Choosing the next stage car seat

Busby is almost 10 months old and has been getting too big for her first car seat for a while now. I’d been putting off buying her the next stage car seat for as long as I could (due to money), but with a number of long journeys ahead of us around Christmas time I knew I had to bite the bullet and buy her one.

So where to start? I found myself very confused when browsing Mothercare, Kiddicare, Mamas & Papas and Bambino Direct. What was the difference between a Group 1 and a Group 1-2-3 car seat other than the fact that the latter would last until Busby was 11? Surely it would make far more financial sense to buy a Group 1-2-3 car seat then?

If you’re currently staring blankly at the screen thinking “what on earth is the difference between a Group 1 car seat and a Group 1-2-3?” then let me explain:
Group 1: Takes over from a stage 0 car seat when your Little One reaches about 9kg in weight and will seat your child until they are approximately 4 years old. In the UK, stage 1 car seats are generally forward facing, although you can buy rear facing, which are considered safer.
Group 1-2-3: A 1-2-3 can again be used from 9kg, but will last until your Little One is around 11 years old.

Why are there even Group 1 car seats about when you buy one that would last until your child is a tween? 

In my hour of need I turned to Twitter. Obviously. The response was mixed, but most tweeps recommended buying a Group 1 car seat as these are far more comfortable for younger children and most models can recline – handy for sleeping on the road.

Phew! So deciding which Group to choose was over… Now I had to pick a model.

I knew I wanted something a bit brighter than our first stage hand-me-down seat that Busby has been using since birth. Not looking a gift horse in the mouth, but it’s not the most colourful or exciting of seats!

I’ve always been a fan of Cosatto as I love their funky prints, so had a browse of their website. I fell in love with the Moova in the Hello Dolly print, but was concerned that there might be a style over substance issue. However, all the reviews seemed positive so it was added to my “potential car seat list”. @oneformybaby12 suggested the Baby Weavers Shuffle; this was incredibly reasonable and reviews were very positive – the prints were also quite funky so this was added to my list.

In the end I chose the Cosatto Moova. It has more padding on the seat for your Little One and looks fantastic. It was easy to fit in the car and is very secure. I love that the seat is higher than other car seats too, so Busby can look out the window, which she greatly enjoyed during our journey to and from Dorking on Saturday. She also fell asleep very swiftly in it and seemed very comfortable! I think that’s a seal of approval.

I’d like to add that we decided to buy the Moova over the Baby Weavers Shuffle, as thought the alarmed seat belt would wake Busby up if we were trying to suitably move her whilst asleep.

I hope this is useful! I’ve had so many people ask me about car seats in the past week that I thought I’d put a post together.

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  1. 20th October 2013 / 1:20 pm

    What a useful post. I remember the minefield of choosing the next stage car seat very well indeed – it isn’t easy! Thanks for sharing with PoCoLo x

    • 22nd October 2013 / 7:00 am

      Such a minefield! Thanks Vic xx

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