The ‘BeSafe Izi Plus’ – A Toddler’s Point of View!

Following on from my previous post on the BeSafe Izi Plus here comes my complete review of it , with pictures, from a Toddler’s point of view. 🙂

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Nania Trio Review (Reblogged)

Nania Trio Review.

My fellow car seat expert Kat, has written a review on the Nania Trio, the car seat available for £25 at A.S.D.A and Kiddicare to name a couple of retailers.

As a small ‘sum it up’ this is the same car seat that went viral on Facebook a few weeks ago now. You might have seen it? It was a little boy who then at 2yo, broke both he’s legs sitting in this very seat.
It is also the same seat to be recalled by Which? for it’s poor performance. Report <<HERE>>

Have a look at this video, the car seat is not compatible (but correctly installed in the car! ) with the car it’s installed in, a Rover 75, and this is what happens:

To me, this is scary to watch!

Have you ever come across this? Would you buy the car seat if after seeing this?

“Thumbs UP! Thursday” #4

This will continue to come on every other week, as having it up every week is just too much and too little time to find what I need. 🙂

 

 

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This past week I have been trying to make my mind up on who was going to be this Thursday’s “winner”. hehe 🙂
This retailer was one of the first ones I came across when I was looking for ERF retailers. Like some of the others, it’s small and privately owned. 🙂

 

I present to you….

 

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Congratulations to rear facing specialist; Secureatot! 

 

 

Secureatot is owned by Jayne and Kirsty.
They offer specialist rear facing car seat advice, both online by e-mail and Facebook, and on phone. They also have two showrooms for you to come and try out car seats. 🙂
These are located in; Brinkworth and Malmesbury, Wiltshire.


Their website contains a mountain of factual information put to you in a simple way to help you understand better. 🙂

On Youtube you can find many of their install guides to help you install your seat if  you have bought it online. Their website has an online shop, though some of the car seats can only be bought from one of their Showrooms.

 

Our babies were nine months old when we first came across rear facing car seats. We were shocked at how much safer rear-facing car seats are compared to forward-facing and began researching straight away to find out the facts. We could not believe that this knowledge was not more widespread and that we as consumers were unable to make informed choices.

We discovered that rear-facing car seats are 5 times safer than forward-facing seats!

Kirsty did what a lot of people will do and tried to convince herself that forward facing was the way to go. After all, isn’t it more sociable?! Also, if it was that much safer, why could they not be bought in the UK (at that time the only option was to import from Europe)?

There were also a whole host of questions ‘where do their legs go’, ‘how can I see my baby’ etc, all of which were perfectly understandable and ones that many parents had asked.

In the end we couldn’t ignore the facts any longer and we decided to buy rear-facing seats for our babies. We were then both amazed that we had to import the seats from Sweden, which was time-consuming and costly.

So that’s why we set up this site – to help make information about rear-facing car seats more widely available and to give you the chance to buy some of the best seats available from our UK stock.

You can learn from our experience but you don’t just have to take our word for it… please read the evidence yourself… and then pass it on!

 

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 9am till 5pm
Saturday from 9am till 12pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Securatot-Limited/128766507212840

 

 

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“ThumbsUP! Thursday” #3

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It’s once again Thursday and with it comes this weeks retailer recommendation! 🙂

This retailer is someone I happen to know personally. She’s a hard working woman with a knowledge base like Google. I swear I have yet to see there’s something she doesn’t know about car seats. hehe

Lets hear it for…

 

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Rear Facing Toddlers is a retailer specialised in extended rear facing car seats for children up to up 18 kg (approx. 4  years) or 25kg (approx 6 years).
They are based in South London.

This retailer can offer you car seats from; Joie, BeSafe and Axkid.
Their website is stocked full of all the information you need on facts, FAQs, photos and more!

Expert advice and fitting from their qualified Child Seat Safety Adviser.

Here is a small quote from their website showing expert knowledge:

At Rear Facing Toddlers we specialise in Extended Rear Facing car seats.

It is five times safer for children under five years old to travel rear facing in the car. Children are not little adults and their skeleton is not mature enough to cope with the forces of a crash in a forward facing car seat. Keeping them rear facing until they are at least five years old greatly reduces their chances of being seriously injured in a car accident.

Although we sell rear facing car seats in our online shop, it is always better to try a seat in your car before making your purchase, because not every seat fits in every car. For a car seat to be able toprotect your little one, it needs to be installed and used correctly.

When a new baby is born one of the most important items of baby equipment parents buy for them is a rear facing infant car seat. But sadly most babies in the UK will only use that car seat for a year or even less. All nursery stores sell forward facing car seats that can be used for babies who weigh 9kg or over, and most parents think that this is the only option once their baby no longer fits in the infant carrier. Some even think that moving their baby into a big seat is a milestone to look forward to.
But in the event of a car accident, a child under the age of five in a forward facing car seat is five times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than in a rear facing one.

Congratulations to Rear Facing Toddlers!!

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Recall Announcement! Joie Stages – Midnight

The Joie Stages has had a recall announcement from Toys R Us.
You can find it here: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/info/general/trubw-productrecalls.jsf

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This is what you will see when you click the .pdf

JOIE STAGES
Colour: Midnight

It’s been recalled in Toys R Us:

Products Affected:
Product SKN 717665

Car seats with the date code: 130524 are not affected.

The Date code sticker is located on the back of your seat.
Contact your local retailer (phone nr is on Toys R Us website under “find retailer”) and quote your date code to see if the car seat you own is of the ones recalled.

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This is what the sticker looks like.

Now I want to highlight that there’s no need to panic!
Just check your date, if it’s not got 130524 on it you need to return it and they will give you the choice of exchanging it for a new seat, or your money back. 🙂
This does not make Joie Stages a “bad” seat!! There was discovered a fault with the harness tensioning lock screw, that may make it come loose. This is the reason for the recall. 🙂

I want to therefore also mention that the car seats “Chicco Synthesis” and the “Chicco Auto-Fix” have been found to maybe have a faulty buckle, so if you are an owner of one of these you should go to:
http://www.chicco.com OR http://www.qualitycontrol.sabelt.com
This will assist any owner to check if their model is involved and to get instructions on safe use of the product.

Note: Only models with this specific buckle (in the picture) are involved.
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UPDATE 23/08:

Joie has now posted the info on their facebook page. 🙂

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The Sun KILLS!

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Summer has reached us for full force all around parts of the world, and in this time of sunshine and happiness tragic things occur. Every year there is sadly at least one incident in the media of a parent leaving their child in the car.
Luckily this doesn’t always end in tragedy, but far too often it does.

In the US so far this year, 15 children have died as a result of heat stroke from being left in the car.

*So far in 2013 there have been at least fifteen deaths of children unattended in vehicles; seven which has been confirmed as heatstroke and eight which, based upon the known circumstances, are most likely heatstroke (2013 list).  Last year there were at least thirty-two deaths of children (see 2012 list) due to hyperthermia (heatstroke) after being left in or having gained access to hot cars, trucks, vans and SUV’s.  Since 1998 there have been at least 575 documented cases of heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.  This study shows that these incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures very rapidly.* – http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

  • Circumstances
    • An examination of media reports about the 559 child vehicular heatstroke deaths for an thirteen year period (1998 through 2012) shows the following circumstances:
      • 52% – child “forgotten” by caregiver (288 Children)
      • 29% – child playing in unattended vehicle (163)
      • 18% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult  (100)
      • 2% – circumstances unknown (9)
  • Ages
    Children that have died from vehicular heatstroke in the United States (1998-2012) have ranged in age from 5 days to 14 years.  More than half of the deaths are children under 2 years of age.  Below are the percentage of total deaths (and the number of deaths) sorted by age.
    • Less than 1 year old = 31% (171)
    • 1-year old = 22% (122)
    • 2-years old = 20% (109)
    • 3-years old = 14% (78)
    • 4-years old = 6% (33)
    • 5-years old = 3% (17)
    • 6-years old = 2% (9)
    • 7-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 8-years old = 1% (3)
    • 9-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 10-years old = 1% (3)
    • 11-years old = < 1% (2)
    • 12-years old = < 1% (1)
    • 13-years old = < 1% (1)
    •  14-years old = < 1% (2)
    • Unknown = < 1% (2)

– Info grabbed from http://www.ggweather.com/heat/

The European Safety Alliance writes this on their info fact sheet:

Did you know that:
• During warm weather, car temperatures can rise 10 to 15
degrees Celsius every 15 minutes! Opening windows does not significantly slow down
the rate of temperature change.1
• A child’s body temperature rises 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s due to lower water
reserves. 2
• Hyperthermia can occur in as little as 20 minutes, and fatalities within 2 hours.
Hyperthermia can occur on days as cool as just 22 degrees Celsius, when the inside of
a car can easily reach 47 degrees Celsius.3
• Most of the victims of hyperthermia incidents in cars are between 0 – 4 years of age.1

They also have some good presentational tips for  you:

Prevention Tips
• Dial 112 immediately if you see a child or children alone in a car.
• Place your personal items (purse, telephone, briefcase) on the floor of the backseat. That
way you are more likely to remember that the child is with you when you exit the car.
• Place the child’s personal items (diaper bag, bottle) in the front seat as a reminder to you.• Add a “reminder” to your computer calendar programme or telephone to ask if you dropped
your child/children off at day care/pre-school today.
• Whenever there is a change in drop off and pick up arrangements, confirm the plans with
your partner.
• Arrange that your day care provider or babysitter will call you if the child is not dropped off
when expected.
• Lock your car doors and trunk once everybody has exited the vehicle. Keep keys out of
reach of children.

Full fact sheet found <<HERE>>

All in all the most important thing we can do is make sure to always check the back seat before leaving the vehicle!
When I’m at a parking lot I always scan the cars around me just to make sure.
Just so far this year in Norway, there has been no less then two cases in the media of a small infant left alone in the car. Luckily for both they were discovered,saved and are today live and well. Both cases was where a parent left the child knowingly “for for a bit” to do the grocery shopping, or in the other case it was to go have lunch…sigh…
In both cases a person broke into the car to get the child out, as is the right thing to do in my honest opinion, if I saw a child in a car all alone on a hot day (doesn’t have to be sunny!) in obvious distress I don’t think I would think twice about breaking in to save the child! You can also ring the police before you break in and request permission, which is then given, this takes care of any problems that could occur with insurance.
That said, I would still break in if the child seamed to be ‘sleeping’.

So please! Check the back seat before you exit and PLEASE don’t EVER leave a child (or dog for that matter) in the car alone in these summery months!!

Useful links of info:

http://www.safekids.org/heatstroke
http://childcare.about.com/od/caregonewrong/a/leftincar.htm
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heatstroke.htm
http://www.childsafetyeurope.org

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.

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 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’? 🙂