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I am in the process of starting to look for a car seat for my 7 month old to move into in a few months as she's getting too long for her group 0 one. She's my first, no one else in the family with children drives so I am stuck. I think I've read every review going, I've looked at tons. I'm currently at at cross point with the Britax first class plus king in zebra, or the maxi cosi Tobi. My main specific requirements are: I want her rear facing as long as I can, a high seat.postition, a reasonable price, a non isofix seat.
My budget it around 150, happy to spend a bit more on the right one. (Present from her grandparents) Thank you for any help you can give, or any new ones I need to add or remove from the mould!
Both my kids had maxi cosi to I. I really liked the safety rating and the robustness of it. My oldest is very tall and the height can be adjusted slightly too to accommodate growth. Don't forget to check it will go in your car. Would defo recommend it.
Thank you ladies, managed to stop the tobi order, the britax arrives tommorow. I'm going to give that a go, the reviews seem good for what we need and I've got some aaccessories. Going to keep both seats in the car, do a test run tommorow (as have a mirror so I can see her) and DD can decide. If she feels she's not ready, I'm sure she will let me know. She's not a bit fan of the car
Sorry if you have been scared but yes best to get it looked at properly. Personally a good independant better than halfords. I fit seats for friends as I have lots of experience doing it but even I hate fitting the first class rearfacing (and Ive installed alot of ERF seats as well as FF seats) .
It can be a nightmare to get tight enough so that the bottom horn is solid and I hate how the seatbelt gets in the way of putting baby in.
Personally I would look at a proper ERF seat. Two way elite if on a budget or an axkid is my favourite ERF seat.
2nd getting a proper erf. The Britax first class is really annoying with the seatbelt restricting access and it wobbles quite a lot in some cars. My mum had it for my son and nephew in her car (fitted by my sister) & I wouldn't let my boy go in it. I chucked it and replaced with a two way elite. Rock solid and rf to 25kg - definitely a wiser investment in my book. Not my favourite erf seat but it can't be beaten for value for money and if on a budget it is infinitely favourable to a rf/ff where you need to turn your child forwards at 13 kg.
Personally I wouldn't go Britax. We had an SHR II and handle busy teice just find quality not as good as their reputation. I spen about 2 weeks researching (I'm bit obsessive!!!) and settled for the maxi cosi priory co think its called. Like it because not of bulky and also reclines back far good for naps. Plus my c max car doesn't have isofix so belt tensioner brilliant!
OP do you have a Group 0 or 0+ infant carrier? If it is the latter is the baby's head supported and are they under 13Kg. For a 7 month old I would suspect so. You say baby is getting too long for the seat. Do you mean the legs are sticking out the end of the seat and looking a little squished? I wouldn't worry about this and keep using the infant carrier for the time being and save up to get yourself a better ERF seat if that is what you want to do. As long as baby's head is supported and is not coming over the back of the seat and your baby is within the weight limit, I would keep using it, as it is the best option. Of course if your seat is a Group 0 (0-10Kg) disregard the above advice.