Recently we have teamed up with BeSafe and have been busy trying out their Modular car seat system. When I review anything I always ensure we give it a good old test before recommending and have now been using the baby and toddler car seats for over a month. They have been up to the Peak District on a short break, dealt with plenty of car naps and Wolfie is currently asleep in his car seat at the end of my bed as he still hasn’t woken from our trip home after dinner out. Grab yourself a couple of biscuits as this is a big old review that will hopefully help you when choosing your next car seat!
As a family we rack up plenty of miles as we always like to be out exploring and so as you can imagine it is really important to me that we have car seats that ultimately meet the following criteria:
- Be Safe – I always heavily research the safety ratings of our car seats and the fact is your car seats purpose is there to protect your child in the case of an accident. Having a car seat that isn’t up to scratch can put our children’s lives at risk so it is hands down the most important thing to look for.
- Be Comfortable – My children are not great sleepers and one of the only places I can get them to fall asleep is in the car. Having a comfy car seat with plenty of padding and a good recline is important.
- Be Easy To Use – Fiddly Straps and awkward maneuverability are not desirable. Some days I might click the kids in and out of their car seats eight or nine times so I like it to be quick and easy!
- Be Aesthetically Appealing – Not an issue for some people but as a visual person I like everything in my life to be beautiful. It gives me a warm feeling inside and really why does a car seat need to look drab when it can look fab!
So how do the BeSafe Modular car seats measure up to my picky standards you may wonder.
First let’s take a look at the car seat system itself. The Modular car seat system consists of one isofix base and two seats that combined will safely carry your baby in the car from birth to approx. four years old.
Both seats boast exclusive BeSafe features that are big selling points for us. These are a couple of my favourite features that are present on both of the modular seats.
This ingenious idea makes getting children in and out of the seats a user friendly experience and ensures we never get caught in a tangle of straps. The padding on each strap has a small magnet that attaches to the sides of the seat meaning that when you unstrap your baby you can pop the straps there and lift them out with ease. The seat is then ready and waiting for when you put them in again. This gets the thumbs up from us!
Extra Side Impact Protection
Yes please! Not only is the whole modular system i-size approved and therefore future proofed for your growing family but BeSafe also go the extra mile. Each seat comes with a little box that slides on to the car door side of your baby’s car seat and provides extra side impact protection. It is simple to pop on and adds an extra unique dose of safety. It goes above and beyond the isize regulations offering 20% extra protection. What is not to love here!
Be Safe izi Go Modular
Please take a moment to appreciate the colour of this beauty, what better than a car seat that matches my baby’s eyes! This car seat is not only a Which Best Buy but was also rated ‘Very Good’ in the stringent German ADAC safety test. You cannot get much better than that for safety but this car seat is also packed with features to give your baby a comfy and stylish ride. Now let’s get into it’s top features and what Wolfie and I make of them.
We always recommend buying a car seat with an isofix base. It reduces risk of human error and also makes it so easy to lift the car seat in and out of the car with a simple click. Another bonus of the modular system and one of the reasons we recommend it so highly is again the possibility just to pop on the next seat up once your baby grows out of the infant carrier without the need for another base. The car seat can be used on several travel system prams with some simple car seat adapters. We find the placement of the handle to click the car seat off of the base to be far easier than other similar infant carriers and it causes minimum movement and noise meaning it doesn’t disrupt our sleeping Wolf cub. The isofix base is the easiest we have ever installed and even has an alarm that sounds if it is installed incorrectly! The car seat also has the option for seatbelt installation which for us is perfect for travel so we can easily take just the carrier on holiday.
Fully Extendable Sun Canopy
The sun canopy is very impressive, it feels very sturdy and allows you to fully adjust the amount of sun coverage for your baby. We tend to have the canopy half way down to effectively block the glare through the windows and so Wolfie can still easily interact with his sister. If your baby falls asleep best when in the dark with little distraction the option to pull it all the way down is great. This is also handy if your baby has fallen asleep and you want to transfer the car seat to a travel system pram and keep bubba resting.
Strapping Baby In
Unlike most infant car seats the izi Go Modular offers a five point harness with padded straps over the shoulders in combination with straps around the waist. You simply need to slot your two buckle pieces together and pop them in the slot. I have personally felt Wolfie is really secure in this car seat and have found it easy to tighten the straps around him. A top tip is to make sure you always take off your babies coat or other thick/air filled layers before you strap them in. Not only is it difficult to strap a baby in when they are all dressed up but it is extremely unsafe as the straps will not be as tight as they should be. Please check out BeSafe’s recent post on how to keep baby warm in other ways and why it is so important to take their coats off.
A Tailored Fit
The little squidge we brought home from the hospital is now a cheeky almost one year old and certainly not so little. Whilst we haven’t been using this car seat from birth I love its flexibility when it comes to adapting to the size of a rapidly growing baby. There is a removable cushion section as well as removable head cushions which will not only guarantee your newborn a cosy, snug ride but also provide your larger baby space. We have removed all the cushions and Wolfie is cosy and is in a comfortable position for his size. I particularly love the head support as it ensures Wolfie’s head is snug and doesn’t flop from side to side. The strap height should be adjusted to always be level with your babies shoulders, it is also okay if it is slightly below but never above their shoulders for safety reasons. Adjusting this is really easy through the back of the car seat.
Be Safe Modular I-size
The seat we have all been talking about. Some of its features are so unique they are evolutionary!
This car seat has been so well received by Taormina, she absolutely loves it and I’ve asked her what her favourite features are so I’ll treat you to the opinion that matters in a moment. This seat is appropriate for children from approximately six months old to four years old rear facing so naturally I’ve tested it out on both children to give you an idea of how it suits a baby and a toddler near both ends of the age range.
The legroom this car seat offers is nothing short of incredible for a rearfacing car seat. Not even a person who questions “where will their legs go?” could be disappointed with the amount of room on offer. All the legroom is also at no compromise to space for the front passenger as it is all achieved in a compact footprint. It is recommended an older child sit in an upright position and this creates the most legroom by far. There is also the option to extend using the footplate on the isofix base so your little one can really stretch out. Taormina has never moaned about not having enough space in any seat as she has always been rearfacing however in this seat she actually gets really excited as it is almost like sitting in the position of a chair. My initial impression when seeing the relatively short seat section was that it may not be comfortable but it is quite the opposite and the clever design results in oodles of leg room. In fact it is the ‘best in class’ for this type of car seat. If you still aren’t sure about legroom in a rear facing car seat check out this post about why children should be rearfacing for longer as this car seat really can offer true extended rearfacing for your child.
It would be rude to ignore the gorgeous Scandinavian design of this car seat. The fabric colourways range from cool neutrals to eye catching brights and my absolute favourite Sea Green Melange is stunning. The fabrics have a premium, minimalist feel to them and the overall design is clean and modern. Every time Taormina sees her car seat she says ‘Mummy its beautiful!’
For some this may indeed be the top selling point as many rearfacing car seats cause babies heads to flop forward which is something we have not experienced with the Modular i-size. It is recommended that children over a certain height should use the seat upright when rearfacing but we have been fully reclining Taormina at her nap times in the car and no kidding she is literally lying down, snug as a bug. Wolfie is no exception here and he can enjoy the extra space this seat has to offer with an even bigger recline than the infant car seat provides.
Grows with your child
Again the Modular system really does have it all when caring for your child in the car from birth to approx four years. The BeSafe Modular i-size can be used with extra padding and easily adjusted headrest and straps from six months old. Padding can gradually be removed as needed and as per BeSafe guidelines as your child grows. There is also an option to use the seat forward facing if desired once your child gets taller. However, BeSafe have provided a car seat that can keep your child comfortably rear facing for a long time! Wolfie currently has the padding cushions in the seat and seems really comfortable. I felt it may look far too big for him but it adjusts perfectly to his size.
Ease of Use
It is important to us that we can easily move the seat from car to car and this has been a breeze as it feels so lightweight. The Modular isofix base has a single leg that folds compactly underneath and the seat itself is also very easy to swap in and out. Popping both a baby and toddler in and out of the seat is really easy. Taormina finds it much easier to climb into this car seat than she does her other one as it has lower sides and sits closer to the seat of the car and it is therefore also easier to strap her in.
Any Bad Stuff?
NOTHING! Honestly. I have done a bit of hunting for negatives of this car seat system and being honest I struggled to find anything. The seats do sit at the higher end price point for a car seat but to me it is not expensive. The reason I say this is that we all prioritise where our money goes, for me a priority is a safe car seat at the top of its class in safety ratings. Forward facing my children as babies is not an option I would consider and for now most i-size extended rearfacing car seats come with a higher price tag. I’d rather skip the spa day or expensive baby clothes etc to afford a car seat that gives me peace of mind that my children are as safe as possible when driving.
Another point to add is that if you are buying the Modular car seat system to use from birth I believe it is actually extremely economical to be able to use the same base for both car seats rather than buy a whole separate seat unit when baby grows out of their infant car seat. The first cost is simply for the isofix base and izi Go Modular and around a year later all you need to buy is the Modular i-size car seat.
I cannot recommend this car seat system enough. It meets all my criteria and more and we really enjoy using it each day. I really hope this has been helpful if you are wondering whether the car seats are for you!
Have you tried the Modular car seat system or other BeSafe car seats?
Disclaimer: Thank you to BeSafe for providing me with the Modular car seat system to review and as always for promoting extended rearfacing car seats.