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14/08/2014 at 11:03
Are they worth it?
We are likely to be bringing the car seat in and out a lot, so have looked at fixed bases (easy fix / isofix etc) they're quite expensive though and I'm wondering whether its worth the £150?
We live in a flat (no lift) so I've been told that being able to just lift the car seat out of the car and carry it up stairs is going to be so much easier than wrestling with seat belts or lifting a sleeping baby out of the car seat...
14/08/2014 at 11:17
We have the base and I found it much easier just to slot the seat on the base rather than mess with seat belts in the rain/snow etc.
well worth it for us. Although as they get older it's a pain carrying in the car seats as I found them very heavy, I couldn't carry it after my 1st section for ages, but was fine after the second just struggled around the 5/6 month mark as Isaac weighed a tonne in his car seat
14/08/2014 at 11:25
We went for a clip in base that you fasten with a seatbelt. It's a Graco one (same as our car seat) and was £30 in Babies r Us. Its just as safe as belting the car seat, except we belt the base and just clip the car seat in and out for convenience.
14/08/2014 at 11:26
Thanks. And would we need to buy another car seat after a certain amount of time? We were planning on being able to slot the car seat onto the pram but as they reach 12 months this would change and would we need a bigger one? I've seen you can get them that go from birth to 4 years and obviously would rather buy one, but also would like the convenience of attaching the car seat to the pram.
14/08/2014 at 11:28
We have the Family Fix base and for us it's been worth every penny. It's easy to install especially as I didn't feel confident with the whole seatbelt thing. F still uses his so we've just bought a second for the new baby.
14/08/2014 at 11:32
We had bases in both cars and it's worth it to take the seat in and out, especially in the newborn days when they sleep a lot- means you can take them into the house without waking them. We had an isofix one in our main car and me friend have me the seatbelted base for our other car and they both were good and I know a seatbelted one is a lot cheaper so that may be an option of you don't want a massive outlay of money
14/08/2014 at 11:42
I've not had a base for any of mine and it takes me a matter of seconds to belt the car seat in so I don't feel that it's an essential. I take the car seat in and out of the car a lot still even at a year old and I don't find it a hassle to use the belt at all.
14/08/2014 at 11:43
Ok Thanks all. I will chat to H and see what he thinks. x
14/08/2014 at 12:14
We have an isofix base with a Britax infant carrier. It goes with the Britax B-smart travel system and is all interchangeable. Depending on the height/weight of your baby they may be able to be in the infant carrier until well over a year. Z is still in her infant carrier as she's a dot, although still quite tall, and she's nearly 13 months.
14/08/2014 at 12:18
Jacob was in his infant carrier until 15 months, he was 91st centile. N is still in hers at a year and is such a dinky dot that I reckon she'll be in it until about 2 at least!
14/08/2014 at 12:23
14/08/2014 at 12:30
You can get birth to 4 years car seats, but they won't fix onto prams. You'd have to take baby out of the seat and then transfer to pram, which IMO is far more faff that just using a normal infant carrier, either belted or isofixed, that would clip onto a pram base. They sleep so much in cars in the early days that I wouldn't want to have to wake baby so often just to put them in the pram or take them back inside.
We loved our isofix base with our infant carrier and it was well worth the money, but I'm sure you'd easily manage with belted. Just make sure it does fit securely with a belt as in our car it was a bit slippy/slidy so we felt safer having the isofix. Also, we have only just moved A into a bigger carseat at 17 months, and she still probably had another month or two in it, so you could well get a lot of use out of it depending on the size of your baby
14/08/2014 at 13:02
We had an isofix base & I found it really easy to click the car seat on & off it. It was handy to take her in & out of the house when asleep. Isobelle was in that car seat until she was 18 months but there weren't any extended rear facing car seats that were compatible with the family base so for us I was I'd only bought the infant base rather than the family base. Although with the law change they might actually make 1 that works with the base by the time this baby is big enough to more out of his infant seat.
I have admit it did get quite heavy after awhile so there maybe times when it's easier to carry the baby in by itself rather than carry them in the car seat, especially if you've got to go up lots of seats.
For me I liked the fact that with 1 click I could hear a beep & see a light & knew the car seat was safely in & as I didn't use it I was wary whenever I used the car seat in a taxi or a friends car with just a seatbelt as I wasn't sure if I'd fitted it correctly!
14/08/2014 at 18:08
I've got a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix seat with the a Easy Fix ISOFIX base. I got the base for £70 from Kiddicare. This seat should do roughly up to about 9 months.
I think it's well worth the money for both convenience and peace of mind from a safety point of view.
14/08/2014 at 18:29
CA, you'll probably find the Cabriofix will last well beyond 9 months, it will be fine until baby is over 13kg or until baby's head is over the top of the seat so hopefully a lot longer than 9 months which means better value for money!
14/08/2014 at 20:19
14/08/2014 at 22:34
I'd be lost without our isofix base! Today I didn't have it in the car so had to seatbelt it in, by the 4th time I was better at it but it was still a complete faff and I needed to to open the car door really wide so had to be parked in an empty bit of the car park. I'll be glad to have the base back in the car tomorrow!
15/08/2014 at 06:55
15/08/2014 at 07:10
S just grew out of his infant carrier at 9.5 months, we put him in an extended rear facing one a couple of weeks ago. We had the cybex Aton as it was on a deal with our pushchair (m&p sola) we did get the base as well which we obviously haven't used as much as we would have liked but S is loooooong!
I don't regret having the base, it made it so quick to get in and out of the car and it clipped on to our pushchair which was ideal for nipping to the shops. We got a lot of use out of it but I think S was six months when I started lifting him out of the car seat instead of unclipping it because he got so heavy. TBH, even if he fell asleep in the car seat, he would ping awake the second we carried him in to the house even if he stayed in the seat.
My friend has the pebble and she put it in my car a few weeks ago and she belted it in so quickly and easily because she does it all the time so if you had to do it a lot, you'd become a pro in no time.
15/08/2014 at 08:56
We have a jane matrix light 2 with the isofix base and I'm so glad we got the base. When O was little he would be fast asleep in the car seat (ours lies flat so he was ok to sleep in it for longer) press 2 buttons and lift the seat out, done! Also once you get out and about if your using the car I was so grateful not to have to strap the seat in with the belts, you'll be like me with a December baby and in Scotland that pretty much guarantees pouring rain and blowing gales so it would take me a few seconds rather than standing with the door open doing the seat belts!
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