Have you noticed that being pregnant turns you into an expert researcher? If you’ve googled everything from pains in early pregnancy through to signs of imminent labour, you’re not alone!
Most mums-to-be also spend a fair bit of time researching baby purchases, and finding the perfect car seat is high on the priority list.
To help you out, we’ve hand picked some car seats to suit all budgets. Note the below list is based on the latest Child Restraint Evaluation Program (CREP) results. Read more about CREP at the end of this article.
1.BabyLove Snap’N Go
Consistently rated well by both parents and independent child safety restraint testing, the Baby Love Snap’N Go achieves 4 out of 5 stars for safety protections.
It also gets our vote for being one of the most versatile capsules when it comes to travel systems and is compatible with a large number of popular prams.
The ultimate travel system at an affordable price.
You can buy online with prices from $249.
REAR/FORWARD FACING STYLE (newborn- approx. 4 years)
2. Mother’s Choice Embrace Car Seat
The affordable and flexible Mother’s Choice Embrace car seat is perfect for those on a budget but not wanting to compromise on safety.
It is suitable from birth (rear facing) and able to be used until approximately 4 years of age (forward facing). It achieves a 4 out of 5 star safety rating from CREP.
You can buy online with prices from $189.
3. Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq
This seat not only gets points for safety (3 out of 5 stars on CREP testing), it also scores major points for its size.
Compaq by name and by nature, the Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq is ideal where you need to fit three seats across the back of the car. It really is a space saver at only 44cm wide.
It comes in a range of colours and is suitable from birth (rear facing) to approximately 4 years (forward facing).
You can buy online with prices from $419.
FORWARD FACING STYLE (forward facing approx. 6 months to 4 years & booster from approx. 4-8 years)
4. Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard PRO
The Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard Pro is the replacement for the extremely popular maxi guard.
While the Maxi Guard PRO is yet to be tested by CREP (it’s due later this year), the previous model rated 4 out of 5 stars so we predict it will do similarly.
One of the best features of the Maxi Guard Pro is the easy tilt and adjust height setting. No need to remove the seat from the car and rethread the straps as your child grows, just tilt, pull and it’s done! So convenient if you have different sized kids using the same seat.
You can buy online with prices from $439.99
5. Hipod Boston
You’ve got to celebrate when one of the most inexpensive car seats also rates as one of the safest!
The Hipod Boston is available exclusively at Target and achieves the highest possible result from CREP of 5 out of 5 stars in the booster category.
Available in three colours. You can buy online with prices from $99.
So there you have it, our picks for some of 2016’s highest safety rated car seats (source CREP).
How did you choose your child’s car seat? Have you been happy with it?
*Note:These seats were chosen based on CREP safety ratings. All car seats sold in Australia must pass minimum safety standards and be deemed safe before they are allowed to be sold to consumers. CREP is an independent child safety restraint testing organisation backed by the state and territory governments, it is not the organisation responsible for all seats meeting minimum safety requirements. Please rely on your own research on what is the best seat for you and your family.