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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.

Lie flat car seat options
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SLP88 · 23/10/2018 21:13

Hi all

I am looking for a car seat that can lie flat in the car for my little girl due in March.

I don't plan to have her in the car often but I might need to go a few younger journeys when she is still little so think a car seat with lie flat option would be best

I am looking at the Joie one and can't see much others

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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MrsA2015 · 23/10/2018 21:14

I didn’t know they even existed! Sorry can’t be of help OP!

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MaderiaCycle · 23/10/2018 21:16

We have / had the Jane one. It was great. Goes on the pram frame too.

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randomsabreuse · 23/10/2018 21:17

Joie have one. Britax flex base for Baby Safe Isize goes pretty flat too.

Struggling with sloping rear seats so need nearly flat to get sensible level of recline for day to day use!

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SLP88 · 24/10/2018 10:04

Thanks ladies

I will look those up 😊

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justanothersugar · 03/11/2018 15:09

We've had the kiddy evaluna I size which is low flat in the car too. It's been really good as we tend to do longer journeys

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justanothersugar · 03/11/2018 15:09

Sorry, lie flat not low flat - oops!!

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INeedNewShoes · 16/11/2018 13:05

I am very late to this thread but just want to say that I've been absolutely delighted with the Jane Matrix Light 2 which I bought when DD was born. We do long motorway journeys every 4–6 weeks and the peace of mind that DD was safe lying flat made these journeys easier.

The only thing I would say about the Matrix is that in the upright mode the recline isn't great so one we'd finished using the lie flat mode (DD is small so was still lying flat at 14m) I went on to buy an ERF to rear face up to 4.

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SLP88 · 19/11/2018 12:31

Thanks ladies.

@INeedNewShoes that's why i need one long as doing longer journeys every 2 months or so x

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teaandbiscuitsforme · 20/11/2018 06:55

Just be aware that the ones that are installed sideways can't offer the same level as protection in a crash as a rear facing infant carrier.

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Stuckforthefourthtime · 20/11/2018 07:09

Like a pp, wanted to say that the rear facing non flat ones have higher safety ratings. Is there a specific reason you want lie-flat?

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SLP88 · 20/11/2018 07:59

Yes we need lie flat for when doing longer journeys to visit family ect

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INeedNewShoes · 20/11/2018 10:46

I believe that the stats were that in 2015 fifteen babies died from asphyxiation from being in a traditional infant carrier for too long which was higher than the number of babies under a year killed in collisions.

It's an issue which has not had enough press.

Having said that, I would like more research into how lie flats behave on impact. The Which? testing painted a pretty good picture of the Matrix.

The Kiddy lie flat is also a rear facing seat so that probably wins on all counts?

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OneAndDoneForNow · 20/11/2018 10:57

The kiddy evolunafix is a good choice as it only takes up one seat and has some of the highest safety ratings on the market.

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olympicsrock · 20/11/2018 10:58

Just a word of caution. Many babies don’t like being flat. DS2 had reflux and hated even a regular car seat as he preferred to be upright. I had to do long journeys with mine when they were little. Ds1 was fine in a standard rear facing seat . DS2 cried in the same seat every time after 2 mins and was inconsolable flat in Moses basket or bed. It is really common!

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teaandbiscuitsforme · 20/11/2018 12:47

Which doesn't test car seat safety, they use the ADAC testing and then add their own opinion on things like fabric.

With regards to the number who die in a crash, that's hugely reduced by the fact that most babies are transported in safe infant carriers. Physics tells us that travelling sideways in a car can not be as safe as travelling rear facing.

My youngest was born in the EU and we were constantly travelling back to the U.K. You have to take breaks regularly anyway so I'd rather choose the car seat that fits in my car the best in order to ensure the safest position.

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WhatIGoToSchool4 · 23/11/2018 05:08

I had the Jane Matrix light 2 (nothing light anout it!)
My babies both seemed to love it and I love my other Jane products (pushchair etc) but I could not recommend the Matrix as it drove me mad each and every day with its stupid twisty straps.

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