Movin' on up

We had a carseat reshuffle. Brodie got a Concord Transformer Click similar to this and Grier got a new (to her) seat with a new cover handed down from Brodie. I initially though I wanted a seat with a five point harness for Brodie but once I looked into it I realised that he would soon weigh too much to get much use out of this so we went for the Concord. He seems very comfy in it. Both seem pretty chuffed and change is good right?Carseats are an important topic to me. When Brodie was small he travelled in his infant carseat and when he started to get closer to the upper weight limit we started to look for one to suit us in the next stage. Coincidentally Grier is still well within the weight limit for the infant seat at 13+ months. I think sometimes people don't believe that the same seat can fit a 7lb baby when they are 20lb+ but it's so important to stick to the weight limit specified by the manufacturer and not just move to bigger seat when you think the baby looks 'big' in it or just because you want to buy a new one. Again check weight and height lower limits carefully before you move your baby into a bigger seat. When I started to research next stage carseats - no easy feat - I discovered that generally children are changed to a forward facing carseat at around a year old in the UK. This is not the case in Scandinavia or the US. You can find more information here, here and here. The more I read up on why rearfacing (in a properly fitted and secured carseat) is recommended outside the UK the more convinced I was that we should continue to have Brodie rearfacing for as long as possible. So we started to look into purchasing a seat which was easier said than done. In the end we ordered ours from here. In an ideal world we'd have bought a seat from somewhere local so that we would have had an expert check that it was fitted correctly but eh Milton Keynes was as local as we could find. Ironically the seat we bought was a Britax Hi-Way, made in Britain by a British company but not sold widely in the UK. The seat is easy to install using tether straps and the car's seat belt (we didn't and still don't have a car with Isofix), and we bought extra tether straps for grandparents cars so we could move the seat easily when needed. The Hi-Way has served us well and will continue to I'm sure. Brodie admittedly at 3 and half is on the smaller side but he still fitted comfortably even with his legs folded in front of him. He also never commented on not being able to see as much looking out the back of the car rather than the front, I suppose because he's never known what it's like to face forward. When we went through the process of buying a seat in order that we could extend the length of time that Brodie would travel rearfacing I imagined that by now 2.5 years down the line it would be more 'normal' and it would be easier to purchase a rearfacing car seat but I'm not sure there's much difference. Rearfacing carseats are still much more expensive and people still think it's strange. Perhaps in another 2.5? The rearfacing lobby gets a bit of criticism for scaremongering and/or encouraging parents to shell out more cash than necessary but as with all decisions related to your children it's probably best to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.