Jump to content

6months-8 years convertible?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 FeralFP

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

Hi there, hoping some of the EB car seat gurus can help me?

DD is 22months and we are expecting #2 in July. We were going to buy the same carseat we currently have for the next baby which is suitable from birth to 4 years (its babylove brand but cant remember the model), today my friend told me she is getting one that is suitable from 6 months to 8 years. It is a car seat that turns into a booster which would be pretty perfect so DD can have the new one and new bub could have her current seat.

Here is the link:

http://www.bigw.com.au/baby/carseats/boost...le-booster-seat

Anyways, I've never heard of these that convert to a booster and I have no idea if they are safe or not or where to find the safety ratings so hoping someone here will know?

Thanks in advance!

Edited by JBaby, 28 January 2013 - 10:30 PM.


#2 Babby and Roo

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

We got a babylove ezy combo seat for DD when she was 23 months. It is suitable for 6 months to 7/8 years and converts into a booster after 4 yrs. It had very good safety rating and meant we could use the 0-4 yr convertible seat for the baby. So far so good, seems a good seat but it's pretty big.

#3 VeritasVinum

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:00 PM

Generally convertible boosters are too upright for young kids who may still fall asleep in the car. Their heads fall forward at funny angles not protected.

The 2004 standard tests were all done with 22kg 6yo test dummies not smaller kids, so no I would not be following the safety ratings. The 2010 standard seats only a few have been tests and with different testing methods we have seen changes to the ratings.

One seat which currently gets good reviews for non head fall is the New Maxi Rider. Someone posted the pram warehouse fior a cheaper price.

Most convertible boosters are harder to use in booster mode then dedicated poster seats. The New maxi works more like a standard booster in booster mode.

Personally I have kept my kids to 5-6yrs in standard 0-4yrs sets. I have just moved my 70% 5.5 yo out of a New Compaq to a booster. The Lifestyle is a very similar seat. The Guardian is currently on sale at Target.

Also going to add that generally you may find that your child still needs a booster when they outgrow the convertible booster, so end up purchasing a booster seat anyway.

Edited by lsolaBella, 28 January 2013 - 10:02 PM.


#4 FeralFP

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 28/01/2013, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Generally convertible boosters are too upright for young kids who may still fall asleep in the car. Their heads fall forward at funny angles not protected.

Oh that's too bad as DD usually has her weekend naps in the car on the way to and from the in-laws house sad.gif

The maxi rider is out of our price range unfortunately. We got our current babylove which we really like on special for $130ish so it will probably work out a lot cheaper to buy another of those and then a separate booster later then...

Thanks for the replies ladies.

One more question from this novice if you don't mind. I know kids can go into a booster at 4 years but what is the weight height recommendation for moving? I mean as in you can ff at 8kg/6m but 12kg/12m is better, is that the same with going to a booster?

Edited by JBaby, 28 January 2013 - 11:25 PM.


#5 Domestic Goddess

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:58 PM

I have the EzyLove Combo too and it has a reclining option. Also it has heaps and heaps of padding around the headrest to support their heads. I've had this seat for DS since he was 17 months old and he still falls asleep in it without his head hanging over. He's in booster mode with the seat reclined.

The main reasons I got this seat is that it was:
A) the tallest convertible booster seat available (DS has been off the charts since 4 months old and is 114cm tall at just 3yo)
B) tested best convertible seat in the 2011 CREP test (no new test have been done since then though)
C) half the price of the MaxiRiders which happen to be built in the same factory as the EzyCombo and have the same shell. Thus they are the same height and depth.

Some small differences are more luxury related like Ipod speakers and such plus different pattern of fabric. Plus with the MR you do pay a lot just for the brand name.


I bought the 2011 model for my car, but when he outgrew my parents carseat, I gave them my old 2011 model and bought the new 2012 model for my own car. The new model has deeper wings, so safer for side impact.

#6 Domestic Goddess

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:03 PM

QUOTE (JBaby @ 28/01/2013, 11:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One more question from this novice if you don't mind. I know kids can go into a booster at 4 years but what is the weight height recommendation for moving? I mean as in you can ff at 8kg/6m but 12kg/9m is better, is that the same with going to a booster?


If the harness is 2cm below the shoulders, its time to move to a new seat. Doesn't have to be at 4yo and weight is irrelevant as well. DS has just gone into booster mode on the EzyCombo and he's only just 3yo. (But as I mentioned, he is unusually tall).

PS You can get the EzyCombo from $190,-

#7 libbylu

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

The SafenSound Meridian range are suitable for this age range, although our 6 month old really slumped in it, so I wouldn't really use it on a child aged under 1.
We found it's safety rating as a booster wasn't that high, but the designs may have improved.  I think the issue was that once you start using the regular lap sash seat belt rather than the five point harness there is no 'anti-submarining' feature so the kids could slip under the belt in an accident.  Although we bought the seat 6 years ago so they may have improved it.

#8 Domestic Goddess

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

A lot of the better quality convertible booster seats are now designed to not need an anti- submarineclip. They have low arm rests to make the lapsash belt go tighter over their legs and they have the red lapsash belt guides at the top of the seat to make sure the belt can't slip over the childs head causing them to fly forwards in a crash.

The EzyCombo has both these. The low arm rest and the sash guide. There is no way in this lifetime, DS would submarine in a crash.

The InfaSecure Rallye however, does not have the sash guide.

#9 FeralFP

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

QUOTE (Domestic Goddess @ 28/01/2013, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A lot of the better quality convertible booster seats are now designed to not need an anti- submarineclip.


Sorry, what is an anti- submarineclip or "submarining" in a crash?

#10 Domestic Goddess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:00 AM

Submarining means they would slip out from under the lapsash belt in a head on car crash. According to the RTA engineer I spoke to, submarining does not occur in the newer seats due to the designs of the shell with the low arm rests and sash guides.

When they test a new seat for the Australian Safety Standards, they test for submarining risks too. A seat will not get approved if they believe submarining is a risk for that particular seat.

The anti-submarining clip is a clip that goes between the childs legs so it stops the child from sliding out in an accident. Yet as I mentioned before, it's practically impossible in the newer car seats these days. Though there's always that teeny tiny risk of that "one time" incident.

#11 FeralFP

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:09 AM

Thanks for that DG original.gif

#12 Domestic Goddess

Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

YW. You might also want to google the CREP results of 2011 as a reference. You can compare safety ratings of different brands with one another.

Goodluck with finding the right seat original.gif

#13 VeritasVinum

Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

Very limited 2010 standard seats have been tested and can not be compared to the older 2004 standard seats which are no longer sold and were tested differently.

CREP has very little value currently




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.