WHAT IS THE AGE AND WEIGHT OF YOUR CHILD? AND HOW LONG DO YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO STAY IN ITS SEAT?
The first thing you will need to identify is which seats will ‘fit’ your child. This depends on the age and weight of your child. Once you’ve worked this out, your next decision is around the type of seat that will best suit your needs.
Some car seats are designed around the physiology of a specific age or weight of child. These seats offer tailored protection along with the ultimate comfort and fit. Other seats are designed to cover a much wider age range. These seats offer maximum flexibility and longevity. Only you can decide what is best for your family.
Group 0/0+ | birth to 13kg (~12/15 months)
These seats, often called an ‘infant carrier’, can be used from birth and can be connected to your pushchair. They are designed to be lightweight and portable and cocoon a small baby.
Group 0+/1 | birth to 18kg (~ 4 years)
These seats are designed to be used from birth but to remain within the car. They are often bigger and heavier and can’t be connected to a pushchair. However they may fit your child until they are around 4 years or 18kg. And they may give you the option of changing the seat to forward facing once your child is ready.
Group 1| 9kg to 18kg (~ 4 years)
These seats are designed for children from 9kg up to 18kg and offer a range of installation and harnessing technology.
Group1/2 | 9kg to 25kg (~ 6 years)
These seats are designed for children from 9kg up to 25kg and often offer a choice of rearward or forward facing travel to suit the changing needs of a growing child.
Group 1/2/3 | 9kg to 36kg (~ 12 years)
These seats are designed for children from 9kg up to 36kg and represent our longest lasting seat.
Group 2/3 |15kg to 36kg (~ 4 - 12 years)
These seats, often known as highback booster seats, are designed to offer ultimate safety for older children from 15kg to 36kg.
WHAT TYPE OF INSTALLATION SYSTEM WILL WORK WITH YOUR CAR?
Since we invented ISOFIX in 1997 with Volkswagen it has become the standard for car seat installation in Europe. It greatly reduces the risk of installation error and makes transferring an infant carrier when used in combination with the base in and out of the car simple. We would always recommend an ISOFIX seat, but understand that not all cars have ISOFIX connectors. So it’s important that you clarify this before you choose your seat.
Our ground-breaking invention with Volkswagen that enables simple, direct connection to the car’s anchorage points
Designed specifically for Group 2/3 car seats – using both ISOFIX and the car’s seat belt to direct impact forces away from your child
Our latest development of the ISOFIX system uses wider connectors to limit sideways movement, along with V-Tether anchorage at the top to reinforce stability and absorb impact forces.
Vehicle adult seat belt
Using the car’s three-point seat belt to connect the seat
DO YOU WANT TO USE YOUR SEAT AS PART OF A TRAVEL SYSTEM?
Only certain types of car seat, often called an ‘infant carrier’, can connect onto your pushchair. And all seats are not compatible with every brand or model of pushchair. If you choose the right combination then an infant carrier plus travel system can offer a flexible, cocooning way of transporting your small child on the road and pavement.
All Britax infant carriers are compatible with all of our travel systems – and with many other leading brands of travel system.
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO REMAIN REARWARD FACING FOR LONGER?
Current European legislation (ECE R44/04) states that a child must remain rearward facing until at least 9 months or 9kg. However at Britax we recommend that your child travels rearward facing for as long as is feasible for your child, your car and your lifestyle.
We are proud to offer not just one of Europe’s broadest ranges of rearward facing seats, but one of the most advanced – with options to keep your child rearward facing until 25kg (or around 6 years old). We also understand that this isn’t possible for all families, so we have a range of seats that give parents the choice of when to change the direction of travel for their child.