Product Type: Maxi Cosi child car seats
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Maxi Cosi Priori XP - a safe, comfortable car seat that my baby is happy in!
Maxi-Cosi Maxi Cosi Priori XP
Member Name: karlsm93
Maxi-Cosi Maxi Cosi Priori XP
Advantages: Safe, sturdy, heavy
Disadvantages: None except for belts not always staying behind hooks
My little girl may be almost 8 months old, but she outgrown her first rear facing car seat since about 7 months old, and needed to move into a Group 1 front facing car seat. Our first baby car seat was a Maxi Cosi to fit onto our Quinny Zapp, and we were extremely happy with it, and so our immediate thoughts were to look to the next size of Maxi Cosi, even though there are plenty of other makes of car seat out there, many cheaper, but not necessarily as safe. Knowing that our daughter would be in this car seat for a while, we wanted to ensure we got a good one that would last, and potentially do any future children we may have, and so I started searching on amazon.
Even within the Maxi Cosi brand there are several front facing seats of group 1 size, but after reading reviews we liked the Maxi Cosi Priori XP, which costs just over the £100 mark, which isn't cheap, but I suppose you get what you pay for! We ordered the Black Reflection in this seat, as we thought it would be suitable for boy or girl if we have any future children.
Group 1 car seats like this one are suitable for babies from 9 to 18 kg. The approximate ages for this are given as 9 months to 3 years, but obviously these are estimates and as I mentioned earlier my daughter was actually in this seat at 7 months, as she is quite a big baby. It is important however that baby is sturdy in terms of holding their neck/head up before using this seat, as there obviously isn't the same support in this area as there would have been in a first car seat. However, I do think I have seen somewhere where you can purchase head rests/pillows that may support the head somewhat in this seat.
Apart from the positive reviews and name of the brand, we were also quite taken with the safety features of this car seat, in that this seat comes with a side protection system which is meant to give added safety against side impact. With the amount of cars and accidents nowadays, you can never be too careful when it comes to child safety in a car as far as I'm concerned. When we ordered this seat, we were also very impressed with the weight of it, and felt that it was heavy enough to be of good solid quality that would protect our daughter was much as possible in the case of an accident.
When it was necessary for our daughter to move into this seat, my husband was the one who fitted it. He followed the instructions which were very good and had it fitted very easily and quickly, using the three point seat belt system. It is very very sturdy in the car and doesn't move an inch, which reassures me no end. When fitting it the belts are tightened to ensure it doesn't move.
In regards to other features of the seat, there are 4 recline positions that are controlled by the one lever, and are very easy to move and work. If we are out and about and I know my daughter is due for a sleep, I can simply tilt the seat back, even with her in it, and I can even do it whilst in the front seat (obviously not when driving!) and she has always went to sleep very quickly in this position, as she seems very very comfortable when reclined.
THe other feature of this seat is the harness. As well as being height adjustable as baby grows, you can also adjust the length of straps using a little pull mechanism which again is very easily worked. There are hooks on both sides of the car seat that allow the seat belts to be held back to allow you to get baby in and out more easily without the belts getting in the way. The bottom part of the harness also has a hook so you don't have to keep reaching under baby to fish it out.
The only slight negative, and this is very very minor is that sometimes I find the belts don't stay that well hooked back and very often one might come out of the hook and get in the way, but then again maybe I am not taking enough time to hook them back properly.
All in all, we are extremely pleased with this seat, particularly in regards to its ease of fitting, as well as the safety features of this product. It is sturdy and heavy and you are reassured that your child is as safe as can be. The recline positions are also an advantage particularly if you are doing longer journey's and a baby is likely to need to sleep in the car. I would highly recommend this car seat, and certainly my daughter is very comfortable and happy in it!
Summary: A great car seat