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Best Baby Car Seats

Updated on October 30, 2010

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Baby Safety

We cannot wrap our children in Bubble wrap or keep them locked up in a padded room to protect them from the dangers inside and outside of the home but we can take precautions that will help to protect them from everyday dangers that children dont understand.

Prepaing your home for a new baby means a few small changes to ensure that your baby will be safe and secure, a stair gate to prevent your little blessing getting access to stairs and then falling down them, little covers that you put over electical sockets to prevent exploring fingers from serious harm. or corner protectors for tables and other furnature to prevent serious cuts if the baby falls onto them when taking their first steps.

A Baby is vulnerable to many potential accidents around the home and as the get a little bit older and more confident they begin to explore their surroundings a bit more and they potentially expose themselves to other threats because they simply haven't learned what is dangerous and what is not.


Baby Car Seats

As well as ensuring the safety of your child in the home it is also important to ensure that your baby is safe when you are out in the car.

Baby car seats come in all shapes and sizes and chosing the right seat for your baby and for your car is paramount. the safety of your baby comes first and money should not be an issue when chosing a safe car seat.

There are 2 types of Car seats for baby, the standard which is fastened into the car using the cars seatbelt. and the International Standards Organisation Fix or ISOFIX for short which is a way to hold the baby seat in place without using the seatbelt they are fitted to ISOFIX points in your car giving the car seat a more rigid base to sit on.

(not all cars have ISOFIX points and there are different versions of ISOFIX so when choosing a car seat you must ensure that 1) your car has ISOFIX points built into the seat and 2) you buy the correct seat for the version of ISOFIX that is in your car).

Although both Standard and ISOFIX car seats are easy to install having them professionally fitted for a small charge can give you that extra peace of mind.


To Install the Maxi-Cosi in your car you can either use the cars seatbelt or buy the Isofix easy base.

The Maxi-Cosi has high sides which offers extra protection from side impact.

It has a 3 point harness that is very easy to adjust and helps to hold baby securely in place.

you can also purchase special adaptors for the Maxi-Cosi which can be used with a host od Stroller Chassis which makes this car seat the perfect all round travel system for your baby.

the only disadvantage with the Maxi-Cosi is that the seat cover is not machine washable.

Weight 3.25 kg

Group 0+ meaning that the seat can be used from birth till around 9 months.

Britax Baby-Safe

The Britax Baby-Safe, can also be either fitted with the seatbelts in your car or with the option to use an Isofix base.

The Britax Baby-Safe has a deep seat and is a well padded seat with high sides for side impact protection.

the 5 point safety harness can be easily adjusted using one hand and it is an easy seat to fit into your car.

The Britax Baby-Safe comes with a removable cover that you can clean in the washing machine.

This car seat has a curved base which means that out of the car it can be used as a baby rocker.

Weight 3.9 kg

Group 0+ birth to 18 months.

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat

The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat comes with a 5-point harness to keep your child secure. The adjustable straps keep pace with your child's growth from 20-65 lbs.

When your child reaches 30-100 lbs. and her shoulders are above the top of the shoulder straps for the built-in harness, the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat converts to a high-back booster seat. As a booster seat, use your car's seat belt system to secure your child in the seat. Open-loop belt guides help you correctly position your vehicle's seat belt.

When your child reaches 40-100 lbs. and her ears are still below the top of the vehicle seat/headrest, the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat converts to a backless booster seat. Just as with the high-back mode, use your car's seat belt system to secure your child in the seat

The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat features an adjustable headrest and 3-position recline to keep your child comfy even as she grows. Plush upholstery helps keep your child comfortable on long trips, while EPS energy-absorbing foam provides effective energy impact management for all the little bumps along the way.

The Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Car Seat comes with its own cup holder, so your child's drink is always close at hand. Storage compartments in the armrests give you extra storage space for things your child might need while you're driving.

Group 0+123 f rom birth to 10 years old


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    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Anyone knows if Graco nautilus 3-in-1 support isofix?

    • CarSeatReviews profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub on baby safety. you have good info on various products that promote safety for our kids. keep it up!!

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      Robin Edmondson 

      9 years ago from San Francisco

      Hi Jimmy! We actually have two of the carseats that you recommend: the Britax Boulevard and the Graco 3 in 1. They both are great carseats! I like the Boulevard because it is the same size as the Roundabout. The Britax Marathon is really big; you can have larger children in it, but it takes up a lot of room in the back seat. We had the Marathon when Georgia, our oldest, was born. Now that we have three across the backseat, the narrow carseat is better. Thanks for the review!

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      Free Baby Coupons 

      9 years ago

      Our family love Graco too, it is definitely worth its price.

      Safety is so important when you have kids. Thank you for this great hub!

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      9 years ago

      I was in a wreck 2 years ago with a cheap walmart car seat.Thank God my son was okay.When i purchased the new car seat I purchased a Graco nautilus 3 in 1 and absolutely love it.It has a head rest that surrounds your child's head for sudden impact during a wreck.It also has a 5 point harness with 65 pound weight limit instead of 40 and a booster with a back up to 100 pounds.The back of the car seat has aluminum rails for its durability (on the back where the seat belt buckle goes through )most are made of all plastic.I wouldn't go with any other car seat except the graco nautilus it is the sturdiest one I've found and makes me feel safe for my son...:)

    • cbris52 profile image


      9 years ago

      I went with a Graco! Very nice information for expecting mothers and fathers!

    • couponalbum profile image


      9 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      Really nice hub and great info!

    • belliott profile image


      9 years ago

      I know what sheila b is talking about. I think it is wonderful, the great improvements made in car safety for babies and children.

      I often wonder why school buses do not have seat belts.

      Great information. Thanks.

    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      great Info

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      9 years ago

      When my children were babies, we had plastic car beds, with aluminum frames, and we placed them on the back seat. Then, when they were old enough to sit up, we used a flimsy car seat placed in the middle of the front bench seat. One day a big tractor trailer truck pulled out of a gas station right into me - the driver was blinded by the sun and simply didn't see me. When he hit me, I reached over and grabbed my son, who was being thrown out of his car seat.

      I have watched car seats improve over the years and am so glad they have. Young parents probably don't realize that not all that long ago we didn't have such safe seats for out babies and children.

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      jimmy - just reading this makes me want to have a baby ! Its been a long time since I needed a car seat but I do have a few friends in the market for this! Great shower gift actually .. I will pass this on to my pregnant friends but now I am thinking I just might have to send one of them one of these . .great choices and as always important information! Big thumbs up;)

    • Rafini profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

      Having babies and raising children is getting more complicated every year! It's good that car-makers are now involved in baby safety, but it seems to me it would be putting more stress on the new parents at the same time - trying to find the right car seat within their budget.

      This hub has been an eye opener.

    • entertianmentplus profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Good info nice hub..

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      9 years ago from UK

      I wish all these were available when I needed them :-)

    • ocbill profile image


      9 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Graco still at the top nice to see. I was in shock where babies/kindegarten kids sit(if that) in cars when I traveled to different countries

    • jimmythejock profile imageAUTHOR

      Jimmy the jock 

      9 years ago from Scotland

      I agree Kowality, my wife and I are currently searching for baby items and the Graco was our last purchase, now to find a High chair, a bouncy chair and a crib lol. and that is just for starters. Babies are more complicated today that they were 9 years ago when my youngest for now was born.....jimmy

    • kowality profile image


      9 years ago from Everywhere

      We didn't know there were so many choices and accessories for baby seats until we had to buy one for a friend. Talk about an awakening. Nice hub.. Thanks


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