I went all Rocky Balboa after successfully removing all the fabric in two minutes – coincidentally my same best time for removing a bra.
When you have seven kids you build up a wealth of knowledge about certain things – like cheap nappies are a great way to save money if you aren’t so worried about keeping all the pee in.
One area I believe I’m qualified to teach at University level is the field of car seats. I’ve bought and installed about a dozen, including a complete upgrade and fit out when the government decided to change the laws to better protect the nation’s munchkins.
Even now, our car has three car seats fitted for Miss1, Miss3 and Miss5.
So when it comes to this sort of equipment I have very specific requirements:
Firstly, Tracey has to like it. Fortunately, the range of Maxi-Cosi car seats (and capsules) look a million bucks. Better, in fact, than the car I’ll be driving our Maxi-Cosi Goliath <air> protect around in. While I’ve no doubt my kids will work tirelessly towards grubbing it down to our level, the easy to remove and machine washable fabric means we can keep it looking nice for a good while yet. One thing you can’t do in a shop when you’re looking at these sorts of thing is break it down. I wanted to know how quick and easy it would be to take the fabric off and put it back on. Tracey wanted to keep the car seat looking nice.
“Shouldn’t we install it and take a photo in the car first?” Tracey asked me as I set the car seat on the dining table.
“You don’t think I’ll be able to put it back together,” I accused her. She didn’t deny it.
But she needn’t have worried. It took exactly 2 minutes to take all the fabric off and, despite my wife’s lack of faith in my abilities, only 4 minutes and 24 seconds to have everything back in place. Not bad for a first run.
Secondly, I want the car seat to be light (I could juggle the Goliath with one hand even in the box) and so easy to install I don’t need to look at the instructions. What is the point in having to look at instructions for car seats? When I need to adjust the seat when Miss1 grows to the next level or to re-install it if I remove the seat to vacuum and chip away at the dried food under it, there’s no way I’ll have kept the original instructions handy. They’ll be long gone: tossed with the box. Installation needs to be intuitive and simple. Or attached to the car seat. And guess what!? With the Goliath, they’re both!
I want the car seat to help me avoid tickets from well meaning police officers. Meaning, I want it to meet or exceed all Australian Standards without me needing to think about it. This is why we don’t try to save money on car seats by buying them at garage sales or on ebay – you don’t know if they comply with the new regs. Quite aside from putting your child in unnecessary risk, the $330 for the ticket (for each child) would have been far better put towards a new car seat.
The seat must also be supremely comfortable for the same reason I listen to Hi-5 instead of ACDC when I’m cruising the hood with my posse. I want my kids happy. Where at all possible, I want them to sleep.
But ultimately, what I need is for the seat to best protect my kid because we put a lot of work into making them and grown rather fond of the little blighters. Australia has the toughest standards in the world and the Air Protect even goes beyond these in its efforts to keep our kids safe.Fortunately we live in a country where the powers that be also think protecting our kids is important, so they’ve legislated some very strict standards. Which is lucky because given my track record behind the wheel I’m going to put them through their paces at some point – probably when I’m squeezing into a park at the shopping centre. Thanks to the Goliath’s revolutionary air protect technology, when I’m battling it out for a spot in front of Woolies our little miss is better protected from side impacts (which apparently cause a shocking 1 in 3 fatalities in children).
There’s even an insulated bottle holder. Note – images are primarily for purposes of capturing my daughter’s super
cuteness – an insert brings her up to the correct shoulder height (yes I forgot to put it in for the photos – oopsie!)
Also, because I’m super-lazy and ultra-demanding, I want the car seat to never need replacing. Ever. I don’t want a seat which will do the first four years and then I’m required to go out and buy another one. It’s not the money so much as my preference for spending the bulk of my shopping time in Dick Smiths or Sushi Bars rather than the bub section of Big W or K Mart. The Maxi-Cosi Goliath will do from 6 months to 8 years, depending on the size of your kid.
Another little point I wasn’t expecting was how much more room it gives us in the backseat because it is considerably thinner than our old car seat without compromising the little miss’s comfort.
Then there’s the price. Even though we want the very best for our kids, we’re all working to a family budget. The Goliath won’t break the bank. At a recommended retail of $349.95 the Goliath works out at about $50 a year for the seven odd years use you’ll get out of it.
And if that’s not enough to sell you on this car seat, I don’t know what is.
Miss1 was most impressed with her new car seat being installed because it meant she could have the box…to share.
Disclaimer. While the good people at Maxi-Cosi were kind enough to send us a car seat to test and tell (FOR FREE!!!) we have not received, requested or been offered any payment for reviewing their product, nor did we guarantee a positive review. BFLI have received a number of products since blogging began to trial but we haven’t done more than test them because don’t like the idea of bitching about something we were given for free. This post boasts our genuine opinion of this product.
For more information on Australian Standards go to Department of Transport & Main Roads – CHILD RESTRAINTS
For more information on MAXI-COSI (air) protect Goliath Convertible Booster Seat – HOW IT WORKS
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