Before the new baby was out, my husband and I have been scouting for a car seat that our ate Ysha could use. A car seat that will last her from toddlerhood right up until probably the start of her grade school years where she could already use the adult car seat belt! 😀
All the different kinds of car seats in the market is so overwhelming! The search for the new car seat for my toddler was tough! There were so many things to consider and we had to decide on what would work for us best.
Here are the important qualities parents should look for in a car seat.
- Quality & Durability
- Ease of Use
Checking on these qualities, we finally did find the best car seat for our toddler! The JOIE Elevate.
This product is suitable for use with children weighing 9-36kg (approximately 9 months – 12 years of age). My first born Ysha is 16kg at 2 years old so this car seat instantly gets a thumbs up from us!
I first learned about JOIE™ when I was invited to their official launch here in the Philippines this year with Camille Pratz as their brand ambassador. Read more about it here.
STYLE, QUALITY & DURABILITY. We have it in Cherry (you can also get it in plain black), which has red flashes of colour combined with black. It looks really sporty and fab at the same time! It is made of high quality plastic, metal and fabric. The seat feels solid and good quality. We really liked the wrap around protection it provides and the mesh fabric at the sides. This obviously makes it breathable adding to the comfort factor for our child.
EASE OF USE. Having children made me develop an impressive level of patience. But it’s not just our messy room with toys that I always step on, products that need assembly also test my Zen levels. Luckily the Joie Elevate was very straightforward! It was so easy to put together into the required mode after unboxing and easy to install in the car as well. Thanks to the helpful stickers with diagrams on the side of the car seat, we didn’t actually need to refer to the manual when we first put the car seat into our vehicle. However, I do recommend giving the manual a good read for it has the details of installing it as a Group 1 car seat in full.
The straps are removable, easy enough to set up and are simple to adjust. The adjustable head rest is so easy to use, and can be moved up and down with only one hand using the button at the back. And oh! One more thing I liked with the fabric was that it was easy to take off. We all know the messes our kids can make in the car so being able to whip the fabric off quickly and shoot it in the washing machine (yes, the fabrics are machine washable!) was a big plus point.
SAFETY. Our car seat is in a Forward Facing Mode where it uses a 5-point harness strap system. It has nice large pads to go on the child’s shoulders & chest to keep them comfy. The button to release the straps so that you can lengthen them is tucked away – a safety feature to prevent little hands from investigating. Tightening the straps is easy, with a quick pull of the bottom strap.
The car seat boasts full side impact protection plus Guard Surround Safety™ panels which shield little ones from head to hips. Once installed with the 3 point car seat belt, it feels very secure & there is no movement from the seat. My husband made sure it was installed properly into the car and that Ysha was strapped in correctly the very first time we used it.
You may watch this Youtube video for more information regarding the proper installation of the car seat.
The Elevate also features a cup holder, which means Ysha can keep her drink handy at all times! The reason why Ysha has been particularly pleased with this feature! She is really very pleased with her new “big girl” car seat. She’s been happily clambering in and out of it all by herself! 😀
PRICE. We really love the Joie Elevate Group 1/2/3 car seat. It is slim, surprising light but sturdy, comfortable and of course safe. As an added bonus it is great value for money retailing at only Php6, 000! All the car seat boxes safely ticked! This unbelievably affordable price will last you so many years! If you’re a thrifty mom like I am, I assure you this covers all the bases for what your growing toddler will need over the next decade. 😀
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According to recent statistics, car seats actually reduce the risk of death in an accident by 54%. And as parents, our number one priority is to keep our children safe & there’s no better way to ensure our child’s safety in a car than by placing them in a secure car seat. With the amount of car seat options available out there though, this isn’t an easy task. That’s why reviews from parents like me who have tried and tested the product are essential in making this kind of decision.
JOIE child seats not only fascinate with their design and first-class workmanship, but above all their smart safety concept. So if you are looking for a no-nonsense car seat for your toddler, look no further because the Joie Elevate is probably what’s best for you too!