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We bought this car seat as it came up as being one of the safest car seats on the market on a product test website. We were really daunted by the sheer number of car seats out there and it took a lot of time and effort to choose this one, and I hope this review saves you a bit of that time! We bought a black car seat and it looks great.
Things to consider...
You need a car seat if you travel by car, not only for the logical baby safety reason but also because the hospital won't let you take your baby home without one.
If you buy a pram that you can fit the car seat on to you'll save yourself a lot of trouble. We bought a mothercare movie pram and it's heavenly being able to take your sleeping baby in and out of the car and pram without waking them.
The car seat does from birth until 1 year old (until the child's head protrudes over the top of the chair, according to motherboard).
It's lightweight, which is handy as you can carry it into the house if your baby is asleep.
The shape of the bottom of the chair means you can rock it easily- great for when you're out (having a meal out etc)
The cover is removable so you can wash it when needed.
It has a removable head rest for when they are tiny and several securing belt fittings so grows with them.
We've used it in several different cars and it seems to be universal.
The vital thing to remember is that you need to do the seat up as tight as possible, tight enough that you can only insert one finger between your baby and the securing strap. The design of the chair makes it a bit difficult to adjust this strap as it's between baby's legs and is challenging to reach when in the car.
I purchased this car seat when I pregnant as part of a travel system along with the babystyle oyster and also the isofix base, I chose the intense red colour as it thought it was suited to a girl or a boy. Before buying the seat I was shown a display model of the seat but not the actual colour I was buying, I picked the colour out from a catalogue, when I collected the car seat I was very pleased with the colour, it's nice and bold and also doesn't show up marks much at all.
We have now been using the seat for 11 months and it has served us very well, the seat is very sturdy and my little boy always looks comfortable and happy in it. With the use of the isofix base it couldn't be any easier to install in the car (we have a 3 door car as well!). I have also used it in other people's cars using a seat belt to secure the seat and after a couple of tries this was very simple to get the hang of.
At 11 months old my boy is still well within the 13kg weight limit and looks to have at least another month before he is too tall for the seat (he's on the 98th percentile for height so not a small child at all). I'm really happy that we purchased this seat and will most definitely purchase another maxi cosi infant carrier if we have another child.
I was quite daunted when I started looking for car seats and realised just how many there were to choose from. The first decision seemed to be which age category to go for 0+ are rear facing seats that are suitable from birth up to 13kg (approx 12 months although my dainty ladies are still in theirs at 19 months!) we discounted front facing car seats suitable from birth as we wanted to be lift them out the car in them and front facing seats stay in the car. Safety research shows that baby is much safer in a rear facing car seat in the event of an accident.
After much researching we decided on the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix for it's ease of getting it in and out the car, safety features and quality of the seat.
Is it easy to fix in the car?
Yes! You have a choice of ways to install this car seat into your car providing your car is compatible. You can check this out at the Maxi Cosi website http://www.maxi-cosi.com
The base anchors onto the IsoFix points in your car by clipping it in place. Once done the base stays in your car, we chose the EasyFix base which is compatible with this seat. I love the fact that with the base in the car you just have to simply click the car seat into it. There's no fiddling around with seat belts which with 2 babies and the amount of rain we have is good! The base has coloured indicators which turn from red to green when you click the seat in giving you peace of mind that baby is secure.
To remove the seat from the base you have to pull a handle on the base and lift the seat, now I found that this took a bit of practice and the first few times I thought I may end up just taking baby out and leaving the seat in the car. I never did though and soon got the knack of getting the seat out with a slight wriggling of the handle.
-Car Seat belt
If your car is compatible you can just use the seat belt to fit the car seat into your car.
Is it comfy for baby?
This car seat has lots of padding and a removable padded head hugger for your newborn. My smallest was only 4 1/2lb for her first journey so the seat is suitable even for the very little. The harness has padded straps and I don't think I could have found a more comfortable seat for them to travel in.
When the babies were newborn they would soon fall asleep in these seats once the car was moving, they were then great for carrying the babies into our destination without waking them up. For Doctors appointments they could carried into the waiting room and put down without having to get the buggy out.
Is it easy to get baby in and out of?
Yes, you just sit baby in and do the harness up. The 5 point harness has 2 straps which you lay over baby's shoulders then the catch parts fit together to lock into the harness part. You then pull the end of the harness strap to tighten it up. The red button to release the catch needs quite a lot of strength to press so you don't need to worry about baby accidentally undoing it.
The handle clips into an upright position and you have to squeeze 2 buttons either side at the bottom of it to release it and allow you to push it back.
How safe is it?
When used with an Isofix base the seat is quoted as having 'excellent test ratings'. The seat also has side protection and meets the latest safety standards. Fortunately my seats haven't been crash tested.
It is a thin piece of material which tucks into the back of the seat when you. It tucks into the back of the seat when you don't need it but pulls over and secures to the handle when you do. It is also handy for keeping baby dry whilst you carry them from the house to the car.
These are on the side of the seat to make it easier to get baby in and out, I rarely use these.
This is in the back of the seat but isn't very big and again I've rarely used it. When I have put things in there I've normally forgotten about them!
The cover is removable for washing but I have found that small marks wipe clean really easily.
The seat comes in a choice of colours which usually change each year, we chose black.
Do I need a car seat?
If you are going to be travelling with a baby in your car then you legally have to have a suitable car seat. Although we didn't buy a buggy that took car seats the Cabriofix clips onto many of the popular travel systems.
Do they cost a lot?
This car seat is a top of the range product so expect to pay about £90-£100. This cost nearly doubles if you choose the Easybase 2 Isofix option. If you have twins you get to double the cost again! Places like Halfords and Toys R Us have staff trained to fit car seats so you can ensure that it is done correctly.
Would I recommend?
Definitely they have been worth every penny and I would make the same choice if I was buying again as these seats have saved me so much time and been a really useful way of transporting my babies.
When my son was born we bought this Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat for him. It came as part of our package deal with his Quinny Pushchair which we paid £700 for and literally got everthing possible included so the price was great. I noticed at the time of purchase ours was retailing for £130 and I don't think that price has much changed now so you are looking at over £100 for one of these car seats.
Despite the high price band I can't fault this carry seat. It was absolutely fantastic and invaluable to us and to my son. Ours was pure black with electric blue trim as we knew we were expecting a boy but you can buy them in all sorts of wonderful patterns and colours now and most good baby retailers stock these-Mothercare, Kidicare, Babies'r'us etc so they aren't difficult to get hold of.
When I was pregnant I had heard of Maxi Cosi and after doing my research learnt they were one of the safest brands of carry seat you can get. It was the safety factor that really swung it for me. I remember being in a car crash as a youngster with my mum and baby brother and although my brother was cut with glass from the windows it was his car seat that saved him from a far worse outcome and that image stayed with me and made sure I really got the most safe car seat I could.
When we got the Cabriofix home I was suprised how heavy it is. In fact as a pregnant lady in my later stages I wouldn't recommend trying them out for too long as the lifting of this weight isn't recommended and that is probably the only minor issue we had with this. When my son was bron he was light but as he grem and his weight increased added with the weight of the seat it became a real hard job to hulk him around in it even from the house to the car!
The great thing about the Cabrio fix car seats is that they will cater for a child up to approximately 13kg which is roughlt towards the one year mark. The advice given is that once your childs feet hang over the bottom edge then it's time for a fitted car seat. My son was ready for a fitted car seat at about 9 months but we waited until he turned ten months to do this-probably because of the financial element involved! However had I paid £130 for it alone and got 10 months out of it then I would still have been as happy with it's value for money. My son was large at birth so I knew we wouldn't get any closer to the 12 month mark!
When he was small he fitted in the Cabrio-fix perfectly. There was a head protection cushion that wedged around his head and a padded cushion underneath his bottom which put him in a comfy slouched position and he always looked cosy. Sometimes in the first few months of using it he did need pulling up a little as it looked uncomfortable but most of the time he just looked snug and I felt he was protected from the elements in here because the side rise up well and the pull over blacked out mesh cover meant I could block the sunlight from above him. We have many pictures of him in here looking like a sleeping angel! Considering babies need to feel tight to feel secure this was perfect in providing him the security to ease him to sleep.
Another great thing about this car seat is how easy it is to take anywhere. You can buy an Isofix base which attaches to your car and then all you need to do is click one button to get it in and out of the car. However this is approximately £100-£140 pounds and considering you don't need it we didn't bother. All we did was use the seatbelt as is also another way of doing it. You wrap the bottom strap around the base and the top one over the legs and top of the seat and you pull until fastened in place. This always felt safe and secure for my son and was never an issue with getting him in and out. Once you've done it a few times you could do it in your sleep! Being in the car another point is the fact that the Cabrio'fix is made with a special side protection system which provides otptimum protection against side impact if in an accident. So with this and how securely you can hold it in place I was always confident that if the awful did happen he would be as well protected as I could get him.
A huge benefit with having a cabrio-fix is that they can adapt to many brands of pushchairs and prams. Our Quinny came with special adapters which meant we could use it as a travel system and put the seat directly on to the frame. This was great when we didn't want to wake our son as we could lift him from the car to the fram easily. However I've found and heard from others that the common problem is how difficult this is to lock in place. It should be easy but in relaity sadly it's not always so and it doesn't seem to get easier with time either! I remember once being stuck in the pouring rain with my newborn son and I just couldn't get the cabrio-fix to unlock from the Quinny frame! It took ages as the buttons are so stiff and tempremental! I don't miss those days! But hey it's still an excellent car seat, but nothings perfcet!
Overall I would give this car seat 5 stars. I can't fault it's protection and comfort for my son and my only issue with it was it's weight as my son grew and it's ability to be tempremental with my pushchair. Other than that it was great and we often used it in the house too in order to rock our son to sleep sometimes! I will deffinately buy a Cabrio Fix next time so recommend to others now!
Anyone with a car will know that a hospital will not let you take your newborn baby home without a properly fitted car seat, and since we had got a quinny zapp buggy, we needed a car seat that would be both safe and also fit our buggy to form a travel system. After some research we found that we needed a maxi cosi car seat if we wanted it to fit our buggy, and so we purchased from amazon this Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat, paying around £90 for it.
This Maxi Cosi Cabriofix comes in several different colours, however we stuck to the Black Reflection shade, which was basically all black, as we didn't know whether we were having a boy or girl, and we wanted something neutral in colour that would suit either sex. This car seat is suitable for children between 0 - 13 kg, aged between 0 to 12 months. It also adheres to the latest UN safety standards and is categorised as a rear facing group 0+ carrier seat.
The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix promotes itself as being very safety conscious and offer optimal protection against a side impact. For younger babies, there is a support pillow to cushion the head, which can be removed as the baby gets older and needs more room. Like most car seats the straps that go over the shoulders of the baby and attach to the belt buckle that comes up through the legs are adjustable, and there is a belt strap at the bottom of the car seat that can be tightened or loosened to allow for more or less room as the baby gets older. Obviously for maximum safety the shoulder straps should be fitted reasonably tightly with only a finger space at most between the strap and the baby.
There are several buttons on the sides of the cabriofix. One set of buttons that you push in allow you to push the handle back and forth, to allow you to get the baby in and out of the carry seat easier. Anotehr set of buttons that need to be pressed in together are there to remove this car seat from the quinny buggy.
One of the things that I really like about this car seat is the sun shade, which you actually wouldn't even notice was there, as it is tucked inside the upper rim of the seat. This sun shade, which we have also pulled up if we are transporting our daughter from the car into somewhere in the rain (although it isn't meant for wet weather) can be pulled forward and attached to the handle, therefore protecting your baby from sun (or rain!!) There is also a small storage compartment at the back of the car seat, although we have yet to make use of this.
In terms of using this car seat in the car, we have an easy fix base that the cabriofix simply clicks into, meaning we had no need to struggle with seatbelts to ensure the car seat is safely fitted. However, you can use the car seatbelts to fit this car seat, although it is not suitable to do so in all cars. For example, the car seatbelts in our ford focus are not long enough to go around this car seat, and you can check online which cars offer suitability for using this car seat with a seatbelt.
In terms of fitting it to our buggy, this is relatively easy to do, although the odd time I have had difficulty releasing it from the quinny frame, however I am not sure as to whether this is due to the buggy or car seat. My husband however never seems to have a problem releasing it, so it may be a lack of strength on my part as well.
All in all, we have been very pleased with this car seat. Our baby daughter appears to be very happy in this car seat, and will comfortably nod off to sleep whilst in it. I am very happy that the car seat appears to be high on safety and although I certainly don't want to be in a position to test it out, I am confident that my baby will be as secure as possible should we have an accident. This is also very handy as part of the travel system of our buggy and so I think this is a very reliable, and safe car seat to transport baby in.
My husband ordered this car seat after hours of research on the Internet. He decided that this one sounded the best because of the safety reviews it had received and the fact that it was compatible with an isofix base which he wanted me to have so that I didn't have to faff about with seatbelts and bending in and out of the car.
We chose the red and black seat as at the time we ordered it we were unsure what we were having. We also bought the isofix base.
When the seat arrived, I excitedly unpacked it and was immediately bamboozled by it. It had so many buttons and levers and I couldn't even figure out how to move the handle. However, after a quick consultation of the instruction booklet, it all became clear. It wasn't complicated at all. Now my only concern was that the seat felt quite heavy, and that was without a baby in it! However, I never looked at any other seats so don't know how it compares weight-wise.
The seat looked nice and felt very sturdy and of good quality. The side protection and newborn insert meant that a baby's head would be secure and comfortable. The straps were easy to operate and, although we had the isofix base, strapping it into the car appeared easy enough with the slots for the seatbelt being highlighted in blue.
When our son arrived, my husband brought the seat to the hospital to collect myself and the baby. We got him strapped into the seat easily enough, however, after the sleep deprivation of the night before, we had great fun trying to get the seat into the car in the hospital car park!! We must have been trying for 15minutes!!! Turned out we were trying to put it in backwards!!
My son is now almost 7 months old and the seat is still doing well. It is used almost every day, and with our family living 6 hours away, he has spent quite a lot of time in it and he seems comfortable and happy. It is quite heavy with the baby in it, but you do just get used to it. Can't wait for him to be able to walk though!!
We also chose to buy the Mothercare My3 pushchair as it was compatible with the maxicosi cabriofix. This has been really useful and has allowed us to at times just take the pushchair chassis which has saved alot of space in the boot. I also love the fact that the seat has a built in sun canopy to keep the sun off baby whilst in the car. It also keeps the rain off whilst you carry it from the house to the car. However, it is not thick enough material to keep the rain off for any length of time.
All in all a great looking, stylish car seat that is of excellent quality and keeps my baby safe!
I bought this car seat when pregnant with my 1st baby in 2007. I bought it alongside the maxi cosi isofix base and a quinny buzz pushchair (which the cabriofix is compatible with).
The car seat is a really easy to strap baby into and they look very snug and secure with the head hugger part of the car seat.
The car seat is also very easy to fix into the car. We had the isofix base which the car seat slots into really, really securely. It does also fix in easily with the seatbelt, however in my opinion I do not think the car seat feels as secure using the seatbelt as the base (but the same could be said for all car seats)
The car seat also slots onto a variety of different pushchair bases (we had a quinny) which is really handy if your baby is asleep in the car and you need to pop into the shops or something without having to wake them.
One feature of the car seat which I really liked was the sun canopy which pulls over like a hood, which is really handy for keeping the car seat dark if baby needs to sleep.
The requirements for moving up to a forward facing car seat is that the baby weighs 20lbs or more and they have been able to sit unaided for a month and can reach forward for a toy (for example) and sit back without toppling. My daughter was 11 months when she fulfilled the requirements and my son was 9 months. My son was a really big baby and was about 25lbs but we were waiting until he could sit unaided before we moved him into the next car seat. He did look really snug towards the end, but you can remove the head hugger to give a ttke more space.
Compared to other car seats I looked at the maxi cosi cabriofix seemed much sturdier and looked like it held the baby much more securely than others.
I would definitely recommend this product.
When it came to deciding which car seat to buy, we were swayed by the fact that the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix fits (with two small adaptors) onto our iCandy Cherry base, meaning that it is an absolute doddle to use.
We purchased our Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat in black (as we didn't know what sex our bump was and we ordered it 9 weeks before the due date), from an independent retailer called Nursery Time in Barrowford, Lancashire, for £100 (we got a slight discount as we purchased the iCandy at the same time).
We went for the Cabriofix over the newer model, the Pebble, as we'd heard reviews that the head hugger (the insert for newborns which supports their head and neck - it is removable when the baby grows and can support his or her own head) is bigger and sturdier in the Cabriofix, and that some parents had complained that the Pebble allows for too much movement of small babies' necks.
The Cabriofix looks great - small, compact and smart, with a little compartment in the back which just fits a spare few nappies, nappy bags and a packet of wipes for emergencies. The top of the Cabriofix conceals a lightweight hood, which when stretched out is hooked over two tiny indents in the handle. The only criticism I have here is that the hooks are so small you have to be very sure that the hood is properly hooked on as it has for us pinged back a few times, but never caught baby. I would have preferred bigger hooks but there again they wouldn't be flush to the handle - again though I prefer safety over looks.
The safety straps are very secure, and they feature comfort padding so the straps don't rub against baby's delicate head and neck. Baby is placed in the hugger, then the straps pulled down to a central point, where they clip together. Then, a separate strap under the clip is pulled to secure the straps - we were advised to make them quite tight, as the impact in a crash is so strong (heaven forbid).
I must say - my daughter positively hates being put in the car seat, but once we get going, she nods off quite contentedly!
So, the Cabriofix can be fitted to a number of pram / pushchair bases which suit all budgets, but I see it fitted most into the iCandy range, of which we have a Cherry. You need two small adapters on the sides for this, which are supplied. The height for us is perfect - I'm 5'9" and my husband is 6'3" and we find the Cabriofix seat in the Cherry base is just right for us. If you're shorter, of course, baby will simply be closer to your chin!
It can be affixed to the car in two different ways - firstly, the way in which I would suspect most parents use it, is with an Isofix base which is sold separately, we paid £110 for this from the same retailer. The isofix remains in the car at all times, and the car seat simply slots on (a red indicator on the side turns green to show it is fitted in correctly). It provides a sturdy base. To remove the seat simply pull and lift a lever underneath and the car seat is released. Like I say - a doddle, even if you're not very strong (and who is after having a baby!)
The second way is for use in other cars, such as taxi or if you only travel occasionally enough not to warrant paying out for an isofix. The seat can be secured safely with any full seatbelt (ie, not a lap belt) and for this there are instructions on a sticker on the side (though our retailer came down to our car and showed us how to do it; I would think any approved retailer would do the same - certainly most of the baby supplies shops we have been in have either come to the car or had a car seat in their showroom to demonstrate).
The seat itself is very sturdy, I'm glad we went for black as I could see a lighter colour getting dirty very quickly, though it is wipe clean (and the seatbelt covers are removable - good thing too, at four weeks old my daughter has already started to suck and chew on them when peckish!) It's fairly lightweight compared to other car seats and easy for me to carry even with my 10lb daughter in there - it's suitable up to 12 months, so we'll see if I can carry her when she's one!
It looks great on the Cherry base, to the point where people have approached us in shops and asked us what pushchair we have. Baby also looks very very cute in it ;)
It's recommended that newborns aren't left more than two hours in the car seat as it's better that they lay on their back wherever possible - so we have a full sized pram attachment for the Cherry as well as the car seat, which I use for short strolls to the shops or for a half hour in a busy shopping centre where using the full pram would be a bit too cumbersome.
The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat for us was the perfect choice, we've had no problems whatsoever with it, it suits our daughter to a tee, it's smart, small, comfortable and most importantly it is safe. It's versatile, as it can be used as a mini pushchair with a suitable stroller base, and it clips right into the car fitted with an Isofix, which means that we can pop our daughter into the Cabriofix, take her down to the car, pop her in, go shopping and back and we've never had to take her out and move her between different prams and seats as it'd upset her.
Overall I am very very happy we bought this set, OK it's slightly more expensive than non branded or budget seats but I fully believe it's worth every single penny and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to buy a car seat. I know that the Maxi Cosi will last us, for future children and beyond - a true investment in safety and quality.
If you're having a baby and you don't live within walking distance of the hospital, buying a car seat is pretty much compulsory. Even if you don't drive, the powers that be will insist on you having one to load your little bundle of joy into someone else's car or a taxi; the days of precariously balancing a newborn on your lap are thankfully long gone. The Boyfriend and I finally got our car seat sorted a few weeks before our daughter arrived and chose the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix. We picked this for four good reasons: it has a strong safety record, we'd seen the sunshade and carry handle features demonstrated, with clips it would fit our Oyster pushchair chassis, it was £89 in the Halfords sale.
We regretted buying it from Halfords - the service was appalling, the staff rude and no-one was available to show us how to fit it into to our car. Ever. I was frustrated with this, it's no joke being nine months pregnant in a heatwave and not knowing how to get the seat sorted made me feel underprepared and anxious. I kept thinking I should have bought it anywhere else but there and the money we saved wasn't worth the worry. The seat itself was a nice design though, with a cosy looking head cushion and a three point harness. The button at the bottom loosened the straps and the material strip hanging down could be pulled to tighten them. Our neighbour's daughter in law kindly came and fitted the car seat into my black fiesta and I breathed a sigh of relief.
My beautiful little girl duly arrived and as I finally dressed her up in the neutral dungarees I'd expectantly packed in the hospital bag, The Boyfriend came down the ward and sat on the end of the bed in the autumn sunshine. We smiled down at her sleeping face and he told me he'd left the seat in the car for fear of not being able to fit it again, so we carried her downstairs in my arms and out into the big world. She slid into the seat easily and we all went home.
As she's got bigger, I have become incredibly quick and efficient at fitting this seat. It's only a matter of slipping the lap belt through the two lower hooks, plugging the clip in and tilting the seat forward to wrap the shoulder belt through the clip at the back. In order to get it fixed firmly in, I pull the seat bottom up sharply and the seat cushion keeps it in place with no movement. It fits most makes of car, which is great as she rides in both my car and The Boyfriend's, Dad's car and my friend's cars. We didn't get the isofix base, as this was prohibitively priced at considerably more than the cost of the seat. Add to this that it doesn't work with older models of car and I think that using this would have meant I'd never have learnt to fit the seat properly without it.
Another great point about this seat is that the sunshade can fold away, or be attached to the carry handle so that I've never needed to fit blinds to the car windows, while the overall design allows you to rock the seat and calm your baby while you wait for a lift. It's pretty easy to sponge off sick or poo from the fabric too.
There are also a few annoyances which a prospective buyer should be aware of. The carry handle has two buttons placed either side of the seat which need to be pressed down in order to lower or lift the handle. So if you've got one hand on each button and no-one around to help, you end up needing (in the absence of a third hand) to use your head to push the handle into position. As she's got bigger, it's impossible to slide her under the lap belt to get her into the seat; I have to take the whole seat out, put her in and refit it to the backseat of the car every time. For example, on a quick trip to the shop, that's fitting the seat a total of four times. The head cushion only fits for a very short time and when you remove it to allow room for your growing child, you lose the attached padding at the bottom of the seat.
By far the worst thing is the weight of this seat. It shouldn't be referred to as an 'Infant Carrier' but it is. With the baby in, the weight is considerable and the bulky seat is incredibly uncomfortable to carry. I dread invitations that say 'please bring your child in the car seat' and ignore this instruction at every opportunity. There are much lighter seats on the market and having discussed this problem with second time around mothers, they almost always prefer to buy a lighter seat.
Overall, given that this is the first time I'd picked a car seat, it's not a terrible choice and I think it's fairly good for the price. And most importantly, it meets safety standards. Your child shouldn't be spending more than an hour a day in the seat for the first three months, but finding the right one is vital.
As a parent one of the things that you absoultely need (if you have a car) is a baby car seat. Now hubby and I were thoroughly confused when we started looking for car seats so went with the brand that seemed to have the best reviews (thank you Mumsnet and dooyoo) which was Maxicosi.
Not a British brand i am afraid but a great German company with an awesome record in car safety. The good thing about it being a European brand is that all seats have to meet EU safety standards.
Where do you buy the Cabriofix?
Now I am normally the queen of second hand things for baby but I must say that I was only ever going to buy a new car seat. The cabriofix is priced between £99.95 and £125.95 depending on where you get it. I had a 25% money off voucher for Halfords and bought it on line (through topcashback getting a further 5% discount). The advantage of Halfords is that they will do a free car seat fitting service for you, which means that you won't do what my brother in law did. He thought he had fixed in the car seat until he went around a roundabout and off it flew against the side of the car.
Halfords fitter ours for us and we have never had any problem!
If you can't use Halfords try Amazon, Kiddicare or Mothercare.
What type of car seat is it?
It is a category 0 car seat so is backward facing and suitable for babies up to around 12 months old. Now my son is 10 months and because he is light weight he still fits in his but I have friends who bought this car seat only to have to move up to the next one after 7 months, so be led by your baby. Once they reach around 19 pounds or start to look really squashed in it then it may be time to move on.
Fitting the car seat and removing from the car.
You have a choice with this car seat.
1) Buy the isofix base. This costs another £50 - £90 but means that you just click the car seat into it . If you have Isofix in your car I would recommend this as you literally just shove the seat down. You know that it is "fixed in" because there are three red spots which click to green when the seat is fixed. Removing it is easy too - just lift the front lever on the base and lift out the seat. Great for when baby is sleeping.
2) Fix the seat using the seat belt system. THis is a bit tricky at first but the seat comes with very clear instructions and even I can do it (and I am not particularly technical!)
I have used both the base and the seatbelt system and have found the seat to be extremely safe in both situations.
Use on buggys
The cabriofix is compatible with many buggys - including, Mamas and Papas, Quinnys, Maxi-cosi buggys, bugaboo, the list goes on - try the Maxicosi website for more details. If, like us you have a Phil and Teds you can buy an adaptor to make the seat fit on the buggy. We spend £10 on ours and then never used it as baby hated being in the car so we rarely put him in the car seat unless we absolutely had to go somewhere. Many of my friends would take baby for a drive - he / she would fall asleep then they would lift out car seat and attach to buggy and off you go. So, unless you have a strange baby like mine who hates the car this is a great feature.
The seat comes in red, black, patterned - the choice is yours!
Is it easy to lift?
The seat is about as lightweight as a baby seat can be -it weights 3.25 kg, BUT of course you have to factor in your baby. This seat is safety tested up to 13kg (in 12 months!!!) - my son is currently 8.7 kg and the seat feels heavy, or maybe I am just a weakling.
Padding and safety record
The seat comes with removable padding for the head - we kept ours in for 5 months until he was ready and strong enough to cope without. You can adjust the height of the padding as baby grows. The seat also has shoulder straps which click into place easily and quickly. I have not heard of any baby being able to undo their straps (I think they are too young - but there may be one genius out there!!!!)
I have found this to be a fantastic seat - you can buy a rain cover to go over it if you use it on the buggy - so it is a true versatile product. For me it was just a shame that my baby hated the car, that said we have still got loads of use out of it!
It is not a cheap car seat but for the light weight(???) nature and the exceptional safety record I would recommend this seat again.
This is a 0+ car-seat which can be used from birth to 12 months, or 0-13kg (approx 28lb). It can be installed either using your 3 point seatbelt, or used in conjunction with an easyfix/isofix base.
The shoulder straps have 2 height positions, to be altered as your baby grows. The seat has a removable head hugger, which itself has a removable sponge wedge. This means as your baby grows, you can remove the wedge giving them more room, and then as their head becomes stronger, you can remove the whole head hugger.
The handle has 3 positions, upright for carrying, semi-reclined for rocking the chair, and fully reclined as a stand to hold the chair steady on the ground.
The chair is compatible with many pram frames to be used as a travel system eg. Mothercare My3/4, Mura 3/4, Quinny, Bugaboo etc...
I have only ever used this seat with the easyfix/isofix base so with this, it's installation is very easy. I have never tried using the 3 point seatbelt installation. However I have a 3 door Mini Cooper and would say that those with smaller cars would perhaps struggle to fit this seat with ease using the seatbelt.
My son is now 6 months and 18.5lb (approx 8.3kg) and already seems to fill the seat quite substantially even with the head hugger removed so I am skeptical as to whether this will last him to the maximum age/weight stated by the manufacturer. And for many weeks now, it has been almost impossible for me to lift the seat with my son in it.
I would say this is a very good car seat, priced on par with the many others out there, but more universally compatible with many pram frames. If being used as a car seat and part of a travel system then this is highly recommended. If you do not require the car seat to slot into a pram frame then I'd say it would be better to purchase a combination seat (eg Maxi Cosi Opal) to face rearward from birth then turned to face outward from approx 9 months)
We bought this car seat, as we wanted an isofix base, which could also be used with only seat belts and at the time, there was only one base, with one car seat that we could find.
The car seat has been brilliant. I would recommend getting a base for the car seat, both for ease of use and for securing the car seat.
The car seat comes with lots of padding, so that it can be used for newborns to when babies are a little older. When our little boy was newborn he seemed to enjoy being in his car seat, always fell asleep as soon as he was secured in it - it was nice and snug with the additional next and back supports. As he has grown and the different supports have been removed he is still in the car seat, and probably will be for a fair while. He's 7 months old.
I find the car seat now a little heavy to carry, so just leave it in the car - however when he was lighter it was really easy to carry. The handle of the car seat can be pushed back using buttons on the side.
The car seat comes with an in built sun canopy which took us about 2 months to find. (tip you have to peel back the lining of the car seat on the top slightly to uncover this.) There is also a small storage compartment in the back of the car seat. We use this purely for storing the instruction manual (which we perhaps should have looked at re. the sun canopy) and a rain cover we got for it.
The cover for the car seat does come off and we washed this on a hand wash cycle in the washing machine and then dried on a washing line.
We were lucky enough to be given the black version of this Maxi Cosi Cabriofix to clip on to our 'iCandy' pushchair. We had decided on an iCandy pushchair because it was one of the lightest of its kind but we chose this because we had seen very little else when out and about and being nosey looking at other people's choices.
It's not all bad but it is pretty heavy - perhaps it has to be because it is a car seat as well as an attachment to many makes of prams (Quinny etc).
The thing that I really hate about it is that you have to hold down both the left and the right tiny buttons at the same time in order to release it from the pushchair base. This wouldn't be a problem only they didn't factor in any sort of handles for you to grip while doing this and on a summers day when your hands are sweaty you could honestly drop this heavy base as there is nothing to stop it slipping through your grasp.
You also are advised to only keep your baby in it for 2 hours at a time. Difficult to do when you're out for the day shopping. The time soon adds up and I would suspect that this time is regularly exceeded by many a mother.
All in all not a great design...it could and perhaps has been improved in it's lastest model the Maxi Cosi Pebble??
Since buying this car seat in November, and using it since December, I have become a big fan of the Maxi-cosi cabriofix.
The car seat is a group 0 seat, suitable from birth until 13kg, and fits rearfacing in the car. One of the main things that appealed to me with this seat is the wide range of cars that it fits into, meaning that it is easy to transfer between our two cars, and my parents cars.
The seat is also incredibly easy to fit, meaning that moving it between cars is practical. There are 3 fitting options- isofix, easybase or 3 point belt. As yet we have only used the 3 point belt fitting and have found it very quick and secure. The instructions go through how to fit the seat in detail, and we found them very easy to follow. Essentially using the 3 point fitting, you end up with the lap belt across the baby's lap/legs, and the shoulder belt secures behind the seat. After a bit of practice it's easy to get the seat in/out in under a minute- perfect if you're on your own.
The cabriofix also works as more than just a car seat, it can attach directly on to the chasis of some prams- such as the mothercare my, the quinny and maxi-cosi's own prams, making it perfect if you're just wheeling around the supermarket. It's worth noting though that a baby shouldn't use a car seat for prolonged periods.
From a safety point of view the seat is excellent. It comes with a head support for newborns, 3 point harness, with chest pads, which clips easily, easily adjustable straps, and side cushioning. The comfort for the baby seems to be good as well, our little girl loves hers, and is always content in it.
The seat is available in a wide range of colours. It costs around £115 rrp, but often can be found online for around £100.
Accessory wise, the carry bar is perfect for toys to hang off of, to keep baby amused, and a raincover which fits the seat can also be purchased.
I am a fan of the Maxi Cosi car seat range, and have just purchased the Priorixfix as my son is getting too big for the Cabriofix.
Maxi Cosi continually perform in safety test, which has to be the biggest consideration when choosing a car seat. The seat itself is not too heavy and doesn't compromise on safety; it still feels sturdy and secure.
It has a built in sunshade which is a little bit fiddly to put back in when not in use but too be honest, I nearly always left it in sit; the hood attaches to the carry handle, so it can be easily put down without unclipping it.
The seat has a wedge cushion inside for very young babies which can be removed when they get a bit bigger and a head support which is also fully removable. The car seat cover is fully machine washable and you can purchase additional covers.
This car seat will fit onto many different pushchair chassis (I use it with a Quinny Buzz) although you will need to purchase adaptors if your pushchair doesn't come with them. If desired you can additionally purchase a base (either isofix or for use with a three point belt) which makes take the car seat in and out much easier.
The only downside is that it doesn't come with a rain cover
The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix is an universal group 0+ child car seat for children up to 13 kg (birth until 12 months). The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix can be used on a forward facing car seat fitted with an automatic or static 3-point seat belt which is approved according to ECE regulation No. 16 or an equivalent standard. The Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix can also be used in combination with the Maxi-Cosi EasyFix and the Maxi-Cosi EasyBase.