Car Seats and Accessories

ore and more of our lives are spent in and around the car. Babies are popped in the car for the journey to the nursery and home again; back again for a short trip to the shops. Bricks and mortar shops are vital as fitting is still an issue.

i-Size is slowly making its presence known with the number of conforming car seats increasing but customers still need the explanations. They also need guidance on the fitting of car seats are too many are still not fitted correctly.

i-Size will also keep babies rearward facing for longer - an important safety issue as well address issues such as side impact and fitting.

Of course, the sale of a car seat is not the end of the matter. In this Spotlight we have highlighted a number of extras that can be bought - most of which a parent will never have thought of, unless you sell them the idea. And they are not only lucrative but also make life easier for the parent!

Such things include:

Extra supportsespecially for a prem baby for whom being slumped in a car seat is definitely not a good idea! Recent research has shown that the baby’s blood oxygen levels can fall to alarmingly low levels after relatively short times. Sometimes these extra supports are not an optional extra but vital for baby’s wellbeing.

Car seat protectors - to preserve the fabric of the car seat not only from the weight of the child's car seat but also from dirty shoes and dropped food

Sunscreens - the sun can be quite fierce, and baby's skin is very delicate so a shade is essential

Toys - let's face it: long journeys are boring, so something to entertain baby is important. The toys need to be attached as you can't play 'pick up' on the motorway, and safe - anything even slightly sharp can be a killer in an accident.

Footmuffs and Sleeping bags - baby needs to be kept warm in the car and even warmer when taken out of the car. It can be difficult to keep a blanket in place and other items of clothing can cause the baby to overheat or prevent the use of the shoulder straps. However, there are a number of wraps which can simply, easily and safely be used in the car. A raincover is important to stop them getting wet while out of the car.

Mirrors - the safest place for a car seat is in the middle of the back seat of the car. However, if a parent cannot see baby, then they can be distracted and cause the accident! Some mirrors reflect baby in a rear facing seat into the normal car mirror. Other types can be angled so that the driver can see a toddler in the back seat without having to turn around.

Ingenuity from Recaro

RECARO Child Safety presents an ingenious combination; a 360ᵒ rotatable i-Size child seat with a removable infant carrier.

The RECARO Zero.1 Elite is an innovative i-Size child safety seat which provides a versatile solution for in the car, on a stroller and even into the home.

Suitable for use from birth, the removable infant carrier secures inside the main seat and can be used up to 76cm (maximum 9kg). It can be removed from the seat for use on a stroller, or easily taken into the home without causing any disruption to a sleeping baby. The lightweight carrier has three height settings, a three-point harness and a flexible insert cushion. The carrier is compatible with RECARO strollers as well as other manufacturer’s strollers.

The Zero.1 Elite can remain in the extended rear facing position up to the maximum height of 105cm; alternatively, the seat can be used in the forward-facing position once the child reaches 15months. The 360ᵒ rotating function ensures ease of use when securing or removing the child and the integrated isofix base features colour indicators which provide peace of mind that the seat is correctly installed.

The Zero.1 Elite will be available from May 2017 (RRP £495.00).

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Life is a journey. Start safely with the BABY-SAFE i-SIZE from Britax Römer

The BABY-SAFE i-SIZE conforms to the new car seat regulation ECE R129 (i-Size) and is suitable from birth to 83cm.

The BABY-SAFE i-SIZE has a newborn insert for extra support that offers energy absorption in case of an impact. The insert can be removed and the height of the headrest adjusted, allowing for more space as a baby grows. 

Unique lie-flat technology
It is often difficult to decide the best lying position for small newborns during a car journey because a small baby’s muscles aren’t as developed, therefore a flatter lying position can be more comfortable. However, a more upright position is safer in the event of an impact.

The BABY-SAFE i-SIZE offers an easy solution with its unique lie-flat technology. The position changes automatically when you adjust the headrest, increasing the space to suit a baby’s development.

Adjustable for newborn safety and comfort
Vehicle seats come at different angles with some steeper than others. In cars with inclined vehicle seats a baby’s head may tip forwards when they are in an infant carrier.

The BABY-SAFE i-SIZE FLEX-BASE provides a unique angle that can be adjusted to an ergonomic, flatter position for baby, keeping them comfortable and safe. The FLEX-BASE can be adjusted to four different positions and includes a handy indicator to show when the angle is too flat.

The BABY-SAFE i-SIZE FLEX-BASE is installed with ISOFIX and remains in the car - the infant carrier simply clicks on and off the base as needed. Indicators on the base show if the infant carrier is installed on the base correctly, offering peace of mind on every journey.

For more information please speak with your Britax Representative.

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BeltUpp from Cheeky Rascals

At about four years old, children will be in a group 2 or 3 car seat, also known as a high back booster. At this stage they lose the comfort and support of a 5-point harness and a simple seatbelt is considered sufficient.

As many parents have spotted, this causes children to fall sideways and slump forwards once asleep.

BeltUpp is an easy to use belt and buckle set, fully tested to ECE R44/04 and TRL car-seat regulations. Designed to prevent children falling forwards or leaning to the side whilst in the car, parents can rest assured that with Belt Upp, little ones are comfortable, safe and upright at all times. With everything parents need included in the handy pack, Belt Upp takes no longer than a minute to attach to any existing car seat, and even better, requires no tools!

Belt Upp is the ideal accessory for any car journey, from a quick trip to the supermarket through to a two-hour trip to the seaside.
01730 895761

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Car accessory essentials from Prince Lionheart

Stylish – Functional – Practical – Durable. Protect car upholstery and keep everything in its place with the comprehensive range of car accessories from Prince Lionheart: Family Owned Since 1973.

Be organised on-the-go with the Prince Lionheart Travel Organiser: easy adjustable inner compartments, insulated drink holders and six side pockets with rear anchors to prevent sliding. The Travel Organiser holds all the bits and pieces which children like to have near on long journeys
Snack and play on-the-go with the Prince Lionheart Travel Tray: for planes, trains automobiles (and pushchairs too!).

Protect baby from direct sunlight and UV rays with the Prince Lionheart rolled SUNSHADE Kit. Clings to any window to provide an instant tinting with the added benefit of being able to open/close window whilst sunshade is in place!

The long-standing favourites live on: 2 stage® seatSAVER® (protects from every day litter and crumbs and also from the compression damage caused by infant and booster seats). Baby viewMIRROR, is a must for parents to safely keep an eye on what’s going on in the back without having to turn around whilst driving; the Backseat kickMAT: protects back of seats from muddy shoes.

Contact us on 020 8997 7054 or at, for further information.

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Wow! That’s clever!

Mum ‘SparklewithKerry’ says "This amazing 3 in 1 All Weather Protector by Travel Essentials is a fabulous bit of kit.

It’s a foldaway and pop up cover for the car seat attachment on the pram. It’s super easy to assemble and fit – essential when bad weather strikes."

There are small windows on all sides so parents can see baby and they can see their parents. It’s also great for babies to be able to have a look around whilst on the move. These windows also double up as mosquito nets – perfect for travelling.

There’s a velcroed top opening so the car seat handle can easily be grasped, without having to remove the cover.

When the weather improves, the window at the front can be opened. This is especially handy if there’s a break in rain, or baby needs attending to. The 3-in-1 All Weather Protector also has a brilliant splash proof rain cover. This just zips away when not required.

This ingenious product is neatly packaged and will sell like hot cakes in your store. Feature it as a ‘must have’ essential at a great price point of £20.00 RRP!

Fits over most infant car seats, UV protection ensures 80% of the sun’s harmful rays are blocked.

Contact NSAuk for trade prices on minimum and quantity orders on 01483 527799 or

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mifold gets ready for the sun!

Following its successful launch in December 2016, mifold is well prepared for the travel season ahead!

With key partners such as John Lewis, Amazon Launchpad, Kiddicare, soon and independents such as Huggle, Natural Baby Shower and Yummy Kids, mifold is going from strength to strength.

A design even endorsed by NASA, mifold is lighter than a small bottle of water and is the size of a clutch bag, hence its reputation of being highly portable! For journeys when it’s simply inconvenient to carry around a high back booster, mifold really comes in handy! It fits in a child’s backpack, car glove compartment and takes up minimal space in luggage. Acting as a seatbelt adjuster, mifold ensures that the seatbelt fits perfectly around the child.

Audrey Mizrahi of Whitestep, the exclusive distributors of mifold in the UK says “With the holiday season just around the corner, on-the-go parents are always in search of quality and convenience for a more relaxed and stress-free break. With a mifold or two in tow, parents can rest assured that taxi and car rentals trips will be just that!”

So what’s mifold’s vision? To ensure that every child is always correctly restrained, no matter whose car they are in.

For more information, please contact Whitestep on 02073239514

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Enjoy an Easier Drive with Taf Toys

Keeping babies calm and content during car journeys is a challenge every parent faces. Taf Toys provide the perfect solutions in their Easier Drive range, with a great selection of car toys to keep babies entertained.

The Taf Toys Play and Kick Car toy is a vibrant play centre, designed to provide entertainment for baby when travelling in a rear-facing car seat. Two loveable soft toys dangle down for baby to grab, developing senses and fine motor skills, alongside a baby-safe mirror to enchant them with their reflection. Gentle music plays and soft lights twinkle when baby kicks the colourful soft kick pad, also teaching baby about cause and effect and developing gross motor skills.

For longer journeys, the Taf Toys Musical Car Toy Owl is not only engaging, it is also soothing. Choosing from two different options - playtime mode with two fun melodies and soothing mode with two calming melodies - parents can select which to activate via a small and convenient remote control. Opt for playtime mode when baby is active and when baby is ready for sleep time, simply press the soothing mode button to play peaceful, relaxing music.

Baby can also drive along with their very own Taf Toys Car Wheel Toy, which has been specially designed to keep little ones entertained whilst travelling in a forward-facing car seat. By turning the steering wheel, moving the gear lever and pushing the various buttons, baby will develop fine and gross motor skills along with learning about cause and effect. The lights and sounds will stimulate the development of baby's senses and playing with the Taf Toys Car Wheel Toy will help to develop a child's imagination by allowing the imitation of "real life" driving.

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