New Britax carry cot aces Which? testBritax Baby Safe Sleeper gets five-star rating

25 October 2008

The new Britax Baby Safe Sleeper, a child restraint designed to carry new-born babies lying down, has passed Which? child seat safety tests with flying colours. 

The new carry cot offers five-star crash protection in both front and side impacts and is the first ‘lie-flat’ child restraint to achieve such excellent safety results.

The Baby Safe Sleeper sits across the car’s rear seat and is secured using the adult seat belt. It’s quite complicated to install compared with , but clear instructions and good warning labels help reduce the chances of installing it incorrectly.

Overall, the Baby Safe Sleeper meets the high standards to be a Which? Best Buy child seat, and it’s currently available from Mothercare and Toys R Us for around £170.

Advice for parents

Val Fuller, a child car seat education officer who advises parents and retailers for Bromley Borough Council, said: 'At last, there’s a restraint suitable for carrying newborns lying down. 

'For the first time we can advise parents of newborn babies prone to respiratory problems from sitting upright, that there is a lie-flat system which offers good crash protection.'

However, Val Fuller added some words of caution, saying: 'Parents need to be aware that while the Baby Safe Sleeper offers a good solution for newborns, it is only suitable for babies up to 10kg. At this weight the child should certainly travel rear-facing - and we strongly recommend keeping the child rearward-facing for as long as possible. 

'So parents using this system will have to purchase a Group 0+ child seat (for children up to 13kg), once the child exceeds the limit.'

More child seat tests

Also included in the latest batch of child seats tested is the Recaro Polaric, the first Group 1 rear-facing Isofix seat (for children 9kg-18kg - about one- to four years-old) crash-tested by Which?.

Full details of all our crash tests, covering 55 seats from all the major manufacturers, including Mamas & Papas, Chicco, Silver Cross, Mothercare, Nania, Maxi Cosi, Bebe Confort, Jane and Hauck, can be found in the Which? child car seat reviews.

 

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