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Confused about car seat regulations? Read our reviews of baby car seats, toddler car seats and booster seats to find out which ones are worth investing in.

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HBB with Isofix that reclines
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LittleBoyBlues · 22/03/2017 13:47

Is there such a thing that doesn't cost the earth? I want DS to be able to sleep comfortably on long journeys and DH is insistent it has to have isofix.
Obviously also best safety rating possible. Any suggestions?
Also I'm wondering if some seats are easier to get kids strapped in, space is tight and I'm short so getting around to the seat belt socket is tough - are some better than others or is it just a faff every time?
TIA

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AmieMumsnet · 31/03/2017 16:23

Hi Little,

I'm the Reviews Editor here at Mumsnet and noticed your queries had gone unanswered.

The majority of highback booster seats are £150+. But if you're looking for a highback booster at a lower price point, a lot of Mumsnetters recommend the Recaro Monza Nova 2 Seatfix. It's £135 at John Lewis and uses Isofix. It also has some nice extra features, such as an MP3 pocket on the side with an input cable and speakers in the headrest.

The Joie Trillo or Joie Trillo LX come in at between £50 and £80 depending where you buy them. These two seats don't use traditional Isofix, but instead use Joie's custom ISOSAFE connectors, which attaches to your car's Isofix bars.

Meanwhile, Cybex seats (such as the Solution Q3-Fix at £190) are pricey, but include a headrest that reclines.

All these car seat options will last your child from 15kg / age 4 until they're 36kg / age 12 (approx 150cm).

With regards to easy seat belt clipping, some Mumsnetters report the mifold booster seat is great. It's suitable from age 4-12 and works by pulling the seat belt down to the child's height, as opposed to bringing the child up to fit the belt (as traditional boosters and highback boosters do). Because it's the size of an iPad (yes, really) it's also easier to fit multiple boosters in the back of a car if you have multiple children. Mumsnetters say it's very easy to use - children are able to clip the belt themselves, provided you're happy for them to do so. However, the mifold is not a high back booster, so it has no side impact protection and it doesn't use Isofix. It could be a good option for when you're travelling, or as a spare to keep in the grandparents' cars though. The mifold comes in at £50.

We know that car seats can be a bit of a minefield, so if you're still feeling lost, we'd recommend popping into a store like Mothercare or John Lewis who can talk you through the different options and even check which seats are compatible with your car. Good luck!

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LittleBoyBlues · 08/05/2017 09:18

Thank you so much Amie, thought this had gone unanswered so was delighted when I checked back in to see your really helpful advise.

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AmieMumsnet · 08/05/2017 09:43

No problem at all Little. Happy to help!

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Tiggywunkle · 09/05/2017 15:33

There aren't many HBB's which recline, but the Rodifix does, and if your child is under 25kg then the Cozy n Safe Excalibur reclines too when used with the harness. The Rodifix is narrow, and quite flat, so is easy to strap a child into.

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