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.

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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.

Hip baby news

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Feb 182013
 

Welcome

It feels like I have been waiting for this moment forever and now it’s finally time, time to share the exciting news of our baby’s arrival. On Sunday February 17th 2013 (the anniversary of our ‘church wedding’) we welcomed a beautiful, healthy little girl into our family. Now I’ll be honest, I was absolutely convinced we would have a boy so I was rather shocked to find out it was a girl. Not that it matters of course as we would have been thrilled either way, but it did mean we had to decide on a girls name…

Our new arrival: Sybil Marit

Our new arrival: Sybil Marit

After a few hours of tossing up between our two favourites we decided to call our littlest lady Sybil Marit. A classic name that is not being used much these days but we just love it and it goes well with the names of our other girls too. Sybil was born one day before her due date and weighed 3.4kg, our heaviest baby to date. At 51.5cm tall she is also our tallest baby, I think she is going to look just like daddy.

Going home at 1 day old

Going home at 1 day old

After a restless night at the hospital we brought baby Sybil home today, that’s soon I know but I couldn’t wait to be home with the other three as I really missed them. They are over the moon with their new sibling and master 4 got over the gender disappointment quite quickly. Doesn’t she look tiny in the Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier? I am glad the seat is very well padded so our precious bundle is well protected. This great car seat lasts until she is (approximately) 12 months old so I don’t have to worry about her growing out of it too quickly.

Having a snooze in the car

Having a snooze in the car

Please be patient the upcoming weeks as we settle into life as a family of six. I will aim to get back to urgent emails and messages as soon as possible but as you can imagine it might take me a little longer than usual.

Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier

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Dec 252012
 

Safe-n-Sound

Saying goodbye to our old car two weeks ago was very sad, I will miss it a lot but I knew I would be excited once the new car stood on our drive and the seat for the new baby was all installed. There is something about seeing an empty baby seat in the car, all of a sudden it really hits home that this baby will be here very soon and how tiny a newborn really is (even after three babies that still amazes me!).

For our other three children we originally considered an infant carrier but once we realised they only last until baby is around 6 months old we decided on a Safe-n-Sound Convertible Car Seat instead. We were very happy with the seats but I admit at times it was tricky to get a sleeping baby in and out of the car seat without waking him/her up. Any parent will agree that a baby’s sleep is like a little holiday, you want to treasure every moment of it and make it last! Those were the times that I wish we chose an infant carrier instead so with a new baby on the way I wanted to reconsider my options.

Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant CarrierA lot has changed in the past 4 years and so have car seats. A few months ago well known label Safe-n-Sound released a brand new infant carrier that stands out from other infant carriers around, the Unity Infant Carrier. Unlike all other infant carriers available in Australia the Unity Infant Carrier suits babies up to 12 months old, allowing parents to enjoy the ease of a portable infant carrier for twice as long (more value for money!).

My Christmas present, seat all ready for the new baby!

My Christmas present, seat all ready for the new baby!

These extra 6 months of use won us over straight away so here’s our Unity Infant Carrier all installed. With the older three children I was home most of the time, but this time around I will be in and out of the house a lot for kindy pick-up/drop-off and other errands so I was worried how the new baby would go with sleeping. It will be so easy when baby can sleep in the car seat and we can just take the seat off the base when we arrive at home or kindy without having to wake the baby up.

Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier BaseAnother bonus of using an infant carrier: It also provides an instant baby seat for when we visit family, friends or church, how convenient! Installing the Unity Infant Carrier in our Toyota Tarago was very easy, we did need an extension strap but they are widely available from all big retailers. Taking the seat in and out will need a bit of practice but I am sure we’ll get the hang of it in no time. You can even purchase a second base so you can use the same carrier in two cars, which I think is very practical.

Steelcraft Travel SystemSome other quick facts: The Unity Infant Carrier is available in Black Bubbles/ Eclipse and protective sun hood is included. The carrier is compatible with selected Steelcraft Travel System Stroller and Prams so your carrier doubles as your pram seat too, from car to pram and pram to car with ease. A multi-position harness, adjustable crotch straps, EPS foam, high side walls and easy height markers will keep baby safe at any stage.

To find out more about the Safe-n-Sound Unity Infant Carrier (RRP $399) and to locate a stockist near you visit www.britax.com.au.