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Finally got the next Car Seat… by louisehampton
December 30, 2009, 7:56 pm
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We went to Milton Keynes today and got Toby a new car seat. The In Car Safety Centre were excellent. They knew their stuff and had loads of car seats to try.


http://www.incarsafetycentre.co.uk/index.html

We made an appointment the day before so we got an advisor to help us and fit different seats into our car. There were many seats to choose from but from my research I knew I wanted a seat which could go rear facing and then forward facing if required.

This really narrowed the choice down to two seats. One was by a company called Be Safe and was an isofix seat. It was an excellent seat which you could recline and had lots of padding. The seat was high up to allow the child to see out the window but did cost £300. This one was also quite bulky and when it was in the car it meant the passenger seat had to be quite far forward.

Be Safe Car Seat

The next car seat we looked at was the Britax two way elite for some strange reason Britax don’t advertise this seat in the UK but it goes up to when the child is around 5-6 years old and anchors against the passenger seat so is very sturdy.  It can be rear facing or forward facing and has a five point harness. 

We went for this seat in the end as it was not as bulky as the other one and will last a good while.  Due to the car seat anchoring against the passenger seat this does mean however that the passenger seat cannot be moved.

Britax Two Way Elite

 

At the end of the day the in car safety centre is an excellent place to find a car seat so if you do live nearby I would definitely recommend taking a trip there.



Still have not bought the next car seat but I have more of an idea! by louisehampton
December 14, 2009, 7:37 pm
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Thanks to the girls on the baby centre forum I have more of an idea which car seat i would like to get!

One of the girls mentioned the Britax 2 way elite which can go either rear facing or forward facing so seems like a great option. There is an in car safety centre at Milton keynes http://www.incarsafetycentre.co.uk/shop/rearward-facing-seats.html and apparently this place offers great advice and has an extensive amount of car seats to choose from so I shall be going there after Christmas to get a seat!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and here’s a picture of Toby dressed up in his Santa’s little helper outfit!!



Argh – still trying to decide on a car seat! by louisehampton
December 8, 2009, 9:19 pm
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I didn’t realise trying to find a car seat was going to be such a mamouth task! I am trying to look at it from two view points. One I want it to be easy to put Toby in and out of the car seat so it does not hurt my back – some seat swivel so you don’t have to lean in when putting him in his seat which is great. But the other side is safety in a crash and in a lot of European countries they are now keeping children in rear facing seats until 3 yrs of age. Decisions decisions!!

So here’s some more info on rear facing seats ..

Its apparently far safer if god forbid you should have an accident to be rear facing and it does make sense as a baby’s head is very big compared with the rest of its body

So looking at rear facing there are 3 that are rear-facing for the next stage and the one that seems to go up to age 8 (25kg) is the Brio:
http://www.briocarseats.co.nz/BRIO_NET/Corporate/?b=7
this can be bought on the babyworld website for £200.

The other two are:
http://www.recaro-seats.co.uk/child-seats/recaro-polaric.php
and
http://www.prams-pushchairs.co.uk/besafe-izi-combi-blackblack-alcantara-p-591.html

So my search is going to continue. I’d love to hear what seat you have if you have already bought one and how easy it is to get your baby in and out of as I am concerned about the impact on the back with all that reaching.

Many thanks

Louise