Newborns are best protected when travelling by a Newborn Baby Car Seat approved from birth (Group 0), that is specifically designed for the unique and delicate postural needs of a newborn, with adequate recline and padding.
Using an infant car seat is the first step towards keeping your baby safe in the car. Correctly installing it and strapping your baby in securely is equally important. Even if you buy the safest possible car seat for your baby, if it's not fitted or used correctly, it won't be able to perform as it was designed in a crash.
The first time that you buckle your baby into the Group 0+ Car Seat will be when you are being discharged home from hospital. Read our guide below so that you are well prepared for your baby’s first journey home.
2. INSTALL THE CAR SEAT CORRECTLY
All European car seats must have 3 points of contact with the seatbelt or vehicle anchors. The Toddler Car Seat can either be installed with the vehicle's 3-point seatbelt, or with isofix. ALWAYS read your particular car seat's manual before installing the car seat.
a) SECURING THE CAR SEAT TO THE VEHICLE
Pull the seatbelt nice and tight, then route the shoulder belt around the back of the car seat and through the blue seatbelt guide at the back of the Toddler Car Seat Group 0+1+2+3, making sure there are no twists in the seatbelt. Pull out any slack in the seatbelt to get it in securely. You can watch our video HERE on how to install a car seat using the seatbelt.3. PUT THE HANDLE BAR IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION.
The handle bar acts as a rollbar in a crash, and prevents the Toddler Car Seat Group 0+1 hitting into the backrest of the car. Check your manual for the correct position it should be in.
If the car seat is still too upright, some manufacturers permit you to tilt the Child Car Seat backward very slightly after the seatbelt has been tightened around it first. But please check this with your manufacturer before doing this.
5. CHECKING FOR MOVEMENT
Up to 1 inch (2.5cm) of movement is permitted. You can check this by giving the car seat a firm shake at the belt path or near the ISOfix points with your non-dominant hand. Do not be alarmed if it moves more at the headrest. Group 1+2+3 Car Seats will move more at the top of the car seat, but they should not move more than an inch at the belt path/ISOfix points.