Finding a car seat is easy but finding the right one can be tricky. One of the biggest issues for me was finding the right car seat for Kitana.
I didn’t realize her frustrations until she started talking. She used to always cry in the car seat but I never understood what her cries meant. There so are many different kinds and sizes of car seats. Make sure you look at car seats that are correct for your baby’s age and weight.
It’s so important to research brands and the comfort of their seats before purchasing.
Always keep a list of questions with you when you shopping for car seats and make sure you touch and feel the product. If you purchasing one for your toddler, let them try it out and see their reaction.
I recently reviewed the Mamas and Papas Cybex Juno Fix Car Seat. This one doesn’t have any seat belt but instead a cushion in front to protect your child. There’s been lots of mixed reviews about this type of car seats because many find the seat belt aspect extremely important for a child however there is a market for this. Some kids hate using seat belts and some wriggle their way out of it.
We tried it with Kitana and she didn’t really enjoy it because of the cushion in front of her, she felt claustrophobic. I’m claustrophobic and only after trying this seat with her I realised she might be too. When she sat on the seat (before I put the cushion in front of her), she enjoyed the comfort of it. She was a happy chappy until I put the cushion on.
Mamas and Papas has a range to try and accommodate every parent. I love that they carefully choose the seats they sell and that they have the best of both (with and without seat belt).
To be honest I’m so glad I got to review this because I learnt how important a comfortable car seat is. I’ve tried several car seats with Kitana and to be honest, I love the comfort of this seat. It’s definitely a car seat that can be handed down to family members or can be used for your next child. It’s a great car seat to invest in long term but it all depends on what you prefer.
The Mamas and Papas Cybex Juno Fix Car Seat can be used from 9 months to 4 years. It has an ISOFIX bracket that attaches to the seat allowing it to be used in ISOFIX and non ISOFIX cars.
1. Compare car seats
It’s important you compare the brands and see which one fits in your budget. It’s also important to research the history of the brand. Chat to other parents about their experiences and get recommendations. This is a big decision and making the wrong one can affect you and your child during long journeys.
2. Think long-term
There’s so many car seats and they cater for every stage of your child’s development. Convertible car seats can save you money.
3. Don’t use your car seat as a replacement crib.
Car seats are designed to protect your child during travel. A 2009 study showed that sitting upright in a car seat might compress a newborn’s chest and lead to lower levels of oxygen. Even mild airway obstruction can impair a child’s development. Sitting in a car seat for lengthy periods can also contribute to the development of a flat spot on the back of your baby’s head and worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — a chronic digestive disease. Source: www.mayoclinic.org
4. Bundle After Harnessing
Too much clothing can prevent you from tightening the straps enough. Rather put a blanket over the straps than under.
5. Decide if you need an ISOFIX or not.
This was important for me because I didn’t realise how much easier an isofix would help moving car seats. It works well if you have more than 1 car at home.
I’d love to get some feedback and tips from you.