Right, don’t panic, but a car seat is possibly the most important piece of baby kit you will buy (you can’t even leave hospital without one). And choosing one isn’t a particularly easy ride.
They all look pretty similar and they all pass the requisite safety tests, so it really comes down to how long you want to use it, whether you want a travel system and whether you know what on earth a travel system is.
It’s also worth knowing your ISOFIX from your i-Size, and making sure you buy something that’s compatible with your car (Britax, Maxi-Cosi and others have an online tool to make this easier).
Needless to say, it’s a bit of a minefield. But, as is our way, we’ve narrowed it down to five varied options that you can’t go wrong with.