So we recently needed to purchase a new car seat for bear. He had pretty much outgrown his Maxi Cosi Cabriofix and hated being in it as his shoulders were so squashed. After ALOT of research we decided on the Maxi Cosi Milofix. I have always thought of Maxi Cosi as a great brand with safe products there fore we wanted to continue using them.
Our first problem was sourcing one as Mothercare only sold them in specialist stores. After tracking one down and getting it demonstrated in the car, we were off.
The seat is rear facing till 15-18 months. You can choose to have it forward facing from when baby meets 9kg. It has 2 seating positions in forward facing (upright and recline) and just 1 position is rearward facing.
The seat is pretty compact for a combination seat and when fitted, sat behind the drivers seat easily.
It is available in 5 different colours, we bought it in Thunder Black.
It is fitted with the isofix points in the car with a top tether reaching into the boot. It was easy to install and would be easy to transfer between different cars if needed.
To switch between rear facing and forward facing, the seat does need to be removed from the car and then 2 levers on the bottom of the base are pulled and the base swivels around.
The headrest was adjustable and didnt require any rethreading of the straps, it was just one single movement. The 5 point harness seem fine and did its job.
From the photo above you can see that when the seat is on a flat surface in rear facing mode, it looks well reclined. In rear facing you cannot change the recline on the seat. This is where we started having problems.
If you look at most car back seats, they are not flat. In our car, the back seats recline backwards towards the back as this design is deemed safest for an adult in an accident. However this worked against us for this car seat.
The recline caused the car seat to be more upright and therefore when Bear fell asleep, his head was on his chest practically curled over.
I tried to move the headrest , manuvere him in the seat but nothing worked to change this position.
I took the seat back to the shop who advised there was nothing that could be done as the recline of the back car seat could not be changed. They admitted that this problem had been common as most newer model of cars are designed with this recline.
Because of this, we decided to return this car seat. We did not feel that it was safe for Bear to sleep with his chin on his chest.
Overall: The seat is a great seat to Maxi Cosi’s normal standards. The extended rear facing is good if you dont want to shell out for a full ERF seat. It is compact and light and easy to transfer between to cars. The only downfall is the lack of recline in rear facing, as this is marketed ‘from birth’, I would not happy to put a newborn baby or even my 8 month old in it with how upright the seat is.
The seat is available from many retailers for around £225.