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In this car seat comparison, you can find out what the Tell Me Baby community thinks are the top car seats on the market.

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$549.00
 
17
"It is easy to adjust, and easy to use. Bub loves riding in it and has done since bub was just a bit over 1 year old..."
 
(17)
"It is easy to adjust, and easy to use. Bub loves riding in it and has done since bub was just a bit over 1 year old..."
$759.00
 
15
"Its pricey but absolutely worth it. The quality of the car seat is perfect. And the safety is excellent compared to other big brand I lov..
 
(15)
"Its pricey but absolutely worth it. The quality of the car seat is perfect. And the safety is excellent compared to other big brand I lov..
$679.00
 
44
"It's definitely much better than other carseat on the market. The isofix option is like a cherry on cake! Would definitely recommend it."
 
(44)
"It's definitely much better than other carseat on the market. The isofix option is like a cherry on cake! Would definitely recommend it."
$549.00
 
14
"Great car seat! Perfect for smaller cars and easy to adjust without taking the whole seat out of the car..."
 
(14)
"Great car seat! Perfect for smaller cars and easy to adjust without taking the whole seat out of the car..."
$649.99
 
20
"We transitioned our daughter into this seat after using the Maxi Cosi Mico AP capsule. We've had a very good experience with Maxi Cosi an..
$649.99
 
(20)
"We transitioned our daughter into this seat after using the Maxi Cosi Mico AP capsule. We've had a very good experience with Maxi Cosi an..
$179.99
 
10
"Long lasting and still in great condition after two kids. No issues with newborn or 2 year old..."
$179.99
 
(10)
"Long lasting and still in great condition after two kids. No issues with newborn or 2 year old..."
$419.00
 
12
"I love this seat. Easy to clean. Our baby is very comfortable in it. It doesn't take up alot of room in the car so we are still able to t..
 
(12)
"I love this seat. Easy to clean. Our baby is very comfortable in it. It doesn't take up alot of room in the car so we are still able to t..

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Choosing the best car seat

When choosing the right car seat for your baby the first thing to be aware of is Australian child restraint laws:

  • babies under 6 months must be seated in rear-facing car seat with a built-in harness
  • children under 4 years must be seated in a car seat with a built-in harness
  • children under 7 years must be either in a booster or harnessed car seat
  • children 7 years and older can use an adult seat belt, however, it’s recommended to keep them in a booster for as long as they can.

For more information about child restraint laws and car seat requirement head to the KidSafe website.

Types of car seats

There are several times of car seats. Below are the main different types of car seats you’ll find in Australia.

Infant car capsules (birth to approximately 6 months)

Car capsules can be a great option for easily getting baby in and out of the car without having to remove them from their car seat. The base of the capsule is installed into the car and the seat itself is able to be taken in and out. They are also very convenient when paired with a compatible pram to create a complete travel system.

Convertible car seats (birth to approximately 4 years)

Convertible car seats are probably the most popular option for newborns, because they’re the most versatile. Convertible car seats are able to be positioned rear-facing for at least the first 6 months, though they can stay rear-facing until your child reaches the maximum height marker for the rear-facing position. Depending on the car seat and your child’s height, you may be able to keep your baby rear-facing for much longer than 6 months. Then they can be turned to be a forward-facing car seat until your child is 4 years old.

Booster seats (4 years to approximately 8 years)

Booster seats don’t have in-built harness, so they’re not for children under 4 years old. Booster seats use the adult seat belt and “boost” your child up to an appropriate height and also position the seat belt securely. Some booster seats have a tether that attaches to the car’s anchor point, though not all of them do. This depends the weight of the car seat itself. Often the car seats with more features and padding require a tether, whereas light and compact booster seats do not, making them ideal for quickly popping in and out of the car, as all you need to do is adjust the seat belt.

Convertible booster seats (6 months to approximately 8 years)

Convertible booster seats offer a forward-facing position only, so aren’t designed for babies under 6 months – though they are a great option if you’re looking for a harnessed car seat for a tall toddler. They can also be a logical follow on car seat from an infant car capsule.

Convertible car seat/booster (birth to approximately 8 years)

There are a couple of car seats in Australia that are designed to go from birth all the way until 8 years old. These car seats also offer the option of extended rear facing. While they are generally are more expensive option initially, they might be the only car seat your child will ever need from birth so can save money in the long run.

Extended rear facing

Another factor to consider when choosing a car seat for your baby is how long would you like the option to keep them rear facing? While it’s legal to switch your baby to a forward-facing seat when they turn 6 months old, generally the longer they remain rear-facing the safer they are, so keep this in mind when you’re choosing your rear-facing car seat. For example, type A4 or Type A4/G car seats are designed to be used rear facing until 30 months, which is nearly 3 years old.

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