A milestone was recently reached here at Mama and Baby Bear, which made my 'emotional mummy' side almost have a moment; Martha outgrew her baby car seat. To be fair, we have had a very good run, Martha has always been very small and so we have certainly had our money's worth from the Maxi Cosy. So inevitably, the search began for a new seat and once again, I found myself deeply lost in the confusing, yet undeniably alluring world of baby products. Seriously, I used to look at handbags; these days pushchairs, changing bags and car seats send me a little giddy!
When it comes to finding a carseat, there is of course, the added worry over safety. As a parent you want a product that is as unfussy as physically possible (we have enough to concern ourselves with, without losing it over the installation of a carseat!) and yet I still love a good design and something that looks nice!
Enter the mothership of carseats......
Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge how stylish and might I add incredibly cozy this looks?!
The iAnchor seat from Joie Baby is such a versatile seat, that caters for your little one from newborn to approximately 4 years. The heavily padded insert for newborns, is easily removed when necessary and the headrest adjusts, to grow with your child. The seat enables you to rear face for longer and with the simple press of a button under the seat, it can be switched to front face. It also boasts an impressive seven reclining positions. As with the Joie pushchair (review here) it comes with the Joie Baby 5 point harness, which is an absolute breeze to fasten; the straps are very cushioned and are easily adjusted.
The seat comes with the iAnchorFIX base, which bolts the seat on solidly and for reassurance has 3 colour indicators, so you can see when you have attached it correctly. The leg of the base also contains shock absorption layers, to keep the chair secure. This is also supported by the steel reinforced shell and rebound bar, making the chair extremely safe should there be a collision.
The seat itself is layered with memory foam; the thick padding covers the sides and headrest making it very protective and extremely cozy. Up until recently, Martha had stopped falling asleep in the car and had become very fussy. When we took our new seat for a spin, she was utterly delighted to be sat forward facing, shortly after she fell asleep and snored her little head off! See the latest vlog for the live snoring action and to see us using the seat.
The seat comes in an array of beautiful colours, I chose 'liquorice' for a more simple and streamlined look.
Once again, I find myself completely reassured and impressed with Joie Baby, they seem to effortlessly combine stylish design with practicality. The most impressive aspect of this particular product has to be it's versatility; Mummy is happy with the safety aspect and Baby is most definitely happy with how comfortable it is (now can you make one for adults please?! this sleep deprived Mama needs a nap!)
The iAnchor was kindly sent for consideration. I was not paid or sponsored for this review and as always all opinions are my own.