Wondering which is the right car seat to buy? Swot up with our checklist of things to consider...
Once your baby’s 12 to 15 months her Group 0+ car seat will need replacing to upgrade to a standard Group 1 seat that can be used until age four. But there’s a savvier option on the market. A combination Group 1/2/3 seat functions like a regular Group 1 seat, but a couple of easy adjustments means it can last your child until she’s 12. Not all car seats are the same. When you’re looking for which one to buy, there are some key questions to bear in mind.
- Look for a seat that is roomy but supportive. Insert cushions can provide extra comfort for younger children.
- An adjustable headrest makes the seat more comfortable for your growing child
- Ask the retailer or check on the manufacturer’s websites that it’s compatible with your make and model of car.
- Look for a kitemark on the label showing that it complies with British safety standards.
- Deep side wings create added protection against any side-impact collisions.
- An ‘impact cushion’ is an alternative to a harness. Just work out which your child prefers by trying out in the shop first. ISOFOX allows a seat to bolt straight to the car chassis rather than being secured by the seat belt. Not all cars have ISOFIX fittings so check your car manual.
- Check the seat cover can be taken off and washed or are wipeable.
- If your child still naps regularly, look for a model that reclines to make this more comfortable.