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I'm just looking to update LO's carseat, as he is almost too long for the infant carrier we're currently using.
I'm confused! And a little concerned that the newer style of carseats won't fit our car. We have a Land Rover Discovery - it's quite old, about 15 years old. The seatbelts are quite short (it's a bit of a wrestle to get the infant carrier in!), and the back seats aren't flat like more modern cars, they slope quite a bit.
I don't have a huge amount of money to spend on a seat, maybe £100 if I really stretch our budget. I've been looking at the KiddiCouture Latitude seat from Kiddicare.
Could you take it to somewhere like mamas and papas and get them to try and fit one, show you how to do it and if it fits etc (think other places do this too) then find one on Internet that's cheaper? Save having to buy/return?
Does your car have long belt buckle strap(bit the main belt clips into)? If so then somthing like the Britax First Class would be a good choice as it has an alternate rouiting to strap it in for cars with long belt clips. This was the main problem a friend of ours had with their old car. Most modern seats wouldn't fit because of buckle crunch. The First Class was the only seat they could find to fit at the time.
Britax have a Fit Finder on their website - I had similar problems with my older car. I'm not aware of any other manufacturers that have this.
Alternatively, do you have a Halfords or Mothercare that do seat fitting near you? It might be an idea to go to a store and you should be able to get them to keep trying seats until they find one that fits properly.
Having worked in road safety a few years ago, please take notice of the weight and age criteria. They are there for a reason. I also have very tall children, it doesn't matter if their feet overhang. Providing his head is not over the top of the car seat then he will be fine in the infant carrier.
Most baby seats will fit a child up until at least 12 months (often 15-18 months) so you will have a while yet. The shorter seatbelt won't be so much of an issue once he can face forward at 12+ months.
If he is only 5mths then he is far too young to be in a ff seat. Give the people at 'in car saftey centre' a ring (cant link now but google them). They are brilliant and may be able to sugest what would be best for you. It might be worth saving up and getting somthing like the Britax hiway or another ERF seat.
Which infant seat have you currently got? It doesn't matter that the head's nearly at the top, it's the weight and age that matter. IIRC they're ok length wise until the ears are over the top of the seat
In that case, given that Kiddicare have an excellent delivery service and stock most major makes, you have plenty of time to choose the best carseat for you.
With the best will in the world, and I know that you are excited about your DS growing, it will take less than a week to get the next one delivered to your door. You're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find he doesn't fit in his existing seat.
Moving up to the next size car seat is not a developmental milestone - for his safety, the longer you can leave him in the infant carrier, the better.
You can get Stage 0+1 seats that will face backwards til 13kg or so and then forwards - Kiddicare do some reclining ones that would work for a very young baby. Is it possible to get seatbelt extenders maybe?
I really think you need to find the time to get to somewhere who fits car seats. It's very important. Your DS should be at least 20lb AND a year old before turning him FF (it's to do with the neck bones being soft).
There are places which check the fit of the seat is good. Halfords should be able to advise. Do a google for Road Safety Team in your area. Or ask your local police.
The next stage car seat will be used for a couple of years so you won't have to do it often.