- Price: £80
- Group: 0+, 1
- Age range: Birth to four years
- Best for: Parents on a budget
- Buy at: Mothercare.com
MOTHERCARE’S sensibly priced, functional products are a godsend to parents on a tight budget. The Madrid, which has a five-point harness, is suitable from birth all the way up to around the age of four, rear-facing until about nine months and forward-facing afterwards.
It may be one of the cheapest on the market but it ain’t ugly; while the Madrid is not made from luxury materials, it’s handsome enough and available in burgundy and cream or black and cream.
The retail price is £79.99 — which works out at £20 a year if it’s kept in play until your child’s fourth birthday — but keep an eye on the company website because the seat often crops up in sales.
It doesn’t have Isofix and instead is secured by a seatbelt. What’s more, this is not a seat that you’ll want to be lugging backwards and forwards to the house as there’s no carry-handle — a bit of a disadvantage if your newborn, like most, nods off in the car, but a compromise worth making for the price.
It’s also a great option as an extra seat for Granny’s car, as long as she’s not planning on taking it out of the car very often as the seatbelt setup is a bit of a faff.