According to the UK law, all children must use a car seat until they are aged 12, or reach a height of 4ft 5 inches (whichever comes first). What’s more, not following these rules could leave you with a £500 fine. Thence buying a car seat is a top priority when having a baby.
A baby car seat can be pricey, so most parents tend to opt for a multistage car seat. This car seat can be adapted to your child as she/he grows, so in theory, you’ll only ever have to buy one car seat. We’ve summed up the best multistage car seats in the market here.
The best multistage car seats
Another Mother & Baby award winner, Chicco’s multistage car is supportive, easy to adjust and stable. Lasting till your child is 12, this is great value for money.
Our team of mum testers wished the covers were machine washable, but overall, gave this multistage car seat four and a half stars out of five.
The Cosatto Hug is suitable for 9kg to 36kg, which is approximately nine months to 12 years. With five reclining positions and an in-built ISOFIX base, you can rest assured your little one will be safe whilst you drive.
Features include an adjustable headrest, plush chest and stomach pads and padded inserts that can easily be removed and washed, the car seat lives up to its ‘huggable’ name! Our mums also loved the fun design (you can get this is different colours and patterns) and the value for money.
Read our mum tester's review of the Costatto Hug, here
Another car seat that goes from birth to 12 years old, the price tag makes it an absolute bargain investment. The Graco milestone can be used as a rear-facing, forward-facing or highback booster seat.
The headrest can be adjusted with one hand (perfect for mums on the go) and the harness height automatically adjusts when altering the headrest height. The only downside is that this car seat is pretty heavy, so it won’t be the easiest to transfer between different cars.
The Britax Evolva has an adjustable set width and an option ISOFIX base. With a click and safe harness designed to make securing your child a simple task, the seat also has a five-point harness for children weighing 9 to 18kg.
With side impact protection and soft padded side wings, the seat also has an easy to remove cover perfect for those on-the-go spills!
Read our full review about Britax Evolva baby car seat, here
With excellent protection and support, the Cybex Pallas 2-Fix is easy to put together and thanks to its ISOFIX base, you’ll be able to quickly install it in your car without a headache. Key features include an adjustable recline, a headrest, side-protection pads and a front impact restraint, which stops your little one from wiggling out of the straps whilst you are focusing on the road. It’s light and manoeuvres between cars and our mums loved how spacious the car seat felt.
Read our mum tester's review on the Cybex Pallas 2-Fix Car Seat, here
This is not only a car seat but part of a travel system. A removable infant carrier that provides an all-in-one solution for travelling on the road and with a stroller.
With this car seat is all intuitive and it can be operated one-handed, with indicators to show a complete safe installation with the inbuilt ISOFIX base. The Zero1 has extensive cushions for newborns that can be removed in various pieces as they grow.