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The lowdown on Group 0+ car seats

If you're looking at Group 0+ car seats, take a look at our round up of the latest models

Group 0+ car seats: What you need to know

From what to look for and the latest on the market in Group 0+ car seats

Group 0 car seat

A Group 0+ car seat, suitable from birth to 13kg, is the ideal car seat for your baby’s journey home. In fact, you can’t leave hospital without one, if you’re taking your baby by car.

What to look for

The most important thing to consider when buying any car seat is safety. Make sure the one you choose conforms to ECE Regulation 44.04 (or R 44.03) or to the new i-Size regulation, R129. Look for the ‘E’ mark label on the seat.

Look for good side impact protection, a comfortable carry handle and covers that are removable and washable. Make sure the seat is comfortable and snug, many come with a special newborn insert to use in the early weeks.

All Group 0+ car seats are rear-facing, and will fit your baby past their first birthday. Virtually all models can be used as a travel system too, which means that you can click them onto your pushchair’s chassis for convenience. Group 0+ seats can often come as part of a bundle with a pram or pushchair.

Need to know

Make sure you choose a seat that’s compatible with your make and model of car. You can check this with your retailer or on the manufacturer’s website.

Group 0+ car seats are usually suitable from birth to 13kg (29lbs). Try and keep your child in a safer rear-facing seat for as long as possible, but not if their head is only beginning to poke over the back of the seat.

Group 0+ seats can either be fitted with a seatbelt or Isofix. Some models require a base to slot into which costs extra.

Checklist

  • Check for the ‘E’ mark to ensure it meets safety standards
  • Think about whether you want to buy a car seat as part of a travel system
  • Make sure that you choose a car seat that’s compatible with your car

Latest products on the market:

Obaby 0 Group 0 car seat

Obaby Group 0+ RRP £49.99

  • A very lightweight infant carrier with crotch and shoulder pads
  • Has side impact protection and a 3-point harness
  • Other features include harness sleeves and a quick release buckle
  • Includes body support insert cushions for newborns
  • Removable and washable seat covers

We love that this very affordable car seat includes a matching removable hood to help protect your child from the elements.

Suitable: Birth to 13kg
Car seat weight: 2.9kg
Fitting: Seatbelt

Graco Snugfix Group O car seat

Graco Snugfix RRP £129.99

  • Deep side wings offer superb impact protection
  • It includes newborn support pillow, buckle pads for enhanced security and comfort
  • Other features include integrated sun canopy and a 5-point harness
  • The covers are removable and machine-washable
  • Can be fitted using Isofix or a car’s seatbelt

We love the great value and features of this car seat from a recognised brand, which can form part of a travel system with a wide range of well-priced pushchairs.

Suitable: Birth to 13kg
Car seat weight: 5.4kg
Fitting: Isofix/Seatbelt

Phil and Teds Alpha Group 0

Phil & Teds Alpha Group 0+ car seat RRP £129.00

  • Has high sides and thick EPS foam for ultimate protection
  • It is rear-facing with 5 point safety harness and a removable cushion insert for newborns
  • Very lightweight with an integrated sun hood included
  • It has an ergonomically shaped handle for maximum comfort when carrying
  • Very narrow design for smaller cars

We love that the protective layers of fabric are used to hide zips away from your baby’s gentle skin.

Suitable: Birth to 13kg
Car seat weight: 3.9kg
Fitting: Isofix/Seatbelt

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Group 0 car seat

Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Group 0+ car seat RRP £135.00

  • Compatible with a wide range of pushchair brands
  • Can be adjusted into a unique upward position allowing older babies to have more legroom
  • Increased side impact protection
  • Features include a newborn support pillow, head hugger, integrated sun canopy, harness belt retention hooks and an ergonomic handle
  • The innovative stay-open harness makes it easier to place baby in and has a one pull adjustment

We love the range of colours this seat comes in and the good range of features included too.

Suitable: Birth to 13kg
Car seat weight: 3.6kg
Fitting: Isofix/Seatbelt

The lowdown on Group 0+ car seats