How do you carry a child in the car seat?

Did you know that there are still a lot of children in the car seat? 75% of children in Belgium are not transported well and unfortunately we do not have better results in the Netherlands. Do you want to make sure that your child is safely in the car? Read this blog and get an answer to the question, how do you have to transport a child in the car seat?

We transport our child wrong in the car!

The figures from VeiligheidNL are quite shocking. 75% of parents do not transport their child safely! Of these, 15% of the children are not in the right car seat. 33% of the car seats are not properly fitted and over 40% of the children are not properly secured in the seat. Another common mistake is that parents move too quickly to a larger car seat. Do you want to know quickly how to check or improve these points? Then watch the video below.

Video: How do you carry a child in the car seat?


Below you can also find a handy checklist.

Checklist: This way you can safely transport a child in the car seat

First, it is important that you carry your child in the right car seat. You start with a car seat from group 0+ (more information will follow). If your child comes with the head above the top of the chair, it is good to use a larger car seat. Do not step over too soon! Also pay attention to the following points:

  • Your child should always be locked in the car seat, even if your car ride is only 1 minute.
  • Make sure the straps are properly tightened. There may be a maximum of 1 inch of play space between the belt and your child.
  • The straps may not walk under the armpits or back.
  • Check that the belts are not twisted.
  • You better not put your child in the chair with a thick coat.
  • Know 100% sure that your child is in the right seat. Always check that the weight and length of your child fits the car seat. If necessary, ask advice in the store.
  • Place the car seat up to 15 months old against the direction of travel.
  • Can your child lock himself down? Always check that it is done correctly.

Child seat car legislation

In the Netherlands there are a number of strict rules when it comes to transporting your child in the car seat or putting it in the car. If you do not comply with this, it is in the first instance quite dangerous for your baby and you can also get a fine of 140 euros. So make sure that you always pursue the following rules:

  • Children smaller than 1.35 meters must be in an approved child restraint system (car seat). This chair must also fit well with the height and weight of your child.
  • The child's seat must have an ECE mark. There are two ECE hallmarks the new and standard i-Size approval (ECE-R129) and the somewhat older ECE-R44 standard.
  • Children over 1.35 m must wear a seat belt in the car. They no longer need a car seat.
  • You can put a child of 3 years or older in a car seat belt in the car, if there are already two children in the car who have to use the child restraint system. In that case you have no place for a third seat. Your child is not allowed to sit in the front with a seatbelt, but must be in the back.
  • Children from 3 years old may be transported incidentally without a car seat and with a seat belt when they are in the car with someone else and not with their own parents or foster parents. Not everyone has a child restraint system in the car. The child must be transported in the back seat and it must be short distances.
  • Do not transport your child in a car seat that is directed to the rear, if there is an airbag in that area (unless it is turned off).

Read this blog for more tips for buying a car seat!

New rules car seats 2018

The rules concerning car seats are regularly adjusted because the technology of car seats and cars is not standing still. Currently there are two ECE labels: the older ECE-R44 standard and the new i-Size approval. Now a car seat with a parent ECE-R44 quality mark is not unsafe, but a car seat with the new quality mark will probably be a little better. For example, there have been stricter requirements that the chairs had to meet to prevent abdominal injuries.

From 2018, the i-Size (ECE-R129) is the only regulation for car seats in the Netherlands. This regulation states that children up to 15 months must be transported backwards in a car seat equipped with an isofix attachment. Seats with a belt attachment will disappear from the market. When your child is being transported backwards, and you get a collision, the forces are spread all over the body. The pressure is not only on the neck and the head, which can cause much worse damage.

Which car seat according to i-Size?

If you want to transport your child in a car seat according to the new regulation, you should of course know which chair you should choose. There are 4 groups.

  • Group 0+:

    For babies from 0-13 kilos with a length up to 75 centimeters. Mount the seats against the direction of travel.

  • Group 1:

    For toddlers between 9 to 18 kilos or up to 105 centimeters. Car seat may be placed in the direction of travel, but the Consumentenbond advises to transport your child against the direction of travel as long as possible. Here are special seats available, please note that these are often more expensive.

  • Group 2:

    Up to 25 kilos, usually these car seats are suitable for children up to 5 years. Seats are also included in group 2.

  • Group 3:

    For children from 18 kilos to 36 kilos. They are therefore suitable for the same children as the group 2 chairs, only your child can sit here longer.

The car seats that are now being sold are confirmed with Isofix. This is a fastening system that is anchored to the chassis of the car. Do you have a somewhat older car and therefore no Isofix? No problem, most seats that you can buy nowadays can also be fastened with seatbelts.

Child in car seat in front

You can carry a child in the car seat that is in the front. In fact, in the Netherlands you can transport every child of all ages in the front. Children smaller than 1.35 meters must be in a car seat. Also pay attention to the following points:

  • Put the child backwards in children up to 15 months.
  • Check whether the front seat is equipped with Isofix. This is because in some cars only in the back.
  • Your child may only be transported in the front when the chair is put backwards and when the airbag is switched off!
  • Note that different rules may apply abroad.
  • Make sure the seat matches the weight and height of your baby.

Do not follow your above rules, you can get a fine of 140 euros!

With these tips there is no doubt how safe you can transport your child in the car seat!

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