Buying a car seat is one of the most important purchases you’re going to make, so taking some time to read reviews and do your homework is always a good idea. Group 0+ car seats are suitable from birth up to 13kg (or 12 to 15 months). At this age, by law your baby will be rearward facing. Babies have fragile necks, so in the event of a collision, your baby could be at risk of spinal cord damage if he is facing forward (the way you are driving).
With plenty of different car seats to choose from, you have a number of options. From the seats designed to be attached to a pushchair to form a travel system, to those that come with ISOFIX fastenings, it can be hard to know where to start. To help make things easier, we’ve summed up the best Group 0+ car seats on the market here.
Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus Car Seat, £165, Amazon
This i-Size seat is suitable from birth until around 12 months and won a gold award in our Mother & Baby awards. It’s travel system compatible, can be fit with ISOFIX installation and is super easy to adjust. We love the cosy, supportive inlay that offers a comfortable fit and a good lie-flat position. Our army of mum (and dad) testers gave this car seat four stars out of five and loved how lightweight the car seat felt. In addition to being compatible with Maxi-Cosi prams, this car seat can also be used with Quinny, Bugaboo and iCandy pushchairs, which is a super handy feature. You can read more real mum reviews of the Pebble Plus here.
Doona Simple Parenting by CuddleCo Infant Car Seat, £299.99, Babyandco
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this car seat is its wheels, and that’s actually one of its best features. Switching from a chair to a pushchair in seconds, the four wheels collapse under the seat base. The Doona attaches best to an ISOFIX base, without which, inserting and removing the car seat can become niggly, yet the concept of this car seat is genius and our mums agreed. You can read more real mum reviews of this Mother & Baby silver award winner here.
CYBEX Cloud Q Plus, £240, Amazon
CYBEX have spent a great deal of time designing this car seat, with the help of doctors, midwives and safety experts, and it shows. With a flat lying angle between your baby’s head, neck and chest, the car seat is useful with small babies as it provides a secure and snug sleeping environment. Our mums loved the attention for detail in the design, finding the back support for small and premature babies and adjustable head height to be brilliant features. It is a little more expensive than others on the market, however it will fit your baby till he is 18 months old, so you will get a lot of wear out of the seat. Read more real mum reviews of the Cloud Q Plus here.
This Group 0+ car seat with an Isofix Base has double layered side impact protection and a five position, adjustable headrest that evolves with your baby. Our team of tester mums loved the newborn insert and found the seat to be super comfortable for their precious new arrival. The straps are easy to adjust and the car seat is easy to fit with both the seat belt and ISOFXI fitting. The downside, our mums wished there was more padding to the main base, and voted this seat three stars out of five in our 2017 awards. You can read more reviews of the Ickle Bubba Galaxy here.
Joie i-Gemm Car Seat, £94.95, Mamas & Papas
This car seat can be installed using a seat belt or used with an i-AnchorFIX or i-Base and is compatible with all Joie Pushchairs, plus other brands with Maxi Cosi adaptors. Our mums found the seat to be incredibly comfortable, but also easy to move in and out of the car (which is exactly what you want with a sleeping newborn). The mesh section of the canopy is another clever design feature, which allows air to circulate better – perfect on those warm summer days. Read more real mum reviews of this car seat here.
Silver Cross Simplicity Car Seat, £150, Mothercare
An attractive looking Group 0+ car seat, this is a sturdy and practical car seat and has been designed with simplicity in mind. With colour coded indicators to help with fitting, it’s super comfortable for newborns’ as it comes with a comfort cushion, harness straps and a headrest. The side impact protection is impressive too, and the seat is easy to install with or without the ISOFIX base. The height of the straps is also adjustable, so bigger babies should fit into the car seat comfortably. Read more reviews and find out why our mums gave this car seat four stars out of five here.
Shuffle SP Car Seat, £49.99, Dunelm
An affordable alternative for those mums who cannot afford some of the pricier car seats on this list, this car seat scored four out of five in our 2016 Mother & Baby awards. Easy to secure, our mums loved the four reclining seat positions, and the fact this affordable seat can be used until your baby turns four. With an adjustable five-point harness, padded cushion, harness and buckle pads, removable hand washable seat covers, and a clever alarm in the buckle (perfect if your toddler likes making a bid for freedom), this is a great buy.
Britax Baby SAFE i-Size, £345, Amazon
With Kate and Wills giving this the royal stamp of approval and choosing it as a car seat for both Prince George and Princess Charlotte, this Britax car seat has deep padding to keep your new bundle comfy. With an optional ISOFIX base and increased head and neck protection, you can be sure this car seat will keep your baby safe in the event of a collision. Giving your baby room to grow, the car seat comes with a newborn insert for extra support, which can be removed and the headset adjusted as your little one gets taller.
Kiddy Evo-Luna i-Size, £359, Amazon
The i-size version of the popular Evo-Luna car seat from Kiddy, this rear facing seat comes with an ISOFIX base included. With both upright and lie flat positions, this car seat is also compatible with sleected pushchairs. Our mums loved how easy the base was to secure and how quickly the seat could be installed and detached. Despite being a little more expensive than a few of the other car seats on this list, you don’t need to buy a separate base for this car seat.
Cybex Sirona Car Seat, £349, Amazon
This clever car seat not only rotates 360 degrees, but can be used until your little one turns four. With a height adjustable headrest, this seat allows you to keep your baby rear-facing for as long as possible (if your car is big enough). Our mums loved how easy the car seat was to install, and the recline angle for smaller babies. That said, the car seat is pretty fiddly to get in and out of the vehicle, and adjusting the headrest with your baby in the car seat can be tricky.
Joie Stages Car Seat, £150, Amazon
From the makers of the ever popular Every Stage, British parenting brand Joie have developed this 0+/1/2 car seat, which can be used from birth, up to the age of seven years old. With the option to keep your little one in a rearward facing position till the age of four, this is longer than most car seats allow. With four recline positions, headrest adjustment and side impact protection, this well-designed car seat is a very affordable investment. Our team of tester mums loved how easy the car seat was to use and found the padding to be comfortable and supportive. Read more reviews of the Joie Stages car seat here.