Silver Cross are a household name in pushchairs, and babies stroll in style the length and breadth of the UK. Now, Silver Cross have expanded their car seat range too!
Their new Dream iSize infant seat was a test winner in the latest round of ADAC testing, and they have a further three seats on the market:
Silver Cross Motion - iSize rotating car seat
Silver Cross Balance - group 123 forward facing seat
Silver Cross Discover - High Back Booster
We have both the Motion and the Balance in the libraries, and this review is looking at the Silver Cross Motion - rotating, plush covers and a snuggly newborn insert - let's take a closer look!
ISOFIX rotating car seats are the #1 thing that people come to the libraries to see - although they all tend to rear face, recline and rotate, they all do it slightly differently! Each seat offers the user something slightly different too, be it the method of rotating the seat, if the seat is well suited to a 3 door car, and extra touches like harness holders to make it easier to strap little one in.
The Motion is jam packed with features, it has a great recline, the headrest is easy to adjust, the covers are bamboo which help to regulate little one's temperature (and are soooo soft), and the newborn insert is super supportive.
recline and comfort
The Silver Cross Motion has 3 positions - upright, semi reclined, and reclined. When fully reclined, the seat gives a really good lying position and should avoid head flop for most little ones, so they can sleep comfortably.
When you use this seat rear facing, the recline can only be operated when the seat is facing sideways. This is quite annoying, as if you're in the back with baby on a long journey and they fall asleep, you have to wait until you can stop safely to turn the seat sideways and recline. (Never turn a seat when the vehicle is moving!)
When forward facing, the recline can be operated with the seat in position, or sideways.
This may not be an issue for many, but it is something to consider if you do undertake long journeys - or are likely to forget to recline the seat... spin it rear facing, then have to move it back around to recline, then spin back rear facing! It's not the end of the world, but it would take some getting used to.
What is great though, is being able to adjust the recline of the seat when it is facing the door! If you've been out and about and little one was sat up, but they fall asleep when you're out having adventures, you can recline the seat fully facing the door - so they are in a nice lying position as soon as they go back in the seat.
The covers on all the Silver Cross seats are bamboo, which helps to regulate little one's temperature. They are super soft and snuggly, and the newborn insert gives great support, and can be fully adjusted.
harness use and adjustment
The harness is easy to adjust the height on, and you can do it with the seat fitted - there is a little grey loop at the top of the headrest, and you simply pull that upwards, and the whole headrest and harness moves up the seat!
The harness is approved from 40cm - 105cm, and it would suit a newborn well - the newborn insert and harness pads give lots of extra support.
There are also hip pads as well as chest pads! This is a really nice feature as it prevents the harness digging into little one's legs.
We do feel that the maximum extension of the harness is quite short, and a high centile child will outgrow it long before they are age 4, so this is something to keep in mind if your little one is big for their age.
space in car and leg room
The Motion isn't the biggest of the rear facing rotating seats, and it isn't overly hungry on space - most family cars should be able to accommodate it easily.
The images in this review are taken either in a 2006 VW Golf Plus, or a 2008 Honda Civic - there is plenty of front passenger room left in both vehicles, when the Motion is fitted.
Although the Motion doesn't take up bags of space in the car, there is a trade off that comes in the form of limited leg space for rear facing. The little one in the above image is between 2-2.5 years old and has little legs (carries his height in his torso!), the best leg room was achieved by having the seat reclined.
fitting the seat
This seat fits with ISOFIX and Support leg, and it is iSize approved - this means, that if your car ISOFIX is also iSize approved, then the Motion is compatible with your vehicle.
If your car ISOFIX is pre-approved to accept an iSize seat, it must have this logo either near the ISOFIX points, or in the vehicle handbook:
If your car has standard ISOFIX (no iSize logo), then you can potentially still use the Motion, you just need to check the vehicle compatibility list, which is provided by Silver Cross.
To actually fit the seat, the ISOFIX arms extend individually, by lifting the grey lever on the side of each arm and sliding out. The ISOFIX can slide back into the seat when fitting, so you may find it easier to hold the ISOFIX arm on the grey lever, and push onto the ISOFIX point each side - this should stop the ISOFIX arms from sliding back before they connect.
Once your ISOFIX arms are attached and the indicator are green, you then need to push the whole seat back into the vehicle seat, ensuring the rebound bar is snug against the vehicle seat back.
Finally, you can lower the support leg to the floor, ensuring it goes green.
rotating the seat
The rotation button is positioned at the top of the support leg, which lends itself well to 3 door cars. The button itself is easy to operate, with a lever that you pull towards the support leg, this may work well for Parents and Carers who have limited mobility in their hands.
When the seat turns to the door for loading little one into the car, the seat does lock in the side facing position. This keeps the seat in one position, so if little one is doing a fabulous impression of an octopus at a rave, the seat won't spin about!
This does mean that you need to get in the habit of pressing the rotate button every time you move the seat from rear-side-forward, as it locks in each position.
Locking sideways isn't a deal breaker for us, but it does take some getting used to!
Remember - never use the seat in the sideways position!
Overall, we really like the Silver Cross Motion. It is easy to fit and use, and we like the position of the rotation button.
We'd prefer a bit more leg room, and the ability to recline the seat when rear facing, but it certainly isn't the end of the world!
This is a lovely seat for a newborn, especially with the bamboo covers on their delicate skin, and super padded insert.
It isn't well suited for children who are higher centile, especially if they are tall or carry their height in their body (rather than having long legs).
Silver Cross also have an app that you can download, which contains all the vehicle fitting lists, instruction manuals and video's about each seat.