Product Type: Jané Rebel child car seats
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Jane Matrix/Carrera Pro- Comfortable, but few negatives
Jané Matrix Car Seat
Member Name: ljr1708
Jané Matrix Car Seat
Date: 05/03/06, updated on 05/03/06 (5140 review reads)
Advantages: Lie flat a must, Funky and different
Disadvantages: Tricky seat fastenings, Quality isn't always there.
I had been looking forward to buying the buggy/car seat for my baby for a long time, and in many ways I still think I made the right descision.
After reading lots of information about babies being in car seats for too long to young, a lay flat was a must. I had looked at the Mama's and Papa's however I think the price for the Jane was more reasonable and after reading a review on safety of car seats the Mama's and Papa's didn't come out great. So I went for the Matrix with the four wheeler Carrera Pro.
My baby always looked comfy, laying down and it was great to not disturb her getting her in and out of the car. although the velcro strap in the lay flat position was really noisy when opening and would wake her everytime. The fastenings were really tricky at first and there were a few occasions when trying to get it in and out it took me a good ten minutes in the beginning.
Although the weight is up to 9kg in the lay flat position my baby was too long for it much earlier than anticipated, and so I had to put in the upright. I also found this quite hard and time consuming getting it in and out, so in the end I left it in the car all the time. It was also getting very heavy with baby getting bigger.
As far as the buggy goes I was really quite disappointed at first and although it has grown on me, if I had my time again I would probably not opt for the Carrera. Lots of little things have let it down, I have been disappointed with the break, quite hard sometimes to get to opperate properly. Most pushchairs these days have handles that are at an angle which is a more comfortable position for your wrists the Carrera does not. It also doesn't seem to have the same quality others do.
To sum up even with faults I would by the Matrix Car seat everytime for safety etc. It is after all the most important thing. However I think I would choose a different buggy, like on a review before, no one buggy is suitable for everything you need I just think there are much better buggies on the market. Jane seem to have mastered the Car seat but still have a lot of work to do on the buggy.
The four stars are for the car seat definately not the buggy.
Summary: Safe, comfotable in lay flat, some negatives really let it down.