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This car seat we bought to go in my parents car for when baby Hope goes to see them or if my Mum comes over and we want to take Hope out in her car. I chose this one because it is meant to be the safest forward facing car seat available for group 1 (this is the second size car seat on the market).
Research shows that children should remain rear-facing until they are 4. There are many published papers about the importance of this and so the car seat that we have for our own car is rearward facing and three times the price of this! When my parents started saying they'd like one for their car, the thought of shelling out a further £350 on a car seat frightened me some what and I was worried that if I got a forward-facing one I would be putting my baby's safety second and money first.
When we went to Halford's to ask them for advice it surprised me that they don't even stock any rearward facing car seats at all because the research about them being the safest is still so new. They recommended this Maxi Cosi Tobi and said it is the safest they have and reassured me that even though it wasn't rear facing it was still a very good seat to go for.
Before we could buy this car seat the man at Halford's had to fit it for us. He showed us how it worked and left it fitted in our car. It did look quite complicated and I was worried about how we were going to get this out of our car and into my parents'!
Fitting the car seat
I was really concernd about how we were going to achieve this! I am not a practical person and I just about managed to fix the original car seat but this one is so much bigger and looked a lot more complicated. My husband decided he would leave it up to me to do and so I managed to get it out of our car without any difficulty- you simply lift up a few levers and the seat belt which secures it in place comes out and you can lift the seat.
To fit it into the car I followed the instruction booklet- a good start in my eyes anyway! The instruction booklet had some very good pictures which were easy to understand so I just followed them. It involved me having to thread the seat belt around the top of the seat and securing it in place with levers and then using another part of the belt to wrap around the bottom of the seat and plugging it in. I stood back after about ten minutes and was very proud of myself as I had managed to fit it into the car without any problems!
To check that it was fitted properly I gave it a bit of a shake and it barely even moved so I knew that it was secure enough.
Fitting your baby to the car seat!
The car seat comes in a variety of colours including this rather startlingly bright red one! We have bought the all black one so it is more neutral and the thing that I find with this is that it gets very hot in the summer but you can buy a special white lining which you can fit to it for an extra £15 so it helps keep the seat cool in the summer and this is a good buy.
Before putting your baby in the seat it is best to make sure the straps are lengthened as it makes it easier to secure them in place. The straps are lengthened very easily by simply pulling them, as you pull them you will notice that the spare strap hanging down at the bottom of the seat shortens.
Your baby then sits in the chair and you put the straps over their arms and then secure them in place. The two straps meet and the metal fastenings fit on top of each other before plugging into the 'socket'. This is the most fiddly bit and I get very frustrated with it! This is the reason why it's best to have the straps as long as possible so you have more slack to play with. You fit the metal bits on top of each other and then try to keep them in place whilst getting it to slot into the plug. Many times they manage to move just a fraction so they won't plug in which is very frustrating! Once you manage to do this though your baby should be strapped in and unable to get themselves out as it's very stiff to do so! You then need to shorten the straps. This is done by pulling on the spare strap which hangs down at the bottom of the seat. You make it tight until it's against your baby's body so has secured them safetly into the seat.
This seat is forward facing so your baby gets a good view, for the first time in Hope's life she was able to see out of the windscreen and see things coming towards her instead of just looking backwards and waving at the people in the car behind! I think this seat gives her a better view which can only be a good thing with reducing the cases of travel sickness.
The seat itself is very comfortable as it is well padded. The sides come round so they protect her and also give her comfort so if she falls asleep she has a place to rest her head against which is both comfortable and safe. On the straps there are two little velcro'd on padded strips which add to the comfort so they don't rub against your baby and also gives them something to lean on if they sleep.
Whilst driving I haven't ever noticed the seat moving or jiggling around at all which reassures me that it is very secure in place and therefore a very safe seat for us to have. Hope manages to sleep in this very well if we are on a long journey so it must be comfortable for her.
Getting your baby out
To get your baby out of the seat you need to press down on the red button which is in the 'socket'. This is what is very difficult. It is designed so that your baby won't be able to do it for themselves but it does also mean that us parents can struggle with it at times too! You do have to press down quite firm and it can be easy to do this and press it against the leg of your baby which causes a few screams I can warn you! So you do have to be careful- again I have found that lengethening the straps before I do this can be easier!
Once unplugged your baby just can be lifted out once their arms are taken out from the straps.
The car seat is very difficult to clean though due to it's fabric. It has little ridges in it and lots of creases at the sides so if you do have crumbs or an exploded nappy to deal with it can be very difficult to clean! What we have found is that a bowl of warm soapy water, a tooth brush and then the febreeze and the use of the hoover has been sufficient in sorting this car seat out if it needs a very good clean! It is not easy though but once we have done this it is back to being as good as new and we have had no stains or anything despite one or two little accidents!
At first i was hestitant to buy a forward facing car seat because of the research about children under 4 being kept facing backwards for safety reasons but I must admit I am very pleased with this seat. We have very luckily not had any accidents whilst we have had this seat so I can't judge on the outcome of an accident but I can say that it does look very safe as it is very well padded, it is built up around the sides so provides good protection and it is very secure once fitted properly. The straps have the padding on them so if you do brake harshly they shouldn't hurt your baby's skin.
It does seem very comfortable and Hope really seems very happy to be in it. I don't know if it's because she is used to going backwards in my car so that when she's in here it's a treat but she is always very smiley and over excited when we're in Grandma's car!
The only problems I have with this seat is that it is difficult to clean but I suspect that this is the case with the majority of car seats due to their nature and their design. I am more than happy to sacrifice the ability to clean it well for the ability to have it as safe as possible for my daughter! The other problem that I have with it is how irritatingly frustrating it is to actually fasten! I cannot ever do this in one go, I am always struggling to get the metal of the straps to join together properly and fit into place. I think this is a serious design flaw which Maxi Cosi should look into.
Overall I am happy with this seat. I have given it 4 out of 5 because I think the straps should be changed and maybe they should make it possible to get your baby out without having to use so much force on the red button. I am very impressed with the ease of fitting it to the car. I never thought I would manage it for the first time in less then 10 minutes, this is very impressive so I am pleased with how well written the instructions are.
This car seat cost around £140 which I think is a bargain as this seat should be suitable until Hope is about 3. It is very safe and well made. I am pleased that I was given the advice to buy this seat and really do recommend it to you if you are looking for this type of car seat.
Once my little girl was ready to move out of her car seat when she was about nine months old, we knew we needed to purchase a forward facing seat that would be suitable for a toddler. We already had a Maxi Cosi baby seat and so that was the brand we considered first before any others and thats when we found Tobi.
Maxi Cosi TObi car seat is a forward facing car seat which is suitable for nine months to about 4 years. My little girl is over four now but she still fits in this seat perfectly well as she is quite thin although her legs are probably getting a bit long for it as she can reach the back of the front seat now but for the next couple of months I think it will be fine. The actual weight dimensions are given as approx 9-18kg (20-40lbs) so you can determine from that whether it will work for your little one.
We decided to purchase the black version of the seat although I believe it might come in other colours. The seat actually looks quite comfy and is contoured so it gives support as well as excellent safety as well. The seat has side impact protection in it should you ever, god forbid, be in a crash and be hit side on at the back. I think that is quite comforting to know from a parental point of view.
The seat is a little bit complicated to fit in the car and a bit annoying when you have to take it out although once its in it is in their perfectly and does not move around. The seat belt fits through this chair and over the top of it so it really does get put in securely. There are instructions on the seat to tell you how to do it.
The seat features a 5 point harness. This basically means that it is fixed in five places, two at the top over the shoulders, two at the bottom of the seat and then they come together and snap into a clip int he front between the legs of your little one. In order to release there is a red button that you push down in order to release the straps. You can correct the tension of the straps should you wish to make it tighter and more secure around your little one or loosen them if they become too tight.
The seat has a headrest either side of the chair which my daughter finds quite comfortable as she usually falls asleep in the car straight away and rests her head one side of the other and it's never usually flopping around which is nice as the headrest protects it. What I like about the chair is that you can recline in two which is easily done by just pulling a plastic lever in the front of the chair. When my little girl is asleep this is great because it puts her in more of a back lying position and she can be a bit more comfortable than sitting straight upright.
All in all this is one car seat I definitely recommend.
This car seat was recommended to us by several of our friends and when we looked at reviews from official sites it looked like this was one of the safest to go for. We had a Maxi Cosi newborn car seat and a pushchair which we really liked so we were pleased to go with this brand again.
The car seat comes in a number of different colours although we went for plain black so it was universal and wouldn't really cause any issues if we had another baby of a different sex.
Installing the car seat looked daunting at first but actually it is very easy to do which I was pleased about as it means that Mrs B can easily take the seat in and out of the car if she needs to, although to be honest unless you need to keep swapping it around from car to car you don't really have any need to take it out. We probably have taken ours out and put it into the grandparent's car about three times in a year.
The installation booklet is only thin so you are not daunted by pages and pages of words in a variety of languages, instead it's in picture form so you have to try to guess what the picture is displaying and this is actually pretty easy to do. It secures with a seat belt and not isofix so it can be used in older cars too. The seat belt threads through and around the chair holding it in place and little clips are snapped into place to help keep it secure too. The first time I put the seat into the car it took me 10 minutes to install and then the rest of the time it takes me about 4 minutes to do so as you can tell it isn't a big job at all.
When you first buy this the person in the shop will install it for you and show you how it's done. it is a legal requirement for them to do this, if they don't then you should buy one from somewhere else.
The straps can be altered so it can fit around your baby as your baby becomes a toddler as this seat is designed for children up to 4 years old. This is really easy to do, you simply just pull the straps and they lengthen and then pull the excess strap at the bottom to tighten it.
Whilst travelling along in this seat your baby/toddler travels in style and comfort. The seat is very well padded so that your baby can be relaxed and comfortable and at the same time it's shaped so that these elements are even stronger. The shape of the chair is excellent, the sides to it come round enough for your baby to have a place to lean their head against whilst they sleep and also enough to protect your baby in a collison but they also don't dominate the seat which would obscure your baby's view and could cause potential episodes of travel sickness.
Now cleaning this seat is pretty difficult which I suppose isn't the most important ability of a car seat but if your toddler/baby is car sick then this could become an issue. I am yet to meet with a car seat which is simple to clean though so I would expect it is the same across all brands. The seat's lining can be pulled away and is washable so you can put it in the washing machine if needs be. this is then a bit of a polava to get back onto the seat as it is a tight fit. If you want to avoid taking it apart and putting it in teh wash then you can try scrubbing it with a nail brush. The fabric has lots of little indentations on it so a nail brush is what I have found works best. the creases in the corner can be accessed with a nail brush too or a toothbrush. If you use warm soapy water and spray with Febreeze if need be afterwards and then dry with a towel usually this does the trick well. The little padding on the straps are stuck on with velcro so these are easy to take off and clean which I think is important as your baby may decide to chew on these so these get dirty more often.
The size of this seat is very compact. The other car seat we have takes up the entire seat and the footwell of the car but this just takes up the seat and overhangs the footwell a little bit. It fits with ease in a small size car- it has been in a Fiesta and so I think it's very well designed and should accommodate most cars.
In terms of value for money I'm not sure how you can really put a price on safety. Our other car seat was twice the price of this as it's specially designed to be rearward facing for 4 years and so I thought paying £170 for this was actually really reasonable. Since then though I have seen car seats for this age group selling in the likes of Asda for £30 and I've been pretty shocked; how can there be such a difference in price? I can only begin to imagine that it's about the safety and design of the seat as it's a huge difference in price to pay. This seat seems very safe, it's had the top spot in Which magazine, it's what Halfords recommend and it is easy to use, install and looks comfortable and so I simply cannot fault paying £170 for such an important seat for my child.
I am very impressed with this car seat and with the Maxi Cosi range in general. They may be slightly more expensive than other well known brands, however, they score highest in safety and so I am more than willing to pay for that. Thumbs up from me, 5 stars!
I have to say I really do love this car seat. When looking for a car seat I was looking for something I felt was safe, comfortable and value for money. I feel this car seat meets all of my expectations.
The car seat is comfortable for my son he never moans when he's in it, and can sleep comfortably in this. He has napped as long as 3 hours in this.
If he does fall asleep the car seat can easily be reclined without any disturbance to him. The Tobi is quite high up so my little boy can see out of the window easily.
The car seat is easily fitted in the car, something I was always nervous about doing incase I didn't do it properly but being shown how to fit the Tobi I am confident in doing this.
On the Tobi buckle there is a part on here which changes from grey to green which lets you know when the child is securely fastened, this also is great benefit to me as again I am confident that he is in safely.
My son has eaten and drank whilst sat in his Tobi car seat and is easily wiped down and the quality I have found to be great!! After nearly 2 years it is still in great condition!
My only complaint with this seat is that when my son was 22 month he worked out how to unfasten himself. He could not do this easily however so luckily I have always managed to stop him whilst driving. However I don't think that is just to this car seat. After trying my son in other car seats unfortunately for me he could unfasten himself in these also. Luckily he is now 2 and a half and only does this when mummy says he can.
Like many first time mums, I was rather wary of making the transition from a 'baby' rear facing car seat, to a forward facing Group 1 seat such as this. This seat however, has been fabulous, and really made the transition very easy.
This car seat is available from a variety of retailers you'd expect (we got ours from Mothercare), and it is priced around £140 depending on where you go. I recommend starting that if you've got a little one, you should start looking around as soon as you can to keep an eye on prices and offers as these seats are pretty pricey.
One of the things that we really liked about this seat is that it is able to be fitted in nearly any car. As we can't afford to buy two seats, we wanted a universal seat which would easily transfer into friends and relatives cars. We have probably had the seat in around 10 different cars now, and it has fitted well into all of them.
Another thing we liked about this seat is that not only does it fit in virtually type of car, but that it's also easy to fit. You simply thread the seatbelt behind the main body of the chair and the back piece and clip it in. You then clamp it in place and off you go! The belt itself fastens easily, and there is no way that even determined Mini Frank will be able to undo it.
The seat is available in colours other than the pink pictured, but we liked this bright,cheerful look, and thought that the pattern may disguise any marks that should appear. So far, our theory seems to be working and the seat looks in great condition after 10 months of regular use. The cover comes off fairly easily should you need to wash it however.
A final word on the seat is that it reclines very easily which is brilliant if you are on a long journey and your little one falls asleep whilst en route. Although the seat has five reclining positions, we generally only use two- upright or fully laid back. I'm not quite sure why you would want a semi-reclined position, but if you do the option is there.
We are really pleased with this seat, and despite the initial outlay, think it's good value.
Our maxi cosi tobi we purchased from Halfords back in 2008 for £165. We have the black one and when we bought my son was 9months. I bought the next stage car seat for him in january and my daughter has been in the maxi cosi since then.
When i bought the seat i can remember thinking how ever will a four year old fit in that seat but he was still fine in it and he will be 4 in May and is big. It was just his weight and the fact i wanted it for my daughter as she was growing out of her infant carrier.
When you look at the maxi cosi you can see it is a very chunky seat and it looks solid. Maxi cosi vigorously test their seats to make sure they are as safe as can be. I was told about a car roof caved after rolling the car but the part above the maxi cosi was shaped on top of the seat. It is a large seat and very comfortable.
The seating it very padded and the seat adjusts to suit your child. The seat tilts backwards to keep a younger child comfy or a sleeping child comfy. The head rest adjusts by just pulling it forward and pulling up or pushing down. It can be a bit stubborn but better that than it moving on its own.
When halfords first showed me how to fit the seat i was baffled but it's really easy and i can do it easily now and what i love is it has a belt tensioner. With the belt tensioner, after you have fitted it as tightly as you can you lift the tensioner up and it tightens the seat to the car further. You can then see you have no movement between seat and car. The straps that secure your child are a 5 point harness with padding on all parts which is really good. on the crutch belt part there is a part that shows green when the belt is tight enough on the child. As an additional safety feature, if you have a mini escapist on your hands and they unclipped the seat (they would need to be strong) the straps wont loosed unless u push the crotch part away from the child. Even then it takes a lot of loosening.
I understand this would fit in any car. The reason we went for this seat is at the time we didnt have isofix and were getting buckle crunch (halfords phrase) on other seats. This was due to the belt clip being loose and not set in the seat the seats couldnt get in tightly.
The only downside with this seat is cleaning it but i think thats the case with most.
Going up to a group 1 child car seat is something I never expected to be as difficult as it turned out to be and as it happened, we didn't really choose this car seat so much as it was the only option we had. Our first visit to mothercare ended in disappointment when the sales assistant discovered there may be a problem finding a seat to fit my car and as we were in my husband's car, we decided to return the following week with my old banger (a 13 year old peugeot 106) and try again.
On our second visit, the sales assistant recommended the maxi cosi tobi as being one of the few car seats that would fit virtually any car (typically it was more than we'd expected to spend at £185) and so we trundled out the car park to try it out. There then followed what seemed to be some kind of tug-of-war between the sales assistant, the car seat and the seat belt in the back of my car for a good 20 minutes, until she re-appeared looking somewhat dishevelled and still unhappy that the seat wasn't fitting as well as she would like. At this point she recommended we try a product called a 'neat-seat' that might help make the car seat a tighter fit and keen to get the whole thing sorted, we agreed (of course, the neat-seat came in at an extra £30, there goes the budget!)
Luckily the neat-seat did the trick and this time she managed to fit the tobi in within a couple of minutes (cue me wondering if she was on commission!) and as there happened to be a 20% off promotion that day, we decided to get the tobi and neat-seat and be done with it. The next challenge of course, was for us to fit it ourselves and my husband managed this fairly easily. It was quite important to us the seat was easy to fit as we often move it between cars and luckily I now find it quite easy to install, despite our initial worries when we bought it. One particularly good feature of the tobi is that the route the seatbelt takes is marked in red, which really helps to jog your memory when you're still getting used to fitting it. It also has built in seat belt tensioners at the base, so once it's fitted you can tighten the seat belt even further.
Putting your child in the tobi is made easier as the straps on the harness are almost 'spring loaded' so they pop up and out of the way when undone, meaning you don't end up trying to fish the straps out from behind your child's back. The harness also seems very comfortable as there is padding over the shoulders and hips and easily clips into the buckle. There is a strap underneath the clip, which you then pull to tighten the harness and a little green marker shows in the base of the clip to show if you have tightened it enough, which is very handy although not always easy to see as it's covered by fabric. I do find that you have to pull quite hard on the strap before the harness 'goes green', however, having been shown a few other car seats before buying this one, I would say this is true of most of them and you do need to tighten the harness more than you would expect.
The tobi also has a very useful recline feature which is easily operated by pulling a lever underneath the car seat, great when your little one falls asleep on long journeys as you can just reach behind and recline them to a more comfortable position. The seat itself does look very comfy with plenty of padding and a good head support. The head support and harness are adjusted together at the same time and again, it's very simple to do by pulling a lever up at the back of the seat. I also think it's a very nice looking car seat, the fabric is of good quality and can be taken off and washed and it comes in a range of colours if you like everything matching!
The only thing that bothers me about this seat is you do have to be careful to balance how much strength you use when installing it- my husband has actually broken one of the seatbelts in his car and a bit of plastic has come loose from the car seat itself which is a little worrying, considering the price. Nevertheless, I would say it was worth the money for something that will (hopefully) last for a good three more years and a lot less expensive than having to buy a new car!
I bought this car seat for my nine month old. I really like the Maxi-cosi brand and although I had not used them before after doing some research I found this seat was well reccomended in safety tests. It is meant to be one of the safest seats that is not fitted with the ISOfix system. It also comes in a range of colours, I got mine reduced as the fabric was being discontinued.
When I went to get it tested in my car at mothercare the first thing that struck me was how simple it was to fit. I have a Britax forward facing for my eldest and it is so hard to fit. It does not take much to get this seat right and it is so sturdy.
It is very easy to recline and the shoulder straps and headrest can be adjusted without removing the seat which is very convenient when they seem to be growing every other day.
I find it quite hard to tighten the straps but feel once they are tight they keep him safely in place. The straps have chest pads and pads that go over the hips, there is also good padding around the buckle.
It is extremely well padded and looks comfortable. I am considering buying the summer cover that is cream as the black fabric seems to get quite hot.
The best feature of the Tobi has to be the straps staying open ready to put the child in. It is so handy to have them ready, and that when you undo the buckle you are able to release the straps without pressing anything else.
It is quite a big seat so I would not want to be moving from car to car very often and there is not much room between the two car seats in the back of my car.
I think Maxi-cosi deserve their good reputation.
As every parent knows, getting a decent car seat is really important. After checking out many car seats in many different shops, we decided on this one. We thought that it seemed the sturdiest out of them all and also was the nicest looking-especially with the wide range of colours available. We bought our seat from Kiddicare.com, where the current cost is £140.89. The RRP is £180.
The head rest and the the harness are all adjustable together. You can adjust these from the front which is a lot easier than having to take the seat out of your car. The harness, when opened, springs open, so that it is easy to get your child in and out. To help you make sure that the harness is tight enough, there is a little bar on the buckle that turns green when it is tight enough.
The age range for the car seat is from 9 months to 4 years, which is a group one seat. The weight range given is 9-18 kgs.
The seat comes in many colours and these colours change each year. The cover on the seat is easy to take off and wash. There is no base on this seat, and there is no isofix with it either. You have to use a seat belt to fasten it into your car. There are five recline positions, so that your child can be laid back slightly (but still in a sitting position) when sleeping. The seat weighs 8.9kg.
There are a few accessories that you may find handy. You can get a cup holder from £7.97, a summer cover for £17.97 and a pilot play tray for £18.79. All prices are from Kiddicare.com. I have never used any of these so cant review them.
How to fit into the car
The seat is easy to fit, even for dizzy people like me. Place the seat in the back of the car. The part of the seat belt that goes across the chest goes into a slot on the top of the seat and then you slot the belt into the buckle. The lap part comes round the bottom of the seat and round the belt tensioners, which you lift up once the belt is in place.
I may make it sound a bit of a faff, but if you look in the manual and then follow the red lines on the seat (which indicate where the belt needs to go.).
I think that this seat is really good. The seat always feels sturdy. My son always seems very comfortable in the seat and only complains because he is bored rather than uncomfortable. The seat is quite high so he can see out the window when he wants to.
The straps are easy to lengthen and adjust for your childs height. They are easy to use when they spring open-if you want them a bit longer the place the buckle against the seat and pull on the straps. This makes it easier still to get your child in and out.
There are a few things to mention about this seat that some may struggle with. The seat is on the large side and may not fit into a smaller car. The seat has been used in an older car before and I found that the seat belt wasnt long enough to fasten the seat in fully, so this is also some thing to take into account (the car was a P reg rover of some sort, in case you were wondering).
Overall, I would recommend this car seat to anyone. My advice would be to check that it would fit into your car first, just ask the shop staff for assistance before buying.
We recently bought two Maxi Cosi Tobi Car Seats for our (at the time) 10 month old (one for our car and one for Granny's car). We did a lot of research and this was one of the top safety rated. We have not been disappointed. It made such a difference changing from an infant to a bigger seat. As well as now facing forward, the design of this seat is such that the child is sitting fairly high up and has good visibility to the front of the car and out of the side window.
The five point safety harness is really easy to operate - to both tighten and loosen off to remove child which can be tricky with a wriggly toddler. Its a very comfortable seat with lots of padding and extras can be bought such as cup holders etc as the child gets bigger. It has five recline positions too - we mainly use the upright position for short journeys and the fully reclined position for longer trips as our little one usually always falls asleep in the car!
We bought both our seats from Halfords Online when they were doing a special promotion weekend - think it was 25% off - and we got an excellent buy. Both seats together came to £242 - ie. £121 each. The main reason for this was that we went for the Calypso colourway which is orange and pink on a black background which I imagine wasn't as popular as the blue or pink option but if you're getting it for almost £60 cheaper per seat then colour co-ordination is a low priority for me. Although it was bought online, we were able to take the seats to our local store to have them fitted by a trained member of staff who took the time to show us how to fit it correctly and they are happy for you to go back anytime to check it's installed properly if you have to take the seat out and not sure that it's back in correctly.
We have 2 of the Tobi's in black. I bought ours 2 years ago after doing extensive research into all aspects of this stage of seats. These seats then came up top in the reviews for ease of use and safety. The seat looks really comfy and my daughter loves it- it even has a decent recline function for when your child needs a nap. My favourite function is the harness- this is quite rare in a car seat- the harness has some kind of spring mechanism in the covers (above the shoulders) so when you open the harness it automatically springs open! Which means when you come to put the child back in you don't have to fumble around when they sit on the harness!! It does seem like a bulky seat but to me that just makes it seem even more safe, and with it having the bulky base it meant my daughter has always been able to see out of the window! Very easy and quick to fit in any car too. Only downside is my daughter (who is very tall) at nearly 3 now seems to be outgrowing it so will have to upgrade to next stage soon.
We recently bought a new car so on the top of our list was also to buy new car seats for my girls as they did not fit properly.
I did a lot of research on this and we were originally going to buy an isofix seat but then found out that you also had to buy an extra strap for it which I thought would just be too fiddly so we gave up on that idea. The next seat which came up high on safety was this seat the Maxi Cosi Tobi.
It looks really good and strong so I went into a local store to hopefully buy one and see it fitted but they were less than helpful so I gave up on that idea too until I realised Maxi Cosi have a car fit guide, I just had to select my car out of the list and it would let you see if the seat would fit okay in your car. On doing this it said that the Tobi would be a good fit. I searched online and decided to buy it from Kiddicare as they offered the best price. I kept my fingers crossed that it would actually fit properly as it was a huge waste of money if not.
Two days later a huge box appeared and it was the new car seat. I was amazed at how big it was, with it being so big it does look safer though. On looking at it I thought it was going to be really heavy and was dreading trying to fit it but it wasn't to bad a weight, yes it was heavier than our previous seat but not by much.
A good set of instructions came with it and there are also step by step instructions with pictures on the side of the seat which show you how to fit it in your car. When I saw them I thought it was going to take ages and it was completely different to how the other seat fitted into the car so at this point I was worrying that I should have persevered and got someone to show me at my local shop. I took it out to the car and when you do the step by step instructions it is actually really easy!
It fits in the car really well, feels really tight if you try and pull on it and the whole seat is very sturdy. The harness is really easy to fasten and sits out of the way while you are putting your child into it and taking them out of it. There is a belt tensioner which indicates if you have pulled the straps tight enough around your child which is great as it was something we always worried about.
Most important of all is the fact that my daughter loves it. She looks really comfortable and I can tilt it back if she falls asleep by pulling a very easy to use lever. She can also see out of the window clearly and watch the world go by.
The price I paid for this was £137.97 from Kiddicare I also used Quidco and this is the cheapest I could find it.
a great deal of thought goes into buying a car seat. Picking the second stage car seat is a big decision safety being at the top of the list. After doing research we decided on the Maxi Cosi Tobi and we are very happy with our choice. This car seat is easy to fit and secure in your car and is substantially made providing safety and comfort to your little one. I was so suprised to find that it was very simple and easy to remove and replace the car seat between cars.The car seat has different positions which are easy to adjust, allowing baby to recline to sleep as well as sit up and have a good view out the window. The harness is superb the straps are very easy to locate as they are made so they stick out. The harness has an easy to adjust tension strap. And on a final note the Maxi Cosi Tobi comes in a variety of styles and colours and is stylish and good looking. Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this seat due to safety, user friendly and style.
After purchasing the maxi cosi tobi in January 2007, we had to exchange it in June of the same year due to a defect. Here we are in February the following year, and the same defect has evolved in the replacement seat, which we are now having to return for an exchange. I wouldnt recommend this seat to anybody. Aesthetically its great, and its very comfortable with an option to recline. However, there is a fault with the seat belt, and as my childs safety is paramount, I may be forced to purchase an alternative seat, rather than risk seat belt failure again in the replacement. As a market leader, I am surprised that this is still on the market, as two of my friends have encountered the same problem.
The Maxi-Cosi Tobi is an universal child car seat for children from 9-18 kg. It must be used on a forward facing seat. Maxi-Cosi Tobi can be installed by using a 3-point car belt system.