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    Britax Booster in Europe

    I wonder if or when this will ever get to North America? Looks like Europe is ahead of us again as it always seems to be with kids stuff!

    http://www.britax.co.uk/car-seats/ca...kidfix-xp-sict

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Looks pretty similar to the Britax Monarch, which was here for a while. And the new 2013 Parkway SG/L. http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/parkway-sgl-2013

    In the UK that seat will routinely be used for three year olds. They forward face between six and nine months, booster at three. I wouldn't exactly say they're ahead of us in any way shape or form.

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    It looks to me like the European one has deeper side/head wings(might just be the angle), a lower profile, and maybe a grippy seat belt holder. Plus, it just looks cooler!!
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    That looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wendytthomas View Post
    Looks pretty similar to the Britax Monarch, which was here for a while. And the new 2013 Parkway SG/L. http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/parkway-sgl-2013

    In the UK that seat will routinely be used for three year olds. They forward face between six and nine months, booster at three. I wouldn't exactly say they're ahead of us in any way shape or form.

    Wendy
    I agree they have some cool seats and some nice features like load legs but until just recently the didn't even have top anchors as standard on their vehicles and many of their forward facing seats still don't include tethers. Not to mention car beds which are really popular in some parts of Europe. I think by no means are US seats inferior nor do I think they are better, but I do think if everyone (US, EU, and Canada) came together on car seats we could end up with something close to perfect.

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    I'm now tempted to ask my dad to bring one for my son when they come visit in October. It looks a lot deeper than the new SGL and has rigid LATCH. Plus, that XP-Pad is intriguing.

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by PikkuMyy View Post
    I'm now tempted to ask my dad to bring one for my son when they come visit in October. It looks a lot deeper than the new SGL and has rigid LATCH. Plus, that XP-Pad is intriguing.
    And one for me too please

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Ooh they make it in zebra!

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    They don't have top tethers because they have rigid lower anchors, which helps reduce head excursion.

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    Looks nice, add arm rests and cup holders and I'd buy one.
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    I think for boosters they are ahead of us. Love their boosters!


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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Very pretty! In addition to the grippy cushion thingy and looking more stylish, it also has side cushions on it, something we have yet to see in their US boosters.

    I agree that it needs cup holders and maybe some arm rests too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PikkuMyy View Post
    I'm now tempted to ask my dad to bring one for my son when they come visit in October. It looks a lot deeper than the new SGL and has rigid LATCH. Plus, that XP-Pad is intriguing.
    And one for me please. A man smuggling multiple european boosters to the us won't look suspicious right?


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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

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    And one for me too please
    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlsmommy View Post
    And one for me please. A man smuggling multiple european boosters to the us won't look suspicious right?
    Nope, not suspicious at all! I'll be lucky if I can get him to bring me ONE! I wonder how much they cost in Switzerland or Liechtenstein. He works in Liechtenstein and it's a tax free nation, sooo...maybe less expensive?

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    I have friends in the UK and Germany...wonder if I could get them to send me one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athena View Post

    I agree that it needs cup holders and maybe some arm rests too.
    You guys and your need for cup holders make me laugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by finn View Post

    You guys and your need for cup holders make me laugh
    Take a long car ride with my kids and you'll stop laughing. There are no short drives where I live, it's 17 miles to the grocery store, I need cup holders for my sanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finn View Post

    You guys and your need for cup holders make me laugh
    I don't get it either lol

    As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that ever ends up in a cup holder is trash. I don't like giving the kids drinks in the car because they almost always spill. Or, if I do, I pass it back and get it back ASAP.


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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by agave View Post
    Take a long car ride with my kids and you'll stop laughing. There are no short drives where I live, it's 17 miles to the grocery store, I need cup holders for my sanity.


    For older kids where I live, it's a must for several reasons. First, it's great to bring water to stay hydrated, something most of us aren't drinking enough of. Second, it's essential for the afternoon snack between school pick up and an after school activity. Of course I prefer the luxury of a relaxed day with time to sit down for our snack, but people are very busy in this country, work hours are longer than many laid back European countries, school hours are fairly long too and most people have after school activities for those things the kids don't get enough of in school, like the arts. And this is true some days even for those of us who try not to overschedule our kids and limit our activities so kids have enough free time to be kids. Third, they work for other things like stickers, flowers they just picked when you were trying to get them into the car, etc. Kids love having their own compartments!

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    Re: Britax Booster in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by gsdguenter View Post
    I don't get it either lol

    As far as I'm concerned, the only thing that ever ends up in a cup holder is trash. I don't like giving the kids drinks in the car because they almost always spill. Or, if I do, I pass it back and get it back ASAP.
    The right bottle doesn't spill and my attention belongs on driving, not passing back water bottles.

    ETA: I hadn't noticed your kids are RFing. It's much easier for kids to not have cup holders RFing. They can hold the water bottle, snack, etc. because things don't fall out easily like with FFing seats. I have much taller kids than you do who outgrew RFing long ago. I remember a time when I didn't get the cup holders either.

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