“ Manufacturer: Nania / Car Seat „
My Mum bought this car seat for their car as my son quickly got too heavy for me to lug him around in his infant car seat and soon after was big enough for his bigger car seat which stays permanently in our car.
I believe this car seat is from birth to 4 years. You use it from birth rear facing, and then it can be turned around when you baby reaches the recommended weight and age, which I think is about 9 months and 19-20lbs.
Compared to the car seat we have in our car this one does look quite simple and not as safe, but it is only used in my parents car for around town driving and we never go more than a few miles with them. It is very lightweight and it is easy to fix in to the car using the car seatbelt. The straps have height adjustment there is a slightly padded headrest. The straps have shoulder pads and are adjustable so they fit your child well. There is also a small padded bit around the bottom clip for more comfort on the legs.
This car seat looks good, it is plain black with a patterned headrest and smart red straps. The straps are wide and feel good quality. They are very easily adjusted and you simply pull them down to tighten them which is far easier than many seats I have used.
My son started using this from around a few months old when he was still rear facing. Once he was old enough to have it forward facing he seemed very comfortable and loved being able to look around, although I did find that when he fell asleep his head flopped around alot and I had to use a small cushion to support it, however by the time he was around a year old and he had grown more he stopped doing it and when he was asleep he looked far more comfortable. I hadn't come across this before as our other car seat is one that fits from 9 months to 11 years and is a completely different shape and there is very little room for his head to roll around.
The seat doesn't have much padding, and I am not sure I would be very confident about its safety in a crash, but my son is very happy in it so for short trips it does the job well. It is easy to get him in and out of (our other seat is very padded and tight and with a coat on is very difficult to get him in).
This seat was £25 from Asda, this is a good price as it does last for a few years, it is easy to use and simple to get in and out of the car if you need to take it out regularly. It is particularly good as a second seat, but I would stick with our more padded bigger seat for everyday use.
After spending over £200 on Amelia's first car seat and base I was reluctant to get an expensive model again as we realised that A) All car seats are safety checked to the same standard and B) we very rarely do long journeys in the car, so she's normally in her car seat for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time. We picked this Nania car seat up during the Asda baby event for £25 thinking that if it didn't work out we could put it in my parents car as a spare and if it did work out we would have saved a lot of money
This car seat was very easy to fit. It uses a normal seatbelt then the car seat has a 5 point harness for baby to use. The instructions are on the side of the seat which is a massive plus point if you're planning on moving this seat from car to car. We don't as my parents have their own and she only really travels with my husband and I or them. It is also very light so it's not going to be a problem to carry around if that's what you plan to do.
Although this seat is very light it feels very sturdy when fitted. It doesn't wobble at all. We have only used this car seat in the front facing position but it does say it's suitable from birth as a rear view seat. I think this is actually questionable as the seat is very upright with little padding. I certainly wouldn't put my newborn in it. It is fine when baby is ready for a forward facer as long as you don't do long journeys. If we had reason to trek up and down the country I'd personally want something more padded. Amelia doesn't seem to have a problem from a comfort point of view however and regularly falls asleep in here. Her head doesn't loll forward and there is a headrest, albeit a very thin one.
The car seat is predominately black in colour with bright red strap and the head rest is an assortment of little grey squares. For a car seat it is quite attractive, certainly not ugly. It is very much unisex and would be suitable for either gender. The straps are easy to adjust and also come in 4 different height settings so you can make sure your baby is secured comfortably.
This car seat is apparently suitable for children up to 4 years or 25kg. I don't think it will last long and personally I wouldn't feel comfortable using it for the next 3 years based on the fact that Amelia seems to fit it well now, with another 3 years growing it we would have to shoe horn her into it. She is small for her age as she was born prematurely so I would like to meet the 4 year olds that they got in here.
All in all I'm perfectly happy with this seat and will use it until Amelia grows out of it. It is fine for us but if you're looking to do long journeys or have a newborn then in my opinion this car seat would not be suitable
We got to the point where M&M just hated getting into her Maxi-Cosi car seat. The other kids her age seemed to have long since outgrown their equivalent seats and it was only because she was pretty tiny and I'm budget conscious (to put it politely) that she was still being squished in there. She had become inquisitive and lying down, rear facing, when she could be upright and pretending to drive was a rotten deal. I started hunting for the next seat along. Maybe I was looking in the wrong places, but they were stupidly expensive, especially the few rear facing seats that are available to the UK market. It seemed I was googling and reading Which reports around the clock, worried about what to get.
But then, I saw the Nania Trio car seat in Asda. It was an all-rounder, adjusting to take you from birth to age 4. It could be rear or front facing. It was twenty quid. I reasoned that at least it would do as a stop gap, a spare for Grandad's car. And it stopped the never ending whirl of car seats rushing around in my head. Into the trolley along with all the other impulse purchases!
When I got home and began my paranoid googling for the reviews, most people seemed pretty happy with the seat. I was annoyed to discover (as I hadn't been able to from the box) that you couldn't use this as a rear facing car seat for toddlers, only newborns. Personally, I wouldn't have used it for M&M as a newborn, it's a hard seat with very little cushioning, even rear facing I think this would be too upright and there's no head rest to stop them bouncing around and hitting the sides.
The main issue presented on the internet was that ASDA don't safety check their seats and they can be thrown around and damaged, making them unsafe in the event of an accident. Well, Halfords in Reading were terrible when I bought the expensive Maxi-Cosi, they never safety checked it in any way and repeatedly refused to fit it because none of the staff were trained, so that isn't a great deal of difference. I did check under the seat cover on the Nania Trio, making sure that the polystyrene and plastic weren't cracked or dented and we fitted it into the car.
Having the instructions on the side of the seat is a godsend, meaning that it's easy for forgetful Grandad to fit into his car when he collects M&M from nursery and for me to remind myself what to check before a journey. It fits using a normal seatbelt, no fiddly modern requirements like Isofix. And it's light, so I can carry it around when needed. We found that lifting the headrest in the car and replacing it after fitting the seat keeps it even more secure, with no wobbling. It's a 3 point harness, the two over arm straps fitting together and clicking into the central holder, with a red button release. The straps themselves are easy enough to adjust, even with M&M in the seat.
There are a couple of things I don't much like - it's very low, so M&M can't see sheep or cows from the car window until she grows a little more. Also, when she's asleep and we need to put her in another car or carry her into the restaurant to doze through a meal, the thin back of the seat means that removing the seatbelt nearly always wakes her. The lack of cushioning makes it unsuitable for long journeys, but fortunately we haven't had to suffer any of those with it. We haven't got air conditioning, so our car is hardly the height of comfort anyway. When she falls asleep, the angle of the seat means her head flops forward a bit, but usually I can correct this just by propping her up with a jumper as a pillow. Oh, and the button sometimes sticks a little when I go to lift her out - on the bright side, that gives me confidence that she won't be able to open it.
It's been over six months and we still haven't got round to purchasing a new car seat. But then she loves this one and I'm very happy with it, so we can take our time choosing. I would never compromise her safety for the sake of money, the fact that this cost so little is a bonus.
We had a travel system for our youngest daughter and so when her legs started to kick the seat of the car we knew we neede to have a look for another car seat and it just happened to be at the same time as the Asda baby event was running. I managed to pick this car seat up for £25 which is a lot cheaper than any orthers we had seen, we decided to give the seat a go as it conforms to all the safety standards so believed that it would be safe for our daughter.
The seat is for groups 0, 1 and 2 although having used the seat I wouldn't put a new born baby in it simply because it has no head support as such and to me it is rtoo upright for a newborn but that is just my opinion and of course if it meets the safety standards then it is safe for a newborn baby. Stage 2 car seats are suitable up to 25kg so this seat should last a long time, I would expect a child to become too tall to use this before the weight restriction came in but maybe that's just my childrens build.
The car seat is mainly black in colour and has the name of the manufacturer embroidered on it, it has bright red straps and a cushion for behind your childs head which is a mismatch of little squares in all colours of grey. I think the car seat is quite attractive and of course with the colours it can be for a boy or a girl.
The car seat is very easy to fit and very light to carry so transferring from one car to another isn't a problem, we never used the seat as a group 0 so I have only ever fitted it as a forward facing seat. The seat belt threads through the back of the seat, when fitted the diagonal of the seat belt runs up the back of the seat. The harness is a 5 point safety harness which I would expect with every car seat of his stage, the straps are very easy to adjust simply pulling the end of the strap to tighten and pinching the clips on the harness to loosen. I like that you can easily adjust the harness every time you put your child in and out of the car so it doesn't matter what they are wearing and it makes it easy to get your child in and out without having to bend their arms through.
We used this car seat without any problems for a couple of months and were happy with it, my daughter never seemed uncomfortable and if she fell asleep in the car her head didn't flop, I like that it is easy to move from one car to another as my sister sometimes looks after my children and needs a car seat. Now for the bad, one day we pulled into Asda of all places and on removing my daughter from her car seat pinching the clip as you are meant to the clip came away in my hand. We ended up with no way to secure our daughter into the seat and since we were at asda we took the seat in and complained, we were told they hadn't had any others returned and so ours must just be an odd one but to me that isn't good enough for somethign of safety and it makes me wonder if we had had to stop suddenly would the harness have held in place.
I won't recommend this car seat simply due to our experience with it and I personally won't be using this make again.
When my daughter moved onto group 1 car seats I wasn't driving, so set about looking for a cheap but reliable car seat to use in my mums car if we ever needed to go anywhere. She bought a Nania car seat in one of the Asda baby events. Late last year I finally passed my driving test and bought a car, that meant I had to buy a car seat for my car. Already having a Nania car seat I knew that they was good value for money so waited for another baby event to purchase this Nania Teamtex Trio car seat.
----- Suitability -----
The car seat is a group 0, 1 and 2 car seat, so suitable from birth until the child is 25kg's. I don't think I would use it from birth though, as it doesn't seem very snug, and looks quite flimsy when its rear facing. It does have a sort of head rest, though I wouldn't say it would particularly cushion a new born.
------ Installation and adjustments -----
The car seat is quite light so it is easy to transport from one car to another without putting your back out. Installing the car seat as a group 1 car seat is quite easy. Just thread the seatbelt through the back of the car seat and clip into the seatbelt holder of the car and adjust the belt so that it goes up the back of the car seat. The only problem I've had installing the seatbelt was that the car seat is quite wide so it has to be moved over so the seat belt can clip in.
The car seat has a five point safety harness and is relatively easy to do up, providing my daughter is sitting still and she hasn't got lots of layers on. When I take her out of the car seat I tend to adjust the straps so that they are at the longest length, then next time I put her in I can readjust the straps to suit what she is wearing. They are easy to adjust by just pushing in the toggle on the straps. Another good thing is there are 4 different heights for the straps so you can tailor the height to your childs size, again these are to adjust.
----- Comfort -----
The car seat isn't the comfiest of car seats with only a little padding. Despite this my daughter has never complained about her car seat and as we never go on any car journeys longer than an hour this car seat suits us fine. The padding has the same amount of padding through the car seat, the sides as padded just as much as the actually seat. The head rest gives my daughter extra padding for her head especially when she falls asleep.
----- Availability -----
I've only ever seen this car seat for sale in the well known Asda baby events, which happen every few months. It's advertised on Asda Direct but out of stock so I'm not sure if they only sell it on there during baby events too. It costs £25.
----- Overall -----
At only £25 this car seat is fantastic value for money. It does the job it is supposed to do, my daughter is safe and secure and relatively comfortable. With the extortionate prices of some car seats and them all being manufactured to the same safety standards, I know I'd rather pay £25 then £100's. I think the best use for this car seat is as a spare to use in say, grandparents or friends cars if you wasn't available to use your own. But it is great for an every day car seat too.