We have had the Clek Foonf car seats for both boys since Damien was about 6 months old, so for more than a year and a half now. Prior to that, Aiden was in the Britax Boulevard seat. It had been our intention to keep the Britax and pass it on to Damien, getting Aiden a harness/booster combination seat when he was older. Unfortunately, we started running into problems with our Britax and we just never seemed able to get it tight enough – it was hard to both tighten and loosen, no matter how we tried to adjust it.
Sleeping in his foonf just today!
We have now had the Clek Foonf for over 1.5 years and have had no issues loosening or tightening the straps – it’s still just as easy as when we purchased the seats, despite all the sand and grit and crumbs that get trapped around the straps of any seat.
The foonf was a new seat at the time we purchased them, and we were definitely impressed with the look of the seat, it’s safety features and the fact that it is recyclable. We also wanted a seat that would last both boys a long time, as we don’t plan to move to a booster even when Aiden hits 40 lbs, the booster minimum. Damien, in fact, is still rear-facing, as he’s not yet 30 lbs and doesn’t seem to mind. The rules were different when Aiden was young, and he was much fussier in the car, so we turned him forward-facing closer to 1 year. Such different kids.
The narrower profile of the seats was definitely something that appealed to us, and we have no issues with either seat pushing the driver or passenger seats forward too much. If you needed to, you could line 3 of the Clek seats in one row, possibly even better with their newly released slim Fllo system.
We will be able to use the foonf seats until the boys are 65lbs or 49” tall, so we’re good for a while, neither boy is very large! :)
Today we are the proud new owners of a wagon. A 2012 VW Golf Wagon TDI, to be specific. We put in our order for the car about a month ago, but weren’t expecting to get to take it home until December. Thankfully, someone pulled out of purchasing the exact model / colour we wanted, and we got our car today!
Aiden was very excited to get to drive home in the new car, and I’m very excited to get to drive it starting tomorrow! We will be a 2 car family for about 2 weeks, until we’re able to pass along our old car.
We always thought our next car would be a hybrid, but instead we’re with a diesel for now. The wagon offers loads more trunk space than our current Civic, which was our primary reason for wanting the upgrade. With our trunk always carrying ‘basics’ such as a stroller and spare snacks and water, a big trip for groceries always ended up being complicated. Now, there’s even enough room to change Aiden’s diaper in the trunk, if needed (much easier than the bucket seats)!
If your car looks anything like ours, it’s strewn with Cherrios and other snacks, toys, blankets and stuffed animals, plus packages of snacks, wipes and other kid-necessities. It drives me crazy and makes for taking on extra passengers embarrassing.
In my first attempt to organize the clutter, I bought a backseat organizer like this one but soon found that the angle of our seat meant the toys fell out of the pouches and the big stuff still ended up on the seat. Last week, I bought a new organizer bag that fits in the centre seat of our car and it’s been perfect!!
Although the bag can double as a cooler, with a strap to remove from the car, for us it’s an organizational dream. I can stash away toys, books, water bottles, snacks and all sorts of other goodies. I put Aiden’s two “car loveys” at the top of the bin, so he can easily reach them when he wants them. Having to reach around to give or take things away was driving me crazy.
Aiden seems pretty content with being able to reach what he wants from the box and knows to put it back there now, instead of throwing it on the floor. Success!