I remember when I was pregnant with Eva, and deliberating over which car seat to buy, the advice from a friend was, “Always buy the best you can afford!”, and that advice really stuck with me. Although you may go on to regret buying a designer pushchair when a cheaper model would have done the same job, or splashing out on an expensive cot when they barely spent a night in their own room, you will never regret buying the best car seat possible to keep your baby safe.
Unfortunately car seats don’t come cheap, not if you are buying from a reputable brand and particularly if you are using an ISOFIX base for extra security. I think we bought four car seats in as many years for Eva, each one very expensive but totally necessary for the stage that she was at. I dread to think about how much we spent over the years and so you can imagine how pleased I was to discover that Joie have brought out a car seat that is suitable from birth to 7 years!!
At three, Harry has fast outgrown his car seat and having heard such positive reviews about Joie, this car seat was at the top of our list.
The stages™ ISOFIX is marketed as “A travel champion born to grow from birth to 7 years.” Designed to grow from birth to seven years, Joie’s newest addition can remain reward facing until 18kg, and is capable of converting to a forward facing seat and then a high backed booster from 9-25kg. It even switches from rearward to forward facing with a quick button push.
The car seat comes in a choice of two colours – pavement and cranberry. We love the deep red which adds a pop of colour to our otherwise grey interior, and Harry was pleased as red is his favourite colour!
- Stages isofix comes with the Isofix base and is tested above and beyond using the R129 (iSize) criteria
- Switches from rearward to forward with a quick button push
- Exclusive Tri-Protect™ headrest with 3 layers of security including patented Intelli-Fit™ foam
- Guard Surround Safety™ protective panels
- Grow Together™ 7 position headrest and harness system adjust simultaneously without rethreading
- AutoAdjust™ side wings widen as headrest is raised to accommodate growing children
- Grow-with-me infant body and head support are customisable
- Quick release, washable seat pad comes off in a snap
- Ventilation on back of seat increases child’s comfort while riding
As you would expect from Joie, the car seat not only excels itself with an array of impressive safety features, but the quality is top class. The seat cover is lovely and soft whilst still being thick enough to be hard wearing.
The Intelli-Fit™ foam ensures that the seat is comfortable and supportive, and the Guard Surround Safety™ panels keep your child as safe as possible whilst driving.
I love that this seat comes complete with the ISOFIX base, many car seats require you to buy this separately which comes at an added cost. With a retractable ten position base, the ISOFIX can be adjusted to fit your car perfectly, and comes with colour coded indicators to confirm correct installation.
We no longer require a rear facing car seat from birth and yet it was very easy to remove the full infant insert and head support to transform the seat ready for the next stage.
Installation was very straightforward due to the thorough instructions in the accompanying manual as well as easy to read diagrams. Once the guide clips had been put in place the ISOFIX base slots straight in and the car seat on top of that. With a seven position recline it was simply a case of adjusting it to the perfect position for Harry which took just a few minutes in total from start to finish.
Harry couldn’t wait to try out his new car seat and was very excited to hop in! I love that the 5 point harness is padded for extra comfort and also really easy to fasten. With a one pull motion to tighten the straps Harry was safely strapped in with minimum fuss and told us, “Mine love it!!”.
He was clearly so comfortable that just a mile or so down the road we discovered that he was fast asleep. I love that due to the headrest his head was kept perfectly still with no risk of him flopping forward or cricking his neck to the side. Given that the only time he sleeps these days is during car journeys, this was really important to us!
We are so impressed with the stages™ ISOFIX seat and would recommend it to anyone. To know that we will get another four years out of the car seat is so reassuring and had we bought it from birth we would have been able to get the full seven years. Having seen just how sturdy and secure the seat is when used together with the ISOFIX it has pushed us into getting the same for the girls. For £300 I think that this is amazing value considering what we have previously spent on different stage car seats.
For more information please visit http://uk.joiebaby.com/product/stages-isofix/