So your baby has grown out of the capsule and you're ready for the next stage of car seat. If you purchased a European capsule it can probably take your baby right up to 13kg, though some children will outgrow their capsules in length before they outgrow them in weight. As a general rule, if the baby's head is more than an inch from the top of the capsule, and the shoulder straps are coming out of the capsule at the baby's shoulders, not too far below, you'll be in need of a new car seat - check your capsule's manual, though, as individual models can vary.
At one year old, it's a good idea to rear face your child. In the event of an accident, a rear facing infant will be supported by the shell of the car seat. Remember high-school physics? 'An object will continue moving at its current velocity until some force causes its speed or direction to change'. In a rear facing car seat, the shell of the car seat will stop the child from moving. In a forward facing car seat, the harness will stop the child from moving, placing strain on the child's neck and spine. This is especially pronounced for babies, as their heads are quite heavy in relation to their body.
The Maxi Cosi Pearl Smart i-Size Toddler Car seat will rear face your child to 105cm (around 4 years old). The base is sold separately, and also accepts a capsule (baby car seat). It's a great option if you want to buy the base and capsule before the baby is born, and then buy the toddler seat when your baby is one year old (or so).
The below seats can be installed using ISOFIX (latch) or the car's three point seat belt (never both at the same time). This is a good option if you are going to use the same car seat in more than one car, but not all cars have ISOFIX.
Maxi Cosi Pria 3-in-1:
Maxi Cosi Pria 3-in-1 - $549
We hope that you found this article helpful. Please do contact us if you would like to know more, or pop into store and we will be happy to show you the car seats and try them out in your car.
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