Its summertime and for many of us that means hitting the road to visit family, beaches or attractions. For my family that meant an epic road trip adventure as we moved from Quebec City to Alberta. Since we were going to be spending so many hours in the car I wanted to make sure that all my kids were as safe and as comfortable as possible. That meant upgrading my youngest daughter’s booster seat to a high back version. I knew that she would be napping in the car and a backless booster just wouldn’t cut it. Enter Clek’s Oobr booster seat.
I particularly love the Oobr because it offers a full back booster seat that is easy to adjust making it grow with your child. The Oobr sear is rated for children 40 -100 lb which means that I can keep Miss V safe and comfy until she no longer needs a booster. When it comes to road trips, naps happen. With the Oobr’s Advanced Side-Impact Protection little heads that are napping, or not, are protected in a side-impact collision thanks to the adjustable headrest with deep side wings and energy-absorbing foam layers. The rigid sub-structure and rigid-UAS also provides stability in a collision. This isn’t a light weight seat and that’s a very good thing. You can feel the quality in construction.
I did struggle with installation a bit, but luckily was able to call on a friend (thanks @mapsgirl!) who helped me out in the 11th hour. I suggest trying the seat in your car to see that it fits in the spot you need it to before buying. After purchasing have it checked by a certified car seat installer as well. My vehicle only has 2 LATCH locations (seriously, in a minivan!?) and as the center rear position the latch location was located over the buckle I either had to have my daughter’s seat in the center row passenger seat or use it in a location without LATCH. Luckily this seat can be used with or without using the LATCH buckle. In a pinch I also could have removed the back portion of the seat so that it functions as a regular booster seat.
Miss V was comfortable, happy and safe in her Clek Oobr booster seat for the whole trip. In fact I joked that she had the best seat in the house.
If you are hitting the road this summer Clek, the award-winning car seat company, offers the following tips for a fun and safe vacation:
Research your destination to ensure it is child friendly.
Find out if your destination will accommodate infants and toddlers to ensure you have a relaxing, worry-free vacation. A great place to start is the local tourism board. Check online reviews to find out if it is family-friendly.
Plan to travel safely.
“Whether you’re traveling by air or ground, ensure you have access to a car seat for each child. Best practice is to bring your own child seat because you know it’s history and you’re familiar with how to use and install it,” says Trudy Slaght, Clek’s Child Passenger Safety Technician. “Beyond safety, bringing your own car seat gives your child a familiar place to sit, making for an easier trip.”
Transport Canada highly recommends the use of an approved child restraint for all phases of flight. The use of a child restraint system provides the greatest degree of protection for the infant or child and its use during flight will help in case of unanticipated turbulence. By using the child restraint on the aircraft, it will also ensure that you will have it available for use in the car at your destination.
Don’t worry about going over the carry-on limit for air travel, you’re allowed the extra item where car seats are concerned. Plus, Clek’s weelee is a universal travel bag that makes bringing your own car seat a breeze!
Give yourself extra time.
Everything takes longer with kids so arrive early. For air or bus travel this means you can have your seats pre-assigned, maybe even be placed in a row with extra space, otherwise you risk being separated from your kids. For road trips, be sure to get a good night’s sleep, it’s imperative to be alert for the long drive. Don’t over pack your vehicle so as to impede visibility. Plan pit stops along the way: playgrounds, parks, landmark attractions, etc. Buckle up and have fun!
Plan what to bring.
You won’t have access to all your preferred comforts on the road. Beyond your packed items, bring these essentials with you that should be easily accessible:
- For baby: Diapers, wipes, change pads, bottles, extra clothes, formula, etc.
- First Aid Kit: Band aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic cream, gauze pads, plastic bag (for car sickness), medicine, etc.
- Snacks: water, drink boxes, easy-to-eat snacks (i.e. sandwiches, cheese, apple slices, granola bars, cookies, cereal raisins, crackers, etc.)
- Favourite toy: A familiar object will make your child more comfortable on the road (i.e. teddy bear, blanky, pillow, book, etc.). Keep in mind it could get lost. Something special and new for the trip can make it extra fun too.
- Other: sunblock, bug spray, flashlight, phone charger, gps/road side assistance plan, maps, disposable toilet seat covers, etc.
We’ll be hitting the road again soon as we head off yet again to British Columbia to see my Dad. I’ll be making sure to follow these tips so that we have a safe and fun journey.
Have a safe, fun, family adventure this summer.
Disclosure – I was provided a sample to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.