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Had anyone used their carrycot as car seat?

(11 Posts)
ButtercupWafflehead Tue 22-Sep-09 11:54:07

Hi there, we have a carrycot that fits onto our pushchair chassis that says it can be fixed in the car for travel.

My question is, is this as safe as a proper moulded carseat? It looks less supportive, but I suppose has the advantage of being perfectly flat. Had anyone used their carrycot in this way? Could we get away with not having a proper carseat, or is it more of an occasional thing?


sazm Tue 22-Sep-09 12:55:02

it is legal to use it in the car,and it is safety approved for use in the car,
but they are not as safe as a proper rearfacing car seats,
some people like them if they travel long distances as you can have baby in them for longer,whereas with a normal carseat you shouldnt have a small baby in it for over a couple of hours.
personally i wouldnt use one in the car,watch some of the crash tests on you tube for an idea of the difference in safety,

kellyatbabyguds Tue 22-Sep-09 13:23:08

The only one I would personally use is the Baby Safe Sleeper by Britax. It’s supposed to be the safest seat on the market for a newborn as it keeps baby flat, has a 3 point harness and also creates a roll cage effect in the event of an accident.

sazm Tue 22-Sep-09 13:36:55

i thought the safest seat for a newborn was a maxi-cosi cabrio with iso-fix base?

kellyatbabyguds Tue 22-Sep-09 14:11:00

In the which reports the Baby Safe Sleeper had 5 star ratings for both front and side crash protection. It just beat the Maxi cosi cabrio fix and isofix base by the side impact ratings by 1 star.

castille Tue 22-Sep-09 14:15:31

My French SIL used her carrycot (obv with the tummy strap), but strangely in France they are considered to be perfectly safe, whereas in the UK they aren't particularly recommended for car travel.

Work that out!

sazm Tue 22-Sep-09 16:06:29

ooh, everything i read always said that the maxi-cosi was the best,

kellyatbabyguds Tue 22-Sep-09 16:59:51

The maxi cosi comes out top because the ease of use lets the baby safe sleeper down but on safety ratings the Baby safe sleeper is 5 star in all areas. I have found its not the easiest to learn to fit but after a few goes practice makes perfect!

ButtercupWafflehead Tue 22-Sep-09 19:44:34

Thanks all, so consensus is unless you have the Britax, then go for the usual carseat arrangement - will go and research which one fits our pushchair! Thanks.

movingnow Tue 22-Sep-09 19:48:29

Yes (7 years ago), I had a Bebecomfort one (probably like castile's SIL) and went to great lengths to get the car fixings. In reality I only used it on a few local trips, mainly as the waist strap was in the wrong place for ds IYSWIM. It was rather too close to his neck for my comfort!

MrsMagnolia Wed 23-Sep-09 14:29:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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