How to travel safely in a car with a newborn baby, and how to find and pick the best car seats for baby from birth. These top ten car seats in this post have been tested rigorously by parents and experts.
Top 10 The Best Car Seats Avaiable In UK 2021
Below are the best car seats for baby that you should buy.
1. CYBEX Gold Scuderia Ferrari Sirona S i-Size Car Seat 360° Rotation
The Cybex Sirona S i-Size is a best car seat that can transport your baby from birth to four years.
It boasts the special 360° swivel motion also seen on the much more expensive Britax Dualfix and Maxi-Cosi Assifix Plus. This allows you to get baby in and out of the car easily and to keep your child in the rear facing position for longer – until they’re at least 76cm. It is worth mentioning though that you can only rotate the seat in an upright position.
The seat clicks into place with the Isofix base and coloured indicators show that it’s fitted correctly. For extra protection with a newborn, an inlay is included to be used until your baby is at least 60cm. Enhanced safety includes ‘Energy Reduction Technology’ and extendable side impact protection on the car door side,
It weighs in much heavier than most of the seats on our list, and it also isn’t travel system compatible. But for parents looking for a super-sturdy seat with smart safety features, it’s a reliable choice.
2. Ickle Bubba Solar ISOFIX Car Seat
This seat features a genius one handed technology which promises to make travelling with baby quicker, easier and fuss free, as well as keeping them safe and comfortable from birth to 15 months. It also means you can secure it onto the Isofix base with a simple push back of the handle. We can confirm that this one-handed tech really does work, making this possibly the easiest car seat to set up. It feels strong and great quality and has a smart and futuristic design, resembling a cocoon.
Although it doesn’t swivel, it is easy to get children in and out of it. We loved that its universal adaptors can be used with any pram and the added ventilation in the headrest is a nice touch.
3. Chicco Seat 4 Fix Group 0+ 1 2 3 Car Seat
The Seat 4 Fix can be used from newborn until your baby is 12 years old, making the Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat Chicco’s most versatile solution yet, and one of the most versatile car seats on the market. For safety, it can be installed with an Isofix base and top tethers.
In the Group 0+ position, the 360-degree swivel system means you can rotate the car seat to make it easier to get your baby in and out without twisting your back or banging their head. It can then be placed in a rear-facing position until your baby is 18kg or around four years old.
As a Group 1 seat, the Chicco Seat 4 Fix can be spun to be forward-facing from 9kg to 18kg, and there are an adjustable headrest and harness.
As your child grows, typically from when they weigh 15kg to 36kg, the forward-facing Group 2/3 option acts as a booster seat with an adjustable headrest and reclining system. You can also remove the harness and use this seat with the car’s regular seatbelt as your toddler becomes a child and a pre-teen.
It’s not a cheap car seat, but it’s much better value for money than other similarly priced car seats on this list.
4. Britax Römer car seat EVOLVA 123 SL SICT Isofix group 1/2/3
The Britax King II LS is currently reduced from £190 to just under £150. It’s a great seat that makes keeping your loved one safe that little bit easier with a unique light and sound indicator, which ensures that you harness your child to the correct tension. Suitable from birth to around 4 years of age, the King II features advanced side and frontal protection. There’s no ISOFIX system, but the seat tilts forward to allow for easy seat belt installation.
5. Graco Milestone All-in-One Car Seat, Group 0+/1/2/3
Like most convertible seats, the Graco Milestone starts out as a rear-facing infant seat, then converts into a forward-facing seat and then into a booster seat when your child is big enough. They have pillow inserts to ensure a proper fit for small infants, which can be removed when they no longer need them. In booster mode, the back cannot be removed, however, unlike some convertible seats.
What makes this best car seats so popular is the size limits, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing longer than other seats (as many experts recommend), from 5 – 40 pounds. It’s sturdy enough to passed on to younger children as your family grows.
6. Cozy N Safe, Arthur Group 0+/1/2/3 Child Car Seat
The Cozy N Safe Arthur is a hard-wearing extended rear-facing seat with an adjustable headrest and four recline positions, including a lie-flat angle for newborns.
Designed to grow with your child from birth to 12 years old, it’s a great value car seat, even if you only start using it from 12 months. While it can only be fitted with a seatbelt when it’s rear-facing, you do have the option to use ISOFIX points when it’s safe for your child to face forwards.
With loads of padding and an in-built ventilation system, this best car seats will keep your child safe and comfy no matter their age.
7. Bonio Baby Car Seat 360 Swivel ISOFIX Group 0+/1/2/3
The innovative 360° rotation design makes it easy for parents to get their children in and out of the vehicle, no more contorting child’s neck and back. Switching from forward to backward or vice versa only takes seconds. With UPF 50+ certified baby car seat sunshade cover.
Equips with advanced SIPS(Side Impact Protection System), absorbs more energy in the event of side collision, offers superior protection to your child. High strength built-in steel skeleton makes seat more stable and secure.
This best car seats can be installed quickly and simply in your car via ISOFIX connectors. Top Tether can prevent the seat from rotating for an extra secure fit. If your car has no ISOFIX connector, you can also use 3-point seat belt to install it.
4 recline positions helps keep your child comfy in rear-facing and forward-facing modes. The 7 position quick-adjust headrest ensures the headrest always remains in a comfortable position as your child grows.
8. LETTAS Baby Car Seat for Child Group 0+/1/2/3
Suitable from newborn to 12 years old, one size fits all (0-36kg). Ergonomically designed seat that changes with the changing needs of a growing child. It will fit most cars.
Adjustable height of headrest and shoulder straps for when your child get bigger. Includes 4 recline positions that parents can adjust with easily to offer a comfy journey for little one. Features advanced side impact protection(SICT), ISOFIX and 5-point harness(0-18kg/0-4 year).
Lettas offer premium protection for your child in the event of a collision.The car seat was subject to extensive technical inspection and tested to meet the EU safety standards (ECE R44/04) certification. Made with quality fabric, the seat pad is removable for quick cleaning. LETTAS car seat was built to give excellent safety and comfort of your child .
9. Kinderkraft Car Seat SAFETY FIX
Growing alongside your precious little one the KinderKraft Safety Fix ISOFIX Group 1,2,3 Car Seat in Grey will keep them safe and secure during every journey and adventure. Suitable from 9 to 36kg (approx 9 months to 12 years) the best car seats Safety Fix has been subjected to vigorous safety testing and detailed technical inspection ensuring your child is safe at all times.
Connecting to the vehicles ISOFIX anchor points it provides a rigid attachment, providing greater safety and stability. Clicking sounds indicate correct mounting of the brackets. The top tether strap also increases safety. The strap reduces the child’s head tilting forward in the event of a front collision. The attachment point of the top tether is marked in cars with the anchor symbol. Once the strap has the correct tension it will show green confirming the car seat is now safe to use.
Keeping your little one comfortable during car journeys is essential, the Safety-Fix has a 10-step headrest adjustment and adjustable backrest making it perfect for snoozing. A 5-point safety harness ensures your child is safe and in the correct position at all times. A removable insert is included for younger children while the shoulder straps with anti-slip coating provide comfort for your child.
10. Maxi-Cosi Axiss Swiveling Toddler Car Seat
The best car seats Maxi-Cosi Axiss is a Group 1, forward facing car seat that rotates to either side. For parents not able to lift their child up and over every time when putting them in the car, this seat is ideal. It is fitted using a 3-point car seat belt.
How To Choose The Best Car Seats For Your Baby?
If you’re expecting a baby (or have a new baby) and need a best car seat to make sure you’re travelling safely, there are 3 types of seats you can use:
A Group 0+ – suitable from birth to 13kg (around 12-15 months) – these can usually combine with a buggy to form a travel system
A Group 0+/1 – suitable from birth to 18kg (around 4 years)
A Group 0+/1/2/3 – suitable from birth to 36kg or 135cm tall (around 12 years)
All Group 0+ car seats are rear-facing, and your baby will have to sit rear-facing from birth until they’re at least 15-months-old. After that you can move your baby to a second stage/Group 1, Group 1/2 or Group 1/2/3 car seat.
Why rear-facing? Sitting your little one in the rear-facing position for longer when travelling in the car is safer as it offers greater protection to the under-developed head, neck and spine of very young children.
How long does my child have to sit rear-facing? With the i-Size law (explained below) all children are required to sit rear-facing until at least 15 months.
What is i-Size? In a few years (thought to be 2020) all new infant car seats sold in the UK will have to be i-Size (ECE R129) seats, which enables children to sit rear-facing until they are at least 15 months. i-Size also legally requires car seats to have side impact protection and requires the use of ISOFIX. You can find out more about i-Size legislation here.
What is the 2-hour rule? The ‘2-hour rule’ is the established safety recommendation endorsed by safety experts and manufacturers, that suggests children shouldn’t sit in a car seat for longer than 2 hours at a time, with the exception being a lie-flat car seat. That’s because children can experience breathing problems if placed in a seated or scrunched position for too long. A car seat is not an alternative to a cot or crib, obviously don’t worry if your baby falls asleep in your car, as most babies do! You just don’t want them sleeping for more than two hours in the same position.
How do you fit an infant car seat in a car? Not all car seats fit in all cars, so you need to check the car seat you like can be fitted correctly in your car. Most manufacturers have a quick online checking service, such as Britax’s Fit-Finder or Maxi-Cosi’s car fitting list. Have your car’s make, model and year of production close to hand for fast checking. When fitting a Group 0+ car seat into the car it is likely you’ll be using ISOFIX.
What is ISOFIX? ISOFIX is a system that allows you to fit a car seat into your car. It is an alternative to fitting a car seat with a car seat belt. ISOFIX car seats have two connectors on the back of the seat that anchor onto small metal bars fixed to the frame of your vehicle. It makes it easy to install your car seat correctly into your car, as you simply click the seat in and most ISOFIX car seats also have colour indicators to let you know you’ve fitted the seat correctly.
Do I need a base with my car seat? Most infant car seats can be used with a compatible car seat base. The seat slots securely into the base and the base is secured to the car often with ISOFIX points, however some can be installed with a regular 3-point seat belt. Using an in-car base raises the height of the car seat, can provide extra legroom and makes correct installation simple. Some base units have light or sound indicators that confirm correct fitting. Simply slotting the seat in and out makes it easy to use with a travel system but be aware car seat bases are often sold separately and could double the price you pay.
How much should I spend on an infant car seat? Infant car seats are undoubtedly pricier than child car seats in other groups. But like anything when it comes to parenting products prices can vary from budget to luxuriously expensive. On average a second stage car seat costs around £250. While price is important, and not actually an indicator of how safe a car seat, it’s more important to choose the right seat that works best for you and your child. Remember, don’t settle for second best – or secondhand car seats.
What is a travel system? A travel system combines a buggy with a Group 0+ car seat. The car seat clicks, or slots, onto the buggy or its chassis, making it easy to move your baby from car to buggy.
I’ve chosen the car seat I want, what do I do next? Once you’ve picked your ideal car seat, it’ll have to be fitted in the car and while we’re fans of DIY at MFM headquarters, we recommend you get your car seat fitted by a trained car seat installation advisor (appointed by the manufacturer) if you can.
Hopefully, after reading our guide on how to choose the best car seats as well as our 10 recommended car seats in this article, you’ll find the right product for your child’s safety and comfort.