14 best baby car seats from birth

The top-performing UK Group 0+ and Group 0+/1 car seats for your newborn baby - to suit all budgets

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  • A quick guide to find the best car seat - what to look out for...

    Our pick of the best baby car seats below are taken from our rigorous MFM reviews. They include two types:

    • Group 0+ - suitable from birth to 13kg (around 15 months)
    • Group 0+/1 - suitable from birth to 4yrs

    We've got the best-performing car seats for babies over the next few pages.

    But first, 4 vital things you need to know...

    1 Car seat law - you need to use a car seat to transport your baby around in a car. Read the latest law update and the exceptions              

    2 Safety - should be your priority when choosing a car seat, not looks or budget bargains. While price is important, and not actually an indicator of how safe it is, don’t settle for second best – or secondhand.

    Car seats are vital safety tools for keeping your child secure when travelling in a vehicle, so please remember it's made to be used in a car, not as a device where your child can sleep at home or on a shopping trip.  

    You shouldn't keep him (or her) in the car seat for longer than 2 hours, with the exception being a lie-flat car seat.  But if you're in any doubt contact your car seat manufacturer.   

    3 How it fits in your car - not all car seats fit in all cars. Also, check how easily the seat can be correctly installed in your car. Incorrectly fitted seats can be dangerous.

    Either make sure you get it professionally fitted, or check that it’s easy to install right if you need to swap the seat from your car to your buggy chassis (as part of a travel system) and back again. Some manufacturers offer a quick online checking service, such as Britax’s Fit-Finder or Maxi-Cosi’s car fitting list. Have your car’s make, model and year of production close to hand for fast checking.

    4 ISOFIX - This is a type of fitting, which makes it easy to install your car seat correctly into your car. However, not all cars have ISOFIX - so check your car is compatible before buying. And remember, some ISOFIX car seats can also be fitted into a non-ISOFIX car with a seat belt. 

    It's complicated so why not read our car seat buying guide for step-by-step advice. 

    Now look at our 14 of the best...

  • Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix, £135

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix is one of the biggest selling Group 0+ car seats, and is compatible with many best-selling pushchairs to create a travel system - such as Bugaboo and iCandy.

    Suitable from birth to 13kg, the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix is ISOFIX compatible with any Maxi Cosi base or can be installed with a car’s seat belts. It has a top reputation for its safety features, durability and style, that's why it got a smashing 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

    Read the full Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix car seat review

    You can buy the Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix on Amazon, at Argos, Mothercare, John Lewis or Kiddicare.

  • Kiddy Evo-Lunafix, £319.95

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    The Evo-Lunafix is the updated version of Kiddy’s groundbreaking lie-flat infant seat the Evolution Pro,

    Complete with all the features that made the older version a best-seller, like a 5-point safety harness, rocker function and travel system compatibility, it's also landed a top rating for safety from ADAC and Stiftung Warentest.

    And if that were't good enough, our MFM mum reviewer gave the chair 4.5 stars out of 5, high praise indeed!

    You can buy the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix from AmazonJohn Lewis, or Mothercare  

  • Britax Baby-Safe plus SHR II, £99

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    This award-winning car seat is a firm favourite of the Royal family and the chosen infant car seat of Wills and Kate for both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

    It is as robust, super safe, well-made and affordable, and it also has the Britax patented “D-SIP technology” to increase protection if someone crashes into the side of your car.  

    The Baby-Safe plus SHR II also features deep padding to keep your newborn and growing baby comfy.

    Read the full Britax Baby-Safe plus SHR II car seat review

    You can buy the Britax Baby-Safe on Amazon, at Halfords, Mothercare, Kiddicare or Toys R Us.  

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  • Silver Cross Simplicity, £130

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    High quality side impact protection, fairly lightweight and with easy-to-use installation that ensure you can fit the Silver Cross Simplicity safely on every trip. Made with Silver Cross’ usual fantastic attention to detail.

    Read the full Silver Cross Simplicity review

    You can buy the Silver Cross Simplicity at Boots, John Lewis, Toys R Us or Pramworld.

  • Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, £165

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    Given that Maxi-Cosi is one of the top brands of infant car seats, it’s not surprising that there are a few Maxi-Cosi models in our Top 14. The Pebble Plus is the updated version of the older Pebble and a step on from the very popular Cabriofix.

    The new seat is now iSize compatible and can be used up to 15 months in the rearward-facing position when teamed with a 2wayFix and 2wayPearl base.

    It can be used with most of the biggest pushchair brands to create a travel system, and offers an easier to use safety harness and seat belt fitting.

    That's why it's one of the very few products that's scooped our coveted 5 out of 5 stars!  

    Read the full Pebble Plus review

    You can buy the Pebble Plus on Amazon, John Lewis or Kiddicare

  • Mothercare Ziba, £59.99

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    Suitable from birth to 13kg, and costing less than 60 quid (sometimes £29.99 when on special offer) the Mothercare Ziba is a basic, but safe and stylish car seat that’s easy to install.

    It’s roomy has a side impaction protection system and a 3-point harness. Our MFM reviewer calls it a "versatile, lightweight car seat that offers the same, if not a better level of comfort as most well-known brands at a fraction of the price, highly recommended."

    Read the full Mothercare Ziba review here

    You can buy the Ziba car seat at most Mothercare stores or online.

  • Concord Air Safe, £184.99

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 15 months)

    The Concord Air Safe car seat is suitable from birth to 13kg, which Concord estimate is the age of around 18 months.  It replaces the Ion, which received a rave review from MFM’s tester.  

    It is a lighter (2.9kg) model but still has an emphasis on safety, hence the name, and it seems critics have taken a liking to the car seat as it has won multiple awards for its super soft padding, great safety features, robust design and real user-friendliness. 

    You can buy the Concord Air Safe on Amazon, Argos, Mothercare or Kiddicare

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  • Cybex Cloud Q, £230

    Age: birth to 13kg (approx 12-18 months)

    This brand new lie-flat car seat comes from Cybex, the makers of the much-love celeb fave Aton Q car seat.

    According to the German brand the Group 0+ seat can be used up until the age of 18 months, despite having a 13kg weight limit.

    It has an 11-position height adjustable headrest and Cybex’s Linear Side Impact Protection system as featured on its Sirona car seat and is ISOFIX compatible with the Q-Fix base.

    A test winner in Group 0+ in the test 06/2015 conducted by German Stiftung Warentest, the Cloud Q is also travel system compatible with the brand-new Cybex Priam buggy.

    Buy the Cybex Cloud from Amazon

    You can buy the Cybex Cloud Q at Mothercare, Mamas&Papas, Amazon or John Lewis.

  • Mountain Buggy Protect, £129

    Age: Birth - 13kg (approx 15 months)

    The first ever car seat from all-terrrain buggy manufactures Mountain Buggy, the Protect is a safe, sturdy and comfortable car seat. 

    It's lightweight - almost a whole kilo lighter than the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus - but it still has all the safety aspects you'd want in an infant car seat, like a 5 point padded safety harness and high side impact protection.

    Our reviewer described the chair as "a dream, well-padded and comfortable with really high sides for safety."

    And the fact that it's also travel system compatible with every Mountain Buggy pushchair, more than justifies the superb score of 5 out of 5 stars. 

    Here's the complete Mountain Buggy Protect review.

    You can buy the Mountain Buggy Protect from Kiddicare.

  • Joie i-Anchor, £160

    Age: birth to 18kg (approx 4 years)

    The first UK government certified i-Size car seat, it meets both the new ECE R129 safety regulation, which requires your child can sit in the seat rearward until at least 15 months old.  But the i-Anchor can go much longer if you like, up to 4 years!

    A Group 0+/1 car seat, designed to be used ‘from the first day home from the hospital’ to the ‘first day of school,’ you will need to use it with the i-AnchorFix base, which is sold separately at £100.

    But because of the age range of the Joie, it means you can jump from a Group 0 straight to a 2/3 seat, meaning you should only ever need to buy two seats for your child.

    Read the full i-Anchor review here.

    You can buy the i-Anchor at Mamas & Papas, Mothercare or Toys R Us

  • Cybex Sirona, £400

    Age: birth to 18kg (approx 4 years)

    A super expensive but super safe and smart car seat that takes your baby from birth to 4 years.

    Its special feature is the rotating seat, which means you can turn it towards the door to easily get your child in, and then swivel it to the front. Plus it keeps your baby facing rearwards (a safer position) for longer.

    Read the full Cybex Sirona car seat review

    You can buy the Cybex Sirona on AmazonMamas & PapasJohn Lewis or Mothercare.

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  • Joie Stages, £150

    Age: birth to 25kg (approx 7yrs)

    A rear and forward-facing seat, the Joie Stages is a sturdy, easy-to-fit car seat that offers excellent value for money and lasts from birth to around 7 years (Group 0+/1/2 combination seat).

    It's also i-Size compatible and can be used rear-facing until your child is four-years-old or 18kg, well over the legal requirement.

    Here's the full Joie Stages review.

    You can buy the Joie Stages at Argos, Mothercare, Kiddicare or Amazon

  • Nuna Rebl, £395

    Age: birth to 19.5kg (approx 4 years)

    The Rebl is a Group 0+/1 car seat from Dutch parenting brand Nuna, and this seat is taking rear-facing for longer to new heights. 

    I-Size compatible, 360-degree turn and 7-position recline, the Rebl is suitable from birth up to 19.5kg. This means it allows your child to sit rear-facing until 4-years-old, although it has to be said, your child may not want to be rear facing for so long! 

    Its newborn insert can accommodate a baby from 40cm, so it's ideal for parents with premature babies. And for parents with taller children, the headrest extends 40cm.

    You can buy the Nuna Rebl from MothercarePrecious Little OnesAmazon or Pramworld.
  • Joie Every Stage, £200

    Age: Birth - 36kg (11/12 years)

    British parenting brand Joie has made quite a name for itself over the past two years by making groundbreaking but affordable car seats. 

    Known as the first car seat manufacturer to create a UK Government certified i-Size car seat with the i-Anchor, Joie is now launching its all-stage car seat, called simply Every Stage. Launch price is again great value at £200 (£16.67 per year, 4.5p per day).

    While the Graco Milestone offers rear-facing until your child weighs 13kg (approx 15 months), this Group 0+/1/2/3 chair can face rearward from birth up to 18kg (approx 4 years). And like the Milestone, the Every Stage can be used until your baby grows to be an 11 or 12-year-old pre-teen.

    The Every Stage features 5 recline positions, side impact protection, a 10-height headrest and side wings that widen as the headrest is raised.

    It also has a 5–point harness that simultaneously adjusts as the headrest is adjust, so there’s no need to rethread the harness.

    You can buy the Joie Every Stage car seat from Mothercare, Kiddicare, Halfords or Mamas&Papas.

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Last updated on 14 December 2015

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