I like to feature safety products because as a mom, they’re naturally of utmost importance to me. I spent a whole lot of time shopping for my son’s last car seat, and since he’s getting bigger I knew it was time to start researching the next step up. I’d never heard of Clek before, so when asked to take a look at their Clek Olli Child Booster Seat, I perused their site and decided it looked promising. (I’ve been asked to check other seats recently but turned them down; if I’m not impressed online with the safety features, I doubt I would be in person either.)
When the seat arrived, I was immediately charmed with the colorful monkey print and a solid construction. Arm rests and a cushy seat make the booster look like it would be comfortable for longer rides; I’ve seen many boosters and car seats with hard chairs that I just can’t imagine I’d want to sit on for more than a few minutes! Cleck calls this “Num-bum” and they’ve gone to some extra effort to avoid an uncomfortable ride. Even the armrests are padded. The seat easily clicks into place by attaching to your car’s LATCH lower anchors. (Cars made after 2003 all have them; some have them if made as early as 2001.) The audible “click” sound assures you it’s in place. And removal is easy with the assistance of a little loop on the front of the seat. Now your child is raised 4″ higher, allowing you to buckle him or her in with your car’s own seatbelt system.
Other features I really like include the Cargo-thingy which gives your child a little side pocket for storing whatever they’re attached to that day, a mere 5-pound seat weight so you can easily move the seat from car to car, and a removable seat cover that can be machine washed. Oh, and the seat also has a protective fabric on the bottom so it won’t ruin your car’s seats. Another bonus.
I’m surprised to find out that lots of parents stop using any sort of car seat or booster for children once they reach 3 or 4 years of age. All states throughout the U.S. and Canada have safety laws in place; if you aren’t sure what’s the law in your area, you can check this easy Safety Seat Law Guide provided by Clek. Need a little more convincing? Here are a few facts I found on Clek’s site as well:
That’s enough to make my decision pretty simple! Overall I’m pleased with the Clek and its performance. Although I don’t own any crash test dummies or a collision course for really giving the Clek a go, what I’ve seen of the Clek so far has me feeling pretty good about their product.
Have you used a Clek? Please leave a comment here and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear.