Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat (Yes, even us nerds have babies!)

 

The Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat looks like something you would see in a car of the future.  It’s sleek, comfy, and stylish.  It also protects your baby.

With protection from side impacts, this is one of the only car seats I have seen with REAL protection for a baby’s head.

 

Let’s take a look at the list of features which Prezi’s website http://www.maxi-cosi.com advertises.

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*

Sounds great right?  Well, to really put this car seat to the test I took out our tried and true Chicco infant car seat (LOVE this brand) and installed this new sleek beauty.  Installing the seat wasn’t as easy as they make it sound, but they’re all like that.  After some yanking, fiddling, and adjusting the base for the seat was locked into place.  Prezi-Cosi sent us a red seat and it definitely stood out against the gray interior of my black Honda Civic.

So, to put it to the real test I picked up my daughter from infant care after school and strapped her in.  She hated it.  The way the straps come down and the soft shoulder pads lock in really constrict a baby’s movement.  This is not necessarily a bad thing though, and you must take into consideration that my daughter was about 9-10 months old when we tried out this seat and although she’s well within the parameters, this seat is designed more for infants.  So, back to the story… yeah she hated it.  She was screaming and crying because she could barely move.  Very safe, but very constricting… she wanted out.  I took her out and walked around the parking lot pointing at things and telling her stories for about 10 minutes and tried it again only to get the same reaction.  We did this a few times until she was finally calm enough for the drive home in the new seat.  She tolerated it, but was glad to be out.

Really, it makes complete sense for babies to get upset when you take them out for a ride in the car.  First of all, you’re taking them away from their parents, then you’re locking them into some strange device FACING BACKWARDS no less, then leaving them there only to turn on some monster which takes them out and about heading BACKWARDS where the baby cannot see a thing save tree and rooftops.  Mom and Dad can be heard takling, along with some strange alien music emanating from speakers, but to the baby, you’re nowhere to be found.  Add into the equation being constricted in a tight seat and it can make this a bit of an ordeal.

Now, this does not prove that the Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat is by any means a bad choice, it’s just hard for a baby that has become accustomed to having more freedom of movement in the car to suddenly be constricted.  Were I to have had this car seat when my daughter was a newborn I would have LOVED IT.  I would have felt so happy to know that she was safe and sound, all locked into this little, cushy, protective device.

I would have felt so happy to know that she was safe and sound, all locked into this little, cushy, protective device.

 

Bottom line?  I give this car seat 4/5 stars.

I would HIGHLY recommend the Maxi-Cosi Prezi Infant Car Seat to an expecting mother or family that has a newborn, but NOT for a baby more than a 3-4 months old as the adjustment to the constricting nature of the seat is too much of a shock.

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.