Since falling pregnant with Eli, car seat safety has been at the forefront of what I feel is important. Books, magazines and media aren’t putting enough emphasis that a baby isn’t born demanding a Pinterest-worthy nursery but does need a car seat right from the time you leave the hospital. I have admitted before that with Axl, I was young, naïve and I had also made countless mistakes, but armed with a much better understanding and the support from my friend and founder of #CarseatFullstop, I was ready to dive into the world of car seats.
As I mentioned earlier this year, Maxi-Cosi agreed to being a sponsor of The Mom’s Guide sharing tips and knowledge to car seat safety. Their passion for safety continues to inspire me and my own mission to promote car seat awareness. As part of our partnership, Maxi-Cosi sponsored a car seat and travel system for us to review and feature, giving you an honest look at what you can expect from their brand.
Our car seat is the Pebble Plus, a cosy car seat that is suitable for newborns, up to approximately 12 months of age or 75cm in height. The car seat includes a baby-hugg inlay which creates a cocoon feeling for newborns, ensuring a better fit and comfy lying position. We use our Maxi-Cosi car seat with the 2wayFix base which is an ISOFIX installation, making it easy for us remove and return our car seat, without any fuss. The Pebble Plus is also compatible with our Maxi-Cosi Stellla Travel system, which means that we don’t have to wake Eli when moving him from the car to his pram, for us to be out and about.
Car seats can be quite a fuss to install, so I was really grateful to have received a 2wayFix base. It works by having 2 ISOFIX connectors which are metal bars that fit on the anchor points, at the base of your car’s seat. You simply just slip the connectors in and the 2wayFix base will beep to signal that that it’s been installed correctly. Next, you simply pull the support leg down, which stands between the back of your front car seat. This stabilizes the installation, and once again, the 2wayFix base will beep when installed correctly.
Besides the convenience factor of just being able to install and remove the car seat to use with your travel system while out and about, it has also been shown that more than 52% of all car seats installed with a seat belt are installed incorrectly. With the 2wayFix base, you don’t have to worry about a bad installation as the base has a 3-beep indicator that confirms that the ISOFIX connectors are anchored properly, that the support leg is stabilized and that the car seat is clipped in correctly.
But that’s not to say that you NEED the Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix base to install the Pebble Plus car seat. There have been times where I have gone on an errand run with granny, who does not have ISOFIX and of course, I am not willing to compromise on safety, so I had just installed Eli’s car seat with the use of a seat belt which is easy to do and practical for parents with multiple cars. Heads up, if you’re the travelling type, the Pebble Plus car seat is also approved for use on aeroplanes, and you can simply thread the seat belt through the belt hooks, to secure the seat on a flight.
I have highlighted this before but being someone who worries about finances above everything, I thought that it is worth mentioning again. A lot of people think that when you buy from brands like Maxi-Cosi, you’re paying for the name or the luxury of having a Maxi-Cosi product but what you’re actually paying for is the extensive testing they put their products through. Unlike cheaper car seats on the market, that only meet the minimum standard testing, Maxi-Cosi perform additional independently run tests. These tests cover frontal impact AND side impact, and while the standard testing for frontal collisions is 50 km/h, Maxi-Cosi perform tests at 70 km/h. Remember that 40% of car accidents are side-impact, yet most car seats are not tested to see how they would perform in this situation.
The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus includes a variety of extra features too. Beside the baby-hugg inlay, it is also fitted with a sun canopy made from fabric that is tested and proven to offer the highest level of protection from UV rays. At the back, there is a hidden storage compartment which is convenient for storing things like an extra dummy, taglet, or wipes. Another convenience factor is that the handle which you use to carry the car seat, can be rotated and locked into a “feeding” position which I like, especially when we are out at family, and I want Eli’s car seat nearby, but not necessarily his full Stella travel system.
Overall, I feel that our Pebble Plus has become our most used product (other than nappies) since Eli has been born. Car seat safety should be promoted and by creating a car seat solution that is simple and easy to use, parents are less likely to drop the ball on car seat safety. I think that this is another reason why I am an advocate for having the Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix base, as it just eliminates another thing to worry about. Maxi-Cosi really did think of everything when it came to designing a car seat that boasts luxury, comfortability but also simplicity – right from the way the Pebble Plus fits our travel system, to the convenience of the 2wayFix base, to even being able to clean it, they really did make it a practical and easy to use design. And being a sleep deprived parent, you sort of grow to appreciate brands who are able to do that!
Head over to Maxi-Cosi to learn more about their products, extensive testing, how to install and clean their car seat and what makes their commitment to cars seat safety truly something to admire. You can also follow Maxi-Cosi on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to stay up to date with the latest innovations, take part in competitions and learn more about their incredible commitment to car seat safety.
Be sure to check out #CarseatFullstop for more information, tips, and advice on choosing the right car seat, how to install them and see why the campaign has the support of award-winning local parenting bloggers, media, and brands. You can also follow #CarseatFullstop on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.