Best Convertible Car Seats

We drive our children everywhere, on their very first ride home from the hospital to kindergarten to dance recitals and football matches. A baby car seat is an essential tool for every new or expectant parent to keep your toddlers safe while on the roads. Continue reading...

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Maxi-Cosi Pria Car Seats

Maxi-Cosi Pria Car Seats

4.9  (67)
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  • Price (RRP) $849 to $999
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Vic L
Vic LWA3 posts
  Pria
Britax Safe-n-Sound Graphene

Britax Safe-n-Sound Graphene 🏆 2024

4.4  (75)
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  • Price (RRP) $629
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BrisbaneGuy23
BrisbaneGuy23QLD2 posts
 
Recline mode isn't reclined at allWhen it is rear-facing there is absolutely no room and your kids knees will be in their face. When it's forward facing the mode they call "recline" isn't reclined at all making it more dangerous. For our second car we bought a cheaper maxi cosi and it turns out that one is better in basically every way
Maxi-Cosi Vita Pro

Maxi-Cosi Vita Pro

4.2  (75)
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  • Price (RRP) $849
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Weronika
Weronika
 
Maxi-Cosi Moda

Maxi-Cosi Moda

4.1  (62)
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$689.99RRP
Ash
Ash
 
Maxi-Cosi ModaGreat car seat. Baby loved it from day 1, slept in it well and has used it through toddlerhood. Easy to install and easy to clean as well. Also recommend Maxi-Cosi customer service, they have been great to deal with. Show details ·  1
Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard

Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Guard

4.4  (35)
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$449RRP
oconnor.jm
oconnor.jmVIC3 posts
 
Mixed feelingsWhile the car seat itself seems comfortable for my grandson and the height adjustment is easy, releasing the straps to loosen or tighten is extremely hard to do. Pressing the lever and pulling the straps is really hard and sometimes I have to pull straps from under the seat. Is this normal? Show details
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Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq

Britax Safe-n-Sound Compaq

3.9  (52)
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$449RRP
Mia T.
Mia T.NSW
 
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Mother's Choice Tempo

Mother's Choice Tempo

4.3  (26)
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$179RRP
ellasyn
ellasynQLD8 posts
 
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Safety 1st Summit ISO AP

Safety 1st Summit ISO AP

3.8  (36)
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$429RRP
Amy Jess
Amy Jess2 posts
 
Maxi-Cosi Nova Car Seats

Maxi-Cosi Nova Car Seats

4.7  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $469 to $499
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Emmy
EmmyVIC
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Maxi-Cosi
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Hi Emmy, Thanks for providing your review. Could you please contact our customer service team on 1300 809 526 so that we may assist you further. Thanks. Regards Claire - Maxi Cosi Team.

Britax Safe-n-Sound Brava

Britax Safe-n-Sound Brava

3.9  (22)
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  • Price (RRP) $499
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Tennille C.
Tennille C.QLD8 posts
 
Britax Safe-n-Sound B-Compaq ifix+

Britax Safe-n-Sound B-Compaq ifix+

5.0  (11)
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$679RRP
Nelly Soleil
Nelly SoleilVIC2 posts
  Fair Incentive
Mother's Choice Serenity

Mother's Choice Serenity

4.5  (14)
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$169RRP
kraftykuts95
kraftykuts95VIC7 posts
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Perfect for new born to toddlerEasy to use, with several seat positions. Looks durable and feels sturdy, it should last from new born to toddler. Wont have to buy another seat. It has an inner removable seat for new born. Show details ·  1
Maxi-Cosi Vita Smart

Maxi-Cosi Vita Smart

4.6  (11)
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$749RRP
Karoline Kohl
Karoline KohlNSW
  Verified
Maxi-Cosi Vela Slim

Maxi-Cosi Vela Slim

4.6  (11)
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$569RRP
Lisa Trigg
Lisa Trigg
 
Perfect would not have any other brandWonderful product , I would not put my baby in any other . It delivers all features mentioned Show details ·  1
Maxi-Cosi Euro Slim Car Seat

Maxi-Cosi Euro Slim Car Seat

4.8  (10)
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$549RRP
Ash
AshSA10 posts
 
Mother's Choice Adore AP Convertible Car Seat

Mother's Choice Adore AP Convertible Car Seat

4.5  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $469
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Samantha
SamanthaWA2 posts
 
Baby sleeps in carEasy to install and easy to adjust when baby grows. Our baby was premature and fitted in when we came home from the hospital. He now sleeps in the car quite often and seems comfortable.
The only thing that we do t like is the tether strap clip is around the wrong way so it is a but difficult to undo. Show details ·  1
Maxi-Cosi Euro Plus

Maxi-Cosi Euro Plus

3.6  (14)
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$679RRP
Tyler H.
Tyler H.NSW
 
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Britax Safe-n-Sound b-first ClickTight

Britax Safe-n-Sound b-first ClickTight

3.2  (19)
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$949RRP
Dracon
Dracon22 posts
 
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Britax Safe-n-Sound b-grow ClickTight+

Britax Safe-n-Sound b-grow ClickTight+

4.3  (4)
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  • Price (RRP) $799
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Mother of 2
Mother of 2NSW3 posts
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Seat badly designedMy son 3.5 years old started complaining that he is hurting in his seat,we have to use insert that designed for babies
Very uncomfortable seat , as it has a hole in the middle of the seat , which is covered with hard cover for buckle . Very unhappy with the purchase Show details
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Maxi Cosi Nero

Maxi Cosi Nero

4.0  (4)
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$699RRP
Sarah and Josh
Sarah and JoshQLD
 
Promt serviceHave been really happy with the service provided by Maxi Cosi, we had to replace our Durel Air pods in the head rest and they dispatched them right away, no questions asked, are really pleased with the promt response and assistance. Show details ·  1
Infasecure Achieve Premium

Infasecure Achieve Premium

2.9  (7)
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$779.99RRP
Ros
Ros2 posts
 
Infasecure Quattro Astra

Infasecure Quattro Astra

4.7  (3)
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$619.99RRP
Chrissylee
ChrissyleeVIC3 posts
 
Love it BUTLove this car seat highly recommend BUT my newborn was to small for it she was 7pound 3. Had to buy 2nd seat for the first few months.
Very easy to set up and she's comfortable sitting in seat now that she's older Show details
Mother's Choice Infinity

Mother's Choice Infinity

3.0  (5)
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$749RRP
Zoe T.
Zoe T.Western Australia
 
Mother's Choice
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Hi Zoe, Thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear this happened. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our customer service team who can assist you further 1300 809 526. Kind Regards Claire - Mothers Choice Team

Infasecure Attain Premium

Infasecure Attain Premium

4.0  (3)
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$699.99RRP
Kiri
KiriQLD
  Verified
InfaSecure
InfaSecure   DM   
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Britax Safe-n-Sound Graphene+

Britax Safe-n-Sound Graphene+

2.3  (8)
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$679RRP
Binyam T.
Binyam T.VIC3 posts
  Verified
Baby Uncomfortable in it most timesBaby always screams in the car seat. Most of the time uncomfortable and restless. We have tried adjusting it, tried taking out insert etc. Was professionally installed as well. Sometimes baby manages to sleep but 90% of the time she is screaming in pain. Thinking of swapping it with different car seat altogether. Show details
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InfaSecure Ranger II Eclipse

InfaSecure Ranger II Eclipse

5.0  (2)
 Summary
$249RRP
Melissa S.
Melissa S.NSW13 posts
  Verified
Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Rider (2018)

Britax Safe-n-Sound Maxi Rider (2018)

5.0  (2)
 Summary
$549RRP
Roger D.
Roger D.NSW6 posts
 
Britax Safe-n-Sound B-First ifix+

Britax Safe-n-Sound B-First ifix+

5.0  (2)
 Summary
$799RRP
Bella Y.
Bella Y.VIC
 
Mother's Choice Accord AP

Mother's Choice Accord AP

5.0  (2)
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$329RRP
Claudia L.
Claudia L.
 
Easy to use, good customer service and great value for the priceThe seat was easy to install and my 4 month old seems comfortable with the newborn insert. It’s easy to take Bub in and out too. We misplaced one of the harness pads when moving the seat into another car and customer service was great - they offered to send a replacement right away.
For a seat that’s quite affordable, it’s great value for money! Show reply
Britax Safe-n-Sound B-First ifix TEX

Britax Safe-n-Sound B-First ifix TEX

5.0  (2)
 Summary
$799RRP
Caroline
CarolineVIC
 

When shopping for a baby car seat, there are several things to keep in mind, particularly the official Australian road safety requirements. On top of this, there are an array of baby seats differing in weight, size, design, restraint and anchorage type. Keep reading to find out which is most suitable for your specific needs.

Mother putting baby in car seat restraint

Child car seat laws in Australia

Child age and size

Child car seat laws keep your children safe on the roads and follow a system based on size and approximate age. As children grow at vastly different rates, it's always safest to use the car seat that is most suitable for your child's size, rather than just relying on their age.

  • 0 - 6 months: Must use a rear-facing child car seat
  • 6 months - 4 years: Must use a rear or forward-facing child car seat with inbuilt harness
  • 4 years - 7 years (or 144cm): Must use a forward-facing child car seat with inbuilt harness or booster seat
  • 145cm or taller: Must use an adult seat belt

To protect your children the most effectively, move them up a size category if you notice they are growing too big for their current baby car seat or if their shoulders reach past the markings on the seat.

Front and back seat laws

While your toddlers might put up a fight to sit in the front seat to enjoy the view, refrain from doing so. Because front seats contain airbags that protect adults but can endanger a small child, laws dictate the placement of the baby car seat depending on the child's age and the number of rows in the vehicle.

For vehicles with multiple rows:

  • 0 - 4 years: Cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows
  • 4 years - 7 years: Cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with two or more rows, unless all other back seats are occupied by children younger than 7 years of age in an approved child restraint or booster seat

When there is only one row of seats available (in the case of sports cars or a single cab ute):

  • A child younger than 7 can sit in the front seat of a one-row vehicle in the case that they are properly restrained, using an anchorage point if required
  • A child in a rearward-facing car seat should not be placed in the front seat of a vehicle where there is an airbag

If your vehicle doesn't have two rows of seats, it's vital you disable the airbags before securing your child in the front seat in the appropriate restraint. The safest place for children aged 12 years and younger is always to sit in the rear. While both rear side positions are very safe, the most secure position is in the rear middle, away from potential crash entry points.

Standard label

Make sure your baby car seat is tested and suitable for use in Australia - all child car seats sold, bought and used in Australia must meet the Australian and New Zealand standards AS/NZS 1754 which quality-assures materials, design, performance, labelling, construction and testing.

You can find the standards label printed on your car seat or packaging. Similarly, all additional accessories such as covers, inserts, paddings and seat belt modifiers will contain the AS/NZS 8005:2013 label.

While it might be tempting to accept hand-me-downs from friends with older children or buy second-hand, these seats may no longer comply with current safety regulations or work as effectively as a new baby car seat. If you'd like to know more about what to look for when buying second-hand, keep reading until the end.

Types of child restraints

Rear-facing and front-facing

Mother putting baby in rearward facing baby car seat

  • Rear-facing seats offer the best protection as they keep the child's head, neck and spine aligned during impact. The seat absorbs the force of the crash rather than the body. This is why rear-facing seats are essential for newborns and babies between 0-6 months.

  • A forward-facing seat slows down the body in the event of a crash but does not support the head, neck and spine. It is more comfortable for larger children who have outgrown rear-facing seats.

Types of car seats

When choosing which seat type works best for you, there are a few things to consider.

Baby capsules

Baby capsules refer to baby car seats that are one-size, as opposed to convertible seats which can be height adjusted and 'grow' with your child for several years. Capsules can only be used in a rear-facing position and are designed specifically for newborns up to 6 months old or 9kg. After this, a new car seat must be bought. Capsules can be hired for a cost-effective solution.

Baby capsule seats are the most lightweight and convenient option. They are made with newborns and young babies in mind, are great for transferring your baby in and out of the car and for use in a suitable pram or stroller.

Convertible car seats

Convertible child car seats can be used as either rear-facing or forward-facing and provide an inbuilt harness. They can come with adjustable height features which mean that your child can use this seat from 0-7 years or until they are big enough to use a booster seat.

Convertible seats provide durable long-term use and are safer for younger children since they allow your baby to be positioned rear-facing for longer.

Combination car seats

Combination child car seats are forward-facing only with an inbuilt tether. The seat can then be converted into a belt-positioning booster seat as needed. They can be used when your child is 6 months-12 years. However, it is recommended that children use a rear-facing seat for as long as possible for maximum protection.

Combination car seats have the longest potential lifespan, however, it is recommended to use rear-facing seats for as long as possible before transitioning to forward-facing.

Booster seats

Booster seats should be used after your child outgrows forward-facing seats but remains under 145cm tall, a height typically reached at 11-12 years of age.

ISOFIX and seat belt anchor system

ISOFIX anchor points in car

ISOFIX is a term you'll see often when browsing for a baby car seat and it simply refers to an installation method that involves clipping the car seat into anchorage points already pre-built into the car. Many new cars are compatible with this method which is easy, safe and straightforward.

The traditional seat belt anchor system is just as safe when installed correctly - this involves looping an adult seat belt around the baby car seat in strategic, marked-out points and additional top tethers.

It is recommended where possible that you have your baby car seat professionally fitted at an authorised fitting station for optimum safety.

ISOFIX car restraints are very popular in Europe, so if buying online, ensure that yours isn't from overseas and complies with Australian safety standards.

Factors to consider before buying

Compatibility with your car

Above all else, it's important to make sure that your baby car seat is compatible with your car. This involves checking:

  • Size: Many stores will allow you to test the fit of the product in your car before purchasing. Check that the baby car seat rests comfortably and squarely on the base of the adult seat. If you aim to use the same car seat in multiple cars, check that it fits in each one.
  • Restraint type: Make sure you are using the appropriate restraint for your child's size at all times.
  • Accessories: There are many add-ons that you can buy to embellish your car seat such as guards, cushion pads and strap covers, but make sure that they do not affect the tightness of the harness or restraint. As a general rule, there should be no slack in the harness and you should not be able to pinch the webbing on the harness strap near your child's shoulders.
  • Anchorage points/seat belt: The child car seat must be properly fitted for maximum efficiency, and this can be done in a variety of methods as outlined previously. Seat belt extensions can also be bought if the current seat belt length is not sufficient.

Additional factors:

  • Build quality: It's important to consider how durable your new investment will be - Britax Safe-n-Sound car seat is the 4-year-reigning Award winner, ranking 4.9 out of 5 in this category among reviewers.
  • Ease of use: For parents and carers who need to switch between different cars or for use in taxis, it's important to take into consideration the weight of the product. Many capsules can be detached from the base and carried for an easy transition between your home and the car.
  • Safety: New baby seat products with the 1754 label have been deemed safe to use by Australian regulations.
  • Value for money: Depending on your necessities, the price can range from $49.99 to $899.00. Those in the higher range promise durability, comfort, sleek design, convenience and flexibility. If you don't want to dish out for those luxuries, the car seats in the lower range are equally as safe when fitted correctly - just without the frills.
  • Cleaning & Maintenance: Children naturally attract mess so it's wise to consider if the inserts and covers can be removed, washed or replaced easily.
  • Ease of Installation: Take time to read the instructions manual to familiarise yourself with the product's functions and how easy it is to use.
  • Ease of height adjustment: Many brands, such as Maxi-Cosi offer car seats and capsules with adjustable heights for precise comfort and safety.
  • Colour and design: Whatever your child's newest obsession is, Spiderman or butterflies, you can find the matching design, or more modern options, in the array of design choices available.

Should I buy second-hand?

It's not recommended to buy a second-hand child car seat or capsule unless you know the entire history of the seat, and even in the case that you do, it's always the safer option to purchase a new seat that has recently undergone the necessary safety checks. Sometimes, the temptingly low second-hand prices are because a baby car seat is coming to the end of its expiration date which is normally between 6-10 years after it was made.

Should you wish to purchase one second-hand, make sure that the product

  • Is less than 6-10 years old - you can find the date of manufacture printed on the seat
  • Has the AS/NZS 1754 sticker or print
  • Has an accompanying instruction manual
  • Has no cracks, marks or fraying on the harness or outer shell
  • Has a functioning buckle
  • Is compatible with your car
  • Has never been in an accident previously

Conclusion

Overall, there are many important factors to take into consideration before purchasing the most suitable baby car seat for your particular vehicle and child. Depending on the embellishments and additional features you require, a good car seat can be bought in the proximity of $49 - $899. While those in the medium to higher range may seem very expensive, they can often save you money in the long run as they are versatile and durable with less need for replacement.

Investing in your child's safety is one of the best choices you can make and one that should be made with all the necessary information available. You can compare the best baby car seats available in Australia on our website today using our easy choose and compare method.

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