Keeping your little one safe in the car is something on the mind of all parents. Knowing you have the very best car seat for your child and that they’re safely strapped in, can let you get on with simply enjoying the journey. Whether you’re nipping round to granny and grandpa’s, doing the regular school run, or embarking on a four-wheeled adventure somewhere new – we’ve got you and your family covered for the safest car seats around.

 

 

How to choose a child’s car seat

As a parent, a car seat is one of the most important purchases you’ll make. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer variety of car seats available, but the information contained in this article should help make the decision much easier for you.

First up, you should know children’s car seats are split into three groups. The weight, age and height of your child will help you choose which group best suits your little one. Car seat groups are:

 

  • Group 0+ (birth to 13kg, up to approx. 12-15 months)
  • Group 0+/1 (birth to 18kg, up to approx. 4 years)
  • Group 0+/1/2/3 (birth to 36kg or 135cm, up to approx. 12 years)

 

As well as knowing which car seat group is appropriate for your child, it’s almost important to familiarise yourself with the law regarding car seats. For example, you should use a car seat for your child up until they are 12 years old.

There is debate over whether front-facing or rear-facing car seats are safest. Your child must be in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 9 months old, although some parents choose to keep a rear-facing car seat right up until 5 years.

Finally, the way in which car seats are fitted is also changing. You may have heard of ISOFIX car seats – this type of seat is professionally secured to the body of your car, rather than strapped in with a seat belt like traditional car seats. An ISOFIX seat is connected to the actual frame of your car and usually has an indicator light to show when it’s properly installed.

Let’s look at some of the best child’s car seats available on the market right now…

 

Safest car seats for newborns

You’ll need to have a car seat properly fitted before you can take your newborn home from the hospital. Here are a couple of models to consider.

Jane Gravity i-Size Car Seat (Black)

This seat meets new i-Size legislation requirements, which bases the type of car seat on a child’s height rather than weight or age. All i-Size seats offer side impact protection and are generally rear facing, although this particular model can be switched to forward-facing from 15 months and up.

It’s an ideal model for newborns since it comes with an adjustable headrest to correct the angle of your baby’s back for optimum comfort. There’s also a 5-point harness to keep their entire body secure. This car seat can be installed with ISOFIX technology for complete peace of mind.

AGE: birth to 4 years

HEIGHT: Up to 140cm

DIRECTION: Rear and forward-facing

PRICE: £3240.00

 

Britax Romer DUALFIX Car Seat (Group 0+/1)

Boasting state-of-the-art safety technology, this car seat is suitable for your little one from day one. With an adjustable headrest and 5-point harness, it also comes with a newborn inset and side impact protection. This is another ISOFIX car seat, so you can be sure your baby is safe and secure.

AGE: birth – 4 years

WEIGHT: Up to 18kg

DIRECTION: Rear and forward-facing

PRICE: £349.95

 

 

Safest toddler car seat

When your little bundle of joy becomes a significantly larger bundle of joy, it’s time to upgrade your car seat. Safety is still top priority and this includes keeping excitable toddlers seated throughout the entire journey. Here are some of our top picks for toddler’s car seats…

Cosatto Hug Group 123 ISOFIX Anti-Escape Car Seat (Spectroluxe)

Perfect for keeping little wrigglers in their car seats, this model features a 5-point harness which promises to reduce the chance of an escape by an incredible 90%. It can be fitted with ISOFIX for extra security, and can be both forward and rear facing. It’s also convertible, meaning it can change from group 1 through to group 2 and 3 – making it an ideal investment for growing kids.

AGE: 9 months to 12 years

WEIGHT: 9-36kg

DIRECTION: Forward-facing

PRICE: £309.95

 

Joie Spin 360 Car Seat (Group 0+/1)

If you’d like to keep your child in a rear-facing seat up until 4 years old, this could be the perfect option for you. Featuring side impact protection, a 5-point harness, ISOFIX installation and shock absorbent leg support, it’s easy to see why this car seat is a popular choice.

AGE: birth – 4 years

WEIGHT: 9-18kg

DIRECTION: Rear and forward-facing

PRICE: £239.99

 

 

Best child car seats for 4-12 years

Now your little one is growing up, you might want to upgrade their car seat to something a bit more inviting for them.

Cosatto Skippa Fix Car Seat (Group 2/3)

Choose from a range of funky patterns to tempt your kid into the car. Whether unicorns, dragons or bright patterns appeal to your kid, this car seat model combines style with safety for a smooth journey. With side impact protection and ISOFIX fittings, this car seat is as secure as it is visually appealing. Plus those removable, washable covers are always going to come in handy!

AGE: 4-12 years

WEIGHT: 15-36kg

DIRECTION: Forward-facing

PRICE: £159.95

 

Picking a car seat is an important decision, so take time to browse our full range of car seats. Our selection offers only the most secure, well made products to keep your little ones safe.

 

 


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About the author: Pam

Pam is a 36 year old events manager from Cambridge. Married to her husband, David, for 7 years, they have 2 beautiful children (Max - 3 and Abigail - 18 months) with one more bundle on the way! With such a busy life, Pam likes to keep herself grounded by attending weekly yoga classes and getting out of town whether it be to the countryside or abroad.

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