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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.

Here is our list of the Best Car Seats in Australia – 2021 Edition

Standing in front of a huge row of car seats from different manufacturers 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 the bargains are.

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 ‘Maxi Guard Pro’ 


Age Suitability: 6 months to 8 years old

Price: $699.00

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

Stockist:  Baby Bunting



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.

Our pick for the very best car seat in Australia!

 

 

2. Britax Safe N Sound B-First+ Convertible Car Seat

Age Suitability:  Newborn to 4 years
Price: $849
Colour: Grey Opal (pictured) and Black Opal
Stockist: Baby Bunting



The latest 2021 offering by Britax – this amazing car seat is the ultimate in-car safety.  It features the ‘clicktight’ installation system which means you can install the seat in a matter of seconds.  The car seat also has additional side-impact cushions.

The fabric is the Thermo5 which is breathable and comfortable.  The seat also has ‘ventilation’ zones which improves the air-flow to bub, especially when they are seated rear first.

If safety is your first concern, this is the car seat for you.

More information >

3. Britax Safe N Sound Brava


Age Suitability: Birth to 2-3 years old

Price: $499 at Baby Bunting 


Colour: Available in Black and Grey


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.

 

 


4. Britax Safe N Sound Millenia


Age Suitability: Newborn to 4 years of age.

Price: Prices range from $499 to $799, Baby Bunting has the Britax Safe N Sound Millenia available for $479

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


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.


 

 

 

 

5. Maxi Cosi Nero Convertible Car Seat

Age Suitability:  Newborn to 4 years
Price: $699
Colour: Black
Stockist: Baby Bunting




6. 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)


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.”


 

 

 

 

 

7. Britax Safe N Sound Maxi Guard Pro+ 


Age Suitability: 6 months to 8 years old

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

Colour: Grey Opal (pictured), and Black Opal


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.


 

 

 

8. 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)


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.


 

 

 

 

 

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


Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

Price: Prices range from $369 – $399.

Colour: Black Raven (pictured) and Concrete Grey


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.


 

 

 

 

10. Joie ‘Trillo’ Booster Seat Ember


Age Suitability: 4 years to 8 years of age

Price: $149 from Baby Bunting


Colour: Black


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.




 

11. Britax Safe N Sound Compaq


Age Suitability: Birth to 4 years of age

Price: Prices are from $299 – $339

Colour: Greystone (pictured) and Kohl Black

Stockist:  Baby Bunting



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

 

 

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


Age Suitability: 4 years to 10 years of age

Price: $259.00

Colour: Grey or Black (Pictured above)

Stockist: Baby Bunting



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)


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

 

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.



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