My daughter is 4 now and is at the height of a 5-6 year old. She has been growing a lot this year and no longer fits in a car seat with built in straps. I don't drive which is irritating but once a week, me and Hollie will go to my grandparents house for dinner and my dad takes us home in his car. He got this car seat from Argos when we bought a new car and it was very simple and easy to fit.
Fitting the seat
To fit the seat, All that is needed is to follow the instructions provided. You use the seatbelt which is fitting to your car and just wire it through the slot at the top headboard of the child's seat. It's as simple as that! you then put the child into the car and pull the seatbelt over them and then plug it in.
Just make sure the belt isn't twisted or uncomfortable on them as the child may get irritated and may need comforting which isn't something you want to be doing if driving. Also, every time you put them in, just double check the seat is secure by giving it a little wiggle when they are all plugged in.
About the seat
This seat was purchased from Argos for £24.99 and it's worth every penny. It is comfortable for Hollie and the seat area is comfortable enough for Hollie to sit in for longer journeys. Hollie has always been taller than the average height for her age and this seat is perfect for her. The backs of the knees sit right at the end of the seat so she has her legs dangling over which is nice and comfortable for her. There isnt an over hang or too much room that she can't bend her legs either.
The seat is stated for ages 4-12 year old's although I don't think any 12 year old would happily sit in this or even fit! The weight range for the seat is 15kg to 36kg which is up to 5 and a half stone.
It's suitable to fit in the back seats and front seats of a car but can only be used in the front if you don't have any active airbags in the front. It is a front facing seat for this age of child so they can look out of the window whilst travelling in the car.
The only problem I find with these type of car seats is that Hollie can undo the seatbelt herself and on occasion she has ended up doing it whilst on the road and I've had to awkwardly turn around to do it back up. Children are very inquisitive and boredom in the car sets in so if you are driving alone with the child, I would suggest putting them behind the passenger seat so you can see them in the rear view mirror to see what mischief they are up to and whether you need to pull over to plug them back in!
The headrest is adjustable so as the child gets older you can lift it up so their heads are still supported. The headrest is rounded at the edges too so if the children fall asleep they have somewhere comfortable to rest their heads instead of falling forwards and getting a sore neck.
It is a plain black seat with some grey trims and a blue label in the middle with "baby start" written on. It is very lightweight and easy to take in and out of the car if moving it into other vehicles. I do have a problem with our one, in that the cover falls off frequently on the seat part. When Hollie is climbing into it, she will always mess it up when adjusting herself and I always have to pull it back over as it's not been put over tightly enough. It doesn't help that the base is plastic so it slips and slides all over the place, but for the price, I will deal with that annoyance.
The cover can be taken off to clean but isn't machine washable. Just take a cloth or a sponge to it to clean it off or if it's just crumbs, then just shake it off or hoover it. The next time my dad brings us home in his car, I will be taking the seat cover off to add some elastic to the base part of the cover so It can pull around the base of the seat to hold it on better. The fabric is lovely and soft and backed with a sponge so it's comfortable for children's bums.
I am very happy with the quality of this seat as it's the perfect seat for Hollie's height and weight. She can feel comfortable on journeys and knows she will be able to nod off in it well if she needs to. Hollie always enjoys being in the car and always had a pleasant journey thanks to this car seat. I feel she is very protected in this car seat and she doesn't slip or slide when we go round corners or roundabouts. We've had a few times of needing to break quickly too and she is strapped in well and doesn't fly forward when that happens. So, don't always think that the more you spend the better the quality, as this car seat is more than capable of doing the job of a seat that costs triple the price of this seat.
I give this product 5/5 stars for good quality and the feeling of assurance it will protect her and keep her safe when travelling.
Thanks for reading my review
Car seat features: Group 2-3. Suitable for children from 4 years to 12 years. Suitable for children from 15kg to 36kg. Fits front and rear seats. Only use in front seat if there is no active air bag. For use with 3 point seat belts. Forward facing. Side impact protection. Adjustable head support. Armrests. Size H70, W45, D49cm. General information: Removable washable cover - hand wash only. Manufacturer's helpline number 0116 284 4910. EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 3507467880451.