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.
An alternative to ISOFIX, or using only the seat belt to secure your car seat, is to slot the seat onto a rigid in-car base. Base units sit on top of the car seat cushion and are secured either using the ISOFIX points or a regular 3-point seat belt.
Using an in-car base raises the height of the car seat, can provide extra legroom and makes correct installation simple. Some base units have light or sound indicators that confirm correct fitting. Simply slotting the seat in and out makes it easy to use with a travel system but be aware that if you choose this option, you could double the price you pay.
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