The Coral XP Infant Car Seat Is a Parenting Game Changer
Originally posted on The Bump by Christina Vercelletto, sponsored by Maxi-Cosi.
By the second or third trimester, you might start panicking about just how much needs to be researched, bought and assembled before baby arrives. (We know, it's amazing how someone so tiny requires so. much. stuff.) But trust us: You don't actually need everything you may use in year one by day one, no matter how strong the urge to nest may feel. One thing you can't skip for now though is a car seat, which should be installed and inspected before your due date.
While safety is the number one priority in a seat, comfort and convenience are also key. (Something you'll quickly realize is that there's no such thing as traveling light with a baby in tow!) Maxi-Cosi's new Coral XP Infant Car Seat, with its innovative three-part nesting system designed to make outings easier, checks all of those boxes. Granted, you may not take your infant out much with a pandemic going on, but even if you're only going to pediatrician appointments and running out for essential errands, the Coral XP will be a time-and-trouble saver throughout baby's first year. Here's why.
- Your car seat can stay in your car. One of the biggest hassles when it comes to going out and about with baby is lugging around a bulky car seat. But the Coral XP solves that problem: The lightweight inner carrier detaches from the car seat's outer carrier shell at the push of a button. That means you can grab the carrier's ergonomic handles to easily move baby in and out of the car, or use the adapter to directly connect the carrier to a compatible stroller, so there's less chance of waking them up - a true parenting win.
- It gives you an extra hand. Need to dash into a store? Want to get baby and all your shopping bags into the house in one trip? You can wear the carrier's adjustable strap messenger-bag-style. This'll free up both hands to get things done - and get in and out of public places - faster. Plus, the carrier weighs about five pounds, so you won't fel like you need a deep tissue massage by the time your errands are finished.
- It'll keep your newborn safe and secure. The Coral XP infant car seat is intended for babies 4 to 22 pounds, which should give you the peace of mind knowing it can safely transport even the tiniest of newborn home from the hospital. With its cushioned head and neck support, snug body pillow and padded harness and buckle, baby will be protected from any bumps in the road.
- Diaper blowouts are (mostly) a nonissue. We'll let you in on a dirty secret: You're going to lose at least one cute baby outfit to a messy no. 2. But when that blowout happens on the road (or they get carsick), you'll also have to deal with cleaning the mess out of all those car seat crevices (ugh!). Enter: The Coral XP's machine-washable, dryer-safe seat cover. Pull it right off, toss it in the wash and put it back on - no elbow grease required. Bonus: The PureCosi fabric stays cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and is made without potentially harmful flame-retardant chemicals.
- It's Uber-friendly. It can be daunting to think about reinstalling the car seat base every time you want to take baby in a ride-share vehicle or rental car, or transfer the seat to their grandparents' ride. Thankfully many car seats, including the Coral XP, are now designed to be easily and safely used without the base, both in cars and on airplanes.
- It plays nice with other brands. You may only have one car seat, but you've probably going to want more than one stroller for different outings. Being able to plop baby's car seat into whichever one you're using that day is a must. Going Maxi-Cosi all the way? Smart move. The Coral XP pairs perfectly with many of the brand's strollers and travel systems, including Tayla, Adorra, Lila and Zelia, as well as several models from well-known companies like Stokke, Bugaboo, Baby Jogger and Uppababy. So you can still opt for a hand-me-down stroller and pair it with the Coral XP (using the corresponding manufacturers' adapters) - after all, car seats are one of the most important baby items to buy new.