When the time comes for you to purchase your baby’s first car seat it may be worth considering how much time they will be travelling in it both in the car and as a travel system attached to the chassis of your pram.
Recent studies suggest that a newborn baby should not spend longer than 30 minutes at a time in a seat without being taken out for a break.
Research was undertaken by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Swindon, The University of Southampton and The University of Bristol, to monitor the effects of placing a newborn baby in a car seat at a 40° angle which is the angle they are at in a traditional car seat. The results suggest that after 30 minutes the baby’s heart and breathing rates were increased, and their blood oxygen levels were lower compared with lying flat in a cot. The full report can be read here.
Francine Bate, chief executive of The Lullaby Trust,
the charity who funded the study, advised parents to keep a watchful eye on babies travelling in a car seat, and to also avoid driving long distances without taking a break.'Ideally, a second adult should travel in the back of the car with the baby and a mirror should be used so the driver can keep an eye on the baby at all times. If a baby changes its position and slumps forward, then parents should immediately stop and take the baby out of the car seat.'
As a reaction to this information, car seat manufacturers have begun to produce car seats that have a lie-flat function within them to allow the baby to lie flat and enable them to be in them for longer. We currently supply two of the most popular on the market and finding that they are becoming increasingly popular with parents concerned about their baby’s safety both in and out of the vehicle.
Kiddy Evoluna i-size – from £324.99
The Kiddy Evoluna i-Size infant carrier has been approved to meet the new ECE R 129 ('i-Size') safety standards and provides maximum protection for a baby or young toddler up to 15 months of age.
The tested and patented technology by Kiddy (Kiddy Lie-Flat) 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 to the front while sleeping which can lead to breathing problems and potentially to lower oxygen saturation.
The slatted frame also absorbs the energy in the event of an accident or uneven roads and protects the sensitive spine of the baby.
Pediatricians and midwives recommend the lie-flat position especially for longer journeys as this ergonomic position is better for the child’s developing spine.
Joie i-Level – from £250
Meet i-Level™. With i-Size security and sleepytime tilt™ for a healthier, safer, cosier carrier. The i-Level car seat is both stylish and safe as it features Intelli-Fit foam, which provides side impact protection for your little one. This i-size car seat comes complete with it's own isofix base.
Reclines to the deepest and cosiest 157° angle for the most ergonomic position for your baby – understanding littlies should lie as flat as possible as often as possible to promote a healthy spine and improved oxygen levels.
The easy to buckle 3 point harness with padded covers is part of the Grow Together multi-height headrest and harness which adjusts simultaneously so there is no need for rethreading.
Keep them covered with the retractable, removable sun canopy which also has a zip-open ventilation panel. Also included is a removable full body insert, perfect for making it cosy and comfy for your baby.