Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 06-04-2015 at 14:12.
The galaxy sports is just a no frills version of car seat so lacks all the padding of something like the maxi cozy which is on the other end of the spectrum.
Its within the 10yr use period so would be perfectly safe to use and i think i saw your bub is 14mths? So not a newborn needing the padding inserts for support.
And yes our carseat restraints are fitted with the straps coming from just above the shoulder i dont know how that compares to the rest of the world but its the standard here.
I'm also from UK and want baby to be rear facing for as long as possible. I couldn't tell from your first post whether the maxicosi is the first stage one but we have been using the first stage rear facing maxi cosi for the last few months as it was easier to bring over in luggage. Our baby is almost 17 months and while he is a bit squished I'm going on weight and he's only 10.2kg so still under the 13kg limit.
So if you've got the first stage maxi cosi you could probably still use it as I'm sure you would feel more secure using one you are familiar with. And yes in regards to legality I know our isofix ones aren't legal but I'm basing my decision on safety rather than whether or not I might get fined. If they are safe to use in Europe without the top tether I am happy to carry on using them here and just risk the fine if caught. We have a britax second stage one that swivels so can be forward or rearward facing until about age 4. We only bought in few months ago in UK and it was expensive so I'm not planning to buy a new one here just because it doesn't meet the Australian standards.
I don't really care about a fine but I was wondering if we got in an accident and insurance discovered the seat was 'illegal' if we'd get screwed that way? Or is it doubtful they'd even find out unless DS was injured?
Out of curiosity, what britax did you grab in the UK? I was thinking of grabbing the Dualfix when we got back to the UK as he'll probably be ready for the next stage but with the new standards I think I'm now leaning more towards the maxi-cosy 2way pearl as it has iSize. Britax isn't manufacturing iSize yet. I think I prefer Europe's standards though and happy to see the UK adopting them.
Wish they would make rear-facing to 15 months mandatory here. So many people turn FF to early.
We have the dual fix and I love it. So easy to put him as you swivel it to side. He definitely prefers to be forward facing as he's been ff a couple times in rental cars but we just put up with his whinging and figure he can't complain too much if he doesn't know any different! The dualfix can be rf until about 4 I think. We prob won't last that long but we will see.
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