Car seat guide
Thank you for being here! Choosing a child car seat is one of the most important decisions you as a parent make for your child. Should an accident occur, the safety of your child means everything.
Here we have collected everything you need to know about child car seats.
It is important that children travel safely and comfortably, regardless of whether you are going “just around the corner” or on a long road trip. Therefore, it’s great that you choose to familiarize yourself with everything from safety and comfort to colour choices and regulations.
There is a lot of information to take in, which is why BeSafe has created this guide to give you the most important information first. You may already know some things. Other things may be new. If you want further information about a specific topic, simply follow the link to our in-depth articles.
BeSafe is a family-owned company with headquarters in a small Norwegian village named Krøderen. We started developing child car seats already in 1963. Today children all over the world travel safely, thanks to Norwegian BeSafe-quality.
At BeSafe, we put children’s safety and comfort at the centre of everything we do. We never compromise when it comes to safety, which is confirmed time and again when large, independent players test car seats for children of all ages and our products are at the top in terms of safety and comfort. In short: your child travels safely in a BeSafe seat.
BeSafe’s head of product development, Okke van Mourik, talks about our philosophy and focus when developing our child car seats.
Use a pregnancy belt to protect you and your unborn child
Not only your unborn child needs extra safety in the car, but also pregnant women. A special pregnancy belt protects both the mother and the unborn child by positioning the lap belt correctly.
From the moment you become pregnant, protecting your unborn baby becomes the most essential element in every part of your daily life. A pregnancy belt from BeSafe helps to always position the lap belt beneath the baby bump and is recommended from the second month of pregnancy.
How to prepare for driving home from the maternity ward?
There is a lot to take care of and to learn when you become a parent for the first time. Many have been preparing for months, decorating their baby's room, buying everything from stroller to clothes and diapers. But have you thought about the first drive home from the maternity ward?
Preparations for the first drive with your baby:
- Practice installing the baby car seat in the car before the child is born
- Plan what the baby should wear when leaving the hospital
- Place and secure the baby correctly
- Adjust the baby car seat to fit your child
Which car seat fits my child?
We use four different categories when talking about child car seats:
Infant carrier, 2-in-1 seat from birth, toddler car seat and high-back booster.
Car seats from birth
When choosing a seat for your newborn, there are two paths you can choose from: either to use an infant carrier from approx. 0-1 year, followed by a toddler seat until approx. 4 years; or to use a 2-in-1 seat from 0 to approx. 4 years.
For children from 0-13 kg or 40-75 cm or about 0-12 months. Can be attached to various prams.
Height: 40 – 75 cm
or weight: 0-13 kg
Age: 0-1 years
Direction: Rear facing
2-in-1 seat from birth
Fits children from 40-105 cm or max. 18 kg or 0 – approximately 4 years. A separate baby insert supports smaller babies and will be removed to adjust the seat to the growing child.
Height: 40 – 105 cm
Max. weight: 18 kg
Age: 0 – approx. 4 years
Direction: Rear facing or forward facing for older children
Toddler car seat
In child car seats from BeSafe, your child travels safely and comfortably, both rear and forward facing. We recommend keeping children rear facing for as long as possible, preferably until the age of 4 years.
Height: 61 – 105 cm
Max. weight: 18 kg or 25 kg, depending on which regulations the car seat is approved according to.
Age: approx. 6 months – 4 or 5 years
Direction: Rear facing or forward facing
BeSafe’s high back booster seats are recommended for children from approximately 4 to 12 years. The car seats are approved from 15 to 36 kg, or 100 to 150 cm, depending on the regulation.
Height: 100-150 cm or weight: 15-36 kg
Age: approx. 4 – 12 years
Direction: Forward facing
Tests and approvals
Independent child car seat tests show again and again that BeSafe seats are among the safest on the market.
It is important to buy a car seat that is approved to the regulation in your country. In the UK and the rest of Europe, two standards are currently active: ECE R44 and UN R129. In this video, we explain the difference between the standards as well as what this means for the safety of car seats approved according to them.
In the video, we also talk about the Plus test, which is known as the world’s toughest crash test.
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Why should children travel rear facing for as long as possible?
When sitting forward-facing, the child’s body is pushed out of the seat. But as the child car seat’s internal harness holds the child’s upper body in place, the majority of the forces are placed on the child’s neck as the head is thrown forward with tremendous force. In addition, the child risks injury from hitting the front seats.
If the child is sitting in a rear-facing child car seat, the seat shell will act as a protective shield and absorb the impact energy. The forces of the impact are spread over the whole large area of the child’s back, neck and head, thereby significantly less strain is put on the child’s neck.