Group 0+1 car seats are a combination of group 0 or 0+ and group 1. They backward face until 10kg for group 0 or until 13kg for group 0+, they then either remain rear facing to 18kg, or can be used forward facing 9-18kg, depending on the seat. It is vitally important that you read your car seat manual so you are fully aware of how long your seat can backward face.
How are group 0+1 car seats different to group 0+ car seats?
Group 0+1 car seats are different in several ways. Firstly, they are not portable like the infant carrier seats and generally stay fitted in the car at all times. When a baby is asleep it would be difficult to remove the group 0+1 seat from the car without disturbing little one, so you’d have to take them out of the seat. Unlike group 0+ car seats, group 0+1 seats are not used as part of a travel system. They do however accommodate little ones from newborn right up to 18kg, which is approximately 4 years old. They are generally well padded with a soft newborn insert and 5 point harness.
Why use one?
There are several plus points for choosing a group 0+1 car seat. They are generally around the same price as an infant carrier, but last much longer – making better value for money! As they stay put in the car, you also have complete peace of mind that the car seat is fitted correctly on every journey. Group 0+1 seats are particularly good for grandparent’s cars that may not take the baby out so often. They can leave the seat fitted into the car so they don’t have to worry about fitting the seat themselves. They are also a great choice for carers of children who need to use the seat for children of varying ages. As group 0+1 seats are a full sized group 1, it is very unlikely the baby will outgrow the seat by height when used backward facing. This means that baby can stay in the safest rear facing position right up until they hit the rear facing weight limit for the seat!