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car seat for age 9 months - 4 years

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Detta Tue 29-Jul-03 18:07:45

We're in the process of trying to buy a car seat. At the moment it seems the Maxi Cosi Priori XP is the favourite (although expensive!). Can anyone recommend this one? Or any other? And can anyone explain why all the fabrics are so dull these days? Thanks in advance.

codswallop Tue 29-Jul-03 18:13:03

they love it - really comfy and the fbric outlasts two boys...

and it tips up

Katherine Tue 29-Jul-03 18:31:05

REcently got one and really impressed. So easy to fit and recline. DD loves it and DS almost 5 can still fit in it so very roomy. We used to have a britax in the past and found that one much more fiddly to fit (the plastic was really sharp at the back when you pushed your arm through) and the straps used to get tangled up. No problems like that with the maxi cosi - we have quite a dark fabric but it does look smart.

Found the cheapest place to be www.kiddicare.com (approx £85) and they do the ziggy version which is a zebra print if you want something more funky! We've just got this for the new baby version as was so impressed with the priori. They also do a bright blue version although its slightly more expensive.

fio2 Tue 29-Jul-03 19:02:00

They have got a Britax Freeway in Halfords at the moment for 69.99 and these are very good. (good price too at the mo)

hermykne Tue 29-Jul-03 19:12:46

detta
we just got the maxi cosi in the ziggy pattern from the secret-baby-shop.co.uk, i think its quite funky and really easy to use

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:08:07

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:08:32

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:08:41

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:09:11

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:09:12

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:09:32

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:09:35

Have Britax Rennaisance - has a thing at the bottom that makes it really secure and have had a 5 year old in it before - also manages to contain wee in it when DD has had an accident in the car - this is a huge bonus believe me - although was a complete pain to clean.

Is pretty grey fabric with feathers on - my friend told me they are quite bland because is likely that material will fade being left in the car all of the time - not sure how true this is but my looks fine.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:14:13

Sorry PC Gone Potty!!!! (Oh and me obviously!)

codswallop Wed 30-Jul-03 09:18:17

blimey boe!!

Munchk2n Wed 30-Jul-03 09:27:35

We've also got a Britax Renaissance, which is excellent - very secure, comfy. Doesn't have the clips to hold the straps out of the way when you put baby in though, so I end up fishing under dd's bum. Just ordered a Maxi Cosi Priori (from Kiddicare.com) in the funky zebra fabric for dh's new car (coz I like the design, and it gets top marks from other Mumsnetters!)

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 09:54:37

Yes - am sorry have never done this multiple thing this badly before - was taking ages to store the message and then when I looked there were bloody hundreds of them - my Renaissance is great though!!

Tetley Wed 30-Jul-03 10:05:51

We've got Britax Eclipses for both kids, which I think are great.
I also discovered Kiddicare website for buying the 2nd one. Got it for £65 (£90 in shops). It's rather bright colours - obviously a colourway that didn't sell very well. But I don't care - still does it's job!

LucieB Wed 30-Jul-03 10:23:09

We have the Britax isofix which is supposed to be very very safe. The isofix system is not on every car so you need to check first - I know that VW, Chrysler, BMW, Audi all have it and others are starting to introduce it. Basically the seat ends up being fixed securely to the chassis rather than being secured by a seat belt.

boyandgirl Wed 30-Jul-03 14:31:26

I spoke to a road saftey officer at Enfield council before getting ds's carseat, and he basically said he would only recomend a different make if none of the Britax seats fitted the car.

Northerner Wed 30-Jul-03 14:53:54

We have the maxi cosi XP and ds and I love it. Easy to recline, comfy and easy to fit. Only down side is it's really difficult to adjust the shoulder straps as your child grows. Took me at least 40 minutes and lots of swearing and I'm usually very good at this sort of thing! Apparantly they do a newer model that's about £20 more expensive but the straps adjust automatically. Worth it I say!

JanZ Wed 30-Jul-03 15:18:44

The Maxi Cosi Priori XP came out as the Which? Best Buy.

We've had it (or previous model? - not sure) for the past 18 months and love it - although like Northerner, cursed blue murder when I had to change the height of the shoulder straps. Apart from that, it's deady easy to fit in the car (and therefore to change between cars too) and to recline. It's quite heavy/bulky though, when swapping between cars.

tinyfeet Wed 30-Jul-03 16:05:59

Another vote for the Britax. Expensive too though.

Boe Wed 30-Jul-03 16:56:15

Make sure you ring the company that makes the seats and ask them whether the seat actually goes into your car properly. (I know I am a bore but just humour me on this!!)

CarolLouise Thu 31-Jul-03 09:00:47

If you buy the Maxi Cosi Priori XP, try "nurserygoods.com". The RRP on this one is £120 and they are doing it for £105. (Cheapest I found it on the net). Arrived within 2 days and 9 month dd loves it.

Sexton Tue 27-Jan-04 00:28:32

I'm looking at getting a Maxi cosi priori xp too. Halfords are doing them for £100 in their sale - anyone beat that? It was the best rated for safety by Which, who crash tested various seats. Some came out very, very badly for this age group (9 months to four years) - almost all the up to a year car seats came out average for safety. If you want to check out the article, all libraries stock Which magazine.

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