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Need a group 1 car seat that rear faces, but I don't have isofix!

(14 Posts)
CraftyPenguin Sat 20-Feb-16 16:54:27

At the moment we have a belted base (like an isofix but done through the seat belt) car seat for dd who is 6 months. She weighs 18lbs and she's real starting to outgrow her car seat.

We're looking into suitable ones so we can get an idea of price. We really, really want her rear facing for as long as possible, but I'm just stumped by the choice. Most rear facing car seats say by 9kg the seat changes to forward facing. Ones that offer extended rear facing need to be used with an isofix, which our car doesn't have.

So what are our options? I thought there was a new law meaning babies needed to be rear facing until 15 months. Her car seat is meant to last until 15 months but her head is nearly touching the top.

When we were picking this car seat, we did try the Joie stages in our car, but the seat belt was about 3 inches too short for it to fit. Any ideas?

comeagainforbigfudge Sat 20-Feb-16 17:31:29

Britax first class plus. Was only belted carseat that would fit in my car sad.

ImMeMe Sat 20-Feb-16 17:35:28

We have an Axkid minikid belted up to 25 kg.

Pico2 Sat 20-Feb-16 17:46:57

We have the Britax two way elite. But if you call the In Car Safety Centre, they are experts and can advise you on what would fit your car.

PennyHasNoSurname Sat 20-Feb-16 17:49:52

Britax two way elite here too - excellent seat. Suitable from 9m though.

Six months is incredibly soon to outgrow the infant seat - are all the newborn inserts out and is she dressed in thin layers? Her feet touching the cars seat doesnt idicate too big, but scalp over the back of the carseat does.

PennyHasNoSurname Sat 20-Feb-16 17:51:04

Does the back of her seat extend? We had a Recaro and didnt realise we could pull the seatback up further which gave us am extra few.months.

Similarly she may well grow more in the legs than the torso for the next six months so may well last.

CraftyPenguin Sat 20-Feb-16 18:21:59

She still fits it at the moment, it's just her head is only an inch or 2 from the top. We are completely skint and we need to move in the very near future too, so we're just trying to budget for the future. So I wouldn't be buying it right now, but in the next 2 months maybe.

I'm also a bit unhappy with the seat we have at the moment as I don't think the set up is 100% safe tbh. Another reason I'm looking at moving up in the near future.

Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I will call the car safety centre smile

Pico2 Sat 20-Feb-16 18:41:01

Bear in mind that she'd have to grow about 4 inches to grow 2 inches in the body and outgrow your current seat. Many people move babies up to the next stage before it's actually necessary.

Pico2 Sat 20-Feb-16 18:41:55

Sorry - I missed the bit about not feeling your current set up is safe.

Jesabel Sat 20-Feb-16 18:49:00

We have a Hauck Varioguard that chunky almost 2yo DS is comfortably rear facing in. It has a belted base and I think rear faces to 13kg and forward faces to 18kg (also rear faces to 18kg if you have isofix).

captaincake Sat 20-Feb-16 18:59:23

I'm looking at the britax multi tech 2. If money is a huge problem have you looked at the joie steadi or tilt?

imwithspud Sat 20-Feb-16 19:23:40

Joie have a couple of rear facing options available now. I noticed the Joie Steadi, was only about £100 in Mothercare and rear faces till 18kg, it's belt fitted too. It's one we are considering either for our car and/or grandparents cars.

Also check out the in car safety centre website, they have lots of different options on there and it's marked clearly as to which ones are isofix and which ones are belted.

captaincake Sat 20-Feb-16 20:16:25

I have the steadi for grandma/holiday cars. It was £86 including delivery i think.

ILoveMyMonkey Sat 20-Feb-16 20:32:51

We had isofix restrospectively fitted in our car for £75 at a ford garage could this be an option for you?

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