Im not going to profess to know which car seat you should buy. It would be idiotic of me to start recommending car seats in general here, but what I have done is write about the different types of car seat that is available, for you to choose which will suit your needs better. If you have an idea of the type of car seat you want, maybe you want one that will go from birth right through to 4 years old, or you want to have the baby car seats and expect to change a seat as they reach their milestones. There are so many other websites that are much better informed on the specifics of individual car seats – the Maxi Cosi or Peg Perego so Im not going to go into specific detail on individual car seats but set you straight on the types available. I have found a website that is absolutely perfect for triplet parents who have the issue of requiring three car seats that will fit side-by-side inside their car. This is super important if you can’t change your car when you find you have triplets on the way. Click on the link to check out which make of car seat will fit 3 across your car… The Car Crash Detective is the site you need !
The only car seats that I have reviewed are the O+ Lie- Flat Car seats as these are new and not as easy to find. If you want to read my reviews follow the link to O+ Car Seats . Take a look at the blog I wrote about safety in car seats … the 2 hour rule where you must not leave your baby scrunched up in a car seat for more than 2 hours as it compromises their breathing.
So take look at the types of car seat below !
- Not based on weight. Child’s height must be within the range of the seat.
- Must face backwards until 15 months.
- To use the i-size car seats the car must have side impact support and isofix (LATCH) attachment system.
- The isize group of car seats are generally from birth to around 4 years but as already stated, they are connected to height.
- Birth to 22lbs (10kg) – approximately 6-9 months.
- Rear facing.
- Often form part of a travel system with a stroller.
- Not seen so much now since the 0+ was manufactured.
- Birth to 29lbs(13kgs) – approximately 12/15months
- Rear facing.
- Frequently have a carry handle and curved base for rocking.
- May have Isofix (LATCH) fittings.
- May be a lie-flat car seat. See my page on LIE FLAT CAR SEATS
Group 0+, 1
- Birth to 40lbs (18kgs) – approximately 4 years.
- Adjust as baby grows.
- Rear facing until baby is 20lbs (9kg)
- 20-40lbs (9-18kgs)
- Deep sides, with head support.
- Most models are forward facing.
- Multiple seat positions.
- Adjustable padding and harness to ‘grow’ with the child.
- Removable, washable covers.
- Must not face forward until at least 9kgs, preferably over 15 months.
Group 2& 3
- 33-79lbs (15-36kgs)
- Usually a booster seat with back attached.
- Uses the car seatbelt.
- Adjustable height, width and leg rest.
- May also have speakers in headrest and a cupholder.
- In the UK, from February 2017 new models of booster seats must have backs for children shorter than 4ft 5″ (135cm) and less than 22kgs.
Group 1,2 & 3
- From age 1 year – 11 years – weight 20 – 79lbs (9-36kgs)
- Forward facing
- Good long lasting option
- Adapts as baby grows.
- Turns into booster seat.