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Knowing When Your Child is Ready to Move Into a Booster Seat, and Ready to Move Out of One!

When is it Time to Move Your Child to a Booster Seat?

For parents, the safety of your child in the car is of the utmost importance. However, many of us mistakenly move our child into a booster seat or out of a booster seat sooner than it is safe. Whilst each state has their own requirements, children aged 4 – 7 years old must be secured in either a forward facing seat with an inbuilt harness or a child booster seat. Not all 4 year olds are the same size though of course. So parents should progress to a booster seat based on height rather than age. So before rushing your child into a booster seat because they’ve had a birthday, first check that they fit within the shoulder height marker on the car seat you are using.

We at Mum’s Lounge have learned about the newly launched Kid Guard PRO™ from Britax and like most Mums, we know, trust and love Britax products. As a result, we are happy to share what we have found out that the new Britax Kid Guard PRO™ is the only booster in Australia providing safety all the way up to double figures – 10 years (approx.)!

And in the coming weeks, 12 Mums from Mum’s Lounge audience community will be trialling the Kid Guard PRO™ with their child too, so be sure to check back and see what feedback they have for us.

How to Choose a Booster Seat?

When investing in your child’s booster seat we recommend firstly considering all of the safety features it has to offer including ease of use, the comfort of the seat as well as value for money. An expandable booster that can grow with your child is a great option!

In Australia, it is illegal to purchase or use a car seat that does not comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard 1754. Always look for the certification mark AS/ANZ:1754 on the car seat you choose for your child.

Choose a brand you trust. Britax is the number 1 brand in car seat safety technology leading the world with innovative car seats, strollers and travel systems. The latest safety innovation from Britax called the SecureGuard™ is easy to use Britax patented exclusive feature that ensures the vehicle seat belt is properly positioned on your child’s hips, minimising the risk of abdominal injury during a crash and preventing them from sliding under the seat belt. Whereas booster seats ordinarily offer 3 points of contact, the SecureGuard™ provides a 4th point that sits between the child’s legs securing the seat belt in the correct position, whilst also allowing your child adequate wriggle room whilst on the move.

In the event of a collision, a lap belt that is improperly positioned across a child’s abdomen can cause serious injuries, including injuries to internal organs that can’t always be diagnosed immediately and can be life-threatening. The SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device ensures that the seat belt is secured across the strong bones of the pelvis rather than the abdomen.

The SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device is also available on Britax’s most popular booster seats including the Hi-Liner™, Maxi Lite™, Tourer™ and the newly launched Kid Guard PRO™.

In addition to the innovative life-saving SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device, the Kid Guard PRO™ also features expandable side wings to deliver lateral support ensuring your child’s body is sitting upright, providing a safer seat belt and is equipped with Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT™) to maximise your child’s head protection in the event of a side impact collision. The expandable seat design allows parents to adjust the height of the seat as their child grows – a feature that offers increased safety and value for money.

The compact slim-line base also makes the Kid Guard PRO™ an excellent option for parents with multiple child seats in their car, and it can be easily transferred into a friend or family members care as and when needed. The built in sash guide ensures ease of use regardless of who is fitting it.

The Kid Guard PRO™ also includes their deluxe Thermo5™ fabric made with Bamboo Charcoal which means your child will travel in quality and comfort. (And we may even get a little peace!)

Suitable for children between the age of 4 – 10 year old (approx.), the Kid Guard PRO™ is an expandable booster seat with 9 height adjustments for the RRP of $399! 

When Can I Move My Child to an Adult Seat Belt?

According to Britax, children are often moved into adult seat belts too soon. Britax as industry leaders, believe in ‘Harnessed Safety for Longer.’ Adult seatbelts are designed for a minimum height of 145cm, but height isn’t the only indicator.

Before graduating your child to an adult seat belt please consider the following factors outlined on the Britax Australia website.

Please assess the following factors by testing how your child sits in an adult seat:

  • If your child’s legs are shorter than the depth of the seat and do no hang comfortably over the seat edge, your child is likely to move forward or slump in their seat which will change the position of the lap belt and increase the risk of serious injury.
  • If the seat belt crosses your child’s face or neck rather than their chest, your child is likely to place the seat belt behind their back to remove this discomfort greatly increasing the risk of injury.
  • If the lap belt rides up over your child’s abdomen when sitting correctly, your child is at increased risk of serious injury (The lap belt should always be positioned over the hips and thighs).
  • If your child wriggles or slumps in their seat, the lateral support provided by a booster seat reduces the risk head, neck and abdominal injury.

With the new Kid Guard PRO™ booster suitable for children up to 10 years of age (approx.), it is recommended that parents keep their child in a booster seat for maximum safety.

For more safety information or additional information on the baby seats, boosters and travel systems available visit Britax.com.au

 

#ThinkOfWhoYouAreSaving

#GuardYourChamp

#BritaxBigKid

#CarSeatsAreNotJustForBabies

 


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Review: Kid Guard PRO ™ Booster Seat from Britax (suitable 4-10 years)

Over the past few months, we’ve focused a lot on child car safety, particularly for those 4 years and above. The reason for this is simple – many parents are moving their child into or out of a booster seat before it is safe to do so.

The Britax Kid Guard PRO™ is the only booster seat of its kind in Australia providing safety for children from approximately 4 years of age, up to 10, so you can keep them buckled for longer.

The Kid Guard PRO™ features expandable lower side wings extendable seat base and nine points adjustable headrest so it grows with your child delivery comfort and safety on the move as well as exceptional value for money.

The Kid Guard PRO™ also offers 4 points of safety with their patented anti-submarining technology. This ensures that the adult lap belt is always in an ideal position from shoulder to pelvic bones and prevent a child from slipping underneath the lap-belt or suffering from a further injury caused by an incorrectly fitted belt.

In addition to all of these fantastic safety features, this booster also includes the deluxe Thermo 5™ fabric made with Bamboo Charcoal meaning your child will travel in quality and comfort.

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WATCH: Britax Kid Guard PRO™ Booster Seat Review

The summer school holidays invariably mean that many families will be spending more time in their cars in the coming weeks. Whether it’s a long family road trip or shorter excursions to local beaches or attractions, having our children home from school for six weeks usually involves us strapping them into the car more than usual. That’s why this is the perfect time for us to remind parents about the importance of using the correct child safety seats. It’s a worrisome fact that many parents move their child into a booster seat or out of a booster seat before it is safe to do so.

With so many different products on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to purchasing your child’s booster seat. But doing your homework really is key.

Britax recently invited Mum’s Lounge Dad, Alex Shepherd and his family to review their newly launched booster seat, the Kid Guard PRO™ which features their innovative life-saving device the SecureGuard™. Alex and his wife have been actively researching booster seats for their growing child and very much in the headspace to review the newly launched Kid Guard PRO™; they were really impressed with all of the safety features, the ease of use, and the comfort provided for his daughter.

Check out exactly what Alex thought of the Kid Guard PRO™ in the video below.

Suitable for children between the age of 4 – 10 year old (approx.), the Kid Guard PRO™ is an expandable booster seat with 9 height adjustments for the RRP of $399! 

Britax Kid Guard PRO™

Britax is the number 1 brand in car seat safety technology leading the world with innovative car seats, strollers and travel systems. The latest safety innovation from Britax called the SecureGuard™ is easy to use Britax patented feature that ensures the vehicle seat belt is properly positioned on your child’s hips, minimising the risk of abdominal injury during a crash and preventing them from sliding under the seat belt. Whereas booster seats ordinarily offer 3 points of contact, the SecureGuard™ provides the vital  4th point that sits between the child’s legs securing the seat belt in the correct position, whilst also allowing your child adequate wriggle room whilst on the move.

In the event of a collision a lap belt that is improperly positioned across a child’s abdomen can cause serious injuries, including injuries to internal organs that can’t always be diagnosed immediately and can be life-threatening. The SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device ensures that the seat belt is secured across the strong bones of the pelvis rather than the abdomen.

The SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device is also available on Britax’s popular booster seats including the Hi-Liner™, Maxi Lite™, Tourer™ and the newly launched Kid Guard PRO™.

In addition to the innovative life-saving SecureGuard™ anti-submarining device, the Kid Guard PRO™ also features expandable side wings to deliver lateral support ensuring your child’s body is sitting upright, providing a safer seat belt and is equipped with Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT™) to maximise your child’s head protection in the event of a side impact collision. The expandable seat design allows parents to adjust the height of the seat as their child grows – a feature that offers increased safety and value for money.

The compact slim-line base also makes the Kid Guard PRO™ an excellent option for parents with multiple child seats in their car, and it can be easily transferred into a friend or family members care as and when needed. The built in sash guide ensures ease of use regardless of who is fitting it.

The Kid Guard PRO™ also includes their deluxe Thermo5™ fabric made with Bamboo Charcoal which means your child will travel in quality and comfort. (And we may even get a little peace!)

IMPORTANT: All car seats must be labelled with an Australian Standard sticker for the standard AS/NZS 1754. It is one of the most stringent child restraint standards in the world. All car restraints sold in Australia must comply with the standards that cover materials, design, construction, performance, testing and labelling.

For more safety information or additional information on the baby seats, boosters and travel systems available visit Britax.com.au

#ThinkOfWhoYouAreSaving

#GuardYourChamp

#BritaxBigKid

#CarSeatsAreNotJustForBabies


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Real Mum Review: Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT

Since having our little Miss Mabel we have learned so much about healthy hips and hips dysplasia in babies. It really is such a common but crucial thing to pick up in the early days of life so it can be easily healed with the right help. Our little Miss was in the pavlick harness for 8 weeks and one of the main concerns of the doctors during this time was that the baby does not spend too much time in the car as most car seats hold their legs and hips in very tight positions which aren’t good. There are different little tricks you can do to position baby for best hip positioning but long car trips are not recommended. What is interesting is that a lot of car seats and capsules have so much cushioning around the hips that they really aren’t good for babies hips at all. Our OT recommended the safe-n-Sounds car seats for healthy hips as all their car seats seem to have great room for little children’s legs and hips so are a better option for hip dysplasia babies. If the baby is in a harness; it’s best to get your OT to get in touch with Britax to organise a special buckle to attach specifically for hip dysplasia kids as we have done. The best convertible car seat on the market currently is by far the Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT and I am really excited to share my review with you as we absolutely love it! We have many trips in the car a day as we have school drop off, pick up, after school activities, etc. Our little hip bubba has to just come along for the ride and a lot of the time she isn’t happy, we had lots of tears as we travelled from place to place before we tried this seat.

We have now been in the Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT for 3 weeks and let me tell you that as soon as Miss Mabel went into this car seat, we had no tears. Besides the fact that it is like the range rover of car seats, it just looks so comfortable and it gives baby room. It is a bigger style convertible car seat; looking at it, you know it has safety first and foremost in line and there is no lack of quality. It is right on point with everything a baby and child needs in a car seat and every parent can feel totally confident that our precious cargo is safe in the car in the Britax Safe-n-Sound Platinum PRO SICT. I highly recommend this seat for hip dysplasia babies as it gives lots of room around the hips and thighs so legs can be splayed and comfortable while travelling without doing any damage to the hips. I know that when baby Mabel is in this car seat, she is comfortable and I have no fear of her regressing with her hip issues.

That’s what I have to say but here is some of the nitty gritty;

– The Platinum PRO SICT is Britax Safe-n-Sound’s most advanced convertible car seat.

– It has a revolutionary dual layer head and torso Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT™) minimises impact forces providing your child with the ultimate side impact protection.

Features: 

ISOFLEX™ 
Equipped with ISOFLEX™ Connectors to provide a simple, firm connection into a vehicle with ISOFIX low anchorages in conjunction with Top Tether. ISOFIX is an alternative method of installation that may reduce mistakes that are associated with traditional seat belt installation.

SIDE IMPACT CUSHION TECHNOLOGY (SICT™) – TORSO PROTECTION 
Torso SICT™ minimises the energy impact on your child’s chest and vital organs and reducing crash forces for greater protection.

SIDE IMPACT CUSHION TECHNOLOGY (SICT™) – HEAD PROTECTION 
Dual layer head protection minimises the energy generated in a side impact crash. The inner SICT™ layer provides 180° protection around your child’s head, whilst the outer SICT™ layer on the seat exterior absorbs immediate crash energy.

REAR-FACING FOR LONGER 
Your child can remain rearward facing until they are approximately 2-3 years old, which is safer for your child. 

ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINT (AHR™)
Designed specifically with deeper side wings that shield and contain your child’s head in a side impact crash. AHR™ grows with your child working with SICT™ to contain your child’s head and to minimise impact forces. 

THERMO5™
This high-performance fabric with Bamboo Charcoal delivers the premium comfort your baby deserves.

HASSLE FREE HARNESS 
Single handed height adjustable headrest and harness allows the seat to grow with your child without the need to remove and re-thread the harness. Reducing the risk of incorrect installation and enhancing correct harness fit. 

INFANT SAFETY CUSHION™ 
This cushion includes EVA composite material that provides support and protection for a small baby absorbing energy during a side impact crash. Specially designed ventilation holes offer breathability and comfort. Detachable wings are exclusive to the Platinum PRO SICT™ making this cushion flexible for longer use as a seat protector and cushion pad.


EZ-BUCKLE SYSTEM 
This system retains the harness buckle in a forward position and prevents the child from sitting on the buckle when boarding.

– You can see more at: https://www.britax.com.au/car-seats/britax-safe-n-sound-platinum-pro

I highly recommend this convertible car seat, it really is amazing and I feel super confident as a mum with this great product holding onto my baby on a daily basis.

In the meantime, check out this beautiful video from the Britax family; really is lovely. Enjoy!

 


Thank you, Cassandra Michelin, for sharing your thoughts.

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Mim Jenkinson Reviews Maxi Guard

Last month we took a trip to Sydney which gave us the perfect opportunity to test out our new Britax Maxi Guard car seat!  In fact, we were testing out two of them as both kids are now big enough to fit into this wonderful seat.

I arrived in Sydney a couple of days before for the Kids Business Blogger Brunch and my solo stay at The Menzies Sydney (yes!) and Mr M brought the kids on the Saturday to collect me and have a quick lunch with friends in Sydney.

It didn’t quiiiiite go to plan!

Well, my part of the trip did and I had a fabulous time, then Saturday came and Mr M called to say he’d strapped the kids in the car and was on his way – woo hoo!

We actually have 4 of this same seat – which I think gives a pretty good indication of how much we love it.  We have 2 in our car and 2 in my parent’s car. It makes our life so easy to know they all work in exactly the same way and we can switch the kids around if we ever need to without having to change the seats.

We got the seats installed at Baby Bunting – they do a really quick job and provide a certificate to say they have been installed correctly – peace of mind for us. The installation guy also told us we’d done well in choosing them as in his opinion, they were one of the best seats on the market – excellent!

My children are 1 and 3 years old and the Britax Maxi Guard car seat is perfect for kids from 6 month (as long as they are tall enough for the height marker) to 8 years old.

We didn’t want to buy seats that would need to be replaced in a couple of years as car seats can be pricey.

The Britax Maxi Guard car seat is a forward facing, harnessed car seat with an in-built harness. We opted for the Britax Maxi Guard car seat for the following reasons:

  • They will last until the kids are 8 years old
  • We’ve always used Britax car seats and trust how safe they are
  • The Side Impact Cushion Technology™ (SICT™) minimises the energy impact on your child’s chest and vital organs and reducing crash forces for greater protection
  • The dual layer head protection minimises the energy generated in a side impact crash. The initial SICT™ layer provides 180° protection around your child’s head. The second SICT™ layer on the seat exterior absorbs immediate crash energy.
  • The 6 point harness will keep the kids securely restrained and safe.

I’m pretty sure Mini M’s favourite feature are the pivoting arm rests – he holds on to them like he’s riding a Harley!

The seats even have cup holders and they’re so cushioned. They also have a messy mat with storage pocket – perfect for car trips!

Now, on the subject of car trips, do you remember I mentioned above that things didn’t quite go to plan?

Despite enjoying car trips for the past 3 years, Miss M has now decided that she gets motion sickness. 10 minutes before arriving in Sydney, she was sick all over herself – and her new seat!

Not one to be outdone, Mini had a poopslosion at exactly the same time. Poor Mr M had his hands full.

So the car seats have been christened during their first big outing but thankfully, cleaned up to be as good as new!

If you’re looking a car seat for your baby or child, I definitely recommend you check out Britax’s wide range. We trust them for comfort and safety for our children.

Since I purchased my Maxi Guard™, Britax have released a new and even more improved version of this car seat.It includes the Britax Thermo5™ High Performance Bamboo Charcoal fabric. You can check it here: www.britax.com

 


Thank you Mim Jenkinson for sharing your thoughts.

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