From the moment you are born, your baby should always go in his carrycot or car seat. Even if the journey is short, you should never travel in anyone’s arms, since carrying a child without an adequate restraint system multiplies the chances of serious damage in case of an accident by five.
The regulations in this regard are very clear: children under twelve years of age with a height of less than 135 cm must travel by car protected by a child restraint system (SRI). As the baby’s age advances, we will have to adapt the chair to his needs.
However, the reference to differentiate the different groups of chairs is not age or height, but weight, which is the key criterion. These are the different groups that there are:
- Group 0 (0-10 kg / 0-9 months *): in this group we can find carry-ons, or baby seats.
- Group 0 + (0-13 kg / 0-15 months): this group is similar to the previous one, however, it reaches up to 13 kg of weight. In this case, and in the 0, the chair must be oriented towards the back (opposite direction of the march).
- Group 1 (9-18 kg / 8 months-3 or 4 years): from this group, it can be placed in the direction of travel. They consist of chairs that are fastened to the vehicle with the seat belt or with the new ISOFIX system. This system is safer, however, not all cars have this option, so you have to check before buying a chair of this type.
- Group 2 (15-25 kg / 3-7 years): consist of a cushion and a backrest that is deposited on the seat of the vehicle. The child sits on the child seat and fastens the seat belt of the car.
- Group 3 (22-36 kg / 6-12 years): in this case, they consist of a cushion, with backing on some occasions. As in 2, it is placed on the seat and the child uses the belt of the vehicle to tie himself up.
- Group 1-2-3 (9-36 kg): includes groups 1, 2 and 3. However, specialized chairs by groups tend to give better results, as far as safety is concerned.