Toddler Car Seat Recommendations

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a car seat suitable for a 3 to 8 year old please.

It's for my grandson for when we look after him once a week. I was thinking of one with a harness rather than using the car's seatbelt. I don't want to spend a fortune.

Any suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated, thank you.

Comments

  • +7

    parent here: I would just ask the parent to pick and buy something they would prefer to have. I am personally quite picky in what I want to seat my child in and wouldn't want my parents (grandparents) to buy the seats. whats considered safe 30 years ago is not the same anymore and everything improved.

  • What do you consider a fortune?

  • I like the idea of talking to the parents and asking for them to arrange something. If that’s not an option go to babybunting and ask for help. You’re after a harnessed booster. I have one of these as a backup for my kids. https://www.babybunting.com.au/infa-comfi-caprice-ii-convert...

  • +2

    I recently purchased the Britax - Maxi Guard for my child’s use in my parent’s car (grandparents), it’s as good as the others in their range without the bells and whistles (memory foam etc).

    https://www.babybunting.com.au/maxi-guard.html

    After price matching I got it down by a further $20-30.
    Our local council had an upcoming professional seat installation check day and saved another $40-50 here for the install.
    The installer advised me most councils and Child Safe Vic offer this service for free, worth checking.

    Good luck.

  • I have a Safe n Sound (Britax) carseat from a few years ago that you can easily adjust the harness and headrest height, without the need to take the carseat out. Don't know if that's a common feature (all my older carseats didn't have it) but I absolutely love it and it makes it so much easier to adjust the seat between the different sized kids I'm putting in there. Takes less than a minute to change the seat between fitting my 1yo nephew, my 4yo niece and my 7yo daughter. Could be a handy feature for grandparents.

  • 4 year old and above usually only need a booster (depends on their height). Booster is not as expensive as a child car seat.
    But 3 yo is probably still on the borderline and still needs a car seat. So you might want to look for a convertible booster seat. You can try Infasecure. Their price ranges from 150 to 350.