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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby SilverLining » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:33 pm

Arrrrrgghh! All these carseats are giving me a headache lol.

I have weighed Shiloh tonight and she is 16kgs. Her seat she has now is until 18kgs and that is the 5 point harness.
What I meant by feeling more relaxed is the journey to Scotland. We will keep her in that for then. When we get back is when I need to make sure we have a good one.

So am I now right in thinking once she reaches 18kgs then it is the HBB that we have now?! Or is there a more secured (in my eyes) one? I just don't like how the HBB seems too open and all she has is the seatbelt over her
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:00 pm

All HBB are secured with the seatbelt so yes they are all the same as what you have. Remember that the 18kg is in clothes. I would keep the HBB that you have, use her 5 pt harness seat then when she hits 18kg practice using the HBB with her. It's amazing how much they mature in just a few months at this age.

The only seat that goes beyond 18kg with a 5 point harness (forward facing) is the Britax Two Way Elite.

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby SilverLining » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:14 pm

Thanks Yvette. I have been looking at the Britax Two Way Elite and and it says a 5 point harness until 25kgs. Also it can be used rear and forward facing??! Sound right to you?
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby sammykins » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:25 pm

Jumping in there - yes Karina, the TWE is FF and RF in the 5-point harness up to 25kg, so if keeping S in a 5-point harness is what you really want, that is the seat for you xx
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:08 pm

Yes, that is correct Karina!
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby SilverLining » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:42 pm

Yay!! This is the one we will be buying for definite now. I am not too bothered on the price as safety comes first. I am sure Shiloh would have been ok in the HBB but to me she just seems too skinny and looked lost in it. Her moving with ease really did panic me!
I am not sure if we will buy it before Scotland as DH would probably want to go to ICSC in MK but at least Shiloh can use her older one. When Luna gains another few kgs she will then transfer into Shiloh's 9m-4yo 5 point harness.

Ahh I feel a little relaxed now I finally have it sorted. Thanks ever so much ladies :mrgreen:
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Ellie81 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:06 pm

Hi ladies

I was hoping for some advice here on the best next step for my DS. He's nearly 2, 11.8kgs (26lb) so quite light but 90+ cm tall, and shortly getting too tall for his forward facing maxi cosi (given to us by my SIL). We'd like to get him a new seat that lasts a while preferably another 3-4 years (until he's 5/6). Don't mind forking out if it will last, obviously keen for it to be as safe as possible etc. Any tips?

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:42 pm

Ellie,

Are you interested in a rearfacing seat or a forward facing one, or one that does both?

For a two year old, I would recommend that you have a look at the Britax Two Way Elite which goes rearfacing (and forward facing) with a 5 point harness up to 25kg. It has the tallest seat shell of all extended rear facing seats and fits a child of average height up until they are about age 6. It is sold by the In Car Safety Centre only and costs £220.

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Ellie81 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:03 pm

Hi Yvette

Thanks for the reply. Definitely would consider rear facing, especially if it's safer. My only concern is that my DS has got used to be forward facing and being able to see us (though I suppose we could get a mirror, or if he really hates it switch it around), do you know if kids are generally fussy about a change like this? This might sound like an silly question, but do they get more car-sick rear-facing? Our DS doesn't get car-sick, but would be keen not to trigger it!
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby espoir » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:38 pm

We haven't had any issues with car sickness rear-facing, but DS has been rear-facing since birth! We have the TWE, and are happy with it but one thing I really dislike about it is the buckle. I find it really awkward to get the two pieces together without them getting twisted, get them to stay together and into the buckle. Should it be so difficult or am I just lacking practice (OH does most of the car seat duty)??!!
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:06 pm

Espoir,

The TWE buckle is a bit fiddly but I don't have a problem getting it to go in. I always loosen the straps before unbuckling then put them to the sides then carefully but them back on to avoid twisting.

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Sat Apr 13, 2013 6:08 pm

Ellie,

My children have never FF in a car and have never questioned rearfacing, you could maybe just sell it to your child as a new "big boy" seat. As for car sickness we've never had a problem with it.

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Ruby » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:32 am

Help please...

My son is 2y4m and weighs 16.9kg (in just a nappy). He is 1m tall, so a muscular, tall child.

He has been in the BeSafe Izi Kid X3 Isofix Rear Facing Car Seat since he outgrew the infant carrier, but now he's outgrowing that seat! I see limited options from here on - everything is pointing towards a booster seat with car seat belt. I would really prefer him to be in a 5 point harness even if FF given he is only 2! I don't trust him with the seat belt buckle.

Can anyone advise what to move onto from the Izi Kid?
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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Yvette75 » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:38 pm

Ruby,

Like you I would not be happy with a 2 year old in a high back booster with seatbelt (well not my children at 2 anyway as they just wouldn't have sat correctly ALL of the time).

There are lots of ERF seats that go up to 25kg.

The following seats extended rear face up to 25kg:

1. Axkid Kidzone
2. Axkid Minikid
3. Britax Two Way Elite
4. Britax Multi-Tech
5. Britax Max Way
6. Britax Hi Way
7. Brio Zento

For a 17kg, 100cm tall child I would think that Britax Two Way Elite would give you most use as this has the tallest seat shell and fits most children up to 120-125cm in height which should give you until around age 5 or so even more with a tall child. This seat can also be used forward facing up to 25kg with a 5 point harness, but clearly it is safer rearfacing. It is only sold by the In Car Safety Centre in the UK, but they are great with advice over the phone if you are not nearby and will post the seat out to you.

Does that help?

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Re: Extended rear facing carseats and other carseat question

Postby Ruby » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:53 pm

Thanks for the excellent advice Yvette. I will look into all those.
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