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I bought the Maxi Cosi Cabrio when I was expecting my first child in 2006. At the time it was more expensive, at around £100. I used this seat until she was big enough to go into the next stage (around 7 months), which was before she weighed the maximum for this seat. With hindsight I would have kept her in this seat for longer, as it is recommended that babies be rear facing.
The seat was quite easy to put into a five door car, but it is more difficult in a three door car. I assume that this is the same for most car seats. We were shown how to fit the car seat, but there is also a diagram on the seat and an instruction manual. It is a good idea to practice fitting the seat before the baby arrives, and you are soon used to it.
The covers on the seat are washable, though we struggled to work out how to do it initially. I'm sure that this is include in the instruction leaflet, but we mislaid it. Google, however, has an answer for every question! Washable seat covers is a must, especially if you have a baby who is sickly.
This seat is now being used by a third baby, and is still in very good condition. The seat is solid, and the straps are still in great condition. The covers have been washed on quite a few occasions, and still look in good condition. There is a head support for newborns, which keeps a newborn supported and comfortable.
We lived abroad for 3 years, and travelled back to the UK regularly. We would often travel for 10 hours at a time (regular stops), and found that the baby was comfortable in the seat. We felt that the seat was good quality, and were very happy with this seat.
Taken from Amazon:
*Maxi-Cosi Infant Carrier Car Seat can be installed using a 3-point seat belt or with one of the bases
*Side protection system offers optimal protection against side impact
*Highest recommendation in European Consumer Associations car seat tests Summer 2007
*Integrated sun canopy and support pillow included
*Suitable as Group 0+ car seat from birth to approx 15 months or 13 kg
My little princess seemed very happy to spend her time in this rear facing baby carrier/seat. It was my first experience of Maxi Cosi products and certainly lived up to the expectations I had developed from the reviews I'd read prior to purchasing it. The material were nice and soft and there was adequate padding to provide a comfortable baby pod.
As a car seat it was easily and safely secured with a 3 point belt. The head hugger provided additional support and extra comfort. The harness was simple to adjust and provided firm yet comfortable restraint.
As a baby carrier it was strong but light to carry. The carry handle adjusters protrude quite a bit and could bump your leg and cause a swaying or rotating motion especially as your arms tired and you couldn't hold it up high enough to avoid this.
Overall this is very well made from good quality materials which proved capable of withstanding daily use and it was still in first class condition when Little Miss Madam grew out of it and progressed to the Maxi Cosi Priori which is the subject of another of my reviews.
I bought my twins car seats before they were born so I could have them ready for them coming home from the hospital. I choose maxi cosi as a brand because Halfords recommended them to me not only that they were on special offer at the time.
I paid £49.99 for each maxi cosi cabrio seat.
The first thing i liked about them was they are small compact and light to carry. Maxi-cosi cabrio came with head huggers and hoods on them. They have three adjustments to put the shoulder straps up or down so can grow with the child. Each strap and even the clips had black padded belt protectors on them making it soft and comfy for baby. The main reason i liked maxi -cosi was the side impact protection meaning in a crash if hit side on the car seat will be able to take it and still protect the baby.
The car seat is easy to install in the car as the belt straps across the front into two arms and then one clip around the back takes seconds to do, when done the seat is stable and stays in place. These are rear facing seats.
Maxi-cosi cabrio car seats are from birth and did Hannah and Jess until they were around nine months old before we upgraded to the stage up maxi cosi seats.
All covers and belt covers come of easily for washing and clip black on, can even be put in the dryer. They are velour type material and slightly padded to add luxury comfort for baby.
Maxi cosi have loads of extra accessories to buy including the zebra print covers, matching head huggers, rain covers, hoods, fixed base for the car all at an extra cost. The covers come in loads of designs and colours.
I loved the baby seats my daughters were extremely comfortable in them. They were light to carry even with babies in them.
I highly recommend the maxi cosi cabrio range.
The Maxi Cosy Cabrio car seat is a universal rear facing infant carrier which can fit to a large range of pushchairs. You will need to by the correct adaptors for your buggy, to allow the car seat to sit and be fitted correctly to the chassis of the pushchair.
I have used the maxi cosy cabrio car seat for both of my children on two different pushchairs. My first one was the quinny buzz, the car seat slides onto the adaptors and clicks into place. The car seat was safely in place and didn't move. It was very steady and very secure. My latest pushchair is the Icandy peach blossom and yet again the cabrio car seat sit firmly onto the chassis of the buggy.
The Maxi Cosy Cabrio car seat is suitable from birth and comes with a support cushion which angles the back support of the seat flat for a newborn baby. Attached to the top of the cushion is the head hugger which will help support your newborns head and stop it from flopping about while in the car, for example when going round a corner. You can removed the head hugger and cushion as you little one grows. Make sure your baby's back isn't arched when placed in the seat, if it is then this is a sign that it's time to remove the cushion.
The harness is very strong and has two height settings depending on the size of your child. You should make sure that depending on where your child's shoulders sit, that the strap sit level to the top of them. This is a 3 point harness, which comes together at the bottom to clip safely together. You can adjust the length of the straps by pushing a button below where the harness clips together. While pressing the button, also pull the straps to lengthen them. At the bottom of the seat unit there is a strap poking out, if you pull this it'll tighten the straps back up. I tend to do this every time my son sits in the car seat to insure that he is safely strapped in.
The handle is securely fitted to the frame of the carseat. There are button either side of the seat unit which allows you the fold the handle back. This makes it easier to securely fit your child into the seat. Next to where the handles attach to the main seat unit there are two thumb size buttons. These are used when the seat unit is placed onto a pushchair, they will release the car seat from the adaptors on the buggy making it possible for you to remove the car seat.
This car seat is easy to fit, but to put my mind at rest to whether or not I have fitted correctly I also purchased the easy fix base. This is a permanent base which fits into your car which allows you to clip the seat in and out with ease. You can also purchase an Isofix version of this base for newer cars.
The car seat is padded out and comfortable for your child. It is suitable from birth up to 15kgs which is around 29lbs, and is essential for safely transporting your child in. All fitting instructions are printed onto the side of the seat unit, but I would recommend getting a demonstration on how to fit it in your local store for example Mothercare, Halfords or toys r us.
My experience of using this infant carry is good; I have never had any problems with it. The seat unit is padded and both my children have seemed to be happy and comfortable in it. It is easy to use and looks great on my pushchair. The seat unit is slightly weighty but is neither the lightest nor heaviest available on the market. The only flaw with it is that the straps are slightly stiff, but they have loosened with usage.
There are many different fabric designs which you can choose from, but only certain shop stock certain designs. I have currently got the cappuccino. This a basic black cover with a tint of brown. I purchased my car seat from Mothercare priced at £99.99 back in 2007, and is going still strong today. I have noticed that the prices have gone up and now retails in Mothercare at £124.99 which is a huge price up. You can regularly get 20% of coupons from their latest catalogue and voucher codes online.
Overall this car seat is a sturdy strong design which you don't need to worry about your child being safe in. I would definitely recommend this car seat.
I bought this car seat to go with my bugaboo bee and I've been really pleased with it. It was expensive but the fact that it just clips onto the bugaboo base and can be used with the easy fix base makes it really convenient and simple to use.
My baby seemed comfortable in it from birth - it comes with a head hugger that can be used with a new born and stopped her little head from lolling around. It was also pretty simple to get her in and out of - the straps are a bit stiff to adjust - in fact I still can't manage it I have to get my husband to do it. But once they're at the right level it's just a question of pulling the two shoulder straps together at the bottom and clicking them into the lockable catch.
The seat is well padded and feels solid to use. it has excellent safety reports which is obviously reassuring as a parent and used in conjunction with the easy fix base it's easy to confident that you're baby will be safe and secure.
It's real boon is being able to clip onto the base of my pram - making trips out to the shops so much easier. It's perfectly possible to get my sleeping daughter out of the car, go and do my shopping and get her back in the car all without waking her up. My only real complaint is that it is sooooo heavy. OK, my little girl is at the top of the centile charts for her height and weight but even from birth I've struggled to carry it any distance without feeling like my arm is about to drop off.
I picked this car seat by trying all car seats appropriate for our newborn in mothercare. We looked at how they looked but more importantly how light they where, and how easily they fitted in the car. This car seat was the lightest by a long way and as i am only small this was important! We then looked at how easily it fitted into the car, we tried out different ones using the fixed seat instore. Out of all the chairs the maxi cosi cabrio was the lightest and easiest one to use. The handle has 2 buttons at either side to put it down. There is also a shade attached from the chair to the handle which is not shown on the picture, this is useful for when it is sunny. There is also a compartment at the back which can hold small items but we never use this because we always have the changing bag with us. The chair does come in a variety of colours. The harness is also very good and adjusts easily, e.g if baby has thick coat on it needs to be let out. Overall a very good chair. I would recommend trying seats in store before buying and then buying on line when you know what you want and don't be afraid to ask for help trying different ones in your own car!