Wednesday, 11 September 2013

So many options....it can get confusing!

I remember looking for a capsule nearly 13 years ago when my daughter was born.It was pretty basic back then, a simple no frills capsule in your choice of blue tartan, teddy bears, or something that looked a little like hideous bus seat fabric. 

These days there seems to be an enormous amount of choice on the market - not just in colour or fabric but all the technical choices you get to make. Although I think in this case, choice is a wonderful thing, it does mean it can be a crazy & confusing world, thinking about your very first car seat purchase. There are so many factors to consider and often it really feels like you need to learn another language in order to understand exactly what it is that you and your child needs. Once you've learnt the language, you then get spoilt for choice and have to then deduce what type of seat you want. 

There are now 3 common type of installation options available on the NZ market.  

1. The straight seat belt secure method
2. Base+capsule using the vehicles seat belt 
3. Base+capsule using isofix or 'latch'(US term). 

       phil&teds quest capsule              Milano capsule                  Mountain Buggy peppy

Base capsules have been growing in popularity over the last 10 years - they offer ease of daily installation and also offer consistency of installation - isofix has been growing in popularity in NZ as we see more vehicles being imported that have isofix fixtures.  

Having worked in retail and also having installed my fair share of seats - I've been asked on many occasions: 

Which seat is the safest?
Which standard is the best?
Which brand is the best? 
Which seat is the best?

With so many types of installation available my answer is always that what may be 'best' for one person may not necessarily the 'best' for someone else - and I suppose this is why we are so lucky to have so much choice these days. Parents find some seats can be harder than others to install - it's not always related to just the capsule as we find many different qualities in vehicle seats that contribute to and can complicate installation. Things like length of seat belt, slope of seat, vehicle upholstery, size of vehicle. Installing capsules using a base will often remove some of these variables.

Finding a seat that suits you and your lifestyle is important - but finding a seat that suits your child and your vehicle and making sure it's installed correctly are the key factors - ensuring you can install it correctly one hundred percent of the time is the key to having the 'best and safest seat you can.

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