Tried and Tested: Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Car Seat
I have to admit to buying a cheap car seat when I was pregnant. Surely they’re all pretty much the same, and legally they all have to be safe, right? But when I got it home I realised I was very wrong. The seat was hardly padded and didn’t look comfortable at all, worse still was even after spending a good hour fitting it, it moved around in the seat more than I was comfortable with. Within a week, we invested in a better (more expensive) one and we’ve loved it. Having a relatively small baby she remained in it until she was nearly one. The time came to buy a new, forward facing seat and I was sad to see the old one go.
Looking at the specs of the Baby Weavers Shuffle SP Car Seat (Orbit) and watching the video online reassured me that it looked well-padded and comfortable but after my previous bad experience I did question the price – only £49 for a car seat that will last until 4 years old, surely not!
A huge box arrived the next day and the first thing that impressed me was that although big and sturdy, the seat is self was light enough for me to carry to the car. Fitting the seat was really easy; it’s a small detail but I love that the instructions are kept in a little pocket behind the seat, no worry of losing them when we transfer the seat between cars!
The padding is soft and the removable cushion is brilliant for making sure littler passengers like Beans are still comfortable. I was really impressed with the recline feature too, as well as being really simple to use it isn’t clunky or heavy like some reclining seats can be. There is an alarm on the harness that alerts you if your child is trying to escape; this definitely comes in useful!
To fit the seat you simply feed the seatbelt through red hooks at the back. Once it’s in place it hardly moves around at all, which is perfect when it needs to contain a toddler who protests when we stop at junctions and traffic lights!
I was genuinely impressed with both the quality and the price of this seat, but most of all its versatility. The fact that it can be used rear facing from birth and then turned to forward facing when your baby is bigger means it’s an absolute bargain. Nothing has been sacrificed to the price, and with so many great features and the fact that you get at least four years of use from, it gets a huge thumbs up from us!