BeSafe Haven recommended by Babytesterne

The independent testers of equipment at Babytesterne have tested BeSafe Haven with children between 2 months and 2.5 years, and they are clear in their judgment; Babytesterne recommends BeSafe Haven.

The focus points in their assessment of the product are that BeSafe Haven is not a baby carrier that appears as a copy of other products on the market, but a baby carrier that has been developed with a focus on being better for parents, safer and with better functionality.

Airgonomics ™ is another a feature that is received very positively. According to the testers, a built-in cushion that can be inflated is preferable to loose parts that can easily be lost.

Using the carrier correctly and with the right settings is important and something that many parents find a little challenging. It is therefore gratifying to read that the testers think the user guide is educational and good. A good proof that we at BeSafe want to make it easy to use our products.

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Why we at BeSafe recommend using a pregnancy belt

4 out of 10 pregnant women use the seat belt incorrectly

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has together with Chalmers Industriteknik Foundation carried out a survey, which shows that there is a great lack of knowledge about how the seat belt should be used during pregnancy. As many as 40 percent of all pregnant women use the belt incorrectly.

The survey showed that almost everyone uses a seat belt, but close to 40 percent use it incorrectly during pregnancy. In the event of a collision, this can have devastating consequences for both the woman and the unborn child.

– The seat belt is the most important protection system and reduces the risk of death in a collision by about 50 percent – even for pregnant women. If you’re, it is extremely important to think about how you use the vehicle belt so that both you and the unborn child are protected in the best way, says Helena Stigson, researcher at Folksam.

The survey shows that the majority of women (84%) use the car every day or at least a few times a week. Due to the high misuse rate, these pregnant women are very often exposed to an increased risk for injuries. Only one third of the women had received or actively sought information on how to use the vehicle belt correctly during pregnancy. But even among these women, every third used the belt incorrectly. The misuse rate was significantly higher in the group that did not receive any information: 42 percent of them used the belt incorrectly.

Read the entire study here (the study is only available in Swedish)>>

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A pregnancy belt helps to position the lap belt beneath the baby bump

We at BeSafe recommend using a pregnancy belt such as the BeSafe Pregnant. Such a pregnancy belt helps to position the lap belt beneath the baby bump, preventing it from slipping upwards over the bump. In the event of a harsh braking manoeuvre or a collision, the vehicle belt is placed at the height of the hip bones, meaning that all forces are distributed over the hip bones, while the abdomen, the placenta and the unborn child are protected.

In their study, Folksam could also see incorrect usage of the shoulder belt. The shoulder belt should run along the side of the baby bump, over the chest between the breasts and in the middle of the shoulder. The belt must not slide over the shoulder and should sit as close to the body as possible.

The survey also shows that several pregnant women experience a lack of comfort while driving when they are pregnant. Our pregnancy belt features a padded cushion that makes you sit more comfortably. Many also experience that the pressure on the bladder decreases thanks to the pregnancy belt. Mothers, who have had a C-section can also use the pregnancy belt for several weeks after the birth of their child, as it keeps the lap belt away from the scar of the C-section.

Our BeSafe Pregnant Belt is tested according to ECE R16, which guarantees that it does not interfere with the vehicle belt. It has also been crash-tested for your safety.

Read more about the BeSafe Pregnant Belt >>

What is ISOfix and how does it make your life as a parent easier?

ISOfix describes a method of attaching a child seat to a car, which makes it easy to install a car seat or an ISOfix base correctly. The car features the so-called ISOfix anchorage points, which are metal bars that are connected to the car body. The child seat then features ISOfix arms with connectors that hook around the metal bars. With a simple click, you have then attached your child seat to the car. However, even though ISOfix is an international standard, the structure can vary from car to car, year of construction, equipment grade and market. We have listed a few important facts to consider when looking for a new child car seat.

In which positions can I use a child car seat with ISOfix?

It is important to remember that even if a car is equipped with ISOfix, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it features ISOfix-anchorages in all positions. Most commonly, the two outer rear bench seats are equipped with ISOfix, while the seat in the middle, as well as the passenger seat, often don’t feature it. Always make sure to check whether your car features ISOfix in the position where you want to use the child car seat and that your car’s user manual allows installing a child car seat there.

Hidden ISOfix anchorages

In some cars, the ISOfix anchorages can be located quite far down or hidden between the seat cushions. This makes it quite difficult to reach them when installing a child car seat. All BeSafe seats that feature ISOfix installation have therefore a method that makes it easier to reach anchorages that are located deeply between the seat cushions, for example with a locking function. If the anchorages are hidden, a tip is to use your hand to find them before you start to attach the seat that makes it easier.

Why steep vehicle seats and deep ISOfix anchorages can be problematic for rear facing child car seats

If the anchorages are located far down in the seat or the car’s rear bench is quite steep, a baby or rear facing toddler car seat can get a relatively upright position. This is often not a safety concern but can be uncomfortable especially for smaller children. BeSafe has taken on this challenge created by the car industry and developed the Universal Level Technology™: a special seat-and-base design that is constructed even for the worst cases of sloping vehicle seats and offers the child a comfortable sitting position in any car.

Find out how the Universal Level Technology™ exactly works and on which seats it is featured >>

Always test the child car seat in your car

For a child car seat to offer maximum protection as well as smooth handling, it needs to fit the car, the child and the individual family situation. That’s why we always recommend trying a child car seat in your car and with your child before buying the seat. Reach out to a BeSafe retailer and they will gladly help you to find the perfect match for your situation.

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How to travel safely during summer

How to travel safely during summer

When temperatures are rising, there are some important things to keep in mind to travel safely during summer. Choosing a safe and fitting child car seat for your child when going on a car journey is an obvious first step, but there a few other tips that help you making sure that your child is perfectly safe on your summer journeys.

 

Why leaving a child unattended in a car can be dangerous

Temperatures inside a parked car can rise by approx. 3 degrees Celsius within just ten minutes and by more than 10 degrees within 30 minutes. Even if the windows are opened, temperatures inside the car can still rise quickly.

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Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses, as their bodies produce more heat relative to their size than adults and because their abilities to sweat are not as well developed yet. It is therefore extremely dangerous to leave your child (as well as any pet of course!) unattended in the car during warm days.

How to make sure that your child can travel safely during summer

We at BeSafe of course care deeply about your child’s well-being and therefore recommend you to never leave your child unattended in the car, even if you’re just briefly stopping to pick up some groceries or an ice cream. Please check on your child regularly when driving and take them out in the fresh air as often as possible to ensure that they travel safely during summer.

In addition we recommend you to always protect your child’s head from any direct exposure to sun rays coming in through the front window to prevent heat strokes. The BeSafe iZi Go Modular i-Size’s low reaching sun canopy with SPF 50+ protects your baby’s sensitive skin, while accessories like a click-on sun canopy for toddler seats also keep older children safe.

When placing your child car seat on the rear seats, covering the side windows with sun shades not only protects your child from direct sun exposure but also increases comfort.

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Help other parents to keep their child safe during summer

Many parents might not be aware of how dangerous it can be for a child to be inside a hot car, especially because the risk of a heat stroke is not as great for us adults as it is for children.

If you’d like to help make more parents aware of the danger of children in hot cars, you can put up posters in your day care or hand out flyers so that even more children travel safely during summer. To make spreading the word easier for you, we have prepared an A4 poster and A5 flyers that you can download and easily print out at home.
DOWNLOAD A4 POSTER

DOWNLOAD A5 FLYERS

Thank you for helping to spread the word! With your help, even more children will travel safely during summer.

Sources:
Mann (n.d.): “Danger: Kids Left in Hot Cars. Expert tips for keeping your kids safe from heat stroke in cars.”
Grundwein, Dowd, Meentemeyer (2010)

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats and how to reply to them

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats and how to reply to them

BeSafe has been producing and promoting rear facing child car seats for over 30 years now, and still there are a lot of myths or misconceptions out there about keeping children rear facing over the age of 15 months. In this article we have collected the most common myths and help you answering them.

 

“My child has such long legs that it would sit uncomfortably”

Have you seen that children can have their legs in any sorts of weird positions when playing? Children are much more flexible than parents and thus often do not mind sitting with their legs bent or crossed, and even prefer to do so. It is often us parents who think that it looks uncomfortable, just because it is uncomfortable for us adults.

Tip! If your child actually complains about the leg room, we recommend to take frequent breaks during longer journeys so that they can stretch out their legs and get rid of some energy at the same time.

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats

“We’re having two cars and cannot afford buying two expensive car seats”

BeSafe’s iZi Modular concept allows you to use the same car seat in several cars. You only need to buy an additional ISOfix base to install in your second car and can then easily switch the same seat between the cars in no time at all.

Read more about the iZi Modular concept

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats

“We’re only going on short journeys with our car, so it feels unnecessary…”

Unfortunately, short distances do not necessarily mean that they bear less risk of having a car accident, as most accidents occur in urban areas. Even at accident speeds of only 30 km/h, extremely high forces are put on the child car seat and the child. If the child is placed forward facing, those forces are mainly affecting the head and neck area when the child is being pushed out of the seat, whereas a rear facing car seat absorbs most of the forces when the child is being pushed into the seat.

“Our car is too small for a big rear facing car seat”

On this picture you can see a car with very small interior space: the VW Polo.

Even in this car you can fit a rear facing child car seat like the BeSafe iZi Twist i-Size.

“My child could not see me and thus would feel uncomfortable”

Smart accessories like a baby mirror allows you and your child to see each other during the whole journey and you can always keep an eye on your little one to make sure that they’re comfortable and happy.
Read more about BeSafe accessories

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats

“My child’s shoes would touch the car’s rear seat, so that it would get dirty” / “I do not want the front brace to leave any indentations on my rear bench seats”

Placing a protective cover here can solve both problems at once: it protects the car seat from any dirt and also functions as a soft layer that prevents indentations.
Read more about BeSafe accessories

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats

“My child could not see anything when rear facing and would get bored”

Rear facing children usually see much more than we expect. The high sitting position in a rear facing seat allows them to see through both the side and rear windows at the same time. Removing the head rests of the rear seats gives them an even wider visual field.

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats

“My child would complain about travelling rear facing, as a lot of other children travel forward facing”

When changing from a baby carrier, your child actually knows nothing but travelling rear facing. From talks with parents we have learned that most of their children actually understand why they are travelling rear facing when the parents explain it to them in a way that is suitable for children. Safety should always go first and we encourage you to explain this to your children of course.

“I understand that rear facing is five times safer in a frontal crash, but what about rear impacts?”

Besides rear impacts being statistically much more infrequent than frontal crashes, there are also some physical aspects to consider. When travelling rear facing, the child sits further away from the point of impact in a rear crash, so that a longer crumple zone is provided even in cars with a small boot. Additionally, significantly less forces come into play in a rear collision, as both vehicles are moving in the same direction, so that the forces are spread on both cars equally. In contrast, in a frontal impact both vehicles are stopped from their speed to zero in an instant.

Misconceptions about rear facing car seats