Rear-facing Car Seat for 1 year old? UK

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  1. nightkd

    nightkd Mum to two!

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    I am visiting the UK sometime within the next couple of months and I need a carseat for my DD. She's going to be a year old and is at least 23lbs (probably a bit more...we will know for sure right before we go, as we have an appointment to get her weighed etc)... Any suggestions? I do NOT want to forward face her while we are there and we aren't planning on taking our own car seat with us... All I'm finding atm are car seats that only RF until 9kgs (which is like 19-20lbs...). :dohh:
     
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    Gingerspice Well-Known Member

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    there are loads that are RF until 13kg. You need a group 0-1 so that they can stay RF but are larger in size to will fit size wise (most babies grow out of the RF due to size rather than the weight)
    As long as they're not exceeding the weight that it says is ok for RF on these across group seats they can start RF in them and you don't need a ERF seat.

    Sorry should clarify. Group 0-1 are from 0 - 18kg, but (I think all) must get switched to FF beyond 13kg (some switch at 9kg).
     
  3. nightkd

    nightkd Mum to two!

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    Can you recommend any brands/styles? The UK seems to have different brands and/or styles and I don't recognise any of them... None that I can say 'I've heard that one's good' iykwim?

    Thanks!
     
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    lozzy21 Mummy to Niamh

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    ellie27 Well-Known Member

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    Graco Logico S and base is a great carseat up to 13kg. We use it with the base - not sure how it is without the base.

    It has won several mum&baby type awards.

    Anna is 16.5 months and still comfortably in it.:flower:
     
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    Gingerspice Well-Known Member

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    I purchased the Britax First Class Plus carseat 2 months ago.

    I did not go anywhere that fits it, just ordered online.

    It was awful and moved too much- I fitted it exactly as it says in the instructions. I then went to halfords and had them fit the first class plus in my car and the fit was very poor compared to my Graco Logico infant carrier. I have heard good things about them though:flower:
     
  8. nightkd

    nightkd Mum to two!

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    We have a Britax Boulevard 70 here, so I wouldn't mind going with Britax again. #100 (wish I had a pound sign on this stupid American keyboard!!) isn't too bad... I may send my mum over to Mothercare or somewhere to see if they can try it in her car (she has a Ford Focus...one of the old tiny ones...) to make sure it fits okay..

    Hopefully DD hasn't managed to outgrow the weight limit in the past 3 months :lol:

    Thanks for the suggestions! :)
     
  9. RJsMum

    RJsMum Mommy of RJ

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    We have the First Class Plus from Britax. If you go to their website they have a fit-finder so you can see which of their seats fit which cars. At the time we had a Corsa and it didn't fit well when we bought it at Babies R Us...but when we got it home, DH found the flap that folds out from the bottom and now it fits perfect (using MILs borrowed Ford KA).

    The First CLass Plus I think is one of the best for small cars.
     
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    whereabouts are you visiting in the uk? where does your mum live? I only ask as we have a britax first class plus we are not using, you are very welcome to borrow it whilst u r over, saves you buying one x
     
  12. nightkd

    nightkd Mum to two!

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    Thanks! We'll be in Hampshire... Probably a bit of a trek!! Though I have always been terrible with geography... :haha:

    xx
     
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    https://www.babyandbump.com/natural-parenting/550884-erf-seat-your-car.html
    https://www.babyandbump.com/natural-parenting/253346-rear-facing-support-questions-answers.html
    It is not the norm for babies to rear face after the baby seat that lasts from birth till 9-12 months here in the uk. These have wait limit as well as lenght so unless baby is small she prob wont fit.
    The big shops mothercare/toysrus dont sell extended rear facing, apparantly we are not mad enough to pay the extra cost???!!!!!
    the links above show seats that can be used and have safety tests for extended rear facing. They are hard to find to buy though so not sure if anywhere will rent them out.
    also uk cars are often to small to fit them with a adult in the front seat!
     
  14. Gingerspice

    Gingerspice Well-Known Member

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    but if you get a group 0+1 (birth to 18kg) then the seat is beigger so as long as they are within the weight limit, usually 13kg for RF, then they can stay RF. Then from 13KG the seat has to then go FF
    Beyond that, to then remain RF you would need a specialist ERF seat, but most babies can easily remain RF using a group 0+1 seat up to the 13kg limit, which for an 'average' baby on 50%tile they don't reach until approximate 26 months (girl) and getting the cross span group seat means as its meant to last until about 6 years old it will accommodate the height. The only downside to this set up is that the seats are more reclined than FF seats so if your child is disliking the more laid back approach then using a group 0+1 for RF until over 2 years old may not be the best solution.

    Also, I didn't know until yesterday when I got a new seat, but John Lewis does stock a ERF seat!
     
  15. nightkd

    nightkd Mum to two!

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    Thank you for giving me another reason to be happy about moving to the US :haha: How ridiculous. :dohh:

    I will do some more research... I'll probably either spend 100 quid on the Britax seat or see if my dad perhaps has one we can borrow. They don't seem to care about rear-facing their kids, so not too sure I'm going to have any luck there. Worth a try though!!! :)
     
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    Haha! i had to look on google maps to see where Hampshire was! it is a bit far isnt it? hope you find a seat soon, enjoy your holiday! x
     
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