This is a birth to 4 years car seat.
It is quite wide and bulky, with a large plastic base under the seat. However, I think this is the case for all the carseats for this age range.
It can be installed in the car facing forwards, or backwards. You are supposed to use it backwards for the first 9 months and then turn it forwards. We bought it because our daughter had outgrown her infant carseat but wasn't yet heavy enough to go in a forward-facing carseat (9kg). It is quite hard to fit rear-facing - it is quite wobbly, and quite difficult to get the child in and out because the car seatbelt cuts across the space that you need to put the child through. I definitely wouldn't use it for a smaller baby - it doesn't seem supportive enough.
It is quite easy to fit forward-facing - the instructions are all on the stickers on the seat and it is fairly straight-forward. You can get the seat fitted firmly in place.
The seat has a two dials at the front. One makes the sides of the seat move out or in, so you can adjust the width of the seat to fit your child. This is a nice feature, although as the child got older we found we mainly used it to make the seat really narrow when we had extra passengers. The other dial is to recline the seat. This dial is quite hard to turn - if I go from fully upright to fully reclined, with the child in the seat, it makes my arm ache! But I can do it while sitting in the front passenger seat, which is useful when the child falls asleep on a long journey.
The buckle seems easy to do up to me, because I am used to it. Howver there is obviously something very non-intuitive about it, as relatives and friends can never work it out.
The cover is supposed to be sponge-clean only but I've machine-washed ours and it was fine. The metal and plastic frame does have a lot of fiddly hard-to-get bits though - not fun if you have to clean vomit out of them ...
It is a good seat - on its third occupant now and wearing well.
I'm 45 and have a 21 year old son. I also have a 15month old baby (well I wanted to make sure the first one was okay before I made another) Anyway, initially we bought a Graco travel system, car seat and pram type pushchair thingy, but eventually Conor, the new baby, became too big for the old seat, time to buy another. Which magazine slated most seats so it was time to do a bit of personal research. In the end I decided to buy the iseos, reasons were. 1. Good safety as far as I could tell. 2. Padding good. 3. Harness good 5 point. 4. Adjustable up to age 4 ish. It fits rear of forward facing and is rated 0+ to 4 I think. The only fiddly thing is the harness buckle, as already mentioned. The trick is, when you take off the harness; 1. Loosen the harness first and pull top straps forward. 2. Release buckle. 3. Pull each part of 2 piece buckle straight over the arm of the chair so the lap bit is still straight. 4. Hook shoulder strap into purpose built clip. If you do this then putting the harness back together is easy and you won't need to renew your MENSA membership.
I have been testing car seats for 'Mother and Baby magazine.' This seat I was very impressed with - so were the other 8 parents that tested them. It came tops!! This seat is very easy to install. It comes with very clear easy to understand instructions. When it is installed it fits very well, it is nice and tight with no chance of movement. Unfortunately it is a fairly bulky seat and can only be sponge cleaned, though these are the only disadvantages to it. There are two clips on the side of the seat so that you can clip the straps out of the way when putting baby into his/her seat. These are very useful and also stop the straps from twisting. The best part of this seat has got to be the side padding. It is double-padded with high sides which can be adjusted by up to 15cm (simply twist a knob and the sides of the seat will move outwards or inwards so it can be widened as and when you want it to). This allows for comfort as your child grows. Finally is the reclining mechanism. This is a very smooth recline, by the use of a simple twisting knob. This seat is well worth the money, everyone that tested it thought the same, so if you do have the money consider buying this one.
When someone told me that the first year of a baby’s life flies by, they weren’t joking! The truth of this struck me when I realised that, at nine months, my daughter had almost outgrown her little Grade 0+ car seat and it would soon be time to buy a new one (car seat, not daughter). While idly contemplating this fact, I was then thrown into a panic when informed that my two year old niece was coming over to visit from France in a week or so, and I would have to get a new car seat for her arrival. For this reason, I didn’t have enough time to do my usual painstaking background research on each individual car seat on the market. It was a case of “this one looks nice, I’ll take it”. The Bébéconfort Iséos has since proved to be one of my better impulse buys. So why did I choose this one? Compared to the other models that were on display, it has much better padding and seems to be far more comfortable. The seat cover comes off very easily, and I preferred this style rather than the ‘wipe-clean’ cover of one of the others. The seat offers good support too, as it has padded ‘wings’ on either side, which would protect a child more in an accident. The reclining system seemed very easy to use, and has proved to be in practice. It can be reclined by a few turns of the knob at the front of the seat, so a sleeping baby will not be disturbed in the slightest. As well as the actual reclining, the front bit of the knob turns to adjust the width of the wings. This is brilliant, and no other seat had this feature. It means that the added protection of the wings will not restrict your child as they grow. A brilliant touch. It is quite easy to fit into the car, which is useful if you often have to switch it between cars, like I do. It can be fitted facing rearward (for babies from birth up to 13kg) or forward facing (from 9kg to 18kg, or from about six months to four years). The h
arness is also easy to adjust. There are four different heights of slots for the belt to go through, depending on the age of your child. The harness is what is known as a one-pull harness, meaning you have just one strap to pull to adjust its tightness; it is very simple to use. The only criticism I have of the harness is that I find it very fiddly to slot into the buckle. Another ingenious detail is the little hooks at the side of the seat that hold the harness back when putting your baby in and taking her out of the seat. This is extremely useful because, without these hooks, the belt falls into the seat and means baby ends up sitting on it. It cost me £140 (Irish pounds, if you will – that’s about £120 sterling), which was one of the highest priced seats (though not the most expensive). But for equipment that is as important for a child’s safety as this, and that will have to last them and remain comfortable for a few years, I was quite prepared to fork out. This model can be used from birth, as I mentioned previously, to about four years - or for babies weighing from 0 (!) to18kg. Oh, and if appearance is important to you, it’s a sort of denim blue colour, which looks very pretty and is also practical in that marks don’t show up very much. It’s also got a cute little picture of a teddy bear - in fact, forget everything I've just said - if the truth be told, THIS was the main reason I bought it. ;o)
A forward facing car seat with its unique widening system, the Iseos TT now fits almost any car due to the designed base and belt tensioning system. Iseso TT Car Seat has an easy-to-operate dial which reclines and widens the seat as you turn it" which is "great for growing children and also means you can adjust according to what clothes they're wearing". "The seat sits quite high up, giving the child a good view" and it's "easy to install". Total tensioning fitting system for optimum fitting with 3 point belt. Removeable, hand washable seat cover.