Mothers Choice Celestial car seat Summary
NOT Recommended – There are too many issues with Mothers Choice Celestial car seat. The shell of the celestial is very small; you will turn your child around earlier than many other parents. The manual rethread means that in forward facing mode, the harness will be at the incorrect position, not securing your child a well as it should be. In forward facing mode the most secure position is upright; this may cause head flop for your child. Lastly the possibility for incorrect installation forward facing is very high; due to two forward facing seat belt paths.
The Mothers Choice Celestial car seat is a newborn to 4 years (baby car seat). The Mothers Choice Celestial is using the same shell as many other Mothers Choice car seats such as
- the Cherish,
- the Mystique,
- the Embrace
- the Allure
- the Avoro
- and the Emperor
Mothers Choice Celestial Description
Very few parents will get the full 4 years out of the car seat; with an average usage of between 2 and 2.5 years. The short usage is due to the small shell, the small head adjustment and lower height markers.
Limitations of the Mothers choice Celestial
The small shell of the Mothers Choice Celestial car seat; means you will not get the full 0 to 4 years. The low shoulder height markers mean; you will turn your child around earlier and hit the exit mark earlier.
Alternative small baby car seats which offer better recline angle for your child, they are narrower and you will get the full 0-4 yrs out of the seat include the Graphene and the Quattro.
Top Tether Issue
A second limitation of the Mothers Choice Celestial; is that in rear facing mode the ,buckle adjustment is at the back of the seat; making it difficult to loosen and to tighten. The result; parents will turn their child around earlier due to the difficulty of use, and avoid bumping bubs head every time, you put bubs into the rear facing car seat.
Which Seat Belt path
The Mothers Choice Celestial has two forward facing seat bet paths. How is a parent meant to know which seat belt path to use to provide the safest installation. When the seat belt path at the back of the seat is used then when you tighten the seat the restraint will rotate around the seat belt and move forward.
When the front seat belt path is used; the seat can rotate towards the roof unless the seat is made very upright, causing a younger child’s head to flop forward, in very few cases the recline angle can be used.
Using the Mothers Choice Celestial
Rear Facing – The mothers choice emperor works well in rear facing mode; with the installation being stable and secure and being able to loosen and tighten the harness easily. however unless your car has a high roof and low seats then placing your child in rear facing mode will b e difficult (due to difficulty in loosening the tether strap).
Forward facing – Due to the limitations mentioned above; I would class this car seat as a fail. I cannot recommend this baby car seat in forward facing mode; and would suggest to purchase a new extended rear facing convertible car seat to keep your child rear facing longer before going forward facing
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Mothers choice Celestial car seat Summary
NOT Recommended – There are too many issues with Mothers Choice Celestial car seat. The shell of the celestial is very small; you will turn your child around earlier than many other parents. The manual rethread means that in forward facing mode, the harness will be at the incorrect position, not securing your child a well as it should be. In forward facing mode the most secure position is upright; this may cause head flop for your child.
The possibility of an incorrect installation is very high..