Protecting your little one is our number one priority. This car seat buyer's guide takes you through one of the most important purchases you'll make. And makes it easy.
We'll help you choose the perfect car seat for your child's weight, size and height. And we'll make sure it's safely and securely fitted too. That's a promise.
To help navigate the huge choice of car seats available, manufacturers have sorted them into categories. The most important factor is weight not age – remember little ones grow at different rates!
|Car seat group||Baby's weight||Baby's approx. age||Type|
|Group 0||0 - 10kg||Birth - 6 months||Lay flat|
|Group 0+||0 - 13kg||Birth - 12/15 months||Rear facing|
|Group 0+/1||0 - 18kg||Birth - 4 years||Combination & rear facing only|
|Group 1/2||9 - 18kg or 25kg||9 months - 6 years||Combination & rear facing only|
|Group 1||9 - 18kg||9 months - 4 years||Forward facing|
|Group 1/2/3||9 - 36kg||9 months - 12 years||High back booster with harness|
|Group 2/3||15 - 36kg||4 years - 12 years||High back booster & booster cushions|
As long as possible. Lots of parents are moving their children from rear to forward facing too early. The danger is that in the event of an impact, baby's neck isn't sufficiently developed to support a relatively heavy head. Keeping babies rearward facing for longer is the safer bet.
Single group car seats are optimised in shape for your child's weight with additional comfort feature, eg most group 1 car seats have easy-adjust comfort recline. Dedicated Group 0+ car seats are more portable and can be used as part of a travel system.
Multi-group car seats adjust to grow with your child and are ideal for parents who regularly drive children of varying ages or for grandparents.
A Group 1/2/3 is the best value option, growing with your child from 9-36kg, approx. 9 months to 12 years.
Car seat legislation says that children up to 12 years or 135cm tall must use the appropriate car seat and restraint so they're protected if you have an accident.
Move from a Group 0+ to a Group 1 car seat when:
Move from a Group 1 to a Group 2/3 car seat when:
If in any doubt pop into a Kiddicare store and our Pit Stop crew will help.
ISOFIX is a European standard fitting system that doesn't use seat belts so it minimises the risk of incorrect installation. Rigid metal clips connect the car seat to the vehicle chassis resulting in reduced forward head movement and a smoother, safer ride for your child.
In most cars ISOFIX seats simply clip in and out of two metal bars between the base of the seat and the back rest, or they click on and off an ISOFIX base. Most ISOFIX seats need a third anchorage point which can either be a support leg or a top tether.
ISOFIX is available on all car seat groups up to Group 1/2/3. Some Group 0+ seats and some Group 1 seats (9-18kg) have a separate base unit, all others have a built in base unit.
Most new cars since 2008 have ISOFIX but not all. To see if your car is compatible look for two metal bars at the base of the seat back, check your vehicle manual, check the manufacturer's fit finder website or better still – come to Kiddicare and we'll advise.
i-Size is new European car seat standard that offers better protection if you have an accident. The key changes are:
Not at all. i-Size isn't an obligatory change, it's another option for customers. It will run alongside the current R44-04 car seat regulations which still have a lot of life in them.
* on orders over £29.99 to UK mainland