It is important to me that my children are not only safe, but comfortable as well. This is true when we head out in the van, whether for a short trip or a long one. When they are younger, they are securely fastened into a carseat. However, the older girls have graduated into booster seats and this has presented a problem. Unlike a carseat, there is no where for their heads to rest if they were to fall asleep. They tend to slump over, which is not only uncomfortable, it is also unsafe as they are no longer being held properly by the seat belt. This is why I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to review the Booster Seat Headrest from Cardiff Products.
The Booster Seat Headrest come with a base, two padded arms with removable, washable sleeves, two universal hooks and knobs, and an instruction guide.
I always tend to read the instruction guide to make sure I am assembling products properly, and I did with this as well. However, it is so simple to put together, I probably didn't really need it.
As you can see, there are little buttons on the side of the padded arm. These buttons are what help you or your child adjust the arms. The instructions clearly state that these are to face out when attaching the arm to the base. The sturdy tabs fit into the hole on the base.
As you can see here, the arm is now attached.
Or wait, is it? When we first put our headrest together, it seemed secure, it was "in" as far as I could push it. However, after Tabitha would lay against it, the arm would fall off. Um, oops, not good at all. When we looked at it again, after I contacted the company and was sent a replacement because they assumed I had been sent a discontinued model, I realized I just didn't have the strength to fit the tab all the way through. My husband was able to push it through and we could now tell it was tightly secure.
There are also two of these hook and knob combinations.
In order to attach the base of the headrest to your vehicles headrest, you probably will have to lift the van's headrest to get to the posts, as I did. The hook wraps around the post and then comes through the hole of the base. The knob is then twisted securely on the hook.
Important note: If you vehicle does not have accessible headrest posts, you will not be able to use this product.
Simple as that, my daughter now has a place to rest her head if she falls asleep when we are on the road.
Here she is trying it out. We are just sitting in the parking lot, so she didn't put her seat belt on.
Once we got past the fact that the arm wasn't all the way into the base, this headrest worked a lot better. When we got the replacement, we attached it on the headrest where Amelia sits, however, I wasn't able to get a picture as it was too dark in the back seat. It stays secure and helps to support my daughter's head when she falls asleep. Now, if she were to fall asleep with her head bobbing forward, this wouldn't help, of course. However, as long as she is leaning against it when she falls asleep, it appears to do the job.
It is reassuring to know that she can now sleep comfortably and safely.
I have noted the concern of making sure the arm is all the way into the hole in the base earlier in the review. I also need to mention that, even though it is simple to put together, it is not actually that easy. You have to have the strength the push that tab through that hole. I tried different angles, holding it differently, even adjusting the headrest to a different position but there is no give to the sturdy tab. My husband offered to help, but I wanted to see if I would be able to put it together independently. Finally, I was able to get the right leverage and angle to get it to go in. My husband didn't have as much trouble putting the second one together as he is stronger. I did try myself, but between the time we tried out the first headrest and receiving the second, I had injured my wrist somehow.
As long as you have the strength and don't have an injured wrist, this headrest is easy to install. Attaching it to the headrest can be done by one person, but it is helpful to have a second set of hands to help steady the base while the hook is screwed on. It is simple to adjust to different positions, though it says there are 14 and it only actually clicks into 4 positions. To me, if it only actually clicks in to four positions, it would seem there really are only four positions. When not in use, it can be positioned all the way up to keep it out of the way.
Important note: While this product can help with comfort and support, it is NOT meant to be a safety device. and will not prevent injuries in a crash.
Even though we did have a couple of issues, I would still recommend the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest. My daughter said it is definitely more comfortable to have somewhere to rest her head. She is safer because she is not slouched away from the seat belt.
The Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest sells for $49.99 and is recommended for ages 4 and up.
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This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.
The giveaway runs December 8th through December 20th.
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Disclosure: I received the Cardiff Booster Seat Headrest in exchange for my honest review. I received no further compensation. This did not in any way influence my review. I only recommend products I use personally and feel will be a good products for my readers.