Maxi-Cosi Pebble



The Maxi Cosi Pebble is widely considered to set the bar for car seats. If you’re prepared to spend a bit (and a car seat is definitely something worth spending a bit on as you’re going to be using it every day), it’s a corker. It’ll see your baby from birth up to 12-15 months.

The Maxi Cosi Pebble is compatible with most buggies, making it a “travel system” so (if you’re lucky enough to have such a child) you can easily move baby from car to buggy without waking them. It also has a snooze shade which pulls down from a hidden spot and attaches to the handle.

It can be installed with a FamilyFix base and a 2wayFix base (both ISOFIX), which are sold separately. Alternatively you can use the car’s standard seat belt. NOTE: The 2wayFix base is the only base that can then be used with the Maxi Cosi 2Way Pearl, our recommendation for your follow-up car seat, which can be rear and front facing (hence the name) and be used up to the age of 4.

However if you’re not going to go for that, the FamilyFix base is great (and Amazon do a handy bundle thing with this and the Pebble)

If you want to check if your car’s compatible with any base or car seat, Maxi Cosi also offers a does it fit my car online service which is incredibly useful.

Got all that? Well hold up, there’s more, because there is also the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, which is pretty much the gold standard of car seats and has the following advantages over the regular Pebble:

  • It has extra cushioning to cocoon your baby and provide extra support and protection. This high-tech padding is called ‘Baby-hugg’ (rather endearingly)
  • It complies with i-Size regulations, which are the latest safety guidelines for car seats, covering a wide range of technical issues. Seats that don’t comply are still safe and legal, but those that do are the best of the best.

The Pebble Plus is £199 and is available from John Lewis

However, you can’t go wrong with a regular Maxi Cosi Pebble, and whilst it’s more pricey than some other car seats out there (such as the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix), we feel it’s worth it for the usability, adaptability and comfort it gives your baby, given the amount of time they spend in it.

Read the pros and cons of the Maxi Cosi Pebble below.

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9 Reasons to buy a Maxi Cosi Pebble

+ The Maxi Cosi Pebble is really easy to fit into your car either with just a seat belt or with one of Maxi Cosi’s ISOFIX bases – a FamilyFix base or a 2wayFix base. We recommend the 2WayFix, simply because allows the option to use the Maxi Cosi 2Way Pearl as a second stage car seat. This means that your child can be rearward facing up to age 4, which fits with the latest regulations (known as ‘i-Size’). The FamilyFix base is also great but can’t do the 2Way Pearl.

+ The Maxi Cosi Pebble has an “easy out” harness which means that it stays in an open position, making it easier to put your baby back into the car seat.

+ When you do put them back in the harness has a brilliant ‘one-pull, three-point harness adjustment’ system – so you click your baby in, then pull the strap and it tightens all three points (before automatically loosening again when you un-click them)

+ The height of the harness can be adjusted much easier with the Maxi Cosi Pebble. With many other car seats (such as the Cabriofix), the straps need to be threaded manually into higher loops. We’ve never found the manual threading easy to do and love the how the Maxi Cosi Pebble solves this problem.

+ It is compatible with a wide range of pushchairs (adapters sold separately), including Bugaboo, Quinny, Maxi Cosi, iCandy and Uppababy. There is a ‘memory button’ that allows it to be easily released from your pushchair, making for a really smooth transition and making getting around a heck of a lot easier.

+ The Maxi Cosi Pebble comes in a wide range of colours and although we’ve always been boring and gone for black, you certainly have a lot of options to choose from.

+ The cover is machine-washable and can be removed without having to undo the straps. You will probably be thankful for this feature from the first day if your children are anything like ours.

+ The Maxi Cosi Pebble is aeroplane-approved and has easy-to-follow guides for securing with a three-point belt. We used it on holiday last year (to avoid the baby-on-knee scenario) and it worked a treat – we had a calm, comfy, sleeping child and didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves!

+ It has a remarkably useful UV protection hood included, which is hidden away under the handle (and goes up when you put the handle up). This is a great addition in our opinion as many other car seats sell such things as an extra.

This is a pretty handy vid (which is made all the more perky by the hopefully legal use of something very similar to Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’)

2 reasons not to buy a Maxi Cosi Pebble

– It’s not the cheapest car seat out there. However, when bought in combination with the Maxi Cosi 2WayFix base, it is pretty much the best of the best, and will enable you to make a seamless leap to the Maxi Cosi 2Way Pearl that will see your child up to 4 years.

– The Maxi Cosi Pebble doesn’t have ‘Baby-hugg’ protection technology, which cocoons your baby for extra safety – for this you need the Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, which is the absolute gold standard and available at John Lewis for £199.


The Maxi Cosi Pebble is a really top notch car seat that can’t be faulted on performance. The easy harness, lightweight-ness and extra features all make it a real cut above, and like all Maxi Cosis, it’s built to last.