12 of the most exciting new car seats for 2016
The top baby safety car seats for the year ahead
Car seats are constantly being reinvented, but 2016 has seen some of the biggest innovations in years.
Rear-facing for longer, multi-stage and the introduction of all-stage car seats have set the standard this year. We explain why you may want these types of car seats right here.
You can also see the best new car seats for 2017 here.
But now, check out he best car seat innovations for 2016 – click through to see all-stage, multi-stage and more car seat newness …
Graco Milestone, £179, Birth – 36kg (11-12 years)
US parenting giant Graco already has an all-stage car seat available in America called the 4Ever. But now it’s bringing what it calls the 4-in-1 seat to the UK in the form of the Milestone.
A very affordable Group 0+/1/2/3 seat, the Milestone is only £179. We did the maths; it works out to only £14.92 per year or 4p per day.
Finances aside, the seat can be used rear-facing until 13kg (around 15 months), has a 10-height headrest and a harness that simultaneously adjusts as the headrest is adjust, so there’s no need to rethread.
It also comes with heat resistant rubber armrests and a moveable cupholder.
Check out the full Milestone review here
Available from Boots, Argos and Amazon.
Joie Every Stage, £200, 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, 0.4p 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.
Here’s our complete review of the Joie Everystage car seat
You can buy the Joie Every Stage car seat from Mothercare, Halfords, Kiddicare or Amazon.
Diono Radian 5, £295, Birth – 25kg (5-6 years)
We first saw this car seat at the 2014 Kind & Jugend baby and toddler trade fair. Back then it was so hush-hush we didn’t even have a picture to show you. It was also (at the time) the first time we’d seen an all-group car seat, spanning the full 12 years.
However, when we saw the Diono Radian 5 at this year’s show in September, its release date has been pushed back to the beginning of 2016 and it had been updated.
Now instead of being an all-stage chair, the Radian 5 is a Group 0+/1/2 car seat. Your child can sit rearward facing in this seat from birth until 25kg (approx 5-6 years old). There’s also the option of your little one sitting in the forward position once they reach 9kg, if you choose.
It also comes with a 5-point harness that can be used up until 25kg as well. But you would need to buy a final group 3 car seat (which tend to come as group 2/3) once your child passes the 25kg limit.
We’ve got the full review of the Radian 5 right here.
You can buy Diono Radian V from Diono
Kiddy Evo-Lunafix, £319.95, birth – 13kg (approx 12 months)
Kiddy introduced the first lie-flat infant car seat in the UK back in 2013 with the Evolution Pro. However, you could only use it as lie-flat when out of the car. Now, the Evo-Lunafix can also lie flat in the car – perfect for long car journeys.
Kiddy’s Evo-Lunafix has all the original Evolution Pro features, including a 5-point safety harness, rocker function and travel system compatibility, and has landed a top rating for safety from ADAC and Stiftung Warentest.
Read our MFM review, which gave the Evo-Lunafix 4.5 stars out of 5
You can buy the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix from Amazon or Mothercare