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Choosing The Right Car Seat For Your Baby


While I was pregnant with Amelia I searched high and low for a baby car seat. I didn't know much about car seats but after much research we finally settled on a Maxi Cosi car seat which saw us through until Amelia was 11 months old and needed to be changed into a big girl car seat. 

It can be a tricky task choosing a car seat for a baby, there are so many options and designs today it can be rather daunting. A car seat is your baby's first mode of transport when leaving the hospital and an  item you really need to purchase before your baby is born even if you don't own a car. You will not be able to leave the hospital in transport without a car seat and most hospitals will want to see how you use the car seat before you leave. 

There are a number of things that you need to consider when choosing a car seat and these include:

  • The height and weight your baby/child - not just your child's age
  • Ease of putting in the car and removing easily
  • The size of your car - Do you have other children/is there enough room with other car seats?
  • Connivence - Do you need it to attach to a pushchair?
  • Budget 
There are various sizes of car seats depending on your child's age, height and weight. Do ensure you follow these regulations and that your child is in the correct car seat for their restrictions. You will need a group 0 car seat for newborns up until they are around 9 months (10kg) and they go right up to group 3 which is up to 12 years of age. When purchasing a car seat always try before you buy. Fit it in your car before purchasing and have a shop assistant show you how to instal and remove it correctly. 

You should always avoid taking on second hand car seats. You never know if the car seat has been in a car accident even if it doesn't look damaged a car seat should always be replaced after a car crash and you should always buy new. 

What car seat did you choose for your baby?

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50 comments

  1. I wish we had a car, because having two kids and no car can be a real challenge, i hate public transport :(

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  2. We're looking to get a car soon so this advice will come in handy

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  3. We don't have a car :(

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  4. We are looking for a car seat as we are expecting and our other 2 are 14 and 16.

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    1. You are not expecting! You are running from the authorities in Carmel, IN. Google Dena Siaba, Dena Marie Furgason or Dena Marie Siaba. Not sure what name she is using these days. If she wins it, she will turn around and sell it on ebay or craigslist. SHE IS A SCAMMER! Check out the web. I will make it my duty to make everyone aware of her!

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  5. we had a rock-a-tot for the fisrt seat though she outgrew this too fast so would recommend one that goes 0-4 x

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  6. We have Cybex Pallas! Love that car seat!

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    1. We have two Cybex Pallas's car seat we love ours too :)

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    2. I must take a look at this model thanks :)

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  7. I love this post we done so much research into car seats & also have the Cybex pallas & the Maxi cosi pearl love them both, x

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  8. Great tips - there are so many brands that it can be very confusing, especially for first time parents.

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  9. We got a mamas and papas one, its forward facing so i was a bit nervous about it but it seems to work fine!

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    1. I was very nervous too when we switched Amelia but she didn't really seem to mind haha x

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  10. Is that an iPad or a mirror Amelia is looking at??

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  11. I wouldn't buy a second hand car seat. You need to be careful how much screen time your little un gets.

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  12. great post lots of handy hints to think about before buying a car seat thank you :)

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  13. We got the Mamas and Papas Aton as our first seat. I have to say that it seems smaller than others and at 8 months we are looking to move up to the next stage but I still want a rear facing one if poss. So many details to think about.

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  14. I have a Cosatto Moovi, I have had no problems

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  15. great stuff on here

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  16. Great advice. My Sister gave us her old one x

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  17. Our eldest moved into a bigger car seat at 14 months. He wasn't 20lb yet but just couldn't fit into his baby seat any longer!

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  18. We have the maxi cosi axiss, I have a back problem and the swivel feature is a dream x

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  19. nania, but I heard they had been recalled for safety reasons S-:

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  20. as we only have the child sometimes we are looking for one that easy to swap out, any ideas

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  21. I just went to Mothercare and got sorted, was a pain though choosing.

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  22. car seats are so important - it makes me mad when I see children in the front seat with no car seat but then a bumper sticker saying "careful baby on board". People just do not think!

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  23. My husband picked our Maxi Cosi car seat as it was the Which? best buy at the time. It was brilliant and fitted on our pram chassis which was very handy :)

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  24. Very relevant topic. Thanks for the information. Though what I think must be most difficult is :- if the child may be transported in various cars. As it would be ideal if all cars could accomodate any type of car seat. As safety of the baby / child is most important. Often Grandparents etc may provide childcare in order to allow parents to work, an evening out or respite.
    Also a Universal Road Safety Scheme to inform and advise parents, practical sessions etc regarding the fitting of car seats etc. This being available and advertising availability would benefit individuals and families.

    Rachel Craig

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  25. Really helpful, it's only once you become a parent that you really look into this, isn't it? Before I thought car seat is car seat...

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  26. Choosing a car seat is really tricky - it has to be just right doesn't it.

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  27. Dreading the point where we need to buy a car seat, it's so confusing!

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  28. when will they make a car seat that straps in or out with the click of a button...

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  29. we don't have a car so we've never been faced with this. im hoping to learn next year so this will come in handy, thank you!

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  30. Great tips! I found buying one for Noah so daunting! x

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  31. There are so many things to think about, they really don't make it easy for us to choose. But thank you for this post, this will very handy.

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  32. christine shelley11 December 2013 at 19:26

    Cant remember its name but we bought it in John Lewis on the adice of the assistant

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  33. I think for most parents its confusing to buy a car seat thankfully there is blogs like this that helps a little more

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  34. Car seats are the one thing that confused me the most...I left Steve to it when buying it x

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  35. Im currently looking around for car seats for my beatiful bump :) This post really helped gave me alot to think about, fabulous. xx

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  36. My daughter is still in a car seat as she is only 3 but too small for the boosters - I cant begin to tell you the amount of children younger who I have seen not sat in appropriate chairs or restrained correctly - its a worrying site.

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  37. Really informative, has given me lots to consider thanks xx

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  38. I haven't even thought about it yet, but great post. It's given me a lot of food for thought ;)

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