The car seat is one of the most important purchases when you find out you’re expecting your little one, but where do you begin when choosing the right seat! This handy guide will help get you started in selecting your car seat before you bring your little one home.
Take your time
It is so important for you to take your time when choosing a car seat to ensure that the one you choose suits your lifestyle and budget. You also need to make sure you understand the key safety features and how to fit it correctly into your car.
Where to begin
- Take time to look at the Uber Kids Website – uberkids.com/cybex
- Review the manufacturers website cybex-online for more information and tutorial videos
- Pop into store where an Uber Kids car seat expert will take you through the details of each car seat and check your car and pushchair compatibility
- Ask friends, family and colleagues
- Read reviews on independent websites; ADAC, Which?, Expert Reviews, Made for Mums.
What should you consider when purchasing a car seat?
To get you started, here’s some things to consider;
- A car seat must be used from birth to 12 years or 135cm
- Does your car have ISOFIX anchorage points? This means you can begin your search for car seats that have a compatible base rather than a seat belt installation.
- Would a rotating car seat make your life easier?
- Does the car seat have a lie-flat function?
- Does the car seat offer an adjustable headrest? Cybex car seats offer an 11-point adjustable headrest to ensure your baby is always comfortable and protected as they grow.
- How will your car seat fit into your lifestyle? Will you attach it to your pushchair or prefer it to permanently stay in the car?
- Is the car seat compatible with your car and others it will be used in?
- How did the car seat score on ADAC and other safety tests?
- Does the car seat meet the latest i-Size regulation?
- Is the base modular and can be used with a next stage car seat?
What types of car seats are available for a new born?
An infant carrier – group 0+
- Suitable from birth up 13kg
- They are rearward-facing at all times
- Most have compatible bases that connect using ISOFIX points but can also be installed in the car using the seat belt.
- Some like the Cybex Sirona Z i-Size, have a rotating base for easy installation, reducing pressure on backs
- Convenient if you are in and out of your car and want to be able to attach your car seat to your pushchair
- Some like the Cybex Cloud Z i-Size, have a lie-flat function that can be used outside of the car
See the Cybex Group 0+ car seats stocked at Uber Kids:
|Cybex Cloud Z i-Size||Cybex Aton M i-Size|
|Regulation standard||UN R129/02 – i-Size||UN R129/02 – i-Size|
|Compatible base||Yes – Base Z||Yes – Base M|
|Rotating base||Yes – 180 degree rotation for easy boarding position||No|
|Modular system – same base for group 0+ and group 0/1||Yes – Next stage car seat Sirona i-size||Yes – Next stage car seat Sirona M2 i-size|
|Lie-flat position outside of the car||Ergonomic lie-flat feature|
|Height – adjustable headrest positions||11 positions||11 positions|
|Removable newborn inlay – for smaller babies||Yes||Yes|
|Washable fabrics||Yes – 30 degrees||Yes – 30 degrees|
|Extra side impact protection||Integrated Linear Side Protection||Integrated Linear Side Protection|
|Sun canopy||Foldaway XXL Canopy||Foldaway XXL Canopy|
|Certified for airline use||No||Yes|
An extended rear-facing for longer car seat – group 0+/1
- Suitable from birth up to 18kg or a of height of 45cm – 105cm (approx. 4 years).
- Most have the option of extended rearward-facing or forward-facing option once a child is 15 months of age and is a minimum of 76cm.
- Permanently stay in the car and only used and fitted on a compatible base with ISOFIX.
- Many have a rotating mechanism for easy entry and exit, reducing pressure on backs.
See the Cybex Group 0+/1 car seats stocked at Uber Kids:
|Cybex Sirona Z i-size||Cybex Sirona S i-size||Cybex Sirona M2 – i-size|
|Regulation standard||UN R129/02 – i-size||UN R129/02 – i-size||UN R129/02 – i-size|
|Compatible base||Yes – Base Z||No||Yes – Base M|
|Rotating base||Yes – 360 degree rotation for easy boarding position||Yes – 360 degree rotation for easy boarding position||Simply click from rearward to forward – facing|
|Modular system – same base for group 0+ and group 0/1||Yes – same base as Cloud Z i-size||Base permanently connected||Yes – same base as Aton M i-size|
|Recline positions in the car||Rearward facing position – 5 reclines Forward facing position – 3 reclines||Rearward facing position – 5 reclines Forward facing position – 3 reclines||Rearward facing position – 5 reclines Forward facing position – 3 reclines|
|Height – adjustable headrest positions||12 positions||12 positions||12 positions|
|Restraint System (harness/system)||5-point harness||5-point harness||5-point harness|
|Washable fabrics||Yes – 30 degrees||Yes – 30 degrees||Yes – 30 degrees|
|Restraint System (harness/system)||Integrated Linear Side Protection||Integrated Linear Side Protection||Integrated Linear Side Protection|
|Extra side impact protection||18kg||18kg||19kg|
UK Laws and Regulations
All manufacturers of car seats must put their seats through several stages of crash testing. Cybex car seats have been tested to the highest safety standards, which surpass EU laws set out in regulation R44, as well as the i-Size R129 regulation that sits alongside it. Cybex go one step beyond as their car seats are also independently tested by German consumer organisation, ADAC and Stiftung Warentest, and the UK organisation, Which?
What does i-Size mean?
- The i-Size regulation states that children aged 15 months or younger must travel in a rear-facing car seat as this is regarded as the safest way to travel. If you purchase a Cybex seat that offers rearward facing for longer, either the Cybex Sirona Z i-Size, Sirona S i-Size, Sirona M2 i-Size all offer the option of keeping your child rearward-facing up to the age of 4 years or as long as possible.
- i-Size legislation will not replace the current R44 legislation as it operates in parallel with it.
- i-Size offers more side-impact protection, over and above R44 (which currently does not include side-impact tests).
The below table explains the difference between R44 legislation vs. i-Size car seat crash testing:
|Crash testing||R44 Legislation||i-size|
|Continuous random crash testing – every 5,000 seats||Yes||Yes|
|Front impact test – 30mph||Yes||Yes|
|Rear impact test – 18mph||Yes||Yes|
|Side impact test – 15mph||No||Yes|
|Rollover simulation for harness & shield products||Yes||Yes|
How long should a baby be in a car seat?
A common question asked by new parents is “how long can my baby be in a car seat in the car and out of the car?”
When a baby is young, being in a semi-upright position for a considerable length of time may place strain on a baby’s developing spine.
Studies carried out by Lullaby Trust revealed that when new born or premature babies were sat in a car seat for 30 minutes, their heart and breathing rate increased, and their blood oxygen levels were lower compared with lying flat in a cot. It is recommended that a baby spend no more than 30 minutes in a car seat, especially in the first four weeks.
It’s also crucial that they have regular breaks from the car seat, are not left in the car seat for more than two hours, and not left in the car seat if they are asleep.
The Cybex Cloud Z i-Size infant carrier lie-s flat when out of the car, alleviating the time limits of being in a car seat to a certain degree.
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