Best Newborn Car Seats 2022: Static models versus attach-to-pram (2023)

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he car seat is one of the most important purchases you will make before the arrival of your baby. Luckily for you (not!), it is also one of the most complicated and often overwhelming buys. At times, it may well feel like you need an engineering degree to navigate the process - but you will get there!

One consideration is whether or not you want to be able to transfer your baby from car to pram in its car seat. Often, it makes being out and about with a newborn that bit easier - and means, crucially, if they’ve fallen asleep you don’t need to wake them up to get them out the car.

Sounds ideal? Well these kinds of pram attaching car seats often have a shorter shelf life than their static counterparts. Most are only suitable from birth to about two years, compared to from birth to up to 12 years old. This means you’ll inevitably be shelling out more cash.

While there is no right answer, here we tackle the pros and cons of both types - and scroll below to find a few of the best on the market.

Car seat safety - what do I need to know?

First things first, safety and legality. In the UK, all children must use a car seat until they’re 12 years old or more than 135cm tall.

This article is specifically about newborn seats - so ones that are safe to use from the moment you drive away from the hospital. All newborn seats are rear facing for safety. Legally, babies should only turn forward once they weigh at least 9kg.

All car seats must adhere to either of two safety standards: ECE R129, which is the latest regulation, or ECE R44. The former are called iSize seats and are Isofix - the term used for how they are installed into your car using hidden attachments that you will not have noticed unless you have a baby. Most new car seats on the market in the UK are R129.

While iSize are fitted depending on your child’s height, ECE R44 seats are fitted based on your child’s weight and often fit to the car using just a seatbelt. This is essential if your car doesn’t have Isofix fixings. Since 2006, most cars have had to have Isofix fittings.

The different safety standards categorise the size of the seat differently. So, for this article, the seats will be either iSize baby – suitable from birth to 85cm or about 15 months - for R129. Or Group 0/0+ – suitable from birth to 13kg or about 15 months - for the R44.

It is not generally recommended that you buy a car seat second hand - unless you know it has not been in a car accident (i.e you get one from a close family member or friend).

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What are car seat bases?

A number of car seats - whether they attach to the pram or not - have bases, meaning they come in two parts - the base and the seat itself. Once you buy a brand’s base, you will - on the whole - not need to upgrade it as your child grows. This is the case for both pram attaching and static car seats. Some are sold separately - so watch out.

How essential is a spin function?

In recent years, car seats that spin - i.e. from their backwards position to facing the door so you can lift the baby in and out with greater ease - have become increasingly popular. It is also a feature in car seats that last you through from newborn rear facing to toddler forward facing for obvious reasons.

While spin is not essential, for newborns it is incredibly handy! However, there are only a handful of seats that spin AND lift out and attach to the pram. So you might have to make some tough decisions on what is more important.

Can I get a demonstration? Or some fitting advice?

I went to all of the major car seat retailers in the UK to see what kind of advice they gave and the facilities they offered. Halfords offered by far the best service. Shoppers can turn up and ask for guidance from a specially trained team member (or book if you prefer) who will take you through the car seats and show you how they are fitted to your car. If you buy, they will also fit it - and should you change cars or want some reassurance, you can pop back in at any time to see another expert.

Some brands have apps or online consultations for this service.

What are the benefits (and cons) of a static car seat that doesn’t fit on to my pram?

These seats tend to be more cost effective and will last you longer. Not only are they, on the whole, a bit cheaper, you don’t have to replace them as often. This means better value for money.

For those who don’t drive much or live in central London, I would suggest the seat-to-pram function is less important than to someone who uses their car a lot. And you’ll likely have more money in the bank because of it.

Which models should I look at?

What are the benefits (and cons) of a car seat that does attach to my pram?

Obviously, they offer more travel flexibility especially if you are a regular driver. On the whole, they are lighter even with the base and are easier to move from car to car as well.

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Official advice suggests a newborn shouldn’t be in a car seat for much longer than two hours to protect their developing spines. So again - if you’re not in and out of a car a lot you should consider if this function is for you.

Above all, CHECK the brand you pick fits on to the chassis of the pram you have bought. Sounds obvious, but brands often offer “complete travel systems” where you buy the seat, pram chassis and attachments all together in a bundle - and therefore don’t make it that obvious what other brands you can use their seat with. Especially pertinent if you have a second hand pram.

Which models should I look at?

Find out more below

STATIC CAR SEATS: Joie I-Spin 360 I-Size Car Seat

Joie is a stalwart car seat brand and this is probably one if it’s best known - and best rated seats. As its name suggests, it spins all the way round so is suitable for rear facing and forward facing ages and comes with a number of removable inlays meaning it will fit both your baby and your toddler.

It has various fool-proof features, including an installation indicator to show you it is secure and a mechanism meaning it cannot spin front facing while your baby is still small enough to need to be backwards.A good, solid investment that will last you to the age of about 4.

Silver Cross Motion All Size 360

Silver Cross is one of the longest-running and historic baby brands on the market. This innovative seat will last you from newborn to 12 years old - that’s right. This is a one-purchase option that will no doubt appeal to a lot of parents.

It spins, allowing for forward and backwards driving, has a number of inlays - offering eight head rest positions and three recline positions for newborns - that will protect babies through to young children. There’s also a stow-away harness suitable for each of the various ages. If you want to buy a car seat and be done with it - here is your best bet.

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Nuna Todl Next

Nuna is rapidly establishing itself as THE celebrity baby brand - with everyone from the Kardashians to Katherine Ryan using Nuna. The range all work from one base whether you plan to buy a seat that attaches to a pram or not. Worth noting - the base will set you back about £200 on top of the seat.

The Todl is suitable for children up to about 18.5kg. It has five recline positions and a shoulder harness that expands with each of the six headrest positions.

ATTACH-TO-PRAM: Cybez Cloud Z Isize Rotating Lie Flat Baby Seat

Cybex is a highly regarded German brand that is regularly hailed as the gold standard for car seats. It is also a rare beast - it spins AND can fit on to the pram. Again, the base is sold separately - so factor in an additional £200 for that. But that will be usable on all other Cybex products in the future - including the Cybex Sirona Z - which is the brand’s best-selling static seat - should you decide to stick with them. Cybex are compatible with a variety of pram brands as well (usually with an adaptor) meaning you don’t have to go down the travel system route.

This model can be changed to a lie-flat position outside of the car (great for newborns) and has a newborn inlay that can be removed. Regardless, it will only last you until about the 24-month stage. As you’ll be taking this out on your pram, the seat comes with an XXL hood UPF50+ sun canopy - offering sun and wind protection when you are out and about.

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Silver Cross Dream i-Size

The stylish beautifully designed Dream i-Size will fit on to your pram and it is easy to see why it is award-winning. It is made from naturally anti-bacterial bamboo fabrics are super-soft and breathable, great for sensitive newborn skin. However, is only compatible with Silver Cross prams. So if you don’t have a pram from the brand - or plan to pick one up - it is not for you. It also doesn’t spin.

The seat is suitable until about 15 months or about 13kg - and Silver Cross has a service where they will collect your old seat once you are finished with it and recycle it. This service, the only of its kind in the UK, means it wont end up in landfill.

There is also the Silver Cross App - which will help you install and check the seat is in your car correctly. Handy if you move from car to car or get a new motor.

Nuna Pipa Next

This is a great option for people who are in and out of cars a lot as the seat itself is super lightweight - about 3kg - meaning moving from the car to the pram easy peasy. It is also compatible with various pram brands.

The car seat can be used with a belt path as well as its usual base installation meaning you can use it in a taxi or a friend’s car.

This is the second age group from the Nuna brand - there is also the Cari which is a lie-flat car seat modelled on a carry cot hat can attach to your pram chassis.

FAQs

What is the safest 2022 car seat? ›

Best car seat reviews
  1. Graco 4Ever DLX: Best child car seat. Best overall. ...
  2. Cybex Aton 2: Best infant car seat. Best infant car seat. ...
  3. Chicco Keyfit 30: Best child car seat for budgets. ...
  4. Britax Boulevard Clicktight ARB: Best extended rear-facing carseat. ...
  5. Evenflo Gold SensorSafe EveryStage: Best convertible car seat.
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Which newborn car seat is the safest? ›

The Best Infant Car Seats

Our new top pick is the Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 DLX; the Chicco KeyFit 30 is our runner-up. And we've added the Clek Liing as an upgrade pick. Before you can make that cautious, white-knuckled first drive home with your new baby, you need to be armed with the proper equipment.

What is the best car seat of 2022? ›

Good Housekeeping's testing lab picked the Chicco KeyFit 30 as the Best Infant Car Seat, saying, "This infant car seat stood out to our lab experts for its ease of installation, which is crucial to ensuring your child's safety.

Is it worth getting a rotating car seat? ›

With a growing body of research that supports riding rear-facing as the safest option for babies and children, a rotating car seat can be a good option to ensure you're maxing out the rear-facing weight or height limits of your car seat.

Which infant car seat has the highest safety rating? ›

The Graco Snugride Snuglock 35 DLX. The Snugride Snuglock 35 DLX infant car seat stays true to Graco's brand of making baby-safe products. It has top-end crash test scores.

What kind of car seat should a newborn use? ›

Your infant or toddler should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for two years or more.

What type of car seat should newborns ride in? ›

Infants & toddlers—rear-facing seats

All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear facing for 2 years or more.

What 2022 cars have a 5 star safety rating? ›

Results from these tests are compiled into a rating of 1 to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the highest rating.
...
NHTSA Announces MY 2022 Vehicles for 5-Star Safety Ratings Tests.
MakeModelBody
AcuraMDXSUV
AudiQ4 e-tron*SUV
ChevroletBolt EUV*SUV
ChevroletBolt EV*5 HB
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14 Oct 2021

What is the #1 safest carseat? ›

The #1 safest car seats are as follows:
  • Britax Marathon ClickTight – The Safest Convertible Car Seat.
  • Diono Radian 3RXT – The Safes 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat.
  • Graco Extend2Fit – The Safest 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat.
  • Britax Boulevard – Safest and Best Value Convertible Car Seat.
22 Sept 2022

What are 4 common mistakes people make with car seats? ›

According to safety experts, some of the most common mistakes include: not routing seatbelts properly, using both the lower anchors and the LATCH system, forgetting to use the tether, and not placing enough weight on the seat as it is being installed.

What are the five most common car seat mistakes? ›

5 Common Car Seat Mistakes
  • Mistake #1: Car Seat Not Installed Tightly. ...
  • Mistake #2: Retainer Clip Used Incorrectly. ...
  • Mistake #3: Using Non-Regulated Products. ...
  • Recommendation: Do not add anything to your car seat that did not come with it. ...
  • Mistake #5: Turning Your Child Forward Facing Too Soon.
23 Sept 2015

Is it better to have baby behind driver or passenger? ›

3) Rear Driver

It's still a safe location for the car seat to be as it is in the rear of the vehicle. However, it is less safe than the rear passenger because it's a more common side of impact.

What is the best brand for car seats and strollers? ›

We found the Britax B-Lively and B-Safe Gen2 FlexFit to be the best car seat stroller combo, because of its versatile features, higher weight and height limits and moderate price. The Britax car seats tend to be dead simple to use and highly rated.

What is the number one car seat brand? ›

With so many car seat brands to choose from, you want to make sure your big purchase is with a reputable and safe brand. Based on our research, Britax, Chicco, Graco, Safety 1st, and Maxi-Cosi are the top 5 car seat brands that offer infant car seats, convertible/all-in-one car seats, and booster car seats.

What is the second safest seat for a newborn in a car? ›

Safest place for 2 car seats

If both of the car seats are rear-facing/forward-facing, place the younger child in the middle and the older child behind the passenger seat. Since the older child is physically stronger and more developed, they'll be a bit more able to handle the impact force of a collision.

Do you need same brand for stroller and car seat? ›

Currently most strollers, regardless of type (convertible, lightweight, jogging), are compatible with infant car seats, which is why baby product brands have less and less TS kits in their offers. Now you can create your own travel system the way you want it, you have more flexibility and freedom of choice.

What kind of stroller is best for a newborn? ›

Stroller Types Typically Safe for Newborns
  • Travel System.
  • All-in-one Travel System.
  • Combination Stroller.
  • Car Seat Stroller.
  • Car Seat Carrier Stroller.
  • Convertible Stroller.
  • Double Stroller.
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Is it better to have 3 or 4 wheels on a stroller? ›

Although this is often a subject of debate, when it comes to stability, generally four-wheels are better than three. The weight is distributed evenly, so there is less chance of it tipping over. Another factor here could be where you plan on using your stroller.

How long does the 2 hour car seat rule apply? ›

Many car seat manufacturers recommend that a baby should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours, within a 24 hour time period. This is because when a baby is in a semi-upright position for a prolonged period of time it can result in: 1. A strain on the baby's still-developing spine.

What are the 4 types of car seats? ›

Types of Car Seats
  • Infant Car Seat. Infant car seats are rear-facing seats that double as carriers. ...
  • Convertible Car Seat. Convertible car seats are rear-facing seats that can be converted to forward-facing once your child outgrows the need to face backwards. ...
  • Booster Seat. ...
  • 3-in-1 Car Seat. ...
  • Combination Car Seat.

How long can you drive with a newborn in a carseat for? ›

However, infant healthcare professionals, safety experts and most car manufacturers recommend that babies should not be in a car seat for longer than 2 hours at a time and they should be taken out frequently. If your trip involves driving for long periods of time, you should stop for regular breaks.

Do you need a newborn insert for car seat? ›

Most infant seats come with special cushioned inserts to secure baby's head; if not, pad the sides and the area around your baby's head and neck with a tightly-rolled blanket. And never use inserts that don't come with the car seat; it not only voids the warranty, but it could make baby unsafe.

Which car has 0 safety rating? ›

Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The zero stars result is explained by the poor side impact protection, low whiplash score, lack of standard side head protection airbags, lack of standard ESC (electronic speed control) and the decision by Suzuki to not recommend child restraint systems (CRS) for the test.

What are the top 5 safest cars? ›

Top 10 Safest Cars
  1. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Average safety rating: 88% (5-stars) ...
  2. Mazda CX-30. Average safety rating: 86% (5-stars) ...
  3. Mazda3. Average safety rating: 86% (5-stars) ...
  4. Subaru Forester. Average safety rating: 85% (5-stars) ...
  5. Toyota Yaris. Average safety rating: 84% (5-stars) ...
  6. Nissan Juke. ...
  7. Ford Puma. ...
  8. Isuzu D-MAX.

Why is the middle the safest for a car seat? ›

Why is the middle seat safest? Simply stated, the middle seat is the furthest from impact during a collision, as well as the furthest away from air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that all children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat, ideally in the center.

Is it safer for car seat to be behind driver or passenger? ›

Install in the Backseat

That is the safest spot for your baby. If you can, put the car seat in the center seat. If not, it is fine behind either the driver or passenger side. The important thing is that it is in the back, away from the airbags.

What stroller did Kate Middleton use? ›

Her pushchair of choice came as no surprise, given Silver Cross' long and royal heritage: it was given a Royal Warrant in the early 20th century and has supplied royal families with both its traditional pram - the Balmoral - and its modern models ever since.

Should newborns lay flat in stroller? ›

Because their muscles are still developing, your little one needs to ride fully reclined for those first few months. We recommend switching to the stroller seat in a reclined position once baby can support their head on their own, which is typically about three months old.

Why are UPPAbaby strollers so popular? ›

They're known for their sleek design, clever features, and most importantly, their safety. UPPAbaby's vast lineup also makes it easy to find a stroller that matches your lifestyle. Ahead, we're sharing six of their most popular strollers — one of which landed on our Best Strollers of 2022 list!

How do I make sure I don't forget the baby in the car? ›

NEVER LEAVE YOUR CHILD IN THE CAR ALONE!
  1. Keep a stuffed animal in the car. ...
  2. Always check the front and back seat before you leave your vehicle. ...
  3. Make it a habit to open the back door every time you park. ...
  4. Leave the diaper bag in the front passenger's seat. ...
  5. Place the car seat in the middle of the backseat.
22 Jun 2022

What three factors should you consider when selecting the appropriate car seat for a child? ›

It is critical that you choose the appropriate seat in accordance with your child's age, weight, and height.

What are the two common mistakes made with car seat installation? ›

Common mistakes include routing the seat belt through the wrong belt path, failing to use a top tether for a forward-facing car seat, installing a rear-facing infant seat in the front passenger seat, and using both the seat belt and the lower anchors at the same time.

What are some common mistakes that parents might make when using infant car seats? ›

Car Seat Safety Check: 9 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid
  • The car seat is too loose in your car.
  • The harness is too loose on your child.
  • Your infant is facing forward too soon.
  • Your rear-facing car seat is not at the right angle.
  • The harness chest clip is in the wrong spot.
  • You're not using a booster seat.
7 Apr 2022

What is the most common mistake that new drivers tend to make? ›

Driving Too Fast or Too Slow

Some new drivers are over-confident, feeling that now that they know the rules, they can release their "natural driver" and have fun with the speed of the car. This is incredibly dangerous. Additionally, very anxious new drivers tend to drive too slow, which can also be extremely dangerous.

What are the 3 types of car seats? ›

a rear-facing car seat, 2. A forward-facing car seat with a harness and then 3. a booster seat. You can use these seats forward-facing with a harness and tether after your child reaches the top rear-facing height and weight limit allowed by the manufacturer.

Is latch safer than seatbelt? ›

Either seat belt or LATCH, when used correctly, are equally safe. There are many things to keep in mind when deciding which method to use for your child's car seat. Child's weight – If your child's weight is over the LATCH limit, then the decision to use a seat belt installation is an easy one as it's your only option.

Where is safest place for car seat? ›

The safest place for your child's car seat is in the back seat, away from active air bags. If the car seat is placed in the front seat and the air bag inflates, it could hit the back of a rear-facing car seat — right where the child's head is — and cause a serious or fatal injury.

Should my baby be behind the driver? ›

The most common crash involves an impact to the front of your car which means that the back seat is usually a safer place to travel. So, children are best carried in the rear.

What is the safest small car 2022? ›

Best safe small cars of 2022
  • Volkswagen Polo (5-star safety rating) 9/10. ...
  • Audi A1 (5-star safety rating) 8/10. ...
  • Ford Fiesta (5-star safety rating) ...
  • SEAT Ibiza (5-star safety rating) ...
  • Renault Clio (5-star safety rating) ...
  • Toyota Yaris (5-star safety rating) ...
  • Peugeot 208 (4-star safety rating) ...
  • Nissan Micra (4-star safety rating)

What cars have a 5 star crash rating? ›

MY2019 vehicles selected for NCAP 5-Star Safety Ratings testing
MakeModelBody style
KiaNiro HybridSUV
LexusES 3504 DR
NissanAltima4 DR
NissanArmadaSUV
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Which small car has least problems? ›

Top 10 most reliable small cars to buy 2022
  • MINI Hatchback - 95.48%
  • Kia Rio - 94.45% ...
  • Kia e-Niro - 94.36% ...
  • Renault Captur - 94.27% ...
  • Honda Jazz - 93.95% ...
  • Kia Picanto - 93.92% ...
  • Kia Niro - 93.74% ...
  • Volvo XC40 - 93.69% The Volvo XC40 is enjoying its third appearance on this list, after placing fourth last year and first in 2020. ...

What brand of cars break down the least? ›

The most reliable car brands - and the least
  • MG. Reliability rating: 95.7% ...
  • Kia. Reliability rating: 95.8% ...
  • Mazda. Reliability rating: 95.9% ...
  • Mitsubishi. Reliability rating: 96.9% ...
  • Dacia. Reliability rating: 97.3% ...
  • Lexus. Reliability rating: 98.7% ...
  • Alfa Romeo. Reliability rating: 86.5% ...
  • Land Rover. Reliability rating: 82.5%
6 Aug 2022

Which car make has the least problem? ›

Beyond the brands: The most and least reliable vehicles
RankMost ReliableLeast Reliable
1.Toyota PriusChevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500
2.Lexus NXSubaru Ascent
3.Buick EncoreVolkswagen Atlas
4.Lexus GXJeep Compass
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