Car seats are divided into groups with each group covering a specific weight range. The key thing is matching your car seat to your baby's weight not age. This table shows the range of car seats available at Kiddicare. You'll see that some seats cover more than one group.
birth – 10kg
birth – 6 months approx
birth – 13kg
birth – 15 months approx
9 - 18kg
9 months – 4 years approx
15 - 36kg
4 years – 12 years approx
birth – 18kg
birth – 4 years approx
birth – 25kg
birth – 7 years approx
9 - 36kg
9 months – 12 years approx
What are the benefits of single group versus multi-group car seats?
Generally known as infant carriers, these are the easiest way to transport your newborn up to 15 months.
ISOFIX is a worldwide standard fitting system that doesn’t use seat belts so it minimises the risk of slack installation. Essentially it takes the ‘human error’ element out of fitting car seats. It also reduces forward head movement to better protect your child’s head and neck.
It works with a series of rigid connectors that lock the car seat to the car. The result is reduced forward-head movement and a smoother, safer ride for your child. But here’s the rub: not all cars are ISOFIX compatible. To find out if yours is either check in your car manual or ask at the Kiddicare Community and one of our colleagues will be happy to help.
Handy extras that make life easier for you and comfier for your child. And a comfy child means a happy parent. Which gets our vote!
We sell a range of ISOFIX and non-ISOFIX bases to make sure your car seat is securely fixed in your car. Not all bases fit all car seats and not all bases fit all cars so carefully check your spec before ordering. An extra car seat base is particularly handy if yours is a two car family. You can install one in each without having the hassle of reinstalling each time but remember to check the base is compatible with your second car. Our adaptors fit certain car seat models which attach to specific pushchairs, creating a handy travel system. Again, one size doesn’t fit all so it’s a case of checking and checking again.
Designed to keep little one nice and snug, these are a great investment, particularly as you can take them on planes and trains (and automobiles). Travel blankets are cleverly designed to attach to your car seat so they stay in place much better than a standard blanket. Our footmuffs are brand-specific so you can be sure you’re getting the best fit with your particular car seat
Keep the little one entertained with toys that dangle, squeak, shake, rattle and roll. It’s a party for one going on in the back of your car
Full tilt sunshine coming through non-tinted car windows will make your baby feel all hot and bothered. We sell a range of UVA/UVB sun stops (from pop-open to suction models) for a comfortable – and peaceful - journey.
Let’s be honest, in the UK the likelihood is that you’re more likely to need a raincover. These clear plastic covers fit snugly over infant carriers (group 0 and group 0+) keeping baby dry.
Car seats can be cumbersome but these carriers are designed for easy transportation. Plus they’ll protect the upholstery from the rigours of the airport carousel.
From head cradlers to neck supporters these little extras will ensure that when your little one drops off there won’t be any awkward-looking neck positions.
A car seat cover is a sound investment to protect your seat from wear and tear, not to mention multiple juice spillages. Car seat storage might not seem like an essential but back-of-seat organisers and pop-up bins really do turn chaos into calm. A car seat mirror is a great way of – literally – keeping an eye on rear-facing babies. Oh and don’t forget your ‘Baby on Board’ sign!
Some handy pointers on how to tell when your child is ready to move up to a new car seat group.
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all instructions so it’s important to get acquainted with your car seat’s fitting instructions. And when you’re next at a Kiddicare store pop in for a free car seat fit and safety check. Our certified car seat specialists will make sure your seat is securely fitted; they’ll also give you a thorough demo so you know how to fit it yourself. Remember that the most expensive, feature-packed car seat won’t be safe if it isn’t properly installed every time it’s used.