“ Manufacturer: Nania / Type: Booster „
Having nearly 5 year old twin boys I really needed some sort of seat for them to travel in a car. I don't drive, but know a few people who do and when they take us out I like to use a seat for the twins for safety etc. Carseats are so expensive and the twins are very big boys so I decided to purchase booster seats.
I picked up the Babystart Dream Car Booster Seat for just £12.99.
These booster seats are only suitable for children aged 4 and over - or a weight of more than 15kg, therefore definitely not suitable for babies and younger toddlers. But they were perfect for my 4 year old boys.
You can either buy the seat in a blue shade or pink shade, so suits both boys and girls. The seat itself is a thick, chunky yet very lightweight black plastic seat with arm rests. The colouring of the seat is down to the cover that sits over it neatly and can easily be slipped on and off - which comes in handy when they need a clean - and yes they are washable covers. The seats are fairly wide - and I'll be honest I don't know what the standard size of a car seat is but the measurements provided in Argos for these seats are H26, W43, D40.5cm.
My boys have been using their seats now for just over a year, they are still like new and are easy to transport to cars, as unfortunately people can't park outside our house as we are on a bit of a main road so we have to walk around a corner. The twins find them, although chunky, light enough to carry and walk with themselves and even put in place in the cars too. There are no awkward slots or holes for seatbelts to fit into, the seatbelt just slips around your child as it would if they were just sitting on the car seat itself, and falls into place comfortably which also means easy access in and out of cars.
I'd certainly recommend these seats to anybody looking for a booster seat for safety for their children when travelling. They are a bargain price and well worth every penny!
Not being able to drive due to the medication that I am currently taking, my Mother is left doing the school and nursery runs in the morning and afternoons. As my Mother didn't have any children's car booster seats in her car, we were needing to purchase two for my little girls, before the children could be taken in the car as it is against the law, to allow children in the car without cat seats. My children's safety is very important to me at the best of times but even more so when driving in the car. In the past I have been in a few car crashes and although I wasn't driving, I was left in complete shock afterwards. To be honest with you, the thought of my girls being in a car crash terrifies me. As my children are over the ages of 4 I knew that they type of car seat that I was looking for was a booster one. Not only was I looking for something with a good price as I had two to buy but also a booster seat that was sturdy and would secure my daughters as much as possible if God forbid we were in a crash. After having a look online on a few websites I ended up finding the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat in pink.
The name of the booster seat itself BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat, is rather strange o be fair. The booster seat is not for babies as the title of the item may suggest. The booster seat is only suitable from the age of four to the age of 12, as well as it being suitable from 15kg up to the weight of 36kg. As for all booster seats and as you can see from the picture, there is no back to the car seat. Some people may be worried about the comfort of their children, as there is nothing to support their lower back except the normal adult seat. Please let me assure you that unlike many other booster seats, this car seat doesn't leave a space at your child's lover back which means more comfort for your child. You can use this booster seat in either the front of the car or the back of the car, I guess it is up to the driver as to where they allow the child to sit. This car seat also works well with your average seat bets but to make it for comfortable for my children I have put a Disney Princess Seat Belt Holder around the seat belt in case my little angels fall asleep and the seat belt cuts into their neck while their little head has flopped to the side.
As you can see this is the newest updated version of the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat. It is part pink, part black in colour unlike the older version that was part pink, part grey. If you have a little boy where pink is not suitable but you are interested in buying the car seat, don't worry as it is also available in blue that is also part black too. When I went to collect my car seats I was surprised to see that they were not in boxes only see through plastic bags. I think that it is nice to see that the environment has cut down on all the unnecessary packaging, especially when you have to carry them home and large boxes can become awkward to carry. The car seat itself is rather light to carry surprisingly enough which I was pleased with as it means that it is easier to my Mother to move in and out the car when they are no longer in use. I liked the fact that these BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seats have little arm rests for your children to rest their arms on making them feel very grown up. The seats are the same size as any other car seats although I find them slightly higher than other car seats that I have seen and used in the past. When the two of them are put in the back seats and the girls are strapped in, there is still enough space for someone else to squeeze their little bottom in the middle between the two.
My little princesses love the colour pink as do many other little girls, so it was great that this booster came in pink, my little girls were so chuffed when they seen them. The pink is quite a bright pink and works very well with the black cover that is around the booster seat. I think that it is great that the cover is removable as well as washable which I think is a great idea. My Mother tents to treat the girls to a McDonalds on a Tuesday evening as it is a mad rush from collecting the girls from school and heading to Girls Brigade so to make things easier my mum takes them through the drive way to allow them time to eat before they get their dinner a home. Lets face it eating in the car is hard at the best of times but for children it can get very messy, especially my girls. I have washed the removable covers quite a few times already since only having it for 6 months. At first I was worried about the black would stain on the pink material but luckily it washed fine and after being washed quite a few time I also noticed that both the covers of the car seats washed great with leaving no bobbly bits. I recommend that once you have washed the cover do not tumble dry it, pop it over the radiator to let it dry naturally as tumble drying it could shrink the material and will leave you unable to get back on the booster seat. Once left to dry, putting on the cover is relatively easy with no fighting trying to get it on which was great for me as I have no patience the booster would of probably won.
There is quite a few places that sell this type of booster seat but the cheapest that I have found it, is at Argos for £12.99, catalogue number 376/0299. Considering that most booster seats cost from as little as £7 right up to £30 I think that £12.99 is more than a fair price to pay for this sturdy, pretty in pink booster. I liked the fact that unlike previous boosters that I have bought, this one never turned n its side when the driver is turning the corner or comes away from your child's bottom by the way that they are sitting. Not only do they wash well but my girls have also commented on how comfortable that their car seats are. Having driven from Scotland to England which is roughly 800 miles the girls never complained once that they are were uncomfortable which speaks for itself. All of the booster seats that are available to buy from Argos have all been approved by ECE.R44.03 standards. I would highly recommend the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat, not only are the girls happy but I'm happy with the seats too. I would rate this product full marks of 5 out of 5, I honestly cannot recommend it enough.
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Safety Information On The Car Seats Law.
Using the right child seat helps to keep your little one safe and protected in the car. That's why in 2006, the government introduced a UK child car seat law. Read this handy guide from Halfords to find out all about the law.
Children aren't fully protected by an adult seat belt in a crash, as they're too small and their bones aren't fully developed yet. Using a child car seat will protect them from injury or death if you're unfortunate enough to have an accident - that's why it's the law to fit one.
Current car seat law states that all children under 12 years of age or 135cm in height must use an appropriate child seat when travelling in the car. There are a couple of exceptions, but these are pretty rare - the table below explains exactly what the rules are.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it is of some use to you in helping you make the decision if this BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat is for you or not. Thanks again for reading.
My children's safety is of paramount importance to me especially when we are out in the car. Because of this I was quite happy with the new laws that came in a few years ago saying that children needed to be in car seats up to the age of twelve or the height of 1.35 metres. As my daughters are seven and five I expect to be using car seats for quite a few years to come which is no problem except when someone else is going to give them a lift or if I am taking one of their friends somewhere. It was for this reason that I bought the Baby-Start Dream Booster Seat.
It is quite strange that it has 'baby start' in its name as you definitely would not use it for babies. In fact this booster seat is only suitable for children aged four and over and weighing more than 15 kgs. This seat only has a base and no back and it can be placed in the front or the back seats and works well with a normal seatbelt. (You might need to get a seatbelt adjuster to ensure that the seatbelt crosses your child's body the correct way).
The seat is very light to carry which is handy as it is the one that you are most likely to move between cars. We even took ours to South Africa and it was great for use on the plane and for when we were in cars abroad. It is about the same width as a normal car seat and it has arm rests too. It can just about fit between two other car seats in the back of my Toyota Yaris which is not the widest of cars. It is so easy to move between cars as well and can stay in someone's boot when not in use. I like to have it handy just in case I need to give someone else's child a lift at short notice.
The seat is quite attractive in either a bright blue or a bright pink with a contrasting black or grey. Having daughters, it is not surprising that we opted for pink. The cover is also very easily removable and washable which is a good thing as it does tend to get a bit mucky. Once washed the cover slips back on surprisingly easily. I don't think that it looks ever so comfortable but having said that my daughters don't seem to complain.
We bought this booster seat from Argos where seats cost from as little as £7.89 up to £22.99. This one costs £12.99 which means that it is not the cheapest but is more towards the bottom end of the range. Argos do state in all their product descriptions that 'All of our seats are approved to ECE.R44.03 standards.' I think this seat is good value as an extra booster seat for short journeys or carrying additional children in the car. I would definitely recommend it for these purposes but I don't think that I would use it as a main car seat and definitely not for longer journeys.