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When my second daughter was ready to move up from her carry seat, we spent hours trawling the internet looking for the best car seat for safety and one that we could get a good deal on. As most people will know, car seats are not the cheapest thing to be buying for children, but the peace of mind and safety they offer to your children are priceless. It always makes me shudder when my mum tells me that when I was a baby, it was the norm to be held on someones knee. Argh!
After much research we found the mamas and papas pro tec. We decided to go down to our local Mamas and Papas store to have a good look at it, and also so that should we buy it, we could take up their professional fitting service which really is recommended, especially when you haven't any experience of fitting that particular seat. We were happy to find out that this car seat is actually an award winning one! It is a mother and baby best buy and also a mother and baby favourite.
The thing that I liked best about the car seat was how it seems to have a different fitting system to other car seats I have previously used, and fastens securely through webbing locks at the top of the seat. It also has the usual harness system as is usual for a car seat for this age range. The belt tensioner seems to be quite tough, which I liked as it means as they get older they can't pull it. The one thing which I have found has been a bit of a pain over the 18 months we have had this car seat, is the difficulty of fitting the seat. We weren't aware of this at first as I have mentioned we had it fit by the members of staff from the store, but as it's been taken out to fit in other cars and for various other reasons, we have found that using this revolutionary system Mamas and Papas are so proud of (the webbing system), unless you have extreme car fitting capabilities this seemed almost impossible to get the hang of! We have of course now mastered it, but it is worth remembering if you are considering buying this seat - watch carefully how the members of staff fit it!
A plus point of this car seat is it seems quite wide in the seat but narrow in the base. I've found this useful as my teenage sister often visits and she has to sit in the middle of the two car seats, and because the base is narrow she can fit, but my daughter still has a comfy ride! The seat because of it's spacious seat also adds protection from impact should this ever occur. The seat also reclines in a four position setting, allowing them to be almost fully reclined when asleep, right down to being sat upright.
The seat covers are also washable which is invauable for a toddlers car seat but isn't available on all car seats as you would expect.
Usually retail at £170 but are currently on offer at £99 from Mamas and Papas.
Weight of your child: 9 to 18kg
Age guideline: 9 months - 4 years approx
Weight of Car Seat: 7.6kg
Also covered by a 2 year 'warranty' as such.
Mamas and Papas protec
We spent ages researching 2nd stage carseats as out daughter outgrew maxi cosi cabrio at 9months old.
We were not keen on mamas and papas primo viaggio seat so nearly did not even consider looking at mamas and papas as thourght we would chose maxi cosi rodi but a freind suggested it so we thourght lets go and investigate in shop.
We were impressed my service in our local mamas and papas and the staff seemed knowledgable about their products and answered all our questions.
The most important thing with any carseat is check it fits your car as that will be safest seat for you as not all car seats suit all models sadly.
Luckily for us the protec fit our bmw and I have also tried it in rover and ford ka.
The big adavantages of this seat for us due to travelling many miles to grand parents is the the fantastic recline this seat has.
It has a dial on both sides of seat so you can adjust from either side and has 3 positions but the recline lifts in higher and gives fairly flat tilt for comfortable nap.
Its very easy and quick to fit when shown.
Like all 2nd stage car seats can seem bulky and high up.
The harness is easily adjustable and very secure.
It comes in a range of smart colours and prints.
Its reasonably priced for 2nd stage carseat and has scored highly in safety seats.
We got this seat when daughter was 10months and shes now nearly 3 and she still fits with headroom think we may have at least another 6months out of this .
The details of carseat do say up to 4years approx however I always carseat age descriptions a little on optimistic side as cabrio said up to 15months!
Its very much dependant on childs weight more so than age.
My freinds who opted maxi cosi have opted for 3rd stage but protec still going strong and very happy with it when using with baby and now toddler.
Am dreading the search for 3rd stage!
Multi-award winning and a Mamas & Papas Best Selling Group 1 Forward Facing Car Seat. Designed with real innovation, the ProTec is a revolutionary car seat that has been recommended as the number one universal Group 1 car seat by Euro Test. It is uniquely and securely fitted in your car at both the top (using webbing locks) and base of the seat (using the seat belt tensioner) to give an extremely secure fit.