Our 4 year old has always been rear facing and as he’s still well within the weight and height limit for extended rear facing seats we were delighted to review the Axkid Minikid car seat.
The car seat is suitable for children in the weight range of 0-25kg (around 125 cm and 6 years old). My youngest is well within this range at 4 years old, so I can see it lasting for at least another 2 years.
The Axkid Minikid was fairly easy to install. Yes, it may seem a bit more of a faff than those that click into isofix, but once you’ve fitted it a couple of times it really doesn’t take long. There are two tether straps at the back that need to attach to the seat in front. It depends on the type of car you have, some already have tether strap loops on the floor of the car, but many will be like ours and you will need to loop around the additional strap to clip on the tethers.
There is a reclining leg that needs to be extended out and touching the floor of the footwell. I’m used to doing this with our other rear facing seat, however I did find the leg a bit shorter than expected with Axkid Minikid. As far as I’m aware Axkid are offering a leg extender for those who have bought this batch and the next set of seats that should be out now will have a longer leg, which would be much better for cars like ours.
Once the seat has been fitted using the tethers, recliner leg and the lap belt through the front of the chair, you can tighten up the tether straps automatically. I thought this was a great feature, as pulling tether straps tight by hand can be hard work, as I’ve found out with other seats! A little wiggle and they tighten up keeping the seat rigid and without worries of straps not being tight enough.
This version of the Axkid Minikid car seat has an innovative side impact protection (ASIP), which should be placed on the car door side of the seat. I will admit this was not as easy to fit as the booklet made out! There is a little zip on the side of the seat’s cover, which reveals the raised plastic area that you need to slide the ASIP onto. Unfortunately as the cover is quite tight the zip can get in the way of attaching the ASIP. After a lot of fiddling I did manage to attach it. This is an optional part of fitting the Axkid Minikid car seat. However, as it has been developed with a recognised crash institute in Germany to protect children from side impact collisions, it’s highly recommended to attach it to the seat.
I love how easy the cover is to remove! It’s attached by poppers and can easily be pulled off and thrown in the washing machine when children have accidents or simply get food everywhere! Kids car seats can get quite disgusting if not cleaned throughout the year.
Another great feature is the thicker headrest, which my 4 year old appears to love as it’s easy to rest his head on whilst sleeping. The headrest can be lifted to the correct height for the child and in doing so it automatically adjusts the length of the straps. You can also lock the headrest in place with the little lever above.
There’s a reason that they say don’t work with children! Ha ha, my boy may well go into acting one day, he certain likes to play different moods for the camera!
The Axkid Minikid is a great car seat for extended rear facing. My 4 year old reliably tells me it’s very comfortable and I personally find it quite easy to fit. The only downside is the length of the recliner leg, which should be fixed in the batch for sale this month, so shouldn’t be an issue. Although the ASIP was fiddly to attach, once it attached it doesn’t need to be removed again, just persevere when attaching it.
I’m sure my son will be very comfy in his new car seat for the next couple of years!
* We were sent this car seat for the purpose of this review, however all opinions (and crazy children) are my own.