Testing Out The New Kiddy Phoenixfix 3 Car Seat

Testing Out The New Kiddy Phoenixfix 3 Car Seat

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with finding a comfortable and safe car seat ever since my son was born. We’d never had any problem with our older boys on car journeys but this little chap seemed to hate, and I mean that in the strongest sense of the word, being in his for longer than 10 minutes.

After struggling on for 7 months, avoiding as much car travel as possible, it was time to admit defeat and start looking around but the market had changed so much and I simply didn’t know where to start. But budgets were also very limited so I settled for what I thought was a nice, safe comfortable one.

Sadly that didn’t work.

He really seemed to hate the restriction of the 5 point harness. But with our forward facing seat there wasn’t another option. Or was there? My next round of research led me to the latest trend in safer seats; the impact car seat. These cam with a separate impact shield which was held in place by the car seat leaving the arms completely free.

The idea is that an impact, the shield acts like an air back, cushioning the child’s torso  and spreading the   forces across a wider area, reducing stresses on single parts of the torso. The whole upper torso will move together rather than with a harness which restricts shoulders and hips, but does not take the head and neck movement into consideration. A toddlers head to torso is proportionately heavier in comparison to an adult, therefore the forces applied to a toddlers neck are higher with a 5 point harness. And there lies the problem, along with the fact that many, mine included, tend to slip their arms out of them.

Do you know the real dangers of forward facing car seats? I't's difficult though when your baby or toddler doesn't like rear facing so I've tested out an impact shield car seat which seemed a good alternative.

And so we gave the  Kiddy Phoenixfix 3 car seat a go.

Fulfilling the ECE-R44/04 European Safety Regulations as well as the new roll over test ‘Supplement 7’, it passed with flying colours. That had me assured we were doing the right thing.

Looking like a normal high back booster, it’s held in place with K-fix+ connectors which being slightly longer than our old isofix,  meant I can move it slightly  sideways when putting the toddler in and out of the car. I thought it was a design fault at first and questioned the safety as it had so much give but after checking it out on the Kiddy Uk website it’s actually adds to the safety as in the event of a side impact, the seat will slide sideways, and protectively push your child inwards away from the impact zone. The isofix connectors also have the handy option of being retractable so you can move it easily from car to car or even use it on a plane.

Do you know the real dangers of forward facing car seats? I't's difficult though when your baby or toddler doesn't like rear facing so I've tested out an impact shield car seat which seemed a good alternative.

There’s the option to pop it in a recline position too which I’d not had on my old high back booster, a must for naps and to help stop the head from falling forward. And there seems lots of support around the head rest which can be adjusted, along with the padded seat, with removable cushion which helps give my son a little extra boost so he’s not hidden under the impact shield.

Getting my boy in and out is relatively easy too. once he’s in and I’ve made sure his back and bum are pressed up to the back (otherwise he sits too low under the shield) you attach the impact shield on top of his legs and into position under the arm rests. You then bring the seatbelt round, fixing it in place and slide it into place in the holds. It takes a bit of fiddling with the seat belt to make sure it’s tight and I did find it had a tendency to push in to one side if you didn’t get it right, but once in, my son could rest his arms on top.

It’s really is amazing how much the whole baby and toddler market changes so quickly and is worth doing your research on whats available out there. Given that extended rear facing is now the option, for any child who doesn’t find the restricted leg space comfortable, the impact shield car seats seem to be the way to go.

Do you know the real dangers of forward facing car seats? I't's difficult though when your baby or toddler doesn't like rear facing so I've tested out an impact shield car seat which seemed a good alternative.

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  1. 26th July 2016 / 7:04 am

    What a brilliant design! So many littlies I know HATE being restricted my their car seat by 5 point straps, apart from anything else, they’re uncomfortable in themselves! I do love this solution though 🙂

    • 26th July 2016 / 7:05 am

      I just wish i’d tried one sooner. It does make a huge difference

  2. 26th July 2016 / 7:19 am

    wow! it’s really nice to know that things for baby safety and comfort are evolving that much! I wonder how it will be when I have a baby! lol xx

  3. 26th July 2016 / 7:57 pm

    We’ve used this style of car seat for the last three years and love it. For me the big attraction was the way it spreads the force out – with Jessica’s chest scar this was much more reassuring than the traditional harness. With Sophie we use an extended rear facing car seat which does have the standard harness (and I do worry about her getting her arms out) but when we were looking for car seats for Jessica there wasn’t such a good range of rear facing seats and the few that were available were too big for the car we had at the time. Now there’s much more choice but this is still a brilliant car seat if you’re opting for forward facing.

    • 27th July 2016 / 11:26 pm

      I have both rear facing and impact shield and while my boy seems to find the rear facing one much more comfortable (he falls asleep every time!) he has got his arms out occasionally so I need to get something to stop that, we use the impact shield one in my mums as she only ever goes on short journeys with him they’re both brilliant car seats though and you’re right, having the choice is brilliant.

  4. 26th July 2016 / 9:38 pm

    This looks like a super safe and comfy car seat! Great post #triedtested

  5. 29th July 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I keep seeing these and I think they look great. I’m not sure whether to get one or not but I think it’d give me peace of mind when they were in the car with others as I’d be able to trust a little more that the car seat was safe x

    • 29th July 2016 / 7:18 pm

      It’s currently being used in my mums car for that exact reason!

  6. Vlad Mitrache
    19th April 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Hi. Have you ever had any issues with the leg room between the seat and the impact shield? It looks like the movement of the kids’ legs is severely restricted so I was wondering whether that might be an issue for them. Other than that this solution seems to be the best one out there, safety-wise. Thank you

    • 19th April 2017 / 5:14 pm

      No, none at all. My son is nearly 3 and fits in it fine still. There’s leg grooves on the underside so he can move them about nicely

      • Vlad Mitrache
        19th April 2017 / 7:17 pm

        Great, good to know. Thank you for your reply.

  7. Ian Storrie
    5th September 2017 / 2:07 pm

    What do you think of the snooze/recline feature? I’m totally sold on this for our 1 year old’s next seat but my wife’s wary about the lack of a significant recline feature and her fear is he’ll sleep with his head slumped forward? Any feedback appreciated.

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