The shopping guide: Car seats

Choosing from a never-ending selection of baby kit can be a minefield. So how do you know what’s right for you? Second in the series is the car seat

In the UK, children are required to use a child car seat until they are 12 years old. The first car seat you’ll need to buy is a Group 0+ infant car seat, suitable from birth up to 15 months old – or 13kg – whichever happens to come first.

Things to consider

• Do you require one with an Isofix base?

• Do you want one that rotates? It’s a useful feature for getting baby in and out of the car, but it means you won’t be able to attach this car seat to your pushchair.

• An obvious one – but does it fit in your car?

• Is it suitable for use on an aeroplane?

GLOSSARY

Forward-facing seats provide impact protection and an integral five-point harness, with a vehicle three-point seat belt or an impact shield to hold the child in place.

I-Size is the latest regulation which makes rear-facing mandatory up to 15 months old.
It uses Isofix as the fixing method, so you will need a vehicle with Isofix fixings.

Isofix is the alternative to securing your car seat with seat belts. Seats are secured by two attachments at the base of the car seat embedded within the vehicle seats.

A rear-facing car seat is required until 15 months, and is the safest way for baby to travel.

Want more? The first in our shopping guide series looks at cots