Disclosure: I was sent the following car seat from Combi for review. All opinions are 100% my own!
It seems like everyone is having/has 3 or more children nowadays. While I am content with my two kiddos and will not be adding to the brood ever, I still endure the same dilemma as those with multiples - choosing the right car seat for a small vehicle. This is even more of a challenge when you have passengers other than your own child(ren) and they have to scoot in next to a bulky seat leaving them virtually on an angle during the drive. I have been in this position as a passenger and let's just say it was not a pleasant trip.
You never want to compromise the safety of your child(ren) just for additional room in your vehicle so I was excited to try the Combi Coccoro as it was super lightweight (11 lbs) when I picked up the box to bring into the home. Who knew that a full convertible seat would be inside? Upon first glance, it was a compact design with a unique rounded base. It features Combi's Tru-Safe® Side Impact Protection which offers deep side walls and a layer of energy-absorbing foam to distribute crash energy away from your child's head, neck and spine. There are additional removable infant inserts for the wee ones which are very thick and cushioning. Before installing the Combi Coccoro ($159.99 + free shipping), Mason was super content in just sitting in it in our home. I guess he finds it comfortable as a lounger!
The Coccoro accommodates children rear facing from 3 to 33 pounds and forward facing from 1 year and 20 to 40 pounds, and those whose height is 40 inches or less. For forward facing, you adjust the harness on the third or fourth slot closest to the top of the seat. Shoulder straps should be at or above the shoulders. I am a huge fan of the LATCH system and the Combi Coccoro makes installation quick and easy by just clicking into place in your vehicle and then attaching the top tether behind your car seat. Combi makes it easy by color coding the photos and components for installation (blue for rear facing and red for forward facing). I was hesitant about how secure this seat would be due to the rounded base but after securing the seat in place and tightening the straps, that worry was washed out.
The Coccoro features a five point harness with a Tru-Safe® puzzle buckle for safety. Everything must be aligned in order for the buckle to lock into place and there is also a color indicator that lets you know that you have buckled your child safely in the seat. This does take a wee bit more time than the usual buckle and Hubs is not a fan. However, if you are someone who doesn't mind the extra time to line up the buckle before clicking into place, then you will be fine. Mason is secure and happy in his new Combi Coccoro and doesn't do the stiff board move when I try to get him in the car.
If you have a compact car or need to fit multiple car seats in a row, the Combo Coccoro is the way to go because it is only 15 inches wide. You can fit three across safely and your children will be secure and safe. It's also nice when you have a smaller vehicle and want to truly maximize the space by using a seat that is safe yet compact.
You may have noticed that Combi recently announced a recall of three car seats, including Coccoros manufactured between January 6, 2009 and December 5, 2012. The Coccoro I reviewed was not affected. For more information about the recall, visit www.combiusa.com/Safety-
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