The Maxi Cosi Pebble Baby Car Seat is sleek and stylish, easy to use and above all else, safe. The Maxi Cosi pebble can be secured using your car seat belt, the Family fix ISOFIX base or the Maxi Cosi Easy Base 2. If you have the ISOFIX attachment in your car then I would recommend using this option as it prevents the car seat from being secured incorrectly (as does the Easy Base 2 if you don’t have ISOFIX attachments). Having a base in place makes life so much easier when getting your baby in and out of the car as well as providing great peace of mind, the Maxi Cosi pebble has both visual and audible indicators to let you know your car seat is properly fitted.
It offers side impact protection as you would expect, is suitable for babies 0-13kg and is compatible with any Quinnny or Maxi Cosi frame. The car seat weighs 4.1kg so is slightly heavier than the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix but does have some slight improvements:
I love the fact that the harness is automatically stored out of the way when you press the release button, this helps when putting your baby in, I’ve been in the following scenario too many times:
Sleeping baby, bag on shoulder, raining, someone parked too close to you… One less thing to worry about is using your
spare hand to try and move the harness out of the way.
If of course you are lucky enough to be out and about on a warmer day, you can simply pull the integral sun shade out and attach it to the carry handle, this can also be neatly stored away under the top rim of the seat. Maxi Cosi really do seem to have thought of everything…
As you adjust the harness, the head hugger also adjusts as well, this maximises safety and comfort and again is very easy to do. The car seat cover can be removed and good news for all; it is machine washable! The Maxi Cosi Pebble is slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Cabriofix, but if you are willing to incur an additional cost for additional ease of use, you will not be disappointed! The Pebble is available with free super saver delivery from amazon.
- Compatible with all Maxi Cosi and Quinny strollers to form a travel system
- 3 options on how to install it including ISOFIX and seat belt base
- Stay open harness makes it easy to put your baby in
- Easy to remove, machine washable cover
- Harness and head hugger adjust together
- Visual and audible indicator ensure correct fitting when securing to family fix base
- Sun canopy can be stored under flexible rim and clips onto carry handle
- Slightly heavier than the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix
Who is it good for?
The Maxi Cosi Pebble is an improvement on the Cabriofix in terms of ease of use and has a slightly higher price tag to reflect this. This car seat will suit parents who have ease of use high up on their agenda and are willing/able to pay that little more for it. The choice of being able to use it with any Maxi Cosi or Quinny frame and the fact it can be secured to your car with ISOFIX, a belt base or the car seat belt means there is an option for everyone. The Pebble has safety and convenience high on the agenda and I am confident that you will be pleased with the Maxi Cosi Pebble should you choose to purchase it. You can view more details including the current price, manufacturers description and customer reviews from
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The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix baby car seat is one of the most popular and highly recommended rearward facing car seats. It’s safe, comfortable, easy to use, easy to clean and compatible with an isofix base or a seat-belt base. It can also be easily secured using your car seat belt. Having 3 options on how to secure it safely in your car means you don’t have to have a car that supports the ISOFIX system to benefit from the advantages of using a base; having a base in place makes it very easy to put it into your car and also get it out again, you simply click the car seat into place and check for the green indicators. When removing it, simply pull the lever and you are good to go.
The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix is a group 0+ rearward facing car seat, suitable from birth up to 13kg and is approved according to the latest European standard ECE R44/04.
It offers side impact protection, is lightweight (as far as car seats go- 3.5kg), is easy to carry and also has a hidden storage compartment at the back. You may want to keep a spare dummy, a pack of wipes or even squeeze in a universal rain cover. (please note: this is where you will find the instructions).
The Cabriofix is extremely snug and cosy and comes with a baby ‘head hugger’ and pillow which can be removed when your little one outgrows it. If you choose to use the family fix (ISOFIX) base, you will be able to keep your baby rearward facing for a longer period of time as it offers the option of an extra upward position resulting in more legroom.
Ease of use is important to all parents and Maxi Cosi have really focused on this feature without compromising safety; the cabriofix is compatible with all Maxi Cosi and Quinny pushchairs and buggies so you aren’t restricted to buying a complete all in one travel system; choose your favourite Quinny or Maxi Cosi frame and you can rest assured this will fit. The harness hooks on either side of the car seat also make it so much easier when putting your baby in.
The Cabriofix comes in a variety of colours including total black, black reflection and intense red.
- Handle has 3 positions and is easy to adjust.
- Easy to carry
- Easy to use
- Comes with a built in sunshade
- Green visual indicators to ensure seat is properly fitted to base
- Harness hooks to keep them out of the way when putting your baby in
- Integral sunshade located at the back can be a bit fiddly to tuck back in when not in use.
- Covers are not as easy to remove as they could be and are hand wash only
Who is the Cabriofix good for?
The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix meets the criteria of every parent looking to buy a rearward facing car seat suitable from birth. Not only does it have a fantastic safety rating but can be used with isofix, a seat belt base or your car seat belt. The fact that it is compatible with every Quinny or Maxi Cosi frame is also a winner for me. A good car seat is stylish, comfortable, easy to use and of course, safe. The Maxi Cosi Cabriofix is all of the above and like many thousands of other parents, you will not be disappointed.
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Babies generally start talking at around 12 months, this is usually simple words like “Mumma” and “Dadda”. The first time your newborn communicates with you it will not be through talking but by expressing her emotions and informing you of her needs, this happens very soon after birth. Smiling, crying, squirming, grimacing and opening her mouth etc are all natural reflexes to let you know if she is feeling hungry, frustrated, cold, hot, afraid, tired, happy, unhappy and so the list goes on. In time, parents learn how to interpret these different cries and visual cues. You can encourage language development by cooing, singing, babbling, talking and reading to your baby. Eye contact from birth is also very important. Your little ones journey from zero to 36 months is covered here. As always, these milestones are for guidance only, some start talking sooner and some start a little later, if you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to your health visitor, GP or other medical professional.
- You should start talking to your newborn as soon as she is born, babies recognise the sound and tone of your voice and are comforted by it.
- At 12 weeks, she will look into your eyes as you talk and listen to your voice.
- She may also turn her head towards other sounds such as voices, music, rattles and hands being clapped.
- If you played music and spoke to her when she was in the womb then she is likely to prefer those sounds and those same voices.
- At around 4 months babies begin making sounds.
- Teach her how conversations work; listen to her, look her in the eyes, nod your head, repeat the same sounds back to her and await her reply.
- When he is around 6 months old there will be many different sounds, mainly ‘Dadda’ or ‘Babba’ (or both), these sounds do not have any meaning at this stage, this comes later (approximately 12 months).
- At around 7 months he may be able to recognise and respond to his own name and be able to communicate his emotions by using a different tone of voice.
- He can also recognise when people are talking in his native tongue.
- Talking in one or two syllable words regularly and pointing out simple objects such as “car, brick, milk, Mumma, Dadda, Bye” etc. helps him on his way to saying his first words.
- When she is 9 months, Her talking and understanding of words has developed further.
- She has a wide variety of differing sounds and tones.
- She may also be able to understand a few basic words such as “hello”, “bye-bye”, “yes”, “no” and of course “mummy” and “daddy”.
- When he is 1 year old he may have a few simple words in his vocabulary (around 7-10).
- Most babies can say “Mummy” or “Mumma” and “Daddy” or “Dadda” and know the meaning (unlike at 6 months)!…
- He is likely to have a much better understanding of your requests, such as “clap your hands”, “put that down” and “up” and “down”.
- When it comes to talking repetition is key, REPETITION IS KEY, babies are much more likely to remember and use words that are repeated to them than words that are seldom used.
- Continue to introduce new words and phrases as well as repeating and over-using the words he is already able to say.
- Re-enforce understanding by using a variety of methods to build associations, for example, if you go to a farm and are talking about a pig, take a picture of it, print it out when you get home, compare the picture to that of a toy/teddy pig and make some piggy sounds. This variety of methods help develop babies connections with words.
- Commentate on everything you do and on everything your little one does. “Mummy is having a drink”. “Mummy is clapping her hands, can you clap your hands?” “We are going in the car now, can you see the car?” You will be amazed at how many words will be picked up from you commentating and talking about your everyday activities.
- You may be singing a lot of “Head, shoulders knees and toes” when he is approaching 18 months, if not, why not?
- When he is around one and a half, he is able to point to parts of the body as you say them.
- His language consists of saying approximately 20 simple words and understanding at least 50.
- Babies at this age often repeat words that you say to them so try to keep sentences short and direct and choose the order of your words wisely; babies repeat the last word they have heard, particularly if you emphasise it.
- As an example, if you are focusing on the word balloon, say “up goes the balloon“, if you are focusing on the word up, say “the balloon goes up“. (And don’t forget to repeat yourself).
- If his pronunciation of words isn’t quite right then don’t worry, it is common for babies of this age to drop the endings of words.
- To continue to encourage babies to talk, don’t correct mis-pronunciation at this age, as long as you continue to talk, he will continue to listen and learn.
- When she is 2 years old, you can expect her to start talking in short sentences; perhaps two to four words.
- She will have a much better idea of how language works and will able to use it to great effect.
- As well as being able to identify objects, she may also be able to use her language skills to inform you of more abstract ideas like “teddy-mine..” or “me-play…”
- Encourage your child’s interest in language by reading books together and talking about/discussing the pictures. If you are not a confident reader yourself you can still enjoy books by creating your own stories from picture books and attending story telling sessions at your local libraries and children’s centres.
3 years +
- When he is 3 years old old your child’s vocabulary will amaze you.
- You are no longer wondering when do babies start talking, but how can I continue to improve my child’s vocabulary….
- Be prepared for plenty of imaginary play, encourage it and enjoy it. It will help your child to have a greater understanding of how the world around him works.
- Discuss emotions, explain and discuss different behaviour and ‘act out’ how this can make others feel. This makes for fantastic learning and often very amusing conversations.
- Talk to your child about your day, what made you feel happy and what made you feel sad.
- Ask your child the same questions and explore his understanding of his own emotions and help him to communicate these.
There is nothing more rewarding and nothing more enjoyable than talking with your child. Please feel free to add your comments.
What if my childs speech is delayed?
- If your child doesn’t reach these milestones on time then don’t panic just yet, they are a guide only.
- You should check with your GP if you are concerned about your child’s speech, particularly if you feel that it is delayed and it is not looking likely that the particular milestone will be reached in the near future.
- Your GP will never turn you away if you have a developmental concern.
- You should ensure that your newborn has had a hearing test before you are discharged from hospital having given birth.
- If the results of the test are inconclusive be sure to have a follow up hearing test before he is one month old.
- If your baby failed the hearing test, be sure to have a full hearing exam before he is 3 months. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner you can get the necessary help.
- If there is no obvious reason for your child’s speech delay, you may want to see a speech therapist, this can also be arranged through your GP.
- If your child is having problems with vocal communication, a speech therapist can diagnose, treat, advise and help your child if need be.
- A speech therapist may recommend games for you to play and enjoy together or give your child exercises to encourage speech development.
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“I wonder how to stop kids getting car sick” I wondered as I forced the boot down, squashing the buggy, suitcases, bag of snacks and loose towels (cleverly stuffed in to every possible spare bit of space). I opened the boot again, took the bag of snacks out and put them on the back seat. That’s better. Now, what if one of my kids get car sick?
According to a recent on line poll of 2000 parents by car insurance giant elephant.co.uk, it only takes around 22 minutes for the symptoms of car sickness to begin, not good if you have a long drive ahead of you. So, how can you stop kids getting car sick? The use of video games/iPads is a recent favourite but they are in fact blamed for worsening the symptoms (although they do serve as a temporary distraction), two thirds of kids suffer from car sickness; that is a lot of vomit covered interiors and unplanned stop offs….
Luckily we survived the 4 hour journey to Devon. Here are the top 10 tips for beating car sickness as voted for by real parents, are they practical? You decide….
Top 10 tips for beating car sickness
- Open the window
- Anti sickness medicine (not for me thanks!)
- Get them to sit in the front (again, not for me- safer in the back)
- Get them to avoid looking down/reading (easier said than done)
- Get them to take a nap (isn’t that our wish for every long journey anyway?)
- Get them to sit in a window seat
- Get them to close their eyes
- Get them to gaze at the horizon
- Put on music to take attention away from feeling sick
- Get them to take deep breaths
- Get them to wear an acupressure wristband
- Get them to sit on the middle seat
- Get them to sit on brown paper