What car seat should I choose for my child? This is a common question for many first-time parents, and it can be confusing with all the different options to choose a car seat that suits your child and family the best. In this car seat guide, we will take it from the beginning and try to explain all the different steps along the way and what options you have for your child to sit safely in the car.
Step 1 – A baby car seat for newborns and small babies
How to protect newborn babies in the car
The baby car seat offers the best protection for the smallest ones during their first months of life. It is developed and best suited for newborns and small babies, so this should always be your starter-seat. You often carry it in and out of the car and you seldom leave it in the car when not using it, and many of the baby car seats on the market are stroller-compatible, making the baby car seat a given in everyday life. Even though it can be easy to carry your child around in it, it is important to not leave newborns in their baby car seat for long periods of time. Make sure to take plenty of breaks and take your baby out of the baby car seat when traveling far. You should always install it in a rear-facing position. If you install it in the front seat you must make sure that the airbag is switched off.
What baby car seat should I choose for my child?
Many families think it is important that it is easy to install and simple to take in and out of the car. For this reason, many families choose an i-Size seat with ISOFIX-connectors. In Axkid’s assortment, we recommend the i-Size baby car seat Axkid Modukid Infant.
Axkid Modukid Infant
Approved for the newborn, 40-75 cm and up to 13 kg. Axkid Modukid Infant is the ideal solution for families that require a quick and easy installation. With a simple click, you can attach or release the baby car seat from the base unit and your child can continue sleeping. It is one of the lightest baby car seats on the market weighing in at 3,7 kg and is also compatible with 90% of all strollers. Axkid Modukid Infant is part of Axkid´s car seat system and is best installed together with Axkid Modukid Base. When your child has outgrown the baby car seat you can continue to use the same base unit and simply change to the next car seat, Axkid Modukid Seat, suitable for children up to approximately 4 years. An appreciated feature of the base is the adjustability. The 6 adjusting positions enables a very compact installation, creating more space in the car. The ISOFIX-connectors has 4 adjusting positions which ensure a more stable and safe installation for your child. Axkid Modukid Infant has a built-in ventilation system and Axkid Side Impact Protection for extra protection. It is also possible to install the baby car seat with belt attachment using the vehicle’s 3-point belt when not using the base.
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When has my child has outgrown the baby car seat?
It is outgrown when your child has passed the approved weight or height limit for the baby car seat. Even though your child has not passed the approved weight or height you can still change to a rear-facing car seat earlier. A good time to switch is when your child can sit upright by themselves without any support. If your child can sit without support but is still small, it could be a good idea to start with a baby cushion insert in the car seat.
Step 2 – Time for a rear-facing car seat
What rear-facing car seat should I choose for my child?
The most important thing is that you choose a rear-facing car seat for your child. A rear-facing car seat is the safest option for children when traveling in a car and are 5 times safer compared to forward-facing car seats. We at Axkid always recommend that your child stays rear-facing for as long as possible. When it comes to which rear-facing car seat you should choose there are many options and it depends on what suits you and your family the best – no families are alike. Often you don´t carry the car seat in and out of the car, as with the baby car seat, but on the other hand, having two cars you might be looking for a rear-facing car seat that is easy to move between cars and simple to install.
Read more about rear-facing here:
- The reason why your child should travel rear-facing up to six years old!
- Three myths regarding rear-facing car seats
- The future is rear-facing
- Rear-facing myths: Their legs are at risk of breaking
- Why is Sweden the world’s safest for protecting children in traffic?
- NTF: Vision Zero and rear-facing car seats make a difference!
Axkid specializes in rear-facing car seats and has many options when it comes to rear-facing. In the assortment, you will find the following:
Axkid Modukid Seat
We know that no two families are alike. The busy schedule of parenting, however, is common to all. When developing the Axkid Modukid car seat system we had this in mind and thanks to its quick and easy installation, you will have more time for things that matter. Axkid Modukid Seat is the only i-Size car seat in the world with the unique feature of the headrest and internal harness, which automatically adjusts according to the child’s length and size. The i-Size car seat has ISOFIX-connectors and is approved for toddlers, 61-105 cm and up to 18 kg, and the age of approximately 4 years. Axkid Modukid Seat is part of the car seat system that also consists of a base unit and a baby car seat. The car seat should always be installed rear-facing together with Axkid Modukid Base (also used for Axkid Modukid Infant). The base has 6 adjusting positions which ensure that your child is comfortable when growing, as you can choose between compact installation for the small child and more legroom for the bigger ones which allows rear-facing for longer. Thanks to the opportunity to choose between a compact installation or more legroom, the car seat also fits in both big and smaller cars. The ISOFIX-connectors on the base have 4 adjusting positions which ensure a more stable and safe installation. Axkid Modukid Seat comes with Axkid Side Impact Protection, providing the best possible protection for the child in the event of a side-impact collision. ASIP should be used on the side of the car seat that is facing the car door. When using the car seat in the middle, ASIP is not required.
i-Size car seats are today limited in height and weight due to regulations. One of the benefits of Axkid Modukid is that it allows rear-facing for longer compared to other i-Size car seats, due to the long back of the car seat and the features of the base that gives adjustable legroom allowing your child to travel comfortably up to the given height and/or weight limits. Axkid Modukid is easy to install and move between cars and has many beneficial features that make your everyday life easier. Axkid Modukid Seat was launched during 2019 and has already received the award “Good Choice” by Folksam.
Best of Axkid Modukid Seat
Axkid Modukid Car Seat System
Axkid Modukid car seat system is the ideal solution for families on the go who want maximum safety and comfort for their children. Thanks to its quick and easy installation, you will have more time for things that matter. The car seat system is suitable for the age of 0-4 years and consist of the Axkid Modukid Base, Axkid Modukid Infant, and the Axkid Modukid Seat. Axkid Modukid Infant is also compatible with the stroller Axkid Life and 90% of all strollers on the market.
Axkid Minikid is a rear-facing car seat approved according to ECE R44/04 and approved between 0-25 kg, and can be used up to approximately 125 cm and 6 years of age. Axkid Minikid is one of the car seats on the market that your child can stay rear-facing in the longest. With the unique feature of the headrest and internal harness, which automatically adjusts according to the child’s height and size, the Axkid Minikid grows together with your child and makes sure your child always travels safely. Axkid is the only car seat brand who has this unique feature.
One more unique feature is the self-tightening tether straps that make the installation smooth, as the car seat is “wiggled” in place. Axkid Minikid takes up little space in the car, so you can install it in both small and spacious cars. The reclining leg in the front allows you to use five different positions for optimal slope for your child, depending on age and height. If more slope is needed, our angle adjusting wedge is a good addition. Axkid Minikid comes with Axkid Side Impact Protection, providing the best possible protection for the child in the event of a side-impact collision. ASIP should be used on the side of the car seat that is facing the car door. When using the car seat in the middle, ASIP is not required. Axkid Minikid has received the award “Good Choice” by Folksam and “Best Cost Value” by Best-in-test.se and is also Plus Tested approved up to 25 kg.
Please notice that even though Axkid Minikid is approved between 0-25 kg, we always recommend starting with the baby car seat as this is best suited for the smallest ones. The car seat has no ISOFIX-connectors and should always be installed rear-facing with belt attachment.
Axkid Minikid is famous for its possibility for extended rear-facing and also for saving many lives.
Read some of the real stories here:
- 18-months-old Albie was unharmed thanks to the rear-facing car seat Axkid Minikid
- The Rear-facing car seat Axkid Minikid saved the life of a two-year-old boy!
- The little Elisa came out unharmed of a rear impact when travelling rear-facing
- Little Paula came out unharmed of a heavy rear impact when travelling rear-facing
The Axkid Rekid is a rear-facing car seat approved according to ECE R44/04. It is approved between 9-18 kg when using ISOFIX-connectors. It is also possible to install the car seat with belt attachment, approved up to 25 kg, and up to approximately 125 cm and 6 years of age. With or without ISOFIX, Axkid Rekid should always be installed rear-facing. Like Axkid Minikid, Axkid Rekid has the unique feature of the headrest and internal harness, which automatically adjusts according to the child’s height and size. You also find the feature of the self-tightening tether straps ensuring smooth installation as the car seat is “wiggled” in place. Axkid Rekid grows together with your child to make sure your child always travels safely. Thanks to the ISOFIX-connectors it is simple to install correctly and take less time. Axkid Rekid is Plus Tested approved up to 18 kg and has received the award “Good Choice” by Folksam.
Axkid Move is a rear-facing car seat approved according to ECE R44/04 and approved between 9-25 kg. This car seat is for those who are looking for an affordable and safe solution. The car seat has no ISOFIX-connectors and should always be installed rear-facing with belt attachment. It has fewer features compared to the other rear-facing car seats but in Axkid Move it is still possible to keep your child rear-facing for longer, approximately up to 125 cm. The car seat takes up little space in the car, so you can install it in both small and large cars. Plus Tested up to 25 kg and has received the award “Good Choice” by Folksam. Axkid Move comes with Axkid Side Impact Protection, providing the best possible protection for the child in the event of a side-impact collision. ASIP should be used on the side of the car seat that is facing the car door. When using the car seat in the middle, ASIP is not required.
The Swedish Plus Test
The Swedish Plus Test is one of the hardest tests to pass and unlike the usual approval, the Plus Test is a voluntary test and it is up to the manufacturer if they want to Plus Test the car seats or not. Plus Tested car seats ensure that your child is not exposed to high-headed forces during a frontal collision. Plus test is a supplementary test by VTI, the National Road and Transport Research Institute, on car seats intended for the Swedish market. All car seats are approved for assembly at all locations in the car and are available in two versions, max 18 kg for ISOFIX or max 25 kg for car seats with belt attachment. Today it is not possible to Plus test forward-facing car seats, combination car seats or booster seats because it is not possible to be guaranteed that the child is not exposed to high neck forces. Sweden is the world leader when it comes to child safety by car and it is therefore not surprising that Plus Test is a Swedish approval.
Read more about Plus Test here:
When has my child outgrown the rear-facing car seat?
This is a common question for many as you don´t want to turn to early. The answer is; when your child has passed the maximum weight or height limit of the car seat. It is also time to change when your child’s head rise more than a third above the edge of the headrest – roughly at the height of the child’s eyes. All children grow in different ways and it’s therefore difficult to say an exact age for when it’s time to turn. If it would be possible, all of us should travel rear-facing, even adults. A rear-facing car seat reduces children’s injuries by up to 90%. So as we have said many times before, let your child stay rear-facing as long as possible.
Step 3 – Booster seat, the last stage of car seats
Why does my child need a booster seat after outgrowing the rear-facing car seat?
When your child has outgrown the rear-facing car seat but still hasn’t reached the optimum length, the booster seat, as the name suggests will boost your child high enough for your vehicle’s lap and shoulder belts to restrain your child safely. The booster seat and booster pillow are the “end station” of car seats for older children before they can be seated with the seat belt like adults. Unlike the baby car seat and the rear-facing car seat, the booster seats are installed forward-facing.
What booster seat should I choose?
The benefits of choosing a booster seat with ISOFIX-connectors is that you can ensure that the booster seat is always firmly secured, even when your child isn’t in the car. When choosing a booster seat without ISOFIX that requires belt attachment it must still always be secured in position with the vehicle’s seat belt during travel, regardless of whether your child is in the booster seat. In Axkid’s assortment, we recommend the booster seat Axkid Bigkid which is available in two versions, one with ISOFIX and one without.
Axkid Bigkid and Axkid Bigkid ISOFIX
Axkid’s booster seat Axkid Bigkid is a forward-facing highbacked booster seat for older children approved between 15-36 kg. It is designed with 3 reclining positions for optimized comfort, along with an adjustable headrest with 7 positions to suit the child’s height as they continue growing. Axkid Bigkid comes in two versions, one with ISOFIX and one without.
When has my child outgrown the booster seat?
When your child has passed the weight or height limit of the booster seat, it means they have passed the last stage of the car seat and the child is big enough to use the car’s seat belt.