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 PointsSuitable from birth up to approximately 3 1/2 years oldCan be kept as rearward facing for longer than most other car seatsEasy to installHeight and width adjustable; it grows with your childStylish 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 PointsThe harness can be a bit fiddly to fasten when in rearward facing modeIs 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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The Petite Star Kurvi Klassic 3 in 1 Travel system is a stylish looking 3 in one comprising of a buggy (forward or rearward facing), a car seat and a pram. It is competitively priced and is well designed.
The rearward facing car seat is built to EU specification meaning that it offers side impact protection which is absolutely paramount for the safety of your child, the car seat is also very easily attached to the chassis (frame). The buggy and the pram are not two separate pieces as is usually the case with 3 in one travel systems, it is an ingenious design that allows you to simply lower the back and straighten the foot rest for a comfortable, snug, safe pram, and to use it as a buggy- which can be forward or rearward facing, you just lift the footrest, raise the back and you are good to go. This means one less thing to store once your baby grows out of it which for me and for many parents is a huge plus!
The height of the handlebar can be easily adjusted to accommodate taller parents and it also comes supplied with a good sized rain cover that fits perfectly. The sun shade has two positions so there is no need to completely block your baby’s view on a sunny day if the first position offers sufficient protection.
The buggy is nicely padded and comfortable and can be reclined from sitting up straight, all the way to lying flat. This buggy will last you for the whole 2-3 years that your little one will need to be pushed around and comes at a very competitive price.
Dimensions are as follows:
Folded: 61cm x 94cm x 29cm
- Easy to use and to fold down
- Car seat is built to EU specification offering side impact protection
- Very easy to take the pram out and fit the car seat to the chassis
- No need for an additional pram (that you won’t use after 6 months!!)
- Quick release wheels
- Rain cover is supplied and fits perfectly
- Can feel a little wobbly(but not in any way unsafe)
Who is it good for?
This is great if you are looking for a stylish, reliable travel system without the hefty price tag and/or if you are lacking in home storage space!… If you are looking for a 3 in one travel system on a budget then the Petite Star Kurvi Klassic will serve you very well and I don’t foresee any disappointment. Likewise, if you are searching for a travel system that wont take up much space when not being used then this is the one for you. It measures 61cm x 94cm x 29cm when folded, doesn’t have a pram unit that you won’t use after 6 months and as an extra space saving idea; it has detachable wheels. Your baby will be safe and snug and you will have spent your pennies very wisely indeed. Click here for a full product description of the Petite Star Kurvi Klassic (opens in new window – this window will not close).
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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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