In the world of car seats, safety is king and design is gold. When shopping for Ben’s car seat I knew I wanted a safe infant car seat but also one that had amazing features. With so many car seats out there it can be an overwhelming task of finding the right seat for you but I knew that going with a Maxi Cosi seat was the right choice for us.
Disclosure: I received the Maxi Cosi Prezi to provide my honest review. No other monetary compensation was received and receiving the car seat did not guarantee a positive review. All opinions are mine unless noted otherwise.
The Maxi Cosi Prezi is designed for infants weighing 4-30lbs or up to 29inches. The seat alone weighs in at around 9lbs so it’s about average – not the heaviest but also not the lightest on the market today. I definitely have to hold it with two hands or I feel like my arm is going to break off and the car seat will bump against my leg when I walk. The ergonomic handlebar is padded so you can grip it or loop your arm through and, either way, you’ll be comfortable holding the seat. The seat also has a pretty deep seat pan which provides extra leg room for baby.
To fit those extra teeny tiny babies, an included cushioned insert can be added. We used it until Ben was about 10lbs then found it wasn’t needed anymore. To easily accommodate your growing baby the Prezi features a no re-thread 5-point harness (
G-CELL™ HX, an advanced patented rebounding foam technology with hexagonal shapes, mitigates FIRST IMPACT energy. The Air Protect® side impact protection is designed to protect where it’s needed most – around the head – by immediately reducing impact forces through the precise release of air. Together, these technologies provide superior side impact protection for children in the event of a crash.
To get the correct fit in any style of vehicle seat the 5-position adjustable base with built in Rebound Control bar comes in handy. The rebound bar is important because it prevents the rotational movement of the seat in either a forward or rear crash. The base also has a weight control ball installed. You raise and lower the base based on the weight of the baby. So when they are under with less head control the seat tips backwards more so their heads don’t flop forward. The problem I have with this is that Ben is a monster child and at 4 weeks old already weighed 11.5lbs so we had to lower the base. Now with it tipping down toward the back of the vehicle seat his head always falls forward.
Having an easy out harness is another feature Maxi Cosi thought about. How many times do you go put your tiny newborn into the seat or even a sleeping 5-month-old and the straps just lay there, right in your way? The Prezi has a new feature that lifts the straps up and out of your way and keeps it from twisting and becoming a mess because of the thick padded straps. They aren’t padded in the sense that they affect the tightness against your baby’s body but padded enough to make them stiff enough to stay in place even when a baby isn’t in the seat.
The Maxi Cosi Prezi doesn’t really look like your typical car seat in the fact that it features a European-style cloth type sun canopy that loops onto the parent handle bar which I’m not sure if I am a fan of. I do like that they shaped the canopy in a way that it leaves a space for you to still be able to grab the handle bar from the top and also spaces on the side if you like to loop your arm through. Surprisingly, Charles actually likes it and normally he doesn’t like modern looking styles. Because the canopy is cloth you can just bunch it up when not in use and it stores behind the head wings nicely and out of the way.
The “boot” or wind barrier is made out of the same material as the sun canopy. It won’t actually keep your child warm like a typical foot muff but it does a great job of blocking some of the incoming winds your baby may feel and it also keeps a blanket from being kicked off the car seat. It can also be taken off or just pulled down and stored if you don’t want to use it. If you look closely at my picture there is a black strap attached to it. That is supposed to wrap around the piece you see right next to it which will bring the boot up a bit more to provide baby with more coverage. We leave it right there so we don’t have to unhook it from that black piece every single time as it can be a pain in the butt at times.
The entire fabric on the seat is breathable and soft and comes in 6 super fun colors which is to be expected from Maxi Cosi. Ben is never sweaty when we take him out of the seat even with our weather being in the high 80’s in central Florida. I chose Reliant Blue because it’s just so pretty plus since we were having our first boy we had to go with the bluest fabrics we could find because Charles is tired of all the pink in the house. haha.
Maxi Cosi Product Features
- Superior Side Impact Performance: Featuring New G-Cell HX™ & Air Protect® technology
- Easy-out harness lifts out of the way
- 5-position no re-thread adjustable headrest
- 5-point harness with Center Front Adjust
- 5-position adjustable base with built in Rebound Control
- 1-click mini LATCH connectors
- Plush cushioned fabrics, harness covers, infant insert & boot
- European-style sun canopy stows away when not in use
- Compatible with a multitude of premium strollers including Quinny strollers*
*Maxi Cosi Prezi on the Quinny Moodd*
All in all, this is an infant car seat that I would highly recommend to any of my friends and I am so thrilled to have been given the opportunity to try it out. This is one baby purchase you won’t regret even if the price tag is around $289.