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We bought this car seat as it fitted on our iCandy cherry travel system. We have now been using it for over 6 months and it is a fantastic product. The head support and foam support which come in the seat meant that our baby was very comfortable and secure from new born. We moved the foam support when the baby was 2 months and the head support after 3 months. He is now filling up the seat pretty well but still sleeps very comfortably in it on car journeys. We bought the isofix family base with the car seat and it is great for getting the baby out of the car quickly, especially when I have my hands full. It is also very reassuring during the many sleep-deprived days I have to hear that the seat is securely fitted on the base. We use the car seat a lot when food shopping. I either strap it to a purpose-made trolley or to the base of my buggy. The seat cleans very easily and shows no sign of wear and tear yet. I would highly recommend it!
I bought this car seat from Halfords in a sale for £90. Was £100, but I cheekily asked the manager for money off because I was buying the isofix base to go with it at the same time. My seat was the black reflection material - it was a well padded seat, that came with a headhugger for newborns and was in a nice reclining angle. It should be noted that if you do long journeys the manufacturer doesn't recommend that a newborn be in the seat for more than 2 hours or they could have breathing problems. The car seat can be fitted onto the isofix base or onto a base fitted with seat belts or can be held independantly with the seatbelt (tried this once - and it wasn't that stable on my rear seats). The use of the isofix base however made the car seat extremely stable and didn't wobble a inch - I would recommend this. It took a while to get used to smoothly releasing the car seat from the base - my husband found it really simple, but I struggled to release it sometimes. I used it in conjunction with my quinny zapp pushchair frame that it easily clicked onto. It comes with a sunshade that is really useful, such a shame that it didn't come with a raincover. At the back of the seat is a little compartment which is the perfect size to fit nappy wipes and a couple of nappies - I found this really useful. The straps were easy to do up around your baby it came with extra padding around the buckle, however I found this kept falling off and we lost it in the end. The straps come with little shoulder pads on them. These weren't padded enough for my liking,so i bought additional thicker pads to go on mine. I used this seat until my son was 14 months - he is quite tall and could probably have stayed in it for a couple more months, but he was too heavy for me to carry in it by then.
When looking for car seats safety was my top priority. I knew I would be spending all 9 months (well 8 in my case) of my pregnancy doing what I could to look after my babies so I wanted to ensure when they came into the world they were safe where ever we went. My other requirement was that I had car seats which were suitable for use with my travel system (iCandy Pear). After looking into this and speaking to other parents the Maxio Cosi Cabrio Infant Carrier seemed to be clear winner. ***Maxi-Cosi Cabrio*** The Maxi- Cosi Cabrio is a child car seat which is suitable for children from use from birth to around 13kg (around 12 months). The product has a side protection system which offers optimal protection against side impact if you were involved in a collision. The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio has an integrated sun canopy on the top of the car seats which is easily pulled out from the top of the seat. Within the car seat, there is a small storage compartment. There is an ergonomic handle which uses a push button to adjust making it very easy to carry the car seat. The harness has beltpads and crotchpads attached for extra comfort for your baby. The harness has been designed to be very easily adjusted in one pull so you can adjust it to a length which fits your baby. The car seat is suitable for use with a static 3 point seat belt or with the Maxi Cosi, EasyFix, FamilyFix or EasyBase. The Cabrio must always be fitted in a rearward facing position and never positioned on the front passenger seat if there is an airbag fitted which cannot be immobilised. The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio conforms to standards ECE R44/04 The car seat weighs 3.25kg in total. Which is pretty much average in comparison to other similar products. The Cabrio is available in over 10 colours ranging from bright pink, blue to plainer colours like black and brown. I opted to go for the product in "black reflection", black with a dark grey trim. You can purchase Maxi-Cosi accessories to go with the car seat which include a footmuffs (available in 8 different colours), a mosquito net, summer covers to keep you baby cool and "travel buddies" which are toys which you can attach specifically to the Maxi- Cosi carseats. ***Stockists*** The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio is sold by a large number of retailers. This is both online and in store in a wide variety of colours. Large retailers such as John Lewis, Mothercare, Halfords and Boots all stock these infant carriers. You can check on the Maxi-Cosi website for stockists in your area by typing in your postcode. ***Cost*** My local baby store was selling the Maxi- Cosi Cabrio for £110.00 when I purchased two of these. Prices vary between £95 to £125 depending on where you purchase the infant carrier and also depending on colour. Prices are generally higher for the plainer more neutral colours. ***Using the Car Seat*** The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio can be fitted into all cars in a rearward position using a static 3 point seat belt. Basically you thread the lap belt and shoulder belt through the hooks on the back of the infant carrier and then click the seatbelt into the seat buckle. With practice this is very easy and takes around 30 seconds to do. In this position the car seat feels very secure however when I use the car seat in this way I do find myself double checking just to make sure it is firmly secure and the seat belt is attached into the hooks properly. I purchased the Family-Fix Bases to use with the Maxi Cosi Cabrio. These fitted using the Isofix fittings within my car (a 59 reg Seat Leon). Once the base was fitted I found it very easy to fix the infant carrier to this, it is a simple case of lining the seat up into the correct position on the base then pressing down. Once you hear a beep you know the car seat is secured into a safe position, which filled me with total peace of mind and stopped me constantly checking the seats. Attaching the car seats using this method can be done using one hand and in less than 10 seconds, which was brilliant for me at times when I was carrying two screaming babies to and from the car in the rain! I was very impressed with the overall design of the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio. It looks very padded and secure without being overly bulky. The padding also makes this look like a very comfortable option for your baby as the back and sides of the seat are heavily padded. The Maxi-Cosi Cabrio comes with a head hugger inside which gives more support for a small baby and makes sure their head doesn't move around when you are travelling. The head huggers for us were an essential in the early days, especially as we used the car seats to bring home from hospital two 4lb babies. Now thinking back to this time the boys looked lost in their car seats but were adequately supported. We removed the head huggers at around 7 months and there was still enough padding and support once removed. The safety harness inside of the seat is very easy to use and adjust. Two straps go over your child's arms and there is a harness which goes between your child's legs with the main clip on. The two shoulder straps lock into this and easily click into place. You simply release the harness by pressing a big red button on this clip. This is covered by the crotch strap so your child can't release themself. Obviously this isn't an issue when you have a newborn and actually you do need to push quite hard on this button to release, but in our case because we have two 12 month olds who get up to mischief constantly, anything is possible! The size of the harness is very easy to adjust by pressing a small button on the seat and then pulling the harness to make it bigger or smaller. This takes less than 30 seconds to do and is worth doing regularly to make sure your child is held in quite securely as you often find if they have been wearing a bulky jacket one day, then a light jacket the next day, the harness will be very slack around them and does need adjusting. The Cabrio has a carry handle which is attached to the centre of the seat. In order to adjust the position of the handle there are two buttons on either side that need to be pressed. You do need two hands available to do this. There are three main positions that the handle can sit in. Forward, to use for carrying and when your baby is travelling in the car, pushed back so it sits flush around the top of the seat, so you are able to get your child in and out of the seat and also pushed back and locked so the handle sits at the base of the seat. This means you can use the Cabrio as a chair for your baby, as the carry handle gives sturdy base, which is handy if you need to feed your child at a friend's house say and don't want to take a baby bouncer with you. The Cabrio also has a sunshade which is a piece of black stretchy material fixed into the top of car seat which can be pulled over the top of the seat and fixed onto the carry handle with two small hooks. As a sunshade this is very handy and keeps the sun off your child. It also is helpful to pull this over if it is raining and you want to quickly run from the car to the house to stop the rain from getting on your child. For a longer period the sunshade would not give adequate protection from the rain in my opinion. Up until about the ages of 6 months old (when the boys started weighing nearer 12lb) I could actually manage to carry two car seats at once for short distances to and from the car. The design of the carry handle makes the car seat very easy to carry and because the seat is reasonably light this was not a problem. I did find however as the boys got heavy it was important to carry the seats using two hands for the sake of my back! The Cabrio is a quality product and is very durable, ideal for babies. I think the black reflection colour I purchased my car seats in helps as if there are any marks on the seat the material has wiped clean and not stained and even after 12 months of being used daily the seats look as new. A benefit of the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio is that it is compatible to use as part of a travel system with a wide range of manufacturers and models. This includes iCandy, Quinny, Bugaboo and Mothercare travel systems. I purchased car seat adapters when I purchased my pushchair ( iCandy pear) to make this possible. Most travel systems state which infant carriers are compatible to use with them so it is worth checking before purchasing. Maxi-Cosi also recommends that you do not put young babies in the Cabrio for periods of over 2 hours if you are using the infant carrier in this way. The car seat states that the car seat is suitable from 0kg to 13kg (as a guide 0-12months) however it is worth noting the guidelines for moving children up to the next stage car seat is based upon weight not age. My boys are 12 months old and will be in this stage car seat for a while because they are small (not quite 8kg). ***Overall*** This has been a brilliant purchase for us and I would definitely recommend the Maxi Cosi Cabrio to other parents. For your child the car seat is an extremely safe choice and has so many features to ensure your child is carried securely and comfortably. For parents this is a very simple and easy car seat to use. This is a more expensive choice if you consider that there are a lot of cheaper alternatives on the market, however in my opinion you can't put a price on child safety and comfort and I feel the Cabrio has been worth every penny of the £110 (x2) . I personally would recommend for those parents who have travel systems to purchase a Maxi-Cosi Easy-Fix or Family-Fix base to use the car seat with. Although the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio is very easy to fit using the seat belt, the base saves so much time and you have the instant peace of mind that once you hear the base click and beep, you can be assured the car seat is fitted safely and your child is secure. An excellent product for keeping your child safe!
When it came to picking a car seat for our little one the choice was overwhelming but because we had a Bugaboo stroller we decided to go for the Maxi Cosi CabrioFix Infant carrier as this was adaptable to be able to fix onto our stroller wheels. This Maxi Cosi also won the CabrioFix and EasyFix Base: Winners of Best Infant Carrier - Practical Parenting Awards 2009/10 so we knew it was a good quality product too. The car seat is a rear facing car seat which is the way you need to put babies until a certain age and is suitable from birth to about 13kg (about 12 months) of age. We first had to attach the easy fix base unit into our car which is fixed and does not move from the car. We attached it using an Isofix which is a sort of built in metal bar in our car. I believe most new cars have this but you would need to check your car manual. The base attaches to this and then there is a bar which goes down to the floor of your car. There are green indicators on the base to let you know that you have fitted it correctly. If you have not then these will be red, telling you you have fixed it incorrectly. The Maxi Cosi car seat then clips into this cradle and sits securely in it. Again, if you have clipped it in correctly you will get green indicators on the side and red if you have not fitted it correctly. It is easy to lift in and out though and very secure and stable which to me is absolutely vital in a car seat. There is a level that you pull to release the seat and this is quite easy to do whilst you have the car seat handle in the other hand, and if you're like me, bags of shopping, bottles of milk, bananas etc so ease of use is vital and this seat is very easy. What I also like though is if you are using this car seat in another car there is a way in which you can secure it with just the seat belt in the back of the car by threading the seatbelt through hooks on the back of the seat and on the side so if you switch cars often then this is a good benefit. The seat itself to me looks very cosy. The sides comes with side impact protection so god forbid if you were in a crash you have a bit of extra protection int he seat there. There is a safety harness for you to clip baby in once they are in the seat. There are two straps that go over the arms and then then a bit that goes between the legs. The side harnesses clip together and lock into a big button in the middle. It will click when the straps are in properly and then there is a big red button that you push to release the harness. What I like is that this big red button is hidden underneath a bit of fabric so babies cannot play with it or release it by accident although you need quite a hard push in order to release the button. There is a head hugger which is padded that does come off the seat once your baby gets a bit bigger but this is great for newborns as it really cradles their heads and stops theirs heads from moving around. There is a carry handle that is located in the middle of the seat but there are buttons on either side of it that allow you to put the handle back to the top of the seat to allow you to get the baby out of the seat easier or if there are sitting in it and you are out I like that you can move the handle back and fed them without a bar getting in the way or kiss them etc. When you are driving it is essential that you have this handle in the middle position though as I have heard from car seat professionals that this actually acts as a roll bar if you should crash and provides extra protection for your little one whilst driving. The handle has two little hooks on the side which allow you to attach the sunshade to by pulling it over from the back of the seat. THis shade is made of a black thin fabric but I think it protects their eyes from the sun quite well. Like I said this car seat fits onto the Bugaboo Chameleon wheels. You must make sure though that it has the two adaptors which fit on either side of the car seat to fix it onto the wheels as otherwise it will not fit. I just keep these adaptors in the back of the car and if my little girl is asleep and I don't want to put her in the full pushchair I just use this. It's nice to be able to not have to move her and that I can just leave her in the car seat. Overall I have been very pleased with this car seat. It's expensive yes, about £100 but then there are all pretty much this price and an essential baby product but in terms of safety and style this is one I definitely recommend. Just a word of advice, apparently, according to an article I read about 70% of car seats are fitted incorrectly in cars or used incorrectly so if you are at all worried there are people who will come and check that you have installed it correctly and when it comes to the safety of your baby you don't really want to take any chances.
I bought this exact car seat over two years ago. This was the time I was about to have my second child. I already had a red pram and a red car at the time. My husband wanted me to use the same car seat I had used for my first child, firstly it was a cheap carseat and did not look very comfortable, I was on a tighter bugget at that time and was very young so did not have much experience, I went for price rather than quality. This time around I knew I wanted a good quality comfortable car seat that would also match with my car and pushchair. (Yes I'm a typical woman). I resisted buying the Quinny pushchair as ideally it would have been perfect as then the Maxi Cosi carrier could easily fit into it without having to take the baby out. I realised I did have a perfect working condition pushchair that would be pointless and expensive replacing. I bought this Maxi Cosi Cabrio red carrier from Amazon for £99, it was the cheapest deal I could find with a one year warranty. The item arrived within 5 working days and I just had to wait for my baby to arrive to test it out. The car seat carrier was exactly how I thought it would be, it looked very comfortable. This was a major factor in deciding to go for this, it has an extra padded headrest which is good to prevent the flat head problems some small babies get from staying in a hard car seat for too long. The hole car seat felt soft and comfortable. When my baby arrived he slept very well in this car seat and I was glad he was comfortable if I was going on long drives. I will have to admit another reason I chose this car seat was that it was very presentable and looked stylish. Also Maxi Cosi was very fashionable around that time and I thought if I was buying a new car seat I did not want to make the same mistakes I did last time. With my first child I did not realise how much I would use the car seat, I would take her to the baby clinic in the car seat, and when going out to resturants, out with friends etc, I use to feel slightly embarassed about my old one. This time round I wanted a car seat to look good in my car and to feel proud taking him out in it whether I went out to eat to to a friends house. This car seat also comes with extra seat fixtures to help adjust easily and quickly in cars. It is a payable extra and I did fine without purchasing it. The carrier easily fitted in the front passenger seat (I didn't have airbags), also of course it was to be a rear fited car seat to begin with. I did find it a tight squeeze to fit in the back seats so I preferred to keep him in the front with me. This car seat is very easy to handle and pick up, the handles easily clip into place by pressing the two buttons down. I love the bright colour and the stylish look. The car seat is suitable until the child is one year of age. However I found it did not last as long, even as a baby my son was a chubby wide baby and I felt it was cramped at times especially around his arms.
Buying a carseat can be a nightmare as the choice is astounding and the options can be very confusing, however I have no regrets in choosing the Maxi Cosi Cabrio Carrier. I use it in connection with the Quinny Buzz pushchair, and for me the major selling point was that it simply lifts out of the car and onto the pushchair, meaning there is no need to wake a little sleeping baby. It is a great, comfy seat and is one of the most secure and sturdy I have seen, particularly when used with Isofix connectors. It comes with a head support for tiny babies which can be removed as they get bigger and gain more head control. The straps are very easy to adjust and the whole unit looks very neat and compact when used with a buggy. Ive had many comments about how good it looks and my daughter has always enjoyed being in it. The only downside Ive noticed as been a recent revelation and that is that it becomes increasingly difficult to slot into the pushchair as the baby gets bigger and heavier! This is primarily due to the fact that the seat is clipped in and out with just two little buttons which are not easy to click, while also lifting the seat and baby in and out. But like I said its probably a sign my baby is ready for the next stage up.
Well when its your first baby and you have that shopping list of things to buy a car seat is always top of the list, in fact our local hospital wont let you take your baby home unless you have one to take your precious bundle home in. But there are so many to chose from and each one is a little bit different. We chose this one after some careful research, mainly because of its safety rating, at the time we bought it, it had been rated as the safest infant rear facing car seat on the market. Its available in lots of different colours and is compatible as a travel system with a few different pushchairs, we used our car seat with the Quinny Buzz. It comes with the infant support, it has a head support and bottom wedge of foam so your babies neck is supported, and the foam wedge acts like a cushion under the babies bottom so it fits snug in the car seat harness. The car seat does not come with additional covers and we found it very hard to take off the cover and wash it. Many of the universal car seat covers are for 5 point harnesses, this however is a 3 point harness, but I'm sure that if you were desperate there would be an internet baby company somewhere that sell covers for it, I just never got round to looking very hard. We used the car seat with the isofix base, which was an additional expense, but made getting baby in and out of the car simple as you just click baby onto the base, which stays in your car. The easy base is great because its fairly simple to install, and being isofix it means it attaches to your cars chassis which is even safer than securing with a seatbelt. My son is now 6 months old and still fits very comfortably in the car seat, I agree with the manufacturers that he will be safe and comfortable in it until he is 9 months old, and would definitely buy another maxi cosi car seat.
The world of car seat buying is a bit of a minefield - Obviously you want to go for safety, but what else do you go for? Ease of Use? Good value for money? Looks nice and comes in lots of colours? Whatever it is that you are looking for, there is probably a car seat out there for you! We narrowed our choice down fairly quickly to two options - the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio car seat or the Silver Cross Ventura car seat, which partnered our pushchair. Both were similar in price, but we decided to go for the Maxi-Cosi as this was lighter in weight. The Maxi-Cosi weighs in at 3.5kg, which appears to be one of the lightest on the market. This was important to us, as we live in an upstairs flat, so had to have an easily portable seat. The car seat is suitable from birth to approximately 12 months or when the baby reaches 13kg in weight. It is a very safe car seat, with side impact protection and a three-point safety harness and also appears to be very comfortable for our little one. It can be fitted in the normal way with a seatbelt (ie the car seat is rear facing) or if you prefer you can also use it with the Maxi Cosi Easy base or Easyfix base for added ease of use. We don't have Isofix in our car, so we bought the Easy base and I think it's wonderful. Although it is sold seperately it really is worth the extra money as you just have to slot the car seat in and the green indicator on the base shows that it's been put in correctly. The base stays in the car and means that there is no messing about with seatbelts and no worry that you've installed it incorrectly by accident. This car seat comes in a vast array of colours now including Black Reflection, Cappuccino Reflection, Lily Pink and Penguin. There is an inbuilt sun canopy which folds away when not in use, but also acts a bit of a rain barrier between baby and our lovely British weather! There is a carry handle which clicks into place and can be moved to get baby out easily. The car seat can also act as a rocking chair when not in the car, which can be handy for getting your baby off to sleep (although it is not recommended that babies stay in car seats for longer than 2 hours at a time). The car seat is compatible with the Quinny Zapp and Buzz pram systems to make a travel system. Overall I really like this car seat and am glad that we decided to get this particular one. Like all car seats it is heavy when it has your baby in it, but at least you are starting off with a lighter seat to begin with. The one thing that is a bit annoying is moving the carry handle out of the way, as you need both hands to click the buttons in and move the handle at the same time. This can sometimes be difficult if you don't really have two hands spare, but is a small niggle and I suppose that it is safer the way that it is. It is a bit more expensive than some of the other car seats in the same category, but I think that it is also one of the safest and is worth spending that bit more money on if possible. We hope to use it for our next baby too and this will make it more cost effective for us. It can be purchased from Mothercare, Kiddicare and Babyworld and retails at around £110 (without the base).
I bought this car seat from Halfords almost 3 years ago and paid about £90 for it, although you can buy them cheaper if you shop around online. It fits both the Bugaboo pushchair and my Quinny Zapp, you just need to buy the adapters. I really like the sun canopy which reminds me of a web. Its very easy to use and has some storage in the back, although I always forget about this! The harness is padded and can be moved upwards to grow with your child, it can also be adjusted easily by pushing the button at the bottom and pulling gently on the straps. The whole cover comes off and can be washed, which is often if you have a sicky baby. It comes with a headhugger for infants and the maximum weight it can hold is 13kg. It is suitable from birth to 12 months but I used this with my first for 9 months as my daughter grew out of it quite quickly. It is available in red, blue and black in various tones, and can also be used with isofix where you clip the seat into a sepeate section rather then thread the seatbelt through it, but its so easy to use I didnt find it necessary to buy this at an additional cost. Overall a good looking, functional, easy to use peice of equipment.
My Maxi cosi seat has now been a car seat for three children and as a first car seat i wouldn't have any other. I have encountered lots of mums, particulary new ones who complain about theirs either being too clumpy or hard to fit but I don't have a complaint about mine. Originally bought as a present for me but they are widely available at most baby shop and cost between £ 60 and £90. This seat is universal so fits most cars (always check for buckle crunch though) and is sutiable for up to 13 kg or when your childs head peeks over the top. My boy was 9 pound 2 at birth and it lasted him until 7 months (about 23 pounds). His legs did stretch over but that doesn't matter. It comes with a removable head hugger to support new babies head which is removable. The straps have two positions to support smaller babies. The handle moves backwards and will go all the way back to make the seat stable. I used it as a feeding chair at times as well. Easy to fasten with a two point harness that tightens. It has a sun shade that you can attach. There is a little compartment at the back to store you rain cover. Easy to fit in the car and not too bulky to carry. I attach a toy to the handle bars to keep them amused. Mine all felt really comfy in it and would always fall asleep on journeys. The best bit is it attaches to many different prams (mine is a bugaboo with their adaptors)
My Brother bought this for us when we were expecting our first child as we had splashed out on the matching Quinny 3 wheeler travel system. It cost him around £65 which I think was money well spent. It fitted onto the travel system easily and looked good. It had a sun canopy tucked away at the back so it was handy when it was needed and didn't take up any space. It came with a head support for new borns and the straps had little pads on them for comfort. The carrier was very easily installed to our car using the car seat belt and was very secure. You can buy a Maxi cosy Easy Base, which you install in the car and then you can just clip the carrier in and out even easier however these are quite expensive and I rather using a seat belt. I used this for both of my girls for the first 6 or so months of their lives, the weight limit up to 28.66 lbs. But I didn't see the point in using it when the girls got heavier as I couldn't carry it anymore, so got a bigger car seat that I could get the girls in and out of easily from the car.
We bought this car seat for around £90 as it fit onto our Bugaboo wheels with the adaptors and was apparently one of the safest on the market. The maxi cosi comes in a wide variety of colours and all have a material sun cover which tucks nicely into the back of the car seat. Our little boy was 7lb 8oz when he was born and was buried by the seat, however, 2 months on I have had to move the new baby cushion up to the next setting and will soon have to remove it all together as he is getting too big for it. The only problem with removing the cushion is that there is then no neck support for him so I will have to look into getting a support pillow for his neck. Ethan is not a big baby, in fact he is following average weight and length measurements. I am not sure what other car seats are like but I really don't think this one is goin to last much longer! I was under the impression that it should last him around a year! Having said that the car seat is very easy to fit into the car using a seat belt or you can but either an iso fix base or a base that fits into the car using a seatbelt. We could not get the iso fix base as our car would not support it, however, we bought the ordinary base for around £60. Although this is not a necessity it makes it a lot easier to get the seat in and out of the car because you just plonk it on the base to put it in, making sure the markers go green and just pull a lever to get it out again. This makes it much easier when you go shopping and someone parks too close to you!!! The only problem with the base is that it is only useable with this car seat so when we have to move onto a bigger one it will be redundant. The straps are easy to use and there are two material bits that you can slide up to make the straps comfier around baby's neck. Overall this is a good car seat as long as you don't expect it to last too long!!
We have found the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix Infant Carrier to be a excellent car seat. Our little boy was born 4 weeks early so he was very tiny still when he came home from hospital. He looked lost in the Maxi Cosi seat but with the Newborn support and with the car seat being a fairly laid back he was very comfortable. Compared to some infant carriers I found it fairly light weight. I was avaible to buy in a wide variety of colours from black to red and pink or blue and green. It is easy to fit into your car, either using a 3 point seat belt or there are 2 bases available to buy, either the the Easybase which is for cars without Isofix or the Isofix base. With the base it is very simple to put in and out of the car literally with the release of a button. The car seat is compatable with a wide range of pushchairs on the market we have the Quinny Buzz and it fits so easily onto our pushchair frame. The seat also has a hidden suncanopy, which can be found at the back of the seat and is easy to get out and fold away again. When our little boy reached around 4 months the Headseat is removable to give him more room in the seat. We also chose the Maxi Cosi as after researching various seats Maxi Cosi seem to have excellent safety reports.
We were going to buy this infant carrier, but ended up being given it by a friend, bargain! It is a well known brand of car seat and when used with the Isofix fittings it is one of the safest. It can be used in the car either strapped in by the seatbelt, or with one of 2 different bases. The Easybase is for cars without Isofix, and fits in using the seatbelt, meaning the carrier can then be simply clicked in and out. The Isofix base clicks into the car Isofix fittings requiring no seatbelt at all. We have one of each of the bases for our cars as only one has Isofix. We have the carrier in the black reflection colourway which is fine, although dribble and sick do tend to show up on it easily. It comes with a newborn insert which is like a wedge cushion in the bottom with a head hugger, making a newborn look fairly snug. The RRP is around £110 but you can get hold of one new for around £85, especially if you are happy to have 'last seeaons' colours. Another bonus for us is that it fits onto our pram chassis (iCandy Cherry), hand for when you are nipping out of the car into a shop for example. The car seat seems very safe to us, and I'd definitely recommend using it with one of the bases. They make it so much easier getting it into the car as well as seeming more safe. Like all infant carriers, it isn't that light, but is lighter than many. I can't see myself wanting to lift it too often once my daughter gets near the maximum weight limit though! I can't comment on how long it will last, as my daughter is only 3 months old. However, the friends who have lent it to us used it for their daughter until she was a year old with no problem. It has a sun canopy incorporated into the top of the seat which attaches to the handle which is useful. There is also a pocket at the back of the seat, but I haven't ever needed to use it. Overall, we have so far found it to be a great infant carrier, and will buy another one if we have more children and the loan is no longer an option!
I chose this particular baby carrier as it fitted onto our Quinny travel system. I also found that this was quite a popular choice as well as being aesthetically pleasing and surprisingly lightweight. I chose the bright and colourful skydive design from the many colour options available. My son is a relatively small baby, being just 7lb at birth. Yet at 4.5 moths he had almost outgrown this seat. His legs overhung at the back and as this was rear facing his knees were often bent up against the back seat. I spoke to the store where we purchased this item and was told that it was fine for my baby's legs to overhang, despite the uncomfortable position. However around a week later whilst on a car journey, as my son's legs were bent against the seat, he managed to tip the infant carrier forward and his neck dropped down. My husband and I did not notice this had occurred until we heard a coughing sound and pulled over. We were shocked to see our baby leaning forward with his neck bent at such an unnatural position and quickly changed to a different brand of car seat.