Finding the Perfect Car Seat

24 May

Hi folks,

So… Let’s talk car seats. What an utter mine field Car Seat shopping can be. Especially since the law regarding car seats & booster cushions has changed this year. You can view the official government guidelines here.
When you leave hospital, you leave with your newborn baby in their infant carrier. Buying an infant carrier is relatively easy. I mean, usually you purchase a full travel system anyways. So you’ve probably gotten your baby carrier as part of a set. You click your prescious bundle in & out of the car via an ISOFIX base & you’re sorted. But… what do you do when they start outgrowing their baby carrier!? What do you buy? Do you buy a rear facing seat only to discard it when you start forward facing? Do you begin forward straight away when your bambino reaches 9kg even though you feel nervous about it? Do you need an ISOFIX base? Or do you just secure with a car seat belt? So many questions… so much choice… where do you start!?

Well… here’s the answer… The Every Stage FX Car Seat by Joie. 

This car seat is an utter game changer. This is literally the only car seat you will ever need! This car seat is literally 4 seats in 1. This is a 0+/1/2/3 Stage car seat, rear facing from birth to 18kg & forward facing from 9kg to 36kg. When rear facing this seat is secured via the car seat belt. When forward facing in group 1, this seat has easy & exact ISOFIX installation. When you progress to groups 2/3 for high back booster mode there is an easy ISOSAFE connection. So you can rest easy knowing that this car seat is rock solid.

What are the features? 

  • Group 0+/1/2/3 car seat
  • Suitable rearward facing from birth to 18kg/4 years
  • Suitable forward facing from 9kg to 36kg/12 years
  • 6 recline positions: 2 rear facing and 4 forward facing
  • Easy installation with ISOFIX and top tether when using in forward facing group 1 mode
  • Side impact protection provides added security for the head, body, and hips
  • Guard Surround Safety™ panels provide extra side protection and fold into seat when not in use
  • One-hand, 10 position height adjustable headrest
  • AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accommodate growing children
  • Reinforced steel inner seat shell increases structural integrity
  • 3 piece flexible insert system includes an infant head support, infant body support, and infant wedge – all customisable for the ultimate fit at every stage
  • Grow Together™ multi-height headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously and require no re-threading of harness
  • Custom Harness Hideaway™ compartments store the 5-point harness when using as a Group 2/3 booster
  • Plush, deluxe cushioning and fabrics
  • Built in side ventilation
  • Side, mesh storage pockets for child’s must-have travel items
  • Well marked, colour-coded installation paths
  • Dual lock-offs for installing with vehicle’s 3-point seat belt
  • BabySoft 5-point harness with shoulder and lower buckle covers
  • One pull motion easily tightens the 5-point harness

So… you’ve read the technical bit… but is it comfy? Well, you all know that Seth is a little fussy scamp – but he seems rather happy with his new seat. He’s giggled in it, had snacks in it & even had a nap in it. With the click recline system it’s perfect for the younger bambinos to be able to snooze without hurting their necks. Both mine & my hubster’s family do not live near us – so we quite often go on road trips to visit. This seat is perfect for longer car journeys. We’re actually off on holiday next week – so I’ll be sure to give you a vacation review of it. Along with our much loved Mirus pushchair – also from Joie

So… how much does it cost? This car seat retails for around £250. Now, that may seem pricey, but when you think that this literally goes from birth to 12yrs… it’s such a bargain! Amazing investment. This is the ONLY car seat you will EVER need. Put it this way… if we have another baby… this will be our travel essential!

Installation… I left that in the capable hands of my hubster. But here’s a handy video

I really do love this carseat as it has everything… even down to little side pockets for those all important essentials. I feel confident & happy with this carseat… Seth is comfy & cosy… & it looks nice! I mean, I know that safety has to come to before what looks good… but it’s a total bonus when you can have it all. But seriously… this car seat allows you to choose when you want to begin forward facing. It’s such a hot topic. Only ‘you’ know what is best & right for your baby. This seat gives you that freedom to choose.

So please stay tuned for more reviews of this fabulous carseat. Like I said – we’re off on holiday next week so I shall be writing up another review when we get back, along with an update on our Mirus.

Thanks so much as always for reading & I hope you’ve found this review useful!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

5 Responses to “Finding the Perfect Car Seat”

  1. Sam.R October 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Plus we have some recalled seats that doesnt meet standard, good guide by the way!

  2. jason smith July 10, 2019 at 7:39 am #

    Hi nice post


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