When it comes to car seats, safety is of course the number one thing to consider. So I looked into car seats that complied with the latest EU standards and car seat safety regulations. At the time of my research (January 2018), rear-facing i-Size seats were the safest option. i-Size seats are based on a child’s height rather than weight, and allows them to travel in the recommended rear-facing position for longer.
Next on the criteria was comfort. Most car seats feel quite hard and rigid, which I guess is needed to help absorb the impact of a collision and keep your baby safe. It’s also important to consider whether the car seat will be compatible with your chosen pushchair, if you want to create a flexible travel system. Finally, weight is an important factor as you’ll no doubt be lugging the seat around and will not want anything too heavy.
We opted for the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus i-Size Group 0+ Baby Car Seat, Sparkling Grey. This car seat is suitable from birth to approximately 12 months and it ticked all of the safety boxes (e.g., i-Size). I can use it with my pushchair and I love that it comes with a cosy baby-hugg padded inlay, which provided extra comfort for my baby when he was a newborn. It’s also not too heavy and includes an integrated sun canopy, and removable cover that is machine washable.
I also bought the 2wayFix Car Seat Base which offers a secure connection (you’ll need to check whether your car is fitted with ISOFIX). The car seat is super easy to install with the 2wayFix base – it uses a simple click-and-go mechanism and has a sound and green light system to indicate when the seat has been properly installed. But you don’t have to buy the 2wayFix base because the seat can also be installed using the car’s seat belt.
Tip: The Bright Starts Take Along Tiger Toy Bar is great for keeping my baby entertained on car journeys. It lights up and plays music when you press the tiger’s nose.