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There are multiple things that these parenting classes you take don’t teach you. They can’t teach you about the sleep deprivation. They can’t show you how to avoid the one lego that has taken up its battlefield in the living room, somehow finding its way to your foot. They can’t teach you how to respond to parents who call you Mr. Mom.
Also, one thing they can’t prepare you for is the never-ending battle with the car seat.
One would think that merely getting the car seat installed the first time would be the end…
It is only the beginning.
Installing a car seat is where those parenting classes haven’t taught us a thing. I learned quickly after making the switch from rear-facing to forward-facing that the battle with our car seat would be never ending.
My knuckles are scabbed over or callused each time I would take the car seat out to make any adjustment. So it never seems to fail, it will feel like you take the car seat out to re-adjust one of the straps that happened to have been twisted somehow without you realizing it or your child goes through a massive growth spurt, and you need to adjust the straps just so your child can fit into it.
Car Seats Are The Worst
As a parent of two boys, I’ve been through my fair share of car seats. I’ve taken them out, hosed them down, vacuumed every morsel of the goldfish that somehow managed to escape the bag and inevitable doom. I’ve reached behind the car seat to move one of the straps, only to curse the other strap because it’s not aligned correctly.
I’ve reached up the bottom of the car seat to move the middle buckle from the innermost holster to the middle holster and cursed the entire time. This is the bloodiest part of the battle with the car seat. I can’t remember a time that I have managed to come away from adjusting middle buckle without some blood coming from my knuckles.
We have been through 6 car seats, and each one of those car seats, I’ve been through one of the scenarios above… sometimes all at once as I’m trying to adjust the seat since one of our boys decided to eat their Wheaties for breakfast.
The Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is the best!
When the box for our latest car seat arrived, I was expecting the same thing to happen. However, knowing that a review for said car seat was in order, I didn’t prep my hands or my mouth (so I wouldn’t mumble some curse words) because what review wouldn’t be a genuine review if one didn’t go in unprepared for what to expect.
So when my wife was upstairs preparing our boys for bed, and I was down getting the Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat ready to put into our car for an upcoming road trip, there was something unexpected that happened downstairs…
“OH, THAT’S COOL!”
I said as I opened up the middle padding to take out the latches… however, what is even cooler is that the buckles have their own spot to slide into and stay out of the way as you work behind the padding.
“WAIT A MINUTE… YOU MEAN IT CAN DO THAT?”
I said as I adjusted the back headrest up and down after I found out that I wouldn’t have to take the car seat in and out of the car to do it… AND adjust the straps as my son would grow as I have had with previous car seats.
“SLOW YOUR ROLL… IT CAN’T DO THAT”
I said when I saw just how easy it would be to remove not only one or two, but ALL of the car seat pads to clean. However, the ease of cleaning didn’t stop there, with a twist of the cup holder, you can throw it into your dishwasher to clean out all the gunk that will build up inside the cup holder… because let’s face it, kids will use it for more than just holding cups.
“WELL… THAT WAS EASY!”
I said as I finished putting the middle buckle into the middle latch without breaking any skin on my knuckles.
A lot happens when we head out for simple errands to the grocery store. I take a look in the rear view mirror and see the look of surprise to see that his window rolls down bringing in fresh air. We talk about various things that we see on our trip down the street to grab dinner for the family. Then there are the times that I look back and see him nodding off to sleep after a long day with his friends at daycare.
These are the everyday adventures that we have as a family that afford us the opportunity for the next adventure that we will have.
Which very well might be the next time we get into our family SUV.
I NEVER get this excited about a car seat, except for maybe the very first one we bought. Quickly, car seats became the bane of my existence. Every time we would get a new one, I quickly found some reason I didn’t want to mess with adjusting it, and I wondered if our kids could remain the size they are forever. Just so that I wouldn’t have to change it again.
The Maxi-Cosi Magellan 5-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is different. I don’t want to bore you with all of the neat features of the car seat, like the fact that it can fit an infant of 5 pounds all the way up to a child of 120 pounds. This is going to be the last car seat that you will ever need. Plus, all of the times you have to change it will be different. The car seat can easily transition to Baby Rear-Facing, Toddler Rear-Facing, Toddler Forward-Facing, Child Forward-Facing and Belt Positioning Booster.
You can trust Maxi-Cosi because it is the top selling baby car seat brand worldwide. Over the past 30 years Maxi-Cosi car seats have carried over 50 million babies home from the hospital. Also, trust a parent who has been through many car seats, a car seat is the last thing you want to think about.
If you are a new parent looking for that car seat that will fit all your needs, or you know a parent who struggles with their child’s car seat like me, do me a favor and either pick one up at these following resellers or point said parent to them (retail price $349.99): Amazon, Target.com, Buy Buy Baby, Nordstrom.com, and Albee Baby.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.