Best Baby Capsules | 2020 Review

6 min
Car Safety
By Baby Village on 05 May 2020

We’ve rounded up the best baby capsules on the market and have summarised the most important bits to help you make the right decision for your family. Plus we answer your questions:

Why should you choose a baby capsule over a convertible car seat, and how to choose which one is right for you.


Ideal for newborns up to a minimum of 6 months to approx 12 months* capsules can be a convenient option for parents on the go. All capsules need to be installed with a stay-in-car base using either ISOFIX or seat-belt path plus top tether. Using a set of compatible adapters, you can easily transfer your baby in their capsule from car to pram.

Many Mums swear by the convenience of a capsule, primarily to alleviate the potential of waking Bub up during ‘transfer’; however it’s important to note that you can only keep Bub in a capsule for up to 2-hours. This is due to the shape of the capsule and the spinal development of your baby. Your baby will likely need a change and/or feed by that time anyway!

Here are our recommendations as to why a capsule might work for you:

  • You have on-street parking and need to carry Bub some distance to home
  • You live  up or down stairs
  • You constantly switch between two cars
  • You have a toddler and need to do daycare drop-offs/pick-ups


Bugaboo Turtle by Nuna 

When two brands you love & trust collaborate to bring a new capsule to market you can be confident you’re getting the best of both worlds; design & safety, not to mention style & comfort as well!
  • Unique Feature: Signature Smart Sun Visor with UPF50+ and Peekaboo window 
  • Compatibility: Use with Maxi Cosi Adapters onto your Bugaboo Pram (also compatible with most other pram brands)
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 12 months (approx)
  • Weight: 4kg + base
  • Installation: Rigid ISOFIX
  • Price: RRP $599.00 (Bugaboo Stroller Adapters included)
  • Drawbacks: The headreast is deep & narrow so may be a snug fit for some babies.




Maxi Cosi Mico Plus

With patented Air Protect safety features, plus superior padding, newborn insert & bamboo cool-wicking fabric, your baby will stay safe & comfortable for everyday use.
  • Unique Feature: Maxi Cosi signature Air Protect 
  • Compatibility: Use with Maxi Cosi Adapters onto most prams
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 6 months (approx)
  • Weight: 4.6kg + base
  • Installation: ISOGO Flexible ISOFIX
  • Price: RRP $589.99
  • Drawbacks: Has a deep infant seat without an included support wedge.



Cybex Cloud Q

This premium baby capsule sets itself apart as a perfect mix of phenomenal protection and a new kind of travel system for outstanding safety in and outside of the car.
  • Unique Feature: Reclining backrest to an ergonomic lie-flat position (for use outside the car) 
  • Compatibility: Use with Maxi Cosi Adapters onto Cybex Priam and most other prams including Bugaboo, Joolz & Uppababy
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 12 months (approx ) / max 13kg
  • Price: RRP $839.00 (adapters included)
  • Weight: 6.8kg + base
  • Installation: Flexible ISOFIX
  • Drawbacks: Unfortunately the extra layback features adds weight - once you add baby you’re carrying approx 10kg on one arm.



Baby Jogger City GO

With distinctive brand features, the Baby Jogger City GO stays true to form with ease-of-use design at the forefront.
  • Unique Feature: Easy-adjust perfect-fit base with inbuilt spirit-level.
  • Compatibility: Use with Baby Jogger City Go Adapters onto most Baby Jogger  prams
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 12 months (approx)
  • Price: RRP $449.99 (adapters included)
  • Weight: 4.75kg + base
  • Installation: Flexible ISOFIX
  • Drawbacks: Unfortunately it is only compatible with Baby Jogger Prams.



Mountain Buggy Protect

With a cleverly designed ergonomic carry handle plus an ultra-light weight this capsule is a great choice for slighter Mums.
  • Unique Feature: Ultra-lightweight, ergonomic carry design
  • Compatibility: Use with Maxi Cosi Adapters onto most prams
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 12-15 months (approx)
  • Weight: 3.9kg + base
  • Installation: Seat-belt path (Non-ISOFIX)
  • Price: RRP $399.99
  • Drawbacks: Minimalist design means reduced additional comfort features.



Britax Safe-n-Sound Unity Neos

Featuring Britax’s patented Thermo5 high performance fabric with Bamboo Charcoal - heat-regulating & sweat-wicking - your Bub will remain comfortable on long car trips.
  • Unique Feature: Compact design great for growing families.
  • Compatibility: Integrated Click & Go compatible Strollers (no receivers required) as well as selected Steelcraft, Baby Jogger & Valco strollers (receivers sold separately).
  • Longevity: Newborn up to 12 months (approx).
  • Price: RRP $599 (adapters included)
  • Weight: 4.4kg + base
  • Installation: Seat-belt path.
  • Drawbacks: Non-isofix installation.
 

* Ultimately the shoulder height marker will determine when your baby has outgrown their capsule.
 
If you've got any further questions get in touch and we'll help you make the right decision for your family! BVx

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