Choosing Your Car Seat Group
Buying a Car Seat Made Easy
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!Shop Car Seats
Birth - 15 Months
0kg - 13kg
Always Rear Facing
Includes a carry handle
Often compatible with travel systems
Has high sides and a deep seat
About Group 0+ Car Seats
The first car seat you will buy! bucket-style seats are the most commonly used for newborn's. They include a carry handle and can be used as part of a baby travel system.
Used from birth, a group 0+ car seat is the most important purchase you make as you cannot leave the labour ward without one, especially if you plan to travel by car.
Also known as an infant carrier, they're lightweight, portable and are used in a rear facing position with either a belt or a base unit.
Using a base unit will allow for a safer and easier installation in your car as well as added convenience and an easy, smoother removal from the car (a feature us parents love).
Infant carriers have a bucket styled seat and a carry handle so it can also be used outside the car to transport your little one and with the correct pushchair and adaptors can form a practical travel system.
A baby has grown out of an infant carrier when their head reaches the top of the seat. Don't worry if you little one has longer legs it's the head you need to focus on. Babies are secured with a 3-point harness or 5-point harness in an infant carrier, the harness should be level or just below baby's shoulders.
Please Remember babies should not spend longer than 2 hours max. in an infant carrier at one time.Show Less
Group 0+ / 1
Birth - 4 Years
0kg - 18kg
Birth - 4 Years
Rear and Forward Facing
Secured using a 5 point harness
Most seats will recline
About Group 0+ / 1 Car Seats
Also known as a combination car seat. These seats are versatile and can be uses rear-facing and changed to forward-facing when baby is older.
A Group 0+ & 1 car seat is also known as a combination car seat - a great long term purchase as it involves 2 weight groups. Much bulkier and more padding than an infant carrier but still suitable from birth and can be used all the way to 4 years old!
The first group just like an infant carrier is used in a rear facing position until baby is 10 to 13kg and some newer models offer extended rearward travel up to 18kg (4 years old). These car seats can be moved to the forward facing group 1 position when baby reaches 10/13kg and can sit unaided.
It is better to choose a model that allows baby to travel in the rear facing position for as long as possible as it offers better protection for baby's head, neck and spine. These car seats can be fitted with either a car seat belt or isofix system. Unlike an infant carrier, these car seats do not have a carry handle or be used as part of a travel system.
But these car seats are great if you are not planning on removing the seat from the car and if you want to save money with in the first couple of years as it will not need replacing until your child reaches nursery age!
9 Months - 4 Years
9kg - 18kg
Isofix options available
Padded integral harness and chest pads
Often includes recline options
About Group 1 Car Seats
Shell-shaped group 1 seats used to all be forward-facing. Many of the forward facing car seats have adjustable recline positions, adjustable head rests and are compatible with ISOFIX bases.
When your little one is not so little anymore and outgrown their infant carrier they can move on up to a group 1 car seat ! Choosing your Group 1 car seat is a big decision, because it will actually be the seat that your child uses for the longest time and is a seat that has to accommodate a huge amount of growth and developmental changes in your little one, from tiny tot to big kid.
Suitable from 9 months to 4 years, group 1 car seats are usually shell shaped with deep sides and head support for impact protection, and comfy recline options because sleepy tots like to nap a lot.
Group 1 car seats are available with either a 5-point safety harness or impact shield/safety cushion. Most models are forward-facing, although newer i-Size models keep your child in the safer rear-facing position for longer.
Group 1 / 2 / 3
9 Months - 12 Years
9kg - 36kg
Includes an adjustable headrest
Harness adjusts and is often removable
Seat covers are washable
Often includes a recline option
About Group 1/2/3 Car Seats
These high-backed booster seats use a harness to secure children until they are 15kg, after which they can safely be secured in the booster with just the car's seatbelt.
This forward facing high back booster with harness will take your child from 9 months all the way to 12 years old! It is perfect if you don't want to upgrade every time your child reaches a weight limit but it is also ideal as a car seat for Grandma & Grandad's car or a Child-Minder.
Starting off with a 5-point harness for tots, these seats easily adapts as your child grows, converting to a high back booster seat – ideal for older children until they can safely use an adult seatbelt.
A high back booster seat will give a better level of side impact protection in the event of an accident, and the height adjustment ensures that the seatbelt is fitted correctly over your child. The headrests on a high back booster seat will also help to keep the child safely in the seat if they do fall asleep, for some extra peace of mind!
Kids no longer need to use a car seat when they're 12 years old or 135cm tall or whichever comes first!
Group 2 / 3
4 Years - 12 Years
18kg - 36kg
Includes an adjustable backrest
Includes padded arm rests
Isofix options are available
Includes seat belt guides
About Group 2/3 Car Seats
These can be either a high-backed booster seat or a booster seat without a back. On some seats, the back can be removed once your child has reached 22kg.
A new safety standard will see these car seats becoming more popular! They are also known as 'high back boosters' but they still meet the law and keep your child safe when travelling in the car as they support the head and upper body area which is still so important for a bigger child.
The installation for these seats varies between isofix and the 3-point seatbelt. This group of car seats will be the final purchase seeing your child through from 4 years old to big kid 12!
Measured by height
New European Regulation
Improved protection at higher forces
Rearward facing travel until 15 months
Will fit all Isofix cars
Uses length and not age or weight
About I-Size Car Seats
i-Size is the new European wide, standard regulation (R129 ) for child car seats, R129 was developed using the very latest research into child safety in cars and is therefore the future of car seat safety legislation, but will continue to run side-by-side with ECE R44/04 in the years to come. I-Size focuses on child's height instead of weight making it easier to choose the right car seat.
A baby will travel rearward facing (the safest way to travel) for longer - up to 105cm or approx. 4 years old. Length classification instead of weight classification makes it easier to choose the correct car seat for your child, similar to choosing clothing sizes.
You can only install i-Size with an IsoFix system, a much safer and secure way of installation a car seat as there's little room for human error. i-Size car seats will fit almost all IsoFix cars.
In addition to incorrect car seat selection and installation, many parents can move their baby to the next stage of car seat too soon because:
- They appear to have outgrown the car seat as their feet stick out of the seat shell.
- The current law (ECE R44/04) allows a baby to move to a forward facing Group 1 car seat at 9kg.
However, it is very important for a new born baby to remain rearward-facing for as long as possible. When a baby is born, their neck is not yet strong enough to support their heavy head. If a baby travels in the car facing forwards, their relatively heavy head is unrestrained and in a collision their head will be thrown forward. This can cause serious neck and head injuries. Rear facing car seats protect the head and spread the impact over a greater area protecting the neck, head and vital organs.