Two new group 0+ child car seats were unveiled at the Harrogate Nursery Fair that might make it easier to travel with premature and newborn babies.
The safest way for babies to travel in a car is in a properly fitted, rearward-facing baby seat. But premature and low birth weight babies in car seats can be susceptible to a drop in the oxygen level in their blood and breathing problems in as little as 45 minutes.
Two new car seats have features that may help parents who need to transport their little ones when they are particularly vulnerable.
Although essentially the same car seat as the Cybex Aton 2, which has been tested by Which?, the new Cybex Aton 3 includes a padded liner that fills up part of the seat shell under the baby's bottom, providing a flatter surface to lie on.
As the baby grows you can move the liner, creating more room for the baby's bottom until they lie in the normal 45 degree position. Cybex also claims that this adjustment leaves more space and comfort for bigger babies, which is vital for keeping them in their rearward-facing car seat for as long as possible.
Like the Aton 2 it can be installed in the car with the adult seat belt and on abelted or Isofix base.
Generally we advise that you only use the baby seat in the car with low birth weight children and not on a pushchair frame because car seats do not provide a lie flat position.
But the new Kiddy Evolution Pro may provide an alternative. It can be adapted from the carrying position to a low, flat sleeping position, which can only be used when the seat is attached to a stroller.
A premature baby inlay for the seat is also available.
We hope to test both of these child car seats in the future.
If you have a premature or low birth weight baby:
If in any doubt, consult the hospital or your GP.