Sometimes you find that you gravitate towards one brand for a lot of your baby needs, it’s not intentional but a natural evolution between what you need as a (new) mum and what that brand provides. For us that’s certainly true of Britax (parent company of Safe-n-Sound & Steelcraft), from baby walker to high chair, pram to car seat, Britax products feature heavily in our lives.
As a new mum I researched (extensively) before choosing a product to use with my long-awaited baby and while design and function both played a large role in helping me sift through the multitude of options available safety was my primary concern and often the deciding factor when committing to a purchase – especially when it came to a car seat. Nobody plans to have a crash but they do happen and car safety for children has come a long way since my parents brought me home in a basinet on the back seat.
We brought Dexter home in his Steelcraft Strider DLX car capsule, a travel system I bought for its form, function and safety rating. I never wanted a capsule but got a good deal and found it so handy in the early days when I could get out and about without having to transfer a sleeping baby to and from the car. Unfortunately though, I had a tall little man and he very quickly outgrew the capsule before he even got close to the weight limit which prompted another search and led to the purchase of a Safe-n-Sound Meridian AHR Tilt & Adjust.
I love the Meridian, not only is it consistently performing at the top of safety and consumer guides, the innovative Tilt and Adjust™ technology makes it super easy to use and adjust as your child grows – there’s no pulling the seat out and re-threading straps, to adjust the height you simply tilt the headrest, adjust the height and the straps safely reposition. The AHR stands for Active Head Restraint™ which is a headrest made from impact absorbing foam that can be easily adjusted as your child grows and is designed to contain and protect your child’s head in a side impact crash. The seat is super safe and looks super comfortable for your little one to sit in; it converts from rearward facing to forward facing and will fit newborns to 4 year olds (approx).
A few weeks ago we decided to upgrade the Meridian in hubby’s car. Dexter still fits in this seat and I dare say it would last him a while longer but he is a tall boy and does look more comfortable in my car (which sports a Maxi-Rider AHR). We decided to pass the Meridian on to mum and look for another convertible booster seat, something that would last us until the end of his car seat days.
Designed to fit children from 6 months to 8 years (approx), the Maxi-Rider AHR is a wonderful seat for those looking to ensure the safety of their precious cargo. Dexter loves this seat, he adores having the cup holders to pop his drink, snacks or toys into, the pivoting armrests make it easy to get him in and out of the seat, he’s super independent these days and very into doing things it “all myself” and the pivoting armrests make it easier for him to climb in and out of the seat too.
Speakers in the headrest, a feature that I have to admit I didn’t really think we’d ever use, have been an absolute godsend on long car journeys – we just plug them into the DVD player, tablet or iPod, he’s happy watching or listening to children’s shows or music and we’re happy that we don’t have to hear it! It’s genius, it really is.
The Maxi-Rider AHR has an excellent safety record, it’s got that fabulous AHR (Active Head Restraint™) technology I mentioned before which means that even in booster mode your child has superior protection during a side impact crash, in booster seat mode it has the exclusive Slideguard clip which means the lap sash is positioned correctly over the hips and thighs at all times, preventing your child from sliding forward during a crash and the Safe-n-Sound child seat manufacturing processes are the most stringent in Australia.
It’s an economical seat too – my sister also had the Strider DLX capsule for her little one and when it was time to move to a bigger seat my niece went straight into a Maxi-Rider AHR which will last her until she is out of a car seat.
Safe-n-Sound are always our first choice when it comes to car safety and I highly recommend them. We’ve purchased many over the years and never regretted it, the Meridian AHR with that magically easy Tilt & Adjust™ technology is so easy to use and the Maxi-Rider AHR is a wonderful option for forward facing bubs and children. Safe-n-Sound carseats are manufactured and crash tested right here in Australia (in Melbourne) and I love to support local. For stockist details visit www.britax.com.au.
For your chance to win a Safe-n-Sound Maxi-Rider AHR convertible booster seat valued at $489 (rrp) simply visit britax.com.au then come back here to tell me your favourite Britax product and in 30 words or less tell me how having a Maxi-Rider AHR installed would change your car trips.
This giveaway ended on 15th September 2012.