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If you own a Ford car then I have been told by Mothercare and Ford that this is the only seat that you can use due to the seatbelts not being long enough for any other seat - a really important point if you are buying a new car because you are having a baby! This car seat is brilliant! It is lightweight and very easy to use. it has a head support for when your newborn and as they get bigger this can be removed. my daughter is 7 months old and is still only on the middle setting for the straps so there is plenty of room for her to grow into! The rocking motion of the seat is great if you are having difficulty getting your child to settle, although if you plan to take them out when they are asleep you have to bend them around a bit! If you dont want it to rock, the handle can be moved to the back which will hold the seat steady, ideal for feeding in if you are on the go somewhere. I would definately recommend buying this, it looks good and is easy to clean and is well worth the money!
We had trouble finding a car seat that would fit my husband's 3 door mercedes most were too big to get through the door opening without tipping the baby out. We had advice from mothercare and they suggested a smaller seat like the rock a tot. It is small enough to easily be put into the back seat of my husband's car. The carrying handle has 3 positions: carry, a second stage that lets you rock the chair and a final stage that steadies the chair so it stays still. My biggest criticism is this handle. It is very stiff and after 6 months of use isn't much easier to move up and down. The problem is that either side you need to push the handle in enough to release the 2 catches and where they tell you to push doesn't always do this you need to push either side of the handle at the same time! It is very easy to put the seat belt around the seat though and it is held firmly in place. It does look a nice secure seat. There's a detachable hood to protect baby's eyes from the sun but this sometimes catches on the handle stretching the elastic it's caught onto. There is also the detachable head hugger to use when the baby is newborn another downside is you are supposed to take this out when you use the seatbelt on the highest setting - with a long baby this gets taken out long before they get good control of their head! My last comment is the size if you have a long baby like I did it probably won't last as long as the manufacturer says he's rapidly out growing the seat at 6 months! I don't remember what we paid for it but in hindsight I would probably have opted for a birth to 4 year car seat instead.
The single most important piece of equipment for any newborn, assuming that they travel home from hospital in a car, is a car seat. In fact, you won't be allowed to leave hospital in a car without one. Babies need to travel in rear-facing car seats until they weigh approximately 13kg or outgrow the seat. A newborn is going to be about 3-4kg so we're not talking about a five-minute wonder here. There are a number of seats on the market and your choice could, quite literally, be a choice between life and death. It is important to ensure that the child seat you purchase is suitable for your car. Retailers and Manufacturers can advise but there really is no substitute for trying the seat in your car and checking that it fits snuggly and does not move around. Remember too, if you have more than one car, to check the seat in all the cars you might travel in. Our research, conducted on the net and in shops, concluded that the Britax Rock-a-Tot SI was the seat for us. Why? The fit in our cars (both Renaults) was good. The seat has two seatbelt routings meaning that it can cope with most cars and seat belt lengths. Both of our cars use the standard routing. The seat is easy to fix into the car with the child in the seat. It takes a few seconds to route the seatbelt and pull it tight. It is fairly idiot proof. We have found the seat to be snug and the additional head-hugger which is provided supports our son's head well and he looks really snug. The straps that hold the child in place are also easy to extend and tighten. There are three height holes for the straps so that as the child grows the straps can be adjusted to come over the shoulders comfortably. The buckle is also pretty self explanatory, you put the straps together and click them in. They only fit one way but it is obvious which way that is. The straps can be undone with one hand. This might be a slight disadvantage if you have an older baby who works out how to press the button and loosen the straps but to be honest the amount of pressure required strikes me as sufficient to mean that most children would be unable to do this. What sets the Rock-a-Tot apart from many car seats is that it can be used as a rocker. Whilst it is not recommended to keep a child in a car seat for more than 2 hours, this rocking function is quite good if you need to settle your child when you first put them in the seat. To allow the seat to rock and to provide stability when you don't want it to rock, the carrying handle has three positions: carrying, rocking and stable. This is my only criticism with the seat - I find the handle very difficult to move between the down position and the carrying position and it takes me two hands to accomplish this. Unfortunately you have to do this everytime you take the seat in and out of the car and so it can be a pain. Our seat came with a cosy-toes and a hood, great for wet weather. Our seat is covered in a fleacy fabric with is washable. It is a bit warm in the summer but will be great for the winter. Different stockists have different fabrics so it pays to shop around. The seat appears to be lighter than many of the seats on the market but comes out very well in the safety tests. Given the fact that babies only get heavier, this lightweight seat is a plus for me. The seat is compatible with Britax travel systems if you have one but as I don't I can't comment on how easy it is to fix on. We bought it as we thought it was ideal as a stand-alone car seat. Bought for £50 from Toys-R-Us we are very happy with the purchase and our son loves it. Recommended
I bought the Britax rock-a-tot 6 years ago when my first child was due, and we're on to our third now, with the car-seat still going strong! The rock-a-tot is lightweight yat sturdy, and even after 6 years, I still haven't seen a lighter one. That's important when you're lugging a not-so-little one around! The handle is not difficult to manage, but there is a knack to it - if you rest the front part of the seat against your leg the handle can be manoeuvered single-handedly. The straps are very easy to use. Even my father managed to strap the baby in without instructions and that's saying something! There are three different levels for the straps so it fits from tiny baby until quite large. There is also a head-hugger to provide better support for the teenies who don't have good head control yet. The cover for the seat is easily removed and washes well, which is just as well because when I enquired about getting a replacement cover for baby number three, I was told it would cost about £27 and I didn't think it was worth so much money. There is a small amount of wear-and-tear on the cover but it isn't bad at all. With two other small children, life is quite hectic, so this time I decided to invest in the Britax Classicale Sport chassis; the Rock-a-tot fits quickly and easily onto the lightweight chassis for the ultimate in baby-trasporting convenience! It was really good value for money too - I paid about £80 for the chassis. I think we paid around £55 for the Rock-a-tot but that was 6 years ago. It now retails for around £70. It IS expensive, but I think it's worth the money. Firstly, because it has survived the rough-and-tumble of three kids and will still be OK for number 4, and also because being a group 0+ car-seat, it lasts until well over a year, although baby number three seems to be fed-up of facing rearwards so we might move her sooner. Most importantly, the seat confo rms to all the highest safety standards and I trust it to protect my baby. (We are using it for our third child, but I'll just put a reminder here that if ever a car-seat is involved in an accident, it should NEVER be re-used).
We bought the Rock-a-Tot three years ago just before the birth of my first son. The reason I bought it was that in all the reviews I read it always came out top and although a bit pricier than the others available at the time nothing was too good for my unborn child! I found the optional extra head hugger somewhat useless as it provided little padding or support, but from what I see of the newer ones on sale they seem a bit more substantial. My son always looked very comfortable in it and it was easy to strap him in and adjust the straps to fit either by pressing a button to slacken the straps or pulling one part of the harness to tighten it. He almost lived in it for the first seven months of his life! I like the fact that the handle could be moved to one of three positions just by pressing it down, I have to say though that this can be potentially dangerous if you are not careful! When my son was a couple of weeks old he was sitting in his seat on the sofa, I had not strapped him in. I lifted the seat up to move him off the sofa and the handle wasn't clicked in to place. As I picked the seat up the whole thing tipped forward and catapulted him out. Fortunately he was Ok and I admit it was my fault for not strapping him in but it is something to be aware of. It happened a number of times after but fortunately he was always strapped in! The seat is now in its third use and the handle is very loose. The locking mechanism is not strong as it could be and often it comes out of position. I think we will have to replace it now. The seat covers can be easily removed and washed which is excellent especially if you use it for weaning - very messy business!! During its second use the fabric on the cover wore threw quite badly and needed to be replaced, a new cover cost £24.00 which I have to say is somwhat of a ripoff! Also as they change the designs twice a year it is impossible to get a cover the same a s your existing one. This was frustrating as we had the co-ordinating hood and head hugger and to replace all three would have been extortionate! If you know you will be using the seat for more than one child it may be to your advantage to buy an extra cover at the same time as you buy the seat. The seat is quite heavy and you will find once your baby is a few weeks old that it will be very hard work actually carrying them in it for any length of time. Although the seat says it can take the babies up to 12 months I have not yet anyone with an averaged size child that has actually gone beyond 9 months. The reason for this is that as the baby's legs get longer they can push them against the back of the car seat itself causing the Rock-a-Tot to tip forward - very unsafe. Strapping the seat in is very easy, it takes a lot of seat belt, but fits tightly. You must make sure to keep the handle right down when fastening it in as the instructions say (I see so many people with them incorrectly fitted - frightening!) If your seat belt is too short there is an alternative guide for routing which is also very secure. In fact I prefer this as you can take the baby in and out of the car seat whilst leaving the seat in place as the seat belt does not go across the baby's lap. All in all I think that this seat has been well worth the money although it probably only lasts two uses. The sunhood is a must and for this reason I would recommend splurging out and getting the deluxe version on sale now as it comes with all the extras. One thing it lacks is a little cubby hole that you could put the rain cover in or smething as some of it's competitors have. I feel that my children are as secure in this seat as they could be in any portable seat. When I bought mine the travel system had only just come out and it was very ugly, I see now that a new system has come out which is a lot more attractive and I think it woul d be so much more benficial to have this rather than taking a sleeping baby out then placing them in a pram as I have to do at the moment!
When my son was born 9 years ago, things were so different. I didn't need a car seat for a start, so when I was pregnant with my daughter last year, I decided that a car seat that I could put in and take out the car, enabling me to carry my daughter around town would be a good idea. What I didn't consider was the weight of the car seat with a baby actually in it. I chose the Britax Rock-a-Tot, because, well a) it was on offer in Halfords, b) I just so happened to have a 10% voucher, out of the Boots Baby catalogue for Halfords and c) whenever I had seen this product advertised in the baby magazines it had had a good review. Initially, I was really pleased with the car seat when I got it, and I have to say that there is nothing wrong with the product itself, but what I didn't take into consideration was the weight - especially when the baby was in it! My daughter was 8lb 1oz when she was born, which I know is not excessively heavy, but when you are carrying her around, plus the weight of the car seat (which actually is not that heavy in itself - it was one of the lighter ones that were available) around town, it soon adds up. I was beginning to wonder how the car seat was going to last until the 9 months that it was supposed to last until. It did just, but it was extremely heavy - my arm is now 2ft longer than when I started LOL. You can of course only carry it comfortably one side of you, as if you try carrying it the other side, then it keeps hitting the side of your leg. Also, since I bought this car seat, I have noticed that some of the car seats have a compartment concealed in the seat - which now I think would have been very useful. Don't get me wrong, the car seat, did what it was supposed to, but usually it is only after you have bought something that you find out whether it is as useful as you first thought.
I bought the Rock a Tot before my daughter was even born as it was on special offer at Toys R Us for £39.99 with cosy cover. The seat is suitable from birth to 15 months or around 29lb in weight, but to honest by 8-9 months as my daughter was sitting up, a rear facing seat was uncomfortable for her as she would not sit back properly, due to the seat being rear facing, so we changed to an upright forward facing seat, so she could see me when we were driving, but saying that if Ellis was not so stubborn, she could well have got a few more months use out of it. The head hugger that came with the seat was more than enough to keep a newborn baby's head from bobbing about and it was soft so it would not dig into the side of the baby's face. The seat itself is quite light compared to the seat that came with our travel system, and the long handle made it easy to carry. The handle could be left in the upright position, or by pushing it down, the handle would go backwards and either let the chair rock, or by pushing it further back again it made a stand for the chair to make it more sturdy, and I found this handy when I used to feed my daughter in it before she was too young to go in her high chair. The seat and especially the sides are well padded ensuring comfort at all times. There were two methods of installing the seat in the car, and one was especially useful as it was for cars with shorter seatbelts, of which there are lots! I found this out when trying to fit my daughters seat into cars of friends and family. The first method involves the lap belt actually going across the lap of the baby, and I found this a pain as I had to unclip it before I could take the baby out. The second method puts the belt across the front of the seat, there are clips to hold it in place and this meant that only the harness on the baby had to be loosened before I could take her out. The covers are all removable and washable. You c an buy extras to go with the seat, such as a raincover and sun canopy, but I found the cosy cover that came with the seat as a special offer really good as it kept my baby much warmer.
We bought a rock a tot car seat when I was pregnant with my 3rd child.The main reason I choose it to be honest was because my son would soon be too big for the club class care seat we had so we thought it was a waste of money to buy another one.This seemed ideal as it would last him long enough and with it being a brittax I knew it would be of good value. As it happens the carseat has been a godsend as my son didn't like being in his bouncy chair but was quite happy to sit in his car seat. I can't remeber how much it cost but knowing now how great they are I would have deffinatly bought one for my other 2 children when they where babies.
Despite already having the Britax Club Class Car Seat (birth - 4 years) we decided to buy the Rock-a-Tot for a couple of reasons. Firstly it is handy to be able to carry a sleeping (or otherwise) baby from the car rather than disturb them, particually when visiting (saves the sick on the carpet/settee situation too!) Secondly it makes an excellent rocking chair. We did not buy one of those bouncing chairs as there seemed no point. Toby will sit quite happily rocking away, watching the world go by. Plus it is so easy to move around the house - so he can follow me round when I do the dreaded house-work (I will be glad when he knows how to hoover!! lol). The handle has 3 positions - straight up for carrying, halfway for rocking and right back for use as a static seat, to change the position you have to push down on the handle quite hard in exactly the right place. It is fairly difficult to do, but in a way that is re-assuring in the fact that it won't unlock and slip position by accident. The straps and buckle are very sturdy with a one handed release button. The only thing I would mentionis that the buckles seem to get in the way when you try to put baby in. I tend to tuck them up behind the head hugger but then you need to be careful so they don't fall and bash baby on the head... OUCH! I have seen it at varying prices from £30.99 at Toys'r'Us right up to £75 in the Tesco direct catalogue (what a difference eh?). Ours came complete with head-hugger and rain cover which cost £9.99 and £7.99 respectively if purchased seperately. We payed £37.99 for ours and I am happy that I got value for money. Britax is a well known and reputable company and I would certainly recommend the Rock-a-Tot to anyone. UPDATE..... Toby is now 17 weeks old and I must admit its getting harder to lug him around in his Rock-a-tot. It is so heavy (and he isn't really a huge baby!) Also I like to carry the seat over the crook of my arm rather than in my hand, and the handle is pretty uncomfortable on your arm. The hug-hugger is a god-send and I wouldn't be without it, but so far I haven't used the rain cover. I expect it would come in handy if you used the seat on a chassis with the Britax travel system - but for just a car seat its a bit of a waste of time really. So all in all still a good car seat but just too heavy to carry round for any length of time.
I got one of these with my travel system, also made by Britax. The car seat itself is a lovely bright yellow and royal blue and has washable, removable covers (especially useful when you have a colour like yellow!!). It has a carrying handle that can be used to also stabilize the seat and hang toys on for the baby. It also rocks very well, better than some rockers!! It comes with a head hugger which can be moved up as the baby grows. I found it fit my partner's Honda seat perfectly. I also used this as a rocker before I got my rocker and swing for my baby, and he also found it quite comfortable to sleep in for short periods. This seat is suitable from birth to about 12 months.
We brought the rock a tot for my little boy after having used the rock a bye for his two sisters. I was very impressed by the larger style ideal for bigger babies. There were different patterns to choose and I chose the electric blue one. I found the seat easy to install in our car and also taxis. I particullary liked the strong handle. It does get heavy after a while but as we only used it to transfer the baby from house to car it was no problem. We chose it as well because of the good name and reputation of Britax and we were not let down in anyway by this. The seat has removal covers which with small babies are a must and you can also buy accessories like the head hugger, sunshade and rain cover as well. They are easy to find in shops. The instruction booklet is clear and all in all a very good product. Felt my baby was safe using this seat.
We got our rock a tot car seat as part of the classicale travel system from Britax and it's done us well. The material is of fetching design and is easily removable and washable. It is also hard wearing for even the toughest little monster! The handle is easy to use, you just press it down and move it to one of three positons straight up, at 45 degrees backwards (level with the back of the chair) or at 90 degrees. It fits in well in just about any car and has directions on how to fit it on the side of the chair. The harness is relatively easy to fit but cannot be done with one hand and can has three different hight positions at the back as your baby grows. The excess is easily taken up by pulling on a single strap while pushing a covered lever. It comes with a head rest for younger children and is suitable up to 13kg. A great first carseat.
I bought a Britax Rock a tot prior to my baby being born because it had been given good write ups in my baby magazines. We were very impressed with it, light and easy to carry and can go in either the front or back of the car. It also has a system for cars with shorter seatbelts which I have come across. It also has a removable washable cover. I used it until my daughter was nine months, although she still fits in the seat and we do still use it occasionally I feel that she is past that staring at the back of the seat stage! We used the seat, and still do in the house as much, no actually more than, in the car. When she was smaller and less mobile she used to take her naps in it as you can rock them to sleep. We got the head hugger free on a special offer at Halfords but it ususally costs about £10. All in all this is a very good first car seat and I would certainly recommend it to you.
I really like this seat. We bought it for our oldest daughter to go with the Britax Travel System. WE used it for the oldest until she was 9 month old (then moved her into another seat not because she was unable to fit the other simply because She had got to heavy to carry) Our youngest daughter at 7 months is still in it and I dont see her getting out of it for a long while.. The seat is easy to put into the car and it is easy to see if you have not fastened it right. IT has a alternative route if you have small seat belts in your car (or if you want to put them at the back) The seat cover comes off easily and washes nicely and you can buy spare covers. Lots of accessories like a Sun Canopy, rain cover, headhugger and footmuff all nice to have but not a necessity. My daughters both looked very comfortable in this seat and I never had any trouble with it. Only slight thing about it is that the locking of the seat handle can take a little getting used to but once you have got it it is easy enough.. Oh it is suitable up to 15 months