Tegu Magnetic Blocks On SALE!

Aug 28, 2015


Zulily is having a SALE today on Tegu magnetic wood block sets. The sets are up to 40% off with FREE SHIPPING! 

This is one of my toddler's favorite toys. He finally has the magnets figured out (attracting poles, repelling poles and all). You can read my review HERE.







AirBuggy Coco Premier Stroller Review

Aug 22, 2015


Everyone knows, there is no such thing as a perfect stroller. We all have different stroller needs, depending on our life-style, personal taste and preferences, kids age, budget, etc. When Sue from Lehi, Utah was searching for a stroller for her daughter, she had something very specific in mind. In her research, Sue came across the AirBuggy Coco Premier stroller here on Daily Baby and was instantly intrigued. She e-mailed me to get more information on this stroller, and after some deliberation, took the plunge and ordered it. 

Since AirBuggy strollers are not yet available in the United States (except Hawaii), Sue ended up having the stroller shipped from Japan. After using the AirBuggy Coco Premier for some time, she agreed to share with us her experience with this stroller and to provide pictures.

Before continuing, here are some specs for reference:

Stroller width - 21" (53.5 cm) 
Stroller length - 38" (96 cm)
Stroller weight - 22 lb (10 kg)

Seat width - 11"
Seat depth - 9"
Seat back height -  20" (51 cm)
Edge of seat to footrest - 9" (22 cm)
Suitable for - 3 months to 44 lb (20kg)
(Can be used from birth as a travel system with Maxi-Cosi car seats)


Questions I asked Sue about the AirBuggy
 stroller and her answers:

1. When you were looking for a stroller, what were your your needs and which features did you want the stroller to have?

Well, I was looking for something with off road capability for walking but not huge like a Bob. I'm only 5'1 and I am battling chronic Lyme disease so lifting something heavy constantly in and out of the car was out of the question.

I also wanted the stroller to be narrow enough to comfortable negotiate Target isles. My little girl is nearly 4 and pretty small still (30lb, 36 inches tall). Sometimes, like me she gets tired and weary of public places. She needed a place to chill and also sometimes just be restrained and I can't lift her up into shopping carts on some days.

2. What made you decide to import a stroller from Japan?

I had seen this little buggy on your website and fell in love with the compact and sturdy design, the color combos and the very appealing overall look. It had a very classic Japanese design feel to it. Small, efficient, well built, beautiful.


3. Besides for AirBuggy, what other strollers were you considering? What swayed your decision in favor of AirBuggy? 

Well, originally I had a Valco Baby snap 4 for 2 yrs and loved it. Very light and full function. However as baby grew, she still needed to nap in it and since there is no leg rest, she would roll up in the stroller and tip it over backwards.That won't do! Besides, I wanted an off road capable stroller. 

I also tried the Honest Company's version of the City Mini Gt. I really liked it too, but was still annoyed at lack of leg rest. Also, though the canopy had enough head room while open, it would sit behind my daughter's head pushing it forward when folded back. Overall it was a great little stroller as well, but I sold it and bought the AirBuggy. 

4. Where did you order your AirBuggy Coco?

I ordered it on Rakuten Global.

5. Was the ordering process simple?

Yes and no. Initially, I had some trouble because I forgot to use my Chase international card. Once that was done, everything was smooth. I highly recommend using an international credit card and warning them ahead of time of your purchase to prevent any security hold ups.

6. How long did shipping take?

Only about a week! 

7. What was your first impression of Coco Premier upon taking it out of the box?

WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful!



8. How long have you been using the stroller now? 

About 6 weeks. 

9. How do you find the stroller in use? (Pushing/steering, fold, child comfort, quality of materials, etc.)

Overall I am pleased with the stroller. The push is smooth, like butter! Steering, as well. The fold could be better, as I like it to fold inward not outward, but it has a convenient little kickstand! 

Child comfort is great! While it does not have a leg rest the angle of the leg drop and foot rest at bottom are intelligently placed to avoid leg dangle and fatigue for toddlers. Though the stroller is deceptively small, it has a generous seat for older kids. I am truly amazed that despite the stroller's tiny footprint my daughter fits in it very well. 

The Hood is SUPER sized and very comprehensive. Comes down very far and best of all gets far out of the way while pushed back. The quality of the materials is top notch as is the frame and build.




10. What are some of your favorite features of AirBuggy Coco Premier? 

Well, as I said before, the quality is there for sure, the comfort and ease of use. 
I love the SUPER HUGE canopy and the colors. Oh my gosh! Those colors! 

I like the little extras, like the compact tire pump, leather wrapped handle, insulated water bottle holster and hand-break grab bar. The stroller also came with a rain cover. I think every upscale stroller should come with most of these accessories and AirBuggy did not disappoint! 

I also bought the Maxi Cosi car seat adapters and a cute seat liner to go with the stroller.



11. What in your opinion can be improved upon in this stroller? 

Hmmm, as much as I love this stroller, the one thing I do think needs to change is the stance. The wheel base is very narrow, this is great when shopping, not so great when on a slight incline it nearly tips over sideways. Of course adding to the width would make the stroller less compact, so it's a trade-off. You also simply need to be careful on any incline no matter what the wheel base is. 

12. Are you happy with your decision to purchase this stroller and would you recommend it to others? 

Overall I would say yes! 
My husband would prefer a 4-wheel stroller. I wish they would make a 4 wheel model of this buggy, that would be heavenly! But I would definitely recommend this stroller, even the way it is. 

The price may not be for everyone, but it's less than some other high-end brands. 

Overall I love this little stroller. If someone is small like me and maybe has some health challenges but still wants to get out and do stuff, or lives in an urban setting with very little room this is an excellent choice!





13. If you had to give Coco Premier a rating, how many stars out of 5 would you give? 

Seat Unit: 5+ 
Very comfy! 

Push/Steering: 5+ 
Like I said..butter! 

Off-road: 4+ 
Wheels could be a tad larger and maybe a 4 wheel option, but pretty good. 

Fold:
Would like it to fold in to protect the seat fabric and have a carrying handle. 

Overall Rating: 4+ 
With a few tweaks this really could be a 10!!!
     


Thank you Sue for being so accommodating and taking the time to tell us all about this stroller!



Britax ClickTight Convertible Car Seat Recall

Aug 16, 2015

Britax announced a voluntary safety recall on ALL Advocate ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight, and Marathon ClickTight CONVERTIBLE car seat models, manufactured between August 1, 2014 and July 29, 2015. Approximately 200,000 units are affected.

Many of these car seats have a faulty harness release button which gets stuck in down position after the harness has been tightened. As a result, the harness will loosen up when a child wiggles around in the seat.

Visit Britax website to see a complete list of recalled model numbers.

Video shows how to check if your child's car seat is affected. 


Valco Baby Snap Ultra Stroller Review

Aug 12, 2015

Ever since Valco Baby announced the release of its new Snap Ultra Tailormade stroller, I've been looking forward to testing it out. Finally, I got my hands on the grey beauty, and I'm here to share with you my experience with this stroller.

 



First Impression


Valco Baby is an Australian company, better known for their all terrain double and triple strollers. The Snap Ultra Tailormade is the newest addition to the Valco family - a very attractive, sleek-looking stroller (as described by my husband). It is slim and relatively lightweight at 19lb. Despite its weight, the Snap Ultra is a full-featured stroller with a reversible seat unit, flat recline, a ginormous canopy and many more awesome features.

Snap Ultra can be used with a bassinet, a seat unit, or as a travel system with a car seat (adapters required).

A rain cover is included with the stroller and various other accessories can be purchased separately.




Dimentions & Weight


Stroller width - 21.5"
Stroller length - 30"
Handlebar height - 41"
Stroller weight with seat- 19lb

Seat width - 11.5"
Seat depth - 8.5"
Seat height - 18.5"
Edge of seat to footwell - 9"

Suitable for: birth to 45 lb


Steering


The Snap Ultra is very easy to push and steer, even with one hand. The stroller is responsive and turns effortlessly. Because of its relatively narrow width, this stroller is pretty easy to maneuver in tight spaces.

Unfortunately, Snap Ultra is not equipped with suspension. I found that the ride can be a little shaky on less than smooth pavement. My assumption is that Valco Baby wanted to keep the stroller as light as possible and adding suspension would have added to the weight. Since this is not exactly an umbrella stroller anyway, personally, I would have taken the extra 2-3 lbs if it meant having suspension.

The wheels are tubeless foam tires, which makes them lightweight and low maintenance. The front wheels are 8" inches and rotate 360° with a locking option. The rear wheels are 10". Though this stroller does not stumble over cracks in the pavement and even handles grass pretty well, the wheels are not really made for very rough terrain.

Luckily for people like me, who prefer pneumatic tires, Valco Baby sells optional all-terrain, air filled tires for this stroller. Although I did not have the pneumatic wheels to try out, I very much appreciate that Valco Baby offers this alternative to foam tires. I'm sure that the pneumatic wheels will compensate for the lack of suspension on the Snap Ultra, as well as give parents the ability to take the stroller off-road. The option to swap wheels really gives the stroller a lot of flexibility. The all-terrain 'Sports Pack' wheels can be purchase for $120.






Seat Unit


The Snap Ultra has a reversible seat unit, so that your baby can either face you or the world. The seat is very easy to snap in and out of the stroller via two levers on either side, and can be reversed in literally seconds.

The seat has a strap recline and can be reclined with one hand. I found it to be very easy and effortless. You do need two hands to bring the seat back up.

The backrest reclines to a completely flat position, independently of the seat (glory be!). Too many strollers are made with a 'bucket seat', where the legs move up as the backrest is tilted down. Luckily, this is not one of them. Your child can stretch out completely flat in the Snap Ultra, as nature intended. The backrest wobbles slightly when fully reclined, but I'm not very concerned by this.










When fully upright, the backrest is almost at 90°. Little Missy really appreciated that, because it allowed her to sit in her natural way, legs extended, balancing slightly forward from the waist. She hates being strapped to a seat in a semi-reclined position and always tries to pull herself up.

A swing-away, padded bumper bar with gate openings on both sides is included with the stroller. I love a user friendly bumper bar, and Little Missy appreciates having a place to prop up her feet. The bar is covered in fabric, so you don't need to worry about your kids biting off pieces of foam.

There are three storage pockets on the back of the seat. Those are convenient for holding small toys that I want to keep close at hand as well as my sunglasses and phone. Yay for extra storage!

One thing about the seat that I feel could be improved upon is the amount of padding. While the seat is not hard by any means, I think that a little more padding would have made it even more comfortable.






I tested out the seat with my 9 months old daughter and my 2.5 year old son. Little Missy sat in the stroller like a queen. Ben had room to spare in the width, but height-wise, he will probably outgrow the stroller soon. The canopy was only a few inches over his head, and the footwell was too small for his feet. For reference, my son is 29lb and 36" tall. 






Harness


The harness on the Snap Ultra can only be used as a 5 point harness. There is no option to leave out the shoulder straps for an older kid. On the plus side, if you have a very nimble toddler, you'd be happy to know that the harness buckle on the Snap Ultra is childproof. Opening the buckle requires pushing on the release button while pushing down on the buckle simultaneously. I actually laughed when my toddler started meddling with it. No way you're getting out of that one, kid!

The shoulder strap covers are rather large and slip down constantly. I might just take them off altogether and replace them with something like THIS.



Canopy


If I had to pick just one favorite feature of the Snap Ultra, it would be the canopy. When I first saw it, I drooled. I'm still drooling. This is probably the LARGEST canopy I've ever seen on a stroller - EVER (hence I'm inspired to use caps). When fully extended, the canopy will cover your baby from head to toe, even when the leg-rest is in the upright position. The canopy is also lined, which is optimal for superior sun protection.

There are two zip-out sections on the canopy. One of the sections is made of white mesh for better air flow on in hot weather. I would have preferred black mesh, but I'm knit-picking here. There is no peek-a-boo window, but I'm not really missing it. When your baby is small, you will probably have the seat in a parent facing mode anyway, and when your toddler is facing the world, you can peek at him through the mesh panel.

For full protection from the elements, a rain cover is included in a set with the Snap Ultra.  


Handlebar


The handlebar on the Snap Ultra is a bit of a disappointment. It is very basic and not adjustable. The height of the handlebar is 41" inches from the ground. It's probably a good height for average parents, but since I'm only 5'2", my hands were practically on level with my armpits. As you can imagine, pushing the stroller this way was not very comfortable. Again, this was my personal experience, and the handle might be just perfect if you're an average height or on the taller side.

The stroller comes with a run-away strap attached to the handlebar, as a safety precaution when heading down a steep hill.



Textiles


If you read my review of the Valco Baby Snap Duo 2, you know how particular I am about stroller fabrics. The textiles on the Snap Ultra Tailormade do not disappoint. In fact the seat and canopy fabric is quite luxurious and has a distinct twill texture. 

The downside to this lovely fabric is that it's not machine washable. I've contacted Valco Baby and was told that they do not recommend removing the fabric from the seat and so it should be spot cleaned.

Snap Ultra is available in 4 colors: Black, Grey, Denim and Mulberry. The aluminum frame is gunmetal color.



Leg-rest


I'm a huge believer in kids sleeping with their legs outstretched, not hanging down. That's why, I love strollers that have an adjustable leg rest like the one on the Snap Ultra. The leg-rest can be adjusted to 3 positionss; down, extended and slightly upright.

It is adjusted up via two buttons on either side, which have to be pressed simultaneously.

The footwell is covered in rubberized, easy to clean fabric. As you can see in the picture, it's a little too shallow and narrow for an older toddler to rest his feet on comfortably.



Under-seat Storage


The basket is very large and deep. It can easily fit a huge diaper bag + lots of other stuff. If you do grocery shopping with a stroller, you will not be disappointed.

The basket can be accessed from the front as well as the back when the leg-rest is pushed up. The carrying strap gets slightly in the way of shoving very large objects in, but obviously it's not a big deal to hold it up or remove it all together. 





The Fold


There are 3 folding options with this stroller. All require two hands to achieve.

Option 1: The seat unit can be taken off the frame, in which case the frame folds very compact, stands on it's wheels and is very easy to carry.
Option 2: When folding with the seat facing the world, you need to press a small release button on the side of the frame, then press and hold the button on the handlebar to collapse the stroller. In this mode, the folded stroller is very long, as you can see in the picture.
Option 3: When folding the stroller with the seat in the parent facing mode, the final result is more compact but the fold takes more steps to execute. The canopy must be folded away. Then you need to fold under the leg-rest. After that you need to collapse the seat unit by first pressing two large buttons on either side, then pressing two smaller buttons simultaneously. After the seat is collapsed forward, you can press the button on the handlebar to fold the frame. I counted 5 steps. Yup, let that sink in. The good news is that the stroller can stand while being folded in this mode. Personally, I think the 1st option is the fastest and most convenient.







The Break


I have mixed feelings about the break. On one hand, it is flip flop friendly, since you don't have to lift it up. Push on one side and the rear wheels lock. Push on the other side to unlock. Sounds simple enough, but because the locking/unlocking pedals are relatively small, I always have to look down to see where my foot is landing. Perhaps with more practice it will become more intuitive, but I do wish the pedals were slightly larger.




Recap & Ratings


Valco Baby Snap Ultra, with its reversible, flat reclining seat unit as well as a bassinet option, is an excellent stroller to use from birth . It is a very attractive stroller with a distinct 'urban' vibe. The Snap Ultra is a hybrid of sorts. While being slim and lightweight, it is also full featured and very versatile, especially if you invest into the optional all-terrain tires. 

While comfortable for a baby and smaller toddler, this may not be the only stroller you'll ever need. Your child might outgrow the stroller in height before reaching the limit in weight.

The Snap Ultra may not be an ideal choice for petite parents, as the handlebar is not adjustable and is rather high. 

Pros:

  1. Lightweight
  2. Slim
  3. Reversible seat
  4. Huge canopy
  5. Adjustable leg-rest
  6. Swing-away bumper bar
  7. Attractive textiles
  8. Large basket
  9. Toddler-proof harness buckle
  10. Option of adding all-terrain wheels

Cons:

  1. No suspension
  2. No peek-a-boo window on canopy
  3. Handlebar is not adjustable
  4. Seat fabric is not removable or machine washable
  5. Fold with seat requires too many steps 
  6. Shallow and narrow footwell

After careful consideration, I've decided to give the Snap Ultra four and a half out of five stars rating. While the stroller is not perfect, it comes pretty close. I do hope that Valco Baby will update it sometime in the future with an adjustable handlebar, removable, machine-washable seat fabric and suspension. In the meantime, I think the Snap Ultra is still a great choice.


I'd like to thank The Baby's Den, for providing a stroller for this review. As always, all the over-opinionated opinions are entirely my own. 

Best Infant Car Seats 2015

Jul 31, 2015


So many considerations come into play when choosing an infant car seat. With hundreds of models in various price ranges to choose from, the selection process may get somewhat confusing.

You might want to consider the following points when making your decision.

Safety


Of course, first and foremost is safety. We obsess over safety features and rightfully so. After all, the car seat is intended to protect our most precious little passengers. Luckily, car seat manufacturers are going way beyond the basics while trying to outdo one another in impressive safety features. Of course this competition for our attention and our wallets only benefits us, consumers. Every year car seats become ever-better in every way. While all infant car seats on the market today adhere to standard safety regulations, and pass vigorous safety tests, the seats recommended here are top-of-the-line.

Ease Of Installation 


A major factor which determines the safety of a car seat is proper installation. Hence, the easier your car seat is to install, the more chances that it will be installed correctly. Most infant car seats can be installed with lower latch connectors or with your vehicle's seat belt.
While installing an infant car seat is not brain surgery, some brands make installation simpler and more intuitive than others.

Convenience


No re-thread harness, weight of the carrier, carrying handle, stroller compatibility, etc. are all convenience features that are subjective. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, some of these features may be more or less important to you.

Baby's Comfort


Once we've check-marked all the safety features, what sets the best car seats apart from mediocre seats is baby's comfort. How roomy the seat is, the quality of textiles, the amount of padding in the seat, the harness buckle,  sun coverage, etc.

I also want to bring up a point which may not be very popular in the US, but something to consider non-the-less. A car seat is essential to provide safety for your baby inside a vehicle. It's probably OK (arguably) to use it on quick shopping errand, but it's definitely not OK to use the car seat  all the time in lieu of a stroller.
Studies show that prolonged time in a car seat puts an infant at risk for oxygen desaturation, which may cause breathing problems and apnea. Being in an upright position compresses the infant's chest wall, affecting airway size, particularly while the infant is sleeping. It can take only 20 minutes for oxygen levels to go down! Please always monitor a baby while in a car seat. Yes, I know that gets a little tricky if you're behind a wheel with no other passenger in the back seat. If you must drive long distances with a small infant, consider investing in a clip-on monitor such as Snuza or something similar.

Price


Infant car seats range between $120 and $500. Of course your baby's safety is the best investment you can make, but the difference between the more affordable and the higher priced car seats is often (though not always) in the convenience/comfort department, rather than actual safety. Generally, the more expensive car seats tend to have better quality textiles, more padding and better canopies.
Some higher priced car seats do offer extra safety features such as stabilizing load leg, side impact protection, or impact absorbing base. Whether the higher price justifies the 'extras' is of course a personal choice.


Without further ado, here's a selection of infant car seats 
that were chosen for a perfect harmony of advanced 
safety features, convenience and baby's comfort.

Nuna PIPA 






Great Features

  • Suitable for infants 4-32lb and 32" tall. 
  • Adjustable base with stabilizing load leg 
  • Rigid lower latch connectors
  • Lock-off for easy installation with seat belt
  • 3 sets of harness slots and 2 buckle positions (a lot of infant car seats have only 1 buckle slot)
  • EPS foam and memory foam 
  • "Dream Drape" provides extra protection from the sun.
  • Peekaboo window on canopy 
  • Allows European beltpath installation with a vehicle's seat belt - no base needed
  • Plush, Oeko-Tex® certified fabric.
  • Newborn insert + low birthweight pillow insert
  • Ultra Lightweight carrier weighs 7.7lb 
  • 4 color option


Potential Drawbacks

  1. Lacks no re-thread harness. On a flip side, the harness is easy to adjust and can be removed and replaced if necessary.
  2. Made in China (as well as most other car seats).

Conclusion 

The combination of rigid lower latch connectors and the stabilizing load leg makes for a very safe and secure installation. The seat is easy to install, both with latch connectors or seat belt and is lightweight to carry. It is also made with premium quality fabrics for baby's comfort. The canopy with the extendable shade is the best in it's class. Comfortable for preemies.


Britax B‑Safe 35 Elite 



Great Features

  • Suitable for infants 4-35 lb,  32″ tall
  •  No-rethread harness with 6 height positions
  •  2 crotch buckle positions
  •  Energy-absorbing EPS and EPP foam
  • Stabilizing steel frame
  • Impact Absorbing Base with SafeCell technology
  • Extra layer of side impact protection
  • Push-on lower LATCH connectors
  • Lock-off for installation with seat belt
  • Can be installed without base
  • Easily removable seat cover
  • Large canopy
  • Comes with newborn prop-up pillow
  • Premium fabrics
  • Ergonomic carrying handle
  • Available in 6 colors
  • Made in USA

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Carrier heavier than some at 11.5 lb
  2. Cover can only be hand-washed
  3. On the narrow side. Might be outgrown faster than some other competitive models

Conclusion


This seat is loaded with unique and impressive safety features like the SafeCell technology and a stabilizing steel frame. Easy to install. One of the few car seats made in USA. Fits preemies well.


Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35 



Great Features

  • Suitable for infants 4-35lb, 32" tall
  • No re-thread harness with 6 height positions
  • Anti-rebound bar
  • Adjustable base with infinite recline knob
  • Energy-absorbing EPS foam
  • Delux push-on lower LATCH connectors
  • Lock-off for installation with seat belt
  • Can be installed without base with European beltpath routing
  • Comes with newborn insert
  • Perforated seat core for better air circulation 
  • Premium, breathable fabrics
  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • Large, UV 50+ rated canopy
  • Lightweight at 8.8lb (carrier only)
  • Made in Italy 
  • 17 color options


Potential Drawbacks

  1. Handle must be down when in car. 
  2. Only one crotch buckle position.

Conclusion


High quality seat that is easy to install. Perforated seat core and premium, breathable fabrics keep baby comfortable. One of the few car seats not made in China (made in Italy). Fits preemies well. 


Graco SnugRide 40 Click Connect



Great Features

  • Suitable for infants/kids 4-40 lb, up to 35" tall
  • The ONLY Newborn to 2 Year Infant Car Seat
  • No re-thread harness with 15 height positions
  • Headrest/harness height adjusts with one hand
  • 2 Buckle positions
  • Adjustable base slides back to create more legroom for a growing child 
  • 8 Recline positions
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam 
  • Removable infant support cushion included
  • Adjustable footrest/seat protector
  • Lock-off for seat belt installation
  • Can be installed without base
  • Clicks into Graco Click Connect Strollers without the need for adapters

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Large seat, takes up more room in the car and may not fit well in some smaller vehicles.
  2. Basic hook LATCH connectors 
  3. Made in China

Conclusion


This is the only infant car seat with base that accommodates kids up to age 2, however, keep in mind that your child may outgrow the seat by height well before they reach the weight limit.
This car seat is now on sale now for $186.


UPPAbaby Mesa



Great Features

  • 4-35 lbs, up to 32″ tall
  • No re-thread harness with 5 height positions
  • 2 crotch buckle positions 
  • Removable infant insert included
  • Recline angle indicator on both sides of base
  • EPS energy absorbing foam
  • Auto-retracting lower LATCH connectors
  • Red-to-green tension indicator on base
  • Built-in lockoff for simple seat belt installation
  • Can be installed without base with European beltpath routing
  • SMARTSecure™ system with 10-second accurate install
  • Integrated hideaway canopy, rated SPF 50 
  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • Pockets to keep harness out of the way while placing child in the seat
  • Deep carrier allows for more leg room
  • Rounded base won't leave indents on seat upholstery 
  • Attaches directly to Vista and Cruz strollers without need of adapters
  • Available in 5 colors


Potential Drawbacks

  1. Made in China. 


Conclusion


Super easy to install with latch connectors or seat belt. Handle can be in any locked position in the car. The 2015 version is 1 lb lighter than the previous model and has softer, breathable seat fabric. 


Cybex Aton Q




Great Features

  • Suitable for 4-35lb, up to 30" tall
  • No re-thread harness (8 height positions)
  • Recline positions for two weight categories
  • Adjustable base with stabilizing load leg
  • Premium push-on lower LATCH connectors
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam
  • Unique, Telescoping Linear Side Impact protection
  • Can be installed without base with Europen beltpath routing
  • Large, integrated sun canopy, rate UVP 50+
  • Removable, machine washable cover
  • Perfect Positioner™ insert helps properly position small infants to be as flat as possible
  • Compact design makes it fit well in smaller vehicles
  • 5 colors options


Potential Drawbacks

  1. No lock-off for seat belt installation. 
  2. Carrier is heavier than some competitors at 11 lb
  3. Expensive. Retails for $350.
  4. Chest clip is on the large side. May not fit well on preemies
  5. Made in China (along with plenty of other car seats)


Conclusion


The Aton Q is a stylish car seats with impressive safety and comfort features. This is the only rear facing car seat besides for Nuna PIPA, with a stabilizing load leg (vastly improves crash ratings), sold in US. Can be attached to a stroller with Maxi-Cosi adapters.