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The Maxi Cosi raincover is designed to fit the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and Maxi Cosi Pebble car seats. It is made of clear plastic with a black trim. It is described as a 'throw over' design as it simply pops over the seat and is held in place by elastic at the front and rear of the cover. There are two mesh vents to either side and an opening to access the interior and the handle. The cover comes supplied in a storage bag.
I bought this raincover when I purchased an i-candy travel system, paying around the ten pound mark as an add on to my pram bundle that included the Cabriofix seat. I have also occasionally used this cover with a Pebble seat. I paused slightly before adding this to my bundle but quickly concluded that this would be an essential if I wanted to make use of the seat on top of the pram chassis. Seven months in, this has, to date, been the main way that I have used my pram and, given recent weather conditions (!), the raincover has been a must have.
The alternative to the Maxi Cosi cover is a generic cover for use with any car seat. These are available in most pram outlets and are generally cheaper though the fit will not be as good. The Maxi Cosi cover sculpts to the base of the Cabriofix and the Pebble, making a snug seal and not leaving any material flapping. The plastic that it is made of feels strong and flexible though I would advise storing it away from direct sunlight as it can become soft if left in the car on a hot day. The material is, in my opinion, stronger than the plastic on the raincovers supplied with my i-candy for use with the carrycot and the pushchair. The mesh provides adequate ventilation though it does not stop condensation forming under some weather conditions. The opening at the top of the cover allows some access to the interior. I am not entirely sure what the intended use of this is. I generally open the flap to check the temperature inside and leave it open if I feel it is too hot. It is too small to do much more than wave at baby and give them a brief touch fro reassurance. It is also too small to allow you to keep the cover on and access the handle to carry it. I always take the cover off before taking the seat off the chassis. This is because of the issue with accessing the handle but it is also necessary to remove the cover, at least partially, to access the buttons that release the seat from the frame. For my purposes, I haven't found this to be too much of an issue. The design is simple yet effective so I wouldn't want it made more complicated, and potentially a worse fit, by additional openings being added.
I would say that a raincover of some sort is an absolute must if you intend to use the seat on a travel system. The Maxi Cosi branded cover is a good quality product that I believe offers a superior fit to a generic cover so it is worth paying a few extra quid to get this - in baby kit terms I think this is what could be described as the thin end of the wedge! If you only intend to use the seat in the car then you probably don't need this just to transport baby from the car to another place as you will find the seat hard to carry with the cover on especially as baby gets heavier and you need to loop the handle under your arm to stagger along with it! I give this item 4 stars. It is robust, functional and not bank breaking. However, some people may find the restricted access to the handle inconvenient.
I debated before buying a raincover for my Maxi Cosi car seat, as I didn't plan on using it on the chassis of my pram I didn't see it as an essential purchase. In the end I saw one for a good price and decided to get one just in case.
I am very grateful that I did, it has turned out more useful than I could have predicted. My son was a January baby so very cold when he was born. It was lovely to be able to pop the rain cover over the car seat when taking him from the hospital to the car to protect him from the elements on his trip home and useful each time the weather was cold or rainy.
The cover itself is very well designed, the material is strong and it simply pops over the car seat as the bottom is elasticated. It has a little flap you can lift up to access the handle of the car seat and mesh sides to ensure air flow. It is simply but perfect, it even comes in a little bag so you have somewhere to store it when not in use. It can be popped under the pram when not in use.
I think if you intend to use the car seat on your pushchair this is an essential purchase, you need it to protect your baby from rain. If you don't use your car seat on your pushchair it is a nice little extra to have, makes life with a little baby much easier.
I recently forgot to take it on holiday and really missed it. Every time I ran from the caravan to the car with a blanket over the car set I was kicking myself for not packing it.
Our son was born in winter and for a few weeks we managed without a rain cover for the car seat but were so pleased that we bought it. It is a perfect fit for the maxi cosi cabriofix seat and doesn't slip at all. It is made from clear plastic so you can still see the baby inside. Because of these aspects it is much better than the alternative of trying to drape a blanket over the seat to keep off the rain. It also has a bit of the plastic cut out where the handle of the car seat is so you can carry the car seat easily without having to worry about it slipping through your hand if the cover is wet. It is also useful for keeping the wind off the baby even if it isn't raining due to it being such a good fit to the seat. Even though it's a good fit it is easy to put on and take off due to the elastic in the edges of the cover. You just have to be aware that it can get a little like a greenhouse in there especially if you don't remove it once you get inside a shop for example so you need to bear that in mind when dressing the baby and not wrap them in too many blankets etc.
Suitable from birth. Simple throw-over design. Easy to attach to car seat, use with handle upright. Folds compactly. W45, D50cm. Manufacturer's helpline number 01284 413141. Manufacturer's 2 year (1 year fabric) guarantee. EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 8712933197369.