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    Default Car seat advice while in OZ (sorry, long!)

    Since we arrived for our visit a couple of weeks ago we've been using SIL's old car seat that she gave MIL when she moved overseas which she bought whiled they lived in Singapore (following me 😊?) which is a maxi-cosi ISOFIX (yes I know, not legal here) but it looked much safer than the safe-n-sound that FIL had put in his car when they picked us up from the airport which they swear is for his age but looks like a booster seat to me. We also use ISOFIX in the uk so although I know it doesn't meet OZ's standards of having a top tether it does have the foot bar.

    Anyways....yesterday I was researching car seats because we were thinking of taking the maxi-cosi back with us since DS is almost out of the rear-facing infant/capsule seat we have and the UK just changed they're safety standards saying babies have to be rear-facing until at least 15 months (DS is 14 months), seats have to be ISOFIX and iSize, etc. I'd prefer DS to be rear-facing until at least two so decided against taking back SIL's seat which is only front facing. This leads me to the safe-n-sound MIL has which apparently can go rear-facing and I decided I think I'd rather him be rear-facing the rest of our trip.

    It's a safe-n-sound Galaxy Classic Sports which I've finally found the instructions for online but I see britax actually doesn't make anymore, the sticker says it's from 2009 which I find odd that MIL bought it as her first grandchild was born overseas late 2010 so she wouldn't have even been driving a baby around until mid-2011. I was going to take it to baby bunting to have installed but I'm still a bit nervous about it in regards to safety as it has no side padding/support/side impact support. I don't know if mil is missing some inserts but it genuinely looks like he's in a booster seat with no support. Besides only being front facing, the maxi-cosi looks MUCH safer.

    Anyways, I don't really know my question as I know most will tell me to use the safe-n-sound since the maxi-cosi is technically not legal here. I guess I just want to know if anyone still has this safe-n-sound model and wondering what advice they have in regards to using it?
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    Firstly, ISOFIX are now legal in Australia if the seat was purchased in Australia and meets the 2013 AUS/NZ safety requirements. So, if the Maxi Cosi you have was purchased in Australia and meets the standards, and the car you're using has ISOFIX, then you can use this seat.

    Having said that, if your Maxi Cosi doesn't meet the above...

    I had a Safe'n'Sound Galaxy Classic that I bought for my first baby all the way back in 2006. It was a great seat, and I used it for my subsequent 3 children as well, and was only retired about 3 months ago when #4 got too big for it (he's just turned 3yo).

    I know that with the new standards, it wouldn't rate very highly on the CREP testing that is done, so it's not a seat that I would buy to use (not that you can buy it now anyway) these days, but since we had it and nothing was wrong with it, we decided to use it, though our bigger seats that we use now are all much higher rated.

    The thing with the Galaxy is that it only rear faces until 12kg, so if your son is under that, then you can rear face in it no worries, otherwise it will need to be forward facing. As I said, it's a seat that I used for all of my children and never had an issue, it was a good, reliable seat, however it didn't provide the most protection if in the case of an accident (I didn't know any of this sort of thing when we first bought it).

    So, if you're *only* choice is the Safe'n'Sound, then use it, but a preferable option would be to get a higher rated seat for use whilst you are here. There are some cheap ones on the market if cost is an issue. If buying isn't an option, I'd use the Galaxy provided it had never been in an accident and all the straps look fine with no wearing/fraying

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    I'm actually reading the instructions and finding they go against what we've told to do with the shoulder straps 😕

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    Hmmm...personally I know this adds cost to your trip but I would replace your MIL's seat with a new one. Baby Bunting sell Babylove and InfaSecure convertible RF/FF for under $200. They install too. That way you know what he is in and next time you visit it will be the same seat so you won't have to worry. Probably not much help but that's what I'd do.

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    Big W often have InfaSecure Neons on special...we got one for our second car a couple of months ago for $115. Ds is still rear facing at 14 months at almost 14kg! And a few cm off the marker still too.

    Eta: if you do end up looking for a new one.
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    Thanks girls! Not sure DH will go for that though! Our next overseas trip will be to America to visit my side so we probably won't be back here for two years so not sure the seat would be used again, plus guidelines regularly changing. I've just asked on Facebook if any friends have a RF we can borrow. He won't be in a car for the next couples of days so I have time to think about it.

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    Is there a website to see what car seats meet current guidelines and if older models are listed or not?

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    Have a look at childcarseats.com.au

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    In Australia because of the way our harnesses thread the straps need to be above or level with the shoulders when rf.

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    I am a member of a Facebook Page called "Child Restraints. Is your child restrained properly?". If you search for the group there are some VERY knowledgeable people on there that could probably assist you with your questions.

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