What is the safest way to travel in the car with a baby? Cristina Barroso answers


Evidentemente esta foto sólo se hizo para la ocasión. Jamás viajéis con objetos que puedan salir despedidos. Podrían provocar lesiones a los ocupantes del vehículo.
Obviously this photo was only taken for the occasion. Never travel with objects that can be thrown. They could cause injury to the occupants of the vehicle.
As you know, we have taken M. backwards from birth. When he was 12 months old, he hardly fit in group 0 and we thought about changing his device. Luckily, at that moment we fell into good hands because we almost made a very serious mistake, like most families who do not have correct advice.

Why does this happen? 

Because parents are not informed of what is on the market, nor of the actual functions. Our experience was going to a lot of stores and having the shop assistants tell us: 

«These are all the chairs we have and if you want more information go to the RACE page »

We left the stores with a bitter aftertaste without understanding how, with something so important (the safety of a baby) at stake, all the information they gave you was that.

We wandered around the internet and, as first-time parents, we didn't understand a thing. Until by chance we entered a store where they did know how to give us all that information. The person in charge of the car seats was with us for 2 hours and even let us try it out in the car. Thanks to them we got to know the web www.acontramarcha.com and his Facebook. With this information and some studies provided, we were able to assess what was important for the safety of our daughter. Now it all made sense! AND we chose to take it in reverse gear.

And it turns out that last Friday I had the great fortune to attend a meeting in Baby Experience and meet Cristina Barroso, consultant for child safety systems and promoter of in reverse gear.

It was an interesting and exciting meeting. Listening and talking to Cristina and Miriam is always a pleasure because, in addition to nurturing yourself with their knowledge, you see the passion and dedication of two

A moment of the talk where Cristina explains the differences between collision and impact
people who have been fighting for years so that many families know the need to take their children in the opposite direction to the march

In the following lines I am going to summarize what Cristina explained to us and my conclusions. 

There are ways to protect your baby in the car. How? 

Cristina made it clear to us that the safest way to carry a baby in the car is to place it in the opposite direction of travel until it is physically impossible to carry it in this way. He also spoke of the fact that at the moment when we can no longer take him in that position (approximately 4-5 years) then we will have to find a system that will protect him so that his level of injuries is the minimum possible.


First because the body of a baby is very different from that of an adult.

  • The adult has a 6% the size of our head with respect to the body. Babies have a 30%.
  • The adult has a shaped, ossified neck that can support weight. Babies have a little ossified, cartilaginous neck that cannot bear weight.
  • Adults have fully ossified and rigid bones in the chest, which in case of impact break. Babies have a very high percentage of cartilage and when faced with an impact or pressure they bend, causing very serious damage to the internal organs.
  • The nerve center of respiration is lower because the lungs are not yet developed and the abdominal area is larger compared to that of an adult. So exerting any kind of pressure in this area can be fatal.
  • The internal organs are not seated, the skull is not completely closed, and they have a significant distance between the brain and the skull.

Secondly by the most common type of collision. 

At some point in our lives as drivers we have had some frontal collision or sudden braking, right?

If not, you are very lucky! or you are great drivers, but the normal thing is that it has ever happened to you. When Cristina asked in the room, the majority of hands were raised in the case of a frontal collision and instead there were almost no hands in the other types of accidents. With which we can say that it is indeed the most common type of accident. 10003809_1037929359564321_4163772547694271120_o

And here he told us that carrying a child in favor of gait can cause very serious injuries to the baby's neck. To give you an idea, I share with you some of its images.

In this image we can see how the traction load (load that is exerted on a body when two forces are applied to it in the opposite direction) in the case of the pro-driving saddles is 2500N. Much higher than the 1300N load that would be the survival limit.

If you want to read the text of the photo carefully you can do it in this link. 

Some attendees expressed their doubts and concerns, and apparently they are quite common. For example:

  •  "And don't you get dizzy?" His response was clear: 'No, they do not get dizzy because they have not developed the vestibular system that is responsible for balance'And if you are interested in my experience, I have never seen M. having a bad time in the car, vomiting or anything like that that can be related to dizziness.
  • "Doesn't it bother you to go with your legs a little flexed? ” Absolutely. His reply was. Have you ever seen how a child sits on the floor? He usually sits with his legs drawn up or flexed. If we put a child sitting in a chair where he does not touch his feet on the floor, his first reaction will be to flex them and rest them on the seat. It is more uncomfortable for them to have them hanging ” It is likely that if your son is in favor of the march and his legs are dangling, he will too.
  • "You don't see it, how can you be calm?"  A convex mirror. In this way you have an amplitude of vision that you see the whole baby. From head to toe.
  • "But it will be boring a lot. He does not see anything" What do you think a baby traveling in favor of the march sees? The back of the front seat and, if you hurry me, a bit of your shoulder. Its height does not allow you to look out the side or front window, so the landscape is lost! On the other hand, if it goes against the clock, it can see you in the mirror (up to 12-14 months it doesn't seem that they are too interested) and it depends on how the chair is installed, you can see the sky, birds, trees, buildings, etc. Everything that is high.????????????????????????????????????

In conclusion, he explained that this philosophy comes from Sweden and that the statistics of serious injuries or deaths in accidents there is null. This is because, although they have the same regulations as us and there is no law that requires them to take children in reverse gear, they have decided that babies are safer traveling in this direction of travel. And it's not about fashion, but about having information. To give you an idea I leave you the tests that these chairs pass to reverse gear.

My recommendation is that before buying a child restraint system:


Many thanks again to Cristina and Miriam for all the awareness work they do and for bringing their knowledge up to here.

I leave you with an interview, which is sure to be very interesting.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1fGz-eHjNg?rel=0&w=853&h=480]
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  1. I did not know who it was but I went to his store to buy the chair against the counter in August and he was talking to us. What a great woman !! She knows a lot about vehicle safety and it is a pleasure to hear her speak, how lucky you were !!! Our baby is 13 months old, she is going into reverse gear and she does not get dizzy or bored (more than any child) and we are very calm :). We must continue to raise awareness! Very good post !!

  2. Hello, thank you very much for your post, I am loving reading you! I take this opportunity to ask you if you know how I can find out if there is a group chair 2-3 that can go into reverse gear. My little girl is 27 months old, she continues to go into reverse with her legs slightly bent, but nothing fits. Thank you.

    1. Hi Lorena, there are no group 2-3 models in the opposite direction up to now. Yes, you will find brands from group 1-2 that, theoretically, are up to 25kg, although there are physical limitations of the height of the backrest and of the cars themselves that usually allow us to maximum up to 4-5 years. Be careful with the angle of these chairs, they are usually quite vertical. The fact that the legs are bent in itself is not vital in terms of security. Thanks to you 🙂

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