As moms, many of us have probably spent hours of our lives doing research before our babies were born on what the best car seat, stroller, mattress, etc. would be for our little ones.
I know I have spent what feels like a good chunk of 2012 researching and learning about all that stuff for my first born, but I didn’t really pay attention to the smaller items like accessories. How about you?
I have always heard great things about Britax and have first-hand experience using one of their high quality convertible car seats and compatible stroller. What I didn’t know about was how handy Britax’s Travel Accessories would be.
Our family has recently upgraded from our little Toyota Matrix and bought a mini-van to accommodate our growing family…and honestly, I totally love it! Along with having a new vehicle, comes the desire to keep it clean and uncluttered. To help keep the new wheels tidy, I installed some trusty Britax Travel Accessories – the Seat Saver Waterproof Liner and the 3-Piece Car Seat Accessory Value Pack.
The Britax Seat Saver Waterproof Liner has been a great addition to my daughter’s car seat. I used to be the mom who was not going to feed my child in the car (to help prevent crumbs and spills), but as time passed, I’m totally feeding my child while she’s in the car. I’ve gotten over it and accept that there are going to be messes and stains. The nice part about the Seat Saver is that the crumbs and spills are easy to clean up. The little food particles don’t get stuck in the cracks and crevices of the car seat anymore, thank goodness!
The Seat Saver is designed to with E-Z Wick fabric to pull the moisture away from the child so if there’s a diaper leak or if you just went to the pool, the seating area will stay dry and comfortable for your little one. The Seat Saver is compatible with Britax car seats and most other brands of car seats and strollers.
The Britax 3-Piece Car Seat Accessory Value Pack comes with the Vehicle Seat Protector, two EZ-Cling Window Shades and two Kick Mats.
The Britax Vehicle Seat Protector provides an extra layer of protection from any spills that my little one does which now seems to be holding her bottle upside down and watching all the liquid leak out. The Vehicle Seat Protector sits underneath the actual car seat and comes with raised edges to help prevent the crumbs/liquid from falling on the floor. It also helps prevent any compression issues on the actual car seat.
Another great feature of the Vehicle Seat Protector is that it hangs down in the front of the car seat so when your child is in his/her forward-facing car seat, his/her little feet can dangle and those muddy shoes won’t soil your car seat.
Next, I installed two Britax Kick Mats in our new van. One was put on the front of the seat so that my daughter, who still sits rear-facing, can put her cute little shoes up against them. She’s not quite walking so it’s not really there to keep the seat clean – yet, but we do put a few of her toys in the deep mesh pockets at the top of the Kick Mat.
The second Kick Mat was installed behind the driver seat because once my daughter is walking in the next month or two, she’ll be sitting behind the driver’s side and will be trouncing around in the wet/snow covered ground. Thankfully, the mats are washable and made with water-resistant fabric.
A nice feature of the Kick Mats is that there are two attachment points – one at the top to attach to the head rest of the chair and the other is to be put around the bottom of the seat. No matter how much your little one kicks it, it will stay in place.
If you are sending your kidlets off with the grandparents for a week, you can easily fold up the large Kick Mats and tuck them in your child’s suitcase until they are installed in the other vehicle. Your relatives will thank you!
Lastly, the Britax EZ-Cling Window Shades were so easy to install and they are a great size for any vehicle. I know the previous window shade that I was using had three little suction cups holding it up and it would continuously fall down. I have no worries that the EZ-Cling Window Shade – that has no suction cups – will stay on the window and can be repositioned with little effort.
The EZ-Cling Window Shade has UPF 30+ sun protection and blocks the UV sun rays. The mesh material on the shade prevents a sun glare from entering the vehicle but it is still light enough that I can see out the window when driving or while riding as a passenger.
I must say I am very pleased with my new Britax accessories and will be recommending them to others as their families grow.
To check out other Britax Accessories or products, go to www.britax.com.
BRITAX has been a leader in mobile safety for more than 70 years, with a legacy of leadership in developing innovations that enhance the safety of child car seats and improve their ease of installation and use.