Size, Safety and Style:
I chose the beautiful Redd color because it is unisex and we plan on trying for baby #3 in the near future. This VERY vibrant color is right up my alley, because I love all things bold and bright! This particular car seat comes in 8 additional colors, and 6 of which I would consider unisex. My husband, who is the person that installs all of our car seats, loves the fact that this car seat has a no re-thread harness and an upper weight limit of 65 pounds, which fits the average 9.5 year old child. The booster mode works for a child up to 120 pounds! The booster mode fits my VERY large almost- 7 year old (70+ pound) son very well, and the harness mode fits my 18 month old well on the second to smallest setting! I love this fact because it means that this seat will fit him for as long as he needs a car seat! I also love that I know he will be incredibly safe while in this seat! The Recaro Perfomance Sport Harness Booster has the deepest side wings of ANY car seat on the market and has metal reinforced side walls so my baby is extra protected from any side impact collisions! "RECARO's Side Impact Protection is designed to distinctly protect 5 vulnerable areas of a child in a side impact collision - their head, neck, face, torso and pelvis."
Comfort and Functionality:
Any mother of a toddler will tell you comfort is VERY important! Many times we PRAY that our toddler will just go to sleep when we get into the car, for a smooth ride! We live out in the country, and this means that to get anywhere we are looking at a 45-minute or more ride. Those 45-minutes can either be a very peaceful time for me to gather my thoughts or they can be the most nerve- racking moments of the day! For the past two weeks, my older son has had camp and hour away, which means a drive everyday at nap time to pick him up. I have dreaded this ride because nap time would be a hit or miss in the car. However, since we have received the Recaro Sport, nap time in the car has went exceptionally well. I think that those deep side wings play a major part in this because my little mans head rarely flops forward now. He simply turns his head a little and has something to rest against. The CoolMesh material is also something that is incredibly important. Living in Florida means that the summer-time temperature often rise to 100 degrees and with the humidity, it is brutally hot! This CoolMesh material provides ventilation to make the seat as cool as possible for my little man! The seat is definitely not hot to the touch when I am putting my son in, unlike other seats we have used in the past. The memory foam seems incredibly comfortable for my little man, and he has never seemed uncomfortable being in the seat! This seat has went on multiple two-hour trips and he is happy as a little clam the whole way! There is also built in neck cushions that protect his little neck from the straps digging in!
The harness and head restraint are together, so you do not have to take the entire car seat apart and re-thread the straps! It is super easy to adjust as your child grows! I know this for a fact, because in the few short weeks we have had the seat my son has went from the smallest setting to the second to smallest! I also love that the five point harness has white stripes that are easy to see that notifies us if the harness is improperly aligned.
Our Overall Experience:
We absolutely LOVE the Recaro Performance Sport Harness Booster! It is perfect for my very large "corn-fed" boys. I love that they are as safe as possible, but also incredibly comfortable! You no longer need to sacrifice comfort for safety with this awesome seat! Both of my boys think it is very nice, and it makes car rides much more pleasant. It has mesh pockets on the side that are perfect for holding pacifiers or sippy cups. However, it does not have an actual built in cup holder. This is the ONE and only feature that I find missing from the seat (and MANY other comparable seats too!) Over all this seat gets a full five stars from me because it grows with my boys and will last from now, until he is ready to ride in a seat without a booster at all! Recaro is definitely the new brand car seat for our family.
Starting tomorrow we will be giving away the same Redd Recaro Performance Sport Harness Booster!! Be sure to check back here starting at 10:30 am EST for your chance to win! Also be sure to follow Recaro on twitter and facebook to stay up to date with the newest products and safety features available!
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