Child car seat - which one?

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  1. t567wab

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    Anyone can recommend a car seat for 10 months old? I'm after 360 isofix car seat but the one I wanted to buy (maxi cosi axissfix i-size) isn't compatible with my car or van.
    Any other ideas appreciated.
     
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    I've always bought Kiddy car seats. Got 2 Phoenixfixs and 2 Cruiserfix. Very well made. Can't fault them. Not sure if they do one to the new standard but both had top marks in the independent Which? tests.

    https://www.kiddyuk.com/car-seats
     
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    Britax Duo - same as MB offer under their own name..
     
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    I like Britax idea but it has to be rear facing.
    Anyone uses Maxi Cosi 2way Pearl?
    What your thoughts?
     
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    As grand parents we often borrow the iso fix car seat from my sons car. It's a maxi cosi. Considering they are top of the market and expensive I'm not impressed by the quality and particularly not by how heavy they are. I don't think you are missing much by not being able to fit the maxi cosi.

    I thought their previous car seat, a Joie was much better.
     
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    What car have you got for it not to be compatible? I was going to suggest that as we have one of those in waiting for the latest edition (4 weeks old on Friday)

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    and we have 3 of the previous style which we feel is a better seat.

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    None of them compatible because of that hook at the back.
     
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    We recently bought the Cybex Sirona for our 18 month old daughter. There don't seem to be many rear facing Isofix seats that are suitable for our W204 C-class. The rear seats slope a lot and there's not a great deal of room behind the front seat. We visited a car seat specialist in Milton Keynes and the Sirona was the only one that had sufficient recline to compensate for the car's seat slope whilst being shallow enough to fit without compromising the front passenger seat position. It has the added advantage of being a swivel seat that makes getting the little one in and out considerably easier. It's not cheap but it's well made and our daughter loves it.
     
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    Wasn't sure about Cybex but will look into it. Thanks
     
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    You have to bear in mind the height of your little one as to what is best. Ours is just on the 50 percentile so the shallower format of the Cybex is fine, but a taller child may struggle a bit (despite what we hear about kids being perfectly happy with their legs up around their ears). There are also some questions about the Cybex restraint system if and when it's rotated to forward facing. Cybex say their system is the best, whilst others say that a standard belt system is safer. The jury still seems to be out on this one. My best advice is to try different seats out in your car(s); what's good for one car is rubbish for another. It's a minefield out there but of course you want what's best for the little one.
     
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    When our son was young , we had a Britax rear facing infant carrier which did until he was about a year old . That carrier snapped into a base and we had one permanently in each car . None of our cars have / had ISOFIX , but having looked into it , the only advantage seems to be simpler fitting and a PROPERLY FITTED belt mounting system is actually more secure .

    Once Harris was about one , we had Recaro Young Sport seats ( group 1-3 ) in each car and they did him until last year ; he now sits on a booster cushion in Jan's car and goes in the back seat of the R129 just wearing the 3 point belt I fitted in place of the original lap belt .

    Halfords generally stock a good range of seats and , depending on the staff in your local branch , will often let you try their display seats in your car ( they did with me anyway ) .

    It should be noted that from next month , backless booster cushions can no longer be sold , but existing ones can still be used .
     
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    Using Cybex sirona myself in both W204s.
    Great feature 360 swivel
    Does not use massive space and passenger front does not need to be put forward too much.
    Costly but well worth it. Sturdy build!
     
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    Hey like those, think we just found the replacement for our maxicosis
     
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    +1 for cybex sirona, expensive to buy financially but a real back saver! No more twisting trying to put the baby in the seat and putting the straps on leaving over all twisted!
    The magnetic buckle holder's are genius also!
     
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    For me, the fact that MB rebranded the Britax seats as their own sort of gave an approval for use in my 203 & 219...

    I never bought from MB as the 'same' seats were half the price from others, MotherCare in my experience.
     
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    Maxi cosy pearl or pebble. Can't remember which for that age group. They are isofix and also need An isofix base. Personally I don't like the ones that swivel. They ones I chose were on the "which ?" Recommended list when I purchased 5 years ago. Worthwhile checking if you have a subscription to which ? I purchased from John Lewis who usually price match.
     
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