Child Car Seats & Why Rear-face as long as possible

Christian is 6 ft tall and I am 5’4. It is not easy finding child car seats so we can arrange them in our car without it bothering the driver seat.  After EXTENSIVE research we decided upon purchasing two Clek Fllo child car seats in Noire . Details of our research are listed below for the Fllo, Foonf and Oobr and the reasons for why we still rear-face our 3 year old.

Our 3 year old, Niklaus, is REAR facing behind the my passenger seat and our 5 year old, Anja, is forward facing in the center. These car seats are safe, easy to install and have a small footprint. Previously we could only fit Anja forward facing behind Christian and the center seat was not use-able. Now, there is an extra seat behind Christian. (Pictures will be added later)


Why Rear-Face your child as long as possible? 

Rear-face your child as long as possible. The average age in Sweden to keep children rear-facing is 4 to 5  years old it is important that we follow them as they have the lowest child fatality rate on Earth. After rear-facing as long as possible, forward-face as long as possible (until 8 if possible) and then use a booster seat. Facts/articles listed below:

  1. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) 2009 article advises that young children travel in rear facing seats until they are 4 years old
  2. Another article from the BMJ in Injury Prevention shows that 1-2 year olds were 5X SAFER in side impact crashes in the rear-facing position vs forward-facing
  3. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA recommedations PDF) recommend children remain rear-facing until they are too tall or too heavy for their convertible car seat – until at least age 2, longer if possible.
  4. Here is a New York Times article with more information about rear-facing

 



  • Clek Fllo child car seat(this is what have for Anja and Niklaus)
  • Clek Foonf child car seat (this is the larger version of the Fllo) – same safety
  • Clek Oobr Booster seat (this is what we’ll use once they outgrow the Fllo seats)

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Details of the Fllo, Foonf and Oobr are listed below.



These are two of the most impressive convertible car seats sold in Canada. Why?

  1. Extended rear-facing installation: These convertible car seats let you rear face up to 40 lbs in Canada with 25-43″ in height (until their 4th birthday!)
  2. Forward facing weight limit is 22-65lbs and 30-49″ in height.
  3. There is an Anti-rebound bar for use in rear-facing mode which helps stabilize and limits rotation of the car seat, further helping protect your child.
  4. Reinforced by a steel and magnesium sub-structure
  5. Energy absorbing foam-lined headrest which are connected to the frame with STEEL RODS for side impact protection. There are also energy absorbing foam layers BOTH inside and outside of the frame to absorb energy from side impact collisions.
  6. Smaller footprint (narrow width) so you can fit 2 or 3 car seats into your vehicle (under 17″ at it’s widest point and 13″ at the base)
  7. Easy installation, fits snuggly, does not wiggle! I spent way too much time fitting in our old child-seats, making sure they don’t wiggle around on the car seats.
  8. Comfortable for long rides. Most other car seats are plastic with a thin fabric/foam lining. Why do we get to sit in comfortable car seats while our children sit on hard plastic?
  9. When the headrest is fully extended the shell is 26″ in shell height while most others top out at 24″. This means your child won’t outgrow the child seat by weight before height.
  10. Foonf and Fllo are pretty much the same but the Fllo weighs 13lbs lighter than the Foonf. So we chose the lighter of the two child seats which also provides better visibility out of the rear-windows because it has a lower profile.
  11. We don’t let our kids snack/drink in the car because we don’t drive long distances but these seats are Greenguard Select Certified and provide protection against stains, moisture, odor-causing bacteria and are free of brominated & chlorinated flame retardants


Why buy the Clek Fllo?

  1. The smaller version of the Foonf
  2. Integrated flip foot for rear-facing
  3. Features crumple zones through its Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology, or EACT safety system (Aluminum Honeycomb Safety System) designed to reduce the forces to a forward-facing child in a collision
Seating Depth 12.5 in.
Harness-Slot Height 8–17 in.
Width 13–17 in.
Fore-Aft Measurement in Rear-Facing 32.5 in.
Height Measurement in Rear-Facing 23.5–27 in.
Fore-Aft Measurement in Forward-Facing 24 in.
Height Measurement in Forward-Facing 26–31 in.
Seat Weight 25 lb (28 lb with Anti-Rebound Bar)

 



Why buy the Clek Foonf

  1. The larger of the 2 car seats from Clek
  2. The REACT Safety System integrated into every Foonf protects your child like crumple zones in cars.
Seating Depth 12.5 in.
Seating Height 21.5–26 in.
Harness-Slot Height 8–17 in.
Width 13–17 in.
Fore-Aft Measurement in Rear-Facing 33 in.
Height Measurement in Rear-Facing 25.75–28.75 in.
Seat Weight in Forward-Facing 32 in.
Seat Weight in Rear-Facing 36 lb


Why buy the Clek Oobr?

Height/Weight restrictions: 40-57″ in height and 40-100 lbs in weight

  1. Full back booster seat with adjustable head rests
  2. Recline mode for when your child is sleeping
  3. Removable back for backless booster for older children
  4. Energy absorbing foam layers so less force is transmitted to your child
  5. Metal sub-structure – magnesium back frame
  6. Rigid UAS locks the seat into place providing extra stability (other booster seats do not have this!)
  7. Audible “click” so you know you’ve installed it properly
  8. Rated “Best Bet” for 4 consecutive years by Insurance Institute for Highways Safety (IIHS)
  9. Structural headrests with deep side wings that connect to the magnesium frame with steel rods for improve head protection.

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