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Can anyone help solve our impossible car seat problem?!

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TeamEponine Wed 12-Sep-18 08:34:41

We need to get a second car seat, but finding the solution seems impossible, so I'm delegating to the MN hive mind grin flowers

DH picks DD up from preschool once, maybe twice a week. It's only about a three minute drive on very quiet roads. He drives one of those tiny smart car things.

We have a Joie Stages in our "big" car, and usually we switch it between cars when needed, but this isn't going to be possible for much longer, so we need to buy a second car seat that will live in the smart car.

The big problem... DH has to have a passenger in the car relatively often, and usually with no notice.

So, we need a car seat to go in a smart car, and can be removed and stowed away within the smart car when there is a passenger. Is there any car seat that would work for us? I'm guessing the only option is that it would go in the shoe box boot. Does such a thing exist?

DD is about 103 cm tall and weighs about 15.5 kg. It is only for very occasional use and for a very short and safe journey.

NameChange30 Wed 12-Sep-18 08:37:54

How old is she?

aperolspritzplease Wed 12-Sep-18 08:40:57

I don't think you'll find one that'll fit in the boot. What's the age limit on those bow up bubble ones, might work for very short journeys?

TeamEponine Wed 12-Sep-18 09:14:04

She's just turned 4. I fear this is going to be impossible...

feesh Wed 12-Sep-18 09:19:04

For a 3 minute journey I’d use a Bubblebum or mifold or Trunki Boostapak. Not ideal for a 4 year old, but people (including me) use them on holidays for much more extended drives.

Invisimamma Wed 12-Sep-18 09:23:03

At just turned 4, I would go for a high backed booster type. Very light and would probably fit in the boot? You can get some with a 5 point harness if you are worried about that aspect.

redspottydress Wed 12-Sep-18 09:23:41

Get her a stage 2 high back booster - comes apart and fits in the boot. Asda do them for £20ish.

NameChange30 Wed 12-Sep-18 09:27:12

What about a folding high back booster seat?

I Googled and found this one which looks like it’s from the US but ships to UK.

redspottydress Wed 12-Sep-18 09:27:13

direct.asda.com/george/baby/car-seats/nania-group-23-befix-storm-booster-seat/050279383,default,pd.html?cmpid=ppc-_-george-_--_--_--_-dskwid-s92700036520310009_dm&cwd=geo&cwf=pm&cwc=ppc-pla&ds_kid=92700036520310009&gclid=CjwKCAjw8uLcBRACEiwAaL6MSUpGsOGMn2RwB4r0zJtb3O9gt0jg5TFMTCU6mSGMa2Xg5TuWzpPfWBoCVaMQAvD_BwE&dclid=CMHW572Ftd0CFVYQGwodLB4K4w

Invisimamma Wed 12-Sep-18 09:32:37

I wouldn't go for the nania one linked above, that brand had some very bad press on safety a few years ago.

Stick with joie, britax, maxi Cosi etc. The big brands with additional safety ratings. I have a very light britax seat for my nearly 4yr old (110cm and 18.5kg).

Invisimamma Wed 12-Sep-18 09:49:00

www.britax-roemer.co.uk/car-seats/highback-boosters/discovery-sl/CSSFCC001.html

BertieBotts Wed 12-Sep-18 09:52:08

A booster seat. The Maxi Cosi Rodi has good safety ratings and comes apart to store.

Or trunki, mifold or bubblebum are all even more compact.

BertieBotts Wed 12-Sep-18 09:53:32

The US one will be no good as won't meet EU regs. And I agree don't touch Nania with a bargepole.

NameChange30 Wed 12-Sep-18 11:02:46

Fair point about the US seat not meeting UK regulations, I hadn’t thought of that.

There must be a few options for high back boosters that fold or can be taken apart to store. How small is the smart car boot, exactly?

I like the look of this one (it won a gold award) but it’s pricey at £180. Probably only worth it if you would use it a lot, eg for holidays if flying and hiring a car when you get there.

PeterPiperPickedSeaShells Wed 12-Sep-18 11:06:37

We have a high backed booster which comes apart for travel (fits in a suitcase). Would a travel high backed booster work?

TeamEponine Wed 12-Sep-18 16:39:16

I'm so confused over the laws surrounding booster seats! An old style booster seat would be the ideal solution in some ways, but I do worry about the safety aspect, even if it is just for a very occasional, short, quiet roads journey.

A high back booster that comes apart might be the solution. Any recommendations? Is the graco junior maxi one that comes apart?

Think we would probably need to go to a halfords to see if it fitted in the boot. Smart car boots are stupid small hmm

Faintlinesquints Wed 12-Sep-18 16:49:07

I just looked on google images of smart car boots, and it’s not as tiny as I’d expected.
A lot of high back booster seats, the back un clips from the base so they can be turned into a ‘cushion booster’ and also store flat, I think that would possibly work. We have graco (I think) ones in our spare car that do this, they are a slight pain to put together if I’m being honest but they are really small and compact when together.
Does the smart car have a parcel shelf? Even if you kept the back in the boot and the base of the booster behind the front seats when the passenger is there?
I think going into Halfords/mothercare would be a good idea.

NameChange30 Wed 12-Sep-18 16:50:11

www.madeformums.com/news-and-gossip/booster-seat-law---uk-changes-and-updates/41270.html

Daisy2990 Tue 13-Nov-18 10:43:44

I have a similar size car - we have a high back booster that is can be sort of folded in half or laid completely flat. Check in your local Asda, they quite often have cheap ones on display.

Almostthere15 Wed 14-Nov-18 09:55:56

At 4 i'd personally be happy for them to face forward but in a high back booster. Our cosatto zoomi 123 comes apart with the back sitting separately from the base once it's used with a belt if that would help.

For short 'emergency' journeys like picking up school friends I do use a old fashioned booster but even with older children they don't always reliably sit straight in the seat which is an issue and is distracting.

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