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12 Best Baby Car Seats in Australia 2020 Edition

Purchasing a baby car seat is probably THE most important purchase you make in anticipation of your new arrival. There are plenty of places to save money for a new baby – but the car seat isn’t a place to do that.  You want the safest possible car seat humanly possible – the very best for your Prince or Princess. A car seat that will protect your bundle of joy from the unthinkable.

Best Baby Car Seats Australia

Standing in front of a huge row of car seats from different manufactures and they all claim that their product is the best baby car seat, but is it?

Our list of best baby car seats will breakdown why one car seat is better than the other, which makes it a good purchase and where are the bargains.

Read on to get up to speed with the world of baby car seats, after analysing this list you will be an instant expert that can impress your friends and family with extraordinary knowledge about car seat safety.

Children who are too small for the seat in their age group can stay in the seat they are in until they grow into the seat for the next age group

What are the legal requirements in Australia for car seats?

  • Children under 6 months must use rear-facing car seats with an inbuilt harness
  • Kids from 6 months to 4 years of age must either use a rear-facing or forward-facing seat with an inbuilt harness
  • Children who are 4 – 7 years of age must use a forward-facing child car seat/booster seat, that has an inbuilt harness and that also works with the lap-sash seatbelt.
  • Kids who are 7 years or older must use a booster seat that works with the adult seatbelt or a child safety harness

If your child is a fast grower and is too big for their age group you can always move them up to the next car seat that they can comfortably fit into.

For more information about all things car safety visit The Raising Children Website, where they have a whole breakdown of what you need to do for kids aged 0 to 12 years.

Children need to be in a car booster seat if they are under 145cm in height and don’t fit a set of criteria about how they are sitting in the seat. Britax has a great guide to let you know if your child should stay in a booster seat or is indeed ready to sit in the car as an adult.

TIP: Make sure to measure the car and the car seat before you purchase…making sure it fits is essential 

1.  Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum Pro

Why buy a Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum Pro?

  • Ability to have the same seat rearward facing and then forward-facing
  • Able to have it from birth to 4 years of age – Means you can just use the one seat for 4 years
  • ISO Fix compatible – make sure to check if your car is ISO compatible for your new car seat. Check out the link from Budget Direct to see if your car is on the list.
  • If you need help getting your car seat installed it is always wise to pay someone to make sure it is done correctly – Hire For Baby has a great service that is quite reasonably priced at $39 to fit your seat into your car.
  • Adjustable headrest and side-impact cushion technology – Your little one will be snug as a bug in a rug with this car seat
  • The 180° SICT™ protection around the head makes sure that it absorbs energy and protects your little one to reduce head accelerations.
  • As said the headrest is adjustable and this means when your little one grows you can move it so that it is safe and fits your child
  • Shoulder pads to provide support and comfort
  • Easy and simple push buttons to adjust the harness – I hate when the buttons cannot be easily moved and you have to ask for help, so this is a big winner in my book.
  • Handy storage pocket
  • Plus has a colourful holder that can be used for toys.

Note: Make sure you measure the baby car seat before you purchase, you need to make sure it will fit into your car.

Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum Pro Baby Car Seat | Stay at Home Mum

 

Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

This car seat can be rearward facing from birth to 2-3 years of age and then forward-facing from 12 months to 4 years of age

Price: Prices range from $599 to $849.00. Shop around and see what price you can get the seat for, as you can see there is a huge range for this product from many stores. The best price we found at the time of writing was Baby Bunting.

Colour: Comes in Kohl (black) or Grey Shadow (Sounds like a superhero with this one)

Where to Buy it:  Baby Bunting

2. Britax Safe-n-Sound ‘Maxi Guard Pro’ harnessed car seat

Why buy a Britax Safe-n-Sound ‘Maxi Guard Pro’ harnessed car seat?

  • Forward-facing baby car seat for kids aged from 12mths to 8 years of age.
  • Has great room for growing children, more legroom and allows kids to easily rest their arms on the armrests
  • The seat is able to adjust the height so allows you to make it just right for your little one.  Has a hassle-free harness that reduces the risk of the seat not being installed incorrectly.
  • Easy to install
  • Safety features; Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT™) – gives your child 180° protection for their head in case of a crash. Side Impact  – Torso Protection helps protect and minimises impact on your child’s vital organs and chest
  • The seat is fitted with Thermo5 High-Performance fabric with Bamboo Charcoal  – this fabric helps your child ride in comfort and is breathable.
  • If you need to change the cover you can without having to remove the harness
  • Slim width that allows you to have multiple car seats in the car and the one time (perfect if you have more than one child)
  • Offers two reclining positions so that your child is able to sleep on big car trips.
  • You can also get a full-length messy mat – ideal for kids who make a huge mess in the car.

One drawback is the location of the cup holders when the child is in the harness they are not able to reach the cupholders. Also, the oval shape means that many drink bottles cannot fit in the cupholder.

Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard PRO™ in midnight navy | Stay at Home Mum
Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard PRO™ in Midnight Navy

 

Age Suitability: 6 months to 8 years old

Price: Prices range from $479.00 to $365.00. Best Price: Baby Bunting

Colour: Midnight Navy (displayed above), Pebble Grey and Kohl Black

Stockist:  Baby Bunting

 

3. Britax Safe N Sound Brava

Why buy a Britax Safe N Sound Brava? 

  • For children from birth to 2-3 years of age
  • The Britax Safe N Sound Brava is perfect for smaller cars. The car seat has a narrow and compact design which means that you don’t have to get a new car just to fit the child car seat.
  • This is a rearward-facing car seat and allows your child to be safer in the car for longer. You can have your child in a rearward-facing seat until they are 30 months (basically 2-3 years of age)
  • Isofix compatible

Note: Some find the harness hard to use as you need to pull the lever and both straps at the same time to loosen.

Britax Safe N Sound Brava | Stay at Home Mum

Age Suitability: Birth to 2-3 years old

Price: $349 at Baby Bunting 

Colour: Black (displayed above)

4. Britax Safe N Sound Millenia

Why buy a Britax Safe N Sound Millenia?

  • The Britax Safe N Sound Millenia Baby Car Seat is for newborns to 4 years of age
  • Rearward and forward-facing
  • Direct connection to your car’s ISOFIX low anchorage points.
  • 4 recline positions in forward-facing mode
  • Shoulder pads provide extra support and comfort
  • Colourful holder for toys
  • Push-button harness adjuster
  • Storage pocket
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean
  • Comfortable for your growing child
  • Thermo5® High-Performance fabric with Bamboo Charcoal
  • Side Impact Cushion (SICT™) for both torso and head protection – this safety feature absorbs any energy that results from a crash
  • Aircraft compatible – for forward-facing use.

Britax Safe N Sound MIllenia SICT | Stay at Home Mum

 

Age Suitability: Newborn to 4 years of age.

Price: Prices range from $539 to $479, Baby Bunting has the Britax Safe N Sound Millenia available for $479

Colour: Midnight Navy (Pictured above), Silhouette and Pebble Grey

 

5. Safety 1st Pace Convertible Booster Car Seat

Why buy a Safety 1st Pace Convertible Booster Car Seat?

  • You can use this booster car seat for forward-facing positioning using the built-in harness from approximately 6 months to 4 years
  • The seat can be then used from 4 years to 8 years as a booster seat, using the lap-sash seatbelt
  • There is a removable infant insert to allow for extra comfort for the first 6 months
  • Narrow seat design allows 3 seats to fit across nearly all back seats – Perfect for larger families.
  • The covers are removable and can be washed in the washing machine – How good is this…finally a seat that you can take a cover off and wash it!
  • Cup holders are on both sides of the car seat and are large enough to fit drinks, snacks and loads more.
  • There is a 5 position adjustable headrest to allow for the growth of your child.
  • 6 Year guarantee on hardware
  • Free Safety 1st Accident Exchange program – “The Safety 1st Accident Exchange Service is free, it ensures new for old substitution of your car seat, giving you peace of mind and one less thing to worry about.”

 

Safety 1st Pace Convertible Booster Car Seat

 

Age Suitability: 6 months to 8 years old

Price: $179.99 either from Safety 1st or at SuperCheap Auto

Colour: Black (displayed above)

 

6. Britax Safe N Sound Maxi Guard Pro+ 

Why buy a Britax Safe N Sound Maxi Guard Pro+?

  • This car seat is for children 6 months to 8 years old
  • This harnessed car seat is one of the most advanced and luxurious seat yet… well this is according to the Britax website
  • Has body comforting memory foam that is also combined with Thermo5® High-Performance fabric 
  • Easy to install and not a huge car seat
  • Side Impact Cushion (SICT™) for both torso and head protection – this safety feature absorbs any energy that results from a crash
  • 6 point hassle-free harness
  • Able to reposition the headrest automatically as well as the shoulder harness – this makes sure that the installation is correct for your child
  • You have the ability to put this child car seat into 2 recline positions so that your child can sleep
  • The armrest pivots along the EZ-Buckle™  that enables ease of entry into the seat and is helpful for cup holders too
  • Slim build to allow multiple car seats in one car!
  • Easy to clean – this is important for messy kids in the car.

Britax Safe N Sound Maxi Guard Pro+  | Stay at Home Mum

Age Suitability: 6 months to 8 years old

Price:  $549 at Baby Bunting – plus $9 delivery charge

Colour: Grey Opal (displayed above), and Black Opal

 

7. Maxi Cosi EURO NXT Convertible Car Seat Argento

Why buy a Maxi Cosi EURO NXT Convertible Car Seat Argento?

  • Maxi Cosi has a patented ISOFIX soft latch system, check out the Isogo video for the Maxi Cosi Car Seat and it will show you how to install the car seat
  • CCELL is a new standard and next-generation safety for your child – It works with hexagonal shapes to strengthen the inside of the seat to be stronger in case of a crash.
  • Has 5 adjustable head positions to ensure your child can grow with the best seating position.
  • Machine washable covers and comfy fabric that is breathable
  • Back seat car protector mat with an insulated drink pocket/container
  • Padded protection for the seatbelts
  • Quickfit harness that allows you to easily adjust it for the correct height of your child.
  • 3 recline positions to keep your little one comfortable and allow them to sleep on long journeys.
  • You can have this baby car seat rearward facing and forward-facing.

 

Maxi Cosi EURO NXT Convertible Car Seat Argento

 

Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

Price: Prices range from $729 – $369. The $369 is from Baby Online Direct You can also purchase this car seat from Baby Kingdom for $379

Colour: Grey (displayed above)

 

8. Maxi-Cosi ‘Vela’ Slim Convertible Car Seat

Why buy a Maxi-Cosi ‘Vela’ Slim Convertible Car Seat?

  • Rearward and forward-facing seat
  • Rearward facing up to 30 months and then forward-facing up to 4 years of age
  • ISOFIX compatible
  • 5 Adjustable headrest positions
  • Accident exchange service  – if your car seat is damaged after a car accident you can get the seat replaced
  • Cool Baby Wicking fabric that allows air to flow and keeps your little one super comfortable.

 

 

Maxi-Cosi ‘Vela’ Slim Convertible Car Seat

Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

Price: Prices range from $399.99 – $365. The $365 is from Baby HQ

Colour: Black Raven (displayed above) and Concrete Grey

 

9. Joie ‘Trillo’ Booster Seat Ember

Why buy a Joie ‘Trillo’ Booster Seat Ember?

  • Booster seat for kids who are 4-8 years of age (15kgs to 30kgs)
  • Side impact protection adds extra security for body, head and hips
  • Has a tilt recline for resting/sleeping
  • Memory foam adds extra comfort and the material is breathable so your child will be very comfortable indeed
  • Padded armrests
  • Cup holders that can be tucked away  – you can use them for cups or for toys for your child
  • There is a 7 position height adjustable headrest and can be done by one hand
  • This car seat comes with an extra anchor point for maximum safety and makes sure that it is in the correct position.

Joie Trillo Booster Seat | Stay at Home Mum

Age Suitability: 4 years to 8 years of age

Price: $149 from Baby Bunting

Colour: Black

10. Britax Safe N Sound Compaq

Why buy a Britax Safe N Sound Compaq?

  • Convertible baby car seat – rearward facing and also forward-facing
  • Has a slim width so is good for smaller cars
  • Forward-facing  has 2 recline positions for added comfort
  • Has a narrow external width that allows easy access to belt buckles
  • The seat cover is fully machine washable
  • Side pockets for extra storage or just to have toys more accessible
  • Has active head restraint (AHR) which provides extra protection in case of side impact

Wonderful for smaller cars

Britax Safe n Sound Compaq | Stay at Home Mum

Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

Price: Prices are from $339 – $289.

Colour: Greystone (displayed above) and Kohl Black

Stockist:  Baby Bunting

 

11. Britax Safe-n-Sound ‘Kid Guard Pro’ Booster Seat

Why buy a Britax Safe-n-Sound ‘Kid Guard Pro’ Booster Seat?

  • Suitable for children aged 4 years to 10 years
  • 9 point adjustable headrest – you can extend the height as your child grows.
  • The seat base is extendable
  • Has expandable side wings
  • Slim design and can allow 3 booster seats in the back of a car. The slim width and design also means that you have easy access to seatbelts.
  • The SecureGuard™ anti-submarining allows 4 points of safety to ensure the seat is always in the correct position.
  • 10-year warranty on the seat frame and 5 years for the fabric (You will need to register your details on the Britax Website)

Britax Safe n Sound Kid Guard Pro | Stay at Home Mum

Check out some Safety tips from Britax for keeping kids safe in a booster seat.

Age Suitability: 4 years to 10 years of age

Price: Prices are from $245 – $219.

Colour: Grey or Black (Pictured above)

Stockist: Baby Bunting

 

12. BabyLove ‘Ezy Move’ Booster Seat

Why buy a BabyLove ‘Ezy Move’ Booster Seat?

  • Suitable for children who are 4 years – 6 years of age
  • Great head support
  • Carry handle
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Guide so that you can correctly position the sash belt
  • Side wings for side impact protection
  • Lightweight
  • Not too bulky

Note: Some say that it is hard to sit on and flimsy where others think it is the best booster seat. Make sure to check out at the store and see if your child will like it before purchase.

BabyLove Ezy Move Booster Seat | Stay at Home Mum

 

Age Suitability: 4 years to 6 years of age.

Price: Prices are from $90.84 to $64.49. The $64.49 is from Tiny Fox

Colour: Black (Pictured above)

Stockist: Baby Bunting

We hope this gives you a great list of best baby car seats to choose from.

We are sure that you will snap up a great quality car seat that will look super stylish in your car and keep your precious cargo safe.

12 Best Baby Car Seats in Australia 2020 Edition | Stay at Home Mum

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