Product Type: Maxi Cosi child car seats
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Maxi-cosi Easyfix base - a hassle free way of moving baby in and out of car!
Maxi-Cosi Easyfix Base
Member Name: karlsm93
Maxi-Cosi Easyfix Base
Advantages: Baby is secure, makes it easier to move baby in and out quickly
Disadvantages: Getting carrycot out of base harder than clicking it in
We have a maxi cosi carry cot for our little baby daughter, and before she was born I had just assume that I would keep her safe in her carrycot by using the seatbelt, as I had watched my sister do with her children. However, I was a little concerned to read online that the maxi cosi carry cot cannot always be secured properly using the seatbelts in all types of car, including our ford focus due to the length of the seatbelts depending on the age and model of car. There appeared to be contradicting information and I was getting a little worried about using this seat safely in our car. However, the more I read the more I found out about these bases that can be inserted in the car and kept in the car where the carry cot clips into and so you don't need to worry about seatbelts around the seat.
There are various bases that can be used with the maxi cosi but which one you use depends on your car and whether is has ISOFIX connector points. More modern cars come with these points now, although our car, which isn't that old, doesn't come with them, and so this was no use for us. There is also the option for using entirely without ISOFIX connectors using the easybase car base, but there is a third option, and the one we chose which was the Easyfix car base, which comes with both isofix connectors and belt connectors. Although we don't have isofix connectors at present, we wanted the option of having these should we change car in the future and it would have such connectors. This car base allowed us to use it in our car using the seatbelt at the moment, without having to worry about the length of the seatbelt, but with the option in the future, with a newer car of using the ISOFIX connectors.
The downside of these bases is the additional cost after already purchasing a carry cot. This particular base costs just under £90 on the likes of amazon, which is a pretty competitive price. Initially I hated having to part with that money, however I am so glad we did.
This carseat base is very easy to install, in fact the instructions are on the actual base, should you need to be reminded. If you don't have isofix connectors like us, you need to use the car seatbelt to attach this base to the seat securely. To do this, it is simply a matter of feeding the seatbelt through the designated gaps and the belt is then held in place further with a secure clip that is pressed down over the belt. To ensure further safety this base comes with a support leg that rests against the floor of the car that can be adjusted for each individual car.
In order to make sure the carrycot is attached securely and so therefore cannot move should an accident occur, there are colour indicators on both the support leg and on the base. When there is no carrycot or when it is not properly attached a red indicator will stay on, however once everything is in place properly, the red will switch to a green indicator on both the support leg and base.
As I said earlier, I originally felt this was a lot of money to be out, however even if your seatbelts are long enough to fit securely around the carrycot this is a brilliant piece of equipment that means transferring a baby in and out of a car soooo much easier and quicker, especially if it is pouring rain or your baby is crying sore! At these points you really don't need to be worrying about getting a car seatbelt around a carrycot, and instead all I have to do is clip the carrycot onto the base and go. If I had one minor little complaint, I do find it trickier to get the carrycot out than in. THere is a little handle that you pull out when you want to release the carrycot, and you really need to pull this out fully and lift at the same time, and many a time I have had to do this a few times to get the carrycot out properly from the base. It isn't a huge problem, and I think practice makes a big difference, but it can be a little frustrating.
All in all, I really do think, even at just under £90 this is a really good piece of baby kit for the car, and simply makes life a lot lot easier when moving a baby in and out of cars.
Summary: A great piece of baby kit!