I am an active, motivated mummy of 2 and a bump. I work as a teaching assistant and enjoy making a difference in peoples lives where I can. I like nothing more than family time - walking the dog on the beach, taking kids to soft play or cycling round our wonderful countryside. We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new family member in May.
After unpacking our Recaro Monza Nova car seat and the kids having a try in the seat, this weekend it was time to try fitting it in the car.
April the 12th 2013
This week we really put the car seat to the test as we were off on holiday! After loading up the car with everything but the kitchen sink (as you do) the children jumped in the car excitedly, and Jacob discovered a new plus point of his new car seat - he can pull the seatbelt round and plug it in himself! (obviously we check it too!). I think this is because the base of the car seat is a bit narrower than some so he has room to reach down and access the seatbelt socket. He loved this - 'I am all grown up now mummy, I can strap myself in!'
April the 21st 2013
Gemma and Jacob have discovered another new feature of the car seat this
week - it plays music! Gemma can attach her MP3 player to wire that is
in the side pocket of the seat, and listen to her music through the
built in speakers in the headrest! She loved this!
April the 30th 2013
This week the children went to their Nanny's house for tea, and so we needed to swap the car seat from our car to my mums. This was really easy, simply unhook the seatbelt from the guide slot and lift from the car, then pop into the other car and re-feed the seatbelt through the guide slot again. Couldn't be easier, and the seat is lightweight too, so no struggle at all!
This has been a busy week for us, as baby Max decided to make a surprise early appearance! So the car seat has been busy too, with several trips to the hospital to visit me and Max, and then a trip to bring him home!
May the 22nd 2013
May the 27th 2013
I know I have mentioned this a few times before, but being able to fit 3 car seats in the back of our car is a huge deal for us. This photo shows that we can fit the Recaro Monza Nova, a booster seat and an infant carrier in the back seat of our Focus.
Beautiful sunshine here this weekend so I decided to take the covers off all the car seats and give them a wash. This proved really easy with the Recaro Monza Nova, as it was simply a case of unhooking some elastic straps, and then reattaching once the covers were dry. Really simple - big thumbs up.
June the 10th 2013Gemma has had a growth spurt over the last week and so we have needed to adjust the headrest on the car seat. This turned out to be ever so simple - there is a button at the rear of the headrest, you just push it in and pull the headrest to the required height. Gemma still has plenty of room to grow too.
June the 16th 2013
This week we bought a new car, so the Recaro Monza Nova had to be transferred to its new position! The fact it is so simple to fit was a real bonus, as we had to change it from one car to another in a small garage forecourt in the pouring rain!
June the 22nd 2013
We got thinking this week about how long the Recaro seat would last, and decided to see just how adjustable it was. As you can see, the headrest has a huge height range, so will comfortable seat a child from 3 -12 years. Great value for money!
July the 1st 2013
This week sees our testing period come to an end. So are some final words from the chief tester!