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My Child Mega Max Combination

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Brand: My Child / Type: Infant

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      24.08.2011 22:32
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      I think this one was designed by someone without kids, as I found it not that useful.

      The mega max is a multi stage car seat designed to be used between 0 and 4 years. Instead of buying several seats for each stage, you can use this from birth. The first stage is rear facing and suitable till about 12-15 months (29Ibs) and the second stage is forward facing, and will last till about 40Ibs.

      We received this as a gift so I had no choice myself. My aunty thought this would be a great idea, and in theory it is. Looking online, it currently retails around £110, which seems a bargain compared to the cost of 2 separate car seats, but it was so difficult to use we barely used it, instead borrowing seats from my sister. I would not choose this myself, even though it looks a very attractive seat, and meets EU safety standards. It is just not very practical for young children.

      The seat came fully built in a box with no instructions, and none are available online. My husband has an engineering degree and couldn't figure out how to use it safely rear facing as it was not clear how to fit it in the car, plus it did not recline enough or come with a head hugger, which is essential to support the back and neck of a young baby.

      As a forward facing seat, it fared a little better. At a year old, my son was heavy enough to face forward but the way the seat belt fitted around the seat by going around the actual seat and under the padding, you could not recline the seat if he fell asleep in the car and his head was not supported. He would look very uncomfortable, but you could get round it by using a small pillow. (My sisters seat was fixed behind the child seat so it just required you to slide the seat into a more reclined position, which is much easier to move between cars and comfier.)

      Also, when my 2nd son used it, he was regularly travel sick. I found it impossible for me to get the covers off for washing, so I would be unable to go anywhere until my husband came home and removed them for me. The polystyrene padding also broke easily when removing the covers.

      When the child gets even bigger, you can use this as a booster by extending the back and removing the padded booster at the bottom. This requires you to cut out the restraint harnesses that you use with a younger child, so it would therefore be unuseable if you had any other children later.

      Great idea in theory, but I feel the design was inpractical and for my sicky son we gave up using it completely as I just couldn't manage it. Spend your money on seperate and more suitable seats in my opinion.

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