Before I even began this blog post, I was intrigued by the name Olli so I had to Google it. What I learned is that the origin of the name is Finnish and it’s a short form of Olaf. Olaf is of Old Norse origin, and its meaning is “what remains of the ancestors”. Not sure what, if anything, that has to do with this product but I like the name Olli. It’s cute, memorable and easy to spell – which eliminates the need for yet another child restraint acronym. Plus, the Paul Frank Julius the Monkey designs are soooo cooool!
Basically, a backless booster is for older kids who rarely sleep in the vehicle and have outgrown a harnessed (5-point) child safety seat but don’t yet fit safely in the vehicle’s adult seatbelt. The only proper way to assess whether or not an older child still needs to use a booster is to have the child sit directly on the vehicle seat, buckle them up and then determine whether or not the child passes the 5-Step Test. If the child doesn’t pass all 5 steps (including the all-important 5th step) then the child still needs a booster to help the adult seatbelt fit properly. The “boost” is crucial because if the seatbelt doesn’t fit the child the way it’s designed to fit us adults then the child could actually be injured by the belts in a crash.
But the Clek Olli is way more than just a basic, backless booster with a quirky name.