So sleep training went badly and I got severely flamed by some anti-cry-it-out mamas. I don’t even know them! Anyway, here’s a ridiculously scientific post for those who are looking for a car seat. This should make up for the silence. Me sorry.
When we first went shopping for strollers, we went straight for one-handed operation functionality. Think about it – you’re out with the baby and so you’ve got baby in one hand and you need to keep the stroller with just the other hand. When we found the one we wanted, it came with a small upsell to get a MaxiCosi car seat plus an infant insert and adapters that connect the stroller with the car seat.
Sounds great. But then a few months on, Noah had changed and so had the circumstances. Here are a few reasons why we could no longer use the maxicosi:
- the infant insert was removed after just 2 months when Noah reached 4.2kg. He was big enough to fill the seat and the infant insert made him feel hot.
- the way the seat belt goes over the baby made it a real pain to get him in and out. It’s like playing cats cradle with seat belts.
- he was fussing regularly because the material made him very hot in his back and sweaty.
That being said, the maxicosi was a GREAT baby car seat for when we first brought Noah home because he was tiny. (2.4kg… remember?) It was a good start and we can’t deny MaxiCosi that claim – just remember that when you buy it, it can only be used for maybe 3-4 months and that it is a 2-in-1 car seat and stroller buffer seat (other car seats that are fixed into the car can’t be used as stroller buffer seats). But we were convinced that there was something better and now, at about 5kg and 3 months we went on a hunt. We almost got the Fedora C5 but were advised that it was going to be face lifted soon. Noah was fussy so we had to find one fast.
We got a deal on the Fedora C1 Organic and so I thought I would share more about our experience with it. Here it is on sale at $299 (U.P. $599).
My first thoughts – It’s a great buy. Rather than a car seat that can last just a few months, the Koreans (it’s a Korean product) have figured out how to let it ‘grow’ with your child. The C1 can last for up to 48 months or 18kg. Seems like a lot to me.
Here’s a video of me unboxing my new toy in the Kitchen cos the rest of the house was covered in baby stuff.
It comes in a big white box but once opened it’s all pre-packed and assembled. Almost no thinking required.
The clips around the side hold the seat belt that goes behind and under. Totally out of the way for easy baby insertion and removal.
A bunch of instructions stuck onto the side in case you forget – but chances are, you won’t take it out ever. So you won’t need to remember.
And my favourite part: 5-position recliner. WTFFFF!!!! I’m 32 and I’ve never owned a recliner in my life. This guy isn’t even 32 weeks and he’s got a fancy Korean recliner. (OSIM – SPONSOR ME ONE PLS!) The red section indicates that it’s for bigger kids 9kg to 18kg. Probably because they are more capable of sitting upright and keeping their head straight? For now, Noah is under 9kg so we’ll keep him in position 5 which is mostly reclined. If we’re feeling a little adventurous we may sit him up into position 4. These days he really enjoys sitting up and looking around so this might a neat solution.
The infant seat is clipped onto the back so when the time comes to remove it, just turn the seat around, unclip and pack it away.
Lookie lookie – washable covers for the infant insert. Noah has started drooling so this is very helpful.
After having fiddled around with all these bits, one of the first few Fedora selling points is ‘luxurious materials’. The cushioning is thicker than the previous car seat, the surface of the seat is more breathable and doesn’t feel plastic-like at all and it does feel like more effort went into the manufacturing of this seat. (Fair – it needs to survive 4 years). A Few other tech specs and Side by Side comparisons:
Seat Belts look a little better designed with padded tops, but rubberized base. This is good for giving the seat belts some traction on the babies clothes and keeping them in place. Without this rubberized base, sometimes the seat belts ride up into the babies face or over his shoulder. The buckle looks more substantial but a little scary. Use carefully.
The lining that comes in contact with the baby skin is like a velvet-finish type of cloth. I’m sure it’s just combed cotton but even Noah enjoys it. We put him in it and he slept comfortably in there for about 5 hours. When he woke up and we took him out, his back was not sweaty the way it usually is with the previous car seat.
Before using the car seat in the car, we left it around the house to keep him in place while we did our chores and it seemed pretty alright. Noah was enjoying himself. The base was really helpful when we wanted to seat him in random places.
When using the car seat in the car, this is what we found. the base sat much more reliably on the rear seats of the car. We drive a BMW 120i from 2010 and it’s got these slightly reclined seats but generally firm seating finished in leather. There weren’t any sharp parts on the seat but I kept the seat protector on in any case. The firmness helped the base get seated nicely. The seat belt went behind and under so it kept out of our way. Great idea. Here’s a video demonstrating the way our older car seat was strapped in.
And the convenient way with the Fedora C1 Organic:
Obviously we’re really happy with this Fedora C1 Organic and hope to use it till he’s almost 4 years old and it performs at a much higher level than the MaxiCosi. However, that being said, the MaxiCosi is a very functional product for the simple fact that it can combine with your stroller for 2-in-1 usage. I wouldn’t put it down or NOT buy it – just bear in mind that when you do, it’s got a 6-month lifespan before baby outgrows it and you’ll need something bigger like our Fedora C1 Organic.