1 year baby car seat. time to change to the next group yet?
Doesn’t time just fly when you’re having fun with your baby? You may have reached the stage by now when you need to upgrade your newborn car seat to the next size up i.e. a 1 year baby car seat. This is not necessarily required in all cases but typically if you had a Group 0 seat and your baby has reached ~10kg in weight. See details on car seat stages here.
Many parents are happy to purchase combination seats from the beginning, i.e. Group 0/0+ meaning that you do not need to change your seat just yet and you have another few months to wait before your baby reaches ~13kg. Additionally, if you bought an i-Size seat this should last you to approximately 15 months.
|Do I need one?||Yes, if you intend to continue driving with your baby beyond the first year.|
|What is the benefit?||It’s the law to have a suitable car seat for your baby and they will be safer in one.|
|Is it expensive?||There are seats available in all price ranges for Group 0+, 1, 2, 3 and various combinations. The guide price for a Group 1/2/3 combo is ~£100.|
|Is second hand viable?||Yes, but this is very much a personal choice. Make sure it’s accident free, tested and guaranteed too if possible.|
|Should I buy one?||Yes.|
If the time has come and you need a 1 year baby car seat, think about the following first to ensure you are well aligned to get the best seat:
- If you have existing car seat bases and you wish to carry on using them, check that any new car seat is compatible.
- If your Group 0 seat is part of a travel system, check that any new car seat is compatible. You will probably only be able to find a Group 0+ seat that may be compatible with your travel system as seats from Group 1 or higher are meant to remain in your car. So if you buy a Group 0+ just so that it is compatible with your travel system, you will only be able to use it for a few months. It’s probably not worth it and it may make sense to consider Group 1 and above. You will therefore need to use your travel system’s normal chair as your baby should be able to support his or her head by now. This unfortunately means that you will need to move your baby from seat to seat. If however you are starting out and are looking for a travel system, consider a Group 0+ newborn seat.
1 year baby car seat. do i DEFINITELY NEED TO BUY NEW?
Most parents prefer to buy a brand new car seat and that is the general advice given in most cases. If you do buy new, you will know that it has never been in an accident. This is of course the best option for you if you can afford it but there are suppliers who refurbish seats and provide a guarantee for them after testing. This could be a viable option for you.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR in 1 year baby car seats.
- Rear facing for as long as possible is always recommended. i-Size products will allow you to extend this the most (up to 4 years in some cases) and they will be secured to your car with ISOFIX brackets making them very safe.
- Group seats are great value for money and worth considering. Common groupings at about 1 year are 0+/1, 0+/1/2 and 1/2/3. There may appear to be some overlap in the weight of these groups when you search but don’t let that worry you. The actual product’s specification should override any other information you receive.
- Consider a Group 1/2/3 seat if you intend on buying a combination seat where Group 1 starts when you want it to. i.e. at 9 or 10kg which is typical for a 1 year old.
- Adjustable headrest and harness to ensure your baby is always comfortable as he or she grows.
- Reclining seats without having to remove them to reset the incline position make life a lot easier.
- Any seat should have its own Harness.
- Enough cushioning or head restraints and side impact protection.
- Removable and washable materials.
NOTE: When reaching group 2 (~15kg) your child will typically start to use your car’s 3 point adult seat belt with the car seat rather than the harness provided by the car seat.
GREAT PRODUCTS TO CONSIDER
See below for a few great products for your consideration.
- Graco Milestone All-in-One Car Seat Group 0+/1/2/3
- Cybex Silver Pallas-Fix Toddler Car Seat Group 1/2/3 ISOFIX
- Kiddy Guardianfix 2 Group 1/2/3 Car Seat ISOFIX
- Concord Reverso Plus i-Size up to 105cm or 4 years
PRODUCTs UTILISED BY MY BABY GADGETS
- Britax Romer Evolva Plus Group 1/2/3 Combination Car Seat
- Child car seat with booster seat (Black, Groups 1/2/3)