Thursday, 20 April 2017

Travelling Safely with the Cosatto Hug Isofix

When we went from being a family of three to a family of four, we of course tried to re-use as many baby items for Little L as we could. From baby clothes and bouncers, toys and coats to the pushchair. It saved us a whole lot of money and because we'd looked after everything and kept it in good condition, most things were good to use a second time around. However, rewind a few years to when LO moved from his infant carrier carseat into the next stage carseat, we didn't know at the time we were expecting his baby brother, and so bought a group 0+/1 carseat, which would take him to around age 4. We knew we wanted him to be rearward facing for as long as possible, and so selected a carseat which would allow for this as it's proven to be much safer (current guidelines suggest babies should be rearward facing until at least 15 months).

Bizarrely, when his baby brother recently outgrew his infant carrier, the stars seemed to align and the timings coincided perfectly for when LO was ready to move on from his group 0+/1 car seat. Choosing the right carseat for your child can be a real minefield- with so many things to think about and consider, from weight, age and height limits to different groups, forward or rearward facing options and car seats with isofix or 3 point seat belt attachment, it can be hard to know where to begin. I've done a lot of searching lately and knew that I wanted him in a 5 point harness for as long as possible. I also knew I wanted Isofix as I find it safe, secure and much less hassle to install. I also wanted a carseat which would last- after all, guidelines state that a child should be in a secure car seat/booster seat until the age of around 12 (approx 36kg). 

With all this in mind, I really knew that I wanted a Cosatto carseat for LO and had my eye on a few for a while. I was really pleased therefore to get the chance to try out their Cosatto Hug Isofix Group 123 carseat. We absolutely love Cosatto as a brand and have been lucky enough to work with them before when we tried out their fabulous Supa Go pushchair. I know how well made, comfortable and sturdy their products are which is massively important when it comes to carseats. I also love how bright and colourful each design is- there really is something for everyone. 
When we first opened the box, LO and I were both so excited to see the carseat. We opted for the amazing Pixelate design as we love all things vibrant and colourful. The seat was quite heavy and felt solid, unlike some other carseats I'd seen which felt flimsy and not overly robust. It's a multi-stage group 123 carseat, meaning it can be used from 9kg to 36kg (approx 9 months to 12 years)- so it's a bit of an investment but it's a carseat which is built to last and save you from needing to keep buying a new carseat every couple of years.
The carseat was easy to install using the Isofix points- I find these so much easier to use than fixing a carseat in with a regular seatbelt which can be fiddly and needs tightening after a few uses. I love that once it's docked in, there's no need to keep reinstalling. We often use Mr F's car at the weekend and it's so easy to switch over the carseat to his Volvo.

The Hug Isofix features a "5 point plus" anti escape system too, which is great for our little magician- LO has been known to work out how to escape two previous carseats, so we were keen to see how the system worked. Basically, he is still using the 5 point harness, and the straps feed into a mesh wrap-like harness, which is a little like a waistcoat. It literally hugs them in the chair and is meant to stop your little escape artists from wriggling out of the straps as there is less room for their arms to get out. In fact, in tests, 9/10 children couldn't escape from the Cosatto anti-escape system. I must admit, I do find I take a little longer to get him into his carseat now, but it also gives me that peace of mind that if it takes me time to get him in, it should also take him some doing to get out again. One thing I do find is that the crotch buckle can slide back and goes under LO's bottom when he gets in the car which can make doing up the buckle in a hurry a bit tricky so I just hold it in place as he climbs in. 

When LO does move from using the 5 point harness to being in stage 2/3 with the 3 point seatbelt, the carseat is still installed with Isofix point which gives added stability. 

Something I love about the Hug Isofix is the way it's so easy to use- the headrest is easy to move up and down, the straps are easy to loosen using a concealed button and it is simple to recline too. The whole seat has a feeling of luxury about it- the pattern is stunning, the headrest looks super comfy and the shoulder pads are in and plush too, plus the covers can pop off and go in the wash which is a massive bonus. LO really looks very comfortable and even when he falls asleep in the car-. The car seat also features additional 'Go Safe' side impact protection which just gives you that extra peace of mind when driving.
We absolutely love the Hug Isofix carseat. We live in a very rural area and so spend a lot of time driving in the car along some pretty fast rural roads. Having this carseat, with all it's additional safely features really gives me that peace of mind that LO is safe, secure and comfortable, and I know it's going to last him for years to come. 

The Hug Isofix normally retails for £304.95 but  this month the lovely people at Cosatto are offering a 20% discount on the Hug ISOFIX Carseat and also the Hubbub carseat during April**. Head over to their website to find out more about this amazing offer. 

**Offer valid during April 2017 and correct at time of writing. 

NB: I was kindly sent the carseat in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and photos are my own. 


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