What is ISOFIX

What is ISOFIX

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This guide is to help parents understand the technicalities of ISOFIX, and to explain very simply the design elements of the system.

ISOFIX is an international standardised fitting system that provides the safest, easiest and quickest way to install a child car seat correctly without the need of vehicle seat belts.

When it comes to child safety in passenger cars, there is much talk around ISOFIX, a system for installing child car seats safely and correctly.

How did this cool concept come about?

The ISOFIX introduction into vehicles began as early as 2002 in Europe. Manufacturers of child restraints, or baby car seats, were challenged with trying to get their product to work effectively in as many vehicles in the marketplace as possible.

Child restraints needed to utilise the three-point static safety belt of the vehicle as an anchorage medium. The diverse design features of so many different vehicles in the marketplace made this a formidable task, and hence manufacturers looked at an alternative medium to the three-point static belt for installation.

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The ISOFIX anchorage points serve no function in a car other than to install a child restraint.

This joint venture between vehicle and the child-restraint market has arguably been the best development in the child restraint trade.

ISOFIX brackets in vehicles are U-shaped metal units mounted to the chassis of a vehicle. The specific size of these brackets is regulated by the car manufacturer industry safety standards. This ensures that all vehicles offering the ISOFIX brackets have universal sizing and hence allow child restraint manufacturers to design universal seats.

Where can I get it?

ISOFIX brackets are installed at vehicle manufacturer level. These have been available as an optional extra on some vehicles for a while now, but European legislation is attempting to enforce that all vehicles have these as standard.

In South Africa, the safety standards adopted by the vehicle industry are those of European legislation, and we will hopefully see all imported passenger vehicles with ISOFIX installed as standard in the future.

Is it expensive?

The ISOFIX anchorage points in the vehicle are inexpensive, however the child restrains that utilise these ISOFIX anchorage points are a more expensive than the seats that use the three-point safety belts.

The technology used for ISOFIX child restraints is considerably more advanced than its counterparts. The demand for ISOFIX child restraints is continually on the increase to the point that many parents are now looking for this option prior to their vehicle purchase.

Is ISOFIX located on specific points in the vehicle?

Yes. Mostly all vehicles have ISOFIX anchorage points in the rear of the vehicle, as it is the safest place to have a child restraint installed. Child restraint manufacturers provide information as to whether their seats are compatible with vehicles via a manual referred to as a Car Fitting List. It is mandatory that manufacturers provide this with all their ISOFIX seats sold, so as to allow you to predetermine whether your vehicle can accommodate an ISOFIX seat.

READ: The Real Easy Guide to ISOFIX

Nursing covers why you need one

Nursing covers why you need one

I received this beautifully packaged gift hamper from The Mummary last week.  A stunning nursing cover and yummy lactation granola… yip “lactation granola!”

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Breastfeeding is something close to my heart – it is the best way to bond with your baby and also a big sacrifice. Life has to be carefully planned around feeding and pumping and feeding again. So I have been breastfeeding my third child  for 6  weeks now.

A breastfeeding/nursing cover is an essential accessory, a must have if you breastfeeding.

I breastfed my now 3-year-old for 28 months. Packing my nursing cover when going out was as important as wet wipes and a change of clothes in baby’s bag!  Nursing covers make breastfeeding in public stress-free. I am a proud breastfeeding mother but don’t like the idea of exposing my boobs in public.  Baby feeding rooms are often smelly or occupied. Using a nursing cover made this journey so much easier.  Not only that I don’t have to miss out on the conversation and getting back to cold food when at a restaurant.

This Doona Car Seat/Stroller Rocks My World! Off to Berlin …

This Doona Car Seat/Stroller Rocks My World! Off to Berlin …

Jo-Ann Strauss is one of South Africa’s most recognizable faces after a career spanning over 15 years in media and business. I am so honored to have received a mention from this gorgeous Modern Mommy. Jo-Ann blogs about the incredible journey of mommyhood in the modern world. With her permission we are republishing her blog her blog here so you can read what she has to say about the Doona Car Seat on her latest Modern Mommy Blog!

Most people get heart palpitations at the idea of traveling alone with a newborn. They think it’s an absurd idea to take a newborn to the Berlin Fashion Week … but, I like to challenge the conventional thinking of appropriate outings with our little one 😉 She’s too young for Disney World, but she loves the high-pitched Kardashians screeching “Darling, you look FABulous!”, so I think she’ll fit right in.

The amount of preparation and planning that goes into traveling with a newborn would cause even the most organized OCD sufferer to break into a mild sweat. Running through airports with too much hand luggage and having to clean up a blow-out poo (newborns have the tendency to soil themselves entirely with explosive poos especially when they’re doing name calls for final passengers to board and you’re on that list) is not a walk in the park. My main concern with this trip is that I would not be able to single-handedly carry a stroller, car seat, suitcase and hand luggage into a train carriage and taxi and some airlines only check in either a stroller or a carseat free of charge and then you’re forking out extra for an essential part of safe travel with a baby.

And then the good folks from Simple Parenting invented the Doona! I am absolutely amazed that someone did not think about this incredible piece of equipment earlier. With the click of a button, one of the safest carseats on the market becomes a stroller that is very easy to use and stylish looking too – so ideal for our Fashion Week expedition.

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All the traveling parents from Roger Federer to Shakira to Princess Charlene and Prince Albert have them for their little ones. It makes sense too as it frees up valuable space in the boot for suitcases and shopping.

I shopped for my one on an awesome baby shopping site Babarazzi run by a mompreneur, Carmen Peters, who is due soon with her third baba! She waxed lyrical about it!!! And good luck, Carmen with your new little bundle of joy.

Lots of love and Light,

Jo-Ann

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