Sunshine Kids Monterey Archive

Magna Clek Oobr Booster Guest Review: Über cool, über stylish…über expensive


IMG_2245Continuing with their consistently Duggar-esque nomenclature, Magna Clek recently welcomed it’s newest–and largest–baby yet, Oobr.  Baby Oobr follows on the footsteps of older siblings Oto (now discontinued), Olli, and Ozzi.  Clek boosters have thus far been famous for four things: rigid LATCH attachments, Paul Frank fashions, hefty price tags, and being the cutest little things to come out of Canada since Avril Lavigne.  But after hype extending back to 2008, does the full-sized sibling really measure up?

Diono Monterey Booster Review


Diono Monterey (Formerly Sunshine Kids Monterey): A Versatile Booster

Vehicle seat belts are designed to fit an average 160 lbs. man, not your average 4-10 year old child.  That’s why we have booster seats.  A booster seat raises the child up so that the lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt falls across the bony hips, not the soft, easily injured abdomen.  High back boosters, like the Sunshine Kids Monterey, have headrests with shoulder belt guides to keep the shoulder belt off the child’s neck.  Booster seats should always be used with a lap/shoulder seat belt.

Who should use this seat?

Diono (formerly Sunshine Kids) recommends this seat for children who are about 4-10 years old, weigh 30-120 lbs., and are between 38″ and 63″ tall.  The back can be removed and used for children who fit the same size specifications.  Some booster seats require a 40 lbs. minimum when switching to backless, but not the Monterey.  As a technician, I would never recommend a child under 40 lbs. use a backless booster.