How To Choose The RIght Car Seat

Choosing The Right Car Seat

I have been looking for a car seat for Little G for a while now. She had outgrown her old seat and after reading all about booster cushions I needed to make sure I chose the perfect seat.

choosing the right car seat

Working with Britax has opened my eyes so much and thankfully I am able to pass the information on to you, so you can make the best decisions too. I will admit that in the past cost has been a factor when looking for car seats but now I feel so ridiculous for putting a price on safety!! No savings in the world are worth more than my child.

With that in mind I do not want to throw money around when there is no need so I used their fit finder tool and found the perfect seat for our car- The Britax Evolva 1-2-3 Plus. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one for us!

The Evolva is suitable for age 9 months  – 12 years (or 9 to 36kg) so it will be able to grow with her as she gets older. Obviously she is older than the earliest stage but it will still last her for the next 8 years or so which is fantastic!

Britax Evolva headrest

The headrest is adjustable and I like that it cradles her head- the wings are cushioned so would be great in the event of a side-impact collision.

Britax Evolva harnessBritax Evolva click & safe

One thing I really wanted to have in a car seat was an easy to adjust harness. Her old seat was so difficult to adjust, I would almost break my arm trying to pull on the strap!! The Evolva is smooth and it also has the Click & Safe system which I really like. When the harness is at the optimum position you hear a click- great for my mum who never knows how tight to pull it!

Britax Evolva drink holderNifty little cup holder on each side of the seat!

Strapping it in is easy- feeding the seat belt through the back and pressing in with your knee to get the perfect fit. I still seem to be the only one that is able to do it though (and that has been the same for any of the car seats we have had). Mr F really struggles with installing them- just shows how many other parents must be struggling out there too!

Britax car seats

We also bought a Britax Prince for LJ as she was like a sardine in her baby seat at 18 months. I am really pleased with myself for waiting so long. I am ashamed to say I moved Little G into a bigger seat when she was 9 months old- far too young!

I am really happy with the girls’ new seats and know they are in the best hands with Britax, I couldn’t be happier!

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We were sent the Evolva as part of my work with Britax, all thoughts and words are my own and as you can see, we love Britax enough to have bought another one! 

22 Comments

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    caroline
    August 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Great tips, I am also very picky when it comes to car seats. We have Arthur in the Britax First Class Plus which I love. I wanted the Evolva for Harry and Matilda but because we have 3 seats we needed something abit slimmer so have gone for the Maxi Cosi Rodi Air Protect which I also love. Its a huge decision though. Great collaboration for you to be able to get tips from the best too 🙂 x

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      Katy
      August 11, 2015 at 10:51 am

      That is the problem with bigger families isn’t it? I sat between the two car seats the other day and was so squashed!! x

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    August 11, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Fab tips hun. I love the cup holders, inspired! xx

    • Reply
      Katy
      August 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

      They are G’s favourite bit! x

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    Lisa | It's a Blogs Life
    August 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    This was a great post to pop up on my twitter feed – I too am looking into the next stage car-seat for my little boy.

    Can I ask … what is the weight limit for the 5 point harness?

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      Katy
      August 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

      Just had a quick look, they say 9-18kg for the 5 point and 15-36kg for the 3 point seatbelt. G is almost 4 and the harness still fits her fine and with plenty of room, the headrest has a couple of notches up too so I would say it will fit her until at least 5- she is small/medium build and height. Hope that helps x

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    Mini Travellers
    August 12, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Really really good post Katy, thanks for writing it. There is so much bad advice out there. #kidscorner

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    Emma's Mamma
    August 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

    It looks fab – love the cup holders and the fact that it clicks when the seatbelt is tightened. We ended up splashing out a fortune on Emma’s carseat but I wanted to have the safest one possible after reading horror story after horror story of children being strapped in wrongly or in the wrong size seat. Thanks for sharing! x #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      At least you know she is safe and hopefully you can use it again or sell it x

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    Sara @ Handy Herbs
    August 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Very informative Katy. Thanks for sharing – will definitely be taking this all into account. Always such a difficult decision to make with sometimes conflicting advice.Thanks for hosting #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      Always conflicting advice so I think just go with your gut x

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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    August 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I love Britax car seats, I have one myself. They are strong & comfortable. Love the little cup holder there too – nice touch! Great review Katy, thanks for sharing it with us #KidsCorner x

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      Made me giggle as I am picturing you in a car seat 😉

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    August 13, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    looks super comfy and as long as it’s safe that’s all that matters. #kidscorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Exactly, safety first x

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    MudpieFridays
    August 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    We really need to look at options for Monkey in the next few months, but its a bit of a minefield and I don’t know where to start!! Thank you for this though I will look into it 🙂 #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      Hope you can find a good one x

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    Kiri
    August 14, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Clara is still in her baby seat at 14 months and she’s starting to get a little big so will have to move her into a bigger seat soon. We bought a bigger one from mamas and papas but we need another one so we have one in both cars. It can get very expensive!

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      It can get expensive but then I remind myself that the cost is nothing compared to the loss I would feel if anything happened to them. x

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    Su
    August 14, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Nice! I am also looking for new car seat for both Ethan & Evelyn too. Will need to check Britax out! Really like the drink compartment. Handy! 🙂 x #KidsCornor

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      Katy
      August 18, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      They are a fab brand x

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