Is your child in the right car seat?

Finding a car seat is easy but finding the right one can be tricky. One of the biggest issues for me was finding the right car seat for Kitana.

I didn’t realize her frustrations until she started talking. She used to always cry in the car seat but I never understood what her cries meant. There so are many different kinds and sizes of car seats. Make sure you look at car seats that are correct for your baby’s age and weight.

It’s so important to research brands and the comfort of their seats before purchasing.

Always keep a list of questions with you when you shopping for car seats and make sure you touch and feel the product. If you purchasing one for your toddler, let them try it out and see their reaction.

I recently reviewed the Mamas and Papas Cybex Juno Fix Car Seat. This one doesn’t have any seat belt but instead a cushion in front to protect your child. There’s been lots of mixed reviews about this type of car seats because many find the seat belt aspect extremely important for a child however there is a market for this. Some kids hate using seat belts and some wriggle their way out of it.

Mamas and Papas Cybex Juno Fix Car Seat

We tried it with Kitana and she didn’t really enjoy it because of the cushion in front of her, she felt claustrophobic. I’m claustrophobic and only after trying this seat with her I realised she might be too. When she sat on the seat (before I put the cushion in front of her), she enjoyed the comfort of it. She was a happy chappy until I put the cushion on.

Mamas and Papas has a range to try and accommodate every parent. I love that they carefully choose the seats they sell and that they have the best of both (with and without seat belt).

Car seats

To be honest I’m so glad I got to review this because I learnt how important a comfortable car seat is. I’ve tried several car seats with Kitana and to be honest, I love the comfort of this seat. It’s definitely a car seat that can be handed down to family members or can be used for your next child. It’s a great car seat to invest in long term but it all depends on what you prefer.

The Mamas and Papas Cybex Juno Fix Car Seat can be used from 9 months to 4 years. It has an ISOFIX bracket that attaches to the seat allowing it to be used in ISOFIX and non ISOFIX cars.


Mamas and Papas car seat
Recline function
Juno fix car seat
8-position height-adjustable headrest
Mamas and Papas car seat
Air circulation system





Mamas and Papas car seat











car tips

1. Compare car seats

It’s important you compare the brands and see which one fits in your budget. It’s also important to research the history of the brand. Chat to other parents about their experiences and get recommendations. This is a big decision and making the wrong one can affect you and your child during long journeys.

2. Think long-term

There’s so many car seats and they cater for every stage of your child’s development. Convertible car seats can save you money.

3. Don’t use your car seat as a replacement crib.

Car seats are designed to protect your child during travel. A 2009 study showed that sitting upright in a car seat might compress a newborn’s chest and lead to lower levels of oxygen. Even mild airway obstruction can impair a child’s development. Sitting in a car seat for lengthy periods can also contribute to the development of a flat spot on the back of your baby’s head and worsen gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — a chronic digestive disease. Source:

4. Bundle After Harnessing

Too much clothing can prevent you from tightening the straps enough. Rather put a blanket over the straps than under.

5. Decide if you need an ISOFIX or not.

This was important for me because I didn’t realise how much easier an isofix would help moving car seats. It works well if you have more than 1 car at home.

I’d love to get some feedback and tips from you.

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  1. 2015-02-06 / 13:17

    All this information was not around when my kids were in car seats. It’s awesome that todays parents are so much more informed!

  2. 2015-02-06 / 16:34

    I wish that I knew all of this and more options were available when my kids were young. My daughter is 7 and we are at the end of the booster seat era! Diane Sullivan

  3. 2015-02-06 / 17:28

    I don’t have kids, by these would be perfect for my nieces and newphews!

  4. 2015-02-06 / 17:30

    Car seat safety and proper use of car seats is so important. I see misuse all the time, especially kids not in proper seats or in them wrong. I love that more people are sharing this info! Thank you.

  5. Heather
    2015-02-06 / 18:35

    I’m glad you found something that worked for you. Nicky is climbing out of the arm straps but the bottom part stays on.

  6. 2015-02-06 / 19:25

    figures they’d come out with something as cool as these only AFTER my youngest has two months left in her seat. These are cool!

  7. 2015-02-06 / 21:50

    There is more to think about than I realized. This is going to be so helpful to new parents.

  8. 2015-02-06 / 23:58

    My friend’s sister had a baby recently and she was so stressed over finding the perfect baby seat! She said it was so important to think long term like you said <3

  9. 2015-02-07 / 02:01

    I remember the stress of choosing car seats! I do think our opinion of them is so subjective….I had friends recommend one that I ended up hating! I think you really don’t know until you try them out!

  10. growingupmomma
    2015-02-07 / 05:28

    Do they make Cybex seats for adults? How comfy do they look? Great tips, I will be sharing with my two favorite expecting momma’s 🙂 Thank you!

  11. 2015-02-07 / 08:00

    It’s really important to get the right car seat especially the comfortable ones. This really helps for long drives as this would ensure that they remain comfortable.

  12. 2015-02-07 / 10:20

    Car seat shopping is so difficult! I remember being so comfused when I was pregnant with my son! thanks for sharing this review!

  13. 2015-02-07 / 10:32

    Thanks for these awesome tips. I keep them in mind when car seat shopping for friends who are expecting.

    • 2015-02-15 / 11:10

      Thanks for reading.

  14. 2015-02-07 / 17:45

    Some of these look really comfortable. You are right, having right car seat not only makes it safer on the child, but easier on them during their rides. Great job.

  15. 2015-02-07 / 17:49

    Car seats are such an important investment! These look amazing. Good point, too, about thinking long term.

  16. These are great tips! We just got new car seats (our daughter turned 1 and needed big girl seats)…..and I did tons of research!

  17. 2015-02-08 / 06:53

    My kid are teens and no long in car seats. I have to say today’s car seat look like armour. Nice to see they are keeping our kids safe.

  18. 2015-02-08 / 19:49

    I don’t have kids yet, but this will be helpful to keep in mind when I do! Thanks for sharing and for the awareness!

  19. 2015-02-08 / 20:23

    I agree, finding the right car seat is very tricky & when it comes to our child, we need to make sure to do a lot of research in various brands & get the best that is comfortable for them. Cybex looks like a perfect one with so much of comfort & safety as well. With so many varieties, I think Mamas & Papas is worth to try.

  20. 2015-02-09 / 01:58

    i remember how happy I was when my kids (finally) were too old for car seats…and even happier when they could join me in the front seat!

  21. 2016-03-23 / 12:18

    Buying the high quality car seat is much difficult process, so you can compare with other seats check the quality of seat.

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