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04/07/2013 at 14:12
I want to start having a look at car seats and prams. I have no idea what I need/want, so thought that a good place to start would be the car seat as this is high on my list as I would like to make sure the seat has a good safety rating and suitable for our car and then happy to see from there which travel systems it's compatible with.
Is there any reason this won't work?
Where should I start in terms of looking at seats? I am completely clueless in terms of this. I've googled a few times but it brings up ratings for seats I've never heard mentioned and also I then google those seats and other websites have much lower results! Help!
04/07/2013 at 14:18
I would say that is an excellent place to start. Maxi Cosi car seats always do well on the Which reports as do Britax, BeSafe are a Scandinavian company that have now launched an infant carrier in the UK and are very good. To be honest I think all the major manufacturers are much of a muchness, but if you can do the free trial of Which? it will give you a chance to read up on them all.
We have a Concord pram and carseat and I have always been very happy with the carseat quality.
04/07/2013 at 14:26
I'm a fan of maxi cosi infant carriers, fit on to a lot of prams too.
04/07/2013 at 16:11
Do you have a car with a small boot? You will need a buggy that fits in the car so i started there as my car boot was small....
04/07/2013 at 16:14
Like you when we first looked at prams I started with the car seat. I looked at the reports and at the time it was the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix that was highly rated. I decided that was the seat for us and then I looked for buggies that were compatible with that. Next step from there was to go and test some out in person to get a feel for them - don't be surprised if the one you have your eye on doesn't work for you and you end up with something you hadn't considered. I was adamant I wasn't having a Quinny Buzz because I didn't like them and that's exactly what I bought.
04/07/2013 at 16:17
Thanks ladies. JB I didn't know about the free trial, I'll give that a go! Isis, I've heard the maxicosy mentioned alot, so guessed it must have been one of the better ones.
MM no our car boot is a reasonable size, so that shouldn't be a problem.
Pip when you say you looked at reports, is there anywhere you can remember that had the reviews or did you use Which?
04/07/2013 at 17:57
I just kept searching reviews online and then I looked at the Which? Ones
04/07/2013 at 18:28
(As we are flaming awkward) we found very few of the car seats fitted to our car. We have a Japanese imported Mitsubishi Pajero - not exactly the most common car on the road and its too old (17yrs) to have isofix and (it turns out) the Japanese fit shorter than normal seatbelts (although I did have an inkling re this as MIL is very large and the seatbelts in back won't fit round her. Embarrassing!) Anyway this all added up to literally only 2 seats fitting the car. And one of those didn't fit my other car (Fiat Panda) so that was it decision made. Funnily enough the sear that fitted was maxi cosi pebble with Easybase. One of the top rated seats :-)
04/07/2013 at 19:08
Maxi cosis are great as nearly all prams seen to fit or have adapters I buy to fit. And a base is a must to seriously make your life easier
04/07/2013 at 19:19
I can't recommend strongly enough the Britax First Class SI. We have 2 and as they are birth - 4 yrs Ive really had my money's worth out of them. And it's something to consider if you plan on havi g more children as it appears Britax don't put a shelf life on their seats whereas Maxicosi dont recommend using seats over 5 yrs old.
04/07/2013 at 19:28
We have a maxicosi pebble and easy fit base. It comes out very highly in all safety tests etc and fit with plenty of prams. You can't really go wrong with a maxi-cosi i don't think.
04/07/2013 at 19:46
We have a maxicosi cabriofix and when N grew out of it we got the maxicosi pearl as it fits on the family fix base.
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