One of the most important purchases you will make as a parent is your baby’s car seat. However if this is your first child, trying to work out the best buy baby car seat can be really challenging and even a bit stressful because above all else, you want to ensure the safety of your baby.
With three kids I’ve bought a few baby car seats in my time. When I bought the first one, I thought I had bought the best newborn car seat, but in hindsight, I really had no idea what I was looking for. However over the years, and a few car seats later, I’ve worked out which features are important and overall what makes the best infant car seat.
In this best baby car seat Australia 2020 guide, I’m going to first take you through the various features you need to consider to ensure you purchase the right car seat for your child. Then I’ll provide a range of baby car seat reviews so you can do a bit of a baby car seat comparison for some of the best car seats currently available on the Australian market.
In these best child car seat reviews, I focus on car seats suitable for children up to 4 years of age. I go through a few different types of child car seats for sale, so whether you’re after the best convertible baby car seat to last a few years, the best toddler car seat, the best baby car seat for small car, or even good quality cheap baby car seats you will find the perfect option.
After reading this best rated car seats Australia 2020 guide, I’m sure you will be well on your way to purchasing the best car baby seat for your little one.
Top 10 Best Baby Car Seat Australia 2020
Handy reference list of the best baby car seats Australia offers – see all full baby car seat reviews below!
- Britax Safe N Sound Millenia SICT, 10.5kg
- SAFETY 1ST Summit 30 Convertible Car Seat with ISOFIX, 9.8kg
- Mothers Choice Avoro Convertible Car Seat, 6.4kg
- MAXI COSI Moda ISOFIX Convertible Car Seat, 10kg
- Britax Safe N Sound Platinum Pro SICT, 9.65kg
- InfaSecure Kompressor 4 Astra Convertible Car Seat, 8kg
- Maxi Cosi Vela SLIM Convertible Car Seat with ISOFIX, 7.3kg
- Britax Safe N Sound Graphene Car Seat, 9kg
- InfaSecure Quattro Astra Convertible Car Seat, 10kg
- Solo Convertible Car Seat, 5.74kg
Compare The Top 10 Best Baby Car Seats Australia 2020
|Name||Image||Weight||Child Age||ISOFIX Compatible||Rating||Price|
|Britax Safe N Sound Millenia SICT||10.5kg||Birth to 4||Yes||5||Check|
|SAFETY 1ST Summit 30 Convertible Car Seat with ISOFIX||9.8kg||Birth to 4||Yes||5||Check|
|Mothers Choice Avoro Convertible Car Seat||6.4kg||Birth to 4||No||5||Check|
|MAXI COSI Moda ISOFIX Convertible Car Seat||10kg||Birth to 4||Yes||5||Check|
|Britax Safe N Sound Platinum Pro SICT||9.65kg||Birth to 4||Yes||5||Check|
|InfaSecure Kompressor 4 Astra Convertible Car Seat||8kg||Birth to 4||Yes||4.5||Check|
|Maxi Cosi Vela SLIM Convertible Car Seat with ISOFIX||7.3kg||Birth to 4||Yes||5||Check|
|Britax Safe N Sound Graphene Car Seat||9kg||Birth to 3||Yes||4||Check|
|InfaSecure Quattro Astra Convertible Car Seat||10kg||Birth to 4||No||4||Check|
|Solo Convertible Car Seat||5.74kg||6mths to 8yrs||No||4.5||Check|
How To Choose The Best Buy Baby Car Seat 2020
When buying a baby car seat, it really is important to take some time to understand the different features that make up the best kids car seat. Don’t get caught up with any of the baby car seat deals currently on offer and rush out to buy a baby car seat cheap option. A baby car seat price is somewhat indicative of its quality, but also how many years it will last.
While the best baby car seat convertible option may well seem expensive, in the long run it will most likely save you money as you won’t need to buy a new one whenever your child grows. We made the mistake of buying one of the cheap infant car seats the first time around and then ended up with a seat that only suited our child for a short time.
The best baby car seat for newborn and beyond is not a cheap investment but if you choose wisely it will not only help protect your child but also last them until they can transit to an adult seat belt.
Coming to Australia and wondering if you should bring your own car seat from home? Read this guide to whether this is a good idea or not!
Weight Of The Seat
Many families have one parent that takes their child to daycare in the morning in one car and then another parent who picks up the child in a different car. This often involves parents constantly transporting the car seat between cars. In these cases, while the weight is certainly not the most important factor to consider, it’s certainly worth considering.
For anyone who has ever installed a car seat, you’ll know that they’re not always that easy. So having a heavy car seat just adds to the difficulty. While I certainly don’t recommend you simply purchase the lightest car seat you can find, it might be another factor to think about.
I have listed the weight of all the car seats in these convertible car seat reviews in the above table.
Size Of The Seat
An important factor when looking for the best rear facing car seat is its size. This is particularly important if you have a small car, or need to have more than one car seat in the back. If you only have a small space, look for the best baby car seat brand that is known for producing narrow and compact car seats.
The best baby convertible car seat also provides plenty of room for the child as they grow. Although you don’t want there to be so much room that it’s unsafe – so basically look for a seat that’s not too big, not too small.
Age, Weight And Height of Child
When it comes to what is the best baby car seat, the most important factor is ensuring it is suitable for the weight and height of your child.
If you’re looking for a car seat for a newborn baby you will need to ensure it is rear facing, as this is the safest position for a child to be in the car (all but one of the top rated baby car seats in these reviews are suitable for newborn babies). Then as the child grows, you turn the car seat around in the forward facing position. Not all car seats are capable of being in both positions, those that can are called convertible.
You’ll generally find that a cheap newborn car seat or the cheap child car seats are not convertible, so you’ll need to purchase another car seat when they grow. I recommend you look for the best brand for baby car seat that allows you to use it from newborn through to around the age of 4. This may well mean a bigger outlay to start with, but it will save you money in the long run.
The reason I say to look for the best baby seat for car suitable for children up to the age 4, is that usually from around this age, most children can be moved to a booster seat, which will last them until they can move into an adult seatbelt.
Safety (ISOFIX Car Seat Compatibility)
Above anything else, the safety of your child is paramount when purchasing a car seat. Given the whole point of a car seat is to protect your child in the case of an accident you want to ensure the car seat is capable of this.
In Australia, there are very strict laws and guidelines that manufacturers must follow when producing car seats. All car seats sold in Australia must meet the Australian safety standards AS/ANZ 1754. It is easy to check if the car seat meets these guidelines as it will be marked clearly on a sticker on the car seat.
The other thing to consider in terms of safety is whether the car seat is ISOFIX compatible. ISOFIX is a simple car seat installation system that involves clipping the car seat into the cars anchorage points. This system is much easier to install than the old car seat belt system and therefore it is much easier to ensure the car seat is safely installed. That’s not to say the seat belt system isn’t safe, because provided it is done correctly, it’s just as safe.
Baby car seats come with a harness system as opposed to a standard seatbelt, they offer a much higher level of protection to the child in the case of an accident. The harness system on a car seat can be either a 5 point or 6 point system.
As the name suggests the 5 point harness comes with 5 straps, 2 at the shoulder, 2 at the hip and one at the crotch, whereas a 6 point harness system features 2 straps at each the shoulder, waist and crotch.
Other Great Features
I’d highly recommend you consider how easy the car seat is to clean. Believe me, babies and toddlers are messy and you’re going to want to be able to clean the car seat with ease. Look for ones that are easy to wipe down, or better yet have removable fabrics that are machine washable.
Also talking about ease of cleaning – while there are some super cute and funky colours out there – just go with black or grey. These dark colours won’t show stains and dirt as easily as some of the other light or bright colours.
As your baby becomes a toddler, you’ll appreciate the best forward facing car seat which has features like a cup holder, removable tray and the ability to recline. Having a cup holder helps reduce the number of spillages and a removable tray allows them to have snacks in the car or even somewhere to rest their books and toys. Plus having a car seat that reclines is great for naps in the car.
Above everything else though – make sure the car seat is easy to install, as well as change from the forward and rear facing positions. Read other reviews and see what parents are saying and if you’re still concerned then get a professional to install it. Also before purchasing the car seat, make sure that your car is adequately set up (has the correct number of anchor points) to accommodate the car seat correctly.
Top Baby Car Seat Reviews Australia 2020
When it comes to the best brand of baby car seat, Britax is certainly one that springs to mind and the Safe N Sound Millenia SICT is great for the parents wanting great safety features in a car seat.
This Britax baby car seat features a range of safety features including side impact cushions and head protection technology as well as deeper side wings which provide support and protection by absorbing energy during a crash. Also this car seat allows you to have children in the safer forward facing position for up around the age of 2 to 3.
Being ISOFIX compatible this Britax convertible car seat is easy to install. Plus it has an in-built push button harness adjuster, which makes for easier adjustments as well as a secure and correct fit for a safer journey every time.
Other features include shoulder pads, adjustable harness and headrest, handy storage pocket and 4 recline positions.
The Britax Safe n Sound Millenia is a great choice for the parents wanting one of the safest car seats available for their child.
Similar to the Britax above but with a slightly cheaper price point, the Safety 1st Summit is a great convertible car seat packed with quality safety features.
Like the previous Britax, this Safety First car seat can accommodate your child in the rear facing position for much longer than standard car seats. With this car seat children can remain in the rear facing position up to 30 months, or around 2.5 years of age.
Other safety elements of the Summit Safety 1st car seat include additional support for side impact protection as well as being ISOFIX compatible to ensure correct installation. Other features include an adjustable headrest, 3 position recline, 5 position headrest, easy to change harness adjustment, removable infant insert and a machine washable cover.
Suitable for newborns up to the age of around 4, the Safety 1St Summit is a great option for parents after a quality convertible car seat. Read any Safety First car seat reviews and you’ll find many parents very happy with this product.
For parents after an inexpensive yet great quality car seat, the Mothers Choice Avoro Convertible car seat is well worth considering.
This car seat is easy to install and designed to be used in the rear facing position until the baby is around 6 months of age, and then the forward facing position for children up to around the age of 4.
The car seat features a multi position headrest, 2 recline position, removable infant insert and padded belt mates and an easy to remove machine washable cover.
For parents after an inexpensive car seat without all the extras, this Mothers Choice Avoro car seat is a good option and is super lightweight too. These cheap toddler car seats and baby seats are also backed by a 6 year warranty.
Another car seat from the popular MAXI COSI brand, this is the Moda, a full size car seat packed with various safety and comfort features.
Like all top quality car seats, the Moda features additional side air protection as well as crash absorbing technology which provides a crumple zone for full body protection. Additional safety features include the ability for the child to remain in the rear facing position up to 30 months and the car seat is ISOFIX compatible which helps parents correctly install the car seat.
For the child’s comfort, the car seat is made from a wicking fabric which draws moisture away from the skin keeping the child cool. The car seat also features an easy to adjust 6 point harness and 5 adjustable headrest positions, ensuring the perfect fit even as the child grows.
Other great features include removable infant insert, machine washable cover, car seat protector mat, padded belt mates and a lifetime warranty of 10 Years on the shell and 3 years on the fabric.
For parents that want a top quality car seat for their child, this convertible car seat from MAXI COSI is a great one to check out.
Britax claims that this ISOFIX compatible Safe N Sound Platinum convertible car seat is their most safety advanced car seat yet. While the Platinum may well be the most expensive car seat in this guide, read any Britax car seat reviews and you’ll see it’s also the safest.
In terms of safety features, this Britax infant car seat features 180° side impact technology which provides both the head and torso protection and minimises energy impact to your child in the case of an accident. The car seat also has deeper side wings which shield your child’s head. Plus children can remain in the rear facing position up to the age of 2-3.
While the simple to use push button harness makes it simple to ensure your child is properly secured. Other features include shoulder pads, an adjustable harness and headrest, 4 recline positions providing support, a handy storage pocket, full length car seat protector and a colourful holder for a dummy clip or toys.
Being ISOFIX compatible and having ISOFLEX connectors, this car seat is easy to install. If you’re looking for a car seat featuring all the bells and whistles in terms of safety features, definitely consider the Platinum PRO SITC.
Another really great convertible car seat for parents to consider is the InfaSecure Kompressor 4 Astra. This car seat is another narrow and compact car seat so perfect for parents with small cars or multiple children in car seats.
Like all good quality car seats, the Kompressor allows for children to remain in the rear facing position for up to 30 months. It also features enhanced side impact protection which dramatically reduces the impact in the case of an accident and the shape of the seat is designed to reduce the forces on a child’s head and body during a side impact accident.
This car seat is ultra narrow and ultra low. Its widest point is just 44cm and it’s also 3.5cm shorter than the standard car seat height. This car seat is still super roomy, with the harness able to accommodate a large 4 year old child or even an average size 6 year old.
The fabric used on the car seat cover is hard wearing as well as breathable. An added bonus is the cover is removable without having to uninstall the seat and machine washable. Other features include easy to use harness adjuster, 9 recline positions, 5 shoulder slot heights and it’s ISOFIX compatible, so easy to install.
This car seat is a great all rounder, it’s lightweight and with a narrow and compact design perfect for use in small cars or where multiple car seats are in use.
For parents requiring a narrow car seat for a smaller car or due to having multiple children in car seats, the MAXI COSI Vela Slim car seat is a perfect choice. This is a lightweight, narrow car seat packed with safety features to protect your child.
Having a narrow car seat doesn’t need to mean compromising on safety features. This car seat is one of the few narrow car seats that features the Air Protect Superior Side Impact Protection. It’s also ISOFIX compatible to ensure correct and safe installation and children can remain in the rear facing position for up to 30 months.
This car seat makes it easy to adjust for your child while in the car with an easy to adjust harness. Other features include an adjustable headrest with 5 different positions, 6 point harness, 3 recline positions, soft infant insert and soft wicking fabric to keep baby cool which is also removable and machine washable.
Coming with a 10 year warranty on hardware and the ability to get a brand new car seat in the case of the original being in a car accident, parents can purchase the Maxi Cosi Vela Slim car seat with complete confidence and peace of mind.
The newest child car seat from Britax is the Safe N Sound Graphene. This is a great choice for parents who love the Britax brand but are wanting a narrow and compact car seat.
This narrow car seat is perfect for small cars or even where you have multiple children in car seats. At its widest point, this car seat is 44cm across when in the forward facing position or 51cm in the rear facing position.
Despite being a narrow car seat it still has all the great safety features Britax are renowned for. This car seat has both additional side impact cushioning as well as torso protection both of which reduces the force in the case of an accident. It also has deep side wings that shield the child’s head in a side crash.
Additional safety features include the ability to keep children in the safer rear facing position for longer with the ability to have children in this position up to 30 months old. The car seat is also ISOFIX compatible so much easier for parents to install correctly.
The car seat is also super comfortable for the children with the soft bamboo fabric which has great airflow and wicks moisture away. Other features include an easy to adjust harness for a perfect and secure fit and a 2 recline position.
Suitable for children from birth to around 4 years of age, this is the best Britax car seat for parents needing a narrow and compact option.
The Infa Secure Quattro is another great option from InfaSecure for families looking for a quality convertible car seat. This car seat is another narrow and compact car seat so perfect for parents with small cars or for families needing to fit in three car seats.
At just 42cm at the widest point, this is the narrowest car seat in these reviews by 2cms. So if all the other car seats are just too wide – definitely check out this one. In fact it’s officially rated as Australia’s slimmest car seat.
Like all good quality car seats, the Quattro allows children to remain in the rear facing position for up to 30 months. It also features enhanced side impact protection which dramatically reduces the impact in the case of an accident and the shape of the seat is designed to reduce the forces on a child’s head and body during a side impact accident.
The fabric used on the car seat cover is hard wearing as well as breathable. An added bonus is the cover is removable without having to uninstall the seat and machine washable. Other features include an easy to adjust harness and headrest, 9 recline positions and twist resistant shoulder straps.
For parents after a super narrow car seat and when everything else is simply too wide, the Quattro is the one to consider.
If you already have a newborn capsule and are now looking for a forward facing car seat, this Safety 1st Solo booster car seat is brilliant – it will in fact see you through until your child is around 8 years of age.
This is a slim fit booster so perfect for smaller vehicles, particularly for families needing three car seats across. Despite being a slim fit car seat it still features large side wings for maximum side protection.
This convertible booster is perfect in toddler mode for children aged 6 months to around 4 years of age and can then be converted to booster mode with a lap sash for older children.
In the toddler mode, the car seat features a 5 position headrest to accommodate your child as they grow, as well as a comfortable armrest. The car seat also includes removable infant inserts, large retractable cup holders on both sides and the all important removable machine washable covers.
For families after a car seat for babies older than 6 months, this Solo car seat is a great slim fit option.
I hope you found this guide on choosing the best car seat for your child helpful. I’ve written a range of product guides on this site, including choosing the best breast pump, best nappy bag, best baby sleeping, pram and more.
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