Keep your baby secure and safe in one of our comfortable, ergonomically designed baby capsules. Suitable from birth to up to 12 months, our stylish baby car capsules are perfect for mums on-the-go, making traveling with bub quick and fuss-free!
Protect your Baby with a Baby Safety Capsule
All parents-to-be know there are many important decisions to make before your baby is even born. From the moment you take your baby home from the hospital, have the peace of mind that you are doing everything you can to safe-guard your precious one with a top quality car safety capsule.
Types of baby capsules available
A baby safety capsule is a rear-facing child car seat composed of a base that stays in the car, with a removable basket-like infant carrier. There are two main types of baby capsules:
● Belt system: An older method of installation that uses the car seat belts to secure a child restraint.
● ISOFIX base system: Using an internationally standardised car seat fitting system, child restraints using this system quickly, safely and easily attach using two built-in metal clips between the seats in your car.
Most capsules can be used from newborn to 6 months, although ones that have adjustable positions and allow baby to recline near-flat (such as the Cybex Cloud Q) are able to be used up to 12 months.
Additionally, a capsule can be purchased as part of a Travel System, enabling you to easily transfer bub from car to pram or stroller without needing to move them from the capsule.
How to choose the right capsule for you
● Room in your car: Gauge how much space you have in your car for a capsule when you factor in occupants and other items like groceries, a nappy bag and pram (if you have a small boot).
● How long you plan to use the capsule: Consider if you will be only using the capsule for the first 6 months or if you want to extend usage to 12 months.
● How many capsules and/or car seats do you need in your car: As all children in Australia under the age of 7 need a child restraint, you need to make sure the capsule will fit in with other car seats (like forward facing car seats or a booster seat)and that there are enough anchorage points if you have more than one child of that age.
● Stroller compatibility: Decide if you want your capsule to be compatible with your stroller so you can easily transfer bub from car to stroller?
Safety standards you need to know
When buying any type of child restraint it is best to check your country’s safety standards to ensure the product you are buying meets (or preferably exceeds) the minimum safety requirements, then make an educated decision on the product that best suits your lifestyle and baby’s needs.
Features to also look out for:
● Ease of use: Capsules are bought primarily for the convenience they offer parents. Ensure yours is easy to clip in and out and has an ergonomic carry handle.
● Weight of capsule: A lightweight capsule is beneficial when you factor in the weight of the capsule itself along with the weight with your baby.
● Size: Ensure you buy the appropriate size for your baby’s weight, height and age, as well as one that will easily fit into your car.
● Portability: If you are transferring a car restraint from one car to another, this is an incredibly important feature to investigate.
● Easy to clean: Make sure your capsule is durable and easy to clean.
What ages can a baby be in a capsule
Most baby capsules are suitable for newborns up to approximately 6-12 months. Read your product’s specifications for the appropriate weight, age and height limits.
How safe are baby capsules
Keeping your baby safe and protected is a parents' top priority. Make sure you buy the correct size for your baby’s measurements (not just age group), properly install your capsule, frequently adjust the harness to ensure your baby is securely fastened and don’t leave your baby in the capsule for extended periods of time.
How long can you keep a baby capsule before it expires
Depending on the capsule you purchase, you can generally use it for 6-12 months before transitioning to a rearward facing convertible car seat.
Getting it fitted into your car
Making sure your baby capsule is correctly installed in your car (as well as regularly checking and adjusting the harness) is crucial to ensure its safety effectiveness. As two in three car seats are not used properly, it might be a good idea to visit an authorised Restraint Fitting Station to ensure it is professionally fitted. If you choose to install it yourself, make sure to follow your product’s instructions carefully and precisely.
Accessories you may also want to consider
● Covers, liners, inserts
● Sunshades for windows
● Seat protectors
● Car seat mirrors
Brands which fit the Australian standards
Maxi Cosi, Cybex, Infasecure, Chicco and Joie are just a few of the top quality brands which adhere to Australian safety standards.
Buying online with Metro Baby
Metro Baby is your one-stop baby shop for all baby needs from big ticket items like infant capsules, highchairs, bassinets, bouncers and breast pumps to daily essentials like swaddles, change mats and potties.
Frequently Asked Questions About Baby Capsules:
Do babies need a capsule?
In Australia, babies under 6 months must use a rear-facing car seat with an inbuilt harness, such as a capsule or a convertible baby car seat. While capsules can generally only be used for babies up to a year old (and a convertible car seat can be used until 4 to 8 years), a capsule offers unparalleled convenience and ease of use by allowing parents to take bub in and out of the car with just a few clicks, without the hassle of needing to unbuckle him or her from a car seat to a stroller and back again.
How long can a baby sit in a capsule?
It is best not to leave a baby in a capsule longer than 2 hours, as prolonged periods are not good for their physical development. Capsules are still an incredibly convenient baby item that will help make a new parent’s life easier. Be sure to add a capsule to your gift registry today!
Are car capsules bad for babies?
Car capsules are not bad for babies if they are used responsibly. While it’s tempting to not disturb a sleeping baby, babies should absolutely not be left in a seated position in a car capsule for a long time as it can increase their risk for sudden infant death syndrome. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our helpful customer service team members today.
What is the best baby capsule?
There are many quality brands and models to choose from in Australia that adhere to Australian safety standards. Finding the best product depends on your lifestyle, budget and the features that are most important to you. To help make traveling easier, browse our car accessories page.