I finally get to announce our partnership with BeSafe. Ella and I are brand ambassadors now.
I am really looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to work closely with BeSafe and learning even more about Child Safety in cars and Extended Rear Facing car seats. From now on, I will regularly share blog posts on those topics.
Before Ella was born, I honestly didn't think too much about car seats. I knew that babies would be traveling backwards at first, but thought that they would switch to forward facing as soon as they could sit and walk. That's how I was used to it from my own childhood.
After some research, I was confronted with the term extended rear facing. Knowing what I know now, I don't think I could choose a forward facing car seat for Ella with a good conscience.
While researching, I ran across the company BeSafe. They're pioneers on the topic of extended rear facing and their seats are some of the best tested and get the highest ratings. So, I'm looking forward to working with the makers of the "volvos" amongst the car seats even more.
As I already mentioned in the blog post Toddler Car Seat: Rear Facing is 5x Safer, we decided to get two different rear facing seats for our two cars. For one, this is waaay more practical since you don't have to install the seat every time you switch cars, but it's also a lot safer since you don't run into the probability of installing it wrong. Now that the car seats are installed correctly, we can leave it in the car until Ella outgrows it in a few years.
We additionally have the problem that one of our cars come with the latch systems, while the other one doesn't. Both the latch system and the belted version offer the same amount of safety, but our car that has the latch system, doesn't have enough room to install the belted seat.
In the end we decided on the iZi Plus for our 20 year old Fiat Punto and for the iZi Modular i-Size for our Ford Focus.
In the following you will find some details for each seat:
BeSafe iZi Plus
Best in Test
In February 2017 the BeSafe iZi Plus was announced test winner by the biggest Swedish insurance company Folksam for the second time in a row. The iZi Plus is the only seat with the grade "Best in Test".
The main focus of the Folksam test lays on how long the child can travel rear facing and how well they are protected in case of an accident. Folksam explains: „In Sweden there is a long tradition of having children up to four years of age restrained in a rear facing position. Therefore, the car seats that are popular on the Swedish market often differ from those in the rest of Europe.“
The iZi Plus is suitable for kids up to 5 years (up to 55 pounds) of age. Even younger babies can travel safely in this seat - the seat has one of the best resting positions on the market.
The seat can be installed in the front and back seat with the car's 3-point safety belt. Two anchoring belts ensure a secure fit. The front brace can be adjusted to allow for more legroom.
The head rest and internal harness can be easily adjusted and magnets keep harness out of the way, making it really easy to seat the child.
The iZi Plus is a well designed car seat and easy to install. I was a little intimidated about installing the car seat with the car's seat belt and was afraid it would be too complicated. I was surprised by how easy it was to install though.
The seat sits fairly high on the back seat and Ella loves looking out the rear window. We're looking forward to the upcoming years with this seat.
BeSafe iZi Modular i-Size
The toddler seat iZi Modular received the solid overall score «Good» in ADAC (an automobile club in Germany)/ Stiftung Warentest (a German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way) in May 2016.
But not only the inner values have received praises; the iZi Modular i-Size is the winner of the 2015 Red Dot Design Award for best product design in the category Babies & Children.
»This child seat system convinces by its well-considered functionality, enhanced safety factor and a high degree of seating comfort for the child.«
The iZi Modular i-Size can be used both rear facing and forward facing on the same base. The base module can be extended to allow more legroom for the child, which means children up to the age of about four years (105 cm tall) can be transported rear facing.
The adjustable headrest and the body hugger adapt to the growing child and magnets keep the harness out of the way, for easier entry and exit.
The BeSafe iZi Modular i-Size performs really well in crash tests. The SIP+ (Side Impact Protection +; as seen in above picture) is attached to the door facing side of the car seat and increases the safety of the child in case of an accident.
The iZi Modular i-Size is well made and looks amazing (I instantly fell in love with the color Sea Green Mélange). Thanks to the ISOfix connectors, the car seat is installed easily and can be adjusted within minutes. Thanks to the moveable front brace and the height adjustable head rest, the seat grows with the child and can be used for several years.
*Disclaimer: This post was made possible by BeSafe.
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