The objective of the reducer or support cushion in child restraint systems (CRS) is to improve the ergonomics and support of the child when sitting in the chair. The aim is to ensure the baby's correct posture and comfort. It ensures the support of the spine and a better fastening of the harnesses.
This is an element that can be removed for cleaning or completely removed when the time comes.
These support cushions must be used from the baby's first journey in the car seat. When to remove the support cushion will depend on the child and the type of car seat. We usually remove them between 3 and 6 months old, at which time the child reaches the size needed to fit perfectly into the CRS without the need of a support cushion. To find out the exact moment, we recommend following the manufacturer's instructions, as their specifications may vary.
They normally need the support for the first 3-6 months, at which point the baby's neck starts becoming stronger. Generally speaking, from the age of around six months the child can start sitting up normally. In any case, we want to highlight that everything will depend on the child's growth, the car seat model and the manufacturer.
For example, Besafe recommends removing the cushion when the child is over 60 cm tall or more than 4 months old. Britax Romer recommends its use from 0 to 6 months and Cybex recommends uninstalling it as of 61 cm, approximately 3 months old. From Fundación MAPFRE we ask you to follow the specifications of the different manufacturers for greater security.