Most of today's babies go on their first road trip at the age of a couple of days from birth, immediately after leaving the hospital. According to the rules of the road, children are allowed to be transported only with a special car seat, and parents should take care of the choice of this useful accessory even during pregnancy.
The times when, when leaving the hospital, the nanny handed the parents a bag from a blanket tied with a bow, almost sunk into oblivion. Parents of modern newborns dress immediately in pants, overalls or special envelopes with a slot for a belt, in a word, in any clothes that allow transporting a child in a car seat designed for babies.
When choosing the first car seat, parents should pay attention to several criteria at once, and the first of them is, oddly enough, the manufacturer. Child safety is not an issue worth saving on. And even though Maxi-Cosi, Römer or Cybex armchairs are often much more expensive than their unnamed counterparts, their price includes numerous tests that make it possible to assert that in the event of a possible accident such a chair will fulfill its protective function to the maximum. Such a chair must have a sticker informing about compliance with the ECE-R 44-03 or ECE-R 44-04 standards.
The next very important point is the group to which the car seat belongs. For infants, groups 0 and 0+ are considered the only suitable ones. Such chairs are similar to a basket with a handle, installed against the direction of movement. This type of installation was chosen for the reason that the head of young children is quite large, and in the event of emergency braking, it must have a solid base under it, which will protect it and the cervical vertebrae from damage.
Some parents have serious doubts about whether their child is comfortable in such a chair and whether it would not be better to give preference to the carrycot that comes with the stroller set. The alleged advantage of such a cradle is that the child fits horizontally in it, and it is supposedly more comfortable for him to lie in it than to sit hunched over in a car seat. But the whole point is that the child does not sit in the right chair at all, but reclines, nevertheless leaning on his back, and not on the pelvis. The legs raised to the top do not bother him at all. Moreover, such a pose is more physiological for the baby, because he spent 9 months in the womb, curled up in a ball, which did not harm him at all.