“ Manufacturer: Mothercare / Type: Booster „
I have the Mothercare Dream Booster Seat for my middle child who is 8 years old and so needs a booster seat so that it's safe for him to wear a seatbelt and not slip underneath it. I opted for this booster seat because it was recommended to me by a parent at my sons school - and it seemed to be well recommended also when I went online to look at reviews. It cost me just £19.99 from Mothercare and I bought it in-store and took it away the same day. I think that price is very reasonable, especially considering the fact that is seems to be one of the best in the Mothercare range of booster seats.
This seat is recommended for children who are between 4 - 11 years old and who weight 15kg to 36kg. If they are lower than this range they should really be on a car seat and if they are over then they shouldn't need a booster seat - and so it should last for the entire duration of time a kid needs a booster seat. One size fits all, so to speak!
Looking at the booster seat, it seems to be really well made, being sturdy yet fairly light weight and made of good robust materials. It has quite a wide base and so my son finds it comfortable to sit in even on really long journeys. The base is also padded for extra comfort and it's nicely curved to fit to the buttocks - and provides a nice base for him to plonk himself on! And my son like it simply so he can see out the window!
The design of the seat is not very imaginative and not particularly child friendly, but as my son is getting older, this seemed to be a plus for him (he's 8 going on 40!). Its mostly black, grey and white and a pretty boring design. That being said, the material feels soft and non-scratchy or irritating, and you can remove the covers to machine wash them which we do every few months and they come up good as new. They are easy to remove and to put back on.
Once the seat in in position and my son is sat on it, the seat does not move. Before we had this, my daughter had a booster seat that kept riding forwards and so then she would be left with a gap behind her which got really uncomfortable for her. It fits easily in the car and allows good positioning for the seat beats and places the child at the appropriate height for safety and comfort.
Overall, I think this is actually a really good booster seat and I would recommend it for anyone who has a child of this age.
Shortly before my daughter turned 4 years of age we decided to get her a booster seat for the car. Her forward facing car seat (group 1) was getting far too small for her, so we headed down to Mothercare. The booster seat we decided on was the Mothercare Dream Booster Seat.
The Mothercare Dream Booster Seat is made of tough durable plastic and has a padded cover which covers the plastic. This makes the seat really robust but not uncomfortable to sit on. We've had no complaints, even on long journeys.
There is no need to set up this booster seat, it's ready to go. Just pop it in the car, sit the child on top and pull the seatbelt across like you would normally. On the side of the seat is a diagram of how to use the belt if unsure. The seat also comes with a small plastic gadget called a belt guide which ensures the belt is positioned correctly over the childs shoulder.
Some car seats are a nightmare to clean as they are made with polystyrene or are awkward to take apart. The Dream Booster Seat is really easy to clean - just pop off the padded cover (which is suitable for hand washing) and give the plastic a wipe over. It scrubs up really well.
The seat is quite heavy compared to some booster seats (which ensures it doesn't move around when the car is in motion) but is actually very lightweight and easy to move around - I hate having big chunky seats that you have to fiddle around with to move between cars etc. The seat also has arm rests on either side and is very wide, which enables larger/older children to use to seat without any problems.
The booster seat is suitable for children from 15kg/33lbs to 36kg/79lbs (approx 4-11 years) and is classed as a group 2-3 seat. My daughter took a couple of weeks to adjust to the height of the seat, as her group 1 seat allowed her to sit a lot higher up in the car. The height of the seat (excluding arm rests) is roughly 4 inches, which allows my daughter a good view out of the window.
We went for the pink version, but there is a more boyish/unisex grey version available too. The pink version also features a few butterflies on the front and looks very nice indeed (little girls will be very happy!).
One downside to this seat is that it doesn't have sides or a head rest (unlike seats which have a back on them) which can be quite uncomfortable, especially when my daughter falls asleep. The Mothercare Dream Booster Seat is our main booster seat but when we take long journeys (which I know my daughter will fall asleep during) we tend to use a booster seat with a back (which we were given and didn't purchase). There is also the worry that if there happened to be an accident there wouldn't be much head/neck support. Something else which could be considered a downside is that it's quite basic and doesn't come with any extra features such as drink holders, which can actually come in very useful.
The Mothercare Dream Booster Seat is only available from Mothercare and costs £19.99, which is a very reasonable price for a good quality and reliable booster seat in my opinion. You can buy instore or online. It also comes with a 2 year guarantee.
Overall this is a robust, durable and reliable booster seat with only a few downsides. It looks good, it's the perfect height, it's comfortable on the bum, it cleans up well, you can move it around easily (but doesn't budge when in use) and is easy to use. I'm happy to recommend the Mothercare Dream Booster Seat to anybody looking for a good quality backless booster seat.
As we travel a lot in the car, which includes many days out I realised I would need a booster seat as very often my friend and her little boy will come along and with him being only 5 he would need to be in one of those seats. When I bought my daughters first car seat it came with a free booster but it was so hard and uncomfortable that it would be unfair to expect him to sit in it so I decided to go to Mothercare and buy a decent one!
I asked one of the staff which booster seat they would recommend and she directed me towards the Dream booster seat which had been reduced in price to £19.99. The seat is made out of a strong hard plastic which sounds like it would be really uncomfortable but this makes the seat much more solid and durable. The seat is quite wide, much wider than the original seat I had and it is very well padded so the child doesn't feel the plastic at all underneath. As it is so wide I am sure it will seat an older child with ease. It also has chunky armrests which makes it more comfortable for older children. The seat has a grey and black cover and this is removeable and can be hand washed - something I have had to do a couple of times and it cleans up really well.
The booster seat is suitable from the age of four up the age of eleven depending on the weight - 15kg to 36kg. To fit this booster seat in the car, you simply place it on the seat and sit the child on. The seat fits right against the cars normal seats so the childs back will rest nicely against the back of the seat. The seatbelt goes over the child as it does an adult and there is a guide on the side of the seat which explains how to correctly have the belt. This guide makes sure that the seatbelt sits comfortably and safely on the childs shoulder, preventing it slipping under the arm in the event of an accident. In all honesty this is common sense and an older child will have the belt on just like an adult would with no problems.
I think this has been a good buy, it has ensured my friends little boy has got a comfortable seat on our long journeys and it will be ideal for when my daughter is too big for her car seat and has to move onto a booster seat. It is durable, and a good few months down the line it is still in immaculate condition and I would imagine it will stay like that for plenty of time to come.
The booster seat comes with a two year manufacturers guarantee which I think is a good touch but in my experience so far it isn't something that will be required and I can't see what could happen to the seat to give cause to need the guarantee.
All in all I think this is a cracking booster seat and I would be happy to recommend it, it is a great quality and a good price too.
Five out of five Dooyoo stars!
Thank you for reading my review :)
There comes a time when the traditional car seat just is not suitable enough and the next logical step to ensure your poor little nippers can see out of the window is the car booster seat. When seeking to invest in a booster seat there were so many options out there but holding some Mothercare vouchers from a recent gift we decided to head into the store in search of one and came across this.
At £20 and coming from a reliable high street retailer, regardless of the vouchers it seemed a sensible purchase and previous experience with mothercare had always been good.
The first thing I noticed when removing the seat from the packaging, which is in a simple black design looking very much in place in any back seat, was the fact that the seat is quite stiff and hard compared to other softer brands we had been looking at. It's a much firmer material and a much tougher plastic which gives the impression it will be durable and last a good while. It also boats a considerable weight and thus does not move around at all in the back seat.
The nipper hasn't complained either about it being uncomfortable or hard to sit on, all he really cares about is being able to see out of the window and at a standard height this allows him to do so.
The material on the seat is easily wiped clean which is another key factor on any seat as if you allow your child to eat or drink in the car a spillage is bound to occur at some point. Also due to the colouring and tough material stains tend no to show anyway.
The seat fits superbly into the back of my Ford Note and fits snugly round the seatbelt giving peace of mind that my child is protected.
All in all this is an excellent product which I would fully recommend to anyone looking for a booster!
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We bought this booster seat when the law changed regarding car seats for children. It was reasonably priced at around £20 from Mothercare, and as I had bought products from the store before, I knew I could trust the brand and that I would be getting a good product.
Many car seats are made from moulded polystyrene, but the Mothercare Dream booster is made from a harder plastic, which makes it more solid and durable. It is also a little heavier than the average booster seat, so is less likely to slip around. The seat is quite wide, and can accommodate larger children with ease. The whole seat is covered with a smooth cover, which can be wiped over quite easily or removed and washed in the case of bigger accidents, though it is handwash only. We have had our seat for several years and I have never needed to wash the cover at all and it still looks really nice. The fact that it is a dark grey colour means that dirt doesn't really show up on it anyway!
Despite being made of hard plastic, the seat has enough padding to be comfortable. All my kids, ranging from 5-9 have used it and nobody has complained about being uncomfortable. The seat is suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 11. A slight issue with the wider seat is that I sometimes need to shuffle it to the side to get the seatbelt in the connector, as it is usually covering the connector, and this can be a bit of a pain when you are in a rush. A sueful feature of the seat is the attatched "belt guide", which ensures that the seatbelt rests on the child's shoulder in the correct position, making the child safer in the event of an accident and preventing them from slipping the seatbelt under their arm or into the wrong position.
I think the seat has been a good investment, as it has already lasted well over these past few years and I see no reason why it shouldn't see us out and still be in a decent condition to pass on to someone else. It is a good, solid basic seat, that will match any car interior with it's neutral colours. The seat also has armrests at the sides for added comfort.
The seat comes with a two year guarantee from the manufacturer. My personal experience with this seat over the last couple of years has been very good, particularly the fact that it is very easy to put in and out of the car, unlike many car seats which seem to require a degree in engineering to install! The dream booster is just placed onto the car seat and the car seatbelt is used to secure the child.
~*~ MOTHERCARE ~ The Company ~*~
Mothercare plc is a British retailer that specifically concentrates in products for mums-to-be and goods for children up to the age of 8 years old.
The Company was founded in 1961 by Selim Zilkha, the son of a prominent Iraqi banker, birth place Baghdad and raised in Lebanon, Egypt and the US. Selim worked in the family firm Zilkha & Sons from 1947. But after his father's death in 1956, Zilkha left the family banking business and started Mothercare, initially named W.J. Harris. Then in '81, Zilkha sold his interest in the company, a year later invested $28 million in Towner Petroleum, by '98 selling this investment for $1 billion. A rich but generous man, donating $20 million to the Neurogenetic Institute in LA, among other charitable pursuits. Along with his son, Michael, Zilkha is still involved in alternative energy through their company Zilkha Biomass Energy.
Over the decades, Mothercare plc has experienced many changes by way of mergers and so forth. It remains a successful company recognized for their quality goods.
~*~ REASON FOR PURCHASE ~*~
I'd like to take the opportunity to say at this point that the booster seat is for my daughter's car. As a hands-on grand-parent, and at my daughter's request, I have much to do with assisting in choices of purchase, applying and maintaining products for my grand-children.
My daughter wanted to keep the children safe when travelling in the car. The booster seat is only applicable for my oldest grand-son, as the other two grand-tots are still in infant car seats.
~*~ PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ~*~
The booster seat is appropriate for weight of 15kg (33lbs) to 36kg (79lbs) which is approximately ages 4 to 11yrs. My oldest grand-son, whose weight and size is in the average guidelines of calculation, fits perfectly in the mid-range chart for this booster seat.
DESIGN FEATURES ~ WIDTH
The extra wide seat accommodates average weight older children well. On the initial test drive of this seat, my grand-son rushed to the array of booster seats on offer in the store, wriggling around to adopt the most comfortable position! We pointed out the seats that were being considered, and my grand-son sat in each, very happy to give his 'expert' opinion. The roominess of this seat won hands down as my grand-son, as most young tots, dislike being restricted in their movements, even if it is for their safety.
The next reason why this particular seat won applause by both young consumer, Mummy and Nanny was the padded seat. Only my grand-son can truly experience how comfortable this feels but by pressing down, the cushiony bounce feels most adequate for even long journeys. My grand-son confirmed this conclusion by enthusiastically bouncing on the seat with his rear and alternating with knees, much to the quizzical look of the shop assistant!
But oddly enough, it was the sturdy armrests that delighted our little test driver the most. He loved the feeling of being a 'grown-up' with this feature. The armrest can double up as a ledge to rest wide books and trays to draw on. But to the frustration of my grand-son, due to the curvature of the armrest, with a rounded but pointed top, it isn't as useful as it could be. Although my grand-son notes that these rest represent 'his space' in the car, and his siblings are not to 'invade it', where do they get these expressions from?!
The booster seat comes with a removable hand-washable cover. The seating area and armrest hand area is in a practical black with white trim. Whilst the base front, back seating area and armrest ledge is in a charcoal grey with white trim. The black areas of the textile cover is excellent as it tends to obscure what would otherwise be noticeable marks and blemishes from foods and crayons etc., The cover can be easily be removed, then laundered in a 40% machine cycle. As the cover is small and well spun in the laundry wash, my daughter leaves the cover to dry naturally. No ironing is required and the cover comes up looking clean with vibrant colours when washed with laundry tabs/liquid for colours and conditioner to retain the soft consistency. The moulded hardened plastic seat without its cover can be washed clean using a soft cloth and warm soapy water, and then dried with a towel.
Both my daughter and I Installed the seat, ensuring the booster is free of any objects underneath it, according to the Mothercare manufacturer's instructions. My daughter has placed the booster on the rear seat of the vehicle. Although Mothercare offer a free safe fit service in selected stores, we felt that this is a straightforward seat, unlike infant chairs, to place in the car. There are belt guide positions and fitting advice explained in an uncomplicated manner in the manufacturer's notes included with the packaging. The seat affords good positioning of the vehicle's safety belts thereby furnishing comfortable safe harnessing of the child. Once my grand-son is seated comfortably, the car's safety belt is tightened as much as appropriate in minimising * forward and sideways movement.
Although the grand-children do not sit in the front seat of the vehicle, it needs to be remembered that if one chooses to place a child in this area of the car, deactivation of the passenger seat airbag must be applied beforehand.
The booster seat has been in operation for over six months, used in daily journeys both short and long distances. As yet there is no wear on the cover apart from irremovable stains from marker pens! The seat base and armrest has no marks, scratches or wear, even although the seat has been put 'through its paces'!
Although this seat is light-weight, once placed in the chosen position with the child seated, it adheres to the vehicle seating area. The seat remains balanced, steady and supportive throughout the journey, *despite the movement of my grand-son reaching for an object nearby.
~*~ NEGATIVES ~*~
Booster seats/cushions are not as safe as child seats with full length back which provide extra protection although they satisfy the legal requirement for children up to the height of 4ft 6in.
As regards the armrest, their design isn't as ergonomically designed as they could have been! The rest would have been far more comfortable and useful if flatter and even.
The booster seat has no added features such as cup holders or mesh bags for activity toys.
~*~ PRICE ~*~
We purchased this booster dream seat direct from the Mothercare store for £24.99 but it is currently on offer for £19.99.
~*~ Would I recommend it? ~*~
As a safe seat for children in the approximate guidelines. But ensuring all safety fitting procedures are followed.
AS Booster seats are not as safe as child seats with full length back. Therefore, dropping a star of the rating!
~*~ SUPPLIMENTARY MATERIAL ~*~
If you do not wish your own Inspector Clouseau announcing, "I arrest you all in the name of the leahw", please ensure the following!
A NEW LAW came into force on 18th September 2006 involving child car seats. As noted on the BBC news website Monday, 28 August 2006:
"All children under the age of 12 will have to use some form of child car seat, unless they are taller than 135cm (4ft 5in). This means many British families will be obliged to buy new car seats or booster cushions for their children... All children under 135cm (4ft 5in) tall, unless they have passed their 12th birthday, must use a child seat appropriate for their weight".
The post continues:
HOW DO YOU FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF SEAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILD?
Weigh your child and ask a shop assistant, or use the following guide:
* up to 13kg (2st 1lb) - a rear-facing baby seat
* 9kg to 18kg (1st 6lb - 2st 12lb) - a forward-facing child seat
* 15kg to 25kg (2st 5lb - 3st 13lb) - a booster seat
* 22kg (3st 6lb) or above - a booster cushion, or modern booster seat designed for larger children
WHO WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR VIOLATIONS?
The driver is responsible for violations by passengers under the age of 14(except in taxis with fixed partitions). Police can impose a £30 fixed penalty, but the maximum fine is £500 if it goes to court.
WHY ARE THE RULES CHANGING?
The government says that surveys show three quarters of children are wearing adult seat belts before they are tall enough to do so safely. In other words, the belt could hurt their neck or their internal organs if the car stops suddenly. Or they could slide underneath it".