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Group 1-2-3 carseat recommendation for tall 2-year-old?(6 Posts)
We are moving to the UK from the US and need a carseat for a tall 2-year-old. She has always been tall and she is now 97 cm tall and just shy of 15 kg. It will be installed in one car (BMW 520d) and we won't need to move it often, if ever. DC won't be in the car on a daily basis so we don't need all the bells and whistles, but we will be doing occasional road trips of up to 6 hours, so I want it to be reasonably comfortable. Of course, safety is the top priority. I'm having a hard time finding consistent online ratings and I would be grateful for any recommendations.
We have a Britax Evolva 1-2-3 which has suited my tall 5yr old since she was 2/3, the head rest adjusts in height.
We also do quite frequent road journeys so having a really good head support and comfortable seat is essential as she will often fall asleep if we are travelling back at night.
Rear facing I'd go for britax two way elite. Forward facing is second the evolva.
I have a Kiddy Guardian Pro - you use it with an impact shield until 18kg and then it's a HBB - it seems very comfy and well protected and also reclines which is useful as our 5yo still falls asleep often.
I have the same problem, tall 2-year old that I want to keep as safe as possible (i.e rear-facing), so I emailed those guys for advice, as in Scandinavia, kids are rear.facing until they are 4-5:
Besafe seats will work up to 105 cm, except for the new Izi Plus, which is up to 110. Izi Plus is a very nice seat and 2015 test winner in Sweden, but it's a big seat though and takes up a lot of space in the car.
Their recommended ERF tall seats are Axkid Minikid or Rekid, Britax Two-Way or Britax Multi Tech, which all should last up to 125 cm.
Rekid is the same as Minikid, but isofix and therefore also takes some more space. So in the end they recommended the Minikid for me - currently waiting for delivery. If you want one that works both rear and forward facing, then Axkid has also Duofix and Kidzone
Do you need to buy it before you arrive? There are some really good specialist car seat sellers that will help you choose and check they fit in your car - my experience is that what fits one car doesn't necessarily work at all well in another, and each time I've bought one I've come away with something quite different than I was expecting.
We have the Kiddy Guardian pro (forward-facing) for our tall almost-2 year old which is brilliant. Very easy to move in and out of the car and he loves it. Did have the Britax Elite for our eldest (also tall) but that is more difficult to fit - and in our car only worked rearward and was wobbly when we turned it forward
If you can wait and buy here, I recommend you search for local sellers of extended rearward facing seats as they are normally really clued up and well-trained, so you can use it as a quality-check. They usually will sell forward-facing too so you can make an appointment then try out some seats and see what is right for you.
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