Little I has developed a rather interesting, and dangerous, habit recently. She thinks trying to get out of her car seat straps while we’re driving is a great game. Uhoh. Luckily for us we were recently contacted by Cosatto and asked if we wanted to try out one of their car seats, which just happened to have their 5 point ‘anti escape’ system in place.
We went for the Zoomi 123 in the Go Brightly rainbow print. This might surprise regular readers of our blog and social media, beauce I’m usually a strictly Black, White and Grey kinda gal. I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy hormones but I am really starting to embrace colour at the moment!
How great does the Zoomi look?! Little I’s exact words when she first saw it were ‘oh wow mama. Zing zing’. I’m not sure where the zing zing came from and we’ve not heard the expression since but it perfectly summed up how she felt about it. We really liked how fun and colourful the Zoomi was, without being too ‘kiddy’ – the design appeals to adults and kids alike.
The Zoomi also looks super comfortable. The inner cushioning is very soft and feels lovely and springy (for want of a better word!) when you press it. The head and arm rests are well cushioned and provide comfort for short or long journeys. All the covers and cushioning can be easily removed for cleaning as well.
Fitting the Zoomi into the car wasn’t too traumatic of an experience, as often is the case with kids’ car seats. I didn’t realise it didn’t have an isofix set up so it took me a little while to get my head around the secure seatbelt set up. Luckily the husband was on hand to deal with that before he deployed. He got the seat set up in the car within 10-15 minutes, so not bad at all. The instructions provided were clear and there were drawings to help you out.
Onto the main attraction of the Zoomi – the 5 point anti escape system. Cosatto found through research that 70% of children wriggle out of their car seat harnesses. I’m glad we’re not the only ones with a wild escapee child. The danger of children getting out of their car seat harnesses doresn’t stop at the immediate danger to the child itself, the driver can also be distracted by it and cause accidents that could affect other road users as well. The Cosatto anti escape system is basically a round the body bit of material that is attached to the harness. It closes the gaps that children are able to push their arms through to break free, effectively stopping them escaping. In tests, 9 out of 10 children couldn’t wriggle out of their Cosatto anti escape system, so that is a seriously good result.
All in all, we were impressed by the Cosatto Zoomi 123. It is a great little car seat that will see your child through from toddlerhood to the cusp of teen-hood! I have never tried anything from Cosatto before but would definitely look into some of their other products after our experience with the Zoomi. I have to say I also enjoy their descriptions of their products, calling the Zoomi a baby hugger who gives cuddles on long journeys.
Have a look at our quick video review as well:
The Zoomi 123 retails for £130, which we think is a bit of a bargain considering it can be used from 9 months through to 12 years! It is available at many retailers including John Lewis, Mothercare and Halfords. You can find out more info here.
What car seat do you use? Have you ever tried any of Cosatto’s products?