Car Seats and Accessories

M
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 as 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.


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 uksales@princelionheart.co.uk, ukmarketing@princelionheart.co.uk for further information.


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ClevaMama® Car Seat Footmuff

Winter is knocking at our doors with low temperatures so it’s time to cosy up our babies from noes to toes with the help of ClevaMama® fleece lined Car Seat Footmuff, bringing us excellent quality and very affordable footmuffs.

Designed to fit any baby car seat a with 3- or 5- point harness, ClevaMama’s luxurious Car Seat Footmuff provides baby a warm and comfy environment when they're out and about during the colder months. Suitable from birth and car seat stage 0.

Features include:

  • Fleece lined and water resistant shell
  • Pull-tie hood for colder days
  • Chest opening for easy access
  • Adjustable harness slots

The full length measures 80 cm and it is machine washable, according to the care label instructions.

RRP: £26.99

info@clevamama.com
+353 1 8770724


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Britax Rӧmer reveals cutting-edge Group 1/2/3 seat with ADVANSAFIX IV R

The ADVANSAFIX IV R features the excellent safety standards for which Britax Römer products are well known.

Every day safety
From 9 – 18kg (≈ 9 months – 4 years), the car seat is used with a 5-point harness which keeps the child safe and tight in the seat’s protective shell.In the event of a collision, the harness distributes the forces of the impact across 5 points. For older children from 15 – 36kg (≈ 3.5 – 12 years), the car seat becomes a highback booster with deep, protective side wings.

  • Superior side impact protection
  • Pivot Link ISOFIX system
  • Top Tether with rip stitch technology
  • Britax Römer’s SecureGuard technology
  • 5-point harness from 9-18kg
  • V-shaped headrest

Extra comfort for every family
Children will enjoy comfortable car journeys thanks to lots of inner space, an ergonomic headrest and soft neoprene chest pads. With the EasyRecline feature, three recline positions can be adjusted while the child remains sleeping soundly in the seat. Featuring a new FLIP&GROW function, parents are now able to switch seamlessly from an integrated 5-point harness to a highback booster in just a few simple steps as their child grows.

  • New FLIP&GROW function 
  • Three adjustable recline positions 
  • Ergonomic headrest
  • Soft neoprene chest pads

Sleek design
Made in Germany, the ADVANSAFIX IV R was completely developed, designed, manufactured and crash tested at Britax Römer’s Leipheim facility. The new premium design concept encompasses a sleek, rounded black shell and stylish lower belt guidance. Thanks to this new design, three ADVANSAFIX IV R seats can be installed in the back row of selected vehicles, side by side.

The ADVANSAFIX IV R comes in a variety of colour options and is available now, with an RRP of £250.
www.britax-roemer.co.uk

For more information please speak with your Britax Representative.


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Award-winning Seat Back Organiser from Clippasafe keeps car journeys stress-free

The Seat Back Organiser from Clippasafe is a must-have for parents that take their children on car journeys and want to keep them entertained. Parents agree as it has scooped a Gold Award from parent testing organisation, Bizziebaby.

Great for short commutes and perfect for helping to keep kids occupied on longer trips; the organiser features straps that attach it easily to the front seat. It has pouches to keep items like toys, books and snacks in, plus an iPad viewing compartment so children can have their very own seat back TV!

One tester who tested the Seat Back Organiser praised the usability and convenience of the product: “This is a brilliant product, especially for long trips! My daughter really enjoys watching films when we have to do long haul trips to family, so this is perfect and also fits her drinking bottles in. Well worth the money!”

Another tester went on to say: “It’s very good quality and made the car a much tidier place which put a huge smile on my fiance’s face. A place to store car toys, snack, drink and spare nappies and wipes. The tablet pocket makes longer journeys more bearable. This was great value for money!”

Roger Cheetham, Managing Director of Clippasafe, says - “We’re always responding to a need for not only safety products, but also those aimed at making parents’ lives easier and less stressful. We see our range as a one-stop shop for child safety and parental convenience.”

Clippasafe’s Seat Back Organiser retails at £11.99

0115 9211 899
www.clippasafe.co.uk


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Oyster Carapace i-Size collection by BabyStyle

The new Oyster Carapace collection is now available and comprises the Oyster Duofix i-Size base, which is an Isofix base and compliant with ECE R129, the Carapace Infant (i-Size) and the Carapace Toddler (i-Size).

The Duofix i-Size base offers ‘Click ‘n’ Go’ convenience being easy to install and employing a red to green notification system to ensure a secure fit. The base also has an adjustable leg, which can be folded in for storage, as well as a rebound bar which is designed to prevent upward movement and excessive pivoting in the event of an accident.

The Carapace Infant i-Size seat is compatible with a wide selection of strollers and features integrated ‘Click ‘n’ Go Technology’ and intuitive release buttons allowing it to be quickly and safely moved between the Duofix i-Size base and stroller. The Carapace Infant i-Size is suitable from 40cm up to 83cm (approximately 12 months).

The Carapace Toddler i-Size can be positioned on the Oyster Duofix i-Size base rearward facing from 40cm up to 105cm (approximately four years) or forward facing from 15 months when head and neck muscles are deemed to have developed enough to self-support.

Key features of the Carapace Toddler i-Size include a side-impact defence system, rearward and forward facing recline option, easy harness and headrest adjustment, shoulder and crotch harness pads and a removable and washable cover.

The fabrics used coordinate with those on the new Oyster3.

The Oyster Carapace collection is now available and is very keenly priced.

www.babystyle.co.uk
01509 816444


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Supporting children with BeltUpp

A fantastic, affordable and practical addition to any car seat, BeltUpp keeps children supported and seated upright at all times while in the car.

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 BeltUpp, little ones are comfortable, safe and upright at all times. With everything you need included in the handy pack, BeltUpp takes no longer than a minute to attach to any existing car seat, and even better, requires no tools!

BeltUpp is the ideal accessory for any car journey, from a quick trip to the supermarket through to a two-hour trip to the seaside – a truly revolutionary product tackling an everyday and all too common worry.

www.cheekyrascals.co.uk
01730 895761


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Make journeys easier with Taf Toys stylish car toys

As part of the Easier Parenting collection at Taf Toys we aim to take the stress out of travelling and believe that the key to a smooth car journey is a calm and happy baby.

This is why our range of car toys offer plenty of easy-to-reach play activities and beautifully composed music that will help keep baby entertained throughout the ride.

Alongside trusted favourites such as the Car Wheel Toy, Taf Toys are proud to introduce two new adjustable rear facing car seat toys: a Penguin themed take on the popular Play & Kick which comes with a unique remote control allowing parents to switch between soothing and playtime light & sound modes, and a brand new Feet Fun Car Toy. With its high-contrast, stimulating roller pad, the Taf Toys Feet Fun Car Toy provides a soothing sensation against the soles of baby’s feet whilst the dangling toys and baby-safe mirror entertain and provide companionship throughout the journey.

With the new i-size regulations now in force, there has never been a better time to offer parents the gift of a calm, stress free journey through Taf Toys’ specially designed car toys.

Please contact Halilit on 01254 872454 or sales@halilit.co.uk


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