We all want to keep our babies safe. To do that, it’s best to invest in a good quality car seat. Car seat shopping can be a struggle because there is so much information around. Here we explain some of the terminology and offer useful tips to help you find the right car seat.
We have a set of safety standards we always stick to, doing everything we can to ensure every journey is as safe as possible. That’s why we have in-store car seat experts and online advice, all to help you with your car seat shopping queries.
Ultimately, from that first seat for baby to upgrading for a toddler, we’re with you for the whole journey.
With us you get…
We have an Institution of Occupational Safety and Health-accredited expert in every store. Even if you shop online, you can bring your car seat in and we’ll help you fit it.
Our selection is carefully edited to bring you the very best car seats from the most trusted brands out there.
We’re committed to Price Matching against the rest of the high street, so you never pay more for the best car seats on the market.
Helpful Terms to Consider:
We’ve pulled together a list of the terms it’s helpful to know, features and regulations we believe in. Fundamentally, they ensure you and your child can enjoy a safer journey.
Advanced Side Impact Protect
Life Flat Infant Carriers
It goes without saying, if you have any more terms you’re unsure of, just ask. There are lots of options:
- Visit your local Mamas & Papas store and have a chat with us
- Book a Personal Shop for one-on-one advice
- Try our Live Video Chat and speak to an adviser while shopping online
Car Sear Regulations | i-Size and how it applies to your car seat
By law, children’s car seats have been subjected to accident simulation testing, regulations ECE R44 and ECE R129.
The law requires children to use the correct car seat for their age. Hence, they are expected to use a car seat until they reach 135cm or 12 years old, whichever comes first. Crucially, it’s important to ensure your child travels in the appropriate car seat.
Car seats must…
1. Follow ECE regulation 44.04 or i-Size regulation R129
2. Suit your child’s weight and height
3. Be fitted to the manufacturers’ guideline
UNECE Regulation 44.04
UNECE Regulation 129
Car Seat Shopping | What to consider
No doubt, you’ll have plenty of questions about car seats. Helpfully, we have pulled together a few that you should bear in mind. They will help you narrow in on a make and model that’s right for you.
Questions about your child
How much does your baby weigh?
What is your child’s height?
How old is your child?
Questions about your car:
What is your car’s maker and model?
Does your car have ISOFIX?
Do you know if your car has under-floor storage?
Is your car fitted with a top tether?
What are the benefits of rear-facing?
Hopefully these questions should help you on your car seat shopping journey. However we also recommend having a car seat consultation. It’s crucial you learn how to install your car seat correctly, so when buying your car seat make sure to get a member of staff to give you a demonstration first. Then try it yourself! Simply pop in store to book an appointment.
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