Which car seat do I choose for my child?

At first glance choosing a car seat can be mind boggling!

Car seats are split into 'Groups' and each group is determined by a weight range. This means (with the exception of i-Size) the weight of your child determines which type of child car seat you should be using.

The infant carriers (for newborns) are Group 0 or 0+, whereas for older children there is Group 1, 2, and 3, which a child will move through as they grow.

This doesn't however mean you need 4 car seats! A seat such as the Kiddy GuardianFix 3 or Kiddy Kiddy GuardianFix Pro 2 will accommodate a child from 9 kg (Group 1) right through to 36 kg (Group 3), thus offering fantastic value for money and outstanding protection for children of almost all ages!

The table on the right explains clearly which of the Kiddy car seats would be the correct seat for your child.

Our infant carriers have some of the largest seats available for your child - and have internal measurements similar in size to some Extended Rear Facing seats. Therefore, the majority of infants should comfortably fit into our baby carriers until at least 15 months old (or longer) or 13 kg - whichever comes first.

If you need help or advice choosing a car seat, then please contact your local Kiddy retailer. They will be happy to try fitting a Kiddy seat into your vehicle for you. Alternatively please contact our Customer Services Department for information.

ECE R44-04 or i-Size?

Child safety has always been a top priority for Kiddy. Our corporate strategy focuses on the research, development and use of high-tech materials, and follows a key objective: to offer children the best possible protection when travelling by car.

Kiddy therefore welcomes the latest developments and requirements with regards to the testing and safety of child car seats. We aim to produce the safest car seats possible.

All Kiddy car seats and infant carriers meet the ECE R44-04 safety standard which is currently running alongside the new i-Size legislation. There are no plans at present for R44-04 to be replaced by i-Size. Parents are simply being offered a new additional option when purchasing a suitable child car seat. All previous child car seats can and may still be used without issue or risk. Manufacturers can also continue to approve products according to ECE R44-04.

It is important to note that i-Size has to prove itself through formal safety tests and i-Size does not necessarily mean that an i-Size seat is safer than an R44/04 seat. In recent independent testing, i-Size seats did not outperform our 'Test Winning' - PhoenixFix Pro2 car seat, however, our Evoluna i-Size has beaten the competition to achieve the highest ever crash test scores for an infant carrier. Kiddy aims to make extremely safe car seats whether they are i-Size or R44/04 safety tested. 

In the future an i-Size seat will need an i-Size car which will have more space for the child, and additional protection built into the vehicle. The child seat choice will be determined by how much space there is in the car. At present there are only a handful of cars that have been homologated to the i-Size standard. All other vehicles since 2011 have got to have Isofix installed (although it is possible to use iSize seats in these cars). It will take many years before i-Size cars become the norm here in the UK.

i-Size is still in its early stages of development. Kiddy has one i-Size seat, the Evo-luna i-Size, on the market, however the i-Size standard is still evolving. Thus we are keeping an eye on the new iSize standard, and will review the change over to i-Size car seats, as the standard is finalised.

Kiddy advises that it is important to research your choice of car seat using test results from independent organisations. Do not necessarily simply listen to the hype from the 'Marketing Departments' of our competitors. A good source for a non-biased opinion for the UK would be the Which? Magazine. It would be extremely easy to use their website to make a direct overall performance comparison, for the small cost of £1 for a months trial subscription. (We have no affiliation with Which? Magazine, and get no share of the £1 subscription!)