Group 1 seats!

“IS there a difference in testing and quality?”
A reblogg of a friend of mine’s exelent information post on Group 1 seats and the difference between ALL the testing that we do here in Europe. She also brilliantly explains why, in car seats as with a lot of other products, you really do get what you pay for, and cheap is not necessarily good. 🙂

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Weight: 9-18kg

Height: Top of ears level with top of seat

Direction of travel: Front or rear facing

Fitment: Seat belt or ISOfix

Other options: Impact shield

Introduction

A group 1 car seat is designed to restrain a child in the event of an impact.  They normally have a 5-point harness and are designed to hold the child in the seat and spread the force through the shoulder straps, hip and crotch straps.  It is law for every child to be restrained in the car in a suitable child restraint and there are very few exceptions.

Exceptions:

Taxi

Emergency journey (not shops or school!)

In both cases the child must the wear the adult seat belt, if available.

Why are there such big price differences?

This is such a common question and a valid one too.  Why would you pay £200 for a seat when you can get one…

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BeSafe – Baby

Not too long ago I decided to try and switch the kids around in the car. 🙂
As a result, Caitlyn ended up in the ‘Joie’ , and Henry ended up in the ‘BeSafe’.

So this is now how they look in the car, all happy and jolly. 🙂

changeofscenery

The ‘BeSafe’ is higher up then the ‘Joie’, so Henry can see more as he’s still quite short and small.
It doesn’t recline as nice though, so I’m still unsure if this is a temporary thing, or if I’ll switch them back the way there were, but atm they are very happy with the change. hehe
And let’s face it, a change of scenery is often nice to have!

Henrybesafe

And as always I can see him clear as day! 😉

Henrymirror

One of the reasons why I take a lot of pictures of the kids showing how good space they have and such, and that I can in fact see them, is because this is one of the main concerns people who are not custom to ERF will ask questions about.
By showing pictures like this, I can hopefully help you relax and understand that ERF children are in fact very happy, safe and have tons of space in their car seats. 🙂

By the way, Rear Facing Toddlers has put up a FB page! Run over and give them a “Like”! She deserves it!

Joie Stages – A Toddler’s Point of View!

So recently I decided to switch the little ones around, putting Henry (9 mo) in the ‘BeSafe’ and Caitlyn Anabelle (29 mo) in the ‘Joie’, and see how that would work out. 🙂

I wanted to see how much room she would have, just to give me a clue really, I’ve seen a lot of questions about having a toddler in the ‘Joie’ so I thought it was about time I could show you how it looks in our Citroen C5.

Caitlynjoie2

 As you can see, she fits really well. 😀
Legs all over the place dangling off or on, she couldn’t make up her mind on where to have them. haha
Personally I think she likes the angle of the seat. It seams to be more reclined and far deeper then the ‘BeSafe’.

I previously posted Henry in the ‘Joie’, so you can see a comparison.

All in all I think it works very well!

//Q: Do you have any pictures of your toddler in the ‘Joie’? 🙂

Joie Stages – A closer look

HenryJoie

Henry is very comfy in the Joie Stages. It rear faces to 18KG and can then be used forward facing as a HBB (high back booster) to 25KG. (more info on this car seat can be found –> HERE!)

As you can see he has tons of room. The headrest is adjustable with ease. You just lift a little “handle” in thee back off it to move it up and down. The harness placement is adjusted by the headrest as well, so no need to fumble with it in the back. 😀

The seat also has these little pockets on each side to put stuff in. Like wipes, a nappy, a snack and so forth. 🙂
That can come in great handy.

I will show a picture walk through of the instalment tomorrow! 🙂

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I can’t make up my mind!

First off I want to say that I’m trying to get more readers by testing out this “Linky Tools” thing.

Apparently it’s a bloghop thing that helps you get more readers. This blog is so new and it takes time, but I would really appreciated the help! So if you like my blog (it’s not even done yet! haha) so far, please do follow me on twitter and facebook, maybe even subscribe to me if you are a wordpresser your self! I’m new to this platform, so things are moving slowly. 🙂

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Now that we have that covered let’s move on! 🙂 I can’t for the life of me make up my mind!
Henry is currently in a Britax First Class Plus. It’s a very good fit, I like the seat, but it’s RF to 13kg only seat, so I’ve been thinking about getting him a new one at some point, when he grows out of it obviously. He’s still got lots of room left, but I just like to have things ready, I’m good like that. hehe

I’m so torn between the “Joie” and the TWE. If I go for the Joie, it has a max RF limit of 18kg, the TWE has a max RF limit of 25kg, it’s also the tallest seat on the market, meaning it will last. Now the Joie is also tall, but gaaah…I don’t know what to do! I still have a few months on me at least before I would have to decide since Henry is in a seat that is Group 0+/1, meaning it’s the same build as a group 1 seat. That means SPACE! hehe He’s currently approx. 10,5kg, and the seat’s not going to be outgrown RF until he’s 13kg and that could take ages. My 2,5 year old just hit 13kg and a bit. :p
But the BFCP is not an extended rear facing car seat, making it smaller RF then an actual RF car seat. I think I need some help from you guys!

//Q: What RF car seat would you recommend me? What RF car seat has your fancy?

Let me know in the comment section!

Well now I’ve done it!

Oh yes! I’ve started this blog now, it’s slowly getting there. I’m still putting in stuff, there’s still stuff to add, but I do have kids and a hubby so I can’t spend all day in front of the box even though I do want to get everything sorted! 😉 If you want to read about me and why I started this blog (though I’m still adding on to that info) you can find that <HERE>.
I’ve also got a list of retailers selling ERF seats and what they price, and also it links to their website where you can see them. That information is stored <HERE>.
Also note that the information on the “Approved RF Car seats” tab, will be updated as I come across more seats and so forth, so always keep a lookout on that page! 🙂

I would also love if you “liked” my Facebook page (you can do this just over there —-> ) there I will and do post news and deals I might come across before it goes live here! 🙂
You can also follow me on Twitter @ERFmama .

 

I hope all my visitors return soon for even more info and maybe funny snips of my visits to any highstreet retailer who sells car seats. 🙂

 

-Innie