5 Things | Cosatto 5 Point Plus Anti-Escape System

Ivy Wears: Little Bird Tee, Next Leggings, Vans

I, like many parents, rely on my car. Living in a village with an hourly (and quite frankly terrible) bus service means it's my own 4 wheels that need to get us where we need to be. It also means that I rely on a car seat to make sure Ivy gets there in one piece (I can't always rely on my driving to do that). But we've always had a problem - Ivy has always loved being free. There was no way this kid would let us swaddle her, she'd much rather live her life totally butt-naked and if there is one thing she absolutely detests, it's being strapped into seats. Despite our best efforts to tighten her in without making it unbearably uncomfortable for her, I can honestly say the only time I have ever yelled at Ivy has been on the M25 when she's managed to wriggle her chubby little arms out of a device that is meant to protect her life, not endanger it more by sending me irrate. Just weeks later, we had the slightly more/less? fortunate episode of Michael removing his own seatbelt to hang off the back of his (passenger) seat trying to recapture our little houdini. This was becoming quite a serious problem for us so when we were asked to review the brand new Cosatto 5 Point Plus Anti-Escape System we really did jump out of our seats at the chance.

Now, we love Cosatto car seats and have used a Cosatto group 1 2 3 car seat since Ivy was about a year old but, as you may have guessed, it was our Cosatto car seat (pictured) that Ivy managed to wiggle free from. But Cosatto have done their homework - apparently we're not alone and more than 70% of children manage to get themselves out of their car seats (across all brands) and to them that wasn't good enough. They have since designed the patented Anti-Escape System which now comes with ALL of their Group 1 car seats and in tests, 9 out of 10 children were unable to free themselves. But would it work for us?

Here's 5 Things about the Cosatto 5 Point Plus Anti-Escape System Zoomi Car Seat

1. Age Range
We bought our first Cosatto chair due to it's amazing ability to grow as Ivy did and now due to the new booster seat laws, this is even more important. The new Zoomi comes with a cuddly insert for earlier years, a 5 position head rest and booster seat conversion you can adjust your seat to suit your child's every need. With machine washable covers too you can keep the seat looking snazzy despite all the horrors it'll go through in all that time.

2. Getting It In The Car
The very first thing I noticed before I'd let Ivy anywhere near the seat was the improvements to how it fitted into the car with a 3 point seatbelt. What may look slightly more complicated (and admittedly took a bit longer than normal) has actually secured the seat fully in place and the seat itself no longer wriggles about at all.

3. Comfort
Another huge noticable improvement before we'd even tested the Anti-Escape System was the way Ivy was sat in the seat. The padded insert meant she sat in the chair itself much better and when she fell asleep her head no longer lolled forwards (despite the recline feature on the older chair)

4. Colour
Cosatto are known for their bright and bold designs and as you can see (on both chairs) we have been rather taken with their rainbow range and opted for the Zoomi Go Brightly*. They really are 'Saving the world from boring baby stuff' and why not? Life's too short for boring black. Kids are fun, their stuff should be too.

5. The Anti-Escape System
We test drove our new Zoomi chair on a 5 hour round trip to Center Parcs just last week and Ivy remained in her chair the entire time - result. The black band that goes around your child back, eliminates the space they use under the straps to gain freedom making it near on impossible for them to break free. For the first time in well over a year, I can now travel around knowing that Ivy is truly safe, strapped in securely and I'm now back to worrying solely about my parallel parking.