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Goldrill Tue 24-May-11 20:46:35

I've got a Jane Matrix Pro and have been using it flat up till now and it has been brilliant so far. However, baby is now getting too long and too interested so would like to sit her upright. I've tried the seat in that position and it's dreadful! She's sitting bolt upright and her head lols forward when she dozes off - not having that so I think I should buy a new seat instead (unless anyone can recommend a safe solution please?).
She's not a huge individual but I am loathe to buy a group 1 seat if she'll only be in it for a short period - so looking for one which would last longer: I'd also like it to be isofix, but I can't find a car seat which covers both bases.
Any ideas would be gratefully received!

Debs75 Tue 24-May-11 20:55:34

It depends how big and tall she is. DD2 lasted till 15m in a 0 stage seat then we went to a rear facing 2nd stage seat There is a lot on it about the safety of rf vs ff but there is a good section on seats to choose. If your dd is quite large for her age then it might be worth holding off buying another stage 0.
The only downside is it can be hard to find stockists and you might have to travel to try one out

aswellasyou Tue 24-May-11 23:38:22

I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure there aren't any 0+ & 1 seats on the market that are isofix.
There are plenty of 0+ & 1 seats though and this one is suitable from birth to 25kg (group 0+,1 & 2)

BertieBotts Tue 24-May-11 23:51:04

I definitely wouldn't put her forward facing this early, so your options are really

1. Buy another infant seat and hope it lasts a long time (although if you choose this option, the Mothercare own brand seat is a rebranded maxi-cosi, just not compatible with the bases or any pushchairs. DS fitted into his until 18 months, he is quite small, but average height, I think)

2. Get a combination Group 0/1 seat - but I don't know whether any are isofix.

3. If she's over 9kg already, you could look at rear facing group 1 seats. Some are definitely isofix, although I'm not sure with these what the situation is with reclining, so you might have the same issue with her being too upright. But there are loads of RF experts here so hopefully someone will come along and say "I have X seat and it reclines!"


Goldrill Wed 25-May-11 09:41:17

thanks for replies.
She's quite dinky: getting to be fairly tall but very skinny so am a bit unsure what will make her outgrow a Group 0 first - am assuming it's either too tall or too heavy - whichever comes first? And (apologies for very blonde question!) how will we know? Her legs stick out over the end when she's laid flat, and we can't put the shoulder straps any higher so I'm sure she's too big for it in that position, but seated is different and she's still well inside the seat at both ends. I've no idea what she weighs and not due to find out any time soon - she was low in the centiles so I'm guessing it can't be more than around 7kg.
I hadn't really appreciated the implications of moving to FF so will read up a bit more about RF.
Complicated stuff!!

BertieBotts Wed 25-May-11 10:00:52

It's likely she will be too tall before she's too heavy, most children are - they make the maximum weight limit much higher than most people would ever need. You'll know she's too tall when her head reaches the edge of the seat shell. It doesn't matter about legs though. The maximum weight limit will be printed on the back of the seat, but it's usually 13kg, so you have ages to go yet, and although they seem to skip up a kg every couple of months at this age, once she hits a year it will slow right down and she'll probably only put on 1-2 kg a year from then on.

The legal minimum for group 1 is 9kg, so you need to use a group 0 seat until then or a combination group 0/1. Then if you get a FF seat I'd still advise you keep her rear facing as long as possible, because it's safer, especially while their heads are still so big in proportion to their bodies. So it might work out better to get a rearfacing group 1 seat - I think some might be compatible from birth - and put her straight into that.

aswellasyou Wed 25-May-11 11:42:48

If you could afford it, the Besafe Izi Combi is group 0/1 and Isofix but it's seriously expensive. It's rear facing until 18kg so it's much safer than a forward facing group 1 seat. If you could stretch that far, I think it would be a good buy.

nicm Wed 25-May-11 11:59:32

hi, what about a britax hi-way? they are suitable from 0-25kgs rf. i'm trying to decide between this and the mc mobi atm. confused it is cheaper than most of the isofix seats and rf belted is as safe apparently as isofix.


TruthSweet Wed 25-May-11 13:57:41

Hi-way is a good seat as it's compact but will last a long time.

A seat is out grown when the head has less than 1" of shell above it (the hard plastic shell not the fabric covering)

PurveyorOfBaloney Wed 25-May-11 14:01:14

If it is just the head lolling forward when sleeping that is the issue, then maybe a head support would be the cheaper option? Lots out there, like this or these Trunki ones

JuneMummy Wed 25-May-11 16:46:45

my LO fitted in his stage O seat till he was 18 months. I then moved him to a stage 1 reafacing seat.

sazm Thu 26-May-11 14:28:24

my sister had a matrix and it was fab as a rearfacer,because it was bigger than most infant carrier types and her lo fitted in it for ages,can you adjust the angle of it at all so its not so upright?you can buy a foam thing(made by sunshine kids) that helps the seat sit at the correct angle i your cars seats are at too much of an incline.

Goldrill Sun 29-May-11 13:29:59

brilliant - thankyou all
sazm - good call - I have ordered one and fingers crossed it will mean she can stay in the Jane.

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