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Advice please

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littleginger Wed 26-Jun-13 17:07:18

DD currently has cabriofix and i always have the shade bit over her. I took it off for first time in ages today and her head is really really near the top of the seat! She is 9.5kg too so im now panicked in looking for a new car seat which i thought i would have ages to sort.

So i would like ERF but seat will be in an out of mine and my partners cars, one has isofix and other doesnt. Also one car is a bloody 2 door! Ive never even seen a stage 1 car seat up close especially ERF. Do they rotate so you can get the child strapped in without doing gymnastics?

Anyone had similar car situ who can advise what they settled on? My brain is melting looking at all the options and they are apparently limited for ERF haha!

Also DD is only 6 months old so I would like to go for a 9kg - 25kg rather than 18kg to ensure she doesnt outgrow it before 2/3.

We got a Kiddy infinity which is a very safe forward facing one with a bumper bar type thing rather than a 5 point harness. It is very lightweight and easy to swap between cars.

PS at 6 months she is going to be too young for a stage 1 anyway. I believe they need to be 12 months minimum but sokeone else should be able to verify?

littleginger Wed 26-Jun-13 17:49:10

Ah yes i hope someone does come along as if thats correct what the hell do i do in the meantime grin i thought it was 9kg upwards for stage 1.

Thanks for your recommendation though. Im holding out for ERF but interesting to see there are different types of forward facing seats.

CokeFan Wed 26-Jun-13 18:28:40

We have a Britax Two Way Elite here that we got when DD was 13 months. It's ERF but not isofix (use the seatbelt and tethers to hold it in place). DD was rear facing until 4.2 years and still uses the seat FF now. TWE have tall backs and don't take up that much space (for ERF seats). You can also use the harness until they're 25 kg.

Group 1 is technically 9kg and over (the age guide is 9 months to 4 years but it's the weight that counts)

If you want to see a group 1 ERF seat 'in the flesh' so to speak, then there is a picture of one of mine (a multi-tech) in the old family car, a Clio.

Its rated from 9-25 kilos, and I have had a 9 kilo, 7 month old baby sat in the seat. He was fine. My 18ishkg, 3 1/2 year old dd still fits in the seat with loads of room to go.

Due to the way its fitted, I find it easier to get her in the car as you've got more room when the door opens. Oh the rare occasion she has been ff, its hard getting her in as she just doesn't have the space to clamber up into the seat.

Only downside to it though is that this really isn't the seat to buy if you're planning on moving it on a regular basis. Its big, bulky and rather heavy. So I also have a TWE like Cokefan, which I use when I need to move a seat around. Much much lighter and easier to move, and despite what people say, its not a pita to install.

Its currently living in my mum's 3 door Corsa behind the passenger seat. To get dd in, we flip the driver's seat back, get her to climb in the seat, and then sit next to her to strap her in.


should have said, pictures on profile.

littleginger Wed 26-Jun-13 20:48:16

cokefan thanks for that it seems to tick all the boxes. One of the more reasonably priced ones too.

12345 thanks for allthat info. I cant view profiles on kindlefire (didnt know profiles even existed til someone mentioned on another thread today) but will check on laptop and probably bombard you with more questions then grin. I still dont understand how you can get a baby strapped into RF seat without it rotating a bit at least!

Feel free to bombard me as much as you want.

Because the seat faces the rear of the car and in the case of the TWE rests against the rear of the seat infront, when you open the door, you've got loads of space in which to put the baby in and strap them in as its the exact reverse of a ff carseat

All will be explained when you see the picture.

HaplessHousewife Mon 01-Jul-13 16:56:40

We had a RF Britax Multitech and to get a child in with a two-door car would be quite difficult particularly as she's so young and can't help by clambering in. You'd have to climb in on the opposite side of the car whilst carrying her!

I second onetwothreefourfive in saying it's not the quickest/easiest seat to move between cars as well. DD also used to complain of a sore bottom on long journeys as it's not particularly padded.

I moved DD into a Kiddy GuardianPro at 3.3 because DS needed the RF one but moved him into a Kiddy at 2.6 (he was actually heavier than DD despite being younger when moved). The Kiddy seat is much more user friendly (I don't have the Isofix version) as you can just lift it in and out. I was dubious about going forward facing but it has the padded bar to hold them in and the five point harness on other seats was my biggest concern so in the end it was a compromise I was prepared to make.

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