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A baby event bargain!
Nania Teamtex Trio Car Seat
Member Name: cornishchic
Nania Teamtex Trio Car Seat
Date: 22/02/12, updated on 14/08/12 (116 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight, easy to adjust
Disadvantages: Not the most comfortable of car seats
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.
Summary: A good budget car seat