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The Bambino Roadster Car Seat is Back Again! Emily 26 FEB 2015

It’s hard to think that back in 2011, around Jessica’s first birthday we splashed out and bought a pretty fancy car seat in the form of the Bambino Roadster. Four years later, and just after Emily’s first birthday, we’ve retrieved the Bambino Roadster from storage (thanks Monty and Cheryl for finding the cupboard space for it!), dusted it off, and set it up for round 2 of serving the Lötter family!

emily lotter sitting in the bambino roadster car seat

Although, when I say dusted it off, and set it up for round 2, it turns out that the process wasn’t quite as simple as what I make it out to be. You see, as with most baby/toddler used equipment, the Roadster was pretty damn dirty – full of unidentified smears and stains, and more importantly, full of lengthy cat hair. This of course meant that Chantelle deemed it due a wash in the washing machine.

So she dutifully took everything apart, washed it, and then over the course of the next MONTH, tried to reassemble the thing! (Basically, the Roadster is a pretty damn complex chair to try and figure out!)

In the end, Chantelle resorted to calling up Michelle Oosthuizen, the encylopedia of all child-related things, and when verbal instructions failed, Michelle recorded a full on tutorial video, which became then the key to Chantelle finally finishing (with a lot of swearing) the puzzle that is the disassembled Bambino Roadster car seat!

Of course, I just stood by and smirked, chuckled and in general found the whole ordeal particularly funny from start to finish. After all, I told Chantelle not to mess with the damn thing in the first place!

However, that said, my heart did break for my poor wife, because the very next morning after finishing putting the chair back together, she handed Emily a banana for breakfast. Sadly for Chantelle, Emily was all over the Bambino Roadster like an ant in a sugar bowl, resulting in the Roadster completely covered in smeared banana – stains which don’t just wipe off thanks to the Bambino’s type of material covering.

Sigh, looks like someone will have to disassemble again! :)

Our Second Baby Car Seat: The Bambino Grand Prix Jessica | My Life 11 NOV 2011

So unbelievably, Jessica is now too big for the carry seat that came with the pram, the one I’ve been using as a temporary car seat to cart Jessica to day care in. Of course, we do already own a beautiful and very good baby car seat in the form of the Bambino Roadster seat we bought a couple of months ago, but obviously we now need another one.

So enter the Bambino Grand Prix car and booster seat, courtesy of Toys R Us! :)

A step down from the awesome Roadster, the Grand Prix is what I would call Bambino’s midrange baby seat, rated for 9 to 36kgs, in other words for Groups 1, 2 and 3. It lacks the recline ability of the Roadster and is perhaps slightly less padded, but it is solidly built, fairly easy to install, and would appear to give a comfortable ride to Miss Jessica, who is always more happy when she can just about see out the side windows.

I guess the only thing left now is for me to join Chantelle and also get one of those Baby Onboard stickers… well onboard! :)

The Bambino Roadster Car Seat Jessica | My Life 18 OCT 2011

Chantelle and I have been on a bit of a buying spree in terms of Jessica as of late, having in quick succession bought her a brilliant Bambino Roadster car and booster seat as well as a too cute for words Chariot feeding chair system, much to the horror of our bank account balances of course! :)

(Never mind the ultra cute duck-laden non slip rubber bath mat thing, with squishy bath toys, now that Miss Dribble Monster baths in the big bath!)

Of course, this is what I should have written well over a month ago when we first bought all of this stuff, but seeing as I have been a bit slack on the life and Jessica blog posts as of late, I’m only picking up on this one now!

With Jessica fast outgrowing the little baby seat that comes as part of the pram, we needed to invest in a proper car seat for her, and as such we set out to the mall, targeting in particular both Toys R Us and Baby Boom. I didn’t realize the variance in terms of what is being offered in the car seat range, but it quickly became apparent that you get what you pay for, and so we both decided on the Bambino Roadster chair from Baby Boom, a middle of the range car seat ringing in at R1,500.

The nice thing about this one, apart from the fact that it appears to be quite rugged, very adjustable and rather padded, is that it can be used for group classifications 0+,I,II and III, bearing a weight from 0 to 36 kg – in other words this is a car seat that can last us for a number of years! Another bonus is it comes with a base that turns it into a rear facing seat for Group 0+, perfect for us at the moment with little Jessica who still hasn’t quite hit the weight mark which allows her to be forward facing in a normal car seat.

(And on top of all this, I even happen to like the design!)

Installing the seat is a little tricky and so it is best to keep the manual close at hand when attempting this, though we did run into quite a major obstacle when installing it in Chantelle’s Hyundai Getz – our seat belts are too short to do the necessary wraparounds properly!! Nevertheless, we have jury-rigged it to an extent that it will work for now until we can flip it around to be forward facing, though it does mean Chantelle can’t have any front passengers sitting next to her when she drives!

In any event, Jessica fits snugly in the chair, sits quite comfortably, and is seeming to enjoy the view offered by the higher seating position.

As for the pram’s baby chair, well that now inhabits my car for when I need to take Jessica on short hops, like to day care for instance.

So yeah, I’m pretty happy with the purchase we made and will definitely recommend the Bambino Roadster to any parent concerned with the safety of their baby whilst travelling – it’s well built, quite flexible in terms of use, looks good, well padded and comes in at a fair price when ignoring the bottom of the range stuff.