Hi, I'm Amy *waves* I have 2 lovely children Bethany who is nearly 4 and Jack who
is going to be 1 on Saturday. We live in the fairly rural village of
Rustington, West Sussex, so to go anywhere decent we need to drive!
Both Daddy (Simon) and I work, him full time, me 3 days a week. It's definitely hard work being a working Mummy and trying to give your children all the Mummy time they need, but I think I have quite a good work-home balance; definitely helped out by the fact I work for my parents company. We recycle emulsion paint, which is very hard work and I often come home exhausted.
Auntie Nickie (my sister) lives up near York and we are hoping to visit her soon, so that will be a good test of the car seat!
We unpacked the box in the lounge and my son (Jack, 12 months) climbed straight into it, which is always a good sign! My daughter (Bethany, 3 years 11 months) now wants one as well, so we may soon have two cowmooflage car seats in our car!
Visually the car seat is very big and solid looking, it's very well cushioned so I'd imagine it is pretty comfortable. As mentioned above we chose the Cowmooflage design, which is cow print complete with ears and cow horns! My husband was unsure about the cow design initially so we actually ordered the Leon (Turquoise) in the end but changed it with Britax when hubby changed his mind. It might sound a bit cheesy to have a cow design, but I think it's funky!
I must say Britax need to improve their online list of "whether this car seat fit's my car", I followed their online link and actually couldn't find a list, it basically told me to check my car's handbook. Not to mention that Pushchair Expert couldn't locate whether my car was suitable to trial this seat, they phoned a local BMW dealership, they didn't know, so PT decided to go down to the BMW dealership and have a look at the model in store. Then just to be 100% sure they asked me to photograph the rear of my back seats from the boot. Then later Britax also asked me to check my handbook to ensure it said "B1 Universal Approval".
Honestly if I was buying a car seat I would have given up long ago and bought a car seat which didn't need the triple fix.
September the 14th 2012
I left the fitting of the Trifix to my husband. He did comment that
although the Trifix advertises that it is 33% lighter (than the previous isofix
model) it is about twice as heavy as the model we had before (the Prince I
Judging by the instructions it did seem pretty straight forward to fit, however there was some wriggling and poking around in the car to make sure the isofix was attached properly, it was quite wobbly still, even though we decided it was fitted correctly.
September the 18th 2012
There isn't really a lot to say about the features of the seat; it has a recline function, which is very easy to use so I'm sure you could lean back and pop the seat back while driving, and is very smooth so won't disturb a nodding bubba. Otherwise, it's just the padding, which does appear to be comfortable.
We have just returned from our holiday in Holland and considering we did two 6 hour car journeys it really didn't go too badly. Jack was definately comfortable in his car seat and happily slept for 2 hours of the journey, the rest of the time he was mostly happy to sit and eat which stopped him getting bored. I can't say we had any problems with the car seat. As a further development, we have now bought the next stage up car seat for our eldest (who is 4 years old) and previously after 2 hours in the car she was complaining about "crumbs in her seat" which we decided was pins and needles, whereas this time 6 hours later she was still quite happy (if a bit bored) and comfortable in her car seat. So big thumbs up for Britax.
October the 11th 2012
In response to Facebook queries; the trifix only wobbled as it was being fitted in, once the top tether was connected it no longer moved. The fitting of the seat has also been checked by halfords and is fitted correctly.
October the 15th 2012
Today we had to go out at nap time, so I took this as a good opportunity to test the nap-worthiness of the seat. It passed with flying colours; I popped the seat back into it's reclined position as soon as I put him in and he was asleep before I left the driveway. A+ on comfort Britax.
October the 21st 2012
Today I had a problem, Jack was being looked after by a friend and she needed a car seat for him. Uh oh she doesn't have isofix in her car, let alone TriFix. We solved this by using our old car seat for him. But just an idea that perhaps the TriFix could be designed so it can be fitted into a car using the traditional seat belt as well?
October the 25th 2012
I was looking through the website specifications today that there are 2 features of the seat which I had not noticed or mentioned previously: the first is "Harness retainers" which hold the shoulder straps back so you can get the child in and out easily. I had completely missed this in the user guide and it is a fab idea! The second thing is the website states: "Buckle stays in forward position to make it easy to put your child in the seat" I must say I don't find this to be true, anytime I put Jack into the car he is sitting on the buckle and I have to flick it out from under him.
October the 30th 2012
I am really finding the buckle on the Trifix a bit awkward. My previous Britax seat (Prince) had a longer buckle which made it much easier to do up.
November the 2nd 2012
Just a short drive today, we were off to get photos taken and of course Jack fell asleep on the way so he was cranky and not in the mood for photos. Clearly this seat is much too comfortable lol.
November the 6th 2012
Not a good week, both my little ones have a sickness bug, so have basically not left the house. But we did get to take the covers off and wash them... Which was pretty easy to do actually, I was very impressed. I was going to photograph the activity, but it was a bit gross.
November the 12th 2012
Feeling a bit better, so escaped out to the shops today. Jack snuggled up and went to sleep in 5 minutes flat, bless him.
"Very cold out now, Jack seems quite happy in his car seat, the material
has a slight "fuzz" to it so keeps the cold away and he doesn't get a
"An hours drive today and both the monsters fell asleep, bless them! Unfortunately neither would go to bed that evening"
"Jack has started to climb into his car seat by himself, he is finding this quite difficult and could do with a little foot space. The workings of the chair, under his actual seat, take up room all the way to the front of his chair, leaving him nowhere to wedge his feet into to climb up."
Final 6 Month Summary
Overall this seat is great. It's good to know that the seat you are using has been tested to the max and has every safety feature they could think of, safety is of course the key feature you would be looking for in a car seat.
The Trifix car seat has also been designed with comfort in mind and my boy has certainly seemed happy in this seat, even for long journeys. It is also very user friendly; easy to install, no fiddly bits to connect it comes ready to go straight into the car, the additional feature of the between the legs strap being kept forward so u don't have to dig around under baby to find it is a good idea, but doesn't work as well in practise (I found he still ended up sitting on it).
The cow print design is amazing (or should I say A"moo"zing?) I'm not sure my toddler cared either way, but my 4 year old loved it and I have had no end of compliments about it from adults as well. My only comment is that the additional seat we purchased for the 4 year old did not have cow horns and ears, we had a slight tantrum at this!
This seat is a lot of money compared to other car seats on the market and I'm not completely convinced that the Trifix seat is "that" much safer than the cheaper models to warrent such an increased cost. Speaking personally, if I was going to be spending that much money on a car seat I would buy a rear facing car seat, because from what I understand these are safer than all forward facing car seats (I have got this information from my own personal research).
1) high safety rating
2) comfortable for baby
3) easy to install
1) cannot transfer between cars (as not many are isofix+)
3) no space for toddler to climb up by themselves
Star rating out of 5 is 4