Need help deciding? See our Car Seat Buying Guide

Car Seats & Bases

Choosing a car seat can be a challenge—but at Smyths the Baby Room, you can find a wide range of child car seats for every age, stage and budget.

Safety comes first. That’s why we stock brands with the highest standards in car seat engineering. Joie, Maxi-Cosi, Graco, Cybex and Nania all combine innovative design with excellence in safety to create versatile car seats packed with safety features.

By UK law, all children travelling in a car must use an appropriate child restraint until they are 135cm in height or 12 years of age, whichever they reach first. For a little guidance on the different car seat groups, you can check out our online Car Seat Buying Guide, where we take you through extended rearward-facing baby car seats, child booster seats and every step in between.

Depending on your lifestyle and your little one’s needs, you can choose between single group car seats and child car seats that adapt from one group to the next as kids grow. A Group 0-1-2-3 car seat can adjust to take your little one from birth all the way to 12 years of age. Alternatively, a group 0 baby car seat is lighter and often compatible with a travel systems for seamless journeys with tiny.

Group 0-1 offers the best protection for toddlers. Suitable up to 18kg, this group includes harnessed car seats for 2 and 3 year olds. By 4 years old, some children will be ready to move on to group 2-3 car seats, depending on their size. These high-back booster seats for 4 years and up (approx.) give kids the extra height they need to safely use the vehicle’s seat belt.

With advances in research and technology, there are more car seat safety features than ever to choose from. Extended rearward-facing baby car seats keep little ones looking back longer to maximise protection, while improvements in side impact protection keep kids guarded on all sides. If your vehicle is ISOFix compatible, an ISOFix connection can offer a quick, secure and simple way to ensure your car seat is securely fitted.

For help choosing the right car seat for your baby, toddler or child, drop in-store to talk to our certified Baby Experts. They’ll check whether your chosen car seat suits your vehicle, and even fit the car seat for free. For more support fitting your car seat, see our Car Seat Installation videos.

For more expert information please refer to:

Child car seats: the law by [August 2019]
Child Car Seats |Types of Seat by RoSPA [August 2019]
Child Car Seats, Booster Seats by RoSPA [ August 2019]
Child car seats, restraints and seat belts by Nidirect [August 2019]
Child car seat laws in the UK by Lisa Galliers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which car seat group to choose?

There may be more than one car seat group that suits your little one—it all depends on your childs weight, age and height. If you’re not sure which car seat meets your child needs, you can always ask our in-store Baby Experts.

ISOFix or belt-fitted?

The choice is yours. Our Baby Experts can check whether your vehicle is ISOFix compatible or whether the seat belt is the only means of securing the car seat to the vehicle.

Why choose a rearward-facing car seat?

Extended rearward facing seats reduce the risk of injury in a head-on collision by more than 73% compared to a conventional forward-facing seat. In an impact, the force is distributed evenly over a larger area rather than being focused on baby's neck.