A must have item for a new baby is a car seat. But with so many to choose from how do you decide which one is for you.
Over the past couple of months we have been testing out the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix. The evo-lunafix is "setting new standards for infant carriers. In conjunction with the Kiddy Isofixbase2, the Evo Lunafix from Kiddy can be moved into an ergonomic lie-flat position even when travelling by car. Newborns and infants can therefore peacefully lie back and relax no matter how long the journey. This has been confirmed by numerous midwives and paediatricians, as well as the experts from the AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.). For maximum body support and breathability!"
In regular car seats your baby shouldn't be in them for hours at a time because of the position. It is actually quite bad for their spine. The kiddy evo-lunafix solves this problem. You wouldn't leave your baby in a car seat for hours on end anyway but on long trips having a car seat that lays down is a big bonus.
The kiddy evo-lunafix has patented KLF technology. You simply adjust the handle back using the grey buttons and a slatter frame in the car seat rises up and moves the baby into a lying position. The slatted frame also ensures even ventilation so that the baby doesn't get hot and sweaty.
Babies should lie down in as flat a position as possible, especially soon after their birth. Newborn babies have a particularly sensitive spine and the curved position caused by conventional infant carriers can put great strain on their still soft bones and back. Their bent legs can press on their stomach and lungs, leading to breathing difficulties. A significantly reduced blood oxygen saturation level can quickly ensue.
Using The Seat
When the car seat first arrived it was super easy to get it up and running. The last thing you want when buying a car seat is a difficult one to fit or adjust, especially if you are full term or have a newborn. We were very kindly sent the ISO Fix base to use along with the Kiddy evo-lunafix car seat. The base fits into the car using the ISO Fix points. You have to make sure your car is compatable with the base but a lot are. We've never had a base in the car before so it was completely new to us. We've always just used car seats which fit in the car using the traditional seat belt. Let's face it these are a bit of a pain and to be honest, and now we've used a base i wouldn't go back to fitting the car seat in with the seatbelt. I let mark fit the base into the car, mainly because I didn't want to mess it up but it was really easy. He had a read of the instructions and was all set. It took him around 10 minutes altogether. There are green indicators on the base to let you know that it's fitted correctly.
As I mentioned previously to get the car seat in the laying down position you push the grey buttons on either side and push the handle down. You do need both hands to do this but it is super easy. The movement is very smooth and we haven't had any trouble with it at all. This is super great for car journeys as the baby can lay flat and enjoy the ride more. We travelled over 800 miles on a couple of big journeys and it was lovely to know that Parker was in the perfect position for travelling. We obviously stopped for milk breaks but Parker slept perfectly in the car seat. The one problem I have with the car seat in the laying down position is that it makes the car seat quite long and when in the car I have to have my seat a lot more forward than I would with a regular car seat as Parker is behind me in the car. He can't fit behind Mark as Mark needs his chair further back to he can use the pedals in the car properly. It is definitely something to think about if you have a smaller car. We have a Citroen C3 for reference.
The maxi sun roof in the evo-lunafix is one if my favourite features. It is such a lovely big size that it really helps shade and protect Parker from the sun. It's easily adjustable and works well. You can also remove it very easily.
The car seat can also be used as a rocker. If it is laid on the floor in the laying down position you can gentle rock the car seat. This is perfect for when you are visiting people houses and are trying to calm a baby or get them off to sleep.
Overall we really love this car seat. Id recommend it to anyone and prefer it over others we have used before. I do find it a bit big when its in the laying down position but I tend to find car seats big anyway and always struggle to carry them with the baby in.
The Evo-Lunafix is really easy and simple to use. It is super comfortable and safe for Parker and that's all I'm really looking for in a car seat.
*Disclaimer - We were sent the car seat and base for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are our own*