Product Type: Maxi Cosi child car seats
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Maxi-Cosi Tobi Car Seat
Member Name: wazza115
Maxi-Cosi Tobi Car Seat
Date: 26/03/12, updated on 26/03/12 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Height, easily adjustable, secure.
Disadvantages: Slightly expensive compare to some other models
When Lauren was approaching 8 months old, it was becoming clear that she was becoming to big for in travel system car seat and we needed to purchase a new one.
Again, not having any idea of what we needed, off we went to Toys R Us. When we arrived we stood there for about 15minutes just looking at all the different seats and different prices (the prices ranged from £60 to nearly £200!)
After seeking some advice, we decided to get the Maxi Cosi Tobi.
Installation was really easy (after the shop assistant had shown us, before that we would not have had a clue, you simply feed the seat belt around a channel (this is marked in red plastic so you have no doubt where to feed it) at the rear of the seat and the other underneath. The channels also had clamps on so you could be sure the seat could not come loose.
One of the things that first attracted me to it was that it has quite a big base meaning that it sits about 3 inches higher than the others. Lauren had a tendency to get quite bored on long journeys so I though this was ideal as she would be able to see more.
Once she was in it, it was clear to see I had made a good choice; she had a really good view out of the windows and actually fell asleep on the way back from purchasing it (which was very rare for Lauren!) Another good feature is that you can recline it pulling the positioning handle which is based under the seat. I found that as a passenger, in the front it was really easy to put my arm back and do this and the handle is quite big so easy to find.
Another unique safety feature that I found was that I knew Lauren was strapped in tight enough as on the seatbelt anchor, there was a green dot, if this was visible, the belt was tight enough. I have read some reviews where people have said the belts kept coming use, I did not experience this and this was used as our main car seat and Lauren went in it daily. It must be common though as there is a section in the instruction manual explaining how to rectify if you did experience this.
As with most car seat of this range, the seat and pads on the seat belts are removable so that they can be washed (we had all sorts in ours when we took it off!)
There are a few accessories available (I have not seen these in store but I did see them online at places like Amazon) such as play tray, sunshade, different coloured covers and drinks holders). I did not purchase any as they can be quite expensive (as you are paying for the Maxi Cosi name).
The seat is suitable from around 9months to 3.5years, I found that it lasted Lauren until she was nearly 4, although she is quite tall for her age, she is quite slim (if that's the right thing to say about a child?!), we took her back to Toys R Us when she reached 3 and a half and they said she was fine.
The RRP of the product is around £150, I believe we paid about £110 as I had a discount voucher and it was also on special offer. If you are thinking of buying from Toys R Us, make sure you are signed up for a Gold Card and to the Baby Club as we got loads of money of vouchers by doing this.
I would recommend and a great car seat.
Summary: A good quality seat.