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We bought this carseat for our newborn as it could be used with our car's Isofix capability (with the additional purchase of the Isofix base, approx. £120) and would also fit onto our Bugaboo chassis (with the £30 adapters)
The seat itself is nice looking (we bought it in blue denim with orange & grey trim) and well padded for baby. It comes with a matching padded 'wedge' which sits in the bottom of the seat and acts like a booster seat whilst your baby is tiny. However, even with the wedge in place, our premature 5lb 10oz son was really too small for this seat at birth. Although we could pull the harness tight to keep him secure, the harness dug into his cheeks rather than sitting on his shoulders ...thankfully, the harness is padded, but it still looked rather uncomfortable!
Now at 4 months, he is comfortable in this without the wedge. However, despite being just above average-sized, I can't see this lasting him to the 12 months stated by manufacturers.
Despite these niggles, this would still be my seat of choice purely for peace of mind. The Isofix function makes the seat far more stable than one held in place with a seatbelt, and is so much easier to use and know that it is fitted correctly.
Our latest granddaughter has this car seat and it is very similar to the previous ones our grandchildren have had but this one is called 'pebble' which is suitable up to 12 months or 13kg.
This car seat can come with a base which means you attach the base into your car and then slot the seat into it which makes it much faster to be able to take the car seat in and out of the car. My son bought us a new base to go in our car and showed me how to fit it. It was very easy to fit although I don't need to take it in and out much as there is no need to do this unless i need to put the base in a different car which is very rare. The base makes it a lot easier to work with this car seat. When I put the car seat into my car all I need to do is drop it into the base. It gives a little click and a green dot appears to show it is connected. The seat is then secure. To remove the seat from the base it's easy to do although I admit I struggle a little because the seat with a baby in can be quite heavy and I struggle with my wrists a little but for the majority of people it is very straight forward and it is still a lot easier than struggling with unfastening a seatbelt and disconecting the seat like that.
The seat comes in various colours. The one we use is a very dark grey. It has a handle which you can swivel down if you don't want it to be in the way and this will click into place so it stays behind the seat and then to lift it back up again you press a button in whilst moving it upwards. This handle is quite thick so easy enough to carry but oh my goodness doesn't it start to get heavy once you've been carrying it for a few minutes?!
The seat is well padded. It has extra support in for whilst the baby is newborn and this makes them very secure and comfortable. The baby doesn't look like they're squashed or hunched up at all but nicely positioned and very comfortable. Our little granddaughter now no longer needs this extra padding and it has been removed to reveal more space for her body and she is still very comfortable. The straps have little bits of padding on them so they won't dig into her cheeks if she falls asleep against them and this is very good.
It is easy enough to fasten and you can tighten it easily so that your baby is safe. I haven't ever struggle to fasten it or make sure it is secure.
It is on a rocker so although it will sit on your floor without moving you can also give it a gentle rock if you need to. I found this very useful a few days ago whilst waiting in the doctors and my graddaughter started to stir, I didn't want to start getting her out of the seat so I gently rocked it and she went back off to sleep. The handle is also useful to entertain your little one, we have hung a toy off it which she likes to look at.
I find it very practical to use, the best part about it is not having to mess around a lot whilst getting it in and out of the car, it's so very easy to put in and out so it saves time and is very easy. It looks very comfortable too and our granddaughter always seems very happy to sit in here.
There is a sun canopy which is tucked behind the seat that you pull out and attach to the handle to help shade your little one from the sun. You can buy a waterproof cover too which goes over the whole seat to protect from the rain.
This is a very practical seat and I'm pleased with it. My son bought it for us and the seat cost him £110 and the base was a similar price so it is not cheap at all but the base can be used with the next size up car seat too apparently. It definitely feels very safe and so I can't really put a value on the safety of little ones.
Being the very proud owner of a maxi cosi pebble i thought i would share my opinion of this great little car seat. When i was about 6 months pregnant with baby number 3 i knew i would have to buy a car seat pretty soon as they are a necessity when having a baby that will be in and out of a car. Having had maxi cosi car seats for my previous 2 children i didn't hesitate to start looking for another one.
I first bought my pram (a mothercare movix) and checked which car seats were compatible with it. There were a few on the list but the maxi cosi cabriofix and the pebble were on there so that was the final ticked box on the buying that pram. I then started my hunt for a car seat.
Having had 2 children before i knew my little girl wouldn't be in it long (maybe 9/12 months or so) and also wanting to save a little cash i didn't mind looking at refurbished ones on eBay. At first i didn't have a particular one in mind but after seeing the red ( they come in different colours too like pink, black, grey blue and neutral) i fell in love as it also matched my red pram. I bought it on eBay (a refurb) for £70 but the RRP is about £125 and is sold on amazon and also other baby retailers. It was £80 very well spent but i would recommend shopping about for one as you can usually get one slightly cheaper the the RRP.
My car seat arrived in great condition and i was very pleased with my first impression. My little girls first trip in the pebble was her trip home from hospital. She looked very snug and safe in the car seat and the head hugger is a great feature for small babies too. The seat has a 5 point harness which is a must for any car seat and also has a cushion which can be removed when baby gets bigger. The car seat is really easy and simple to use and really has no bad points for me. It has a handy little storage compartment at the back (where i keep the instruction manual) and is very easy to get in and out of the car too. Another feature is the fact is fits on most prams and comes off at the touch of a button (the little grey circles on the sides of the car seat). You can also get isofix with the car seat but your car has to be compatible but this is something we didn't end up buying as just thought of it as another cost (although it can be very handy to have).
I think a slight downside to the pebble is it isn't so easy to clean, Our little girl can be a little sickly at times and I've found it doesn't come out of the fabric very easily as the cover doesn't some off so cannot be put in the washing machine. Weight wise its not too bad on its own but once baby is in it can be quite heavy, me being only tiny i do sometimes struggle to carry the car seat but thankfully i usually have my hunky hubby on hand to carry the car seat.
I really would recommended this car seat for any new parent and i feel very confident putting my little princess in it with no concerns for her safety whatsoever. I've always had maxi cosi car seats for all my children and wouldn't think twice about buying one again.
We purchased this car seat before choosing which buggy to buy. We chose this car seat as it had good reviews and we could buy a family fix base which allowed us to buy the next size car seat but keep the same base (saving money)
The car seat straps are easy to use, having a button to push to pull out the top straps. This makes it easy to get the baby in, strap them in and then tighten. The car seat also has small plastic hooks on the side to tuck the straps out of the way so it is easy to put your baby in the seat without trying to keep the straps out the way and get the baby in at the same time. The handle is easy to move by pushing two buttons on either side of the handle, although it doees make a rather loud click as you pull the handle into the carrying position which startles my baby (small issue)
It has a removable back and neck support so once your child is able to support their head you can take it out and it gives them move room. You are able to tuck the sun screen away if needed. It is held in place by two small looks in the material of the shade which go over two hooks on the handle. The hooks are rather small and i often 'ping' my baby in the face with a slight knock which sends the sun screen off the hooks and into their face.
The car seat fits onto an isofix base. It clicks in very easily and to remove the car seat from the base there is a simple lever on the base itself. The car seat is a good weight and it is more than manageable for me, with no muscle, to lift and carry around and the handle is comfortable to hold/carry over your arm.
To get the car seat on and off of the buggy there are two small buttons on the seat itself, just inside of where the handle attaches to the seat. This makes it quite tricky to push the two buttons at the same time and lift the seat up to geet it off the buggy chassis. It would have been much easier to have a button on the handle inself so you are already holding the handle and can push and lift at the same time rather than having to have an awkward grip of the seat so you can press the buttons. Not the most secure way of lifting the seat with the baby in it.
Before our little one was born, we decided on a maxi cosi car seat, partly because the travel system we'd chosen had adapters to accommodate car seats from the maxi cosi range. We decided on their 'Pebble' car seat in the end and I bought it from Babies R Us for £130, although this was a special offer price because it was in black but the previous year's shade and not the current range's shade of black. My view was that the colour was the same - I couldn't see any difference at all! The current RRP is £160.
The car seat we have has a bubbles pattern on towards the top of one side of the car seat which I like as it breaks the plain black colour up a bit. The car seat is available in lots of colours - red, pink, blue, confetti (speckles of different colours around the edges) and denim being the ones I can think from memory apart from the one we chose.
The car seat is classed as a stage 0+ car seat, meaning that it is suitable from birth up to around 1 year although the usage is actually based on the baby weight rather than the age of the child - the maximum weight for the seat being 13kg. My daughter has recently moved into the next stage car seat but we used it until she was around one. The pebble seat is made mainly of sturdy plastic underneath and consists of the seat section and a large handle that runs up from the centre of the sides and around the frame. The handle makes up a major part of the seat's safety design and should always be locked into position when in use. The seat is padded with soft material and includes more padding around the baby's head and neck to support them. I found the padding to be adequate although if I'm honest, I thought ideally it could have had slightly more. There's also a removable padded section in the seat part that is designed to help smaller babies sit higher up and in the car seat properly. We used this for a while but removed it when we felt it was necessary, I think it was at around 5 months. The seat measures around 44cm x 57cm x 69cm.
There is also a hood to cover the seat. I thought that our seat was faulty at first! The hood was nowhere to be seen, but after a lot of head scratching, we realised that it was tucked inside a piece of rubber that runs across the middle of the back of the seat. By folding that back slightly, the hood appears and can be fixed to the handlebar with small loops provided
We have always used the seat in the back of the car, as it should never be placed in the front where an airbag is active. Both of our cars have the isofix connectors so we were lucky enough to take advantage of the Isofix familyfix base, a system also sold by Maxi Cosi that assists fitting the seat into the car properly. These bases are expensive (£130 a go) but make fitting the seat to the car much easier. Having fitted the seat into a taxi with a seat belt, I feel that the Isofix was worth every penny of that price for ease of use. The base is designed to stay in the car fitted via the Isofix connectors that the car has. A light and sound system ensures that you know that the seat is properly connected whenever it is clicked onto the base correctly. Unfortunately, not all cars have these connectors, although I think they are now a standard feature on most new cars. The base can also be used with the Pearl car seat, which is the one that my daughter moved into recently.
Using the Seat
Our car seat has been used on a daily basis since the day we left hospital so we have definitely had our money's worth from it. The seat looks remarkably well considering it's use and looks like new apart from a few very minor cosmetic scratches from where it's been picked up and placed down. The car seat is quite weighty and towards the end of using I found it a real struggle to lift up and down with my daughter in, because obviously she got heavier and heavier. Towards the end, I preferred to leave the car seat in the car fixed to the Isofix base and fasten her into it that way rather than bring it to and from the house. The seat itself weighs 4.1kg.
To place baby inside, the handle needs to be pushed backwards to give room to fix them into it. This is done by pressing two buttons at the side of the handle downwards and then pushing it backwards. Once baby is sat in, two straps above the shoulders come down towards the lower centre of the seat. The two straps have a jigsaw fix mechanism where one slots on top of the other and then they both slot into a fastening to hold them in place. A large red button then presses down to release the straps to let baby out. The straps are adjustable to adapt to a growing baby - they're adjusted underneath the seat at the front by pulling the strap through, the two straps pull tighter or looser accordingly.
I would recommend this car seat, especially if you have a travel system pushchair that can adapt to use the seat. We found that invaluable during my daughter's first few weeks when we were nipping somewhere quickly as she wasn't keen on being in the pram. The car seat feels robust and is easy to fit into the car, especially with the fantastic Isofix mechanism. Again that has been invaluable and something we are now still using with her next seat. I've rated the pebble the full 5 stars as it's a piece of baby equipment we couldn't have lived without.
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After having sold the car seat we had with our first daughter when we found I was pregnant with number 2 we started to shop around for one of the most important baby items- a carseat. After rave reviews from family and friends we decided on the maxi-cosi pebble. We have now been using this car seat for 10 months so know it well!
We bought it from kiddicare although it is widely available from many retailers. Typically you are looking at paying around for£160 but its quite often on offer or you can find deals on it, so we ended up paying around £127 for it which is still on the expensive side but in my opinion you can't really put a price on your childs safety.
When it arrived it came with a full set of well explained instructions, the car seat, and a newborn insert wedge to make it more comfortable for an itty bitty baby. Its a good looking car seat and is available in a variety of colours and designs, we went for the plain black version with the grey head hugger.
Obviously the most important function of a car seat is to keep baby safe. This seat has a 3 point harness which is pretty standard for a group 0 infant carseat. The straps are easy to adjust to fit baby well with the tug of a strap at the bottom and the top of the straps are well padded so they do not dig into baby's shoulders or neck. Anothrr really nice feature of the straps are the stay open part at the top and bottom which stops the straps getting stuck behind baby when you place them in the seat, anyone with young children will know how annoying that can be.
The seat feels nice and sturdy and has good side protection from the side protection system. For added safety it can be used with an iso fix base allowing you to make sure the seat is correctly fitted in your vechicle everytime.
The seat has a number of bonus features, one of them being the round shaped head hugger which is designed to stop flattening of the back of baby's head which I think is a nice feature especially when baby spends so much time in their seat travelling.
It also comes with a newborn wedge bulking out the back of the carseat to bring baby forward which allows a snugger fit on the straps. This can be removed once baby is bigger and needs more room.
Another feature it offers is a more upright seating position for older babies when used with the maxi cosi base, this isnt a feature I have used though.
One of the big selling points for me is that it is compatible with so many different pushchairs to create a travel system. For me this was a life saver being able to clip it on to my pram without disturbing baby. It easily clicks on, with the use of seperately bought adapters to my pram and 2 buttons on the top of the seat allow it to be easily removed from the pram again.
The seat has a built in sun canopy which tucks down behind a rubber rim or easily hooks onto the strap to shelter baby from the sun or rain. In my opinion the material is a little flimsy as the hem has come unravelled on mine.
The handle is easily adjustable to flip down to lift baby in and out easily.
The seat is well padded and the head hugger and padded straps add additional comfort. At 10 months my daughter still sleeps comfortably in it. She is starting to look a little big for it but as she is nearing a year old this isn't surprising. The seat is suitable up to 13kg from birth and I'm pretty sure it will do her safely until 13kgs.
In my opinion this is one of the better group 0 car seat for both safety and features and I would happily purchase another.
We have had a small selection of infant car seats over the years, with having four children to lug around! Previous purchases have included a Britax Rock a Tot (nearly 9 years ago now!), a Britax First Class 0-4 years, and a Silver Cross Ventura. The Maxi Cosi Pebble was bought for our fourth child, and I can definitely say it's the best seat we've had. It's quite incredible how products evolve and develop over a decade, to become safer and more advanced in all areas.
The Maxi Cosi Pebble is a rear facing seat, for use from birth to 13kg (29lbs), which should last approximately until your child is 12-15 months old. Now ALL infant car seats state the same - but often babies seem really squashed in by 6 months. Not with the Pebble. I can really believe it lasting a child until over a year old, as the seat is really spacious and comfortable. This is brilliant as we all know, rear facing is the safest way for a baby to travel for as long as possible - in fact, in other European countries, the US and Canada, the law states that you MUST keep your child rear facing until 4 years old. It's really very unsafe to put a baby as young as 6 months forward facing, as their necks are not strong enough to cope with the jerk that a collision creates when facing forward - so the fact the Pebble allows you to keep even the chubbiest of babies rear facing much longer, makes it a must have purchase.
The Pebble has many features that other car seats do not, such as -
1) A wedge cushion, which makes the seat flatter for a newborn baby
2) Stay open harness, with hook retainers to hold them out of the way, which makes getting the baby in much easier as there's no floppy straps getting in the way
3) Extra upright position to give older children more room to rear face longer
4) Sun canopy which can easily be tucked away under the rubber rim of the seat without having to remove
5) Smooth and easy harness height adjustment
6) Head hugger which can remain in place at any harness height
7) Compatible with all the best brands of pushchair/travel system. If a pushchair doesn't come with the option of Maxi Cosi adaptors, it's not worth having in my opinion!
8) The option of an easy base, which allows easier installation in the car (isofix option available). It's also compatible with the Familyfix base, which will take both the Pebble, and the next stage Pearl forward facing car seat - so provides a good 4 years of service!
The fabrics are very hard wearing polyester, and look as good as new even after many months of use. Depite being polyester, they feel soft and cotton-like. They are also easy to remove for washing, which is always a plus for any parent! You can never predict when a child is going to vomit or have a leaky nappy! The fabrics state hand wash only, but I have put them in the washing machine on a cool/handwash cycle and they have come out as good as new.
The carry handle is adjustable by pressing two buttons on either side, which makes putting baby in and out easier. It feels comfortable to hold, and the adjustment settings are very decisive with an audible click.
The Pebble may be one of the more expensive car seats on the market, with an RRP of £165 - however the features and safety aspect make it a worthwhile investment. You cannot put a price on your child's safety after all! The Maxi Cosi brand in general, is known for making very safe award winning car seats, and the Pebble is no exception. It won the Which? Best Buy car seat 2011, and has a good ADAC award. For these reasons I would recommend the Pebble car seat above any others for your baby.
Children's car seats are essential for safe travelling in cars for your kids and the drivers, I do wonder what people did before they came out but some hospitals will refuse to allow a new baby to leave if their parents don't have a car seat. Anyway, car seats are simple in design but essensial for those who want to travel regularly, they can be used from birth until around 9 months depending on the size of the child.
We are now on our third child and this is our second car seat, the first becoming unstable after two boys had used it regularly. So we went out and bought a new car seat for our new daughter, the one we picked was the above which we bought for £90. The main desires for a car seat is ease of access into the car and please check before you buy it because some cars can be awkward and of course comfort for the newborn. Certain well known bike and other hardward shops will install your car seat for you free of charge, of course this will ensure that the car seat fits in the car.
The maxi cosi is a car seat with a central handle for carrying the seat, which can be adjusted by pressing in the buttons at the base of the handles but in truth the desire to adjust tends to be for the car seat once out of the car because adjusting the handle once installed in the car is very difficult. The seat is installed and secured by the simple looping of the car seatbelt through a groove near the childs feet, the belt is then clipped in and then the belt is pulled around to the back of the car seat where a clip holds the belt in place. The belt is then allowed to go taut and the chair is secure in the car, nornally installing the car seat takes about 30 seconds and can be safely done with the child in the car seat.
Once installed the child can be placed in and secured in the chair using a pair of clips into a lock, the straps of the clips are padded and go over the childs shoulders. The straps can be tightened by pulling the strap from the base of the car seat. Releasing the child is simple by pressing the large red button, as far as I'm aware no child has ever managed to escape from a child seat by pressing the button.
The maxi cosi car seat is a decent car seat, the seat is made of hard carbon fibre and has a solid rigid structure. The seat can at a pinch be used as a chair if the child falls asleep in the car and the padded base and comfortable straps don't annoy the child. If I was looking for a car seat I'd look first at the maxi cosi's because they are affordable and are decent value for money.
Maxi-Cosi Pebble Carseat in Intense Red can be installed with FamilyFix Base or EasyBase 2. Using Maxi Cosi FamilyFix Base will attach the car seat with the isofix anchor points. The Familyfix base will also allow you to connect the consecutive aged Pearl Car seat when your baby grows out of the Pebble. There is also the option of recline when fixed in this way. The lightweight car seat offers optimum side impact protection. The Intense Red Car seat has a pillow and head hugger to support younger babies and an integrated sun canopy. The flexible Pebble car seat can also be combined with Maxi-cosi and Quinny pushchairs to create a travel system.