Bringing your newborn baby home from hospital

First time in your baby car seat

This is a day you will never forget – taking your new baby home for the first time! You’ll be full of plans and looking forward to introducing the latest member of your family to everyone.

A few golden rules will help ensure baby’s first trip in the car goes as smoothly as possible so everyone arrives safe and sound and ready to enjoy the celebrations.

Travel safely

Don’t forget that it’s compulsory to use an approved car seat for your baby – even new-borns. You can choose a safety carrycot or rear-facing car seat. Safety carrycots have the added advantage of also being suitable as a day bed for your new-born.

*Top Tip* 
It’s a great idea to practise installing your car seat before baby is born – then you’ll be confident you can fit it quickly and correctly for your special passenger when the actual day finally arrives.

The safest place to fit the car seat is the centre of the rear seat as this reduces the risk of injury from a side-impact crash. However, this may not always be practical and alternatively, use the right or left side of the rear seat.

*Top Tip* 
Never hold your baby in your arms when travelling in the car – it’s very dangerous and illegal! A sudden stop may cause your baby to shoot out of your arms and be thrown against the dashboard.

Travel comfortably

Small babies can become overheated or chilled very quickly. Make sure your little one is warm and comfortable, but remember that too many layers added to the seat may cause your baby to get too hot.

*Top Tip* 
Sunscreens are a must in hot weather, both to keep baby cool, and to prevent any metal parts on the car seat becoming too hot. And in chilly weather a cosy foot muff is essential!

Some of our new car seats comply with the new i-Size (UN R129) safety standard. Other car seats comply with the ECE R44/04 standard which ensures a minimum level of safety. Maxi-Cosi also significantly raises the bar to carry out additional stringent tests on all aspects of our car seats. Our more demanding tests are similar to those carried out by the independent and internationally respected car safety expert, Euro NCAP.

maxi-cosi car seat crash tests

Euro NCAP tests how well cars in severe accidents protect passengers, including children in car seats. We combine Euro NCAP’s data with the results of our own rigorous tests, far exceeding minimum legal standards.

Find out more about minimum test requirements.

Going that extra mile

The standard testing speed for frontal collisions is 50 km/h (30 mph), but we test seats at 70 km/h (45 mph). In addition, we carry out extra crash tests to simulate a variety of side and side/frontal car collisions.

As a result, we have led the way in improving side protection and have developed groundbreaking technology to protect children from injury in a side-impact crash.

Full frontal collision testing

This is carried out on an acceleration sled that is equipped with a standard bench seat or a car body shell. An age-appropriate crash test dummy is fastened in the car seat and secured to the bench seat using a car seat belt or Isofix fitting points.

The sled simulates a 70 km/h frontal collision into a wall. High-speed cameras and other sensing devices installed on the sled and on the dummy allow us to check how well the car seat protects the child and also measures:

  • how far forward the head moves
  • how much support the head has
  • chest, head and pelvic acceleration
  • neck loads
  • abdominal loading

Maxi-Cosi Safety Centres – Europe and America

We have our own state-of-the-art car seat crash test facilities in Cholet, France, and Columbus, Illinois USA.

maxi-cosi car seat crash tests

Testing is carried out at all stages of production, from early development through to manufacture when every seat in 5,000 is subject to strict safety review procedures.

Our ultra-modern test centres combine the industry’s best research and development teams with advanced and innovative technology, including:

  • specialised research and design facilities;
  • computerised engineering resources;
  • environmental lab testing;
  • advanced side impact testing capabilities; and
  • three independent crash test sleds.

We are committed to maintaining our global leadership in safety and innovative design.

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