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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The BT Digital Video Baby Monitor 1000 sees the introduction of British Telecom to the video monitor market. Having previously won awards for the design of their audible monitors I would expect innovative features and well designed essentials. This is exactly what BT has attempted to do, unfortunately some of the features don’t quite match up to its more expensive counterparts but that’s not to say this isn’t a good buy for someone who needs a digital video baby monitor at around the £100 mark.
The LCD screen is 2.8 inches which does exactly what you need it to do; during the day, a full colour video will be transmitted in real time to the monitor and it automatically switches to infra red mode when it is too dark to produce good quality colour vision. In night time mode, the video images are black and white (as they are on all video monitors that have night vision); the image of your baby sleeping in black and white is vivid enough to be able to make out if your baby is safe in her bed and also clear enough to see if she is asleep (which is practically all you need night vision for). The image tends to become slightly grainy if you use the zoom option whilst in night vision mode but as long as you have positioned the camera correctly, I can’t personally see any reason why you would need to do this, so for me it isn’t really too much of an issue.
The range of the Baby Monitor 1000 is 50m indoors and a massive 300m outdoors and there are no problems to report about any interference with wifi connections. The monitor has been heavily tested to ensure this. The parent unit can be used whilst plugged in or on rechargeable batteries and boasts a feature which is not available on most other video monitors: you can adjust the sensitivity settings so that the video monitor screen only springs into life when there is a noise, this saves battery life and helps parents who find themselves watching monitor screens more than anything else in the evenings! (Other video monitors tend to need you to manually switch the monitor screen on when running on battery power).
Talking of battery life, a fully charged parent unit will last a good 12 hours or so (as long as you have adjusted the sensitivity as stated above) so is perfect for charging at night and and using on battery power during the day. Much like the Motorola MBP33 and MBP36 this monitor has 5 lullabies Pre programmed into the unit to help to soothe your little one, unfortunately these can’t be switched on via the parent unit so would mean having to go into your baby’s room and manually press the button, surely the idea of playing lullabies is that you can soothe your little one back to sleep without having to go into him (as this often results in him wanting to be picked up). I think there is definitely room for improvement there.
There is a talk back function which works well and is easy operate and the parent unit also displays the ambient room temperature (as recorded by the camera unit). I love the fact that you can program in your ideal room temperature and the monitor will warn you should this temperature be reached, this definitely helps with your peace of mind as you know that not only is your baby being monitored but the room temperature is too!
You can also add upto 3 additional monitors but unfortunately this seems to result in a loss of sound so not a unit I would recommend if you are thinking of expanding. All in all, this is a decent, reliable video monitor with all the essentials covered (good picture, night vision, long range, talk back). There is room for improvement on a couple of the features but this shouldn’t put you off buying it if you aren’t planning on using them (this is very reasonably priced). If you want one camera and aren’t too worried about playing lullabies through it then you can’t go wrong with the BT Digital video baby monitor 1000
- Extra long range and no wifi interference issues
- Automatically switches to night mode
- displays ambient room temperature with adjustable/programmable maximum temperature warning
- Sound activated video monitoring option
- unable to listen to your baby when using additional cameras
- You have to manually switch on the lullabies from the camera unit rather than remotely
What is in the box?
- 1 x Camera unit for the baby’s room
- 1 x Parent unit for you
- 1 x Rechargeable battery for your Parent unit
- 1 x Battery compartment cover for your Parent unit
- 2 x Mains power adaptors
- 1 x Full user guide to talk you through your Video Baby Monitor
- 1 x Wall mounting bracket
- 2 x Screws
- 2 x Wall plugs
- 2.8 inch LCD colour screen
- Huge range of up to 300m
- Room temperature display
- Option to add up to 4 additional cameras
- No interference with your broadband router or other DECT baby monitors.
- Talk-back feature
- Built in lullabies
- Rechargeable Batteries or Mains powered
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The Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Monitor is an upgraded version of the MBP33 and I am pleased to report there are some fantastic extra features without compromising what was already a superb digital video monitor. First of all is the new LCD screen, this comes with a fantastic 3.5″ colour screen which is the same diagonal length as the iPhone (although the monitor screen is slightly more square). The picture you receive from the nursery unit is absolutely crystal clear; in day time mode you can see your baby in full colour vision without any pixelation or blur. There is also no delay in receiving the picture; what you see on the MBP36 monitor is what is happening at the exact moment in time. In night time mode, the camera automatically switches to infra red and your monitor screen (parent unit) will then display black and white video images. It is not possible to have colour vision in a dark room (the technology doesn’t exist) so what you are looking for from a night vision camera is to be able to clearly see your baby and to easily be able to pick out the all important details, such as: if her eyes are closed, if she is breathing and of course that she has no blankets etc covering her face, with the Motorola MBP36 you can do this and it will give you great peace of mind.
The night vision camera is very clear so full marks to Motorola/Binatone for that too. The two way talk button works well and is very useful when attempting to comfort your baby back to sleep without having to get out of bed yourself, it is also handy when you need to communicate with your partner (asking to bring a drink or comforter etc). The parent unit has an antenna which can be be flipped up to increase the signal strength but isn’t always needed; the range for the MBP36 is an impressive 200 metres and there doesn’t seem to be any issues with the signal or any interference problems from wifi connections etc.
So far so good? Yes, but Wait. There is more. If you are concerned that your baby will roll or move out of sight each night and deem your video monitor a complete waste of money then fear not, for the MBP36 has a pan and zoom option (pan not available on previous model – MBP33), this means that you can remotely change the position the camera is facing by simply pressing a button on your parent unit, in fact the camera can be turned 360 degrees! You can rest assured that your baby will always be in sight whether she is asleep in her bed or playing in her room. I am also pleased to report that when panning or zooming there is no ‘motor sound’ associated with it so no risk of waking your little one, this has obviously been well thought out during the design process.
The monitor works off the mains or on battery power; to avoid the battery being drained to quickly, the monitor will revert to being audible only after approximately 4 minutes. You can then manually select to view the camera each time a noise is picked up from your little ones room. All the other features you would expect from a top quality video monitor are also there in abundance; you can adjust the sound sensitivity so that every sound is picked up or just your baby’s cry, there are lights on the parent unit to indicate the loudness of the sound being transferred (handy if you have the volume turned down on the parent unit) and it also displays the room temperature which I am happy to report seems pretty accurate, particularly when you consider that there seems to be an underlying accuracy problem with the majority of temperature readings taken from other monitors.
There is also a feature that allows you to play polyphonic lullabies to your baby, this is a great idea but not one that I would use at this moment in time, in the future I would hope that a memory card slot or built in mp3’s are made available so the lullabies are a little more soothing. All in all, this is a fantastic buy that will grow with your family and do everything you need plus more. The vivid picture in day and night mode, the clear sound, talk back facility, accurate thermometer and option to add up to 4 cameras is what makes the MBP36 a top quality video monitor and is worth every penny.
Motorola MBP36 Best bits
- Clear picture in both day and night mode
- Large 3.5″ LCD screen
- Adjustable sound sensitivity/volume
- Talk back function
- Battery powered monitor with power-save function
- No signal problems or wifi interference
- Option to add additional cameras
- 360 degree pan
- Camera can tilt up and down and zoom in and out
What could be improved about the MBP36?
- Polyphonic lullabies are a nice idea but need further development to be a worthwhile feature
What is in the box?
- 1 x Parent unit
- 1 x Baby unit
- 1 x User’s Guide and Quick Start Guide
- 2 x Rechargeable batteries (for parent unit)
- 1 x Power adapter for parent unit and baby unit
- 3.5″ LCD colour display shows sound and video monitoring, with infrared night vision
- 2.4GHz FHSS Technology with Two-Way Communication
- Pan, Tilt, and Zoom
- Colour LCD Screen with Infrared Night Vision
- Five Lullabies Built In
- Data Encryption for Security
- 5 LED Alerts for Sound-Activated Lights
- Room Temperature Monitor
- Up to 200M Range with “Out-of-Range” Warning
- Optional Accessories (Sold Separately)
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The Motorola MBP33 Digital Video Monitor with 2.8 Inch Colour LCD Screen is everything you would expect from a brand like Motorola, the mobile phone giants and Binatone have excelled again in designing the MBP33 Digital Video Monitor.
First and foremost, lets look at the picture quality; in day mode the camera transmits a clear, colour picture to the 2.8 inch LCD monitor screen and there is no noticeable delay between real life and you being able to view it, the quality is such that you can easily see particular details such as the all important question – “Are my baby’s eyes closed?” There is also the option to remotely zoom in by pressing the zoom button on your monitor screen; one idea would be to set the camera position up in full zoom mode so that you are able to see your baby in her normal sleeping position and use the zoom out function if she has rolled out of view. With that said, you may love the fact that you can zoom in to your little one for a closer look and want to save the zoom function for that purpose. In night time mode the camera will automatically switch to using the infra red functionality so there is nothing you physically have to do to enable this (bar having the unit turned on). The picture quality in infra red mode is as clear as you can expect from a night vision camera and is certainly clear enough to be able to see your baby’s movements and to tell if she is safe, asleep and breathing (the 3 main reasons we want video monitors).
The MBP33 also has the other features that I would expect from a modern, digital monitor; the talk back function is clear and easy to use and the room temperature of your child’s room is also displayed on the parent unit. The parent unit comes supplied with rechargeable batteries that are charged up each time you plug the power cable in, if you are using the monitor in portable mode (battery powered) then it will act as a standard audio monitor until you select the camera view button. The reason for this is to ensure the batteries don’t run down too quickly – the video will be live for 5 minutes before reverting back to audio mode. if you want the video option on permanently then simply take the power cord into the same room as you, otherwise, use it in portable mode and simply select when you want to watch it; if you hear some noises through the monitor simply press a button to see what’s going on. It couldn’t be simpler.
There doesn’t seem to be any problem with interference from or interfering with wireless Internet connections and the range of the signal is 200 metres; if you are out of range you will be advised by means of an audible alarm. There are 2 additional functions that separate this unit from others, one really pleases me and the other I fear is a bit of a gimmick; as well as the talk back function there is also an option to play polyphonic lullabies to your baby by pressing this option on your monitor screen, this may work if you condition your baby to be soothed by loud polyphonic tones in the middle of the night but, personally, It’s not something that appeals to me. It’s a nice idea but one which I feel needs to be improved upon before it becomes a must have feature. The 2nd additional function is security I hadn’t ever considered security in the past when looking to buy a video monitor but, now that the option is there I think it is something worth considering when comparing products; the last thing you want is someone nearby picking up your signal and being able to listen to and talk to/wake up your baby (the most likely case of this happening is if someone else has the same monitors within range). The sound is encrypted on these monitors so there is absolutely no danger of that happening here.
These Motorola MBP33 Video Monitor is secure and reliable with no reception problems noted and a good, clear picture in both day and night mode. Motorola/Binatone are a trusted manufacturer and this product will give you great peace of mind at a very competitive price.
What is good about the Motorola MBP33?
- Option to add an additional 3 cameras and one extra parent unit
- Excellent picture quality in both day and night mode
- Good sound sensitivity with adjustable volume control
- Encrypted audio signal
- Fantastic range
- Remote zoom function
What could be improved about the MBP33?
- It would be fantastic if this could pan around the room
What is in the box?
- 1 x Parent unit
- 1x Baby unit
- 1x User guide
- 1x Quick start guide
- 2 x Rechargeable batteries (for parent unit)
- Power adapter for parent unit and baby unit
- Zoom Functionality: Control the MBP33’s camera remotely to zoom the video image as needed.
- Five Lullabies Built In: Lull your baby to sleep with one of five polyphonic lullabies programmed into the MBP33.
- Data Encryption for Security
- Sound-Activated LED Alerts
- Up to 200 Metre Range with “Out-of-Range” Warning
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