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Maxi Cosi Opal Car Seat

The Maxi Cosi Opal Car Seat is what is known as a combination car seat (or group 0+/1), this means that it can be used as both a rearward facing and forward facing car seat. It’s suitable from birth up to 13kg as a rearward facing car seat and from 13kg-18kg as forward facing; this is usually up to approximately three and a half years of age.
It is recommended that you keep your baby rearward facing for as long as possible, this car seat helps you to do that as it is specifically designed to provide more leg room for your baby. The interior width can also be adjusted to accommodate your growing child as can the height of the headrest; moving the headrest automatically adjusts the height of the harness and there are six positions available to ensure a perfect fit for your baby/child.

The Maxi Cosi Opal is secured using your usual car seat belt and is designed to be compatible with all cars, there are belt tensioners on both sides of the car seat which protect against incorrect fitting and ensures the car seat is properly secured. There are belt hooks on either side of it which makes things much easier when putting your baby in. You will be pleased to hear that the Maxi Cosi Opal is also very easy to clean – the cover can be removed without having to remove the harness!!
The Maxi Cosi Opal offers optimal side impact protection which is an essential feature and should never be overlooked. The great thing about this car seat is it will save you money (no need to buy a new car seat once your baby is around 12 months old), your baby will find it snug (includes a removable support pillow and soft padded seat) and comfortable (5 recline positions when in forward facing mode – when rearward facing it is automatically in the reclined position and therefore can not be adjusted). You can rest assured that this car seat has been designed and tested for your baby’s comfort and safety and complies with ECE R44/04 Car seat regulations.

Good Points

  • Suitable from birth up to approximately 3 1/2 years old
  • Can be kept as rearward facing for longer than most other car seats
  • Easy to install
  • Height and width adjustable; it grows with your child
  • Stylish and comfortable (with multi recline positions, padded seat and removable support cushion)
  • Easy to switch between rearward and forward facing – press a button and spin!
  • No need to buy a second car seat once your baby is 13kg
  • Negative Points

  • The harness can be a bit fiddly to fasten when in rearward facing mode
  • Is not compatible with a travel system (stays in your car permanently)
  • Who is it good for?

    This car seat is ideal if you don’t require a car seat that can be fitted onto a pushchair as part of a travel system. Buying the Maxi Cosi Opal will mean you do not have to buy 2 car seats within 12-18 months of each other. My personal opinion is that it will suit you if you prefer to walk shorter journeys and drive the longer ones (meaning you aren’t continuously getting your baby out of the car and back in again 5 minutes later…) or you are looking to buy the next stage up car seat but want to keep your child rearward facing for as long as possible. The Maxi Cosi Opal is available here.
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