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.
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.
Of 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.
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.
You 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.
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.
This 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.
A 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.
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.