Guide to buying a car seat safety first: guide to buying a comfortable car seat

From babies to children, it is difficult for children of all ages to stay still when traveling by car. We know this, even if we can’t do much about the question, “Do we have more?” we can … Read More

From babies to children, it is difficult for children of all ages to stay still when traveling by car. We know this, even if we can’t do much about the question, “Do we have more?” we can help you find a comfortable car seat for your little one. This way, they will be less likely to refuse to sit in a chair and will also be safe.

Our large range of car seats for babies and children is to ensure that children are safe throughout the early years. Here’s our guide to the most important things to think about when buying a car seat.

knows the rules (the law) – at what age can a child use a booster chair?

In Romania, all children need a car seat from birth to the age of 12 (or up to 135 cm). The car seat must meet EU standards (displayed by the E symbol on the label), this means that your car seat complies with ECE R44 03 and ECE R44 04 and from 2015 ECE R129 for i-Size seats. It is also extremely important to make sure that your child’s seat is the right seat for their age and size.

Wait, there are more … The changes to the car seat regulations came into force on February 9, 2017, by which the front-facing seats will be suitable only for older children. The updated rules mean that the backless support seats will only be approved for children weighing more than 22 kg and more than 125 cm. This will only apply to new products, launched on February 9, 2017.

What do ISOFIX and i-Size mean?

ISOFIX is an internationally standardized car seat mounting system. All new vehicles feature a system that allows you to quickly and easily install an ISOFIX seat in the car. Simply “connect” the ISOFIX connectors at the base of your seat to the ISOFIX anchor points in the car. This is the safest way to install your car seat, as the seat is securely held in place and also ensures that the car seat is installed correctly.

i-Size: introduced as new legislation for car seats in 2013, i-Size seats aim to provide improved protection for younger children. I-Size seats are based on the child’s height (not weight) and allow them to travel in the recommended position facing back for at least 15 months – some seats allow children to travel back up to 4 months. years. I-Size seats do not replace weight-based car seats, but give you an alternative option when choosing the perfect seat.

How we fit them

Car seats in the UK are usually classified by weight (and sometimes height, according to the EU i-Size safety standard). Check your little one’s weight and height just before going to the stores to make sure the seat will fit and keep him safe.

check which seat fits your car

 Not all seats fit all vehicles, so make sure the seat you choose is compatible with your vehicle.

why Mothercare?

Mothercare car seats are rigorously tested. They are subjected to a frontal collision test at 50 km / h, a rear-impact test at 30 km / h, and a rolling test to ensure that your little one is protected in the event of a collision.

With the free safe care service, you can book an appointment with one of our advisors, who can help you choose the right car seat and show you how to fit it properly. To help you go on this journey safely.

Choice of category

As mentioned above, car seats are divided into categories, depending on the weight, age or height of the little one. Here is a short guide to these groups to get an idea before you go shopping.


child car seats (group 0+).

Age / weight: from birth to 12 months / 13kg

best suited for: moving between car and walking. These are the perfect seats if you travel by car and then continue your journey on foot. Most models can be attached to a compatible stroller to form a travel system, and you can also use the seat to carry your child – this is ideal if they fell asleep on the trip, as there is no need to disturb them.

key benefits:

  • designed for newborns and younger babies and always used in a back-facing position. Babies should travel backward until they are at least 9 months old, although it is recommended that they travel backward until they are at least 12-15 months old. [7]
  • these seats are light and have a carrying handle, which is useful for transporting the sleeping child from the car
  • most brands of child car seats are compatible with strollers to create a travel system
  • many models are compatible with an ISOFIX base to ensure a safe and correct fit on every trip

combined car seats (group 0 + / 1) 

age and weight: from birth to 18 kg (approx. 4 years)


best suited for: versatility. These chairs fit your baby from birth to approx. 4 years. Your baby is moving in a chair with its back to the front and can then move in a forward position from 9 kg (about 9 months), if you prefer.

key benefits:

  • many models offer an extended trip backward up to 4 years – the safest way to travel younger children
  • the reclining seat allows newborns to travel in a more reclined position
  • Unlike the baby car seat, the combined car seat stays in your vehicle – these are a great choice if you do not intend to use your car seat on the stroller to form a travel system, and the seat will fit from birth to at 4 years.
  • most seats are installed using ISOFIX, the safest and safest way to fit your car seat

forward-facing car seats (group 1)

age and weight: from 9 kg to 18 kg (approx. 9 months to 4 years)

best suited for: the next step when your little one has overtaken his car seat

key benefits:

  • most front-facing seats can either be upright (best position to play spy-eye and look out the window) or can be tilted for sleep in motion
  • many seats are installed using ISOFIX, the safest and safest method of mounting a car seat in a vehicle
  • most car seats in group 1 are front-facing, although some are available that also offer the option of extended rearward travel up to approx. 4 years (this is the safest way to travel small children)

high-strength booster seats with integral harnesses (group 1-2-3)

age and weight: from 9 kg to 36 kg (approx. 9 months to 12 years)

best suited for: longevity. These seats that cover all three stages of car seats can be used by your child from 9 months until they no longer have to use the car seat.

key benefits:

  • the back and upper parts provide extra protection for the baby’s chest and head
  • small children are kept safe and secure using the removable harness for older children (from 15 kg) who are fastened to the seat with the seat belt for adults [8].
  • have a height-adjustable headrest to keep the child supported comfortably as they grow and ensure the seat belt (when used from 15kg) to be at the correct height to keep them safe
  • most models can be installed in the machine using ISOFIX for a secure fit

high-strength booster seats without harness (group 2-3)

age and weight: from 15 kg to 36 kg (approx. 4 years to 12 years)

best suited for: older children who need an impulse to secure the adult seat belt is positioned correctly to keep them safe.

key benefits:

  • harnesses models are designed so that children can be secured using an adult seat belt
  • most have an adjustable headrest, and some can also be adjusted in width or have adjustable legs to ensure the comfort of growing children.
  • they tend to be light and easy to mount, so they are ideal for transfer between cars
  • some models can be installed using ISOFIX
  • Features such as armrests and cup holder add an extra touch of comfort

Booster seats without backrest (group 3)

age and weight: 22 kg to 36 kg (approximately 4 years – 12 years)

best suited for: providing a handy standby seat for older children when taking a taxi or for a walk with friends when your child’s regular seat is not available


The changes to the car seat regulations will take effect on March 1, 2017. Backless booster seats will only be suitable for children older than 22 kg and weighing more than 125 cm. This will only apply to new products, launched on 9 February 2017 and not to existing products

key benefits:

  • convenient to store
  • easy to transport
  • the child is secured using an adult seat belt
  • useful backup option

i-Size chairs, age and height

birth up to 105cm (about 4 years)

best suited for: keeping the child facing back longer.

key benefits:

  • the child travels with his back up to at least 15 months. The seat is based on a child’s height and not their weight, allowing them to travel backward, which is the safest way to travel for younger children.
  • Provide improved head and neck protection from superior forces on any part of the frontal impact. Studies have shown that babies who travel backward are safer in the event of a frontal impact.
  • installed using ISOFIX to ensure a secure fit
  • some i-size car seats also allow children to travel with their backs for longer, up to about 4 years, with the option to move in the forward-facing position for older children if they prefer.
  • I-Size seats do not replace the current weight-based car seat but offer another option that gives you more options when choosing the perfect seat for your child.

before leaving

It is worth making sure that you know how to fit the right car seat before you leave. At Mothercare, we offer you a free service, and our trained advisors will guide you through everything you need to know about mounting and adjusting your car seat. You will be able to pass these tips on to grandparents, family friends and nannies.


If you are using it for the first time, be sure to practice how to use the car seat and make sure you are confident in installing it in your car.

Now that one of the most important baby safety features is known, you can think about what other car accessories are needed – sunshade and a mirror (so you can be careful of the baby) are just two of the handy accessories that we have them at our disposal. Travel happily with your little family and don’t forget to book a car seat appointment with us before you set off.

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