Suitable from 0-12 months
Compatible with many strollers & airlines
Can be heavy
Definitely doesnt last 12 months
This capsule is ok. Honestly I wish that we skipped it and went straight to a normal car seat instead because it didn't last us half as long as I would have expected
- Compatible with the bugaboo pram so you don't have to wake bub when you get out of the car (you must buy an adapter for it though which costs you extra)
- Doesn't take too much space. However I do have to have the seat slightly more forwards in our Mazda 6
- Convenient when you want to carry bub in it (before they get too big)
- Easy to install
- Good safety rating
Cons: ...- Doesn't last anywhere near 12 months like advertised. My bub has grown out of it by 4 months (he is an average sized baby - if anything he is on the smaller side compared to other babies his age in my mother's group). We didn't get as much use out of this capsule as I would have liked. Wish we just got a car seat instead cos its too expensive for an item that only lasted 4 months. - Heavy - for a newborn it is ok but now that bub is 4 months old, its getting really heavy to lift and carry it - Fabric is not breathable at all - bub is always getting too hot and sweating in the capsule even though we always have the aircon in the car. Even on cooler days bub still gets sweaty because the fabric is not breatheable. Additionally bub gets too hot and sweaty in it when we go to the shopping centre so that kind of detracts from the convenience of using the capsule with the pram. They need to introduce better fabric for the capsule. - Infant insert provides no head support. We only used it for a couple of weeks before bub grew out of it - Harness near the legs is not afjustable and thus digs into my baby's legs a bit - Sunshade regularly pops off
Absolutely Hated It!
I bought the unity to go with my bugaboo. I have a 2015 VW Tiguan and it absolutely won't install correctly in the back. Even trained people couldn't make it sit correctly. My four-month-old son falls forward in it because there is virtually no recline. Don't be fooled by the images you'll find of this capsule - once installed, the base must be at such a tilt that the seat is almost upright. Definitely not ideal!!
I originally bought this capsule over the Maxi Cosi Mico for the extra life that the unity was going to give (5 months in the Mico v 12 in the unity) but I honestly stopped using this as a travel system two months ago and already want to move my son out of it at four months. Wish I'd bought the Mico. Hated this!!
Solid but cumbersome and heavy
I bought this capsule in 2013 mainly because of it's compatability with the Mountain Buggy Swift. While I appreciated the convenience of this capsule with my first baby - I always felt it was really heavy and the capsule release latch would sometimes be sticky when removing from the base. It's a sturdy unit. However with my second baby I've found these issues to be even more an issue since the need to carry the capsule with a toddler in tow has proven to be extremely hard work. I also find that the infant insert is almost pointless as its barely a head support and with out it there is little padding for the infants back and bottom. I've since tested other capsules that are much lighter, more slim line and feel more comfortable to carry.
Went with this one after weighing up the pros and cons from the reviews on here, we got the isofix model and it fits well in our 2014 kia sportage. I like the idea of it clicking straight into a pram without disturbing the baby, the top straps are fiddly but i guess most straps are? Would have preferred a solid isofix mount on the base but there don't seem to be any available on the Australian market just yet? Still, the anchor points work well and it locks it in to place nice and tight. It is expensive as most capsules are ($400 delivered country victoria) but it sure beats getting an el cheapo reversible one from target or somewhere. Its worth noting too that its the only one designed with premature babies in mind.
Too Heavy and Hot also Not suited for moulded car seats
Capsule itself is far too heavy and has far too much "unbreathable" padding which caused our baby to constantly overheat and sweat horrifically. Took capsule to plunket nz to get it installed by their trained car seat installer and she advised that the capsule was not ideal as straps weren't even and padding around bubs could cause heatstroke. It also didn't fit our cars seats properly either and needed a towel proped underneath (plunket suggested this was unsafe and to get bubs in her carseat asap) Not britax fault, but would only consider purchasing if your seats were flat and not shaped to fit the body. Would be ok for cooler seasons and for those with good upper arm strength... useless for woment recovering from c sections.
Fantastic for us
Never had a problem. We did do a lot of 'trial runs' before baby was born to get used to getting it in and out and putting the strap through the plastic slots properly which can be tricky but once you are used to it, you can do it blindfolded. We stopped taking the capsule out of the car with baby after a maybe 7 months (before she used the pram seat) but still served as her rearward facing car seat till she was about 15 months old. This I was really happy with as we always wanted her to be rear facing for as long as possible and this capsule definitely allowed us to do that.
So many frustrating things about this product
For starters the base is IMPOSSIBLE to get level in the back seat. The metal buckle behind the capsule that holds the straps together gets caught all the time. There isn't enough space for it to travel through the plastic form and makes it so that one strap is tighter than the other. The canopy ALWAYS pops off and doesn't sit straight. The gap between the largest two heights for the upper straps is too large. My baby is too tall for the lower level but the next one up is way too high. Very poorly designed seat.
Doesn't last long as too heavy
If I had my time again, I wouldn't buy a capsule.
Capsules are so heavy, especially with a growing baby in them. My mum was right!
We stopped pulling ours out of the car at about 8 weeks, so it was a big waste of money. It is just too heavy. You couldn't take it shopping or anything (even from week 1)
Better off buying a baby strap on carrier (like "baby bjorn" or a "baby k'tan") and a 0-4/0-8 years car seat. Would get so much more use out of both of them.
**My baby is now 7 months and have only just realised the capsule doesn't face forward. My average size 7 months old is also, almost too big for it (her legs hang out a lot and the straps are tight)
Difficult to use
I have had the same experience as Heather below. One strap always looser than the other - on closer inspection it appears one strap is installed differently by the manufacturer. An option would me is to try and twist it but this won't budge obviously because then it wouldn't be safe. Everyone finds it too heavy on its own to carry let alone with a 7kg five month old and growing. Same as Heathers review with the sun shade issue as just falls off all the time. Worst thing is that one strap is always looser as I am forever trying to find balance between too tight and too loose. Not worth the price tag - would rather have had a cheaper lighter one without the strap issue.
Great but fiddly anchor strap!
My 70 percentile for height and 10kg toddler is still below the height marker at 15.5 months old! Great investment! My only negative point would be the fiddly anchor strap. Never used another capsule though so maybe they're all similar?
This is the greatest capsule. I used it with steelcraft profile stroller. And used with both babies. Incredible. First bub used it for around 7months but i had a big 10pound baby second and he grew out of it at 6months. But i wouldn't of wanted anything else.
I wanted to love this infant carrier. For the price, it should have been great. Instead, I found it poorly designed. The sunshade constantly popped off, and wouldn't raise/lower without dragging on the fabric of the car seat. The straps never pull out evenly and always snag underneath. I tighten the straps and end up with one too loose and one too tight. The straps also fit way too tightly across the baby's legs and always leave a mark on his skin. I think this is because the lower buckle doesn't come out far enough. The little elastic...holders for the metal buckles don't actually hold the buckles, they just slip right back out. The rubber tread on the underside popped out and broke. And I understand that all rear-facing capsules come with an anchorage strap that has to be added and removed every time the capsule is moved, but why is that? It is so inconvenient. My baby is 7 months now and has outgrown this capsule. So the "birth to 12 months" selling point is really only if you have a very small baby.
Best ever capsule
My baby is nearly 9 months old and still has another strap height setting to go. My baby feels secure and sleeps straight away. It clicks straight onto my steel craft profile umbrella stroller with no attachments. I can fold/unfold stroller one handed and place capsule on in a jiffy. (My baby's feet touch the back seat now, but they are meant to, forward facing seats don't have foot rests either)
I recommend to everyone.
Another good feature is the capsule will rock id set on the floor. So if visiting someone or doctors visit etc and baby gets unsettled, just give it a gentle rock and baby settles again!
12 months use then straight to thinner forward facing seat, clicking straight onto stroller, rocking feature when on floor
Spent a long time researching before buying this capsule, weighing up pros and cons, and in the end was happy with my choice. Like all of the capsules I imagine, great idea, especially in those early months when the little one sleeps a lot he or she can be left in peace when moving in or out of the car. Ours always fell asleep in this capsule, sometimes on the way downstairs before I even put him in the car, it must have been very comfortable! We switched to a 0-4 car seat at 5 1/2 months for reasons unrelated to the capsule, there was still gr...owing room for maybe a couple of months. It was getting a bit heavy but then my son is 80th percentile for weight and 70th for height. I imagine for a smaller baby you could go to 9 or even 12 months. I never owned another capsule so can't compare the weight. Comfortable soft fabric with good padding, which is easily removable for washing - very important:-) It didn't feel polyester-ish like some other seats. The newborn insert started to pile a bit after 5 months though. I found it easy to move in and out of the car. Great that it's compatible with a lot of prams to make up a travel system. The hood helped a lot to protect from the sun, even if it was a bit fiddly and the arch came apart a few times. I thought that the straps were extremely easy to adjust (much easier than all other car seats I used) and had plenty of length. And I like that it's included in Britax crash exchange programme - something you hope you will never need but still helps if it comes to that. As some other reviews said, it was a bit wobbly in the car and the tether strap was a pain, but I guess it's the same with all the capsules. Reasonably priced, comfortable (I guess), compatible with many prams, fabric easily removable and washable, straps are very easy to adjust. A bit heavy but then never used other capsules so can't compare - and was ok to lift it a month after c-section
We love our unity! Easy to install and use. I read complaints of it being heavy but I actually found it to be lighter than my previous capsule. Very easy to remove from car. Bub is 5 1/2 months and still has plenty of room before reaching the height markers. Also read complaints of babies outgrowing because their feet hang over the edge however this does not mean they have outgrown it as kidsafe had advised carseats are designed to do that. Tether strap is a tad fiddly but most are and it certainly isn't a deal breaker if iy means not only keep...ing bub RF for longer but also being able to get bub in/out of the car without waking for longer than any other capsule on the market! Also grateful for the adjustable crotch strap and large hood. light, easy to use expensive, but shop around we bought ours rpice matched $269
Questions & Answers
Which adapter do I need for it to fit the steelcraft accent stroller? I've watched videos of it being attached without adapters but when I try it's very unstable
Hi Jessica, thanks for your question the Steelcraft Accent stroller doesn't require adaptors however you will need to remove the adaptors from your Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity capsule to allow it to fit correct. Please refer to page 32 onward for further instructions - https://www.britax.com.au/media/13209/37002-accent-rev-handle-stroller-instructions-2013.pdf alternatively please feel free to give us a call on 1300 303 330 so we can discuss this with you in further detail. Kind regards, the Britax team.
Hello. Is my 40/B/2013 neo capsule compatible with the reds baby? It says needs 2013STD
Hi, yes it is! My friend has one, and ours is on the way.
Hi Jamie, thanks for your question. Adaptors are tested and validated for use by the stroller manufacturer. We suggest that you contact Redsbaby for further advice. Kind regards, the Britax team.
I have a Stokke stroller and I bought this capsule.
What adaptor do I need to make them work?
Hi Mounes, thanks for your question. Britax has not tested and produced as an adapter or receiver for this brand. Kind regards, the Britax Childcare team.
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The Unity ISOFIX-compatible baby capsule is Australia’s first baby capsule suitable for newborns until they are 12 months old. It is also the only baby capsule suitable for low birth weight and premature infants without restrictive medical conditions.
Provide your little one with the ultimate security with the Unity’s high side walls providing maximum side impact protection. The ISOFIX compatibility also ensures an easier installation, correct fit and a safer journey.
With the addition of Thermo5 high-performance fabric with Bamboo Charcoal, your child will travel in quality and comfort.
This capsule is suitable for use with all Click & Go-compatible strollers with no receivers required. On top of this, it is compatible with selected Steelcraft, Baby Jogger, Bugaboo, Valco and Redsbaby strollers.
THERMO5®: High-performance Thermo5® fabric with bamboo charcoal delivers premium comfort for your baby.
IDEAL FOR LOW BIRTH WEIGHT: The Unity ISOFIX Compatible Infant Carrier is suitable for low birth weight and premature infants without restrictive medical conditions due to its adjustable straps.
USE UNTIL 12 MONTHS: Australia’s first baby capsule suitable for newborns up to 12 months (approx.).
ISOFIX COMPATIBLE: Allows direct connection to the car’s ISOFIX low anchorage points.
PROTECTION: EPS foam and high side walls for maximum side impact protection.
COMPACT DESIGN: For small cars and configuration with other seats.
WEATHER PROTECTION: Large sun canopy for protection whilst out and about.
TRAVEL COMPATIBLE: The carrier section (without base) is suitable for aircraft use.
COMFORT: Includes insert, shoulder pads and crotch pads for additional support.
CLICK & GO™: Use in conjunction with CLICK & GO™ Integrated Britax Adaptors for compatibility with selected Britax, Steelcraft, and BOB travel system strollers (when used with CLICK & GO™ stroller Receivers).
INTEGRATED STABILISING BAR: Integrated stabilising bar ensures that the baby capsule does not rotate in the event of a crash.
ROTATING CARRY HANDLE: The rotating carry handle allows you to convert your capsule to a rocker or a stationary seat/feeder.
LARGE SUN CANOPY: Large sun canopy for protection whilst out and about.
What reviewers thought
Reviewers appreciated that the product was easy to use, compact in size to suit most vehicles and was easy to connect to a compatible stroller. The capsule may be on the heavy side and the installation can be a little tricky.
|Category||Baby Capsules||Baby Capsules||Baby Capsules|
|Maximum Age||1 year||1 year||1 year|
|Dimensions||430 x 475 x 545 mm||430 x 475 x 545 mm||430 x 475 x 545 mm|
|Weight||5 kg||4.5 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Black||Black/Grey, Dark Chambray/Cream|
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