When my baby grew out of her first car seat it seemed like a very big deal. Accepting that she was too big for the seat we brought her home from the hospital in felt – at the time – like another milestone we’d reached all too quickly.
Last week that baby, now four years old, started school. Again, it felt like a very big deal. And it kind of overshadowed the other, smaller milestone, we’d passed a few weeks earlier: another new car seat.
Frog has now graduated to a “big girl” booster seat when she’s in her dad’s car. It’s a Britax Adventure seat, for children aged four to twelve years. And she loves it.
We knew it was time for a new seat when strapping her into the seat she’d had since the toddler years became too hard. Despite being on the last setting, it couldn’t accommodate her growing body and we’d often get tears as she tried to wriggle into a seat that was just too small for her.
The Adventure seat is a booster seat with a back and sides, as well as an adjustable headrest. It gives Frog the comfort she’s used to (she can still fall asleep in the car without her head lolling all over the place) and it gives us the peace of mind that she’s still strapped in safely.
Our car is the last model in the series before Isofix became de rigour for all new cars, so the Adventure was our only option from the Britax range. It’s held in place by the seat belt which, when Frog is strapped in, goes over her pelvis and shoulder. She thinks she’s terribly grown up to have a “Mummy and Daddy style seat belt”.
Although it’s not as big and sturdy as her last toddler seat, it still feels safe, with the side impact protection and headrest. My only criticism is that it’s quite low. This means that although Frog can still see out of the window, she doesn’t get the view that she was used to before. However, if this is the only concession we have to make then I don’t think we’ve done too badly.
At £59.99 (from the Britax website) this seat is a fair price too. And when you factor in that it lasts up to the age of twelve it feels like a positive bargain.
Over the summer we covered many miles using this car seat – from our home in Devon down to our holiday in Cornwall, up to Worcestershire for a wedding and then up to Rochdale to see the (self-proclaimed) Northern Love Machine’s family. On each and every journey Frog was strapped in safely and didn’t complain of being uncomfortable once. In fact, she slept most of the way.
If you don’t have Isofix settings in your car and you’re looking for a safe, secure and affordable next seat for your child (aged four and upwards) then I can thoroughly recommend this one.
Disclosure: I’m a Britax Mumbassador – this car seat was provided for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words remain my own.