THE NEW CAR SEAT GUIDELINES | WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Choosing the right car seat can be so confusing. Not only trying to decide between front & rear facing but there's the new i-Size guidelines to try and get your head around too. I didn't realise there was going to be such a big change, especially for babies. So here's the new car seat guidelines and what you need to know:

Choosing the right car seat can be so confusing. Not only trying to decide between front & rear facing but there’s the new i-Size guidelines to try and get your head around too. I didn’t realise there was going to be such a big change, especially for babies. So here’s the new car seat guidelines and the three main questions answered:

1. HAS THE LAW CHANGED?

The UK laws changed in April 2015 when the standard i-Size became part of UK legislation. It doesn’t replace the old legislation but runs along side it. It’ll be 2018 before only i-Size car seats will be sold so you won’t need to replace your car seat just yet. However, the new legislation does affect car seats for children under 15 months eg Group 0+ and Group 1 car seats. The new i-Size requires children to stay rear facing until they are 15 months old. Currently only babies up to 9kg have to be rear facing.

2. WHAT IS I-SIZE?

At the moment, all children travelling in a car must use the right car seat for their height or weight until they are either 135cm in height or 12 years old, whichever comes first.

The new i-Size car seats mean height rather than age or weight which should make it easier to choose the right car seat. Currently it only affects car seats or children under 15 months but additional legislation will be brought in slowly affecting car seats for older children. These will be developed over the next couple of years.

Eventually all car seats will be ISOFIX meaning they won’t have to be installed using seat belts. ISOFIX reduces the risk of incorrect installation, many parents install car seats wrong without realising. All new cars re now ISOFIX ready.

3. ARE BOOSTER SEATS BEING BANNED?

No new law has currently been passed however car seat safety for children over 15 months is currently being reviewed. The discussions include only making booster seats available for children over 22kg and 125cm, about four years old.

Archie is almost four and I just wouldn’t use a booster seat for him. He still seems far too young. He has Autism so that has a major impact on our choice of car seat as he lacks communication skills and understanding so I’d be so worried about him completely escaping from a booster seat and rolling around the back of the car. I want Archie in a high back car seat which is more secure, I know he can’t climb out.

Choosing the right car seat can be so confusing. Not only trying to decide between front & rear facing but there's the new i-Size guidelines to try and get your head around too. I didn't realise there was going to be such a big change, especially for babies. So here's the new car seat guidelines and what you need to know:

Currently we have the Cosatto Zoomi Group 123 in the Cuddle Monster design which I absolutely love but really want to upgrade to the new Zoomi Big Fish when I finally get my own car, ready for when he starts at his new Special Needs school this September. It has the 5-point plus anti-escape system meaning no matter how hard they try there’s no wiggling out of the straps. It would be amazing not having to worry about him escaping in the back and how cool is the design? He loves sharks so would love putting his bum into this seat.

Have you thought about getting a new car seat? Or how the new legislation will affect you & your kids?

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56 Comments

  1. July 20, 2016 / 11:42 am

    Thanks for the info. My daughter is five, will be six-years-old next month and we’re currently using a booster. All her friends are actually… So was a bit worried about whether we’re doing the right thing? 🙂
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  2. July 20, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    Yes!! Trying to get my head round all the legislation and what I need. My boy is 9 months so still in the first stage rear facing seat atm. I love my Cosatto travel system (Pixelate) and would absolutely love one of these car seats! They are so bright and I love the anti wriggle system! Great choice of seat!!

    • July 24, 2016 / 10:45 am

      I love the pixelate, so funky. Cosatto have such a fab range of car seats, with most doing all ages x
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  3. July 20, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Neither me or my husband drive but we do have a car seat for just in case days. I guess we’ll have to think about getting something else at some point

    • July 24, 2016 / 10:46 am

      There’s so many now that go from a car seat to a booster seat so you don’t have to keep replacing them
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  4. July 20, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Lovely photos! I LOVE that cuddle monster design. I have tween/teenagers, so next time I look at car seats will probably be for their kids…omg! Not for a long time 🙂 I can remember that fear of putting them in booster seats – the fear of escapees! Good luck with your choices – it’s a minefield. Alison x #BloggerClubUK

  5. July 20, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    I think it’s so important for parents to know about proper car seat safety! The child’s safety is so important and not enough people realise that children of all ages need seats, not just babies/toddlers. I love the car seat design, it’s really lovely and unique.

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    • July 24, 2016 / 10:49 am

      Yes! Just because they a little older doesn’t mean they are old enough to go without a seat. Archie will be in his for a loong time yet!
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  6. July 20, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Great advice. We recently had to change our car seat and read up on all the new rules to get it right. Mother care where brilliant too for explaining it all and making sure we brought what we needed x
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  7. July 21, 2016 / 8:09 am

    It makes sense to make it height related rather than age. Great post as I knew nothing about this and we are travelling to the UK next week. I wonder if there are any companies that offer seats specifically for SEN children. The shark seat looks fab! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime ?
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    • July 24, 2016 / 10:57 am

      It does as children of different ages are all different heights, my son is tall & skinny for his age
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  8. July 21, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Really great informative post. I have a 5 month old so good timing for me to read this so thank you! #ablogginggoodtime
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  9. July 21, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Boo is in a dualfix because I wanted her to be rearfacing for as long as possible and the fact it swivels round saves my back. She is only 2.5 at the min, but I can’t imagine her going in to anything but a high backed seat when the time comes to change her current seat.
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  10. July 21, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Oh I didn’t know about new legislations…we’re expecting a second baby in September so I need to get my head around car seats. It feels so complex but so vitally important, a must to get right. Thanks you #ablogginggoodtime

    • July 24, 2016 / 11:20 am

      It is so important, especially when there’s so much choice out there. It’s so easy to get confused
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  11. July 22, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Oh I love those bright colours! My son is 2 and still rearward facing in the Maxi-Cosi Pearl, which I reckon he’ll be able to stay in until he’s 4 given his current rate of growth! The new legislation can be so confusing but such an important thing to understand – thanks for sharing with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • July 24, 2016 / 11:22 am

      I love bright colours & patterns. Archie is quite tall but really skinny so we need to go off his height. I love that his current car seat will do us for years to come x
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  12. July 22, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    We will be looking to upgrade our baby car seat soon as there is no way Pudding will fit in it past 9 months to stay rear facing! I think we will go for a new i-size multi stage (probably joie) to make sure we are in line with new legislation. Thanks for highlighting this important matter #sharingthebloglove

  13. July 22, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    That car seat is amazing!I want it for myself haha. I had no idea about the new laws and actually I have no clue about car seats or whatever. My boy is front facing and our baby arriving in September will be using leos old car seat that doesn’t have isofix..it’s just a seat belt one. It seems I have a lot to research when it comes to car seats..thanks for sharing this xx #TheList
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    • July 24, 2016 / 11:39 am

      There are so many options it can get so confusing but somewhere like Mothercare, Babies r Us etc are fab for giving advice too x
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  14. July 22, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Essential information and a great post.
    Buying a car seat is a minefield at the moment.

    • July 24, 2016 / 11:40 am

      It really is Suz, there’s just so much choice you just don’t know which one is right for you
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  15. July 25, 2016 / 11:17 am

    I only vaguely knew the ins and out of this but not the nitty gritty so thanks for clearing it up! #ablogginggoodtime
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  16. July 27, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Rear facing is so much safer! I am so happy the decision has been made to be statutory! Every time I see a seat the other way round… And so many people do it that way… Fabulous post, so many people are doing it wrong because it can be confusing. When we went to the shop to get a maxi-cosi for my baby, the shop assistant was a young lad who seemed lost! I just ran away … #brillblogposts

  17. July 28, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    This is a really great post, car safety is so important. It took me and Hubs a while to find the right one, in the end we went for the Joie I-Anchor!

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  18. August 7, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I’ve actually got an old one lurking around which I need to dump, thanks for the heads up.

  19. August 7, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the great tips. Probably by the time i have kids the law will have changed again haha!

  20. August 8, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I still don’t think enough parents know about what is safe for their children. You hear too many horror stories and it’s scary x

  21. August 9, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Those booster seat sizings don’t sound right. My son’s 5 1/2 and is an average height at 115cm, so 125 would be a 6-7 year old. And weight wise, the law sounds too generous. And having the law at 22kg – with most 2.5 year olds weighing around 2 stone, that’s like saying toddlers are safe in booster seats. Madness, they really do need to change it even if they just move it up to age 6+ which fits with the height.

    He has used a booster seat for short journeys, or where other people are picking him up from after school club. They’re just more practical to move between cars (especially as our high back booster, clips through the back of the headrest which takes ages to sort out. For long journeys – although the seat belts are in the right place for him – I’d still rather he was in a high back, and will be until I can’t raise the back up far enough – probably in a couple of years going on the height of his cousins at a similar age.

    • August 9, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      The new law states that they have to be over 22kg and 125cm, so about 4 years old, the current law is 15kg which is about three years old. For me that’s still too small, I’ll be keeping mine in a high back for as long as he’ll fit!
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