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It’s lighter, cushier and has a smaller footprint than most of the infant carseats on the US market. So it is easy to see why the Maxi Cosi Mico ($169) has long been beloved by Europeans. Note: the same carseat was sold under the model name "Cabrio" in Europe.

The Mico is currently getting a warm welcome stateside. The Mico meets or exceeds US safety standards and this is not surprising, considering that Europe has stricter guidelines than the USA. Saferty features include EPS foam lining and superior side impact protection for the tiniest passenger.  

This carseat is easy to take in and out of the car, thanks to the lighter weight and narrower profile. It latches very quickly and securely onto their base or can be secured using a seatbelt. There are indicators on the seat that let you know when you have attached it properly. Adjustments to the child harness are easy and can be done from the front of the seat via a one-pull mechanism. The handle is ergonomically designed for maximum carrying comfort and the hood is generously sized and extra sturdy. Babies love all the comfy padding and siblings love that there is still room for them in the backseat.

As if all this was not enough, the Maxi Cosi comes in a bunch of hot colors combos. The fabrics are removeable, washable and genuinely fashionable. Rest assured – no overly cutesy bears to avoid here.