Product Review: Joie Stages LX Car Seat
When South Africa finally introduced the compulsory car seat law for children under 3, I was one of the many parents doing a happy-dance.
With the high rate of fatalities on SA’s roads, the law was long overdue, and very, very welcome.
When the Twincesses were born, we invested in Recaro Young Profi Plus infant car seats, as my research suggested they were of a high safety standard and one of the best on the French market at the time.
Fast forward to 9 months later and the girls were getting a little snug in their car seats. It was time for an upgrade.
After looking at various options, we decided to go with Joie Stages LX.
The beauty of this car seat is that it is designed to grow with the child. We could have saved thousands of Rands if we had discovered the Joie stages before the Twincesses were born, because this car seat can accommodate an infant from birth to 7 years!!!
Yes, you read that correctly: from birth to 7 years.
The stages falls into the 0+/1/2/ categories, and comes with a newborn insert designed to safely transport the littlest of littles.
The seat can be used rear-facing up until 18kg and then forward facing from 9-25kg, although its strongly recommended to keep your child RF as long as possible.
The Stages has won a slew of design and safety awards, and it noted for its superior side impact security and the Baby Armor steel frame. The thickly padded 5 point safety harness meets all industry standards and the seat has adjustable headrests that again reinforce the philosophy of ‘Grow with the child’.
The Stages reclines a long way in both the rear and forward facing modes, which was important for me for those long trips when the Twincesses would fall asleep in the car.
Another little detail that I love is the side pockets that somehow come to hold so many bits and bobs that I never knew I was carrying!
The air holes/vents along the side means that even on Durban’s hottest day, I am confident the Twincesses are cool and comfy in their Stages. The fabric on the Stages LX is plush and is easily wiped clean to ensure those unavoidable spills don’t remain an eyesore.
The prolonged rear-facing option of the Stages made it my number 1 choice, and I couldn’t be happier with this car seat!