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Joie Steadi Extended Rear Facing Group 0+/1 Car Seat (up to 18kg). £104.99 (price match possible to 102.49) @ pramcentre
Joie Steadi Extended Rear Facing Group 0+/1 Car Seat (up to 18kg). £104.99 (price match possible to 102.49) @ pramcentre

Joie Steadi Extended Rear Facing Group 0+/1 Car Seat (up to 18kg). £104.99 (price match possible to 102.49) @ pramcentre

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Very much NOT wanting to open a forward/rear-facing debate thread (I've read that many that I'm absolutely sick of them!) - here's a good price on a Group 0+ and 1 car seat which can rear-face up to the 18kg weight limit in principle (this sets it apart from options like the Britax First Class plus which only rear-face up to 13kg). I say 'in principle' since I've read that (as with the other Joie forward and rearward seats) the available legroom when rearward facing may mean the child needs to face forward a bit earlier than 18kg. I'll have to wait and see.

Now that my daughter's growing out of her group 0 seat, I've been spending far too long in the minefield that is child car seats. Very difficult not to get dragged into what seems to be a strangely emotive debate! Trying to cut through all that, I eventually settled upon this model based on my requirements for:

i) Something that could be removed and reinstalled fairly quickly/regularly
ii) Suitable for cars without Isofix
iii) Rear-facing for the foreseeable future but with the option of forward-facing if daughter really doesn't get along with rear-facing as she gets older.

The Joie Stages is also an option at the same RRP of £130 and lasts longer but it is a bigger seat and one of our cars is quite small in the back. Also the Stages doesn't have a seat belt lock-off when rear-facing, whereas the Steadi has dual lock-offs, which I think seems to make the fit of the Steadi feel more secure. I think I found out somewhere that the recline options are better on the Steadi than the Stages, but I can't be sure - certainly the Steadi reclines quite a lot.

The Glasgow Pram Centre seems to be the only place that has reduced the Steadi at all, and so £104.99 looks a good price. I was told that stock of the car seat might be a couple of weeks coming in, so I got Precious Little One (http://www.preciouslittleone.com/product-information/36/33889/joie-steadi-group-01-car-seat-(black)/) to Price match and with the refund of 10% of the difference, their price became £102.49. But it seems that Precious Little One are also now waiting for the next stock of the Steadi too.

So in short, I haven't seen anything comparable to this for a hundred quid, but I'd be glad to hear of any other options (especially with a second little one on the way...)

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Cold from me I'm afraid, we bought one of these and had to take it back due to it not fitting in the car safely in its rear facing position. Forward facing it was great but rear facing it was terrible. I wouldn't put eggs in it never mind a child!

townendmatthew

Cold from me I'm afraid, we bought one of these and had to take it back … Cold from me I'm afraid, we bought one of these and had to take it back due to it not fitting in the car safely in its rear facing position. Forward facing it was great but rear facing it was terrible. I wouldn't put eggs in it never mind a child!


just because it didn't fit your car doesn't really warrant a cold vote - it may well fit perfectly in the majority of cars.
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