Mothers Choice Celestial car seat Summary
NOT Recommended – Too many issues make the Celestial car seat an inappropriate seat of choice for many parents and these issue may cause you to turn your child around forward facing sooner than many other parents.
Mothers Choice Celestial Description
The Mothers Choice Celestial car seat is a newborn to 4 years baby car seat. The Mothers Choice Celestial car seat is using the same shell as many other Mothers choice car seats; such as the cherish, the mystique, the embrace and the Emperor. The Mothers Choice Celestial will only keep your child rear facing up to around 12 months of age and then forward facing to and average age of 30 months to 3 years of age before they outgrow the seat.
Limitations of the Mothers choice Celestial
The Mothers Choice Celestial car seat is limited in use due primarily to the small shell, low height markers and the exit marker being just above the turn around marker. 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.
The Tether strap buckle is located at the rear of the seat and does not have sufficient length to be used on the side of the restraint. The positioning of the buckle makes it difficult to loosen and to tighten the tether strap when your child is in rear facing mode. Due to these problem many parents turn their child around earlier than they would normally if the buckle had been on the side of the restraint.
Which Seat Belt path
Confusing Parents even further are 2 x Forward facing seat belt paths of the Mothers Choice Celestial car seat is a huge problem as parents will not know which is the correct 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 Celestial works well in rear facing mode with the installation being stable and secure and being able to loosen and tighten the harness easily. Placing your child into the rear facing mode and into the car seat will be difficult unless your car has a high roof and low seats.
Forward facing – due to the limitations, I class this car seat as a fail and cannot recommend this baby car seat in forward facing mode and 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 this seat and the money you may save will be spent in purchasing a new seat as well you will be turning your child around sooner than many other parents.i I would look for a second hand car seat meeting at the very least the 2010 standard such as a Infa Kompressor or a Meridian Tilt and Adjust.
The possibility of an incorrect installation is very high..