Thursday, 2 June 2011

Review: Mamas and Papas Cybex Pallas 2 in 1 Car Seat

We quite like testing out carseats in this house, mainly because I really am on a quest to find the absolute best one. When I heard about the Mamas and Papas Cybex Pallas 2 in 1  I was intregued not only because it's a three stage one, but also because you dont use a harness to strap your child in rather a pad goes in front of them to hold them secruely and you use your normal seatbelt. It's an innovative, safe design, possibly the future of car seats.

We tried the car seat with our two year old. It was easy to set up and she was very excited. The pad meant she could sit like her big brother using the normal adult seat belt. The seat is quite high up and in our Vauxhall Zafira she sat very high up which she liked. This made her feel very grown up.

I'm told that the pad is exceptionally safe, much safer than a standard harness. However, I had reservations that Fifi would be able to wriggle out. This wasn't the case, she was very secure. She was very happy, until she realised that its near on impossible to cuddle a toy. Not ideal for long journeys then, also I would imagine the pad would get very dirty if they had a snack in the car.

I really liked the concept, however in practical terms although our seat belts were long enough it was really tricky to put her into the carseat each time. By tricky, I mean a total faff. There really is something to be said about one click harnesses which dont require contortionist skills and super long arms. With this system you have to stretch across the carseat and child and pad. Really, truth be told, the 6 ft 4 husband had trouble so you can imagine the trouble I had!

After giving up on the pad system and going back to our normal car seat for Fifi we thought we would give it a go with the boy who is four. The beauty of the carseat is that it converts into a seat suitable for older kids. I cant really fault it at this age group, it's not a lot different to the other ones on the market, although the quality is superb. However, I find the cupholder on the boys Graco carseat absolutely brilliant and it's a feature I would look for in all future carseats, this one doesnt have one. But I guess you cant really have it all.

There you go, it's a brilliant car seat in theory, looks nice, and is well made the kids like it and it's very safe. In practical terms though, it's just not ideal for our family. If you are considering car seats make sure you go and have a look at Mamas & Papas car seats and if you get the chance try it out in your car to see what you think. I would suggest its a 'love it' or 'hate it' product and you wont know what side of the fence you sit on until you have given it a go...

7 comments:

Rebecca said...

We've got these for our twins and I was like you and had my doubts.

It is a complete faff, they do get grubby, and it is difficult for them cuddle toys at the moment... but hubby's reasoning was that we won't need to get anymore carseats as these should last until they are 12.

Anonymous said...

Ihave this carseat for my son! Hes 9 month old and hates it, he lookes uncomfy and its a hassle to get on him without him having a tantrum as he hates the pad!! Only good thing is when he falls asleep he rests his head on the pad. Would only recommend for older kids!

Anonymous said...

What about the safety feature? Surely it's best to go for the car seat that's the safest rather than the one with the best cup holder?! You can't have a snack in case the seat gets dirty and you candy cuddle a toy but surely that's a small price to pay for saving a life/ internal decapitation??

Anonymous said...

I've had to contact the company as my child is able to so easily escape from this seat. Due to the design it is possible for the diagonal part of the seatbelt to be pulled from the feed on the cushion by the child. This allows the cushion to move fractionally and allows a child to easily stand up and step out! Might be exceptionally safe in crash tests but the child needs to be in it.

Anonymous said...

How can your child escape from this seat???
Mine totally unable to get rid of the pad, it is impossible if you set it correctly.

I find this sit the best we ever have, and my son loves it too. He is 5 now, he got the seat when he was 3.

Adrian H said...

We had this seat in both our cars until yesterday. Yesterday was the day that out 22mth son discovered how to completely get out of the seat unaided! My wife was driving at 40mph and nearly crashed her car when a little hand touched her face unexpectedly! She attempted to put him back in the seat but it took him less than 30seconds to get back out of it. He used a combination of twisting and wriggling but now he knows how to get out. M&P told my wife it was her fault for not adequately disciplining him, anger doesn't even come close to what my wife experienced at this ridiculous statement. They then said she must be not fitting it correctly - she explained she was using it exactly as she had been shown by the shop assistant when we bought them. M&P said they'd never heard of this issue before but a quick google search proves that to be untrue also. 24hrs and a few very irate phone calls later, we were fully refunded. M&P - please recall these seats voluntarily and don't leave it until a child is fatally injured! You clearly have a safety issue.

Sarah B said...

These seats are the safest on the market, if you ensure you have it to the tightest on the bumper and you pull the seatbelt until it clicks then they cannot escape. We have three kids 6,3 & 14 months who all use the cybex Pallas, my eldest since he was 9 months. we were involved in a major car accident last week and were told that having these seats saved our kids lives (we were hit by another driver at 60mph) the unique feature where by your child rolls onto the pad rather than breaks their neck hitting a harness is a life saver!! Cannot reccomend these any higher!!

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