Niall’s virtual diary archives – Thursday 26th March 2015

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Thursday 26th March 2015: 12.41pm. Location: Dromahane.

Added 50% to the value of our fifteen year old car with this hideously expensive new car seat for Clara which ought to last her till she is four. As you can see, it faces backwards - this is one of the extended rear facing toddler seats so expensive in Britain and Ireland as we don't have a tradition of facing toddlers backwards here, unlike in Europe where in some countries it is illegal for them to face forwards before age five (facing backwards is five times safer for toddlers). Anyway the price differential between the cheapest extended rear facing seat and this rotating one was only forty euro, so for that I figured it is worth the convenience and lack of back strain. Plus you can feed her easily from the back seat now while the car is moving as it rotates 360 degrees. Still, I can't say I like being price gouged for safety, in 2018 extended rear facing seats become mandatory in all of Europe, and they are far cheaper in Europe than here. Problem is delivery costs, seats are heavy and bulky, so mail order makes no sense :( Still all said it is a very nice seat, top tier Anglo-German manufacturer. And Clara seems to like it, it has a multi stage recline so she can lie back and sleep without her head falling forwards.
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