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Laura Loves the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus

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Laura Loves the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus
With a new baby on the way, one of the essential must-have products on my purchase list is a car seat.

A few years ago while pregnant with Grace we purchased a Maxi Cosi CabrioFix which was passed down to Noah. A solid car seat that withstood the wear and tear of two babies and it was still in a decent condition when I passed it on, so I was really keen to return to the brand for Baby 3. Therefore this review is of the latest of their Group 0 chairs, the Pebble Plus, a revamped version of the Group 0 chair, the Pebble.

Maxi Cosi has always been a popular choice for new parents; they have specialised in the market by providing safety and style to
Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus
newborn babies. The Pebble Plus is suitable for newborns through to roughly 12 months or a height of 75cm.

This review was quite the education. In the past four years importantly the regulations on Group 0 car seats has changed and Maxi Cosi has adapted their technology to reflect this with the introduction of i-Size. For those unfamiliar with i-Size, it’s a new European regulation that came into play in 2013 that enables children to be in a rear-facing position for longer, until roughly four years of age if you choose.

The i-Size Pebble Plus works hand in hand with a new 2wayFix Base that together provide better positioning for baby in terms of comfort and security. It can also be belted using a normal car seat belt should your car not be compatible with the base. Similar to predecessors, the 2WayFix base uses your car Isofix points that makes for a simple click and go found on many modern day car chairs, that once fitted correctly provides peace of mind for parents when it comes to correctly fitting the chairs. It can also be used with the older Group 1 car seat, the Pearl, in a rear and forward facing positioning.

Black Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus
It comes up regularly in the news about the incorrect fitting of car seats so what I really liked about this Maxi Cosi base is that there’s a little light system that shows up to confirm the base and chair are correctly fitted, with an added noise component so there’s no questioning. I must admit I fiddled with the base a bit – it’s quite different to the old base and I admit I had a different car so was fiddling around for the ISOFIX hooks but it took less than 15 minutes between reading the instructions and being happy it was fitted correctly. Fortunately once installed you won’t need to mess with this element very often unless transferring between cars.

To fit the chair, it easily snaps into the base. Again, it lights up to signal this has been done correctly, but it’s one of the easiest seats I’ve come across to place in the car and if baby has fallen asleep on a journey it’s then minimal fuss with a decent-sized carry handle to remove it from your car ensuring you can leave your baby sleeping.

In the interim I tested the Pebble Plus with a friend’s baby - the chair itself from a baby perspective is even more comfortable than the CabrioFix. It looks it from the angle of the chair, and the cushioning is clearly more of a snug inlay (that can be removed and washed) to cocoon baby. It also comes with a sun canopy that can be extended and removed for added comfort. The harnesses are more flexible than the previous model and I really liked the maxi-
Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus Robin Red
option to alter the settings and move the strap fittings up and down and amend the length for a snug fit, especially as your baby will really grow during their first year.

Car seat adaptors also make it handy to use as a travel system with a Maxi Cosi or Quinny pushchair base and having done some research, the majority of other brands sell Maxi Cosi adaptors allowing more choice and flexibility when you come to choose your pushchair. We have a Stokke so with the adaptors it was easy, and the grey buttons on either side of the chair snap into the adaptors and to release you simply push them in which is probably more trial and error for the first couple of times but is very simple and can be done single-handedly.

While I opted for a unisex black, the car seat comes in some bold colours as well as some new funky prints featuring stars and watercolours to break from the norm.

The Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus in its current format is up against a lot more competition in the market place than a few years ago as other brands update technology, however I think it’s a great car seat for newborns. It is in an investment cost, but the security has improved greatly thanks to i-Size, the flexibility of use with the features of the chair provides that bit extra longevity and the design is one of the best for Group 0 car chairs.

The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus is priced £190.00 and the Maxi-Cosi 2wayFix Base is also priced £190.00. For more information and a full list of stockists, visit http://www.maxi-cosi.co.uk/gb-en/shops.aspx

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Mum to two energetic toddlers with a third baby on the way. Laura is a journalist and Mum and enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends, and more importantly, life as a mummy. Continuously trying to get a grip of motherhood and maintaining a realistic life balance!

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