What exactly do you look for when buying a safety seat?

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With the popularity of safety seats in recent years , more and more parents have purchased safety seats for their children. When preparing safety seats, we pay more attention to the comfort and compatibility of children in addition to safety. The second is convenient and economical products. Faced with many dazzling safety seat brands on the market, how to choose a suitable child safety seat has become a difficult task for parents for the first time. 

It is necessary to understand the child’s age, height, and weight, and initially select the suitable seat group. And then reduce the scope of adaptation according to the width of the shoulders, the height of the hips and shoulders, the width of the hips, and the length of the crotch, and leave room for growth. You also need to understand the model, interface, and seat inclination angle, and find the most suitable seat from the mainstream seats on the market. This process is also time-consuming. Here is some shopping experience for me to choose the best convertible car seat for tall babies. Share with everyone, for reference only!

The key to choosing a safety seat is the following points:

1. Choose a safety seat suitable for your child

There are many models of safety seats, and many people find it a headache to choose. How to choose different models suitable? Let’s take a look at the corresponding groups and applicable age groups and weights of the models:

At present, most of the products on the market are divided into models by age, including 0-4 years old, 0-7 years old, 0-12 years old, 9Y-12 years old, 3-12 years old, etc. In consideration of our needs, how to choose a model? I have divided it into several categories:

⑴ Newborn:

For newborn babies, it is recommended to choose a seat starting at 0 years old first, which can not only meet the riding needs of the age, but also correspond to the comfort and safety of the seat, so it is like a basket/0-4/0-7/ 0-12 These types of 0-year-old starter models are all possible. But the specific choice is still based on your own needs.

If the baby is fatter and expects to use a longer cycle and use space, you can directly choose the 0-12 year old product, which has more options in space adjustment and relatively complete functions. The baby can use it from infants and young children. For teenagers, a safety seat is enough, and the price/performance ratio is very high;

If the budget is sufficient, you can choose a two-stage safety seat to be used together, start with “0-4 or 0-7 years old seat, and then use a booster cushion”, two seats are used together, the suitability of the baby higher;

For the basket, because of the limited space, it can only be used up to 1 year old, and now the baby is generally too large, and the use cycle is shorter. After the basket is replaced, the child still needs to choose a safety seat with reverse riding function, which can be connected to one Safety seat for 0-7 or 0-12 years old are also more suitable, but need an extra budget for the basket.

⑵ Baby over one year old and less than 3 years old:

Babies over one year old can ride in the forward direction. It is possible to choose a safety seat between 0-12 years old and 9y-12 years old. However, it is worth noting that if you need a longer period of reverse riding for your baby, it is more appropriate to choose 0-12 years old. The 9y-12 years old safety seat does not have the function of reverse riding, and its use limitations are relatively large.

In addition, from the perspective of child comfort, seats 0-12 years old have to take into account the function and comfort of infants and young children. The curve of the chair body is more suitable for infants and young children. Most of the safety seats of 9y-12 years old are more suitable. Standing upright, the baby’s ride comfort is relatively average. Therefore, it should be noted that if the baby is over one year old, you can choose a 9Y-12-year-old safety seat for your baby, so it is not recommended to choose 9Y-12 for a baby under one year old.

⑶ Babies over 3 years old:

The safety seat of 3-12 years old is specially designed for babies over 3 years old, so only babies over 3 years old can use it. In fact, babies of this age have relatively loose seat requirements, so there are more choices. You don’t have to be too entangled, just pick from a brand with a good reputation.

If you want to be lightweight and convenient, you can choose a child safety booster pad. If you are more concerned about head and side protection. You can choose a safety seat with a backrest, and the price is not expensive.

2. High “gold content” safety certification determines safety performance

“Safety factor” is the most important criterion for choosing a child safety seat, and the easiest way to measure the safety factor is to see which safety certifications it has passed. There are currently 4 official and authoritative safety certifications: ECE R129 (i-Size certification), ECE R44 certification, CCC certification, and FMVSS certification.

China CCC certification:

It is the domestic “compulsory product certification system”; which is formulated with reference to the EU ECE regulations, which includes four tests; static test, dynamic test, combustion test and toxicity test. All child safety seats sold in my country, whether imported or domestic, must meet the most basic 3C standards.

European standard ECE R44 certification:

This certification is the No. 44 Decree issued by the Economic Commission for Europe on the certification of child ride prevention systems; mainly for cribs, baby carriers, child safety seats and other products; and car child safety seats are also within the scope of this certification. ECE is the only official standard for the safety seat industry in the European Union. The issuing authority of the E-mark certificate is the government department of the ECE member states. The certificates of each country have corresponding numbers; but no matter where the issuing country is, the certification test standards are the same Sets; there is no difference, everyone should not be biased when buying.