- Many people don’t realise that it is illegal in the UK not to use a child car seat when travelling with children under 12 or 135cm
- Child car seats are split into groups according to the weight of the child they are designed to protect
- LV= want to help you choose the right option that best suits you and your child’s needs
Everyone wants to make sure their children are happy and protected, and that includes when travelling in your car. UK Law states that children must use a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm, whichever comes first. It is the drivers responsibility to ensure that all passengers in their car are safe, and there is a fixed rate fine of £100 if you are caught, going up to £500 if it goes to court.
Therefore, it is incredibly important that you buy the right car seat for your child. There are many different factors that go into which car seat is best for your child, including;
- Whether or not the seat will actually fit in your car
- What are ISOFIX fittings and does your car have them?
- The height or weight of your child
If you have your car insurance with LV=, we offer replacement child seats as standard which got us thinking – what are the best child car seats for these groups?
Remember, not all car seats fit all cars, so it is imperative to make sure your seat fits all the cars it will be travelling in. A seat is only safe if it has been properly installed, so if you’re not sure, visit a retailer who will be able to advise which seats will fit your car, as well as help you install the seat correctly.
Best Child Car Seats - Concord Air
The Concord Air is very lightweight, coming in at less than 3kg which makes for effortless transportation and swift changes between pushchair and car. It can also be used with or without an ISOFIX base, giving parents the option to choose what works best for them. The seat also has an innovative safety construction, with its inner surface taking on a honeycomb structure, similar to a bicycle helmet. This makes for outstanding safety in case of a collision. The adaptor of the seat, which attaches to the ISOFIX base, also fits to the Concord NEO and Concord Wanderer Travel system pushchairs, providing you with quick and easy transfer. Designed for your child from birth until approximately 18 months (or 13kg).
Best Child Car Seats - Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus
Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus
Maxi-Cosi is a hugely popular brand when it comes to child car seats. The Pebble Plus is a fantastic product for your baby, offering excellent safety and additional comfort. This seat complies with the latest i-Size safety standard and can be fitted with either a seatbelt or ISOFIX installation for ease and flexibility. This seat can also be used with the Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix base system, which uses ISOFIX installation. The convenient base provides rear-facing car travel, which offers enhanced protection for your child’s head and neck. This click and go system makes transporting your child safe and efficient.
Best Child Car Seats - Mountain Buggy Protect
Mountain Buggy Protect
This brand was launched in 1992, after a father in New Zealand wanted to create a buggy with all terrain agility, so that he and his baby could enjoy the New Zealand mountain trails together. This seat is also lightweight at 3kg, suitable for children from birth to 13kg and ergonomically designed, making it easy to carry. Not only is this seat compatible with the ISOFIX base, but it can also be fitted with a seatbelt and with a Mountain Buggy universal base, giving you plenty of options to get your baby in and out of the car. The Protect fits any Mountain Buggy stroller but is also compatible with numerous other stroller brands for flexibility. The 5 point padded safety harness and high sides mean your baby will be safe and comfortable in this seat.
Best Child Car Seats - Maxi-Cosi 2 Way Pearl
9-18kg (9 months-4 years)
Maxi-Cosi 2 Way Pearl
Similarly to the Pebble Plus we mentioned earlier, the 2 Way Pearl also complies with the latest i-Size regulations, giving you peace of mind regarding the safety standards. Being a part of the Maxi Cosi 2 Way Family, the seat fits onto the same 2wayFix base as the Pebble Plus and it also allows for rear-facing travel up until the child is 105cm (roughly 4 years of age). There is also the option to move the seat to forward facing once your child is older than 15 months. In order to avoid any mistakes, the 2wayFix base provides audio and visual confirmation when you have correctly and securely attached the seat. The 2 Way Pearl is suitable for children aged between 6 months and 4 years (67-105cm).
Best Child Car Seats - Nuna Rebl
9-18KG (9 MONTHS-4 YEARS)
If you struggle to get the seat and your child in and out of the car, the Nuna Rebl is a great seat to consider. This seat features a 360 degree swivel function, making it accessible and easy to change positions. The Rebl also meets i-Size safety standards and allows your child to travel rear-facing up until the age of 4. The ISOFIX base makes installation quick and secure, plus your child will be comfortable in the 7-position recline that work in both forward and rear-facing. This seat also features patented memory foam which provides excellent side impact safety, as well as energy absorbing foam. Suitable for children from birth up to 4 years, the Nuna Rebl is a great investment.
Best Child Car Seats - Joie i-Anchor
9-18KG (9 MONTHS-4 YEARS)
The Joie i-Anchor was the first government certified i-Size car seat to meet the new regulations which requires children to travel rear-facing until 15 months of age. The i-Anchor also allows your little one to travel rear-facing until the age of 4, giving them additional safety. Suitable for children from birth up until the age of 4, this seat is a great investment and guarantees your child’s security in the car. The multi-layered foam allows for better protection for even the smallest of riders. This seat can also be fitted with the ISOFIX base allowing for secure installation and peace of mind.
Best Child Car Seats - Cybex Solution Q Fix
15-36kg (4-12 years)
Cybex Solution Q Fix
If you’re looking for a car seat that can grow with your child, then the Cybex Solution Q Fix is perfect. Fitted with the ISOFIX system, this seat features integrated height and width adjusters, so that your child can always be in an optimally safe position. Additionally, the seat has a built-in mesh ventilation channels that allow the air to circulate around your child so that they are always comfortable, even on hot days. Another great feature of this chair is the patented head protection that it offers. The headrest within the chair reclines with your child in order to prevent their head and neck falling forward during sleep and ensures that your child’s head is cushioned within the protection panels.
Best Child Car Seats - Maxi-Cosi Rodi AirProtect
15-36KG (4-12 YEARS)
Maxi-Cosi Rodi AirProtect
The AirProtect technology featured in this Maxi-Cosi chair gives your child the best possible side-impact protection in case of a collision. The impact forces are diverted away from your child’s head and absorbed into the headrest instead, reducing the risk of head and neck injuries in case of an accident. Fitted into your car with a seatbelt, this seat can also be adjusted in height so that it fits your child as they grow. As well as the state of the art side protection and AirProtect technology, this seat has lots of additional padding so you know that your child will be secure.
Best Child Car Seats - Concord Transformer T
15-36KG (4-12 YEARS)
Concord Transformer T
The Concord Transformer T chair may be large and a bit on the heavy side but you can be assured that your child will be safe. Fitted through ISOFIX or the regular seatbelt, this seat has wide side-protection through its double-walled safety shells, as well as adjustable height and width to ensure that your child is secure. One flaw we found with this seat was that because the back is non-detachable, you do not have the option to turn it into a booster seat for your older child, who may no longer wish to sit in a large child seat. Whilst slightly on the large side, this seat is comfortable for your child, as well as easy to use and functional for parents.