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Essential Edit: What Car Seat should I buy?

The Essential Edit – Infant Carriers

Many of you are expecting your first bundle of joy and we know that means you can do with all advice you can get.  Under normal circumstances, you might visit one of our stores to carry out research and talk to our experts but as that can’t happen right now, we’ve created a series of ‘Essential Edits’ to help you prepare for your new arrival.

Every new baby needs a car seat by law in Ireland and it is required by all children up to the height of 1.5 meters who travel by car.

Car seats are classified into groups, and the one you’ll need for your newborn is Group 0, or an infant carrier.  There’s lots more info about the car seat lingo and you can find the most common car seat safety questions answered here, that might be helpful. 


What one should I buy?

We’ll go through some of our best-selling options and try and help you decide on which one might suit you and your lifestyle best…

Maxi Cosi CabrioFix

One of the most popular seats on the market is the Maxi Cosi CabrioFix. It is suitable from birth up to 15kg.  The CabrioFix can be installed using the car’s seatbelt but is recommended for use with the Maxi-Cosi Easyfix Base or Familyfix Base offering a secure and rigid connection to the vehicle seat and hassle free click-and-go installation. The CabrioFix is an excellent choice for safety and comfort thanks to the side protection system and padded head support.

Why should I choose this one?

The Cabriofix is a global bestseller and therefore most pushchair manufacturers will ensure their products are compatible with the use of adapters. The ease of use when fitting it into your car when using the Easyfix Base ensures that your little one will be traveling safely.

The Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus i-Size

The Pebble Pro i-Size complies with the latest car seat safety regulation known as i-Size (R129) and is recommended for use with the Familyfix3 Base offering a secure and rigid connection to the vehicle seat and easy click-and-go installation but can also be installed using the car’s seat belt. The included baby-hugg inlay offers a better fit and lying position for your newborn, for optimal comfort and the impact-absorbing material in the top side wings provides enhanced safety in the case of a side-impact collision.

Similar to the Cabriofix the Pebble Plus is compatible with most pushchair models. Plus, as part of the 3wayFamily, the Pebble Plus can be used in combination with the Pearl Pro i-Size toddler car seat and Familyfix3 Base for i-Size safety and click-and-go installation right from birth.

The Uppababy Mesa i-size

This is another popular car seat and is suitable from 40cm–78cm, less than 13 kg. To ensure better head, neck and overall protection, Mesa i-Size incorporates the first-ever side impact testing standards. Mesa i-Size headrest utilises the absorption and recovery properties of both memory and EPP foam to provide advanced side impact protection.

Mesa i-Sizes’s adjustable headrest integrated with a unique no-rethread, three-point harness eliminates the need to take the system apart as baby grows, providing a perfect fit to keep your infant safe and secure.

It has an extra-large integrated, extendable canopy that provides more protection outside and conveniently tucks away when not in use, and it has a UPF 25+.

Why should I choose this one?

If you are planning on buying a travel system from the Uppababy range then this car seat does not require any additional adapters and will slot directly onto the  Vista V2 and Cruz travel systems (see our travel system Essential Edit here). You can also get the same colour car seat and pushchair for those of you that like to co-ordinate!


The Silver Cross Dream I-Size

This is new to the Silver Cross range, Dream i-Size is suitable from 40 to 85cm (birth to 13kg). From their first journey home your baby will be cushioned in comfort, surrounded by the softest natural bamboo fabrics. The Dream offers the best in safety, comfort, and ease of use both in the car and on your Silver Cross pram. The Dream can be installed in the car with the adult seat belt or used with the Dream i-Size base.  

Why should I choose this one?

The Dream can be used with the Silver Cross range of prams to create a travel system.There are also car seats that are suitable from birth until your child is older these are called combination seats (Group 0+/1). These seats are more expensive than infant carriers, but you will get longer out of these seats as most will go up to approximately four years of age.  A good example of one of these seats is the Joie Spin 360.

The Joie Spin 360

Highly focused on safety, versatility and comfort, Joie's Spin 360 group 0+/1 car seat will make traveling easier and more enjoyable for you and your little one.

The Spin 360 rotates in all directions at the simple touch of a button for effortless harnessing and transitioning from rearward-facing to forward-facing positioning. From birth to up to 9kgs, the seat is suitable for forward-facing travel, converting to rearward-facing up to 18kgs (approximately four years).

It comes with full side impact protection and a five-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers, which can be easily tightened with just one motion. Plus, featuring the internationally standardised car seat fitting system ISOFIX, the Spin 360 can be installed very quickly and very securely in your car.

Why should I choose this one?

The seat is rearward-facing and will last until your child is 18kg. Rearward-facing car seats are proven to be the safest way for your little one to travel. Another brilliant feature is the rotating seat unit which will save your back when lifting your child in and out of the car.


Something Different…


The Doona™ infant car seat is the world’s first complete and fully integrated travel system, allowing you to move from car seat to stroller in seconds.

It is the only car seat to have been tested and certified as an infant car seat, a stroller and an infant carrier providing overarching safety for your child in all circumstances.  With its unique three-layer side impact protection, anti-rebound bar crash technology, superior five-point safety harness, and ergonomic infant insert, the Doona™ car seat is one of the safest car seats available today.

Why should I choose this one?

This is ideal if you travel a lot!

Something new.

Brand new to the market is the Maxi Cosi Coral. The innovative modular design combines the highest safety standard with an advanced and easily detachable lightweight soft carrier.

This is brand new to the Maxi Cosi family it features amazing technology where you can lift the insert entirely out of the car seat shell meaning you don’t disturb your sleeping baby….

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