Are you just paying for the looks of The Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30? Or is splurging on its beauty just a bonus?
Is Maxi Cosi Max 30 a good choice?
Last Updated: November 20, 2018
|Rear-Facing Weight:||4 to 30 pounds|
|Height Limit:||Up to 32 inches|
The Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 can be used by newborns measuring 19 inches minimum. There is a wedge provided that can be placed under the bum area of a baby to move them up higher for a better fit.
Also, there is an insert included for the head and neck support for smaller babies, which you can utilize until they don’t need it anymore.
Will It Fit In My Car?
Take note of the above overall measurements to see if it will fit just nice in your car.
When installing without the base, the width is reduced to 16.5 inches. Also, the height is lessened to 23.5 inches even when the handle is up. The length is reduced to 27 inches.
|Do I need to use a pool noodle/rolled towel?||Yes|
|Level Indicator For Correct Recline Angle?||A horizontal line on the side of the infant carrier|
|Base Easy To Install?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Install Without The Base?||Yes|
|Easy To Uninstall?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Click Into The Base?||Yes|
|Carrier Easy To Remove From The Base?||Yes|
The Maxi Cosi Max 30 is fairly easy to install with or without the base, by the LATCH or by the seatbelt.
Although most parents don’t find the need to use a rolled up towel or pool noodle, the manual suggests utilizing them if it isn’t fitting snug enough.
There is a horizontal line on the side of the infant carrier that you have to make parallel with the ground before you start securing the base or the infant carrier itself.
Do these steps before doing an installation with the base.
- Place the base on the vehicle seat.
- Place the infant carrier on the base.
- Check that the horizontal line in the side of the infant carrier is parallel to the ground. If not, adjust the recline on the base to make the horizontal line level to the ground.
- Remove the infant carrier out of the base.
- Install the base.
See this video to further help.
How To Install The Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30’s Base By LATCH And Seatbelt
While most parents find it easy to get a tight install of the base, there are feedbacks about the infant carrier once clicked onto the base. Apparently, it wiggles quite a bit within the base.
The carry handle of the infant carrier also wiggles a lot no matter what position it is in.
|Country Of Origin:||USA|
|Side Impact Tested:||Yes|
|Approved For Airplane Use:||Yes|
|Easy To Buckle And Unbuckle?||No|
The Mico Max 30’s base is one of the few infant seat bases that have a “rebound protection” feature.
Similar to the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio 4-35’s base, there is an “anti-rebound bar” on the car seat base.
Usually, during a car crash, the car seat rebounds towards the back of the car, after the forward momentum stops. The presence of the anti-rebound bar will help to limit that movement.
Also, the infant carrier has an “Air Protect®” technology for its side impact protection.
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|Length Of Canopy||A little way past the handle|
|Does It Get In The Way Of The Carry Handles?||No|
|Does It Stay In Place?||Yes|
|Is It Easy To Move?||Yes|
There is a number of similar feedbacks about how flimsy the canopy is and how it doesn’t stay stretched.
There is actually a “technique” to achieve the perfect tightened up canopy. To do it, gently pull forward the hinges where the canopy is attached to the infant seat. You should hear another click or two.
Don’t pull the fabric part as it will only stretch the fabric. Pulling on the hinges will lock the canopy in place so it stays extended. 🙂
See this short video.
How To Pull Tight The Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30’s Canopy
To remove the canopy fabric from the hoop, pull the canopy hoop out of the canopy attachment hubs.
|Is The Material Breathable?||Relatively|
|Seat Weight:||8.9 pounds|
|Machine Washable Cover?||Yes (Except the Rachel Zoe Jet Set Version)|
|Comes With An Infant Body Support?||Yes|
|Easy To Remove Cover?||Yes|
|Shoulder Harness Has Pads?||Yes|
The seat itself is very padded and cushy. It has a thick plush cushion throughout the seat especially below where the child sits.
If you live in a hot place, consider the original Max 30 fashions that come with a self-wicking fabric which is composed of bamboo and other natural fibers. These materials will draw liquids away from the skin to keep baby dry and comfortable.
Getting the “Sweater Knit Special Edition” versions will give you a footmuff and give your child a warm environment should they be born during winter.
When washing the seat cover, note that all are machine and dryer safe except for the Mico Max 30 Rachel Zoe Jet Set infant car seat. This model has a leather detailing so it requires a very specific washing instruction. You cannot, AT ALL TIMES, hand wash or machine wash them – just spot clean only. The natural leather will bleed onto the fabrics so extra caution is a must even for spot cleaning.
For the rest of the Maxi Cosi Max 30 fashions, the seat pad can be removed easily for washing without the need to unthread the seat harness. It’s also easy to put back the seat cover after washing.
Should your child need more room as they grow, you will have to manually remove the seat harness and put them to the next higher slot. This video will help.
How To Rethread The Maxi Cosi Max 30’s Seat Harness
It is good that the Maxi Cosi Max 30 can be installed easily in all modes. Easy installation is a must and is well-appreciated especially by first-time parents.
The anti-rebound bar is a good safety feature, too.
The design of the handle also curves around your hips so you’ll have a more comfortable carrying position.
As a bonus, you can fully customize its colors.
For improvement, a good leveling gauge, such as a bubble indicator instead of just a horizontal line, would be a good upgrade for convenience.
The wiggling carry handle can also be improved by making it securely locked in place, regardless of its position. Some parents are bothered by how wiggly it moves, especially when it is clicked on to the base.
Overall, the ease of installation, safety features, the comfort of the passenger and beauty of the seat easily justify its price point.
I highly suggest that you check out the feedbacks of other parents who got the Maxi Mico Max 30 seat to help you decide more.
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