This week we attended our third (!!!) baby shower, and each one brings me closer to the realization that this baby can’t stay inside my belly forever. Up to this point I’ve been somewhat in denial about that minor detail.
In preparing for her arrival, I’ve combed numerous checklists and asked numerous friends what to pack in my hospital bag. The opinions were all over the place, as to be expected. However, one item agreed on by all was an infant car seat.
Until recently, I didn’t even realize the need for distinction between a car seat and an infant car seat. But I’m learning it’s even more complicated than that! In today’s day and age, every baby-related decision requires research – and lots of it. There are simply too many options on the market!
Needless to say, putting together the baby registry was quite the experience.
Around the time I began my research, my friends at CYBEX reached out and asked if I’d like to test out their new CYBEX Cloud Q infant car seat. Up to that point, I had never even heard of the brand, to be honest. But that is no surprise, really, because when it came to baby products, I knew very little.
Turns out, CYBEX is engineered and designed in Germany, and as a result, far more popular in Europe and Russia than the States.
Immediately, my curiosity was piqued. We’re talking about German engineering here, people.
As a first-time mom, the thought of driving around town with a newborn gives me major anxiety. Safety features were definitely a priority for me when researching car seats.
I was pleased to discover that in tests conducted by Stiftung Warentest, an independent, top German consumer testing organization, the Cloud Q was the only car seat that achieved a “very good” rating (the highest rating) in the “safety” category.
One safety feature in particular I appreciate is the load leg that accompanies the car seat. It’s designed to decrease the likelihood of neck strain on the baby in the event of a frontal collision. Plus, it reduces the risk of incorrect car seat installation, which gives this first-time mama a certain peace of mind.
The car seat is also equipped with the CYBEX linear side-impact protection (L.P.S.) system that absorbs the force of a side-impact collision. The adjustable side protectors offer an additional layer of comfort and safety, whether you’ve installed the car seat on the left or right side.
Priorities: Ease of Use
The Cloud Q seemed to check off all my safety requirements – and more! Next on my priority list was ease of use.
Weight is a common concern with car seats that also function as carriers; will I be able to lift it – let alone carry it – with the baby inside?
Up to this point, I planned to use a second-hand Britax B-Safe infant car seat borrowed from my sister-in-law. But when the CYBEX Cloud Q arrived, the first words out of my mouth were, “Wow, it’s so much lighter than the Britax!” Imagine my surprise to learn that the CYBEX Cloud Q is 5.4 kilograms, or 11.9 pounds, which, admittedly, is a bit heavier than average. It just goes to show that when a product is ergonomically engineered, it offers far better usability than a product that may weigh less but is not designed with ergonomics in mind.
Speaking of ergonomics, I recently learned that infants are supposed to sleep in a fully reclined position to help with proper breathing and spinal development. A new function of the Cloud Q is that it can be changed to a fully reclining position when outside of the car.
No other car seat on the market offers this feature!
So whether I’m out and about running errands, meeting up for “playdates” with my mama friends (everyone knows it’s more for the moms than the kids, ha!) or doing something around the house, our baby girl can snooze in an ergonomically correct position rather than always being slightly propped up.
Last but not least on my list of priorities or must-haves is style.
In the grand scheme of things, it may seem silly to concern yourself with how a product looks. But as I’m quickly realizing, I am not a typical mama-to-be.
The obnoxiously bright colors and bulky shapes of most baby products drive me insane. Call me superficial, but if I have to use a product every single day, then I’d hope it’s aesthetically pleasing.
With its clean lines and color-coordinated, futuristic canopy, the Cloud Q is far more aesthetically pleasing than what’s currently on the market.
Plus, it comes in 14 different color pattern options.
While I instantly loved the “Mystic Pink,” I was practical (imagine that!) and chose a more neutral option: “Moon Dust.” It’s definitely more fun than “Black Sea” but not as flashy as “Hot & Spicy,” making it perfect!
So whether or not you’re a first-time mama like me, I’d love to hear from you! What are your must-haves when choosing a car seat for your little one?
If you have any additional questions about the CYBEX Cloud Q infant car seat, concerns or recommendations, feel free to share in the comments section, below!
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