Baby Start (Argos) Multi Recline Seat review

Our rating 
3.7 out of 5 star rating 3.7
User rating
£34.99 RRP
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In a nutshell

Stands out by a mile in the value for money stakes. And while the Baby Start Multi Recline isn’t as user friendly as some other models on the market, it’s a really pleasant surprise for the price.
Ease of installing
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Comfort
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Safety features
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Style
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Durability
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Worth the money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Fraction of the cost of other car seats, 0-4 years, comfy
Cons: Fiddly to adjust straps, padding on straps not very efficient
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At just £35 this car seat is the perfect grandparent purchase. Seeing children from birth through to four years old you forgive the Baby Start Multi Recline Seat a few of its less effective features because it’s so inexpensive.

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Sold in Argos, Asda and some other independent retailers the multi-recline seat faces backwards for the 0-9 month period, and then is a forward facing seat. It has a head rest for smaller babies, a five point adjustable harness and reclines to multiple positions to make your baby more comfortable when it sleeps. It looks very similar to many of its much more expensive contemporaries (just with slightly cheaper looking fabric and a less heavy, sturdy feel). Covers have to be handwashed, but are easy to get on and off.

What we love

The first thing has to be the cost. With most car seats over £100 more expensive I couldn’t believe that this car seat wouldn’t just fall apart the moment we used it but nearly two years on this seat has been great every trip we’ve made to granny and grandpas and cosmetically it looks identical to its much more expensive rivals. At this price you expect it to come with compromises but fortunately for Finn, his comfort hasn’t been one of them.

The recline function means there’s no bobbing heads when he falls asleep and while the reclining feature isn’t as smooth and simple as some of the more expensive alternatives, he’s never woken up while being reclined. It’s also great that you can use it for such a broad age range – especially when it’s being used as grandparent’s car seat. In fact it’s done the rounds in my parent’s village helping lots of friends out when grandkids of all ages are coming to visit.

What to watch out for

At some level you’re going to get what you pay for and personally I was happy to make compromises in usability so long as my children’s safety wasn’t being compromised. The seat has been adapted to comply to the ADAC test conditions used by Consumer organisations, which are more aggressive than the existing requirements of R44.04, the European.

The clip that you have to depress to extend the harness straps is a bit stiff and you have to wiggle your fingers through a slit in the fabric to get to it. The seat cover gets a bit loose over time and the seat is slightly fiddly to put into the car (at least my parents find it so). You’re technically allowed to put a newborn into the seat (in the rear facing position) but the padding on the straps is not attached to the straps and tends to ride away from the neck area you’d want to be protecting. There’s not much head support either so while it’s useful to be able to put a newborn in the seat for short hops but it doesn’t look quite as safe and comfortable as a dedicated Group 0 carseat.

Who is the Baby Start Multi-Recline best for?

A great grandparent’s car seat or for mums who don’t use the car very often.

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MadeForMums verdict

At this price you can’t knock it. The straps aren’t that easy to adjust, and the fabric comes a bit loose but the most important measures of safety and comfort are not compromised. A great versatile car seat.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Baby Start (Argos)
Model Multi Recline Seat
Price £34.99

Suitable for

Child age (approx) Birth to 4 years