Car Seat Buying Guide

Buying a Car Seat Made Easy

Buying a car seat is one of the most important and considered purchases you will make when you enter parenthood. From the moment you leave the hospital you will need a car seat for your precious cargo, that way you'll be prepared to transport your baby safely–no matter where you go!

We don't want choosing a car seat to be a stressful experience so whether it's your first time or you're ready for an upgrade, Direct2Mum are here to help. So let's start this journey together...

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Choosing Your Car Seat Group

A good place to start is knowing which car seat is suitable for you child! Remember age is just a guideline and car seats are split into groups based on a child's weight with the exception of i-Size (but we'll get to that later). If a child is over or below the specific weight range it can prevent the car seat from effectively protecting your child. Children grow fast, so some car seats cover more than one weight group to grow alongside your child and potentially save you some pennies!

Group 0+

from birth to about 9 months

(0kg - 13kg)
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Group 0+ / 1

from birth to about 4 years

(0kg - 18kg)
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Group 1

from 9 months to about 4 years

(9kg - 18kg)
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Group 1 / 2 / 3

from 9 months to about 12 years

(15kg - 36kg)
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Group 2 / 3

from 3 years to about 12 years

(22kg - 36kg)
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measured by your child's height

new European Regulation
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Installation & Bases

We don't want fitting your car seat to be rocket science...

It's a great idea to practise putting your car seat in the car before you give birth, there is nothing more stressful than going to take your little one home for the first time and not knowing how to put the car seat in the car. Correct fitting of all car seats and boosters is crucial and not all car seats fit all cars, so if you are unsure you can always find a car seat fitting checklist from the manufacture. Always read the fitting instructions that will come with your car seat or labelled on the car seat.

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Your Lifestyle & Child's Needs

Your Lifestyle

Finding the right child car seat to transport one child in a single car is relatively easy – but finding one that will fit in with the whole family's lifestyle is more of a challenge.

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Child Needs

Safety is always the main focus of a car seat but as your child grows they will need different things from their car seat.

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Find your perfect car seat

Buying a new car seat for every stage would be a (very) expensive business, so thankfully there are combination or multi-group, car seats on the market. These car seats cover a range (but not all) of the Groups.

Select the features you wish your car seat to have

Select the group of car seat you wish to buy

Which car seat group is right for me?

Now finally tell us how much you would like to spend

Visit us in store for free Car Seat Fitting

Have our Car Seat Specialist fit your new car seat correctly and receive advice on the types of fittings.

We also offer our flexible payment plan in store, where you can pay for any purchase over £250 over 6 months.

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Your Questions Answered

Anything on your mind? Here is a list of our most frequently answered questions from mums, dads and grand-parents to be. If there is something else you would like to ask our sales or customer service team would be happy to help.

Yes, although it is safer for children to travel in the rear of the car. NEVER position a child on a passenger seat fitted with a front airbag. Airbags are designed to protect adults but can seriously injure or even kill a child.

Every car seat is different, but all of them have an expiration date and most car seats expire after 6 years from the date of manufacture. If you can't find an explicit expiration date printed anywhere on the seat, check the owner's manual. When in doubt, the easiest thing to do is to call the manufacturer and ask them.

Never buy a second hand car seat. Older seats will have wear and tear even if it is not visible, and a second-hand car seat may have been in a crash, even if you can't see any signs of it, and this will have weakened it. In certain car seat instruction manuals, it even states that if your car seat has been involved in a crash at a speed as low as 30mph, you should buy a new seat. Also a second hand car seat will be near the end of its life span so you would need to replace it anyway.

Baby should be positioned rearward-facing for as long as possible as rearward facing seats offer the best possible protection for a smaller baby. In the event of a frontal impact the rearward facing car seat supports your baby's head and neck. Use a rearward seat until your baby reaches the maximum weight limit for the car seat group and can sit up unaided.

Young children and newborn's should travel rear facing for as long as practically possible. It is safest to keep a baby in a Group 0+ seat until they reach 13kg, which is the upper weight limit for the seat. Even though the groups are broadly suggested for different age groups, you shouldn't go by age - it is the weight of the child that is most important when deciding what type of child restraint to use. So, use the car sear to the maximum weight before you move to the next group. As well as waiting until your baby has exceeded 13kg in weight, another way of checking if your baby has grown out of their group 0+ car seat is by placing your hand on top of the seat. If the top of your baby's head touches your palm, then it's time to move to the next stage.

ISOFIX is an international standard system that allows you to fit a car seat directly into a vehicle without using a seat belt. It provides a quick, easy and safe way of installing a child's chair. It anchors to the car so there is less chance of human error.

No, your vehicle is not unsafe if it does not have isofix it just means that you cannot install your car seat this way. If fitted with a car seat belt correctly, then your car seat will be safe. Ensure you have a lot of slack when putting the seat belt around the car seat and then pull tightly so that the belt has the correct tension.

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