How long should babies stay at Maxi Cosi?
Since babies grow particularly fast in the first months of life, the question often arises early on as to how long it is possible to transport the baby in a Maxi Cosi or baby car seat. Since babies are still very small and are not able to sit upright and hold their head independently, they should be transported safely in a baby car seat or Maxi Cosi in the first months of their life. Since a baby’s head is much heavier than the body and the neck muscles are not yet fully developed, sudden braking due to the gravity of the head can cause serious injuries to the baby.
It is therefore particularly important that the baby’s head is protected in the Maxi Cosi and does not protrude beyond the edge. The Maxi Cosi can be used until your baby weighs 10 kg or until it no longer fits completely and securely into the Maxi Cosi. Most babies reach this weight at around 12 months.
However, as children are very individual and grow unevenly, the baby can reach the weight of 10 kg at 9 months. However, there is no need to hurry from one day to the next. If you notice that the baby is slowly growing out of the Maxi Cosi, you can adjust the straps and the seat cushion so that in most cases you can still get a few months out of it and there is enough time to choose a suitable new child seat. Apart from the weight, the position of the baby’s head is the most important criterion for changing from a Maxi Cosi to another child seat. If the head protrudes over the shell of the Maxi Cosi, then another safe and suitable alternative should be sought as soon as possible.
When do I need a child seat?
The question of when I will need a child seat for my baby instead of a baby car seat can be answered by clear specifications from the. Babies up to approx. nine months and up to a weight of 9 – 10 kg are best in a baby car seat.
Infants up to 13 kg or 18 months may then be transported in a Group 0 + system. Just like the infant carriers of Group 0, the extended systems of Group 0 + must not be mounted on the front passenger seat with an operational airbag. In the event of a collision, the airbag could crush the baby.
If the baby can sit upright and is able to hold its head independently, this is a good precondition for switching to a child seat. This can usually be done at around 16 – 18 months. When buying a new child seat, parents should get sufficient advice and attach great importance to safety and sufficient comfort.