My FAVORITE Car Seat: Maxi Cosi Pria now on Sale!!!
You guys we missed you last week! Our ‘week to ourselves’ turned into week of hell, as a major sickness (we’ll spare you the details) hit both our lil families and lots of other family members. About 15 in total! This 4th of July weekend will go down as the time we ALL got sick!!! Ugh!
We did however have the Nordstrom sale on our radar, and even that can be viewed from the sick bed! I was sooo surprised to see my FAVORITE CAR SEAT on sale that it really really deserved a blog post, because, well, I was thinking of doing one anyhow!
The process of changing the twins from their infant carseats to the big ones proved to be quiet the process last year. Though lots of research and some trial and testing we finally found our perfect seats and 6 months in, we’re still in love.
Introducing the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat:
No.1 Safety: I’m guessing this is everyones first priority too. The good news is on this subject is that carseats these days are pretty amazing. As long as you are buying in this class, there’s little difference in safety ratings. The rule of thumb is “the safest carseat is the one installed correctly”. Make sure to know all the current regulations since they do change up frequently.
No. 2 Size: Not all carseats fit into your car the best. We love our 7 seater Highlander, but we soon found out that 7 seats does NOT mean 7 carseats, these things take up some space!!! With our trunk seats down (to fit in stroller) and 2 of these bad boys in the middle row, that basically just leaves us with driver and passenger seats, which by the way we can no longer recline! The carseats have to be rear facing the first couple of years so that is really where the concern comes in. The space between the middle row headrests and the front row is what you are working with.
At first we got a slimmer seat so we wouldn’t feel so scrunched in, but then we found that when the girls fell asleep their heads wouldn’t be supported and would flop forward. No sleeping babies in car is a major fail! This is one of the reasons why we love this seat, because even though it fills the space, it reclines nicely so the girls are supper sung and off to dreamy-land in no time.
No. 3 Color and Look: This of course is a vain consideration. But hello, you’re going to be looking at these things for years AND they cost a pretty penny so you have to like it! We went with the Brown (see HERE) to match the interior of our car. I like it a lot because they really do look like they belong and they are nice and light and hide little dirt spots well. We also thought it’d be better to buy gender neutral just in case we need them again. Having said that, our sister Helen invested in her ‘good’ car seat with her first baby, and then switched out the covers for each child. Usually the manufactures recommend a 6 year life on the seats (as long as they haven’t been in a crash), so that might passed down one or twice!
No.4 Baby Approval: These are their seats after all, and yes my babies had different reactions to different seats! So it’s nice to test them out (buy buy baby is a great place to do this) and let them see what they like. We found that a cup holder and comfy shoulder straps went a long way!
No.5 Places to Shop: Because these are such big ticket and important items we recommend shopping at the places with the best return policies. We always recommend: Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby and Costco. Returning merchandise is never our favorite errand, but for us this take a little experimenting to find the perfect seat, so it’s nice to know that these places make returns pleasant!
Our girlies love their seats, can you tell?!
Good luck on your search, email us if you have more questions!!!