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12/07/2014 at 21:07
We have a 0/0+ car seat and isofix base in our main car that is suitable up to 13kg so will do O for a bit yet.
I go back to work in sept and I will take our main car and pick O up at night but I want to get a car seat for our other car just in the event that something happens with traffic on my way home and my H picks him up. We never have O in the smaller car simply because there's more space in the A3 and we have his big pram to go in the boot, but when he's older and we are just using a lighter stroller he will be in the car more often if I just nip to the shops of whatever.
Our A1 is a 3 door but they have a fancy sliding front seat which means it literally slides right to the front of the car so you have more space in the foot rest than you would accessing the rear seats with a 5 door. That being said, i think it would be difficult to fit or access a rear facing seat so I've been looking at the recarro young expert plus (which is forward facing). O will be over 9 months and the minimum weight limit before he ever has to go in it and the likelihood of him being in the car initially is fairly slim. Also it's only about 2.5 mile from my mums (where we will pick O up) to our house so he would be in the seat for minutes. By the time he's maybe 1.5-2 I can see him being in it more and then it would last him until he reached the limit.
i know the advice around keeping them rear facing but do you think a forward facing would be ok/suitable given the usage circumstances? Does anyone have any experience of the recarro seat?
also does anyone have any recommendations for extended rear facing seats for when we replace the one in our main car? We have a matrix light 2 atm which I absolutely love as it could lie flat so we can turn it to face the door to put him in and then spin it round to face the rear.
Sorry for the mammoth post!
12/07/2014 at 21:52
You can get ERF seats that spin, so you put them in forward facing and then spin them round after. I think they are quite pricey though.
I’m looking at a triofix for our next seat. It is expensive but is isofix forward and backwards and lasts right through as a booster seat.
12/07/2014 at 22:05
Can't help with your question MDD, we are looking at the maxi cosi 2 way pearl. Like OB said the reviews I've read say some people put them in forward facing then spin them- I believe the britax one is meant to be good for that. I've been told there is a law coming in soon regarding rear facing until 4 like in Sweden but can't seem to find any info on it, so I wondered if others had heard this?
13/07/2014 at 16:01
Thanks ladies, OB I've never heard of that seat your looking at but I'll have a look now, it sounds good!
Noodle, that would just be my luck that we spent a fair bit of money on a forward facing for the a1 and then the rules came in. I do want him rear facing in our main car for our main travel anyway but would get a forward facing for the a1 as a just in case.
I need to do more research, there are soooo many car seats!
13/07/2014 at 18:22
We have the britax dualfix for our main car seat (A is 16 months and approx 13kg) . We have a Discovery which is quite difficult to get him in - high seats and narrow doors, so we spin it to fave the door then put him rear facing once he's in. It was about £300 though on offer.
For our other car/van/using at grandparents we have the Joie Stages which can be rear or forward facing and is fitted with a seat belt. I love it, its really sturdy looking and we use it forward facing in the van and my mums 3 door dar, but can use it rear facing in my Hs car and the other grandparents cars. Think it was about £140
16/07/2014 at 17:41
We have the Maxi Cosi opal for our two. It was RF up to 13kgs same as the stage one but it's also the next stage so I felt they had loads more space RF than the smaller maxi cosi. E was in hers RF until last summer at age 3. J lasted until he was over 2 years old before he needed turning. The same seat goes forwards and feels like a decent sturdy chair with the impact supports etc. I liked that it's a long lasting seat.
17/07/2014 at 10:58
17/07/2014 at 20:07
Thanks ladies, I'll have a look at all those seats, there are just so many, I've already spent ages looking and still have no clue.
Hi PW, how are you?
It really is a mine field, there's so many to choose from, I want something safe and easy to access. I'm the same as you with the 'just incase seat'. I know he'll end up in it at some point but it will probably only ever be to travel maybe 1.5-2 miles so I might just go for a FF that he can use when he's a bit older ok. Not sure!! I need to get a seat for my mums car too as she is watching him when I go back to work!
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