Dec 022014
 

Britax

Christmas Countdown – Day 2

With the big Summer holidays around the corner many families across the country will be hitting the road. From little outings to big road trips, if you are planning to take your family around by car please make sure you check your children’s car seats thoroughly. It won’t take much of your time and it could really save lives, don’t put it off!

Maxi Guard SICT grey

Australia’s leading child safety manufacturer Britax knows all about transporting precious cargo and they have children of all ages and sizes covered with a fantastic range of car seats. Especially for the Christmas Countdown Britax Australia has offered a brand new Maxi Guard SICT (RRP $449) seat for one lucky Hip Little One reader, how awesome is that?

Maxi Guard SICTThe Maxi Guard SICT is a high quality, super safe and comfortable forward facing car seat with built-in harness designed to suit children aged 6 months all the way up to 8 years old (approximately) making it an excellent choice for young families, if there is one seat that will grow with your child this is it. Using a 6 point harness for as long as possible keeps your child securely restrained and safer for longer.

Aside from the Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT), which makes sure your child’s head and torso are well protected and minimises energy generated in case of a crash, the Maxi Guard SICT is fitted with plenty of other clever features that will make travelling with your little ones easier and more enjoyable.

Britax Maxi Guard SICT

From the handy height-adjustable headrest and harness that allows parents to change both headrest and harness with one simple movement to a quick remove cover and from the EZ Buckle System and cup holders to two comfortable recline positions, the Maxi Guard SICT is the ultimate luxury seat for your child. The Maxi Guard SICT is currently available in 6 great colours to suit your personal taste and car decor.

To find out more about Britax, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.britax.com.au.

For your chance to win a Britax Maxi Guard SICT seat (RRP $449, colours subject to availability) enter our giveaway below:

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Britax Affinity

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Jul 292014
 

Affinity

Ever since it was first released three months ago I have been trying to get my hands on the new Britax Affinity, I thought it looked fantastic so I was very keen to see one in real life and try it out thoroughly. It turns out I wasn’t the only one who liked the look of the new Britax ride because all around the country stock sold out in the blink of an eye. Thankfully we all know good things come to those who wait and last week I finally got a chance to take one for a walk around the block.

Britax Affinity Colour Packs

The Britax Affinity (RRP $749) is a stylish pram with a sleek, modern look that can be colour customised to fit your style, your mood and your family. Hip Aussie mamas have choice from three chassis colours (white, silver and black) and five fabulous Colour Packs (RRP $150; Black Thunder, Chili Pepper, Fossil Brown, Blue Sky and Cool Berry), allowing them to create their very own unique dream pram.

Britax Affinity 3

The 7-piece Britax Affinity Colour Packs (Sun canopy, padded seat liner, boot cover, 2 shoulder pads, crotch pad and basket liner) are a simple but very effective way to make your pram more personal. As the Colour Packs are sold separately you can conveniently change the look of your Affinity as your taste changes or as another little one comes along and you want to update your pram without spending a fortune or buying a whole new ride.

Britax Affinity 7

But there are more ways to make your Britax Affinity the perfect pram for your active family. Not only is the Britax Affinity seat fully reclinable and reversible making it suitable from birth to 17kg, being a so-called ‘travel system’ it is also compatible with the Britax Unity infant carrier (birth – 12kg) and the Britax Affinity Carry Cot (birth – 9kg) so you can put together the combination that suits you and your child best.

Britax Affinity 2

The contemporary aluminium frame is solid and strong and the mechanisms are smooth as butter, everything clicks in place perfectly without any wobble or give. Even my husband, a mechanic by trade, was full of praise for the quality of the materials and the way e.g. the handle bar, adjustable foot rest, sun hood and safety harness are adjusted and lock in place.

Britax Affinity 4

As we live in a hilly neighbourhood with lots of bumpy roads and uneven tracks I alway pay close attention to the wheels and suspension. I was pleased to see the strong pneumatic back tyres provide a comfortable ride for child and an easy push for parents. At the same time the smaller, easily manoeuvrable (and lockable) front wheels are ideal for the quick turning that is often necessary in busy city life (city mums will love the spacious shopping basket underneath the pram!). To guarantee ultimate comfort wherever you go the pram even has built in front wheel suspension and adjustable back wheel suspension. The Britax Affinity is beautifully finished with an eye-catching leather look handle bar and bumper bar for a luxurious look and feel.

Britax Affinity 5

As we’ve come to know from Britax safety is top priority (there is precious cargo on board!) so it won’t come as a surprise that the Britax Affinity is fitted with a range of clever safety features. From a fully adjustable (and very good looking) 5-point safety harness that is solid and clicks in loudly for peace of mind and a large, easy-to-control foot brake to a generous sun hood that offers much needed protection from the sun and safety wrist strap, your hip little one will be comfortable and safe on board of the Affinity.

Britax Affinity 6

The Affinity weighs in at 11kg, it may not be super light weight but it’s a good weight for such a sturdy and solid ride. The boot of our car is not very deep so I always make sure I check how bulky a pram folds, the Britax Affinity fits in easily. It is extremely simple to fold using two levers on the side and if needed you can reduce the folded size even further by removing the quick-release wheels, it only takes a second and makes a big difference space wise.

Affinity Fold

Bonus: Unlike with many other prams and strollers the Britax Affinity base model comes complete with rain cover and mesh cover so you don’t have to purchase them separately.

To find out more about the Britax Affinity, to take a closer look at the colour options and accessories and to locate a stockist near you visit www.britax.com.au.

Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT

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Nov 252013
 

Safe-n-Sound

With the big school holidays coming up many families will be hitting the road with precious cargo onboard, so it is more important than ever to give your child seats a good checkover. As we are planning a trip to the beautiful Grampians (quite the drive) we decided now was the perfect time to check the size, straps, position and installation of our children’s car seats, starting with baby Sybil.

Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT

As sad as it makes me there was no avoiding it any longer, our little Sybil is a rather tall baby and she just got too big for the capsule; time to move on to a convertible child restraint. Obviously safety is our highest priority so when we researched the different options available we decided that extra side impact protection was a must for the new car seat. The brand new Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT was not only the logical next step up from our Safe-n-Sound Infant Carrier, it also ticked all our boxes for safety and quality.

AHR Easy AdjustOf course a car seat can only provide ultimate protection if it is properly installed so for peace of mind we had a professional car seat fitter pop by to do the fitting for us. Her visit was a real eye opener for me and I regret not using this service for our other car seats. While she was installing our new child restraint she talked me through all its clever features and for me this really confirmed that we made the right choice.

Precious head well protected

Precious head well protected

My first impression of the Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT was that it was big and luxurious, I did worry about the size for a moment but that turned out to be no issue for our Toyota Tarago. The seat is extremely well padded, soft and very comfortable, it’s almost like a lazy boy for babies (I wish they made car seats like these for adults!). The Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT (suitable for ages 0-4) is a convertible car seat so it can face both ways but we prefer to keep our little lady rearward facing as long as possible.

Side Impact Cushion TechnologyYou can also immediately spot the Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT): this double layer of cushioning on either side of the seat is what makes it larger in size but this is also what makes this Safe-n-Sound’s safest seat yet. The innovative technology is specifically designed to surround and protect the delicate head and torso area and minimises the energy felt by your child in the event of a side impact crash.

Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT)

Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT)

When it comes to safety there is more to the Platinum SICT than the impressive side impact protection, a safety harness also plays a big role and Safe-n-Sound has made it really easy to create the perfect fit for your child. Unlike other car restraints that have three or four different slots for the shoulder straps, which requires rethreading as your child grows, the Platinum SICT is fitted with a Hassle Free Harness and AHR Easy Adjust.

Easy AdjustThis clever feature completely removes the need for rethreading the straps, simply pull the lever and this will automatically adjust the height of the shoulder straps and the head rest. There is no need to check height markers or worry if your child is in between sizes, you can make little adjustments whenever and as often as you want by however much your child has grown (even if it is just 1 cm at a time).

By making the adjusting so easy I think parents are more likely to actually do it, as opposed to rethreading which they often put off because of the hassle and time it takes to do it. Because you don’t have to rethread the straps yourself there is no chance of human threading errors.

Tick of Approval

Tick of Approval

Platinum SICT Rearward FacingA real sanity saver when you are dealing with a sleeping baby is the EZ-Buckle System which keeps the buckle neatly positioned to the front, that way  you don’t have to feel around under your baby to find the buckle. You can also use the handy Harness Holders to keep the harness ‘open’ when you put the child in/out, no more sitting on the straps which is particularly handy on warm days when the metal parts can get very hot. To tighten the harness there is an easily accessible push button at the front.

Harness Holders in action

Harness Holders in action

Overall we are extremely happy with our Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT, in the past 5 years we have used four different convertible car seats and this one is by far the best. If I had to give any downsides to the seat it would have to be the size as this could possibly be an issue in smaller cars when you have multiple seats next to eachother.

To find out more about the Safe-n-Sound Platinum SICT (RRP $659, available in Aniseed, Hazel and Silver) and to locate a stockist near you visit www.britax.com.au.