Tying to choose the best car seat for your baby/child can be a daunting task especially for a first time expectant parent.
There are several key factors to consider when selecting a car seat. Firstly, you need to establish what type of seat is appropriate for the age and size of your child. All car seats are universally grouped so you can determine what age and weight they are suitable for;
GROUP 0+: Birth to 13kg
GROUP 1: 9-18kg
GROUP 2: 15-25kg
GROUP 3: 22-36kg
Secondly, it’s important to confirm what type of installation method you can use in your vehicle. Before you start looking for a car seat, you need to establish if your vehicle has ISOFIX anchor points, so you know whether you have the option of considering a car seat that uses ISOFIX installation or whether you will need to use vehicle belt installation.
Finally, give some thought as to how long you would like your child’s car seat to last? Some parents find it more convenient to purchase and use different seats at different stages of their child’s growth (infant carrier, convertible and booster seat) while others prefer to purchase a convertible seat that can be used all the way through from Group 0+ to 3.