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Our new car seat, the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin

July 7, 2017
cozy n safe merlin

We have been testing a new car seat for Evie recently, the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin. Our first impressions have been great overall. We do a lot of travelling and the first few weeks with this car seat have been no exception, we have been to the Cotswolds, to the North West and on lots of day trips.

My first impressions as I took the car seat out of the box was how sturdy, safe and comfortable the seat looked. The fabric felt soft and really padded, I could see Evie was going to be a lot happier in this than she was in her infant seat. I also loved the colour, it was so nice to have a car seat that wasn’t grey!

I filmed a video of my unboxing of the car seat, if you would like to see how the seat arrives and my first impressions check out the video below:

I have reviewed the car seat out of five under the following subjects; fitting instructions, installing the seat, using the seat, comfort and safety, style look and feel and finally the price point.

1. Fitting Instructions (4/5)

This is our 3rd car seat that we have had for the girls so we are quite used to the way the ISOFIX connectors work so we got it out of the box and put it straight in the car, however if you needed the full instructions they are in a handy compartment at the back of the seat. There is a really useful description of the main features of the car seat printed on the seat and full instructions on the Cozy ‘n’ Safe website which is perfect if you always lose manuals like me!

 

cozy n safe merlin

2. Installing the MERLIN (4.5/5) 

I have to admit I didn’t personally install the seat, my husband did (you can see a little of the installing of the seat on the video above) but it was really easy to do. We have a 2016 Nissan Qashqai which has the ISOFIX connectors so once we had pulled the ISOFIX bars out on the seat (which took a few seconds for my husband to do) it then attaches to the bars. There is a support leg that needs to be pushed down to reach the floor, we found this easily adjustable and once in the right position felt really secure and sturdy. Once you’ve done the above you can do a quick safety check (look for the green light on the seat) and then you’re ready to go.

One of the things I love about the Merlin is that the base and the seat are already attached, so once the seat is connected to the ISOFIX you don’t have to worry about then installing a seat. If you are going to move the car seat into a Grandparents etc car then yes it will be heavy to lift but the ISOFIX connectors mean it’s a simple move.

I liked that the usage instructions are printed on the seat, especially for the safety features like the green light/at what age the child can be sat in which position in case the car seat is used by Grandparents or friends and they aren’t as familiar with the installation.

3. Adjusting the headrest/harness, and using the rotation (5/5) 

The rotation is my favourite thing about the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin. Evie is a heavy baby and I also have a bad back so being able to rotate the seat so I can get her in easily is amazing. It’s great that I don’t have to reach in and over into the car to do her seat belt up – which as you may know if you have a squirmy / unhappy baby at times makes life SO much easier! I really wish Amelie’s seat had this feature as I still struggle to get her in and out.

Amelie is nearly three so we also tried her in this seat (as in theory she is able to sit in this seat for another year) and she still seemed comfortable rear facing which is great news as I am keen for both of them to rear face as long as possible.

cozy n safe merlin

The headrest is really easy to move when they grow and need the seat adapting to their age. The newborn insert seemed really soft and cozy and I’ve noticed that Evie always gets into her seat and snuggles her face into the side of the headrest as I think she feels comfortable.

cozy n safe merlinCar seat with the newborn insert

cozy n safe merlinAdjustable headrest

cozy n safe merlinEvie snuggling into the seat before we drive home from a day trip

4. Comfort & Safety (4/5) 

She seems really comfortable in the seat and once she has been reclined, has slept really well on both of the long journeys we have made in the car, so I do wonder if she is more comfortable in this than she was her infant carrier. The Merlin has a four point rearwards recline and a three point forward facing recline so you can adjust as necessary really easily.

The first thing I noticed and said on my unboxing video was how soft I thought the fabric was, I commented on how comfortable I thought it would be and (unfortunately I can’t ask her) but I never have any problems from her once she’s in the car. We have a rear facing car seat for Amelie and now I can compare the two I think the Merlin has more padding. Evie seems very secure and protected when she’s in the seat which is key for me as having a screaming baby can be really off putting when you’re trying to drive. When we used her infant seat this used to happen a lot so we spent a lot more time stopping to try and settle her which made long journeys longer, so I have been really pleased so far with how content she seems to be when travelling.

One little thing I have found tricky was doing up the seat belt after I have made the belt tighter so that Evie is strapped in effectively, we have to loosen it so the fabric doesn’t catch and then tighten it again which is fine but can be difficult at times if she doesn’t want to be put in the seat.

5. Style, look and feel (5/5)

We have only had grey / black car seats in the past and I have to say I do really like the colour of this seat. It looks really stylish in our car and I think I prefer the look of the seat to Amelie’s. It feels and looks really comfortable with soft fabric and I love the padded straps.

I liked that there was a choice of colours for the seat. I know that lots of my Mum friends have chosen seats in different colours and I can see why – they look great!

So far we have had one little sickness incident and it cleaned off really well with some soapy water and upholstery cleaner and it didn’t require a whole wash and it looks like new. (phew)

cozy n safe merlin

6. Price point (5/5)

The Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin is available from Tesco for £300 and Toys R Us for £329. At first glance that seems like a good price for a seat and a base.

For me the comparison is what we spent on car seats for Amelie to last her until she was four. We have bought x1 infant carrier x1 ISOFIX base x1 toddler car seat which cost £506 (prices correct at time I wrote this). Using that as an example it’s clear that it is a much more affordable bundle to get the same extended rear facing seat as we have for Amelie.

The one downside would be if you want to transfer your newborn or baby from car seat to pram, as this seat is attached to the base you wouldn’t be able to do that. Personally I never did that with Evie anyway as my preference was to take her out of the car seat and have her lie flat in her pram but this is a consideration as you may want a traditional infant carrier for that reason.

My overall thoughts on the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin

I love this car seat, I really have been very impressed. You can tell that a lot of thought and engineering has gone into making this what seems like a very comfortable, practical and safe car seat.

If you are looking for a new car seat, for either a newborn or for a baby who is coming out of their first car seat I would say this is definitely one for consideration. The fact it can be used from birth to four years is a big factor for me as only having to buy one car seat where with Amelie we had to buy two makes a huge financial impact.

The most important factor is that Evie seems happy in her seat, which for our regular long journeys is very important.

Sarah x

*We were kindly sent the Cozy ‘n’ Safe Merlin to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own*

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34 Comments

  • Reply Kaye July 8, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    It looks like such a lovely seat! We’re on the lookout for one now too as my youngest is our growing his infant carrier. Love your blog! xo

    • Reply Sarah July 8, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks so much. Yes Evie was growing out of hers and this has been great so far as she’s not yet 1 x

  • Reply Natasha July 8, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    This seems like a really good car seat!

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.com/

    • Reply Sarah July 8, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      It’s been fab so far x

  • Reply five little doves July 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Oh this looks fantastic! I LOVE that colour too, it looks great. Car seats are such a big decision as you really do want the best seat to keep your baby safe, this definitely sounds like a great choice!

    • Reply Sarah July 9, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      They really are aren’t they! The colour is gorgeous isn’t it xx

  • Reply pam lorimer July 10, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This looks great! Have forwarded it in to a friend. Well written post x

  • Reply Lucy grace July 10, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Such a nice colour! And easy to use by the sounds of it. Looks comfy for baby too!

  • Reply Sarah - Mud, Cakes and Wine July 10, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Looks a great seat. I have always had car seats that you can transfer to the buggy for my three and it’s good you made that clear. But for the next step up it sounds great and love the soft fabric and the fact it turns what a bonus.

  • Reply Briony July 10, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This looks very comfortable. I know I should be swayed by colour but it is gorgeous!

  • Reply The Tale of Mummyhood July 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Getting the right car seat is so important, this one looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

  • Reply Simone July 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Wow – car seat envy right here! Such a lovely colour and the style is amazing

    • Reply Sarah July 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      It’s been fab so far x

  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran July 11, 2017 at 6:52 am

    This looks fantastic. It looks so comfy and I love the colour

  • Reply Jess @ Nora&Co July 11, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    This looks like a really lovely seat, nice to see it encourages extended rear facing too! I love the colour, our car seats are so boring in comparison!! x

    • Reply Sarah July 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      She definitely likes sitting in it which is fab! I know about the colour wish I had Amelie’s in another colour now x

  • Reply Emma July 11, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This looks so snug! I think it’s so important to have extended rear facing seats now!

  • Reply Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs July 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Choosing a car seat is such an important decision and this one looks ideal. Evie look super comfy too 🙂 x

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      It really is. She loves it, luckily! X

  • Reply Ami Throughamiseyes July 12, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This looks great!!! I love the colour and the design makes it look so classy 👍

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      It really does, I’ve had lots of comments on it x

  • Reply fashionandstylepolice July 12, 2017 at 7:22 am

    This is a fab looking car seat. I love the colour and design. So pretty.

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      It’s fab. Thanks for reading x

  • Reply Claire justine July 12, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    It looks like a great car seat. So comfy and snug. Love the colour too 🙂

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      It’s fab, so wish Amelie’s matched now ☺🙈

  • Reply Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk July 12, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This looks like a fab car seat, the colour is stunning and it sounds like it’s a really good one. It looks so comfy, I’d love to be snuggled in this haha

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Haha me too! Especially on long journeys x

  • Reply London Mumma July 14, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Loving this turquoise car seat. Looks super comfortable and padded, just what is needed for safety.

    • Reply Sarah July 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Definitely. We have been really pleased so far x

  • Reply Rishi Malar July 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Looks so comfy and snugly! Lovely colour and turquoise is my daughter’s favourite! Hope the little one is enjoying the rides!

    • Reply Sarah July 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

      She is, she slept all the way and all the way back to Peppa Pig World yesterday! Winning ☺ xx

  • Reply Jemma @popcornlunchuk July 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Oh this is gorgeous!! LOVE the colour!! Also like the instructions printed on the seat xx

    • Reply Sarah July 24, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      They are proving really handy, especially when we move it. X

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