The main characteristic of the carrycot is that it allows the baby to travel lying down which is much more comfortable and natural. It is particularly suited to premature babies or those with breathing difficulties, especially on long journeys. However, sometimes carrycots only have one belt over the tummy of the baby, which may be a risk of movement in a lateral impact. Also as it obliges the baby to travel lying down instead of sitting and backward facing, in a head-on collision it may be more dangerous.
To remedy this we recommend that you use carrycots with straps or a harness in a “Y” shape. This will immobilize the baby in a lateral impact. To find the right carrycot it is worth reviewing the various independent comparisons that assess various key safety aspects between the various carrycots. Since our concern is the safety of the child at MAPFRE FOUNDATION we recommend using an ISOFIX system, without doubt the safest.