My LO is 18 months old and is currently still rear facing in a combo seat which is compatible with rear facing up to 12kg. At some point she will reach that weight and I have decided to keep her rear facing for as long as possible.
I am living in Australia and as far as I can gather there are no ERF car seats available here so I will need to order one from Europe and have it shipped. It is illegal to use a car seat that has not been tested to Australian standards but I am more concerned with the safety of my LO than with waiting for Australian law to catch up with the rest of the world.
I have a 2011 Toyota Corolla which is a very small car with limited room for car seats without having the front passenger seat pushed as far up as it will go. Which car seat will be best for my car? Any help or advise will be very greatly appreciated.
I have been looking at carseat.se and will likely purchased a seat from there.
Edited to add that I would like a seat that reclines as she is currently in a seat which has a good recline. Our car seats are pretty slopped though which is a pain. We've got a towel under the base to tip it back.
I have a 2007 Corolla and decided to keep LO rear facing after she outgrew her infant seat. I am in the states so I really am not sure if it is available to you but I ordered mine off of amazon. I got a Britax Advocate CS. It is rear facing till 40lbs and front facing till 70 lbs. I must say, it is a luxurious carseat. It is big but it fits fine in my car and doesnt affect whoever is in the front passenger seat. Zoey loves it. It is so comfy and so safe. It was expensive as it is the top of the line one from Britax but they have several models that have extended rear facing options.
Edit to add: the britax has three different reclining options. For rear facing you keep it in its most reclined position which is pretty reclined. Not as much as her infant carrier, but close.
I'm also with Britax! We have a Britax Marathon 70 and I love it, but I wish I had gotten the Advocate for the head wings. Britax are one of the most highly rated and safest car seat brands on the market. They are not cheap though, but I wouldn't' put a price tag on my son's safety.
I have the Britax Two Way which was recommended to me since we had quite a compact back seat. It doesn't use an arm like some of the more expensive ones but instead it harnesses the strength of the front seat (which is just as safe and a massive space saver). It's brilliant for a smaller car and it's one of the lesser expensive ones too.
we have the Akta Graco Duologic I, also bought from carseat.se. we have a small car - a Citroen C3, before this a Peugeot 206 - and were advised that the only ones that would fit were the Britax Hiway and the Duologic. this was back in the summer of 2010, so I guess there may be more available now. the Duologic is RF to 18kg. we have to have the front passenger seat pushed forward a little, but it's ok.
Another recommendation for the DuoLogic here It's a very good seat, with 3 positions (upright, semi-reclined and reclined). It's one of the most compact seats on the market - I've fitted it in a Honda Jazz with no problems. It also can be fitted with either Isofix (do you have that in Australia?) or a seatbelt, which is handy as it will go into just about any car
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