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When both H&M were babies we had a maxi cosi car seat and it didn't come with a rain cover. I remember on about Hope's 10th day we were going to venture out but then realised that we had no rain cover for the car seat. We hadn't even considered buying one, before Hope arrived we had so many other things to think about!
My husband ended up ordering one from Ebay and I think it was about £11, it couldn't come soon enough! I am actually surprised the seat didn't come with one considering it cost us over £100.
Anyway the rain cover is really easy to use. It came in quite a flat packet and once you unfold it you can see how to put it on the seat. It's made from quite a tough plastic which is see-through and pretty sturdy so you know your little one will be protected. It fits on as a tight, snug fit around the seat, you have to have the handle up or else it will just fall off.
I found it very easy to put on. It only took one attempt and it was on and I never struggled with it which is important as if it suddenly rains you need to be able to put this on your car seat as quickly as possible and this definitely enables you to do that. It doesn't hook onto anything or fasten on it's just the tightness of the fit that makes it stay in place.
You have to make sure you get it the right way round and you can easily see how to do this by looking at where the little window is. There is a small window about 3cm x 8cm which has a flap protecting it and this is at the front so that you can get to your baby if you need to. This gap is big enough for you to put your hand through. I'd use this to move Hope's hair from her eyes or to pass her a toy, you may use it to pop a dummy back in and so forth. Without this little window it would be very difficult to access your baby without having to take the whole thing off.
To take it off you just unhook it. I always made sure i went from the front to the back so that the water gathered on it wouldn't land on Hope if I nudged it a little. A quick shake and then I'd roll it up and put it underneath the pushchair until I needed it again.
It was always very easy to use and it remained in good condition so we were able to use it the second time around when M was born. It is a very practical product and the quality of it is great. We always kept it open and by a radiator if it was wet so that it would dry out and not go mouldy and I think that helped it to remain in such good condition.
In my opinion the seat should come with this really considering how expensive it is and it is an essential item in this country!
I highly recommend, it's easy to use and protects your baby from the rain very, very well.
After purchasing the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat we realized that it did not come with a rain cover. Seems crazy that it was so expensive for the car seat and there wasn't even a rain cover included! So after a few weeks of using my cabriofix I realized how important the rain cover was as I regularly used my car seat on my ICandy Apple chassis for quick trips to the shops etc. I found it easy to pick one up from my nearest town with a baby shop. It was around £10 which begs the question of why Maxi Cosi could not just include it with the car seat in the first place?! I found the rain cover very easy to pop on and off, it's great it comes in a little pouch for when not in use, ideal for storing in the car. I found myself using the car seat on the chassis more after I had purchased the rain cover as it saved disturbing my son in the rain. I just simply popped the rain cover on car seat while it was still in my car then lifted it on to the chassis. I missed how easy this was when my son out grew the car seat! the only thing that I didnt like about the design was that when I carried the car seat into my house (when my son was still quite little) I always held it in the crook of my arm but this wasn't possible with the rain cover on as there was only a little flap for your hand to fit in at the top. Luckily it didn't cause me problems very often.
Overall if you use your car seat on any chassis this is worth the price to keep your babe nice and dry!
For the maxi cosi car seat we didn't have a rain cover and considering we used this on wheels as a travel system for our grandchildren we did really need a cover. My daughter told me that their travel system didn't come with a rain cover which surprised me you would think after spending so much on a travel system that it would include everything but no, we had to buy a separate one from ebay, it was £11.
You only put it on when it's raining, you can't keep it half on and pull it over as it doesn't work like that. It only fits one way too so the best way to do it is to look where the little window is and to make sure you have that at the front. You then put it on starting from the back, you hook it over the back of the seat and then just pull it forward under the front of the seat. There is nothing in particular that it grips onto, just the seat in general.
It fits like a glove so it's quite tight and taut. It is see through completely so you can still see your baby and your baby can still see you. There is a window in the front with a flap so you can lift it up and get to your baby but just enough to give them a toy or put their dummy in or something, not enough to actually lift them out.
It does protect from the rain and it is possible to lift the car seat up using the handle whilst this is on but it is a bit difficult to do as you can't get a good grip. When you take it off you have to unhook it from one side and it kind of pings off which is not great as this makes water that has gathered on top splash everywhere which isn't ideal.
I don't think this is great but I find it hard to think of how it could be improved so it's quite difficult to decide what star rating to give it really.
I have a maxi cosi cabriofix car seat for my baby, which fits onto my Quinny Zapp buggy when we are out and about which I find really handy, however with our very unpredictable weather, a raincover is a pretty essential piece of kit, and so I needed a special raincover that would fit over the car seat when it was placed on the buggy. Maxi cosi have a special raincover that fit their cabriofix car seats as well as the pebble car seat in their range, and this raincover currently costs around £8.99 on the likes of amazon, which was where I got mine.
When this rain cover arrived, I was pleased to see that it was stored with a blue pouch to make it easy to store - or so I thought, however I find it quite difficult to get it to fit back into the pouch easily, without it being really big and bulky. THe other downside was that this little pouch comes with a stud button to close and when mine arrived it was broken, and so never closes, although I didn't think it was worth getting a replacement for, since the actual raincover itself was in perfect condition.
This raincover has a 'throw over' design, whereby you simply throw it over the car seat. There is nothing that it hooks onto to keep it in place, which is actually one of the design flaws that I mentioned in my review headline. Due to this flaw, I find that despite stretching it to try and make it fit as snugly as possible over the car seat, it still seems to slip up at the bottom, and I have to keep pulling it down, to make sure my daughter;s feet aren't getting wet. This is where I think it really should come with some method of allowing the user to attach it to the car seat to ensure it doesn't ride up when out and about and baby ends up getting wet.
The raincover is, as it needs to be, fully ventilated, and there are two mesh panels at the side to allow additional air through, although you can be sure baby is pretty cosy and snug underneath it all. I find my daughter usually sleeps well when covered with this, so she certainly can't be getting any kind of draft. When putting this cover over the car seat the handle needs to be up, and at this part of the cover, that stretches over the handle there is an extra air vent flap that allows you to to stretch in and fix baby, or I find that I can give my daughter her dummy through this flap without having to then take off the whole cover in the wind and rain. Again, there is slight design flaw with this air vent, in that when it is windy, it tends to make it flap back, and can let rain in, which is not exactly what you want from a 'raincover'!!
All in all, despite it being easy to use and put over the car seat, as well as being a reasonable price, there are a few flaws such as the flapping air vent that can let in rain when it is very windy, but also that fact that the cover has not to clip onto the car seat and so tends to creep up at the bottom, meaning that my baby's feet can get wet if I don't keep yanking it down. The problem is that there is no alternative for the maxi cosi on the market, as far as I know, so despite these flaws, it is the best and only option there is!