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#1 FeralPerthFembo

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 IsolaBella

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 FeralPerthFembo

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 FeralPerthFembo

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 FeralPerthFembo

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 IsolaBella

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




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