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The Casualplay Multifix is a Group 1/2/3 Isofix car seat- meaning it can be used from the ages of nine months to 12-years-old. Although the Spanish company is known for being dedicated to the idea of having children in rear-facing seats for longer, the Multifix has been designed as a forward-facing seat for babies from the ages of nine months or 9kg. Casualplay also work in partnership with Elisava, Barcelona’s school of Design and Engineering – an indication of the brand’s commitment to staying innovative. Tough and durable, Casualplay seems to have made a stylish product, which would look good in most cars, while maintaining high safety standards.
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What attracted me to this car seat was the fact that it belonged to group 1/2/3, which meant that it would evolve with my child. My daughter Zuri is 18-months-old at the moment and the idea of her growing and adapting to this seat, makes the £179.99 price tag good value for money. My immediate reaction was how big and heavy the seat was, but once it was in the car it felt very study.
Is it easy to install?
I tried to install the seat in my car by myself, but I’m not the best with instruction manuals and it was a challenge. However, I left it to my husband, who installed it in less than ten minutes. The instruction manual was laid out in a clear, concise way but I don’t think everybody would be able to install it, and I think more detail would have been helpful or even a short DVD. The 70-page book had six pages in English, which felt slightly rushed and for something as important as a car seat, I would have liked more direction. A good solution would be to buy it from a store where you can be shown hot to fit it. But after it was in it was really easy to use.
Did it fit securely?
When I tried the Casualplay Multifix as a Group 1 (9-18kg) car seat, it required me to connect with my Isofix point – a green light came on when I had secured it. This was especially important when you consider local authority figures that suggest 66 percent of car seats are fitted incorrectly.
When I used it as a group 2 and 3, my daughter had to be secured with seat belts. It has five headrest adjustments which meant that safety and comfort was never compromised, it also meant I didn’t get an adult seat belt inappropriately placed across my child, which was brilliant.
How comfortable was the Multifix?
I think my daughter found the car seat very comfortable, and with all the padding it wasn’t surprising. She seemed to enjoy being strapped in, and the 3-point harness gave her extra support. I’m not sure if it was just me, but I thought my daughter fell asleep faster when she was in the seat, it was that comfortable! I’ve had a Mamas & Papas and a Britax car seat – both wonderful, but this is the first time I’ve noticed such an emphasis on comfort.
What was your favourite aspect of the car seat?
I love the fact that the cover is removable and machine washable! Even though my husband tried to enforce a no-food rule in the car, with two under five’s that was never going to work. There was an occasion where my daughter got mushy banana on the seat, but it was really easy to wipe clean, I sense that the seat was designed for real life situations in mind!
With cars seats the most important thing for me is peace of mind and I do really feel secure and confident with the Multi Fix car seat. It’s comfortable, safe and sturdy.