Can anyone help solve our impossible car seat problem?!
TeamEponine · 12/09/2018 08:34
We need to get a second car seat, but finding the solution seems impossible, so I'm delegating to the MN hive mind
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 · 12/09/2018 08:37
How old is she?
aperolspritzplease · 12/09/2018 08:40
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 · 12/09/2018 09:14
She's just turned 4. I fear this is going to be impossible...
feesh · 12/09/2018 09:19
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 · 12/09/2018 09:23
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 · 12/09/2018 09:23
Get her a stage 2 high back booster - comes apart and fits in the boot. Asda do them for £20ish.
NameChange30 · 12/09/2018 09:27
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 · 12/09/2018 09:27
Invisimamma · 12/09/2018 09:32
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 · 12/09/2018 09:49
BertieBotts · 12/09/2018 09:52
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 · 12/09/2018 09:53
The US one will be no good as won't meet EU regs. And I agree don't touch Nania with a bargepole.
NameChange30 · 12/09/2018 11:02
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 · 12/09/2018 11:06
We have a high backed booster which comes apart for travel (fits in a suitcase). Would a travel high backed booster work?
TeamEponine · 12/09/2018 16:39
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
Faintlinesquints · 12/09/2018 16:49
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 · 12/09/2018 16:50
Daisy2990 · 13/11/2018 10:43
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 · 14/11/2018 09:55
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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