Product Type: Mothercare child car seats
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Brilliant, highly practical car seat
Mothercare Sola Car Seat
Member Name: Seven17
Mothercare Sola Car Seat
Advantages: Very practical, good value
Disadvantages: Clips require some effort to remove (can also be a very good thing)
@ About @
I bought this for my son when he was 1, and it has so far proven to be an extremely good purchase. The car chair is suited for 9 months up but we borrowed a different car chair before this, and it made me look back and realise what good value for money this was. Before I had never really looked at what is good value for a car seat, but this, is actually one of the good value ones, simply because it combines comfort, durability, space, practicality and more, all in one, for less than £50.
It's not like you will just throw it when your child gets older, it simply unclips from the sides and back, and immediately becomes a simple booster seat. The clips are secure to ensure safety, and they are stiff when you try to unclip them.
@ Safety @
With the straps securely fastened, your child is safe in the seat, particularly under heavy braking. I remember not that long ago there was a line of cars in lane three of the motorway suddenly braking, and over a short distance I braked from 70MPH to approximately 30MPH and it withstood the force with no damage or strain.
@ Comfort, wear and tear @
The cushions are padded, with a little more padding on the bottom and around the sides of the head. The straps have small padded covers on them to stop irritation or chaffing on the straps - this is especially useful when the child is thrown forward by braking.
The seat is well structured and is very sturdy. The clips are very stiff which is a difficulty when moving the seat but is a good safety feature so your child can't escape. Believe me they will try and fail! At the moment the car seat has crinkles in from just general sitting down in it for the many hours of use it's had, that's it, just a few creases. The material hasn't worn away or split, cracked etc and is still intact. As a used car seat, it's in pretty good condition.
@ Practicality @
The covers are smooth and therefore, quite easy to clean. Getting chocolate off requires a simple wipe and you're done. Getting the Hoover in isn't a problem and there are only a few small grooves for crumbs to get into around the back and sides.
The clips at the front were a little stiff to get into the slot when it was new, a little WD40 fixes that in no time, and the small front clip is very simple to use, just one button which slides down and inwards, and it pops out.
Moving the seat within the car can take some time to do, but that does not bother me, the number of clips is just an added bonus incase one of them came undone. There are some seatbelt clips at the rear with a bar which goes across to hold the back of the seat in place. This can of course be taken off so when your child is older they an just have the booster seat.
@ Overall @
An excellent all in one car seat that was most definitely worth the value. Strongly recommended.
Summary: Strongly recommended, good quality car seat!
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