Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Why was it so hard to choose the right car seat?

For about a month now Osian has been in a group 0+/1 car seat. It wasn't an easy task to find a car seat. He was way too long for his baby car seat, and the shoulder straps weren't staying in place properly, so it just wasn't really safe any more. He wasn't and still isn't the weight to be forward facing. Therefore he needed the next size car seat but one that could still be rear facing.

I had a look on Which? and they only had reviews of 3 car seats from the group I was looking at. None of them scored very high. I then took to looking at car seats on Mothercare and Kiddicare's websites, but I wanted to actually see the car seat before purchasing. Our local Mothercare is quite small and didn't have any group 0+/1 car seats. I managed to find a car seat which seemed good, but without being able to physically see it before buying, I had to trust the reviews I read online. A few of the reviews were saying that the car seat was a bit too large, but without knowing what car they were using the seat in it was hard to tell if the seat would be too big for the car we're using. I felt like I was in a right pickle and didn't know what to do.

In the end I decided to go for it and clicked order, but that was after a lot of stressing over what to do. I don't usually stress over things at all. Who knew I would find it so hard? Everything worked out okay in the end, the car seat fits perfectly, it does look big, but the car is big enough to hold it securely.

Osian seems happy with the car seat too, having a little shout! (I know the belt looks twisted but it's not, it's just the way the belt goes)

Was I just being fussy? Or just getting worked up all over nothing? Did anyone else find it hard choosing a car seat?


  1. It is hard to find the right car seat, plus they can be expensive - especially as we have twins! Luckily we managed to buy two from mothercare in their sale, so they were only £30 each! x

  2. Finding the right car seat can be a jungle, and we all want what's safest for our kids don't we? :)

    Have you ever heard about extended rear facing? :)

    The safest way for a baby and a small child to travel in the car is rear facing. I blog about these things regularly so feel free to pop by! :)

    I would like to give you a few links so you can have brows around on facts and figures. :)

    The car seat you have just purchased (From the looks of it it's the Britax First Class Plus? ) is a fab little seat and rear faces to 13kg just like the infant car seat, but on average it's not outgrown rear facing until around 2 - 2,5 years old depending on hight and weight of the child. :)

    Remember that in rear facing the straps need to be located at or just below the shoulder, while in forward facing it is at or just above. :)

    There are now a wiide range of car seats that rear face up to 4 years old, even longer, that don't break the bank. :)

    The British Medical Journal published in 2009 that the safest way for children to travel is rear facing until a minimum of 4 years old: http://www.bmj.com/content/338/bmj.b1994

    Rear facing facts: www.rearfacing.co.uk

    Have a lovely day!



  3. I don't think it is easy to find the right car seat at all! I've got a Kiddy one which really does look safe and I am looking forward to putting it to the test when we are (eventually) lucky enough to have another one! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo :) x