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The Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Car Seat is a sturdy, easy-to-fit car seat that offers amazing value for money, thanks to its very reasonable price tag and an impressive life span stretching from birth to around 4 years.
Baby Weavers is one of baby retailer Kiddicare’s own brands, and the Baby Weavers range includes everything from travel cots to car seats. The Shuffle SP Car Seat is a Group 0+/1 option, meaning it spans from birth to 18kg – roughly 4 years. It starts as a rear facing option for your newborn, then switches to forward facing when your baby’s at the right weight (between 9kg to 13kg, though Kiddicare’s site states 9kg). The RRP of this seat is £90, but at the time of reviewing it was being sold at £45.
With an alarm that sounds for 10 seconds if your child has attempted to undo the buckle, extra deep side wings offering reassuring side impact protection and stylish but muted spotty design, parents will be pleased to know that the low price doesn’t mean compromising on safety or style.
The Shuffle SP also has a 4-position seat recline, soft removable covers that can be washed and a padded cushion and shoulder pads, meaning maximum comfort for baby.
The Baby Weavers Shuffle SP can be easily installed inside your car using your car’s 3-point seatbelt. There is a different Shuffle SP model available for those who want ISOFIX (logically called Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Isofix Car Seat). This ISOFIX version has a higher price tag of RRP £159.99, or on-sale price of £79.99 at the time of writing.
Parents of newborns could be put off by the fact that it doesn’t come as part of a travel system, nor can it be used as part of a travel system because it’s not solely a Group 0+.
What we love
The £45 Kiddicare price tag is a big selling point and I’m not surprised this normally retails at £90 as the added extras (the buckle alarm and seat recline) make for a much higher end product.
The buckle alarm is really reassuring. Although my 23-month-old Joseph isn’t quite dexterous enough to release the straps just yet, it’s one less thing to worry about as he gets older. It makes for safer driving as you don’t have to keep looking over your shoulder to check your child’s still safely restrained. The deep sides and 5-point safety harness also make it feel a really safe design.
I like the fact the Baby Weavers Shuffle SP is easy to wipe clean and the seat covers are removable and washable too – a must for a messy toddler.
I found the seat quick and easy to fit with my car’s usual 3-point seatbelt and once in place, it felt super secure. Joseph seemed really comfortable thanks to the plush cushioned surround and padded shoulders.
It comes in a choice of colours, but the gender neutral design of cream and grey spots we had was a welcome respite from the usual garish blue or pink.
What to watch out for
It’s hard to find fault with a seat that delivers on so many levels for such a low price. If I’m being really picky I would point out that the 5-point safety harness and seat recline were a bit stiff and fiddly to adjust, but no more so than any other car seat I’ve had experience of using.
This car seat doesn’t seem as cocooning as the big name Group 0+ option I used when Joseph was a tiny baby and I’m not sure I would have been happy to use it when Joseph was a newborn, although in theory there’s no reason not to.
Who is the Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Car Seat best for?
Parents on a budget after a super safe car seat that’ll last years.
A great value for money car seat, the Shuffle SP comes with all the bells and whistles and feels more expensive than it is. Installation is easy, and the seat is comfy, though it’s not for new parents after a travel system compatible choice.