A few weeks ago Evelyn was diagnosed with severe Hypermobility. Being hypermobile basically means your joints are more flexible than others.
Evelyn has had a lot of pain with hers and now is on a waiting list for 6 months of Physiotherapy. We have lots of exercises that we are currently doing with her to help her gain strength but as soon as she is old enough we have been advised to enroll her in Ballet and Gymnastics and the such like. However, Rugby and Trampolining are a definite no no for her.
At first I was really quite sad for her. She has so many problems but after a while I have realised if we can help to to gain as much strength as possible there is no reason why she cannot thrive. If she wants to be a dancer or a gymnast she could do so amazingly well but that is her choice, we can only show her what the world has to offer.
When we were told her diagnosis we were advised to get an easier car seat.
Our current one was just a standard combination car seat suitable for 9 months to 4 years. Nothing fancy but safe and did the job.
We have recently purchased the Cybex Sirona S i-size seat.
The Sirona S i-Size launched in May 2017 and is part of the Cybex Gold range along with the Sirona M2.
The Sirona S is a 360 car seat meaning it rotates on its base making it so incredibly easy to get Evelyn in and out. The car seat is installed completely using ISOfix. So if your car is a little older you will not be able to use this car seat.
The car seat comes in a variety of different colours to suit all tastes. I believe places such as Mothercare and John Lewis stock around 6 different ones but the Cybex website shows a whole variety including blue, orange and black for example. We just went for a standard black so it doesn’t matter what gender children we have, we can just use it again.
The car seat boasts a 5 point harness that is automatically adjusted by the headrest height, so you know your baby is supported and in the correct position which is an absolute brilliant feature, and one that makes me feel so much better knowing Evelyn is secure. It is really really easy to adjust the lengths of the straps simply pressing the leaver in between the child’s legs.
It is suitable from birth up to around 4 years of age. It’s 8 recline positions means baby, toddler or child will also be super comfy too. That being said I personally would not put a new born in it just because it cannot be taken off the base and taking a new born in to a shop or house can be so much easier in a carry car seat. Weighing in at 15kg it is a heavy seat so not easily transportable from car to car either.
The car seat comes fixed to the Isofix base and once installed properly into the car it feels incredibly secure.
There is 2 green or red lights on the leg which will display green only when the child is in it securely and ready to go. If one or more red lights display then something is amiss and needs to be adjusted.
The car seat has a lot of great safety features, one being the protruding impact defuser on the side of the seat. I think they actually call it ‘Integrated Linear Side-Impact Protection’. It extends out on either side of the car seat and you put it on the side next to the door.It reduces the force of a side impact in combination with the energy absorbing shell by approximately 25%.
It also has Energy Reduction technology meaning, ‘Reduces the strain on the neck in case of a front impact (forward-facing). The Energy Reduction Technology of the Sirona S i-Size offers increased safety for your child in the forward-facing position in the event of a head-on collision. It reduces the forces on the neck of a child during a front crash by approximately 20%, compared to other existing harness systems.‘ That is a direct quote from Cybex simply because I couldn’t put it any better myself.
The seat is padded extremely well with new born inserts in to make the trip very cushioned and really soft. This must be used up to 61cm which is approx three months old. Legally your baby should remain rear-facing until at least 15 months old. Cybex have included another great feature preventing babies from being turned round too early, with the swivel being controlled by the height of the harness. So too short… you aint guna be able to sit forward facing. This can be irritating for parents with smaller babies but, that being said, it is for safety reasons and that should always be your priority.
Placing Evelyn n the seat is so easy. i used to bang my head all the time and her leg would get caught on the seat belt and she would end up crying EVERY SINGLE TIME. The Cybex just makes it so easy. At each side of the seat it has little seat belt holders so they do not get trapped underneath the child when putting them in too.
Just another little thing to make it super easy!
So how does it turn? To turn the car seat into rear or forward facing all you need to do is squeeze the leaver in between the childs legs (below the strap adjuster), push slightly away from you and turn in the desired direction. Once in direction you can push the lever in to adjust the recline position. So easy.
I think for me this and the safety of the seat is the best thing. It is always safety first then comfort then what it looks like. For the Sirona and our situation it ticks all the boxes. The only downside of the Sirona is it is heavy and bulky to move between cars and I personally think it is better for older babies. That being said, in our situation, it has been a god send and we couldn’t want more out of it (although maybe cheaper accessories- £20 for a cup holder is ridiculous). It stays in my car as we only really use mine so the fact it is heavy, for us, does not matter.
The car seat does sit at the top end of the market coming in at £300 RRP for the seat including base. Is it worth it? For us, totally. You cant put a price on safety and the health of a child and this works perfectly.
Note: I thought ours came with no instructions and spent 25 minutes on hold to Cybex to realise there is a secret hidden compartment behind the car seat lining with it in! Genious but only if you know it is there!!!