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How to choose the right child car seat

When you buy a child car seat, there are a number of criteria you have to check off your list. Size, fitting options and direction are important for your child’s safety and should therefore be deciding factors in your choice of seat. However, quality, where the seat can be used and size adjustment options shouldn’t be underestimated either. We’ll help you narrow down your choice.

Let’s take a closer look at the three most important criteria

1. Child car seat size: baby car seat, child car seat or booster seat

First of all, you want to work out the right seat size for your little one. This depends on the size and weight of your child. Remember that the seat is only guaranteed to be safe if it is the right size. The TCS guide should give you more detailed information (in German). But in general, the following applies:

2. Fitting options: Isofix, top tether or seat belt

If you want to attach a child seat with Isofix, you have to make sure your car comes with this function. As of 2014, it became regulation for all cars to have an Isofix system as standard. In older cars without Isofix, you can secure the seat with a seatbelt, also known as a three-point seat belt. There is the risk of you not attaching the seat belt properly. It might not be firm enough or it could be twisted. Nevertheless, this method is flexible and can be used in every car. In comparison, the child car seat with Isofix is quick and easy to fit, and most importantly, you know it’s always attached properly. This means there’s a secure and stable connection between the child car seat and the car. With the help of the right base, the car seat can be permanently attached. An additional support leg or top tether increases stability and restricts the amount of forward movement, meaning your child is always safe.

3. Direction: facing backwards or forwards

Depending on the ECE group and fitting method, child car seats can either be attached facing or in the opposite direction of travel. Rearward-facing systems are safer for infants up to 18 months. In the event of a head-on collision, they support the head, neck and back better than forward-facing seats. For safety reasons, baby seats always have to be forward-facing. Make sure to deactivate the airbag if the baby is in the passenger seat. Child car seats for Group 1 and 2 are available in both versions. Those for Group 3 can only be fitted forward-facing.

Still not sure which model you need?

Our product manager Ümmü Baskin has compiled ten suggestions so you can see what options are available and compare different models. Happy shopping!

Baby seat – the all-in-one solution

This portable baby seat is perfect for newborns and four and a half year olds alike. This seat offers utmost safety thanks to the customisable fitting direction and Isofix or three-point seat belt. An adapter lets you attach the baby seat to the most popular prams, making this a great all-in-one solution.

  • Zero.1 Elite i-Size 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
  • Zero.1 Elite i-Size 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
  • Zero.1 Elite i-Size 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
Recaro Zero.1 Elite i-Size 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)

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Baby seat – fitted in a jiffy

Rated with 4 stars by TCS, this excellent baby seat from the 0+ Group can be attached to almost all prams. The Maxi-Cosi makes for a great travel system. Thanks to Isofix and the three-point seat belt, this rearward-facing seat lets your little one travel safely no matter what car you’re in. With the FamilyFix and 2wayFix Basis it is even quicker to fit. Just one click and you’re ready to go.

  • Pebble 2018 (4 TCS stars, Black Raven)
  • Pebble 2018 (4 TCS stars, Black Raven)
  • Pebble 2018 (4 TCS stars, Black Raven)
Maxi-Cosi Pebble 2018 (4 TCS stars, Black Raven)
Quick and easy installation with just one click and without a car seatbelt on the FamilyFix or 2wayFix base.
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Child car seat – for ease of getting in and out

This seat can turn 360° to make it easier for your child to get in and out. Thanks to the rearward-facing option and adjustable seat that can be made smaller, this car seat is just as safe for newborns as it is for children up to the age of four. It covers Group 0 to 1 and is suitable for children up to 19 kg. This seat is attached with Isofix.

  • Axissfix Plus 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
  • Axissfix Plus 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
  • Axissfix Plus 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
CHF 379.–
Maxi-Cosi Axissfix Plus 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
Adjustable child seat for babies and children up to four years of age. Can be turned 360 degrees in just a few quick steps. You can mount the seat either backwards or forwards on the car seat.
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • Only 2 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

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Child car seat – with integrated sound system

This child car seat can be used from 9 months to 12 years (Group 1 to 3 and 9 to 36 kg). It is especially good for older children thanks to the Recaro sound system. Loudspeakers are integrated into the headrest so children can listen to their own audio programmes. This seat is attached with Isofix or a three-point seat belt.

  • Monza Nova IS Seatfix 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
  • Monza Nova IS Seatfix 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
  • Monza Nova IS Seatfix 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
Recaro Monza Nova IS Seatfix 2018 (4 TCS stars, carbon black)
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Child car seat – perfect for big families

This slimline child car seat is great for when more than one seat or person has to fit on to the back seat. It is suitable from 9 months to 12 years (Group 1 to 2). This seat is attached with a three-point seat belt.

  • Young Sport (3 TCS Stars, Performance Black)
  • Young Sport (3 TCS Stars, Performance Black)
Recaro Young Sport (3 TCS Stars, Performance Black)
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Child car seat – with patented side impact protection system

The Rodifix from Group 2 to 3 boasts the patented AirProtect side impact protection system in the headrest. This reduces the risk of head injury by up to 20%. Thanks to Isofix, you can attach this child seat safely. There is also a seat belt for strapping your little one in. This seat is suitable for children from 3.5 to 12 years and from 15 to 36 kg.

  • Rodifix Airprotect 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
  • Rodifix Airprotect 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
CHF 183.–
Maxi-Cosi Rodifix Airprotect 2018 (4 TCS stars, Sparkling Grey)
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • 8 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

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Child car seat – the more cost-effective option

The Britax Römer Discovery SL is a slightly cheaper alternative in the Group 2 to 3 range. It’s also attached using Isofix or a three-point seat belt. The light seat shell makes swapping to different cars child’s play. This seat is suitable for children from 4 to 12 years and from 15 to 36 kg.

  • Discovery SL (4 TCS stars, Cosmos Black)
  • Discovery SL (4 TCS stars, Cosmos Black)
  • Discovery SL (4 TCS stars, Cosmos Black)
CHF 97.–
Britax Römer Discovery SL (4 TCS stars, Cosmos Black)
Flexible and lightweight child seat with backrest. Can be secured with Isofix or the 3-point harness and fits in every car.
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Booster seat – child car seat without sides

This booster seat in Groups 2 and 3 has no sides that would provide additional protection in the event of a side collision. The seat is attached with Isofix or three-point seat belt. It is perfect for grandparents or anyone else who has to do short drives with children between the ages of 3 and 12 and weighing 15 to 36 kg.

  • Junior Isofix (The Shadow)
  • Junior Isofix (The Shadow)
  • Junior Isofix (The Shadow)
CHF 42.–
Osann Junior Isofix (The Shadow)
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

PickMup

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Booster seat – space-saving and quick to fit

The BubbleBum seat meets the strict ECE R44/04 standard despite it having no sides. It can be used as a booster seat in the car as well as at the kitchen table. Because it is inflatable, the BubbleBum can be stowed away quickly in a bag or hand luggage. You really can take it anywhere and use it almost straight away. Children from the age of 3 and 15 kg can be strapped in using the three-point seat belt.

  • Inflatable child car seat (Black)
  • Inflatable child car seat (Black)
  • Inflatable child car seat (Black)
CHF 50.80
BubbleBum Inflatable child car seat (Black)
The inflatable car booster seat easily fits into a handbag – Perfect for holidays, rental cars and taxis.
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

PickMup

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Booster seat – the perfect travel companion for spur-of-the-moment road trips

The small and convenient Mifold is suitable from the age of 4 and 15 kg. As there is no side collision protection, this seat is primarily intended for spontaneous road trips. Rather than raising the child up, it makes the seat belt positioner fit the child’s size. This booster seat is perfect for car sharing, hire cars, taxis and grandparents’ cars.

  • Grab and Go Booster Sitz (slate grey)
  • Grab and Go Booster Sitz (slate grey)
  • Grab and Go Booster Sitz (slate grey)
CHF 68.40
Mifold Grab and Go Booster Sitz (slate grey)
Compact booster seat. According to the manufacturer, it is much smaller and just as safe as a child seat. The mifold is extremely light and therefore very easy to transport.
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Availability

Mail delivery

  • 6 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:15

PickMup

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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Child car seats don’t fit in every car. That’s why child car seat manufacturers Recaro , Maxi-Cosi and Britax-Römer let you check if their models are compatible with your vehicle.

Have a look at our TCS child car seat test 2017

<strong>«TCS» Kindersitz-Test 2017</strong> – Entdecke die getesteten Kindersitze!

«TCS» Kindersitz-Test 2017 – Entdecke die getesteten Kindersitze!

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