Buying a Baby Car Seat

34If you’re thinking about purchasing a baby car seat soon then it’ll be handy to know which ones are the most popular and which ones other parents have found to be a great buy!

Well look no further, we have searched high and low on the net and on the high street to find you the most popular baby car seats around saving you hours of searching.

Here are the results…

NUMBER ONE

MAXI COSI CABRIOFIX Infant Carrier Car Seat

From birth to 13kg or up to 15 months.

Good Points:

  1. Award winning safety features – Side Protection System
  2. Lightweight so its easy to take in and out of your car.
  3. Handle has 3 different positions which is easy to adjust.
  4. Comes with a sun canopy which is easy to use and put away.
  5. Comes with newborn baby head support.
  6. Can be compatible with certain prams such as the Mura 3 or Quinny Buggy as part of a travel system.
  7. Harness is easy to adjust and fits comfortably around your baby.
  8. Good storage space in the back of the seat.
  9. Highest recommendation from Which?
  10. Installed using the 3 point seat belt or by using this with the maxi cosi EasyFix base.

Bad points:

  1. Quite pricey.
  2. Can’t remove cover completely to machine wash but can sponge clean bits which can’t be removed.
  3. May not be great value for money if not used as part of a travel system or not going to taking in and out of the car on a regular basis.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Best Buy Award & Best Value – Prima Baby & Pregnancy Magazine
  • Gold for Best Infant Carrier – Mother & Baby
  • Which? Best Buy 2009
  • Gomama Today Winner
  • Cabriofix & Easyfix base – winners of Best Infant Carrier – Practical Parenting Awards 2009/10.

NUMBER TWO

Maxi Cosi Tobi Forward Facing Car Seat

From 9kg to 18kg or 9 months to 3 and half years approx.

Good Points:

  1. Easy out harnesses, harness belt and buckles – spring like action so they don’t get in the way.
  2. Easy adjustable headrest and harness belt with one pull at the front of the seat.
  3. Well padded head cushions for maximum side protection.
  4. Colour indicator at the front of the seat to confirm your child is secured correctly.
  5. There are 5 different reclining positions with easy one hand operation.
  6. Installed by using a 3 point car belt system – easy to install.
  7. Conforms to ECE R44/04 regulations.
  8. Value for money – can last for a few years.

Bad Points:

  1. Quite pricey.
  2. Position of baby can be quite high up – some may see this as an advantage.
  3. May need to use your knees to secure the seat whilst tightening the car seat belt.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Best Buy 2009 – FQ Magazine
  • Best Buy Toddler Car Seat – Mother & Baby Show
  • Best Buy 2008 – Practical Parenting
  • Mother & Baby Silver Award 2008/09

NUMBER THREE

Britax Evolva 1-2-3 Plus Car Seat

From 9kg to 36 kg or approx 9 months to 12 years.

Good Points:

  1. 5 point click and safe audible harness system.
  2. Adjusts as your child grows – the headrest and harness adjusts to suit your childs height.
  3. Deep and softly padded side wings for maximum side protection.
  4. The seat cover can be removed quickly and with ease for washing.
  5. There is a pull out drink holder and snack tray.
  6. It offers upright and recline positions for extra comfort.
  7. Best value for money – it can last from 9 months to 12 years.
  8. Easy to fit in many different sized cars.
  9. The baby’s head is supported well.
  10. Adjustable side wings.

Bad points:

  1. The harness and buckle is quite fiddly and the harness needs to held in a certain way to be fitted into the buckle.
  2. There are only two settings, recline and sitting position.

Has it won any Awards?

  • Practical Parenting Best Buy
  • Baby Gear Gold Award 2006
  • Practical Parenting Silver 2009/10
  • Mother & Baby Silver Award 2009