Buying a car seat can be confusing. We take you step-by-step through finding the right car seat for your baby, and decode the lingo you’ll come across, such as ISOFIX, Groups and the latest car seat laws.
Buying a new car seat for every stage would be an (very) expensive business, so thankfully there are combination, or multi-group, car seats on the market. These car seats cover a range (but not all) of the Groups.
The multi-group car seats are:
While these are pricier than single-group, or single-stage, car seats, they’re an investment and will save you money in the long run.
Other things to bear in mind if you do opt for a multi-group seat are weight and portability. Most Group 0+ seats weigh around 3.5kg, can be teamed with a buggy to create a travel system and are easy to carry with a sleeping baby on board. However a Group 0+/1 car seat can weigh a lot more and won’t be easy to move out of the car to the home, nor will it be compatible with a buggy to create a travel system. Also, what you gain in a longer lifespan and flexibility, you may lose in fit - a seat catering for such a range of weights and ages may not be as snug as a single Group car seat.
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