Car Seat Tips & my Apramo All Stage Review

Car Seat Tips & my Apramo All Stage Review

Choosing a car seat can be time-consuming but hopefully this blog post will give you a quick guide as to what to look for!

Do you need a Baby Car Seat?

The quick answer is ‘yes’ if you plan on driving with your baby! UK law states that all babies and children should use a car seat up until they are 1.35m tall or 12 years old (which ever comes first); I didn’t actually know this until now! Some safety experts though recommend that a car seat is used for all children under 1.5m tall.

 

There are two main types of car seat for babies:

  • A baby car seat which can join on to a travel system (pram) and fixes into your car with an ISOFIX* base. These car seats are suitable from birth to 12 months and are removable. If you choose to use this type of car seat then you’ll need to buy another car seat for after 12 months.
  • A combination car seat which swivels and is suitable from birth to 4 or 12 years. These car seats are fixed into your car using an ISOFIX* and are not designed to be taken out of the car.

*ISOFIX refers to where the car seat attaches to the car; all newer cars have this attachment point in the back seats. If you have an older car it may affect what car seat you can use (you’ll need to use the seat belt attachment).

The ‘Group’ rating on car seats refers to the child’s weight, e.g. a Group 0+ car seat is suitable for birth to 13Kg (12-15 months).

For the last six weeks (since our baby’s birth!) we’ve been using a combination car seat from Apramo (All Stage) which is Group 0+, 1, 2 and 3 (birth to 36Kg or 12 years) suitable.

It’s great as it means we don’t need to buy another car seat (ever!) and it even rotates 360 degrees meaning it’s so easy to get your baby in and out of it; you just swivel it to face you then swivel it to face backwards!

The car seat is rearward facing up to 18Kg, reclines to accommodate a newborn and it even has a ‘parental alert button’ on the buckle which beeps if it becomes undone.

In addition to the car seat feeling super safe and robust (thank to the ISOFIX, and additional strap to the boot of the car; tether point) it also appears comfy for your baby (I love the fabric and padding!) and it looks great too. The car seat is easy to use and it also has the function to use the seat belt too.

To enhance our ‘driving experience’ we bought a large baby car mirror so we can our baby when we drive and added a fox rattle for entertainment (attached to the head-rest with baby links) along with a bouncing bear in the window!

We also have a ‘baby on board’ sign in the back which alerts the emergency services that a baby is in the car should we be involved in an accident.

TOP 5 CAR SEAT TIPS

  1. NEVER buy or use a second hand car seat as any wear and tear could affect its safety.
  2. REMOVE any thick or padded clothing before putting your baby/child into a car seat as these create a gap between the child and the harness e.g. padded pram suits or jackets.
  3. Use a REAR FACING carseat for the baby’s first 12-15 months (13Kg) for extra protection should you have a collision (or a combination car seat that swivels to face the back).
  4. BREAK UP your car journey every 30 minutes (for a newborn) or 2 hours for an older baby/child and don’t allow your child to sleep for more than 2 hours in a car seat attached to a travel system.
  5. As of 2017, backless boosters can only be used for children taller than 1.25m who weigh more than 22Kg.

Do you have any more car seat tips?

What car seat do you have?

Baby Carrier: Baby Bjorn
Coat: Fashion World

Out and About

Ergo Baby 360
Cuddle Liner for the Pram/Car Seat
Nuby Spiral Toy
Baby Ear Defenders
Quinny Pram
Portable Changing Mat
Rockit Baby Rocker
Socks On
Car Seat Organiser
Carrier cover
Bobble Hat
Water Bottle
Pram Organiser
Sleepsuits
Pram Lights
Travel Blanket
Car Seat Blanket
Baby on Board Sign
Pram Rain Cover
Hana Baby Wrap
Boot Protector
Fun Squeezy Travel Bottles
Squeezy Travel Bottles
Baby Car Mirror
Lamaze Firefly
Baby Bibs
Teether
Personalised Bunny Comforter
Soft Book
Lots of Links
Reusable Nursing Pads
Breast Pads
Pretty Muslins
Mother’s Cocoon
Changing Bag
Pramsuit
Baby Carrier
Car Seat
Pram or Car Seat Blanket
White Muslins
Nappy Sacks
Cellular Blankets

*I was provided with a sample to review. All words are my own and are 100% honest. This blog post contains affiliate links. Please read my disclaimer page for more information.

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My Newborn Essentials

Quinny Pram
Quinny Pram
Love this brand!
Socks On
Socks On
Because baby socks ALWAYS fall off!
Sleepsuits
Sleepsuits
An essential for day & night!
Baby on Board Sign
Baby on Board Sign
For your car!
Baby D Drops
Baby D Drops
Just 1 tiny drop daily is all you need
Baby Nail File
Baby Nail File
You pop them on your thumb!
Love to Dream Swaddle Up
Love to Dream Swaddle Up
For when my baby is too big for his Gro Snug!
Hana Baby Wrap
Hana Baby Wrap
For baby wearing!
Baby Car Mirror
Baby Car Mirror
Essential when driving alone.
Lamaze Firefly
Lamaze Firefly
Great for development!
Baby Bibs
Baby Bibs
Love the design!
Personalised Bibs
Personalised Bibs
From My 1st Years
Baby Thermometer
Baby Thermometer
From Braun
Teether
Teether
This one is so popular!
Personalised Bunny Comforter
Personalised Bunny Comforter
Such a gorgeous gift!
Soft Book
Soft Book
For the pram!
Lots of Links
Lots of Links
To attach to the toys!
Lumie Bedbug Night Light
Lumie Bedbug Night Light
We have this in our nursery.
Hair Brush
Hair Brush
The bristles are so soft!
Baby Coconut Oil
Baby Coconut Oil
I was bought this as a gift!
Black and White Book
Black and White Book
For your newborn!
Your Baby Week by Week
Your Baby Week by Week
For once your home!
Nipple Balm
Nipple Balm
Essential if you're breast feeding.
Manual Breast Pump
Manual Breast Pump
To have on hand to catch excess milk
Slow Flow Bottle
Slow Flow Bottle
To mimic breast feeding
Reusable Nursing Pads
Reusable Nursing Pads
More environmentally Friendly
Breast Pads
Breast Pads
For leaky nipples!
Pretty Muslins
Pretty Muslins
Love these from Storksak
Mother’s Cocoon
Mother’s Cocoon
For nursing your baby.
Nursing Pillow
Nursing Pillow
For you and baby.
Changing Bag
Changing Bag
Suitable for mum and dad!
Pramsuit
Pramsuit
Essential in colder weather!
Baby Carrier
Baby Carrier
I love this mini from Baby Bjorn
Car Seat
Car Seat
We have this fixed car seat - it's 0-12 years!
Pram or Car Seat Blanket
Pram or Car Seat Blanket
Love this one!
Water Wipes
Water Wipes
For nappy changes!
Aqua Wipes
Aqua Wipes
For nappy changes!
Hooded Towel
Hooded Towel
So cute for after a bath!
White Muslins
White Muslins
I love multipacks of these!
Swaddle Blankets
Swaddle Blankets
Love the panda print!
Baby Sponge
Baby Sponge
For bath time!
Soft Fleecy Blanket
Soft Fleecy Blanket
For tummy time!
Baby Bouncer
Baby Bouncer
This one vibrates too!
Angel Care Nappy Bin
Angel Care Nappy Bin
I have this in our nursery.
Nappy Sacks
Nappy Sacks
These are Eco Disposal
Nappy Cream
Nappy Cream
For sore bums!
Whale Scoop
Whale Scoop
To help wash your baby.
Bath Thermometer
Bath Thermometer
Aim for 37 degrees C.
Shnuggles Baby Bath
Shnuggles Baby Bath
Perfect for bath time!
Top & Tail Bowl
Top & Tail Bowl
For cotton wool & water washes.
Shnuggles Changing Mat
Shnuggles Changing Mat
Perfect for nappy changes!
GroEgg 2
GroEgg 2
This is bigger than the original!
Newborn GroBag/Swaddle
Newborn GroBag/Swaddle
Perfect for those early months to sleep in.
Shnuggles Moses Basket
Shnuggles Moses Basket
For 0-6 months
Flat Sheets
Flat Sheets
To go over your baby at night.
Cellular Blankets
Cellular Blankets
To go over a flat sheet at night or to be used alone in the pram.
GroEgg Original
GroEgg Original
To track room temperature (aim for 18-20 degrees!)
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