Life gets pretty hectic once little human humans enter the world, but thankfully Australia’s leading car capsules take the fuss (and sore backs) out of getting around with a newborn in tow.
Always rear-facing, portable baby capsules detach from a preinstalled base in the car, allowing baby to remain seated while lifted out of the car. And with many capsules now compatible with popular prams and strollers to form complete travel systems, they’re a modern convenience you’ll wonder how you did without.
To help you make the right decision for getting around with bub safely, we’ve shortlisted our favourite baby capsules available here in Australia.
What you need to know about baby capsule safety
Australia has strict car seat rules that parents need to be aware of. Here’s a summary:
- In Australia, baby capsules must meet Australian standard AS/NZS 1754
- Babies must never be left unattended in the car
- Baby capsules are designed to be rear-facing only
- The capsule must have upper tether straps
- Harness adjusters should be self-locking
- Covers and liners must be included to protect babies
- Components and accessories must not be sharp or easily detached by little hands
Refer to Product Safety Australia for more details.
OUR PICK OF THE CROP
7 safe and comfy car capsules for babies
With so many baby capsules in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start, so we consulted our HUGE Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community of Australian mums and listed their most popular choices below.
In no particular order, here are 7 of the more popular car capsules for 2023.
Suitable for babies up to 12 months, the Britax Safe N Sounds Unity ISOFIX Capsule is Australia’s only infant carrier designed and tested for premature and low-birth-weight babies without medical conditions. We love the high sidewalls for added protection.
Lined with thermo-regulating Merino wool, the Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna Capsule is compatible with most Bugaboo prams and comes with an ISOFIX base. We love that the UPF 50+ sun canopy has a mesh peekaboo window for checking on bub.
Compatible with leading strollers, the Maxi Cosi Mico Plus comes with ISOFIX fitment for safe installation and superior side impact protection. We love the handy harness magnets for keeping straps out of the way when lifting baby in and out.
Ready to adapt to Baby Jogger pram, the City GO Capsule boasts a six-position adjustable base that attaches to cars with your choice of ISOFIX or seatbelt connection. We love the extra-long UPF 50+ sun canopy for complete protection of young skin.
A capsule and bassinet in one, the Cybex Cloud Q is the only car capsule in Australia that transforms from a rear-facing unit to an ergonomic flat-lying position outside of the car. We love that it’s compatible with a range of prams and suits bubs right up to 12 months of age.
The perfect pair for Nuna strollers, the Nina KLIK Capsule features adjustable head support and harness, removable insert and contoured handle for easy carrying. We love the bubble indicator on the base that tells you when it’s level.
Loved for its easy installation, the Chicco Keyfit Capsule fits Chicco strollers and comes fitted with a five-point harness and quick-remove washable pad. We love the smooth underside that doesn’t scratch leather seats.
Is a baby capsule the same as a baby car seat?
No, baby capsules detach from their base and allow parents to lift baby out of the vehicle while still seated. Car seats, however, are not designed to be used outside of the car.
How long can a newborn sit in a baby capsule?
According to Red Nose Australia, infants should not exceed two hours sitting or sleeping in a capsule due to the increased risk of sudden infant death. Also, remove baby from the capsule once the car journey is over, even if it means waking sleepyheads.
At what age does a baby stop using a capsule?
Most babies have outgrown their capsules by around their half-birthday. Many manufacturers recommend capsule use from birth up to about six months of age, depending on baby’s height. And, it must be used in a rear-facing position at all times.
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- Car seat laws: What you need to know
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