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Which car seat?

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Kelliem Thu 20-Nov-14 17:55:54

In short, DD3.3, v tall (about 105) and just over 18kg in weight - need a new car seat. Went to mothercare and apparently the stage 3 ones can only be used with the harness until
18kg, once child is over 18kg should use car seat belt. I would prefer DD to be in a harness as she is only 3 (don't know if I am being pfb here) and I am bothered about her learning to unlock the seatbelt. They said there was only one that would fit the bill - a new Britax one? But it was £220?!!(we need to buy two!) also if can only be used with isofix (I don't have this in my car) - help/suggestions would be ace.

addictedtosugar Thu 20-Nov-14 20:39:19

AFAIK, with the exception of some special needs seats, nearly all harnesses are rated to 18kg. After that, it is seatbelts, as per Mothercare have mentioned.

My 5 yr old struggles to get to the seatbelt catch. The bigger the side impact cushions, the harder it will be.

I think any harness choice will be limited, and very expensive.

AliceMum09 Thu 20-Nov-14 20:57:25

Yep, you have no choice but to use a high backed booster and secure your DD with the seatbelt. Unless you want the Britax Advansafix.

It makes me a bit cross that Britax won't do more to promote their rear facing seats, especially the ones that are fitted with the seatbelt and can be used with a 5-point harness up to 25kgs. If it was the 'norm' to rear face here until at least 4 years old (as it is in Sweden) we wouldn't have the problem of 3 and even 2 year olds having to sit on booster seats. Not wanting to alarm anybody, but a child's skeleton isn't really developed enough to be properly and safely restrained by a seatbelt until they are at least 4 years old, regardless of weight. (I will link to this info in a separate post, I'm using an iPad and if I leave this page now to find the info it will lose all this reply that I have just typed!)

AliceMum09 Thu 20-Nov-14 21:11:23

This is the info I read about using a booster seat too soon

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