Buying a child’s car seat can be a nightmare, particularly if this is your first time at purchasing one. Do you buy one that has a special safety system, such as Isofix or Familyfix, that literally bolt into your actual car, or one that uses your seat belts for fixing? Once you’ve decided which type of child car seat you want, you have to figure out whether to get one that lasts for just a few years, or the entire twelve years that children are required to use them. Next up are the safety factors and you should take comfort into account as well.
We’ve picked the best child car seats that cover all the above criteria.
- Britax Advansfix II SICT – £155
If you are looking for a car seat that will last from nine months to twelve years, is comfortable, has good safety features then the Britax is the one. The safety features includes a new SecureGuard which converts an adult seat belt into an extra fastening over your child’s middle. There’s also a connector that clips onto the side of your car door which provides better impact protection. The seat is very comfortable and feels really stable and sturdy when fitted.
BEST BUDGET BUY
This is a great price for an ISOFIX car seat. Suitable for babies weighing 9kg/20lbs to approx. 4 Years. There are five reclining positions. It comes with a headrest, support cushion, chest and buckle pads for comfort and safety. Tested in France and passed some pretty impressive safety tests, if you are on a budget but still want great protection for your little ones, we recommend this car seat.
BEST FOR LONGEVITY
Graco describe their car seat as ‘the only car seat you’ll ever need, growing with your little one from birth up to 12 years old’. It transitions as your child grows from a rear-facing seat to a front facing one to a booster. All the parts are adjustable, including the headrest and the harness. The seat has excellent safety features, including a steel-reinforced frame and good side impact protection.
BEST FOR SAFETY FEATURES
If safety is your main issue then the tests results from this car seat should please you. They are some of the best in the industry. Designed for babies to four-year-olds, it starts off as a rear-facing seat then turns into a front one at 13kg. It is used with an Isofix base which adds to the safety aspect, as it keeps it in place should there be a crash, and the specially designed headrest keeps your child’s head secure in any event.
Safety and comfort don’t have to be boring, as this car seat from Cosatto proves. Available in several colours and patterns, this seat is suitable for babies of 9kg to toddlers up to 36kg. The colourful seat includes an anti-escape system, great if your little darling is a fidgety little mite. Fits easily into all cars using standard 3-point seat belts. To convert into a booster just remove the harness.
EASIEST TO USE
- Maxi-Cosi AxissFix i-Size Car Sat – Sparkling Grey – £375.00
Gone are the days of twisting your back into improbable positions, trying to lift your baby in and out of a car seat. This one has a 360° swivelling pad on which the seat is placed, making popping your toddler on and off a cinch. Simply turn the seat towards you and on your child goes, buckle them up and then turn it away to face the front or back.