Baby seat with ISOFIX

paulfoel
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edited 28 May 2013 at 11:01PM in MoneySaving dads
Bought a BeSafe car seat. Then found out the base is an extra £120.

Trouble is my car has got ISOFIX but wifes hasnt. And I dont think the ISOFIX base will fit in a non-isofix car.

Worse still because my car (galaxy) has got underfloor storage compartment you can't use an isofix base with a support leg.

Anyone know of any decent car seat that comes with a base that will fit both isofix and non-isofix and doesnt need a support leg?

Does such a thing even exist?
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  • Sagaris
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    I think they all have support legs, some bases will fit with a seat belt instead of ISOFIX, best to check on the website to see if this one will, or phone their helpline.
    Will the seat fit with just a seat belt?
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  • flea72
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    Put the car seat in the middle seat, that way you avoid the underfloor storage
  • Gopppers
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    Hi, we have a maxi cosi pebble, and this fits in a isofix base (in my car) and without it (belted) in DH's car which doesnt have the isofix in the car.

    HTH Gops x

    ETA, the maxicosi isofix base does have the supporting leg though! You could just not use the isofix and just belt it in?
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  • paulfoel
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    flea72 wrote: »
    Put the car seat in the middle seat, that way you avoid the underfloor storage

    Good point. Didn't think of that....

    Have to check the middle seat has an isofix connector though.
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  • paulfoel
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    Been in touch with BeSafe - you can use with a storage compartment as long as you fill it up with packing. Seems fair enough.

    BUT, you can't use the base without isofix and they dont do a non-isofix belt in base. Completely nuts because I can only use in one car now! (Unless I belt the seat in).

    To be honest, this might lead to me returning the seat for one that does a non-isofix base.

    Maxi Cosi pebble someone mentioned?

    (One thing though - our pram is on its way too and we had to buy an adaptor so the Be Safe seat fits. I guess if we get a different seat now we're going to need a different adaptor).

    Must admit not impressed with mothercare. We told them all this and they just said yeh yeh. Obviously, keen to sell us the expensive Be Safe car seat!
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  • paulfoel
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    Sagaris wrote: »
    I think they all have support legs, some bases will fit with a seat belt instead of ISOFIX, best to check on the website to see if this one will, or phone their helpline.
    Will the seat fit with just a seat belt?

    Think some are fastened at the top instead of a support leg.

    Yes, it will belt in without a base. But we wanted a base to make it easier to add/remove.
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  • rpc
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    There are no Group 0 ISOFIX bases that use top tether points - they all use foot props. There are plenty of Group 1 seats using top tether instead of a foot prop.

    For Group 0, your choice is ISOFIX+foot prop or belted.

    You can either fill the storage compartments with something solid or take off the cover and extend the leg to the base of the compartment. Some manufacturers make inserts for their compartments. The leg needs to stand on something that is solid and won't break in a crash - a flimsy lid isn't good enough.
  • SplanK
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    Maxi Cosi do 2 bases, one for ISOFIX and one for belted applications .When we were shopping for ours I could not see any dual application bases.... So we ended up with the ISOFIX base for our Pebble for the Micra (new generation Micra seat belts are too short), and for the Almera we will just belt it in however we have decided that our little one will be carried mostly in the Micra and "only as a last resort" carried in the Almera
  • paulfoel
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    SplanK wrote: »
    Maxi Cosi do 2 bases, one for ISOFIX and one for belted applications .When we were shopping for ours I could not see any dual application bases.... So we ended up with the ISOFIX base for our Pebble for the Micra (new generation Micra seat belts are too short), and for the Almera we will just belt it in however we have decided that our little one will be carried mostly in the Micra and "only as a last resort" carried in the Almera

    But I guess a belted base will fit in any car (you just don't use the isofix in the isofix car)?

    Sounds better.

    To be fair, wifes car is the non-isofix one which is where, daytimes, baby will be. So it'd be easier if this car had a base, which was easy-in-out.

    Not a problem then to switch base to my car at weekend then.

    Going to go back to mothercare this weekend and try and swap to maxi cosi.

    BTW - how much were the bases?
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  • SplanK
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    paulfoel wrote: »
    But I guess a belted base will fit in any car (you just don't use the isofix in the isofix car)?

    Sounds better.

    To be fair, wifes car is the non-isofix one which is where, daytimes, baby will be. So it'd be easier if this car had a base, which was easy-in-out.

    Not a problem then to switch base to my car at weekend then.

    Going to go back to mothercare this weekend and try and swap to maxi cosi.

    BTW - how much were the bases?

    Plausible, however not in every case as the belt may not be long enough - I have this with the pebble seat BUT not sure if its an issue with the belted base as we never checked. If you wanted to go down this road then ensure you get BOTH cars checked by the test fit service as not all seats/bases are compatible with all cars. We had a right nightmare with the Almera due to the way the rear bench was designed!

    IIRC, the maxicosi ISOFIX base was £120ish on its own. We got our seat and base from Kiddiecare as a combo with a really good deal!

    As for returning, they are usually fine as long as none of the tags or "cant be used unless removed zip ties" have been removed.
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