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Infant Car Seats Explained


Car seat safety is top priority here at Bella Baby and we want to keep your little bundle as safe as possible. Here below you will see some information which will help you choose the correct car seat for your little one
On 1 April 2015 A new UN safety standard called i-Size was officially passed. In fact i-Size was first introduced in 2013 as part of the new Europe-wide safety standard for children’s car seats - but now it has become part of car seat legislation.

Does that mean I need a new car seat?

No. The first thing you need to know is that this new i-Size law doesn’t replace the current but now older ECE R44/04 law. They simply run alongside each other.

The second thing you should know is that the complete i-Size laws are still being developed by safety experts, law makers, car seat manufactures and car makers. There's likely to be changes to the law and additional legislations added over the next few years.

So you can still use your old seats and manufactures can still sell non i-Size chairs for the time being, as long as they meet the old regulation.

However, some time in the future only i-Size seats will be sold on the market, but you’ll still be allowed to use your existing seats for a few years afterwards.

At the moment the ISIZE only affects car seats for children under the age of 15-months-old - eg Group 0+ and Group 1 seats. Slowly additional legislation will be brought in, which will affect seats for older children too, and so these will be developed over the next few years.

Easyfix Base (Maxi Cosi) Fits the infant seat cabriofix (ECE R44/04) ONLY.
(included as standard in travel system)
Maxi cosi 2 Way fix base Fits the two infant maxi cosi car seat options -  Cabriofix (ECE R44/04) and the pebble plus (isize) and also takes the next stage car seat 2 way pearl (isize)
To upgrade the base only and keep cabriofix the cost is +€70 and to upgrade to pebble plus and 2way fix the cost is €150. 2way pearl sold separately at later stage
Besafe izi go base fits the izi go car seat (ECE R44/04) ONLY
(Included as standard in travel system)

Besafe izi go Modular base fits the Izi go modular infant seat (isize) and izi modular (isize) ONLY.
Both base and seat have to be upgraded for this option, price is +€150 on travel system

Then the final option is the Kiddy Evo lunafix (isize) This base works only with this seat but the upside to a kiddy is that there are no time restrictions for newborns use in it.

                       The Evolunafix infant car seat has a lie-flat function inside and outside the car. This              tested and patented technology by Kiddy was specially developed for the needs of newborns and premature infants. Since their neck muscles are not fully developed yet, the head can easily tip forwards while sleeping, which can lead to breathing problems and potentially to lower oxygen saturation. This can be prevented by a flat lying angle. The Evolunafix offers this lie-flat function in the car. By turning the handle, the slatted frame within the infant car seat is moved into a flat lying position. The slatted frame also absorbs the energy in the event of an accident or uneven roads and protects the sensitive spine of the baby. Paediatricians and midwives recommend the lie-flat position especially for longer journeys as this ergonomic position is better for the child’s developing spine. This feature is especially useful for families of multiples or those stuck for bootspace as it can be used instead of a carrycot. It was the top scoring infant seat in testing 2016

Lie-flat function can be used in the car when used in conjunction with the Isofix Base 2 included in the box. This reduces the risks associated with having a baby sat in a conventional upright infant carrier.

Do you know what the 2 hour rule is?


Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. The Kiddy Car Seat & Base is the only exception to this 2 hours rule. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in:

This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in:

1. A strain on the baby’s still-developing spine.

2. Restricted air-flow to the baby’s lungs. The chance of this can increase if a baby falls asleep with their head flopped forward.

Car Seats Should Only be Used to Transport Babies in Cars

Car seats are designed to keep babies safe while travelling, not as a main sleeping place.

The research recommends that frequent breaks are taken on long journeys to get the baby out of the seat, even if this involves waking the baby up. The same applies when bringing the baby into the home if they have fallen asleep in the car seat. The baby’s warm outdoor clothing should be taken off, even if this involves waking the baby.

If the baby is due a sleep, they should be taken out of the car seat and put into a cot or crib; the safest place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat mattress – a car seat does not meet this requirement.

Worryingly, it has been found that some babies were spending hour after hour in car seats, ie during the journey, transferring the car seat in a travel system pram, and once home allowing the baby to continue sleeping in the car seat rather than waking the baby up and placing in them in a cot or crib.

All the advice suggests that babies should not spend longer than possible in a car seat, especially whilst sleeping.