING: One-handed recline adjustment from a sitting position to a reclining position (with sleep function). Guarantee of comfort and correct position of the child
  • DRI-SEAT(H2) BREATHABLE REDUCER INSERT: For the safety and a comfortable postion of the youngest children, the child seat is equipped with an additional Dri-Seat reducer insert
  • ★ Suitable for group 0+1/2/3 0-36 kg (approx. 0 months – 12 years) Grows with your child. ECE R44/04 approved child car seat.
  • ★ 3-in-1 car seat: rear-facing, front-facing, high-back booster. It is convenient for your child and convenient for you, transition from a rear-facing preloaded infant car seat (birth to 13 kg) to a forward-facing one.
  • ★ With Side Protection System for optimal safety in the event of a side impact. Securely strapped in with 5-point harness system. 7-position height-adjustable headrest for optimal growing along and maximum safety. 4 comfortable seating and resting positions.
  • ★ 360° rotation makes it easy for the child to get in and out of the car. Save time on seat installation. ISOFIX+Top Tether: with the integrated ISOFIX connectors, you can easily and safely install the seat in your vehicle. In case of.
  • ★ Gift Packs: Gifts include red seat belt clip (Prevent retraction, which supports installation); ISOFIX Attachment (Easier installation of the car seat); Newborn Inner Pad (baby is too small and needs support in.

Group 1 car seats

  • ADJUSTABLE HEAD SUPPORT – Thanks to the adjustable headrest, you can adjust the seat to the size and needs of your child with one hand. There is even a choice of 6 positions (65-77 cm)
  • ERGONOMIC ARM RESTS – The ergonomic arm rests not only increase your child’s comfort while driving, but also ensure their safety because the course of the hip belt is visible
  • INSERTS FOR MORE SAFETY – CONCEPT has 2 additional inserts for the smallest passengers, which allow you to adjust the child seat to the size of your child and ensure him special travel comfort
  • Harness guides – The harness guides make it easy to buckle the child in properly, ensuring him a comfortable and safe journey
  • CRASHTESTED – All Kinderkraft brand child seats are subjected to rigorous crash tests at the prestigious Dutch institute TASS INTERNATIONAL. They are also subject to further multi-stage checks after they have been launched on the market
  • An optional extended 10-year warranty is available for this product. Please refer to the PDF file attached below for warranty conditions. You can also find warranty information on the manufacturer’s website.
  • ✅Versatile: A child seat for children weighing 9-36 kg (ECE: I/II/III) and a maximum height of 150 cm. It is installed in the direction of travel. It complies with the European safety standards ECE R44/04, and its safety.
  • ✅Safe: An easy installation with the help of ISOFIX and TOP TETHER or the car seat belt; the child seat has a fixed, enlarged side protection on the headrest and a side protection that protects the head, shoulders and hips of the child in the event of an impact.
  • ✅Ergonomic: The headrest can be adjusted in 10 steps, so that the child seat can be easily adjusted to the size of the child. The backrest is ergonomically shaped and can be adjusted to make the ride more comfortable for the small.
  • ✅Practical: Since the child seat can be installed with the 3-point safety belt, you can install the child seat in any car. SAFETY FIX also has a removable cover that can be easily washed and an insert for the.
  • ✅Comfortable: it has a soft, deep seat in the following size: height: 60-77 cm, width: 44 cm, depth: 48 cm. Therefore, even a long journey will be very comfortable for the child
  • ✅An optional extended 10-year warranty is available for this product. Please refer to the PDF file attached below for warranty conditions. You can also find warranty information on the manufacturer’s website.
  • SUITABLE FOR CARS WITH AND WITHOUT ISOFIX-The sturdy and high-quality Besrey car child seat with ISOFIX is equipped with a 5-point harness that can be individually adjusted to your child’s height. For children in groups 1-3 ( 9-36.
  • MAXIMUM SAFETY- It has the certificate of the European Union ECE R44/04. All safety-related body components are made of high-density polyethylene. Child car seat has integrated side impact protection (SPS system)
  • FOLDABLE AND CARRIBLE-The child seat folds small and is portable with one click and it is best suited for car sharing, carpooling, cabs, grandparents, families with multiple cars, vacation, travel or everyday use.
  • ADULT CHILD SEAT AND EASY TO USE -The inner seat shell for infants can be removed. The headrest and the height of the seat belt can be adjusted with one click.
  • COMFORT FOR CHILDREN-Thanks to comfortable padding in the head and seat area, additional padding on the sides, your little ones can feel completely comfortable during every car ride and are optimally protected at the same time

Group 2 car seats

  • ImpactGuard construction. Using special technology, the child seat absorbs impact forces and minimizes the effect of acceleration forces acting on the child in the event of an accident.
  • Deep, comfortable seat. The child car seat is equipped with a deep seat, which protects the child even in unpredictable situations. Protection is completed by additional reinforcements in the lumbar area.
  • Reinforced headrest. The wide recessed headrest greatly improves the safety of the small passenger. The 6-step adjustment range allows the child seat to be adapted to each child.
  • Side protection. Special panels absorb acceleration forces in side and rear impacts and provide better safety from all sides.
  • Tested quality. Lars Plus has undergone multi-stage testing, it has passed a number of internal checks as well as tests in an independent certification body. It complies with the European safety standard ECE R44.04.
  • A car seat for 12 years. Group 0+/1/2/3. For babies 0-12 years (0-36kg). Grows with your child. Certification according to EU safety standards (ECE R44/04).
  • 4 Position reclining comfort for babies. Position 1,2,3 for forward-facing position, position 4 for rear-facing only, 7-way adjustable headrest (up to 20 cm). Removable and washable seat cushion. 5-point harness with shoulder and.
  • 3-in-1 car seat: rear-facing, forward-facing, reclining. Change from a rear-facing, buckled-in infant carrier (birth to 13 kg) to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat (9-18 kg) to a booster seat with high.
  • The 360° rotation facilitates the entry and exit of the child into the vehicle. Save time during seat installation. ISOFIX+Top Tether: Can be easily and safely installed in the car with the ISOFIX connectors. The Top Tether prevents.
  • ISOFIX attachment (easier installation of car seat); Newborn inner cushion,(baby is too small and needs support in group 0 for 0-13 kg). If you have any quality problem, please feel free to contact us.
  • ADJUSTABLE HEAD SUPPORT – Thanks to the adjustable head support, you can adjust the seat to your child’s size and needs with just one hand. There are even 6 positions to choose from (65-77 cm)
  • ERGONOMIC ARM RESTS – The ergonomic arm rests not only increase your child’s comfort while driving, but also ensure their safety because the course of the waist belt is visible
  • INSERTS FOR MORE SAFETY – CONCEPT has 2 additional inserts for the smallest passengers, with which you can adjust the child seat to the size of your child and ensure him special travel comfort
  • HURT GUIDES – The harness guides make it easy to buckle the child properly, ensuring him a comfortable and safe trip
  • CRASHTESTED – All Kinderkraft brand car seats undergo rigorous crash tests at the renowned Dutch institute TASS INTERNATIONAL. Even after the market launch, they are subject to further multi-stage controls
  • An optional 10-year extended warranty is available for this product. Please refer to the PDF file attached below with the warranty conditions. You can also find warranty information on the manufacturer’s website.

Group 3 car seat

  • ImpactGuard construction. Through the use of special technology, the child seat absorbs impact forces and minimizes the impact of acceleration forces acting on the child in the event of an accident.
  • Deep, comfortable seat. The child car seat is equipped with a deep seat, which protects the child even in unpredictable situations. Protection is complemented by additional reinforcements in the lumbar area.
  • Reinforced headrest. The wide, recessed headrest significantly improves the safety of the little passenger. The 6 position adjustment range allows the child seat to be adjusted to fit each child.
  • Side protection. Special panels absorb the acceleration forces in side and rear impacts and provide better safety from all sides.
  • Tested Quality. Lars Plus has undergone multi-stage testing, passing both a series of internal checks and tests at an independent certification body. It complies with the European safety standard ECE R44.04.
  • A car seat for 12 years. Group 0+/1/2/3. For babies 0-12 years (0-36kg). Grows with your child. Certification according to EU safety standards (ECE R44/04).
  • 4 position reclining comfort for babies. Position 1,2,3 for forward-facing position, position 4 for rear-facing only, 7-position adjustable headrest (up to 20 cm). Removable and washable seat cushion. 5-point harness with shoulder and.
  • 3-in-1 car seat: rear-facing, forward-facing, high-backed. Switching from a rear-facing, buckled-in infant car seat (birth to 13 kg) to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat (9-18 kg) to a booster seat with high.
  • The 360° rotation makes it easier for the child to get in and out of the vehicle. Save time on seat installation. ISOFIX+Top Tether: Can be easily and safely installed in the car with the ISOFIX connectors. The Top Tether prevents.
  • ISOFIX attachment (easier installation of car seat); Newborn inner cushion,(Baby is too small and needs support in group 0 for 0-13 kg). If you have any quality problems, please feel free to contact us.
  • ✅Versatile: A car seat for children weighing 9-36 kg (ECE: I/II/III) and a maximum height of 150 cm. It is installed in the direction of travel. It complies with the European safety standards ECE R44/04, and its safety.
  • ✅Safe: Easy installation using ISOFIX and TOP TETHER or the car seat belt; the child seat has a fixed, enlarged side guard on the headrest and a side guard that protects the head, shoulders and hips of the child in the event of an impact.
  • ✅Ergonomic: The headrest can be adjusted in 10 steps, so the child seat can be easily adapted to the size of the child. The backrest is ergonomically shaped and can be adjusted to make the ride more comfortable for the little one.
  • ✅Practical: Since the child seat can be installed with the 3-point safety belt, you can install the child seat in any car. SAFETY FIX also has a removable cover that can be easily washed and an insert for the.
  • ✅Comfortable: It has a soft, deep seat in the following size: height: 60-77 cm, width: 44 cm, depth: 48 cm. Therefore, even a long trip will be very comfortable for the child
  • ✅An optional extended 10-year warranty is available for this product. Please refer to the PDF file attached below with the warranty conditions. You can also find warranty information on the manufacturer’s website.

We didn’t want to spend that kind of money and opted for what we think is a smarter combination.

We started with a class 0+ infant carrier and switched to a class I-III combination seat from Kiddy. The advantage of this child seat is that it can grow with the child. Seats that grow with your child usually cost 25-30% more than a class I or class II seat. The extra cost is worth it because you don’t have to buy another car seat.

  • The kiddy original impact shield allows the upper body to “roll off” in the event of a frontal impact

Expert tips for the child seat in the car

Especially if you choose a Multi-class seat you have to consider that the seat will be your companion for up to 10 years. Therefore, it is advisable when buying to pay attention to easy-care materials and colors. Some manufacturers offer replaceable covers.

Another expert tip for the purchase of a child seat is to use the seat before the purchase in the car to install. Take the car, in which the seat is mainly driven, to the specialized market and let a salesman show you how it is professionally installed and the child is strapped into it.

This is especially true for ISOFIX seats, so you know how to do it and make sure the seat fits well in the car.

For seats of the classes I, II& III it is advisable to let the child sit in a test seat. How to tell if the seat is fits And whether the seat belt guidance is suitable. Thanks to Henrik who suggested this addition as a comment.

Can I buy a used car seat?

A car seat is very important for the safety of your child in the car. Therefore, for me, it belongs on the list of things you should buy new.

If you want to buy a used seat, inspect the seat carefully for any damage.

A child seat today must meet the standards ECE-R 44-03 or even better ECE-R 44-04.

If you buy a used seat, look for the test seal on the seat or the corresponding note in the user manual.

Seats that comply with the ECE-R 44-01 or ECE-R 44-02 standards are no longer approved for road use!

What happens if my child rides in the car without a child seat??

Speaking of police. If you fail to drive your child around in a suitable restraint, there are legal consequences, in addition to the risk of accidents for your child.

Driving without a child seat and seat belt is punished as grossly negligent behavior with 1 point in Flensburg and a fine of € 60. If you drive around with a seat that no longer meets the current standard, you will receive a warning fine of 30 €. In case of damage you risk in both cases your insurance claim.

Attention by the way, if you want to sell a worn out car seat. If you sell a child seat to Austria that no longer meets current safety standards, you could face a fine of up to 5.000 € – also for private sales.

And now?

You see, what sounds as simple as – come on, let’s buy a new car seat. Requires some thought.

Have you already addressed the issue for you? Which combination did you choose?

I will be happy if you leave a comment.

Last updated on 30.01.2022 / Affiliate Links / Images from the Amazon Product Advertising API

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