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MickeyBoo

So it’s been 7 years since I’ve needed a baby seat and now I’m in the market for one again. Problem is that my car is a 2002 dual cab Rodeo and this is the only option I’ve got to work with, I also have a budget under $400 and there’s no wriggle room on that either.

 

I wondered if there were any smaller sized car seats that people could recommend. I was hoping to get one up to 4 years, but my kids are usually quite tall so height allowances cant be below average.

 

I was looking at this one https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/safety-1st-safety-1st-summit-iso-30---convertible-car-seat/545649.html?cgid=SCA01021101#start=4

 

But I obviously don’t have isofix so is it worth it? I wondered if there was something similar with the sliding base out there?

 

Any help would be very much appreciated!

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Magnolia2

We have a Britax Graphene and I quite like it (extended rear facing, small footprint etc). Most importantly the fabric is easy to clean! Our kid has squished all sorts of food in its crevices, and done a few vomits in it too, and it cleans up nicely.

 

ETA: ooops I see you wanted a sliding base. Im pretty sure the Britax hasn’t got that, sorry!

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Mrs_greyhound

Ok so I joined a Facebook group about child restraints when my bub was born. It’s pretty insane as it’s basically a group of women who know a lot about child restraints but act like total b**ches in sharing their info. I can find the name of the group if you’re interested in joining as they are very knowledgeable.

 

That group recommends either Britax or infasecure seatsas they tend to be better value for money (safety feature wise) and have higher markers. Apparently safety first have low markers so your baby will grow out of it faster.

 

The most compact seats are the Britax Compaq, Brava and Graphene and the Infasecure Quattro. They are also extended rear facing so bub can rear face to 12 months and beyond. The Britax Compaq is about $245 on sale and is a great seat. The Brava is $350 on sale and Graphene $450. They are all the same shell but the Brava and Graphene have AHR (Active Head Restraint) which is an extra safety feature for head protection. The Graphene has extra side impact protection and bamboo fabric.

 

I have a Graphene in my car and a Brava in my husbands. Very happy with both!

 

EDIT sorry I missed the bit about the sliding base. Don’t know any others with that. But I’m 99% sure that you could only use that feature once forward facing as rear facing has to be at a set angle.

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Krio

We have a Rodeo with 3 car seats in the back. We found it really awkward to fit in 3 car seats ourselves so had a professional fitter put them in. He fitted 3 narrower chairs- a Britax Safe n sound hi-liner booster, hipod booster and a Britax compaq safe n sound baby chair (I'm sitting in the Rodeo as I write this!).

 

If you're in Sydney, Pearces did the fitting for us. They have great knowledge on what seats will fit in what cars.

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afterlaughter

Baby love ezy switch, well under $200 extended rear facing, not to large and quite narrow. Great seat if you are on a budget.

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Mumma bug

I’ve had two britax compaqs in my small car and they’ve been great. My eldest has just grown out of hers at 5.5 years (she’s average height) and it’s still in good condition. Look up the CREP safety rating website for info on how car seats go in a crash test. My car seats were around $400 ish from memory.

 

ETA: very quick search and looks like they’ve come down in price over the years: https://www.babyandtoddlertown.com.au/britax-safe-n-sound-compaq

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