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The Best Baby Car Seats 2018

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With hundreds of different models, types and variations on offer - a baby car seat is often one of the more challenging items to purchase from your shopping list. Luckily, we’ve compiled a helpful guide on everything you need to know when choosing the best car seat for you and your baby.

We want to make sure you know which are the best rearward-facing and forward-facing car seats on the market. With this guide, you will have a baby car seat ready and in the right size to leave safely the hospital with your newborn.

What is the law for baby car seats?  

A baby car seat is mandatory to transport babies in cars, you can check all the requirements on The UK GOV website, so you need to get one for whenever you take your baby by car.

All kids under 12 years old (or less than 1.35 or 1.50 meters tall) need a car seat in the UK, so during these periods, you’ll most likely need to invest in more than one car seat, or, you can have one complete multi-stage, which will stretch from birth to 12 years. The laws around the types of child seats that are deemed safe have now also been tightened, and in 2017 backless booster seats were deemed unfit for children shorter than 125cm (4.1ft) or weighing less than 22kg (48.5lbs).

How do you choose a baby car seat?

You need to choose a baby car seat that fits your car and also the requirements of The UK laws. You can find all about the checklist in this official government website. Also, the basic information you need to have is the weight, the age and the height of your baby, the baby car seat model will change based mostly on it.

  • The types of baby car seat

There are mainly  three types of baby car seat:

Group 0+

This first type is suitable from birth to 13 kg. They usually combine with a buggy to form a travel system. Besides that, these are rear-facing, as its 5 times safer because it offers greater protection to the underdeveloped head, neck, and spine of infants. Group 0+ can also be called an infant car seat, as its perfect for newborns.

Group 0+/1

The second type is suitable from birth to 18kgs. This type of baby car seat is usually convertible car seats with rear-facing and forward-facing.

Group 0+/1/2/3

The third type is suitable from birth to 36 kg. This is also called 3 in 1 or All in One, this car seat will carry your child from birth to the booster seat stage and is meant to stay in the car.

Important: Car Safety Experts advise that you need to consider their weight, their height, and which baby car seat provides the most secure fit in your car. You need to prioritize security but not forgetting about it's more comfortable for your lifestyle.

  • The technology of a baby car seat

All the new baby car seats in The UK need to be i-Size (ECE R129), and also where they will be positioned need to have side impact protection. Another point is that the baby car seats need to use ISOFIX (an international standard for attachment points for baby car seats in passenger cars).

  • The extra features of a baby car seat

You can find many special features, such:

Rotating seat

Lie-flat car seat

  • The prices of a baby car seat

You can find car seats from £50s to £300s depending on quality and type, the longer you are able to use it more expensive it will be

FAQ best baby car seat

  • What is the 2-hour rule?

The 2-hour rule is the time a baby or a child can be uninterrupted in a baby car seat calculate by safety experts and manufacturers.

  • How can I fit a baby car seat in a car?

You need to be aware is not all baby car seats that fit in all cars. So before buying you need to make sure the chosen baby car seat will fit correctly in your car.

  • How can I install a baby car seat in a car?

It's always better to use a professional to install a baby car seat in a car. The technician can make sure everything is working perfectly.

  • How can I know when to switch from one baby car seat to other?

If your baby has outgrown from his/her baby car seat. The legs can extend the edge of the seat, but the head can not extend the top of the seat.

  • Should you buy a  second-hand baby car seat?

Even if you feel tempted to buy a second-hand baby car seat resist it. It's always better for your baby safety to invest in a new one.

 

The Best Baby Car Seats in the market at the moment 2018

To make things easier, our panel of mum testers put some of the best car seats strollers through their paces, living with them for a month, then giving us their feedback. These selected for the Mother & Baby Awards 2018.

Best Forward-Facing Baby Car Seat 2018

 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model:  ADVANSAFIX III SICT, Britax Römer

£84.00

  • Child Age: From newborn to 12 years old child
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: Easy to install
  • Disadvantages: No option to be rear facing
  • Extra Features: Multiple recline positions, adjustable headrest, Pivot Link system, side impact protection (SICT)
  • Level of Comfort: 3

Read more about ADVANSAFIX III SICT, Britax Römer

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Elevate 2, Joie  

(GOLD Mother & Baby AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: From newborn to 12 years old child
  • Advantages: lightweight design, ease of moving the car seat between cars, easy to clean,
  • Extra Features: full side impact protection, plus Guard Surround Safety ™, washable seat covers
  • Level of Comfort: 4

 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: EVOLVA 1-2-3 SL SICT, Britax Römer 

£159.95 - RRP: £210.00

(SILVER Mother & Baby  AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: From 9 months baby  to 12 years old child
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: Lightweight, great use on a day to day basis, good price
  • Disadvantages: Lack of rearward-facing position
  • Extra Features: recline function, cup holder, auto-tension seat belts
  • Level of Comfort: 4

 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Every Stage FX, Joie

(BRONZE Mother & Baby  AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: From newborn to 12 years old child
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: Every Stage FX car seat – lasting from birth to 36kg
  • Extra Features: ISOSAFE connection, it's a good option for parents of twins,
  • Level of Comfort: 4

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Skippa Fix, Cosatto

£139.00 - RRP: £179.95

  • Child Age: From 4 to 12 years old
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: funky and bright design appealing to kids, extremely easy to clip in and out, covers can be washed
  • Disadvantages: It's more expensive
  • Extra Features: It has lots of room to grow into it.
  • Level of Comfort: 4 

Read more about Skippa Fix, Cosatto

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Viaggio 2-3 Flex, Peg Perego

£198.65

  • Child Age: From 3 to 12 years old

  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: It's great value for money
  • Disadvantages: It’s heavier than other models
  • Extra Features: Wipe clean fabric, cup holders
  • Level of Comfort: 3

Read more about Viaggio 2-3 Flex, Peg Perego

 

 

Best Rear-Facing Baby Car Seat 2018

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: BABY-SAFE-i-SIZE, Britax Römer

£149.99

(BRONZE Mother & Baby  AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: Newborn to 15 months old
  • i-Size compatible: It has the new car seat regulation ECE R129 (i-Size)
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: It has high quality, its stylish, it’s easy to use and affordable
  • Disadvantages: It could be more reclinable until lying flat
  • Extra Features: Maxi Cosi car seat
  • Level of Comfort: 4


 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Pebble Plus & 2wayFix Base, Maxi-Cosi

£98.99 - RRP: £135.00

(SILVER Mother & Baby  AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: Group 0+ car seats
  • i-Size compatible: It has the new car seat regulation ECE R129 (i-Size)
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: It's easy to use, it’s very attractive, Its padding is superior,
  • Disadvantages: It's more expensive than other car seats
  • Extra Features: It has a  sound system (security beep)
  • Level of Comfort: 5

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Spin 360, Joie

(GOLD Mother & Baby  AWARD WINNER)

  • Child Age: Newborns to 4 years old child​
  • Advantages: able to spin the seat around (360 degrees), fantastic range of recline options, very easy to instal, and good instructions
  • Disadvantages: It’s quite heavy
  • Extra Features: customise the car seat
  • Level of Comfort: 5

 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: Stages Isofix, Joie

  • Child Age: Newborns to 7 years old child
  • Advantages: it’s durable and comfortable, it's lightweight enough to swap between cars and it gives you peace of mind your tot is safe.
  • Level of Comfort: 4

Read more about Stages Isofix, Joie 

 

Baby Car Seat Name and Model: GB Vaya i-Size

£443.74

  • Child Age: Newborn to 4 years old child
  • i-Size compatible: It has the new car seat regulation ECE R129 (i-Size)
  • Car Installation: It has an ISOFIX option
  • Advantages: It feels high-quality and very sturdy, the seat rotates 360 degrees, it offers good value for money
  • Disadvantages: It could have more recline positions, it's heavy and bulky, it doesn't have room to grow.
  • Extra Features: handy magnetic patch
  • Level of Comfort: 4

Read more about GB Vaya i-Size

 
 
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