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I have always been of the firm belief that Maxi Cosi is one of, if not THE best make of car seat out there. We didn't really consider anything else for our first car seat for our daughter and when she outgrew it I started to research what was out there for the next stage. What I liked about this car seat is the fact that it spins, I have back problems so it really was a bonus to have this feature. It's easy to get my daughter in and out - as this age, they really do like to struggle against being put in the seat at times (well, my daughter does!) so I often wonder how I would cope if I had to lean into the car as well! My daughter really enjoys being spun round once she's safely in the seat, she now says "Mummy spin it" and then "weeee!".
Aside from this, the seat is well padded on the sides with good sized "ears" which would protect her head well in an accident. I also like the little clips which you can use to keep the seat belt straps hooked up to the side so that you don't have to sit your child onto the straps and then pull them out. It's handy and it looks nice and neat. She finds the seat comfortable and is happy to sit in it most days for the 30 minute commute to work and back. It is also high up so she can see out of the window which is nice. I have found it easy to fit with the standard seat belt and it fits securely in most cars.
The few downsides I have found is that if you have more than one car which you use the seat in, it is quite heavy and bulky to transport. We do move it a couple of times a week, but it's not so heavy as to be a deal breaker. We also have found the way the seat belt on the actual car seat works, it's a little difficult to explain but where the excess seat belt runs underneath where the child sits. This causes a problem if you want to have the seat belt loose to get your child's arms in and then tighten it, we find it very difficult to tighten ours, I often have to put my foot against the base of the seat and pull with all my might! Most times now, we just keep the belt as tight as we need it and squeeze her arms in. It has gotten easier as she gets bigger as there is less seat belt underneath her.
I love this car seat! If you are umming and ahhing about whether to buy it - DO IT! To me it's been worth every penny.
Many children fall asleep in the car and getting them out of a regular car seat usually involves waking them up and you are left with a grumpy child! However, with this seat, I can turn it to face the door, undo the straps and lift my child out and over my shoulder in one swift movement and she will stay fast asleep. Bliss!
This seat is fantastic if someone has parked right next to you in the car park and you can barely open the car door as instead of needing room to lean right in and lift your child over the sides of the seat, the seat is facing you so you can just place them in, do the straps and spin it round.
The seat is fitted with a regular 3 point belt and has a seatbelt tensioner so once fitted, the seat is rigid and wont move an inch which I find re-assuring as others I've seen seem to move about a bit. You can set the seat to turn left or right at the click of a switch so you can fit it in either side of the car. The headrest is adjustable as your child grows and there are 8 recline positions which is ideal for children who may fall asleep as it stops their head falling forwards. On the sides of the seat there are 2 clips so you can hook the straps out of the way rather than putting your child in the seat then having to pull the straps out from under them. There is also a green indicator and the seat "clicks" when you turn it so you know it's locked into place ready to travel. (You have to face to child forwards before beginning your journey for legal/safety reasons)
There are only 2 negatives that I can see (Neither of which I have found a problem):
1) It is heavy. If the car seat remains permanently in one car then this really isn't a factor as once it's in it's in. However, if you need a car seat that can be quickly and easily swapped between cars on a regular basis you may find that this is heavy and takes longer to fit than other car seats due to the seatbelt tensioner.
2) There is a back panel which remains against the seatback when the seat turns which is where you feed the seatbelt through to fit it. This means that the car seat sits about 3 inches further forwards than other seats and this means it can reduce the leg room of the child in the seat as they grow older.
Yes, it is expensive but honestly it's worth every penny. Having seen many friends struggle with regular car seats I am so so pleased I spent that little extra
Whilst pregnant with my daughter my husband and I came to an agreement. He would be in charge of choosing the car seats and I would do everything else!
He loves gadgets, so when he discovered a car seat to proceed our first Maxi Cosi seat that reclines and spins around he got quite excited!
The seat is bigger than others we'd looked at and it is heavy. Not a problem if it stays in one car and doesn't move. We move ours between two cars, I find this a struggle but my husband manages fine.
Once in the car it's pretty simple to secure into place. At the back of the head rest there is a colour indicator which goes green when secured properly. This is very useful and great for peace of mind.
My daughter is very comfy in this seat. The recline feature is amazing, when she wants to nap in the car. It is extremely easy to put it back into the upright position again. Because it's quite a big seat my daughter has a great view out of the window.
The swivel is such a good feature. I can do it one handed whilst balancing my daughter and any shopping. Putting her in is easy and I don't have to lean across awkwardly.
The main downside goes back to the size of the chair. Unless the passenger chair is pulled quite far forward, when the seat is reclined leg room is limited, especially if you have a smaller car. I have a Clio and would have probably bought a smaller seat if it was for my car exclusively.
Overall we are very happy with the seat, it is wearing well and doesn't show up any marks (we have the black one).
I become a fan of the Maxi Cosi range of car seats after the first stage car seat I bought for my second child which I have written a positive review about.
Now my son had began to outgrow his initial car seat at the age of 10 months even though it was up until age 1 but he was a big and chubby baby at that time. I wanted to actually save money this time and get the stage 1 car seat I already had from my first child out of the attic. However when I got it out I realised my husband had put it in the attic without a suitable box or bag. It was in my parents attic and either the attic was damp or perhaps the car seat had not dried properly after we washed it before putting it in the attic. To our horror the previous car seat had become moldy. Therefore I had no choice but to buy a brand new one.
First place I tried Mothercare as they offer a free car seat fitting service, to begin with I was looking for a red car seat and liked the look of the Ferrari range one. However when I felt it, it did not feel very comfortable and anyway it did not fit well into my car. I had a old shape BMW 318 and many car seats were not suitable as the back seatbelts are on the other way round to normal cars. I tried various car seats apart from the Maxi Cosi range as I felt they were abit pricey for my budget at that moment. I was not happy with any of the car seats there so I tried Halfords.
I had similar problems with many car seats not being sturdy enough when fitted into my akward rear seats. Again Halfords offered me a free car seat fitting, I then decided to try out this Maxi Cosi Axiss range and to my surprise it fitted like a glove. Not only that it looked much more comfortable then most of the other car seats and very presentable. However I still did not buy the car seat at that time as it was above my budget, it was costing over £150.
I decided to do a search online to see if any other stores sell the same car seat cheaper and I found that Argos had a deal and it was reduced there. The next morning I went to Argos Direct quite far from my house (the only store relatively close by that had this car seat in stock). I brought it home.
It is moderately easy to fit the car seat but it can be tricky and does take time if you need to transfer the car seat into another car. It locks into place, which makes it one of the most sturdiest car seats around. It has a great function of spinning which aids placing the child in the car seat. It looks and feels very comfortable, it looks strong and longlasting. Which is important as the child will be using this car seat until they are four years old. It can recline so if the child it sleeping it is a more comfortable journey for them. I noticed that many car seats did not recline, so this is something to consider when deciding which car seat to buy.
Maxi Cosi has a great repution for car seats and is a well known brand among mothers, only down fall is the price!
This car seat is fabulous. It was about the same time that we found out that I was pregnant for the second time that we were due to upgrade our car seat. I had read good things about this car seat and it is a generally well respected brand.
The main innovative feature with the car seat is that it twists around so that it is easy to get child out of the car- this means that it is easy to get the child out of the car. Initially it would not have been a problem but our son keeps on growing- as does my bump and it has been a godsend in the later stages of pregnancy as my bump gets in the way and my backache increases.
The car seat fixes securly into the car using the seat belt system- the main difficulty is that it is quite a complex method of fitting the car seat in- which means that it is difficult to transfer from car to car. However it is very secure and rock solid.
The seat reclines and our child happily sleeps in the car seat.
When we purchased the car seat we found the best price was from kiddicare, it is available from mothercare and John Lewis.
Overall I would recommend this car seat if you do not need to move it from car to car, and if you have back problems.
To be honest the first thing I thought about when looking for the next stage of car seat for my son was the price. The seat will last him until he's 4 years old so at least it should be money well spent.
I started off looking through the internet and reading the write-ups of each seat. Each one seemed to have nearly the same things as the next so it was just a choice of colour and design.
I decided whilst out with my other half and the boys to pop into Mothercare and see their selection. I had been looking at the middle price range but of course my other half quickly saw one £100 over that and started telling me how cool it was! I have to admit though ... it is cool! I had heard and seen on the internet of the car seats that you can turn towards the door and then turn back into the forward-facing position. I liked the Maxi Cosi designs and one of the turning ones was made by them so I had a closer look. The staff told me that it would fit into my Ford C-Max and then proceeded to show me how to fit it onto the seat. The price at Mothercare was £210. I started a little search on the net that night and found a number of places with cheaper prices. I ended up ordering one from Amazon for £169. There were cheaper ones but I didn't know the sites and didn't want to order something from a site I didn't know anything about.
Colour choices are Lily Pink, Tango Red, Roasted Brown and Black Reflection. I choice the Black Reflection as it goes best in my car.
There is a similar seat made by Bebe Comfort but the head rest was a bit hard and seemed more of a head gripper and not too comfy for baby. The Bebe Comfort one is in the same price range.
One thing I read on the internet about this car seat was that it can be a pain to set up but to be honest it wasn't too bad. Maybe took a bit longer then it should have because I put it in a bit wrong the first time.
Just to tell you a little bit about the car itself:
* Recommended from 9 months to around 4 years. (9-18kg) Group 1 (roughly 20lbs - 40lbs)
* The Turnosafe® handle allows you to easily rotate the seat through 90° to the right or the left (depending on which side of the car the seat is).
* In one simple movement, swivel the seat round to face forwards (assisted return system).
* Both the harness and the head rest can be adjusted according to the growth of the child = with a correctly adjusted harness, your child is much safer.
* 8-position, reclinable seat back, providing a genuine and comfortable sleeping position: when the child is asleep, simply press the button located on the front of the seat to move it to the reclined position.
* Self-locking seatbelt tensioner to ensure the maximum seatbelt tension. In the end, the seat is completely stable on the vehicle's seat.
* Padding designed to provide lasting comfort.
* Safe Side lateral protection gives increased protection to the head. Dual plastic and polystyrene frame for better shock absorption.
* Hooks to keep the harness out of the way when strapping in your child.
Very soon after getting this seat my son decided to get yogurt all over if so I tested the easy to remove and wash cover. To my joy it was quite simple to remove and then I just threw it into the washing machine. I was warned not to put it into the dryer but we haven't got one so that wasn't a problem. It came up clean and had no stains which I appreciated.
My little man looks up to his older brother and this seat allows him to be higher up so he can be at the same level and see out the window. There are some rubber bits on the underside of the harness that goes across the chest which stop my young man from wiggling his arms out.
I think the main idea of the rotating seat is to make getting baby in and out of the car easier and to help your back in the long run.
Update: Had a ruff time this week as the harness wouldn't release and nothing I was doing would set it free. I finally took the seat out of the car to have a good look at it inside. None of the belts were twisted which was my first thought so I was a bit lost at what to do. I put the seat from reclinded to upright and then like magic the belts were set free! I guess things just got a bit jammed and putting the seat into the upright position sort of returned the seat to its original setting! Hopefully this won't happen to any of you but if it does try this. Also a friend had the same happen with her Maxi Cosi Tobi car seat just today and the same method released the belts.
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