Boots guide to car seats

All children up to the age of 12, or until they reach 135cm in height (whichever happens first), require a car seat. It can be tricky to know which one is going to best suit you &your children's needs, but we've sorted out the facts for you to help you find your perfect car seat

Car seat groups at a glance

0+

Approximate age range

Birth - 15 months

Child weight range

0 - 13 kg

Usual seat facing

Rear-facing

0+/1

Approximate age range

Birth - 4 years

Child weight range

0 - 18 kg

Usual seat facing

Combination

1

Approximate age range

9 months - 4 years

Child weight range

9 - 18 kg

Usual seat facing

Forward-facing

1/2/3

Approximate age range

9 months - 12 years

Child weight range

9 - 36 kg

Usual seat facing

Forward-facing

2/3

Approximate age range

4 - 12 years

Child weight range

15 - 36 kg

Usual seat facing

Forward-facing

Approximate age range

Birth - 15 months

Birth - 4 years

9 months - 4 years

9 months - 12 years

4 - 12 years

Child weight range

0 - 13 kg

0 - 18 kg

9 - 18 kg

9 - 36 kg

15 - 36 kg

Usual seat facing

Rear-facing

Combination

Forward-facing

Forward-facing

Forward-facing

Car seats in more detail​​​​​​​

Group 0+

Comfortable support for your baby

These rear-facing car seats are suitable from birth and generally have a bucket-seat design for extra protection to help comfortably support your baby.

Features:

Some will even fit in pushchair chassis meaning that your baby doesn't have to be lifted in and out of their seat to transition between the two.

Things to consider:

This type of seat is suitable only from birth to 15 months old.


Group 0+/1

A car seat built for longevity

This type of car seat is usually suitable from birth to four years old, giving it more longevity than a group 0+ seat.

Features:

Most are rear-facing, but some models can be either rear or forward facing.

Things to consider:

It's safer to keep the seat facing the rear for as long as possible as it offers greater protection in the event of an accident.


Group 1

A front-facing car seat designed for comfort & safety

Group 1 is the follow-on car seat from group 0+. They are for children aged between nine months and four years old.

Features:

These seats still tend to be bucket shaped and are usually front-facing seats designed for comfort and safety.

Things to consider:

Group 1 car seats are designed to be left in the car and so do not have the handy carry handle like Group 0+ seats.


Group 1/2/3

A car seat that adapts as your child grows

This group is a long-term investment car seat as it will grow with your child and should be useable for their full car seat life.

Features:

This is a good option to consider if your baby has previously been in a group 0+ car seat as it should last until they no longer need a seat, making it a good budget buy.

Things to consider:

Group 1/2/3 car seats are only suitable for children over nine months old.


Group 2/3

Support until your child no longer needs a car seat

This group of car seats follow on from the group 1 or group 0+/1 car seats and can cover car seats and booster seats.

Features:

Many have high-backed seats with plenty of support for your child's neck and head.

These seats should last until your child no longer requires a car seat.

Things to consider:

Booster seats can function as an alternative to standard car seats for children to help them feel more grown up.