It's recommended that you rear face your child up to 2 years old. In the event of an accident, a rear facing infant will be supported by the shell of the car seat. 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 and toddlers, as their heads are quite heavy in relation to their body. Even if your toddler is 15kgs, they're not quite ready for a booster yet.
If your child is happy rear facing at two years old and you have a car seat that is suitable for their height and weight, there is no need for you to turn them around to forward facing. This is quite popular in some parts of Europe, and is called Extended Rear Facing or ERF. Below you'll find some options for both forward and rear facing car seats for two year olds.
The Kiddy Guardianfix Pro 2 is one of our most popular car seats, and it's not hard to see why. Forward facing only with ISOfix and seatbelt installation. The Impact Shield has been proven to be safer than a 5-point harness system in the highest European tests. The Original Kiddy Impact Shield and cushion is used for Children weighing 9-18kgs. From 18-36kgs, the car three point safety belt is used - the integrated diagonal belt guide with innovative lever technology keeps the seat belt in correct position regardless of seat height. The three-stage leg extension allows the seat to grow with the child and it converts into a booster seat.
Recaro Monza Nova With Impact Shield
The new Recaro Monza Nova IS combines state-of-the-art safety technology with matchless comfort. Extra-stable antistatic side pads reduce crash generated forces to the head, neck and shoulders. Secure the child with the impact shield and vehicle seat belt at an early age. As the child grows, use the vehicle 3-point seat belt. Complies with the latest European Standards including 'Roll over' test. Plus, with the RECARO Sound System and integrated speakers and optimal air circulation, the seat is sure to impress little passengers. A safe journey is a fun journey – for everyone.
Recaro Young Sport Hero Car Seat - Sale was $599
New to Global Baby, the Recaro Young Sport Hero is an evolution in terms of safety. Forward facing and with three point seat belt installation. Its predecessor was sold over a million times, and is especially popular because of the long usage and ease of handling. The integrated belt system and the optimised side impact protection make the Recaro bestseller even better.
BeSafe iZi Modular i-Size Car Seat - Sale was $579
The BeSafe izi Modular Car Seat (base sold separately) is ideal if you want to do Extended Rear Facing, as your child can safely travel in the rear facing position until they are 105cm tall (around four years old). The izi Modular follows the Scandinavian car seat style of allowing the child more leg room by positioning the car seat further towards the front of the car. ISOfix only.
New to Global Baby - the Recaro ProRide, a convertible car seat (rear facing & forward facing). Seatbelt or ISOfix/ Latch installation with top tether for front facing. The Recaro ProRide Convertible Car Seat offers multiple safety features, such as racing-inspired side-impact protection, protective and comfortable PUR foam in the head restraint and a vehicle belt lock-off mechanism (forward-facing). With racing-inspired Side Impact Protection- designed to protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact crash (head, face, neck, torso, pelvis).
Safety 1St Guide 65
A really good option for lots of families. Convertible (rear facing and front facing), it installs with your car's three point seat belt, so is ideal if you don't have ISOfix. The Guide 65 is a perfect fit for smaller cars and helps protect your child longer in both rear and forward facing positions. You will need to use a tether strap in the forward facing position only. A very popular baby/toddler/preschooler carseat.