Foonf.

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Pre-baby me would have balked at shelling out nearly $500 on a car seat. A seat that my child has puked in, shit in (hello, leaky diapers), and has screamed in protest while sitting in. While I don’t drive, Kevin does, and as a family we like to do things like; road-trip. I wouldn’t say my child spends an exorbitant amount of time in the seat, but he does sit in it quite a bit, and having him sit in something safe became exponentially important to me once I became a mother.

Even while pregnant, I was somewhat oblivious to car seat safety and technology despite immersing myself in all things BABY. I read everything from What to Expect to Ina May’s books, but nowhere in any of them did it tell me about the proper tightness of harnesses, chest clips sitting at the child’s armpits, and rearfacing till the child turns four. It just wasn’t talked about… Until I met the wonderful Alyssa AKA “squishymommy” on instagram who was smack-dab in the middle of a heated argument over strapping a baby into a car seat correctly.
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Alyssa, a CPST – Child passenger Safety Technician in the state of Illinois, knows her car seats. She outlined her journey from crazy car seat lady to CPST on the blog last year, and genuinely has a passion for keeping all kids safe. While pregnant I watched her tell other parents about keeping the infant carrier off the top of a shopping car as it wasn’t designed to sit up there and can become a tipping hazard. I learned why it’s called a “chest clip” and not a “belly clip.” She also showed me how to install our seats, and why after market products that aren’t tested by the car seat manufacturer are a big no-no.

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I’m in no way as fanatic about car seats as Alyssa, and am not a CPST, but as a mom who wants the best for my kid, I have done quite a bit of my own research into which seats are a good fit for each family. For us, that is the Foonf. We adore this seat.

It looks great.
It smells great.
It installs great.
It’s just great.

Why does it smell good? Well, it doesn’t trap odors in it like seat we had when Atticus was an infant. Chances are, somewhere along the lines of being a parent, your child will have a leaky diaper. Now what happens if that leaky diaper happens while the child is sitting in his car seat? Ugh oh, is right! The majority of car seats cannot be fully washed and that foam padding underneath the fabric traps in odors terribly. The Crypton fabric Clek uses wicks away liquid and really is all it claims to be.

This seat is badass looking. White and green, black on black, Paul Frank fabrics, and a rainbow of colors in between… This seat is pretty. Kids think it is cool looking too! A friend switched her daughter back to rearfacing at four years old when she saw her little brothers Foonf, even though her daughter had been forward facing the last two years.

Atticus loves sitting in this seat. I swear he says “Foonf” in his very jumbled 18-month old speak. He gets to sit high up and see out the back window as well as both sides. He sits in the middle position, and I sit next to him for most car rides. It doesn’t leave me feeling squished, and if Kevin wasn’t 6’4 and had his seat pushed all the way back, someone else could sit behind him comfortably too.

The last seat we had led to fighting Atticus into it every. single. time. He hated it. We use a Boulevard or a Scenera while traveling, and while these seats are great options at a more affordable price poung, Atticus is not a fan. Alyssa can tell you about Atticus’ protest of sitting in the Scenera during a very long drive to Kentucky last year for ABC.

Like with every great thing there are pros and cons, the Foonf has far more pros, but here are my thoughts on the downsides of the Foonf.

Cons
It is so heavy, I cannot travel with it. I travel solo with Atticus at least once a month, and cannot uninstall this seat, lug it through the airport and on to the plane with Atticus on my back all while toting our luggage.
It took me thirty minutes of cramming to get the anti-rebound bar installed onto the seat.
The price tag. It does sting a little.

Pros
Atticus sits high up and can see out the windows, he really likes that part.
This thing is built like a beast. The steel frame of this seat, makes install a breeze as it does much of the heavy pulling and tugging for you.
Clek releases their crash test numbers.
They don’t just meet the minimums, they exceed them.
It will last us a very long time.
The height and weight limits for rearfacing are 43″ or 50 lbs
Forward facing limits are 49″ and 65 lbs.

Some Foonf parents tout that “you can’t put a price on safety!” I really hate when they say that, because safety shouldn’t be a privilege, it should be a right. Clek offers families a line of items that may come with a hefty price tag, but have unsurpassed quality. For anyone that can’t afford a Foonf, I wish I was liquid enough to send you one, but there are amazing options out there. All US seats have to be tested to pass a certain amount of safety standards, so whether you spend $50 on a Cosco Scenera, $225 on a Britax Boulevard or $499 on the Clek Foonf; the seat you are buying for your bundle of joy did pass the same safety standards.

If you are on the fence about purchasing this seat… Do it! It will be some of the best money you will ever spend on gear. If you are looking to purchase the seat, please look into supporting a local retailer, or the seat can be purchased at clekinc.com

Safe travels!


I wasn’t paid for this review, and Clek being a sponsor of MommyCon has nothing to do with my opinion on the seat we started using prior to working with them.

About the author

Xza
Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

6 Comments

  1. Alyssa Laughlin -  June 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    I love the look of this carseat I wish it came in orange! 🙂

  2. Laney -  June 27, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    Penny & Alli need foonfs for daddy’s car! Now only to convince him 😉 haha.

  3. Maranda -  June 28, 2013 - 10:06 am

    I read that you can install the seat without the bar to get a different angle for older kid. Does that compromise the safe of the seat? I’ve also read the seat is huge. Is it going to fit RF to the seats limits in my Chevy truck? If I can not use it to the seats limits there’s no point in purchasing it.
    Thanks 🙂

    • Xza -  June 28, 2013 - 1:11 pm

      It is “huge,” but a small footprint. It’s very narrow at only 17,” Jessica has two of these in the back of her truck.
      I don’t know anything about not using the anti-rebound bar, but will find out for you.

  4. Jesse Ruth -  June 29, 2013 - 6:27 am

    The foonf works great for our family. Ordered ours when our daughter was 23 months. She loves it and we think it is grand. The anti rebound bar does an amazing job keeping things tight and sturdy. We use the belt path with the very nice locks — as we have an older mini van. Feels so much more 10x secure compared to her chicco key fit ((which I thought was very nice while it was in use until I tried the foonf)). Most importantly your wee one can stay rear facing until they are 50lbs or 43 in. I opted for no fancy colors, just chose drift because it shipped in 2 days and was $400 on amaZon. Well worth it I feel and was a purchase inspired by my 93 year old grandma who feels a top of the line item will stand the test of time. Foonf has a ten year use limit and can then be sent back for recycling.

  5. laura lee -  July 12, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    I have this seat and it makes me very happy. Its bright pink! $400 bucks from Magic Beans… I became obsessed with it after seeing a post from MommyCon where the BabyGuyNYC was showcasing carseats. I thought “Really? I’m obsessed with a CARSEAT?!? Who AM I?” I guess I was surprised at how much i *didn’t* know, once I started asking questions.

    I would like car seat education to be mandatory whenever a person starts their baby registry.
    (I just lucked out and listened to a friend who bought a Cybex Aton because it was light)

    Thanks for doing what you girls are doing. See you at MommyCon Philly!

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