Choosing The Right Car Seat
How to choose the right car seat for your infant
Whether you’re expecting your very first baby or shopping for a lively toddler, every Chicco car seat is engineered for comfort, safety, and peace of mind. World-class innovation and user-friendly touchpoints make Chicco car seats reassuringly easy to install, making every ride that much safer. With every Chicco car seat vigorously tested at the Chicco Observatory in Italy as well as being certified for each territory, you can be guaranteed safety, comfort with that little bit of Italian flair too.
In South Africa is it law to have your baby in a car seat until at least 3 year of age. When leaving the hospital with your newborn, responsible nurses will check if you have a car seat in your car. While we are one of the more relaxed global territories, many parents still like their toddler to remain in a car seat as they grow. Many car seats can expand to become toddler booster seats that can see small children up to 1.5m being safely strapped in on the road.
What is isofix? Isofix is a mechanical installation solution that comes with select car seats. It can only be used if your car has isofix adaptors, Most modern cars are made with them and they can be found by placing your hand in between the back and the seating part of your back seats. They will feel like two metal prongs. Seatbelt installation uses your cars own seat belts to wrap around certain components of the car seat, keeping it snuggly in place.
Shopping for a baby car seat can be an overwhelming experience, particularly with all the different age groups and functionality they now offer. Follow this easy guide to understand what you need for your child’s ages and stages.
This is always a rear-facing car seat that is either installed with car seats, isofix connectors or both. Some car seats offer swivel abilities to enable you to use the car seat as the child grows, other Gro 0+ car seats remain rear-facing only to allow for travel system compatibility. Gro 0+ car seats are the only car seat that is compatible with a stroller travel system. Some Gro 0+ car seats are available with a base that remains in the car to allow the seat to be removed with an easy click in/click out motion to place the seat in the travel system when the newborn is sleeping peacefully. Average max weight of use: 9-13kgs
The Chicco Cosmos car seat will take care of your baby on a 4-year journey. Cosmos is the Chicco Group 0 + / 1 car seat designed for transporting children up to 18 kg in weight in cars, approved according to ECE R44 / 04. The reducer cushion provides protection for the little ones, while the wide and welcoming seat snuggly holds older children. The comfort and reclining abilities guarantee an exceptional comfort in every phase of the growth.
Suitable for front and rear-facing. Installation with seat belts. Best-selling non-isofix car seat from Chicco. 12 months guarantee.Buy Now
The Chicco Kaily car seat is a new Group 0+ car seat that is homologated for babies up to 13kgs.The car seat is the perfect travel ally for little ones who will be rear-facing for the first couple of years of their lives. With standard seat-belt installation on the Kaily base, it is a safe and reliable car seat that will click into the base in the car, providing a sophisticated and easy travel experience.
Compatible with base for the Best Friend stroller and without a base for the Multi-Ride stroller to make convenient travel systems A safe and reliable way to travel with your little one. 12 month guarantee.Buy Now
This is a car seat category that is flexible and grows with the child. It starts with a rear-facing mechanism for newborns, usually supported by a newborn reducer to keep smaller babies snug. They are installed with either Isofix or seat-belts and as they babygrows the car seat is reinstalled or swivelled to face forward and adjusted to the size of the child.
It is a solid car seat that is not compatible with a travel system and will remain fixed in the vehicle. Average max weight capacity: 18-25kgs
Seat4Fix just got even more breathable with the new exclusive ‘Air’ edition. Includes weather canopy, exclusive to Chicco. Seat 4 Fix Group 0/1/2/3 Car Seat provides complete seating for your little one during all four stages – from birth up to 36 kg. It enables comfortable and secured seating in the rear (0-18 kg) and front-facing position, thanks to its rotating base. A durable shell is equipped with an additional removable Side Safety System thatensures exceptional protection in a case of the side impact. The recline feature with 3 available positions, offers maximum support during long trips.
Seat 4 Fix is outfitted with soft padded headrest and a 5-point harness, which adjust simultaneously. as well as an additional removable mini cushion to embrace little passengers in a snug hug. Harness and cushion can be easily detached and hide away while your child grows enough to use a 3-point vehicle seat belt.
The belt positioner in the 2/3 Group provides the best lap belt settings to protect the child’s abdominals. This car seat offers safer, easier and faster installation with Isofix system and top tether strap. It can be also fitted with a 3-point car belt, which makes this seat more versatile in use. The red belt guides will help you to settle the seat in your vehicle in the correct mannerBuy Now
A 4-in-1 car seat that is a wise investment in the sense that you will not have to buy your child another seat. It lasts from newborn to approximately 12 years of age and starts in the rear-facing position, installed with seat belts or isofix, or both. It will then swivel to face forward and grow with the child. These have gained in terms of popularity due to their cost effectiveness and they often come with additional features such as Side Impact Safety and luxury padding. Average max weight capacity: 36kgs
Unico is homologated as Gr. 0+/1/2/3 (0-36kgs). A car seat for a whole life. It is the first Chicco car seat that accompanies little ones from birth to 12 years. It offers the perfect combination of safety, comfort and convenience. In all configurations the installation has to be done with Isofix connectors and 3-point vehicle belt to ensure maximum safety and stability. A padded reducer provides additional protection for tiny babies. There is also the Side Safety System to ensure best practice in case of lateral impacts.Buy Now
Unico Plus is the new ‘Air’ edition of the trusty Unico car seat, making it more breathable and better ventilated. Unico is homologated as Gr. 0+/1/2/3 (0-36kgs). A car seat for life. It is a car seat that accompanies little ones from birth to 12 years, offering the perfect combination of safety, comfort and convenience.
In all configurations the installation has to be done with Isofix connectors and 3-point vehicle belt to ensure maximum safety and stability. A padded reducer provides additional protection for tiny babies. There is also the Side Safety System to ensure best practice in case of lateral impacts.Buy Now
Seat 4 Fix Group 0/1/2/3 Car Seat provides complete seating for your little one during all four stages – from birth up to 36 kg. It enables comfortable and secured seating in the rear (0-18 kg) and front-facing position, thanks to its rotating base.
A durable shell equipped with an additional removable Side Safety System ensures exceptional protection in a case of the side impact. The recline feature with 3 available positions, offers maximum support during long trips. Seat 4 Fix is outfitted with soft padded headrest and a 5-point harness, which adjust simultaneously, as well as an additional removable mini cushion to embrace little passengers in a snug hug. Harness and cushion can be easily detached and hidden away while your child grows enough to use a 3-point vehicle seat belt. The belt positioner in the 2/3 Group provides the best lap belt settings to protect the child’s abdominals.
This car seat offers safer, easier and faster installation with Isofix system and top tether strap. It can be also fitted with a 3-point car belt, which makes this seat more versatile in use. The red belt guides will help you to settle the seat in your vehicle in the correct manner. 12 month guarantee.Buy Now
These are car seats that often replace a Gro 0+ car seat once the child is approximately 9-13kgs. They are front-facing only and usually installed with a choice of isofix or seat-belts. Average max weight capacity: 9-36kgs
The Akita Fix Air 123 is a comfortable and safe solution for children that have grown out of their Gro 0+ travel system car seat and now requite a front-facing car seat. The Air range uses breathable fabrics for better ventilation across all our car seats and select lines of indoor baby furniture.The Akita can be installed in your car in several different ways. The easiest installation option is the fixed connection with the vehicle seat using the Isofix connectors and top tether. Alternatively, you can also install the child car seat by using your car’s own 3-point seat belt. To do this, you simply have to follow the belt positions displayed.
For the first few years (from approx. 9 months to 4 years) your child is to be fastened by using the built-in belt system. The belts and the headrest should always be perfectly adapted to the size of your child. The Chicco Akita Fix can be adjusted simultaneously with just one movement. A seat reducer provides a supportive and comfortable cushion for smaller children.
From the age of 4, your child is tall enough to be buckled up with your car’s own seat belt. The built-in belt system of the child car seat can be dismantled easily – that way, the Chicco Akita Fix can be transformed into a group 2/3 child car seat in no time at all. An additional belt positioner ensures the best possible positioning of the lap belt. Equipped with a side impact protection system for maximum protection, the comfy and elegant Chicco Akita Fix will convince the whole family and remain a loyal companion – for many years.Buy Now
A car seat that last from 0-6 years in the luxury of breathable, extra padded cushioning. With the Sirio 012, your little one travels safely and comfortably right from the very first day. Furthermore, the Sirio 012 scores with a long service life of approx. 6 years or 25kgs. As a group 0+ child car seat, the Chicco Sirio 012 is installed in a rear-facing mode by using your car’s own seat belt. Your child may only travel in the maximum reclined position. This way, they will arrive safe and sound at every destination. A comfy seat reducer ensures a cosy position for babies up to approx. 6 kg. Please note: Always deactivate airbags.
In group I (9-18kg), you have the option to attach the Chicco Sirio 012 flexibly by using the vehicle’s own seat belt or else by using the Isofix hooks and a Top Tether. In this case, your little passenger is to be fastened with the built-in 5-point harness. For even more comfort, the child seat features soft belt pads and buckle pads, as well as an adjustment from sitting to lying position. This way, comfy trips and sweet dreams are guaranteed at all times.
For older kids in group II (15-25kg), the child car seat can also be installed in two different ways. Both an Isofix installation with Top Tether and a simple installation by using the 3-point belt of the vehicle are possible. Depending on the type of installation, your little explorer is to be fastened either with the built-in 5-point harness or with the vehicle’s own belt. The height of the headrest and shoulder straps can be adjusted simultaneous and thus adapts perfectly to the growth of your child. Maximum safety for your little one in every age group.Buy Now
A seat that is designed only for toddlers and older children that offers that little bit of an extra boost to the height with their own seatbelt protection as opposed to the a traditional safety harness. Average max weight capacity: 36kgs
The child safety seat Oasys 2-3 Evo FixPlus that grows with your child now features a new level of safety – the new Safe Pad. The perfect booster seat for toddlers. Group 2/3 Suitable for children weighting between 15 kg and 36 kg (From 3 – 12 years). Installing the Chicco child safety is easy and done in only a few steps by using your vehicle’s own 3-point belt which makes is perfectly suitable for being installed in almost every vehicle type. In order to gain even more safety and security for your child, you can attach the rigid FixPlus connectors to the Isofix-points in your vehicle.
No matter when or how fast your little one grows, the Oasys 2-3 Fixplus Evo car seat always adapts perfectly to your child’s body size. Both height and width can be adjusted independently of each other by using a convenient rotary wheel. At the touch of a button, you can adjust the backrest and seat surface in four different levels until a comfortable position for your little one is created.
The integrated cup holder keeps refreshing beverages safe and easy to reach. In case your little crumb-snatcher spills something by accident, you can easily remove and wash the easy-to-clean cover at 30°C.Buy Now
With new car seat safety regulations, the Fold & Go is the first Chicco car seat that uses the iSize regulation height, rather than weight. For children from 100cm upwards (estimated 3 years), the Fold & Go is a booster seat that is compact and can fold down so small you can pop it in the boot of the car. Padded for side safety, the Fold & Go is an isofix and seat belt installed car seat. The first car seat of its kind in terms of foldability.Buy Now
Quasar Plus is the Chicco Group 2/3 child seat approved according to the ECE R44 / 04 regulations for the carriage of children weighing between 15 and 36 kg. It is installed using the car’s three-point belt and is equipped with a belt guide to correctly position the diagonal belt. Boosts the child comfortably and safely. 12 month guarantee.Buy Now