The big news from clek this year is the introduction of their infant insert for the foonf and fllo. The insert—currently and likely permanently called the “infant thingy,” will allow the seats to be used from 5 lbs.
The insert consists of two pieces: a head pillow and a body pillow. The head pillow has tabs that slip into a set of harness slots to keep it in place. The body insert is separate and helps boost the child up a bit in addition to filling space between the baby and the sides of the seat, offering a more snug fit. The headrest of the insert is less padded than the body portion, allowing baby’s head to rest back naturally instead of being pushed forward. The head pillow can continue to be used once the body insert is no longer needed.
clek is also introducing a lower set of harness slots to help accommodate smaller babies. This change will be added to seats going forward, but here’s an important note: If you have an existing seat without the lower set of slots, you can use the infant insert EVEN IF THE LOWEST SLOTS ARE ABOVE THE CHILD’S SHOULDERS. This information will be provided in writing in the instructions that come with the insert. Although a bit unconventional, the seat has been tested and has passed in that configuration.
The insert will be available only in black, and it sounds like they do not plan to add other colors or patterns.
But speaking of colors and patterns, clek has a new denim-ish fabric, and Julius might be coming back!
In other news, clek is coming out with a cleaning kit for car seats. The kit will include a brush and two bottles of cleaning product, one for protein-based messes, and one for dye-based messes. The kit will likely retail for $29.99.
When will the infant thingy and 2015 Foonfs be available?
I have been anxiously awaiting their release for baby 2 due any day! (I have an infant seat for the bean but prefer to upgrade to a Foonf like big brother’s ASAP:)
@Montana, the 2015 Foonfs will be shipping in the next couple of weeks. I’m not sure about new colors, though. The Infant Thingy will be coming sometime before the end of February. Clek is finishing up the final details on it and is close, but doesn’t have a date just yet.
Glad Julius might be back. I hold the unpopular opinion that tokidoki looks like anime vomit.