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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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polkadotdelight · 04/11/2017 10:10

DS is rear facing in an axkid minikid in our car and a maxicosi axissfix in grandparents car. We initially bought the axissfix for our car mistakenly thinking it would rear face until 4. At age 3 he has outgrown it and I need to buy something else for their car. It is going to need to be forward facing due to space issues in that car, I'd like a 5 point harness for as long as possible and a good weight limit. The joie stages looks like a good option as it converts to a high backed booster later on but are there any others that I should be considering? I'm a bit bamboozled now!

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Misty9 · 04/11/2017 10:15

What about the britax two way elite? I think it’s pretty space saving in erf mode and can be ff too. We’ve got the recaro young sport which is a hbb but was harnessed first. It has great side protection and I’d recommend it.

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Orangebird69 · 04/11/2017 10:19

The Joie Every Stage is fab. It lasts until they no longer need any kind of car seat (12yo/145cm ish)

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polkadotdelight · 04/11/2017 11:20

Thanks both. I've reweighed him and he is 16kg not 18 but is still getting close to that 18kg cut off for 5 point harnesses. I looked at the Britax which has an 18kg harness limit but the Joie is misleading - their video shows a 5-6 year old in a 5 point but the write up implies otherwise. I've asked on their facebook page. He is quite tall etc for his age.

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Misty9 · 04/11/2017 11:30

Yes, once they’re 18kg they are safer in a seat belted hbb than a 5 point harness apparently. We had ds in the harness until he was 4.5yo but he’s a skinny thing. Tbh it was more about when I could trust him not to muck about with a seatbelt that decided it for me! With his height and weight as you describe, I’d go for a hbb with harness option

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Babytalkobsession · 04/11/2017 11:47

If you want forward facing with harness past 18kg there's the Joie Bold or Cosy n Safe Excalibur.

Both harness to 25kg but require a top tether to anchor the seat.

They can go into a hbb at 18kg but if they're younger than 4 years old is worry about sitting correctly - an adult seat belt only works if they sit nicely.

If you do go hbb have a look at Britax kid fix ii - the one with the crotch bit. This helps hold the seat belt correctly

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Joel89 · 08/11/2017 15:38

Joie Stages is fantastic. It was perfect for our little one - definitely would recommend

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