Do I really need an Infant Capsule?

When it comes to transporting your newborn, car seats and prams go hand in hand.  It's convenient to invest in a car seat that can also attach to your pram from day one, making it easier to move your baby from the car to the stroller.

There are two main options for car seats for newborns:  

  • the infant capsule, which is suitable for 0-6 months 
  •  0-12 months, and the convertible car seat, which can be used from newborn to 4 years, with some models going up to 8 years.

Understanding Infant Capsules Vs. Convertible Car Seats!

An Infant Capsule has two sections;

  1. the base - this is fastened to the vehicle seat and usually always remains in the vehicle;
  2. the capsule - the car seat part where the baby lies. The capsule attaches to the base, and along with a tether strap,

When your journey has ended, you can  disconnect the capsule from the base (with your baby still in it), and Experience Ultimate Convenience with Our Baby Travel System.

Most capsules cater to newborns up to approximately 6 months, with some extending to around 12 months. All capsules are rearward facing.

Expert Guide: Understanding the Versatility of Convertible Car Seats.

Most convertible car seats are suitable from newborn to 4 years, while some go on to convert to a booster seat, making them suitable up to 8 years.

It's crucial to grasp that infants have heavier heads, and their spine and muscles aren't fully developed until about 2 years old. While the law mandates babies to be rear-facing until at least 6 months, it's advisable to keep them that way for as long as possible for optimal safety during accidents.

If you opt for a 0-6 months capsule, you'll eventually need to transition to a convertible car seat once your child exceeds it to maintain rear-facing seating.

To simplify, here are our recommendations for your choices:

Option 1

  • Capsule for 0-12 months,
  • Car seat for 6 months to 8 years.

Option 2 

  • Capsule for 0-6 months or 12 months
  • Convertible car seat for 0-4 years
  • Booster seat for 4 years and up.

Option 3

  • Convertible car seat for 0-4 years,
  • Booster seat for 4 years and beyond.


The Disadvantages of a Capsule Car Seat

When it comes to choosing a car seat for your child, there are several factors to consider. One of the options available is a capsule car seat. While capsule car seats offer convenience and portability, there are also some disadvantages to keep in mind.

Cost Consideration

The main disadvantage of a capsule car seat is the cost. A convertible car seat, on the other hand, can last longer as it can switch to forward-facing and accommodate your child for up to 4 years. This means that if you opt for a capsule car seat suitable for up to 6 months, followed by a 0 to 4 convertible car seat, and then a booster seat, you may end up needing to purchase three separate car seats for your child.

In this scenario, the capsule car seat may not be necessary, as the convertible car seat can be suitable for your child from newborn age. A more cost-effective option could be to invest in a capsule car seat suitable for up to 12 months, followed by a forward-facing car seat that can accommodate your child from 6 months to 8 years.

Limited Lifespan

Another disadvantage of a capsule car seat is its limited lifespan. Since capsule car seats are typically designed for infants up to a certain weight or age limit, you may find yourself needing to replace the seat sooner than expected. This can lead to additional costs and inconvenience, especially if your child outgrows the capsule car seat quickly.

Lack of Ease of Use

While capsule car seats offer portability and convenience, they may not be as user-friendly as convertible car seats. Installing and removing a capsule car seat from your car can be more cumbersome, especially as your child grows and becomes heavier. Convertible car seats, on the other hand, are designed to stay in your car and can easily transition from rear-facing to forward-facing as your child grows.

Limited Versatility

Capsule car seats are specifically designed for infants and may not offer as much versatility as convertible car seats. Convertible car seats can adapt to your child's changing needs, from infancy to toddlerhood and beyond. With a convertible car seat, you can adjust the seat as your child grows, eliminating the need to purchase multiple car seats over time.
In conclusion, while capsule car seats offer convenience and portability, they also come with several disadvantages. From cost considerations to limited lifespan and lack of ease of use, it's important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. Ultimately, the best car seat for your child will depend on your specific needs, budget, and lifestyle.

Key Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Capsule

So you have decided to purchase a capsule for convenience. How do you choose which one? Here are some key factors to consider:


Safety is always the top priority when it comes to car seats. Australian Safety Standards are some of the most stringent car seat standards in the world. All capsules sold in Australia must meet these standards. However, some go above and beyond the minimum requirements. Some extra features to consider include:

  • Extra layers of protection beyond the shell
  • Side impact protection to take the first impact of an accident, absorbing most of the force before the energy transfers to the shell that the baby is in
  • Extra layers of head protection
  • Increments for strap adjustments - if increments for strap adjustments are small, this is safer as it allows the straps to be adjusted to suit the child perfectly
  • Ease of use


Comfort is another important factor to consider when purchasing a capsule. You want your baby to be comfortable on those long car rides, so look for features such as:

  • Padded cushions for extra comfort
  • Adjustable headrests to support your baby’s head as they grow
  • Breathable fabric to ensure your baby doesn’t get too hot or sweaty


Before purchasing a capsule, make sure it is compatible with your car. Some capsules may not fit properly in certain vehicles, so it’s important to check the compatibility before making a purchase.


You want a capsule that will last you a long time and withstand wear and tear. Look for capsules made from high-quality materials that are built to last.

Size and Weight

Consider the size and weight of the capsule, especially if you will be transferring it between different vehicles often. You want a capsule that is lightweight and easy to move around, but also sturdy and safe.


While safety and quality are the most important factors, price is also a consideration for many parents. Set a budget for yourself and try to find a capsule that fits within that budget while still meeting all your safety and comfort needs.
In conclusion, when purchasing a capsule, safety should always be your top priority. Look for capsules that meet Australian Safety Standards and have additional safety features such as side impact protection and extra layers of head protection. Consider comfort, compatibility with your car, durability, size and weight, and price when making your decision. By considering all these factors, you can find the perfect capsule for your baby that ensures their safety and comfort on all your car journeys.

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With love, Sulani