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Cybex: Choosing the right car seat for your lifestyle


Cybex offer some advice to help you find the perfect car seat

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With so many options to choose from, when shopping for car seats, sometimes a bit of expert advice can make all the difference. Cybex is a trusted car seat manufacturer, so trusted in fact, we only use Cybex car seats on all our Pushchair Packages. They’ve written a handy guide to help you stay informed when choosing your car seat, as well as shining a light on some of the legal safety requirements.

When it comes to having a baby, try not to let the stress of choosing your nursery products overwhelm you. One of your most important purchases will be your newborn’s car seat and this handy guide is designed to help get you started, helping you select which car seat you will bring your little one home in.

Take your time to choose

When choosing a car seat it is important that you take the time to ensure that the car seat you choose will suit not only your lifestyle and budget, but also that you understand the key safety features such as pop-out side impact protection, as well as how to correctly fit it into your car. Not forgetting the safest way to secure your child in the seat itself!

Where to begin your research:

Here are some things to consider when starting your car seat research...

Visit Retailers' Websites

Take time to look at the Mamas & Papas website.

Research the Manufacturers

Ensure that you review the manufacturers website for more information and helpful videos.

Visit Your Local Retailers

Pop into your local Mamas & Papas Store where a Mamas & Papas Car Seat expert will take you through the details of each car seat and check your car and pushchair compatibility.

Attend Parenting Events

Attend one of the Parents to Be events held at your local Mamas & Papas Store.

Ask for Advice

Ask friends, family and colleagues for advice on what they found helpful

Read Reviews

Read reviews on independent websites such as ADAC, Which?, Expert Reviews, Made for Mums.

What should you consider when purchasing a car seat?

To get you started, here are some things you can consider:

* A car seat must be used from birth to 12 years (or 135cm), consider your baby’s predicted height or weight.

* Does your car have ISOFIX anchorage points? Check your vehicle and the vehicle manual book, this will help you understand the options that you have to install your infant car seat in the vehicle. Many vehicles are compatible with an ISOFIX base rather than a seat belt-only installation, taking away the worry of incorrectly fitting a car seat.

* Make sure that you check which car seats are compatible with your vehicle and others it may be used in.

* Would a rotating car seat make your life easier? Consider how often you will be placing baby in and taking them out of the car over the coming years!

* Does the car seat have a lie-flat function? This can be very handy when you intend to use a travel system to transfer a baby from car to pushchair, and return them, without disturbance.

* Does the car seat offer an adjustable headrest? Brands such as Cybex offer adjustable headrests with multiple settings to ensure your baby is always comfortable, even as they grow.

* How will your car seat fit into your lifestyle? Do you plan to use a baby car seat as part of a travel system, or would you be happy for the car seat to remain in the vehicle at all times?

* How did the car seat score on ADAC and other safety tests?

* Does the car seat conform to the latest i-Size regulations?

* Is the base modular and can it be used with a second stage car seat? Cybex offer a modular system meaning that the base for your infant carrier will take the next stage car seat when your child has outgrown it. One of the latest and most unique to the market is the Cybex Z Line modular system, offering a rotating i-Size infant carrier, the Cloud Z.

What types of car seats are available for a new born?

An infant carrier – a group 0+ car seat

Quick overview:

- Suitable from birth up 13kg

- They are rearward-facing at all times

- They can be lifted simply out of the car and attached to your pushchair

- Most have compatible bases which connect using ISOFIX points, giving you a secure fit every time, while making life that bit quicker and easier.



Cybex Group 0+ car seats

Cybex Cloud Z i-Size

Regulation Standard: UR R129 - i-Size

Compatible Base: Yes - Base Z

ISOFIX: Yes

Rotating Base: Yes - 180O rotation for easy boarding position

Modular system – Same base for Group 0+ and Group 0/1: Yes – Next stage car seat Sirona Z i-Size

Lie-flat position outside of the car: Ergonomic lie-flat feature

Height-adjustable headrest positions: 11 positions

Removable newborn inlay – for smaller babies: Yes

Washable fabrics: Yes 30°

Extra side impact protection: Integrated Linear Side Protection

Sun canopy: Foldaway XXL Canopy

Certified for airline use: N/A

Max height: 87cm

Max weight: 13kg

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Cybex Aton M i-Size

Regulation Standard: UR R129 - i-Size

Compatible Base: Yes - Base M

ISOFIX: Yes

Rotating Base: N/A

Modular system – Same base for Group 0+ and Group 0/1: Yes – Next stage car seat Sirona M2 i-Size

Lie-flat position outside of the car: N/A

Height-adjustable headrest positions: 11 positions

Removable newborn inlay – for smaller babies: Yes

Washable fabrics: Yes 30°

Extra side impact protection: Integrated Linear Side Protection

Sun canopy: Foldaway XXL Canopy

Certified for airline use: Yes

Max height: 87cm

Max weight: 13kg

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A rear-facing for longer car seat – group 0+/1

Quick overview:

- Suitable from birth up 18kg or a of height of 45cm – 105cm (approx. 4 years)

- Most have extended rearward-facing or forward-facing options once a child is 15 months of age or is a minimum of 76cm

- They permanently stay in the car on a compatible base

- Many have a rotating mechanism for easy boarding



Cybex Group 0+/1 car seats

Cybex Sirona Z i-Size

Regulation Standard: UR R129 - i-Size

Compatible Base: Yes - Base Z

ISOFIX: Yes

Rotating Base: Yes - 360O rotation for easy boarding position

Modular system – Same base for Group 0+ and Group 0/1: Yes – Next same as Cloud Z i-Size

Reclining position in the car: Rearward Facing position: 5 reclines, Forward facing position: 3 reclines

Height-adjustable headrest positions: 12 positions

Restraint System (Harness/System): 5-Point Harness System

Washable fabrics: Yes 30°

Added impact protection: Integrated Linear Side Protection for side impacts and Energy Reduction Technology reduces the strain on the neck a front impact

Max height: 105cm

Max weight: 18kg

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Cybex Sirona S i-Size

Regulation Standard: UR R129 - i-Size

Compatible Base: Permanently attached to the base

ISOFIX: Yes

Rotating Base: Yes - 360O rotation for easy boarding position

Modular system – Same base for Group 0+ and Group 0/1: No

Reclining position in the car: Rearward Facing position: 5 reclines, Forward facing position: 3 reclines

Height-adjustable headrest positions: 12 positions

Restraint System (Harness/System): 5-Point Harness System

Washable fabrics: Yes 30°

Added impact protection: Integrated Linear Side Protection for side impacts and Energy Reduction Technology reduces the strain on the neck a front impact

Max height: 105cm

Max weight: 18kg

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Cybex Sirona M2 i-Size

Regulation Standard: UR R129 - i-Size

Compatible Base: Yes - Base M

ISOFIX: Yes

Rotating Base: Simply click from Rearward to Forward-Facing

Modular system – Same base for Group 0+ and Group 0/1: Yes – same base as Aton M i-Size

Reclining position in the car: Rearward Facing position: 5 reclines, Forward facing position: 3 reclines

Height-adjustable headrest positions: 12 positions

Restraint System (Harness/System): 5-Point Harness System

Washable fabrics: Yes 30°

Added impact protection: Integrated Linear Side Protection

Max height: 105cm

Max weight: 19kg

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What does i-Size mean?

The i-Size regulation states that children aged 15 months or younger must travel in a rear-facing car seat as this is regarded as the safest way to travel. If you purchase a Cybex Car seat that offers rearward facing for longer, either the Cybex Sirona Z i-Size, Sirona S i-Size, Sirona M2 i-Size, they keep your child rearward-facing up to the age of 4 years or as long as possible. i-Size legislation will not replace the current R44 legislation as it operates parallel with it.

i-Size offers more side-impact protection, over and above R44 (which currently does not include side-impact tests). Designed to help you make a quick and assured decision if your vehicle is i-Size compatible, the table explains the difference in how car seats are tested in the R44 legislation vs. i-Size regulation:

How long a baby should be in a car seat?

When a baby is young, being in a semi-upright position for a considerable length of time may place strain on a baby’s developing spine. Studies carried out by Lullaby Trust revealed that when newborn or premature babies were sat in a car seat for 30 minutes, their heart and breathing rate increased, and their blood oxygen levels were lower compared with lying flat in a cot. It is recommended that a baby spend no more than 30 minutes in a car seat, especially in the first four weeks.

It’s also crucial that they have regular breaks from the car seat and are not left in the car seat for more than two hours, even after the first four weeks. With the Cybex Cloud Z i-Size’s flat-lying position, baby can be left in the car seat for as long as needed.

So, there we have it. Hopefully this guide has given you some insights into the types of car seats available, as well as outlining a simple guide to the UK law and legislation. Mamas & Papas stocks a full range of Cybex Car seats, so we’re sure to have something that suits your lifestyle.



 

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