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Friday, September 16, 2011

Gearing Up for Baby: Maxi Cosi Car Seat & Stroller

I have another car seat and stroller review for you, and it’s another product that broke me out of the Babies-R-Us-store-wandering rut. Maxi Cosi was generous enough to provide me with their Mico infant car seat and their Mila stroller (which works with the car seat) to try out and let you know what I think. This system is on the affordable side of the spectrum, which I think most of us greatly appreciate, and I’m excited to share it with you!

First impressions – things I’m liking a lot:

  • The system looks cool and there are good color choices. I know, looks aren’t everything, but I do appreciate it when a company realizes that just because a kid might like Winnie the Pooh doesn’t meant the parents are going to want to make a Pooh statement everywhere they go!

  • I love the fact that this stroller is quite compact, similar to the Maclaren that I love so much, but you can also use it with the infant car seat! And, once you’re done with the car seat, you can use this stroller up to 50 pounds. Great versatility, you get your money’s worth.
  • The brake system is super easy to use. I actually am really loving this feature. To brake, push the button on the back right wheel with your foot, to un-brake, push the button on the left wheel. (Works better than my Maclaren’s brake system by a long shot.)
  • When the stroller is folded, it can stand upright. I really like this feature a lot.

  • Large basket underneath for storage.
  • Folding and unfolding the stroller is easy, and you can either push the release in the back with your foot or pull a handle.
  • Car seat is lightweight, which is nice when lugging baby around, and there is side-impact protection.
  • Stroller comes with a rain shield.
On first pass, here are the things I don’t love:
  • Easiest access to the storage is through the front of the stroller – would prefer if the access was from the back.
  • No tray by the handles to put stuff. There is a cup holder and a pocket in the canopy, so at least there’s something up top for keeping a few little items. No tray for the kids, either.
  • Typical small stroller wheels. I like my wheels bigger so I can go off-roading! 😉


Jury’s still out:
  • You can’t adjust handle height, but the handles aren’t too short and you do not kick the wheels when strolling, so it may not be a big deal.
  • Canopies on the stroller and the car seat seem like they’re a decent size, but want to use them to see if they really do cover enough.
After we use this with the baby a bit, we’ll let you know what we think, so stay tuned!
Click here to read a follow-up post after we had used the system with our baby.


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    We had the car seat and a quinny stroller. Truthfully I was less than thrilled with both – the car seat was very difficult to snap in properly, even after the recall and adjustments. My daughter is long and grew out of it very, very quickly. We aren’t having more kids but I’m not aure I would make this choice again. The Quinny was large, hard to compress, difficult to inflate the tires and equally small for stature. We got a much cheaper second stroller and couldn’t have been more thrilled. Just shows, price doesn’t mean everything…

    • Jane Maynard

      well, I suppose I’m very glad now they sent me the Mila stroller instead of the Quinny!! I will be interested to see how easy/not easy the car seat is to snap in and out of stuff once we’re actually using it…will definitely report back on that! it sounds to me like the Mila is definitely easier to use than the Quinny…interesting…

  2. Looks like it has lots of nice features! I hope you and baby get lots of great use from it.

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    im interested in your opinion of the maxi cosi seat harness system. there was a long learning curve for me to figure out how to buckle my daughter in to our maxi cosi mico seat. when the time came we transitioned up to the maxi cosi priori convertible seat which is a breeze in comparison.

    • Jane Maynard

      that will be something I definitely report on in my follow-up post once use it with baby. thanks for the heads up, will definitely keep this in mind when we are trying it out!!

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    Thanks for these useful tips, Jayne! I might consider this stroller since other priced brands are way-up the ceiling.

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    I used this infant car seat with my son from birth until 9 months. As a newborn he fit into it very well using just the included ‘donut’ shaped head insert. Easy to put him in and take him out as well as carry to and from the car. Easy to re-thread straps as he grew and I loved that there was a compartment on the seat to store the directions. Installation was easy using the latch system and once he got too heavy for me to carry to and from the car I just left the seat secured in the car and it was easy to strap him in and get him out. I purchased the adapters for the uppababy vista stroller so traveling with him those first few months took very little effort getting in and out of the car. This car seat is so stylish and I love that it doesn’t look too ‘babyish’. I went with the black but now kind of wished I had been a bit more adventurous and gone with a more colorful option!

    • thank you so much for your comment, mila – very helpful!

      and I’m like you – I always got “boring” colors and then wished I’d been colorful after the fact! 😉

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