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I opted for this Car Seat as it was compatible with my Babystyle Oyster pushchair.
The seat looks very comfortable, with a lovely padded head hugger for your newborn baby, this is easily removable for washing or for when your baby outgrows it. The harness is a 3 point system, very easy to clip into place and also the ability to unfasten one handed with just a quick click of the button. The straps do not come with pads but I purchased some desperately for just a few pound for added comfort for my baby. The straps are easily adjustable, there is a button placed just under the cover at the bottom of the seat that you press to make the straps longer. I also like the fact that the instruction book, which has easy to follow instructions in various languages, has it's own little container at the back of the seat so that it is with you at all times.
The handle moves forwards and backwards easily, just push in two buttons which are placed at the back of either side of the handle and push backwards or forwards. The hood is soft and again remove able for easy cleaning.
The car seat itself is a little on the heavy side but I suppose all car seats are when they have a baby out in them! Built my muscles up a little anyway!
Although the main times I use this car seat I use it with compatible Britax isofix base just for ease of use but on a few occasions I have also used it by using the car seatbelt to secure. This was very simple to do and the seat felt fitted securely in the car with next to no movement. Like all rear facing car seats it should not be used in a front seat with airbags that are turned on.
My son comfortably fitted in this car seat until around 7 or 8 months old and he wasn't a small baby.
I absolutely lived this car seat and it was still as good as new when I had finished with it. Amazing value and I felt confident my child was safe and secure in it.
We've been using the Babysafe SHR II for just iver 4 months now, since my son was newborn. It's fitted into my Skoda Fabia 2002 version on a rear seat using the Britax isofix base. We chose this seat on account of it's good Which rating and our previous good experience with a Britax Safefit with my older son. We bought the seat in a Billy colour which is a dark checked colour, not ideal for concealing babysick, but was on offer and cleans up nicely.
The seat is sturdy and appears strong and well built. There's a clip on the side for added side impact D-SIP protection. The seat is heavy but carriable. I carried T in it once as a 1 month old but now would struggle and he's a small baby - mostly I put him in the sling if I need to carry it. It stays in our car most of the time and only comes out if I go to the dentist and need to take him in with me.
The seat is supposed to be adjustable so that the seat becomes flatter for smaller babies and becomes more of a sitting position for older babies. On the floor in my dining room this appears to work great, with a simple one-handed adjustment by bringing the backrest forward. In my car, it's really quite upright in the flat position. I don't know if this is added to by the base, but it certainly wouldn't be flat with the seat's slope even if without the base. When he was tiny I often found he'd loll forwards in the seat, so his head was outside the protection of the seat sides, and I think the seat angle was a contributing factor in this. It has improved as his neck strength has improved, but on the rare occasions he sleeps in the car, it can still be an issue. My niece also has this car seat for her little girl and has told me that she doesn't have this problem in her car, but does in her mother's. To me, it seems to be compatibility issue that needs checking out rather than a generic fault, though it is very much a problem for us.
Adjusting the seat belts is easy, height can be adjusted by moving the back rest, slackness by pressing a button at thr front. The seatbelts join together before clipping into the bracket which is easy to do, but not a one-handed job. Unlike other seats we've had from Britax, there is no fabric protector behind the seatbelt clips. This has meant skin has been caught on one occasion drawing blood. It's a complete puzzle why there isn't anything to protect there.
Our only other minor complaint is the sunshade frequently comes undone. It's good at blocking light but does seem a little flimsy when moved about, and it detaches too easily from the car seat.
Overall, this may be a very strong car seat, but it isn't as effective in my car.
When my daughter was born, we started off with a pink Graco century car seat. We used this for hardly any time at all before we decided we just did not find it safe as it seemed to move too much and looked uncomfortable. We needed a seat that was safe, comfortable and suitable for a very small newborn.
We bought this Britax Babysafe Plus SHR II seat from Mothercare, priced £119.99 which is actually quite expensive for a newborn seat in comparison to others, but the name alone was reassuring let alone the actual seat! The seat comes in a wide range of colours but in the shops you usually only see black or red, a bit disappointing as I would have preferred pink, but hey ho. There is a removable fabric canopy which goes over the handle and offers some protection against wind/rain which is handy and not something I've seen on many seats. The covers can be machine washed at 30 degrees which is brilliant as we all know how babies love to make mess and posset!
The seat is suitable from birth until approx 12-15 months depending on weight - usually you would expect to move into the next stage seat at 9 months or 20lb, but as my daughter is very petite, she was actually in this seat until she was 15 months, at which point she became too tall for it and needed a forward facing seat.
The seat can be used in Britax travel systems such as Bmobile, Bsmart, and Bdual - however I still had my Graco pink stroller so I didn't purchase the whole travel system. The seat can be secured in the car with an adult seatbelt, an Isofix base (bought seperately, ranging from £80 - £100) or with a generic base that is secured with a seatbelt (slightly cheaper at approx £70).
Originally I used this seat with just the adult seatbelt and I found it very secure, the seat did not move or rock at all even when pushed. The seatbelt goes across the front of the seat (over baby's legs) and then wraps behind, clipping into the back. It is quite quick and easy to do and the instructions are very clear and simple. The only downside is it can be quite annoying having to fit the seat every single time you take it out of the car. For this reason, we bought an Isofix base, and you basically just click the seat onto the base each time which is a lot quicker and easier, no more fussing with seatbelts as the base is permanently in the car.
The seat is incredibly safe with superior side impact protection, something I insisted the car seat must have as I was in a side shunt a few years ago before I fell pregnant. This is very reassuring. Britax is reknowned for making some of the safest seats in the world, and indeed we bought a Britax forward facing seat when my daughter outgrew this one.
The downside is that the seat alone is almost 4kg in weight. Add that to the weight of baby, and it's damn heavy to carry around. Lucky for me, I never actually had to carry it far, but even lifting it into a trolley seat was difficult, and the bigger baby gets, the heavier it is!
Aside from the weight I really can't fault this seat. It serves its purpose perfectly, keeping baby safe and sound. It is comfortable and has a lot of padding and a newborn insert for when the baby is very small as my daughter was. It is modern looking, bright and attractive. The price is reasonable although there are cheaper seats out there. All in all, a brilliant seat.
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There is such a choice of car seats out there & is probably one of your most important decisions when purchasing baby items. As all people you want the safest option but it needs to be practical and affordable.
I wanted a seat which could be used with an Isofix base, as I preferred the idea of a fixed base attached to the structure of the car than having to fiddle about with car seats each time you put your baby in the car.
For this car seat you can separately (for about £80) get an Isofix base or also a seatbelt fitted base if your car doesn't have the Isofix points. These bases stay permanently in the car, all you need to do is clip the seat to the base with a satisfying clunk ** just be careful if you are looking at Isofix bases as some cars are not the standard design and have their own Isofix car seat **
I also wanted a seat which could attach to a pushchair to be used as a travel system. This one attaches to my Britax B mobile pushchair easily, with a single push button for release (it can be done with one hand... if you are strong!)
The car seat itself is a chunky sturdy looking seat, which looks very safe. It is quite wide compared to my friends Graco, so you may need to check if you need to have room to use the middle seat in the back.
The handle which goes over the seat is moveable back and forward with a sliding button catch, this is very useful as my little girl pushes her legs down when you pick her up like she wants to stand and if I don't move the handle she bangs her head.
The price for this is normally around £120, however each year they appear to bring out new colour ranges, and I bought "last years" seat for around £95. It always pays to shop around the net.
The seat that I have is red and black, the covers are very padded and soft, but a wipe clean material, they all come off if you need to clean them.
It has a 5 point harness, two over her shoulders with neck pads, which has a part of the catch on each and goes under her arms, with the main clip comes between her legs. The 5 point harness is meant to be safer than a 3 point as it holds the baby more securely. The catch is very easy to put on, as there is a easy release button and you can easily extend and shorten the shoulder straps with a catch at the bottom of the seat. Great for wriggly babies who don't want to bend their arms when you are putting them in the seat.
However, the only flaw I have found is that the seat is HEAVY!!! It does have a handle but you have to strong to carry it for any period of time.
The seat states that it can take upto a weight of 13kg which I think she will grow out way before then. Looking at my girls weight curve, I worked out she will be 13kg when she is 3 years old! She is a petite little girl. However, she would be way too long as this is a rear facing seat, I can only image it will last until she is about 1 year old.
The seat does come with a sun shade, which ideally would have been bigger to be more practical.
On the whole I am very happy with this seat, it looks safe for my little one, and that is the most important thing.
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My daught has just outgrown this car seat at 10 months (20 lb 6). My little girl is quite chunky and short, however, my friends little girl (also 10 months) is long and slim and fits perfectly in this seat.
When I was heavily pregnant with our first child and walking was becoming a bit too much of an effort, I decided to research our child seat and buggy options online before going to a Mothercare superstore to check out our shortlist in person. We opted for a travel system as we live in the sticks and have to drive absolutely everywhere!
What struck me immediately was how heavy some buggies and car seats are. Even my husband was surprised and he thinks nothing of lifting bags of cement at work! The Britax B-mobile travel system was by far the lightest I could find and when we saw it in person this was confirmed. I know I was the size of a small house at the time, but I could barely move some of the other buggies on display. I'd have no hope with the additional weight of a growing child inside one!
The Britax Babysafe Plus SHR II and the other parts of the B-mobile travel system we purchased are well made, secure and easy to install, assemble and use. We bought the additional base unit to use with the car seat. This means we can use the great single hand release feature, which makes getting junior in and out of the car really easy. There is also a handy green display panel to show that the seat is correctly and safely clicked into place.
The car seat itself is quite heavy to carry, but when used with the super light travel system frame, it really doesn't feel like that at all. The Babysafe Plus is available in a range of colours and it feels like it is built to last. I would recommend this car seat as part of a Britax travel system and I would also recommend shopping around for it as prices do vary quite a bit.
Having given our original first stage car seat away after my middle son outgrew it, I needed to buy a replacement for my youngest son. I owned a Britax baby car seat originally (as part of a travel system) so decided to buy another Britax seat as it had served me well over the years and had been simple to use.
Checking prices online, the cheapest Britax front-facing baby car seat at Mothercare was the Babysafe Plus SHR (such a catchy title!) costing £129. Fortunately, I was able to bide my time and wait for a promotion and, thanks to an offer at Mothercare and a discount code, managed to buy this seat for £64.79 including delivery. This seems a bargain for a car seat that will keep my son in the safest position in a car from birth up to around 12-15 months (depending on weight.)
The Babysafe Plus range comes in a surprisingly wide range of different colours, some more suited to girls rather than boys. I went for the Olivia colourway (pictured) which, being a bright black and red design, appeared suitably neutral. The carseat is quite bold and attractive in the flesh and because of the colouring even the rather obtrusive bright yellow 'Warning!' notice about airbags printed on the side seems to co-ordinate! (Apologies for sounding shallow - the warning is clearly an important message as this type of rear-facing seat should never be used in a passenger seat with an active air bag.) The seat also has a removable stretchy fabric canopy which attaches to the handle. This not only looks very stylish, it also offers some limited protection for my little one from the inevitable wind and rain at this time of year. Should the car seat start to look less bright and attractive, the covers can be removed and machine washed which is handy.
All of the car seats in the range can be used as part of a travel system and is designed to fit on to the Britax Bmobile, Bsmart, and Bdual. I had decided not to bother with a travel system this time around as they tend to be bulky to use and store but I should imagine that this seat would look very trendy as part of a travel system. The seat is also ISOFIX compatible which is a system which ensures that the seat is always correctly positioned in the car every time. To use this though, you would need to purchase a separate ISOFIX base which would cost around £100 in addition to the cost of the car seat.
Personally, I feel comfortable securing this particular seat with the seat belt and am always confident that this is correctly positioned. The car seat can seem a little awkward to fit initially as it is held in place with the seat belt which is stretched across the front of the seat (over the baby's legs) and then around the back, using the slots and a single clip at the back to hold the seat belt firmly in place. Whilst this might sound complicated initially, the instructions provided are clear and easy to follow and, with practice, the car seat can be fitted in less than a minute. For extra reassurance, the seat also has helpful diagrams printed on to the side of the seat itself which illustrates exactly how the seat, and specificially the seat belt, should appear when correctly fitted.
This clearly is an attractive and easy to use seat and it obviously meets all of the required safety standards. (It actually appears to exceeed them as this seat also boasts something called 'D-SIP technology' which claims to offer 'superior side impact protection.' Presumably these are the raised cushions at the side which look so funky!
The mistake I made when ordering this seat was not going into the store beforehand and seeing it in the flesh. I had just checked on the Britax website that this particular carseat fitted my car (which it did) and was pleased to have got it for a bargain price. What I had failed to take into account was, firstly, just how heavy this seat actually is. It weighs 3.9kg -plus the weight of an ever-growing baby. I hadn't checked weights beforehand but this is one of the heaviest car seats on the market. This might not seem all that important but it really is an issue with this type of seat as it is designed to be carried in and out of the car with baby already in position, rather than left permanently in the car. Everytime I lift this great hulking seat, I regret not considering the weight issue before purchasing!
It is even more uncomfortable carting this about for any other distance - those moments when you just want to nip somewhere without faffing about with pushchairs, for example. Obviously, if you invest in the matching pushchair and use this as a travel system, the weight would be less of an inconvenience but, have no doubt, this is heavy and will give you muscles like Popeye! The second issue I have is with the handle - it is ill-designed, slippy and bulky - featuring buttons which only serve a purpose if used as a travel system. Whatever the opposite of 'ergonomically designed' is - this handle is it! Combined with the weight, having a slippy, unneccessarily clunky handle to hold just makes it all the more uncomfortable to carry and it really starts to make my hand sore and my arms ache if I have to carry this anywhere.
I do like the car seat when it is fulfilling its primary purpose of keeping my little one safe, comfortable and secure in the car but I just wish as much thought had been put into the practicalities of the design for parents as clearly has in the aesthetics and safety aspects. I'd certainly advise parents to go instore and get a feel for the seats before purchasing and factor in the additional weight of the baby too!
With an RRP of £129, this seat is comfortable for my baby but, sadly, not for me. With the benefit of hindsight, I would have purchased a different car seat or certainly only considered this one if I intended to use it as part of a travel system.