So anyone who knows me knows that I’m BIG on car safety. I do go on about it quite a lot, and why wouldn’t I? Picking which car seat to cart your most precious cargo around shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many factors to look at before deciding, and I would recommend going to an independent safety shop if you can.
Our family car has isofix, so I of course wanted a system that was compatible, the Kiddy Evo-lunafix* is an amazing seat and one I feel confident is protecting baby M the best I can.
We’ve been using the Kiddy Evo-lunafix for four months now, and I can honestly say that it’s an amazing piece of kit. The local kids have nicknamed it the “transformer” chair, you see the Lunafix has a recline function on it. I still remember our midwife running out of the room to grab her colleagues to come and have a look at it, when my husband brought it in to take baby M home. They were all so impressed and remarked at how much better it must be for babies airways when in that position. So before we had even had a chance to use our new seat, it had been remarked on how brilliant it was.
I love the little tag.
The kiddy Evo-Lunafix comes in a choice of eleven different colours, which I think is a nice bonus. Of course the colour of a car seat makes no difference to it safety wise, but I think it’s nice to actually have the option to choose when so many brands don’t. We picked out the very bright yellow colour way called sunshine. It’s super bright and can be spotted a mile away, I find this more reassuring when I’m removing it from the car as we live on a busy road.
The kiddy Evo-Lunafix can be used from birth, with the option to buy an additional insert if you have a premmie baby. This I would recommend, the head rest that comes as standard with the seat is very shallow. I only ever found this a problem once, and it was when I didn’t lay him back in the car. Instead I left it sitting up as I was just nipping up the road. His head moved right over when I turned a corner, but this never happened when he was in the lie back mode, nor when he got bigger.
We’ve just removed the additional padding insert now baby M has just turned four months, he is quite tall for four months and lovely and chubby too so he needed more room. The Chair is a lot heavier than the one I had for Tia, but it just feels so well made. I’ve noticed in shops that the weight seems to go down, the lower the price of the seat is. I don’t think this is a coincidence, the lighter chairs feel flimsy and the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix is far from flimsy. It’s bigger than your average carseat too, designed to be used for 15 months instead of 12 making it really good value for money.
It comes with two manuals, one for the isofix base fitting and one for the chair. Once the base is fitted correctly, it shows little green dots so you can visually see it’s ok. Also when the seat is attached correctly, it shows up green spots. One for when it’s on, and another when it’s been pushed back into place. It takes mere seconds to install and remove the seat which I love, especially as I live on a busy road.
Green dot to show its set up correctly.
Green dot to show the seat is on correctly.
Full view of the base.
The seat unit although large, will just about fit into those supermarket trolley cages. You know the ones I mean? It can be a struggle to do the safety straps up in some places but I’ve always managed it. I totally love the integrated hood unit, it’s huge! And you can use it no matter what position the handle is in because its intergrated and self-supporting.
The seat unit cleverly reclines easily by simply folding the handle back. The action causing the middle of the seat unit to lift up, creating a position that’s more comfortable for baby, and safer too! This means that when I drive to my parents house 1.5 hours away, I can be assured he’s comfortable and doesn’t need me to make as many pit stops as I would have too if he was in a different brand car seat. I do a lot of driving, so for me this feature is invaluable. The base is slatted and absorbs any impacts and also works to keep your babies temperature regulated.
You do have the option to use this seat unit as part of a travel system. Although normally I hate the thought of using a seat instead of a carrycot, because this one has the option to lay down I think it’s brilliant. When you’re just nipping to the shops quickly or on the school run, this feature comes in very handy. It’s not comparable with all existing prams (check if it’s compatible with yours here ) but if not, Kiddy do their own prams, both of which can be complete travel systems. I’ve been having a play with a Kiddy city and move which is a fantastic stroller. It’s lightweight, folds easily and is freestanding when folded. The raincover is easy to use and the basket is massive, It also comes in the same choice of colours so you can match your seat. I’ve only been borrowing the Kiddy city and move and I’m really sad I have to return it, I do think I’ll be purchasing one before the year is out.
Kiddy Evo-Lunafix spec.
Lie-flat function can be used in the car when used in conjunction with the Kiddy Isofix Base 2 included in the box. This reduces the risks associated with conventional upright infant carriers.
Extremely flat lying position: ensures safer, healthy, ergonomic sleep!
Integrated large adjustable sun canopy: offers the baby shade and creates a pleasant environment for sleep and relaxation.
Patented Kiddy Lie Flat (KLF) Technology: maximum body support and optimum air flow around the child.
Kind on the child’s back: a soft, natural lying position thanks to the shock-absorbing slatted frame.
Extra soft padded textile inlay: the baby feels cosy and secure.
Safe for use in cars: simple attachment using the Kiddy ISOFIX Base 2.
Fits in one car seat space: compact when space is a premium
Suitable for use on a travel system: use your car seat like a carrycot without worrying! Your baby can be laid flat in the best position possible to maintain an open airway and for healthy growth.
Durable cover: easy to remove and washable.
11 different colours: as brilliant as life itself; colourful and unique!
Dimensions H 44 x W 66 x D 62 cm. Weight approx 4.9 kg
Overall I cannot fault this seat at all, I always list any negatives in reviews I write. I’ve always had really good feedback on my reviews because I list the bad as well as the good, but try as I might I cannot fault it.
I guess if I was being really picky I would choose a slightly deeper head hugger. Although not a problem when in the reclined position, it doesn’t offer great head support when not reclined when baby is super young. This could be sorted by installing the preemie kit but you have to purchase that separately.
Priced at around £319 it’s not a cheap seat, but most people I know spend more than that on a pram and don’t batter an eyelid. It’s also worth remembering that the price also includes the isofix base, as this seat cannot be used in a car without isofix.