Product Type: Recaro child car seats
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Recaro Young Profi Plus
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Recaro Young Profi Plus
Advantages: Good design and very secure
Disadvantages: Need to check compatibility with your buggy
A car seat is an essential item when you have a new baby as many hospitals won't discharge you until they see the car seat. We bought our Recaro car seat as we had bought the Mclaren XLR buggy which is compatible with it. We also purchased the isofix at the same time. The car seat can be installed in a car by isofix or by the traditional 3 point harness. The isofix does make installation very simple as all you have to do is clip it into place. It is easy to release by pressing on the handle on the isofix. I would recommend you purchase the isofix for your own car so you can quickly put in and take out the car seat. If your car is an older model please check first whether or not it is isofix compatible.
As I have also had to travel by taxi on occasion I have had to install the car seat using the traditional seat belt. This is fairly easy to do as the points where you need to thread the belt through as clearly indicated with blue arrows on a white background. This is a good design feature in my experience as it takes a lot of the stress on installing the seat away. You may wish to practice putting the belt on in your own car first before trying someone else's car so you are familiar with the system especially if you are dealing with a crying baby!
The Recaro car seat is well made with good protection for your baby. It is a group0+ car seat so it is suitable from birth to around 15 months or 13kg/29 lbs. I particularly liked the padding and lining when my baby was newborn as he looked very secure in the car seat. As he has grown I have removed some of the padding and adjusted the back height to suit him. The instruction manual was easy to follow and the height can be adjusted to 5 different levels. As you change the height if the back the harness adjusts automatically which again is a good design feature.
The Recaro car seat comes with a rain cover and also a small sun canopy. The sun canopy is useful but I would still get blinds for your car to provide shade. I have been known to drape a scarf over the carrying handle to get some extra shade.
As you may be carrying the car seat in and out of your car weight is important. The Recaro car seat weighs 4.3 kg which is slightly heavier than others such as the maxi cosi but the difference is negligible and I couldn't feel the difference when I tried them out in a shop. My Recarro car seat now feels pretty heavy with the baby inside it but thankfully it clips easily onto the buggy using the adaptors that slide onto the front of the buggy. To release you just press the button underneath which I have found to be straightforward. The carrying handle does help with transporting the baby and is comfortable however it does require both side buttons to be pressed to adjust it and a better feature in my opinion would be if just one button could be pressed instead.
For the fashion conscious the Recarro car seat does come in a variety of colours. It was also awarded the Mother and Baby Gold Award 2009/10 Best Infant Carrier Group 0+ which does demonstrate it is a well design item of baby equipment.
Overall I would recommend the Recaro Young Profii Plus for its design and think it is worth the £115 we paid. I tried out the Recaro in Mothercare and John Lewis but ended up buying it in Halfords .
Summary: Award winning design so good first car seat at reasonable price.
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