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June 19, 2021 3 min read

Which car seats are good for a 2 year old?

Our recommendations

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.

ISOFIX Toddler Car Seats

Maxi Cosi Axissfix Plus Convertible Car Seat:
The Maxi-Cosi AxissFix Plus is a baby & toddler car seat which offers top safety and the convenience of the 360° rotation, approximately from birth up to 4 years.The ISOFIX system enables a very easy and safe car seat installation, and the seat offers rear-facing travel up to approx. 2years (87cm) to enhance head & neck protection. AxissFix Plus, grows with your child from birth (45cm) with its cozy enveloping inlay, up to 4 years (105cm). It will take only a few seconds to secure your child facing you, and switch from rearward- to forward-facing in just a seat rotation. You will need to use a tether strap in the rear and forward facing positions. 
Maxi Cosi Pearl Smart i-Size Toddler Car Seat:
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). 

 

Seat belt and ISOFIX installation

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.

Britax Boulevard Clicktight Car Seat:
The Britax Boulevard Clicktight Car Seat is a popular seat, as it can rear face infants and toddlers to 18kg (about 4 years), then forward faces with a harness to 29.4kg. It can be installed with your car's three point seat belt, and also using Latch, which is basically the American name for ISOFIX. You will need to use a tether strap in the forward facing position only. 
Maxi Cosi Magellan XP All in One:
The Maxi Cosi Magellan XP All in One will rear face your child to 18kg (approx. Birth-4 years), then forward face with a harness until 29kg (2-6 years), and then can be used in booster mode up to 54kgs (4-8+ years). It can be installed in your car using Latch (the US version of ISOFIX), or using your car's seatbelt. 

 

Maxi Cosi Magellan XP All in One - $799

 

Maxi Cosi Pria 3-in-1:
The Maxi Cosi Pria 3-in-1 will rear face your child to 18kg (approx. Birth-4 years), then forward face with a harness until 29kg (2-6 years), and then can be used in booster mode up to 45kgs (4-8+ years). It can be installed in your car using Latch (the US version of ISOFIX), or using your car's seatbelt.
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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