- Car Seats
Choosing a car seat is one of the most important decisions you will make when shopping for baby. They are not just miniature adults but need extra protection. Hopefully you will get though the next ten to twenty years without having a prang in your car, but as you fork out for insurance, you need to fork out for a decent car seat. After all, the car can be replaced; a child cannot.
There is a systematic way of approaching this. The first consideration depends on the weight of your child:
- If your child weighs less than 13kg you can chose a group 0+ seat
- If your child weighs less than 18kg you can chose a group 0+/1 seat
- If your child weighs less than 25kg you can chose a group 0+/1/2 seat
We have grouped all these together as you will probably want to buy one of these seats for your newborn.
- If your child weighs between 9kg and 18kg you can chose a group 1 seat
- If your child weighs between 9kg and 25kg you can chose a group 1/2 seat
- If your child weighs between 9kg and 36kg you can chose a group 1/2/3 seat
We have grouped all these together as you will probably want to buy this type of seat once your child has grown out of the first seat
- If your child weighs between 15kg and 36kg you can chose a group 2/3 seat
This forms our final group and should provide a car seat to take the child up to the age of 12, when they can legally travel without a ‘suitable restraint’.
Although it may seem that buying a car seat that covers a wide range of weights can save you money, remember that between new born and five or six years of age, a child changes shape considerably and many experts believe it is safer for the child to be in a more weight specific seat.
Our recommendation is to plan to buy three seats as your child grows – a group0+, a group 1 and a group2/3 highback booster seat
Click below to find more information on choosing within each group – or on Accessories for lots of useful little extras.