Car seats – don’t they just make you go arrgggghhhh!!
I had no idea it was such a minefield of information. The first car seat we bought was a Mamas and Papas Primo Viaggio and to be honest we only bought it as it matched our travel system. I don’t think I did any more research on it than that!
So when it came to choosing Meg’s second car seat and we actually had to think about what we wanted, it was a lot more complicated than we thought.
The first question we faced was whether we wanted forward facing or rear facing. We decided on forward facing as, for the previous month, Meg had been spending most of her time craning her head forwards and round her chair so she could see what we were doing. We figured it was easier to just let her see!
So, that decision made we then had to decide whether we wanted a birth to 4 years car seat, a 9 months to 4 years car seat or a 9 months to 11 years car seat. What colour did we want, what features were we after, did we want it to recline (how many positions?), was it easy to install, did we want isofix, did we want an alarm that went off if Meg unfastened her seatbelt…the list goes on and on and on.
In the end, after I’d spent what felt like my entire life staring at my computer screen reading reviews and desperately trying to decide what kind of car seat we wanted I came across the Maxi-Cosi Axiss.
It ticked my first box of offering a version in pink (obviously) but the thing that really caught my eye was that it turned 90 degrees left and right. This unique feature, for me, was a total winner. I have a bad back which had been made worse by having to lean into the car fiddling with the seatbelt strap and the car seat straps for prolonged periods. The fact that I could turn the seat towards me and therefore not have to bend over at all pretty much sold the chair to us!
It came with all the other important car seat features:
– adjusting harness and headrest;
– eight reclining positions (we love this feature and actually kept it slightly reclined until Meg was about 2yrs old);
– easy to install with a 3-point safety belt;
– built-in automatic locking and tensioning system to ensure the seat is firmly fitted; and
– hooks to keep all the straps out of the way as you put your child into the car seat.
There is also a colour indicator so you know when the chair has locked back into the correct position when you turn it back.
On opening the box we were overwhelmed with the size of the seat and worried that it was going to be complicated to install but, after watching a quick video online, and giving it a go we actually found it to be incredibly straightforward. And although it seems quite bulky, I haven’t had any problems lifting it if we need to move it between cars.
|Meg’s first trip out in her car seat
The swivel system hasn’t disappointed either, Meg can now climb in and out of her seat and I can fasten her in without ever having to bend. We can adjust the belt and harness and the reclining position from the front of the car. The seat covers are removable (which any parent of a toddler knows is invaluable!)
I can’t recommend it enough! Obviously, it won’t suit everyone. And there is the downside of it only lasting until your child is 18kg (around 3 1/2 years) The benefit for us is that Meg is quite a small child so it will last longer than perhaps it would for the average child. We have one for Eli and I don’t think it will last him much past the recommended weight/age.
|Eli’s first trip out
I don’t claim to be an expert on childrens car seats. I know there has been a lot of press recently about having a rear facing car seat for longer. But this seat has worked for us a family and certainly, if you struggle with a bad back as I do then this is a car seat I would recommend. I can’t rave enough about what a difference it made for me.
See more on the Maxi-Cosi Axiss Forward Facing Group 1 Car Seat here
This is an independent review. I purchased the Maxi-Cosi Axiss seats myself. All views and opinions are my own.