*Actually, he’s 1,467 days old, to be exact. & I say that, because I’m not quite ready to call him a 4 year old, just yet.
Car journeys have (thankfully) always been enjoyed by Bear, so I thought I’d share with you a few stand out rules of the road**, according to little Mr bananas:
1) Learn to swerve abruptly: Slow maneuvers are b.o.r.i.n.g. Being thrashed around is much more fun.
2) FLOOR IT MUMMY! Like lightning McQueen, little lord bananas has a ‘need for speed’
3) HONK your horn uncontrollably: As soon as the lights change colour/ if you happen to really like the colour of another car/ If you see a tractor/ If you see a bus. HONK! HONK! HONK!
4) Break as hard & as late as is possible- nothing like a bit of bumper cars to lively up a dull day.
5) Open your window- close your window. Repeat at least 10 times (if not for the entire duration of a journey).
6) Open your window & shout randomly at unsuspecting passers-by.
7) Picking your nose & wiping the contents of your nasal cavity onto the window is an obligatory part of each & every journey.
8) Give an extensive running commentary, at the top of your voice (extra credit if this is completed in song. Extra, extra credit to the driver if you can still concentrate on the road whilst this happens!!)
9) The backs of chairs were made for wiping muddy feet on.
10) Bring as many toys as is possible to fit into your sticky little hands, then scatter them throughout the back of the vehicle.
11) Fight that nap until the last 2 minutes of your journey, then zonk out, just as you pull up to your destination.
** Obvs, I don’t actually follow these rules. I’m a law-abiding citizen. Though, I will admit to honking my horn occasionally.
All joking aside, car travel is a part of our daily routine, & car safety is something which takes top priorty .
As any parent amongst us will know, the amount of equipment we seem to acuminate over the space of those early childhood years, is nothing short of excessive. There’s the rear facing-isofix-baby car seat, a spare ‘travel’ car seat, a travel system, a travel buggy, the baby sling & or baby back pack for country walks. A couple of mosses baskets, co-sleepers, cots, high chairs, door bouncers, baby walkers. OH MY GOD. SO.MUCH.STUFF!
We had a shipping agent over the other week, gearing up for the big move, & upon entering our loft he turned to me & said, ‘Crickey Katrina! You’ve been living here for 4 years, you say?’ -& I smugly thought, ah ha! We’ve impressed him with our amazing de-cluttering & loft organizational skillz- ‘You sure it’s not 14 with all this stuff?!’. Oh. Crap. I thought we were pretty good at buying minimal, mutli-purpose, multi-functioning products. Clearly, I was wrong!
Buried in the midst of all the loft ‘things’, there are at least 3 car seats. If only I’d known about the Cybex Pallas M-fix car seat sooner, I could have minimised the need for these, as the Pallas M-Fix eliminates the need for multiple car seats for different ages: it’s designed with the ability to grow with your child from 9 months to 11 years old (-An adjustable safety cushion simply slides onto the chair allowing use from 9 KG. The safety cushion would act similar to an airbag in an accident so you can be sure your little one is well protected).
We’ve been using our Pallas M-fix for just over a month or so now (it took us a while to come to terms with the fact our toddler was no longer a toddler & needed a bigger car seat). Out of the box the Cybex Pallas M-Fix is pretty easy to set-up, especially when using isofix. The two side impact cushions (L.S.P. System Plus) give your child added protection from the force of lateral impact, giving you peace of mind about your delicate cargo.
The safety cushion can be used up to 4 years old, but Bear was not a fan of this, so we’ve been using it without. The verdict? He loves it. It positions him slightly higher up than his previous seat, allowing him an even better vantage point of the road & other cars (THE ultimate entertainment, I can assure you!) & means he can reach the grab handle, demonstrating his monkey swing for me (pretty entertaining too!).
The most important elements I look for in car seats are: It’s credentials in crash tests & it’s safety rating. The Cybex range have consistently scored highly in these. BIG thumbs up. Secondly, it’s the comfort factor. If Bear is comfy, he’s happy & helps us negotiate those traffic jams with a little more ease. The fact that it looks super cool too, is a bonus. Little Mr. Independent also loves the fact that he can reach over & unclip his seat belt (once the engine has been turned of I will note!).
The Cybex Pallas M-fix retails at £260, which may seem a tad expensive, but when you consider it’s longevity across the age groups, in my option it’s worth every penny (there is a slightly less expensive version too, the Pallas M). You can find out more on these car seats here. Or pop into your local Mamas & Papas
Huge thanks to Cybex for providing the Pallas M-Fix for the purpose of this review. All views are my own, as always. Please see my Work With Me page for info on how I work with brands.