Babyschale mit liegefunktion während der fahrt

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Das Wichtigste auf einen Blick:

  1. generell rückenschonender als die klassische kauernde Position
  2. Testergebnisse nicht eindeutig
  3. Kaufempfehlung für Vielreisende und bei Verwendung mobiler Reisesysteme (Travelsysteme)
  4. sicherheitstechnisch gleichwertig: Babyschalen mit Dreipunkt- oder Fünfpunktgurt
  5. verschiedene Systeme für innerhalb und außerhalb des Fahrzeugs

Was ist aus Sicht der Testmagazine an einer Babyschale mit Liegeposition so besonders?

Die Liegefunktion einer Babyschale war in früheren Tests eher Nebensache und unspektakulär – nur eben eine Spur bequemer für die Babys. Das lag aber daran, dass die Liegeposition nicht während der Fahrt, sondern nur außerhalb des Fahrzeugs zugelassen war. Im Test war für eine gute Bewertung vor allem entscheidend, dass sich die Unfallkräfte großflächig über die Sitzlehne hinweg verteilen – ein Grund, weshalb Babys entgegen der Fahrtrichtung und eher kauernd statt ausgestreckt in den Schalen liegen müssen. Modelle mit flach einstellbarer Liegeposition brechen mit diesen Konventionen und müssen sich ihrer Schutzaufgabe anders stellen; beispielsweise über Isofix-Sockel, dämpfende Materialien an Schultergurten oder verformbare Lattenroste. Seit es auch Schalen mit flacher Liegefunktion während der Fahrt gibt – Pionier dieser Technik war Kiddy mit seiner Evoluna i-Size – wird von Testern nicht mehr nur beiläufig auf die höhere Bequemlichkeit solcher Schalen hingewiesen. Nun legen Crashtests schonungslos offen, ob mehr Bequemlichkeit auch mit Sicherheit vereinbar ist: Es geht um Messwerte, Materialanforderungen und Konstruktionen, die mit der Krafteinleitung bei einem Unfall so umgehen können, dass Babys auch liegend sicher mitfahren.

Die Liegefunktion der Kiddy Evo-Lunafix ist auch während einer Autofahrt verwendbar. Isofix und ein verformbarer Lattenrost schützen das ausgestreckte Baby bei einem Frontaufprall. (Bildquelle: kiddy.de)

Die auto, motor & sport senkt allerdings den Daumen und verweist die von Stiftung Warentest hochgelobte Kiddy Evoluna i-Size ins Feld der nur „bedingt empfehlenswerten“ Kindersitze. Im Test zerren so hohe Scherkräfte am Gurt, dass eine Niete nachgibt und die Gurthalterung nur lose in der Sitzschales baumelt. Mit Blick auf die unterschiedlichen Testergebnisse dieser vergleichbar strengen Testmagazine dürfen Eltern durchaus kritisch bleiben: Brauche ich wirklich eine Babyschale mit Liegefunktion während der Fahrt oder fahre ich mit dem Würmchen ohnehin nur kurze Strecken im Auto? Die Hersteller sind forsch genug, um Baby-Autositze wie die derzeit beste Babyschale mit Liegefunktion Kiddy Evo-Luna i-Size in ihren eigenen Werkhallen zu reproduzieren – mit dem Wissen, dass kritische Verbraucher in Deutschland kaum einem Testmagazin so sehr vertrauen wie der Stiftung Warentest. Auch Joie hält von Zurückhaltung offenbar nichts und verspricht mit der fahrbaren Liegeschale i-Level selbstbewusst beide Aspekte: Bequemlichkeit und Sicherheit.

Auf was achten die Eltern bei einer Babyschale mit Liegefunktion im Auto?

Keine Angst vor Wirbelsäulenschäden: Zusammen mit einem Kinderwagengestell bietet die flach einstellbare Evo-Luna i-Size ein bequemes mobiles Reisesystem. (Bildquelle: kiddy.de)

Für Eltern steht die Sicherheit natürlich an erster Stelle, doch in Online-Foren steht eher ein Handhabungsaspekt im Mittelpunkt: Bei manchen Babyschalen ist die Liegefunktion im Auto an ein Flachlegen des Tragebügels gekoppelt; beim Herausheben der Schale aus dem Auto muss dieser Bügel aber senkrecht gestellt werden. Ist das Kind so erst einmal geweckt, ist auch ein weiterer wichtiger Nutzwert einer Babyschale mit Liegeposition dahin – Babys beim Umherfahren im Auto in den Schlaf zu wiegen. Tatsächlich wächst die Anzahl der Hersteller, die diesem Aspekt verstärkt Aufmerksamkeit widmen. Joie etwa führt mit der i-Level eine Babyschale, deren Liegeposition auch einen Wechsel des Transportmittels mitmacht und die Babys nicht mehr aus dem Schlummer reißt.

Die besten Liegeschalen mit Isofix-Anbindung im Fahrzeug

    • Gut 1,7

    ab 149 €

    • Gut 1,7
    • Gut 1,7

    90 €

Welche Rolle spielt in diesem Zusammenhang der Hosenträgergurt einer Babyschale?

Die Frage stellt sich mit Blick auf die unterschiedlichen Gurtsysteme der Hersteller: Cybex, Joie und Kiddy etwa setzen auf Dreipunkt-Hosenträgergurte, Britax-Römer (z. B. Baby-Safe i-Size) hingegen nutzt ausschließlich Fünfpunktgurte für seine Babyschalen und Kleinkindsitze. Sicherheitstechnisch sind Systeme mit Drei- und Fünfpunktgurten gleichwertig: Die Kräfte eines (Front-)Aufpralls werden zum Großteil von der Schale selbst aufgenommen – zumindest bei den klassischen, rückwärtsgerichteten Babyschalen der Gewichts- und Altersgruppen 0+ oder (i-Size) bis Körpergröße 85 cm. Kommt es zu einem Frontaufprall, wird das Kind in die Schale und gleichzeitig nach oben gedrückt, dabei halten die Schultergurte das Kind zurück. In diesem Punkt sind sich Drei- und Fünfpunktgurte aber sehr ähnlich. Interessanter wird es beim Blick auf das Gurtschloss. Denn je flacher die Sitzlehne steht, desto weniger Gewicht drückt in die Schale selbst, und umso höhere Kräfte müssen die Schlossteile aushalten. Eltern sollten also genau hinsehen: Macht das Gurtschloss einen robusten Eindruck? Ist es aus Metall oder dünnem Plastik gefertigt? Rastet es sicher ein und gelingen die dazu erforderlichen Handgriffe intuitiv und ohne Fummelei? Und nicht zuletzt kann auch eine schlechte Anleitung Fehlerpotential bergen und verheerende Auswirkungen auf die Sicherheit einer Babyschale mit Liegeposition haben.

Babyschalen mit Liegefunktion außerhalb des Autos:

  • Cybex Cloud Q
  • Joie i-Level
  • Kiddy Evolution Pro 2
  • Baby-Safe Plus SHR II

Babyschalen mit Liegefunktion während der Fahrt:

  • Joie i-Level
  • Kiddy Evoluna i-Size
  • Kiddy Evoluna i-Size²
  • Kiddy Evo-Lunafix

Die besten Liegeschalen mit Dreipunkt-Sitzgurt

    • Gut 1,7

    ab 199 €

    • Gut 1,7
    • Gut 1,7

    ab 149 €

Die besten Liegeschalen mit Fünfpunkt-Sitzgurt

    • Gut 1,7

    ab 300 €

    • Gut 1,7

    ab 320 €

    • Gut 2,0

    168 €

Vorzüge der Joie i-Level

Flach, flacher, Joie i-Level. Die i-Size-Babyschale von Joiebaby punktet mit einer genialen Liegeposition im 157°-Winkel – vor, während und nach der Fahrt.

Zugelassen nach i-Size (UN R129)
Gewicht des Kindes 0 bis 13 kg
Größe des Kindes 40 bis 85 cm
Gewicht der Babyschale 4,2 kg
9,95 kg (inkl. Basisstation)
Internes Gurtsystem 3-Punkt-Gurt
Einbau ausschließlich mit Isofix auf der zugehörigen Basisstation (im Preis und Lieferumfang inklusiv)
Fahrtrichtung ausschließlich rückwärtsgerichtet

Fahrzeugtypenliste Joie i-level: Darf diese Babyschale in mein Auto eingebaut werden?
Download Joiebaby i-level Fahrzeugkompatibilitätsliste

Bedienungsanleitung zur Babyschale
Download Joiebaby i-Level i-Size Babyschale

  • Babyschale mit besonders flacher Liegeposition im 157°-Winkel
  • Vor, während und nach der Fahrt in 3 Sitzpositionen verwendbar
  • Einhändig bedienbares Gurtsystem, das dank Grow-together-Funktion gemeinsam mit der Kopfstützenhöhe simultan verstellt wird
  • Kopfstützenverstellung in 7 Höhenstufen
  • Mit 3-Punkt-Gurt, um Ihr Kind besonders leicht und sicher anzuschnallen
  • Mit mehr Schutz beim Seitenaufprall dank dreilagiger Kopfstütze und Memoryschaum im Inneren der Babyschale
  • Soft-Grip am Tragegriff für ein bequemes Tragegefühl
  • XXL-Sonnendach für einen besonders guten Schutz vor UV-Strahlung
  • inklusive Isofixbasis

Joie i-Level – eine geniale Babyschale mit flacher Liegeposition

Die Hebamme erklärt es und auch der Kinderarzt weist darauf hin: Babys, die sich noch nicht selbständig hinsetzen können, sollen auf keinen Fall aufrecht sitzen oder von den Eltern in die Sitzposition gebracht werden. Meist wird diese Empfehlung im Zusammenhang mit Hochstühlen oder Wippen ausgesprochen, sie betrifft überdies hinaus aber auch Babyschalen.

Für eine ergonomisch gesunde und entspannte Fahrt

Je jünger Ihr Baby ist, desto schwächer ist seine Rückenmuskulatur und desto seltener sollte Ihr Kind aufrecht sitzen. Daneben beeinflusst das Sitzen in einem Stuhl oder der Babyschale die Atmung Ihres Babys negativ. Während der Hochstuhl in den ersten Lebensmonaten noch nicht gebraucht wird, fällt der Verzicht auf eine Babyschale schon deutlich schwieriger. Die gute Nachricht ist: Sie müssen auf eine gute Liegeposition für Ihr Kind im Auto nicht mehr verzichten, denn:

Damit Sie als Eltern mit Ihrem Nachwuchs sorgenfreier Auto fahren können, hat Joiebaby mit der i-Level eine Schale entwickelt, in der Ihr Kind auch während der Fahrt flach liegen kann. Ganze 157° beträgt der Liegewinkel dieser Schale, der sowohl außerhalb des Autos als auch während der Fahrt oder auch auf dem Kinderwagen so flach eingestellt werden kann.

Die Rückenlehne ist insgesamt in drei Stufen verstellbar. Neben der flachen Liegeposition verfügt die i-Level über zwei aufrechtere Sitzpositionen. Wir empfehlen, die flache Liegeposition bevorzugt außerhalb des Autos zu nutzen und während der Fahrt nach Möglichkeit eine aufrechtere Position zu nutzen, da die bei einem Unfall entstehenden Belastungswerte auf Ihr Kind in der Regel sinken je aufrechter es im Auto mitfährt.

Eine bequeme und sichere Babyschale nach i-Size-Standard

Die i-Level ist nach der neuen i-Size-Norm zugelassen. Die Babyschale mit der ergonomischen Liegeposition erfüllt demnach auch hohe Sicherheitsvorgaben. Der Intelli-Fit™ Memoryschaum im Inneren der Babyschale sorgt für einen besonders guten Schutz beim Seitenaufprall. Und auch die Tri-Protect™ Kopfstütze der Joie i-Level ist nicht nur sehr bequem für Ihr Kind, sondern ein Sicherheitsfeature der Schale. Der Aufbau in drei Schutzschichten fängt die bei einem Crash entstehenden Kräfte noch besser ab.

Der Kindersitz für kleine und große Babys

Mit einer Zulassung für Babys mit einer Körpergröße zwischen 40 und 85 cm bietet die Joiebaby i-level sowohl den Allerkleinsten als auch größeren und kräftigeren Babys Platz. Dank der Grow Together™ Funktion können Sie die Höhe der Kopfstütze und die Einstellung der Gurte simultan verstellen ohne die Gurte aus- und wieder einfädeln zu müssen, wenn Ihr Kind gewachsen ist. So ist die Joie i-Level mit nur einem Handgriff startklar und perfekt an die Proportionen Ihres Kindes angepasst.

Für Neugeborene und junge Babys befindet sich ein Babyinlay im Lieferumfang der i-Level, das auch den Kleinsten guten Halt gibt.

Mit weiteren praktischen Features

Der Überrollbügel der i-Level ist ergonomisch gestaltet und mit Soft-Grip ausgestattet, so dass die Babyschale gut getragen werden kann. Mit einen Gewicht von etwas über 4 Kilogramm gehört sie überdies hinaus zu den leichten Babyschalen auf dem Markt.

Das XXL-Sonnendach schützt Ihr Kind vor UV-Strahlung und Hitze und spendet Ihrem kleinen Schatz Schatten. Der Bezug der Babyschale ist pflegeleicht und bei 30°C maschinenwaschbar.

Im familie.de Test: die Kiddy Evoluna i-Size Babyschale

Kiki, ihr Mann und ihr kleiner Schatz haben für uns die Kiddy Evoluna i-Size Babyschale getestet, die beim ADAC Crashtest mit „sehr gut“ abgeschnitten hat.

Das kennen alle werdenden Eltern: die Sorge um den Nachwuchs ist allgegenwärtig und das Beste gerade gut genug! So kam es, dass wir tagelang über der Suche nach dem perfekten Autositz gebrütet haben, denn wo, wenn nicht im Auto, ist die maximale Sicherheit gefragt? Das findet vor allem mein Mann, der sich während meiner Schwangerschaft zu Mr. Safety entwickelt hat.

Der Kiddy evoluna i-size hat bei den ADAC Crashtests als einziger von 26 getesteten Sitzen ein „sehr gut“ erhalten und bietet als Weltneuheit eine Liegefunktion an, die für die kleinen und weichen Wirbelsäulen, vor allem bei längeren Strecken, sehr gut ist. Für maximalen Seitenaufprallschutz ist eine besonders energieabsorbierende Schicht integriert, die Kollisionskräfte aufnimmt, ehe diese die empfindlichen Körperstellen des Babys erreichen. Klingt gut, finden wir! Als der Sitz geliefert wird, macht mein Mann sich gleich an den Einbau – und kommt erstmal lange Zeit nicht zurück.

Der Sitz wackelt – soll das so sein?

Die Isofix-Konsole wackelt nach dem vorschriftsmäßigen Einbau (der Sitz verfügt über farbige Indikatoren, die in grüner Farbe den korrekten Verbau anzeigt) so stark, dass man befürchtet, das Kind könnte Autofahren mit Achterbahnfahren verwechseln. Da müssen wir doch was falsch gemacht haben beim Einbau? Doch auch verschiedene YouTube Videos zeigen das Gewackel. Wir fixieren das ganze lieber zusätzlich mit einer Wäscheklammer und fragen bei dem Kundenservice nach. Eine Antwort haben wir leider nie erhalten.
Darüber hinaus haben wir jetzt ein echtes Platzproblem: um den Sitz in die Liegeposition zu bringen, muss man den Tragebügel quasi in die Horizontale vor den Sitz ziehen und das beansprucht viel Raum. In unserem eigentlich großen Auto (3er BMW Touring) passt der Sitz nur hinter den Beifahrersitz und das auch nur, wenn dieser relativ weit vorgeschoben ist. Im Netz gibt es Videos von Kleinwagen-Besitzern, die den vorderen Sitz nach dem evoluna i-size Einbau auf der Rückbank nicht mehr benutzen können. Daher vorher in der Liste von Kiddy checken (laut der Liste passt es bei uns ohne Einschränkung) und unbedingt am Auto ausprobieren. Das rät auch der Hersteller.

Die erste Fahrt im Kiddy Evoluna i-Size

Dann kommt der große Tag und unser kleiner Schatz fährt mit uns vom Krankenhaus nach Hause. Er scheint sich in dem Sitz pudelwohl zu fühlen, der Newborn-Einsatz schmiegt sich an und stützt sein Köpfchen, der Gurt lässt sich einfach und schnell anpassen und schließen. Zum Schutz vor zu vielen neuen Eindrücken schließen wir das integrierte Sonnenverdeck. Das Sonnenverdeck ist sehr groß und beruhigt unseren Sohn sofort.

Praktisch: Das große Sonnenverdeck

Zuhause angekommen lässt sich der Sitz leicht aus der Verankerung heben. Für mich ist der Sitz (4,9 kg) mit wertvollem Inhalt (3,5 kg) und einer frischen Kaiserschnitt-Narbe viel zu schwer zum Tragen und auch mein Mann tut sich mit dem unhandlichen und sperrigen Sitz nicht leicht.

Einmal montiert kann man nichts mehr falsch machen

Für die nächste große Reise setzen wir unseren kleinen Schatz schon in der Wohnung in den Sitz – der schaukelt nämlich schön und hilft dem Baby so beim Einschlafen. Wenn man den Sitz dann zum Auto gehievt hat, geht alles ganz einfach: Gefühlt könnte man die Schale auf die Konsole werfen und sie würde an der richtigen Stelle einrasten. Man hört ein wohliges klicken und die Kontroll-Punkte werden grün. Kiddy nennt das die „ein Klick-Befestigung“ und die ist wirklich prima. Nun kann es losgehen! Aber vorher bringen wir den Sitz noch in die von Ärzten und Hebammen empfohlenen Liegeposition, schließlich soll der Bubi schlafen und die Wirbelsäule geschont werden.

Soweit so gut, aber…

Was während der Fahrt angenehm ist, stellt sich am Ziel angekommen, als etwas lästig heraus. Um den Sitz aus dem Auto zu heben, muss man ihn von der Liegeposition in die Sitzposition bringen, also den Tragebügel nach oben ziehen. Rastet die Lehne ein, knackt es so laut, dass auch das Baby mit dem tiefsten Schlaf aufwacht und erschreckt. Fest steht, ein schlafendes Baby will man nicht wecken, aber von dem Versuch das Baby samt Sitz in der Liegeposition aus dem Auto zu heben, raten wir dringend ab – dafür ist der Sitz einfach viel zu groß und zu schwer!

Praktisch: Die Babyschale als Kinderwagenaufsatz nutzen

Mit den passenden Adaptern können wir die Schale auf unseren Kinderwagen anbringen, was sehr praktisch ist. Unser Sohn sitzt gerne in seinem Kiddy evoluna i-Size Sitz und wird geschoben, weil er hier einfach mehr sieht, als in seinem Kinderwagen. Zur Demontage vom Kinderwagengestell muss man zwei Knöpfe an der Außenseite des Sitzes gleichzeitig drücken und zusätzlich den Sitz nach oben wegheben – für einen Menschen alleine leider fast unmöglich.
Total begeistert sind wir von der Belüftung des Kiddy Evoluna i-Size. Bei Freunden ist unser Sohn mal im Maxi-Cosi mitgefahren und war nach circa einer Stunde Fahrt klatschnass geschwitzt – das passiert in dem Kiddy Sitz wegen dem Lattenrost nicht.
Wir haben das Gefühl, unser Sohn sitzt gerne in der Kiddy Babyschale. Außerdem werden wir relativ häufig auf unseren „spacigen“ oder „coolen“ Sitz angesprochen- ein Blickfang ist er allemal.

Kiddy Evo-Lunafix review

Kiddy is world renowned for its innovative designs and super safe car seats, carriers, and pushchairs. The family owned business has been doing this for more than 40 years from the company headquarters in Bavaria, Germany as well as offices in the UK and USA.

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The brand boasts a whole host of awards won from top institutions from around the world. Here, Kiddy have a cluster of safety awards, they’ve been rated by several parenting magazines and even landed a top rating for safety from ADAC and Stiftung Warentest – high praise indeed!

A Group 0+ infant car seat that’s lie-flat and ISOFIX compatible, the Evo-Lunafix is sold on its “ergonomic lie-flat position,” a feature most newborn car seats don’t have.

As an avid MFMer I’m sure you know the importance of the lie-flat position when it comes to newborns, but to reiterate; lying flat helps to develop new babies’ lungs. So it’s important our little ones get all the help they can after birth, and remember, if your baby is scrunched up then his or her breathing can be compromised.

With all of that in mind and our impending move from Plymouth to London, we took delivery of the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix car seat and ISOFIX base the day before our relocation.

It was a journey I was not looking forward to subjecting my 5-week-old son Vinnie to. Four hours strapped in a car seat was bound to make him sore and grumpy, or so I thought.

How’s fitting the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix in to the car?

I had a cursory glance at the instructions but felt I didn’t really require them, having had experience with ISOFIX car seats before.

Tell us about the ISOFIX base?

Like most car seats brought to the market nowadays, the Evo-Lunafix is secured in the car using an ISOFIX base.

The base is pretty standard and simply clips into two built-in clips in the back of the car seat of all modern cars and is secured further with a supporting leg that extends on to the floor of your car.

This means that you don’t have to faff around with seatbelts to get the car seat in and out of your vehicle, simply click it onto the base and away you go.

You also shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’ve fitted the seat in correctly as it should be secured directly to your vehicle.

What’s the lie-flat position like?

Initially I was worried it would be complicated to get the seat in to the lie flat position, but was reassured to find that it’s done simply by pressing a button and pushing the handle back.

It is easy to change the seat from upright to lie-flat mode, and can even be done while your little one is strapped in.

Pushing the handle back lifts the mid section of the seat of up, aligning your little one’s back with his head and legs.

The downside to this is that it is a very big and quite bulky car seat.

While in the lie flat position in the back of our Nissan Juke, the car seat meant we had to move the front passenger seat almost as far forward as it would go.

This made it almost impossible for any adult to sit in the front when the car seat was in place.

Perhaps that says more about the space in the Juke that the car seat, all I know is I wasn’t happy about giving my usual seat to the cat for our journey from Plymouth to London. But Vinnie’s comfort and safety come first, so what else could I do?

Is it comfy for your little one?

Yes! Vinnie is definitely a big fan of the Evo-Lunafix. This was evident by the fact that he slept soundly for the majority of the journey from Plymouth to London.

And when we arrived, he didn’t seem to be cranky or uncomfortable. I also noticed that he doesn’t protest when I put him in the Evo-Lunafix quite like he does when he goes in to the Maxi-Cosi seat.

How safe does it seem?

Very safe. The design of the seat itself is such that Vinnie’s upper body was cocooned by the hard shell of the seat, which extends much further at the sides than the Maxi-Cosi seat.

It’s a morbid thought but I found it reassuring that he would be well protected from any flying debris in the event of a crash.

Furthermore, the cushioning on the straps are attached to the newborn insert, meaning that they’ll stay firmly on the baby’s shoulders and over his chest.

That teamed with the head support made Vinnie looked braced like he was about to take off on a rollercoaster. Although funny to see, I felt that Vinnie was so secure that he wouldn’t have a clue if we were in a crash.

What’s the sun canopy like?

It’s actually a design feature I really like. It is really extendable, compared to my old Maxi-Cosi seat canopy that attaches to the handle and doesn’t cover beyond it.

The canopy on the Evo-Lunafix extends way beyond the handle, almost touching Vinnie’s legs making it easy to keep him snug when he was snoozing and protected from the sun while out and about without having to mess around with a clumsy parasol.

Is it travel system compatible?

It is, however, the Evo-Lunafix was not compatible with my old Quinny Buzz Extra.

It suits so many other pushchairs including other Quinny models and our brand new Babystyle Egg, which is match made in heaven!

Aside from the Egg being my idea of a perfect buggy, (check out my review to find out why) the combination of the Evo-Lunafix and Egg just adds value to both.

The car seat seamlessly slots onto the frame of the chassis and comes off and fit onto the ISOFIX base just as easily.

So if your day is packed full of errands and travelling from A to B (which I know it is) you couldn’t get a better travel system.

Value for money?

As a rule, I generally don’t look up the price of a product I’m reviewing before I test it out for fear it may cloud my judgement.

Having used the car seat for our epic car journey and for the two weeks that followed, I thought it might be priced at around £200. I was left with my jaw on the floor when I discovered John Lewis sells this product for £319.

Although it is a fantastic product, it comes in at the same price as some economy travel systems. And while it probably won’t last my son past 12 months, considering his height and size.

Who’s the Evo-Lunafix best for?

While out and about with Vinnie over the past few weeks I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for other mummies with the car seat so I could quiz them about what they think.

However, I haven’t spotted a single other Kiddy Evo-Lunafix on my travels, it’s that new.

Anyway, it would be ideal for people who regularly make long journeys with their little one, but in our case I don’t feel we’d get value for money.

What’s in the box?

  • In the box was the car seat, which was ready to go with the newborn insert and canopy already in place.
  • The ISOFIX base was similar to the one I use with my usual Maxi-Cosi Pebble seat.
  • There were also four instruction booklets – two each for the seat and the base, one in English and one in German.

MadeForMums verdict?

All in all, the Evo-lunafix is strong and sturdy, but that results in a bulky and heavy car seat.

However, it’s a small price to pay in order to rest assured that your little one is safe and comfortable on your travels.

I would absolutely recommend this product to friends… the ones who could afford it, that is.

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Kiddy Evo-lunafix Review by Best Buggy

We have long been concerned at the number of babies who are being transported in car seats on a pushchair chassis; where it is clear that the baby has been in the seat for a period of time e.g. at a theme park, or around a shopping centre. Whilst there may be sometimes be medical reasons, we know from talking to parents that they are often choosing to use a car seat for a baby, rather than to use a carrycot or a lie flat seat. This may be due to finances, but mainly we believe because it is rare for a parent to be given any education about the risks associated with infant car seats. Thus parents mistakenly are using infant carriers on pushchair chassis’, believing them to be safe for prolonged use outside of a car, because no one tells them otherwise!

Last year we did a slight diversion from pushchairs, to look at infant car seats. This was caused by a travel system review, which required a huge amount of research into car seat and pushchair safety regulations; as well as the health implications of travelling with a baby in a car seat. One of the people we phoned for advice was the Kiddy sales rep (who used to work for Maxi-Cosi). Last autumn, he asked to call and see us at Best Buggy HQ. He brought with him the new Kiddy Evo-lunafix. Unlike some of the Best Buggy team, I don’t usually get excited about car seats, but when the Kiddy rep flipped the handle back on the Evo-lunafix and suddenly the seat was lie flat, it was a WOW moment! I sat up, looked, and couldn’t really believe what I had just seen!

The Kiddy Evo-lunafix has a unique lie-flat mechanism which means that a baby can travel with their body and neck inline, both in the car, and outside the car on a pushchair chassis. The Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 also lies flat, but only outside the car.

How does it work?

Underneath the Evo-lunafix seat is a plastic mesh suspended within the car seat shell. When the handle of the seat is moved backwards, the mesh tightens and the tummy and bottom of the baby are pushed upwards. This allows the spine and neck to be supported in line which means that the throat and airway are open and not constricted. The baby however, is still inclined. In the event of an accident, the mesh underneath the seat absorbs the energy of the impact and moulds around the body of the baby, so that they are kept in a more upright position, safe inside the outer shell.

So why is lie-flat best for a baby?

There are risks associated with using a typically inclined infant carrier. One of the biggest is of oxygen desaturation. When the baby sleeps, the muscles in the neck are not strong enough to support their proportionally large head. Thus their head will flop forwards onto their chest when in a typical upright infant carrier. The airway in a baby is like a drinking straw. When the baby is awake, the air flow is fine; however when the head flows forwards it restricts the air flow through the narrow airway like a pinched straw would. Thus the baby is not drawing in sufficient oxygen with each breath. This quickly leads to oxygen desaturation i.e. insufficient oxygen in the blood. There are other conditions associated with babies being in car seats including plagiocephaly; increased reflux; bradycardia; restricted growth of internal organs and the spine and more. We have even heard recently that there could be links with ADHD and children’s learning; and that doctors are seeing increasing problems with teenager’s backs which may also be associated with infant carriers. We wrote a piece here on ‘Why Babies Should Travel Laid Flat In A Car Seat Infant Carrier’ which gives much more detailed information about the health risks and research.

In a nut-shell, oxygen desaturation has been proved to start within 20 minutes of a child being placed in a typical upright infant carrier.
In the context of getting ready to go on a journey, and then the time it takes to travel, 20 minutes can pass very quickly.
Soon after we wrote the post above, we heard the very tragic story of Baby Lochlan. Baby Lochlan passed away at just 26 days old after having breathing difficulties in his infant carrier, just a few minutes into a 12 mile journey. What is even more tragic about the story told by his grandad here; is that his grandad has been a huge advocate of lie flat car seats for many years. Unfortunately a typical lie flat carrier did not fit in his son’s car. He firmly believes now that the angle of infant carriers should be a primary test factor in infant carriers in future. He says that are many more deaths or life threatening events each year to newborns travelling in their infant carriers, than from accidents on the road.

Our own son had a SATs monitor permanently attached to him as a baby. The only time the alarm ever sounded was when he was fast asleep in his car seat. It was a sober warning.

Why is the Kiddy Evo-lunafix unique?

The Kiddy Evo-lunafix is unique because unlike other Group 0 and 0+ infant carriers and cots, the Evo-lunafix only takes up one seat space in the car and is easy to fit. All the other lie-flat infant carriers / lie-flat cots, take up two spaces. So the Evolunafix fits like a regular infant carrier i.e. rear facing, but yet has the huge health benefits for the baby of an inline safer sleeping position.

To ensure the safety of the child in the event of an accident, the Kiddy Evo-lunafix can only be used with the iso-fix base which is included in the box. It is important to note this, because at first glance the Evo-lunafix looks expensive, until you realise that the iso-fix base is included in the price. Equally it is important to know that the Evo-lunafix can not be used without the iso-fix base, which means if you are likely to be using the infant carrier between two cars, that you will need to invest in another car seat base. If this is an issue, then the Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 infant carrier can be used in the car, using either a base or a seat belt. However, the Evolution Pro 2 only lies flat outside the car e.g. on the floor or on a pushchair chassis; NOT in the car.

Isofix Base

This needs to be fitted to the car before you use the Evo-lunafix. The base is the Kiddy isofixbase 2. It is important to ensure that your car is compatible here before purchase, and to check which positions it can be used in your car. The base attaches to the isofix connectors in your car. These are easy to clip in. The base then can be lengthened for the correct fit. There is a leg which needs placing down and extending until it reaches the floor of your car. There are green indicators which show that the base is correctly fitted, and to show that the foot is secure.

The Evo-lunafix simply drops into position on top of the isofix base. The handle can be left upright for an upright seating positon, or can be moved backwards to give the lie-flat position. A button at the front of the iso-fix base releases the seat at the end of the journey.

Using the Kiddy Evo-lunafix

The Kiddy Evolunafix comes with a removable newborn head support. This makes the Evo-lunafix more snuggly and offers better support for a small baby. As the baby grows this can be removed. The seat is very padded and comfortable for a little one.

The Evo-lunafix has is a three point harness with a large press buckle release button. The shoulder height is easily adjusted via a flap at the rear of the seat. Simply move move the circular pin up a notch to the required height and leave it in position, and close the flap.

The harness is lengthened via button between the babies legs. It is underneath the fabric, and it takes a short while to locate it first time as the button is further in than you expect. However, once you are used to the location, it is no problem to find.
The harness needs to be loosened one side at a time to ensure it does not twist. It is simple to pull the harness tight until it is very snuggly fitting on the child with no gaps.

The seat is very thickly padded with comfortable harness pads. The babies we have seen in an Evo-lunafix always look extremely comfortable.

Lie-Flat / Sit Upright

As mentioned above, the lie-flat mechanism is done by moving the handlebar. Thus, when the baby is sat upright, the handle is in the upright position. The seat can be left upright for an older child to look out. However, for a young baby, (we suggest at least under 12 months old,) they should ideally travel flat at all times, and ideally always for napping. To lie the seat flat, simply move the handle backwards to behind the child’s head. This pushes the slatted mesh up under the child’s bottom and lifts their body inline with the neck and head. This is a short good film (turn the sound off if you don’t understand German!) which demos how the Evo-lunafix works.

There is one draw back to this. The handle needs to be used to lift and carry. Thus, if your little one is asleep when you arrive at your destination in the car; you will need to sit the baby back upright to be able to use the handlebar, and then once on the pushchair chassis or floor, the handle can then be moved so that the child is laid flat once again. This movement does make a fairly loud click. If your child is a very light sleeper, then potentially this could wake them. However, this has not been an issue with the babies we have been testing the Evo-lunafix with, so far. We would love Kiddy to find a way to lie the seat flat without using the handle or making a the click.

It is important to note, that unlike many infant carriers, the handle can be up or down when travelling in the car depending on whether you want to use the lie flat facility or not. This is one reason why this car seat can not be used without the isofix base. Just bear in mind that when the Evo-lunafix is in the lie-flat position that the seat is quite long and you need room for it behind the drivers, or passenger seat.

To be able to drive for any distance without having to stop, remove the baby from a car seat, and then set off again every so often, is fantastic. Or to be able to drive somewhere, and leave the baby sleeping peacefully laid flat, whilst you shop or go to an appointment may be very helpful. Or even to be able to do a short school run, but then allow your baby to stay sleeping in their car seat upon your return, whilst you get some household chores done can be really useful. It means that you are also not disturbing the valuable sleep which a baby needs to grow.

Seat Size
I was told that the Kiddy Evolunafix was i-Size ready i.e. the seat was large enough to hold a 15 month old baby. In fact the Evo-lunafix has one of the largest seats for an infant at 50cms from the babies bottom up to the crown of the head. The Cybex Sirona which is sold as an Extended Rear Facing seat is just 1cms taller at 51cms tall. Thus your baby is unlikely to grow out of the Kiddy Evo-lunafix before they reach 13kgs.
The upper weight limit for the Evo-lunafix is 13kgs, so it will last a baby 1kgs longer than the new Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus (a 12kgs limit), and this means that once your baby reaches 15 months (under new i-Size regulations) that they can then transfer to a forward facing seat at that point if you wish. With a car seat with a lower weight limit, you run the risk of needing a second rear facing car seat, before moving to a forward facing car seat later on i.e. three car seats from birth to 12, instead of two (if you get an Evo-lunafix and a Guardianfix Pro 2).

When you recline the Evo-lunafix into the lie-flat position, the seat physically grows and extends backwards to offer more support for little legs.

Travel System / Pushchair Compatibility
One of the messages that we would like to get across to parents, who like the health benefits of the Evo-lunafix, but who also need the benefits of a travel system; is that the Evo-lunafix fits onto a good number of pushchair chassis’s from leading pushchair manufacturers. In general, the Evo-lunafix, (and Evolution Pro 2) fits onto a pushchair using standard Maxi-Cosi seat adaptors. However, this rule does not always follow so it is important to check compatibility out here.
I was delighted to learn, during this review period that Babystyle have just chosen the Evo-lunafix for their matching Egg Stroller infant carrier. The Evo-lunafix also fits onto the Oyster 2, and the Oyster Max. It fits onto the Baby Jogger City Mini, City Mini GT, City Elite, City Select and City Versa. It fits on the Bugaboo Buffalo and Cameleon; the Easywalker Mini and June; the Stokke Xplory; the Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle, Terrain and +One; The Joolz Day; the Silver Cross Surf and Maxi Cosi Mura. Candy have just announced that the Evo-lunafix has been safety tested on all their single strollers – the Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Peach All Terrain and the Apple2Pear. These are just a few of the pushchairs that the Evo-lunafix fits! So it is worth asking your retailer.

We would also strongly suggest that you consider buying a lie flat car seat like the Evo-lunafix, and then choose a pushchair to fit. This way, your baby travels in the safest possible position.

The Evo-lunafix drops easily onto a pushchair chassis using the Maxi-Cosi adaptors. It is easy to remove the infant carrier at the end. The handle needs to be placed in the upright position. Either side of the seat – near the baby’s head are two rectangular buttons. These press in, and will hold in once depressed, so that you are not juggling the release buttons and the handlebar at the same time. Once the buttons are depressed, the seat can be lifted off the chassis then using the handle.

Optional Accessories

There is an optional raincover with integrated insect net available for the Evolunafix and Evolution Pro 2. The raincover is unusual because it is stored in a small bag, and then unfolds by popping open. There are reflectors on the fabric to make the raincover easily seen in winter.

For preemie babies, there is a Kiddy Premature Inlay available. The last photo above shows how this fits (the grey part). The block between the babies legs can be moved to fill the space between the baby and the crotch strap. This makes any infant carrier fit and support a premature baby so that they travel safely with no gaps in the harness.

The Evo-lunafix weighs approx 4.9kgs. The dimensions (WxHxD) are 66 x 44 x 62cms . The Iso-fix base weighs approx 5.5kgs 32 x 17 x 70cms.

Our final comment about the Kiddy Evo-lunafix is the amazing array of colours that this car seat comes in. Our Evo-lunafix comes in the Heaven colourway. However there are some gorgeous colours such as Hawaii turquoise blue; Lavender; hot Pink; Apple green and Sunshine yellow. There is even a daring Zebra print. We love that the outer shell is also coloured for a funky look.

In Conclusion

This review is one of those rare times on Best Buggy where functionality and the safety of the child has to over-ride everything else. The more we read up about the risks associated with traditional upright baby seats, the more of a no-brainer it is to continue to use one of these.
There are lie-flat cots which take up two spaces in the car; and there are infant carriers which will lie flat outside of the car. These are all good. However because the Evo-lunafix fits in one seat, makes lie-flat at all times – both inside and outside the car, accessible to everyone.
Functionally the Evo-lunafix works very well. It would be better if the lie flat function was not linked to the handle, so that the seat could be carried without moving the handle and making a noise. The lie-flat function of the Evo-lunafix does require room for the handle to be left down which may be an issue in a small car.
Above all the health benefits for the baby are huge. The risks associated with an upright car seat are removed. The baby’s internal organs, back and spine have the best opportunity to grow and develop during undisturbed sleep.
The peace of mind for parents is enormous – that the baby is sleeping in a safe car seat, in the most healthy position possible.
We absolutely have no hestitation in awarding the Kiddy Evo-lunafix a Best Buggy 5 star rating – it is a great car seat but this seat is so innovative and is leading the way to safer journeys for babies. If we could change the world to using lie flat seats for babies, then we would!

Mit Liegefunktion, auch während der Fahrt

  1. flach einstellbare Liegefläche
  2. Schlaffunktion kann auch während der Fahrt genutzt werden
  3. hohe Unfallsicherheit
  4. sehr gut verarbeiteter Sitz

Schwächen

  1. nur in der Befestigungsvariante mit Isofix verwendbar
  2. Abnehmen des Bezuges etwas aufwendiger
  3. erhöhter Platzbedarf im Auto
  4. deutlich vernehmbares Knacken bei Liegeverstellung

Unfallschutz & Gurt

Eine große Stärke des evo-lunafix ist die Liegefunktion. Wenngleich die Kleinen darin flacher liegen als in anderen Babyschalen, bleibt das Schutzniveau gleich. Kleiner Makel dagegen: Der Einbau mit dem normalen Fahrzeuggurt bleibt Dir nicht. Der Nachfolger des evolution pro2 ist ausschließlich zur Isofix-Schnellbefestigung konstruiert worden.

Komfort

Sie ist weich gepolstert, großzügig geschnitten und bietet Deinem Kind eine bequeme Beinauflage: Das Fazit zu den Komfortwerten fällt tadellos aus. Ein leiser Verstellmechanismus, der die Babys im Schlaf nicht stört, hätte die Gesamtwertung noch etwas heben können.

Verstellfunktion

Eine klare Stärke der Schale ist die einstellbare Liegefläche. Nicht so überzeugt sind die Nutzer: Sie loben stattdessen die Tragefunktion außerhalb des Autos und die für Autoschalen typische, gekrümmte Haltung der Babys, einem zentralen Schutz vor Kopfverletzungen. Schade auch: Es knackt, wenn Du die Schale flachstellst.

Platzangebot

Schön: Selbst kräftig gewachsene Babys finden hervorragende Platzverhältnisse vor. Auch das ist ausgesprochen selten im Markt – hat aber auch sein Gutes: Eine gewisse Enge infolge der seitlichen Polsterungen geht zugunsten eines wirksamen Seitenaufprallschutzes.

Handhabung

Nicht ganz so elegant gelöst ist die zwingende Isofixbefestigung – ungeachtet der schnellen und sicheren Befestigung auf einer Station, die fest im Auto verbleibt. Denn dies verhindert beispielsweise den spontanen Umbau in andere Fahrzeuge, etwa bei Fahrgemeinschaften oder mehreren Familienautos. Die Basis muss ja jedes Mal dabei sein.

Anschnallen

Das anschmiegsame Gurtsystem ist darauf ausgelegt, unterschiedlich kräftig gewachsene Babys sicher festzuschnallen. Der Dreipunktgurt, typisch für kiddy, ist einfacher im Handling als ein Fünfpunktgurt und ohne Friemelei anzulegen. Ein zentraler Gurtspanner, hier als handliche Schlaufe, steht Dir dabei zur Seite.

Reinigung

Die Sitzhygiene ist ohne Qualitätstadel. Der Bezug ist leicht zu entfernen und maschinenwaschbar. Bei einem Sitz dieser Preisklasse eine fast zwingende Grundeigenschaft, auch weil meist schon viele Budgetsitze diese Anforderungen erfüllen.

Materialqualität

Geräusche, Gerüche und Schadstoffe sind nichts, was die Top-Qualität des kiddy stört. Ohnehin steht der Sitz auch bei der Materialqualität gut da, die alle genannten Teilaspekte bündelt. Auch quellenübergreifend kann ich nichts finden, was meinen Eindruck von einem Spitzenprodukt schmälern könnte.

Der Kiddy Evolunafix wurde zuletzt von Sonja am überarbeitet.

Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 baby seat incl. Isofix base – Mystic Black

When small passengers are on board, safety is the top priority: The Evoluna i-Size 2 – Mystic Black baby shell from Kiddy transports your baby particularly safely thanks to its optimised double side impact protection, Isofix base with one-click fastening and rear-facing positioning. Thanks to its unique reclining function, your baby can be optimally protected on long journeys and slumber comfortably in a healthy posture.

  • Ageing recommendation: from birth to a body size of 83 cm ( ca 15 months / 13 kg)
  • Fixing: Isofix (base included)
  • Functions: easy-care and breathable covers, double side impact protection, adjustable and padded belt system, continuously adjustable hood
  • Extras: Liegefunktion, Isofix-Base 2 and neonatal insert included

Safety & Comfort

From the first day your baby will be comfortable and safe in the seat of group 0+. Newborns are firmly and comfortably embedded in the supplied inlay. The little passenger is held in place by a padded 3-point harness, which you can easily adjust with just one movement. The trouser carrier system grows with you and can be adapted in five steps to children up to a height of 83 cm.

Protective and gentle: In the Evoluna, even longer journeys with a baby are no longer a problem. The robust baby seat is equipped with a slatted frame that can be adjusted to the lying position thanks to lie-flat technology, thus ensuring a healthy posture. The Evoluna i-Size has been tested by two medical associations and awarded the Aktion-Heunder-Rücken seal.

The double side impact protection, which has been further optimized in the Evoluna i-Size 2, offers additional safety. The two protector layers of EPO (expanded polyolefin) absorb a lot of energy and thus absorb collision forces in the event of an accident. This reduces the risk of serious injuries.

Naturally, despite all the safety, comfort should not be missing. That’s why the baby seat is softly padded and cuddly and equipped with breathable covers. These can be easily removed and cleaned at 30 °C. A steplessly adjustable, large sun canopy provides your baby with pleasant shade and protects against direct sunlight. The sun canopy can also be easily removed.

Fixing

In order to achieve the best possible safety, the Evoluna i-Size 2 baby seat is attached to the car with Isofix. The matching base Base 2 from Kiddy is already included in the scope of delivery and enables the shell to be set up in the opposite direction to that of travel. Thanks to the one-click fastening system, the baby seat can be attached particularly comfortably and quickly in the car. Colour indicators signal the correct installation and an adjustable stand ensures perfect support.

Shop’n-Drive-System

With the aid of a separately available adapter, you can also place the Evoluna i-Size 2 infant carrier on numerous buggies and pushchairs. Thanks to the practical reclining function, nothing stands in the way of extensive shopping tours.

Scope of delivery

  • Baby shell Evoluna i-Size
  • Isofix base 2
  • Newborn insert

Kiddy Evo-Luna i-Size Car Seat review

Kiddy has been developing child travel systems for almost 40 years and is renowned for its innovative designs and safe car seats. Its products have won numerous awards, including the top ratings from ADAC, the German automobile club.

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The brand new Evo-Luna i-Size is the latest in the Evo series and follows closely from the Kiddy Evo-Lunafix car seat released back in 2015.

What’s the difference between the Kiddy Evolution Pro 2 and the Kiddy Evo-Luna i-Size car seat?

The first thing you’re likely to notice about the two car seats is the price difference, the Evolution Pro 2 car seat costs between £120 – £145, depending on where you buy it. However, Evo-Luna i-Size will cost you at least £389, with the i-Size base included in the price.

Functionality-wise, both seats have similar features, but the big difference is that the new Evo-Luna i-Size has been certified to meet the new i-Size regulations.

i-Size is a new European safety standard that offers an extra level of protection to child car seats. It’s not currently compulsory to buy an i-Size car seat – the new regulations are running alongside the current ones – but it’s a good way to future proof.

According to Kiddy, the Evo-Luna i-Size was the first infant carrier to pass safety testing with the new i-Size crash test dummy called Q1.5.

It has also been certified to take children up to 15 months – the mandatory minimum age to keep your child rear-facing under the new i-Size regulations.

There’s a growing collection of other i-Size infant car seats in the Evo-Luna’s class such as the Joie i-Anchor Advance, Nuna Rebl, Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus – though none of these are lie-flat.

There are also other lie-flat infant car seats, such as the Stokke Izi Sleep and the Jane Matrix Light 2. But these only last until 12 months, so can’t meet the i-Size guidelines of offering rear-facing until 15 months.

The Evo-Luna i-Size is also the only lie-flat infant carrier that takes up the space of just one seat in your car.

I’d never used a lie-flat infant carrier but know that it’s the perfect way to get around the 2-hour rule that advises you not to keep your baby sitting in the same position in a car seat for longer than two hours. With a 150-mile drive up the M5 with my 7 month old, I was excited to put the Evo-Luna i-Size to the test.

Was it easy to install?

Yes. My husband installed our previous ISOFIX base so I left that job to him and he found it very easy. As with the base we’ve used before, it just slotted into place with the two built in clips in the back of our car.

The only slightly tricky bit was extending the support base to reach the floor of the car (pic below). The instructions for this step weren’t entirely clear, but after a bit of fiddling we managed to do it. And the green indicators meant we were confident that everything was safely in place.

The seat itself is very straightforward to use, and installing it on the base is simply a case of clicking it into place.

The ISOFIX carriage can be moved backwards or forwards depending on whether you’re using the seat in an upright or lie-flat position.

It’s easy to do and again the green indicators are a reassuring sign that everything’s locked in place correctly. We had it all out of the box, installed and ready to go within about half an hour.

Yes it is. We installed the seat for the first time just before setting off on a two-hour trip to visit the grandparents and baby Lamorna slept most of the way, which is endorsement enough for me!

She certainly looked very comfortable and incredibly well protected as she was nestled deep into the shell of the seat.

What is the lie-flat position like?

It’s very simple to use – pushing the handle back extends the seat out so baby is lying flat and this can be done when in the car. It’s a great feature to have as newborns in particular should lie flat most of the time when they’re sleeping to help their lungs develop and assist their breathing.

Normal car seats hold the baby in a seated position, so it’s recommended that they only stay in them for up to two hours at a time. But when your baby falls asleep in the car seat it’s very tempting just to leave them be.

I’ve certainly been guilty of stretching that 2-hour window rather than waking a snoozing baby. Being able to move the baby into a lying down position either in or out of the car takes away that dilemma.

However, one niggle I had with the design is that bringing the handle upright moves the seat back into a seated position.

So to transfer a sleeping baby from the car you have to sit them up to carry the seat and then lie them flat again once inside or on a pushchair chassis. Luckily Lamorna always slept through, but it could be an issue for light-sleeping babies.

When in lie-flat mode does it take up much room in the back seat?

Because of its size and the lie-flat option, the Evo-Luna I-size does take up quite a lot of space in the back of the car.

We have a roomy VW Passat and had to move the front passenger seat forward and the backrest further upright to fit the car seat behind.

It was fine for me to travel in but left less room for my husband to stretch out if I was doing the driving. And I imagine in a smaller car it could leave the front passenger very cramped.

Also, its size means the seat is heavy. We were using a Maxi-Cosi Cabriofix previously and I can still carry Lamorna fairly easily in that, but I struggled to carry the Evo-Luna any distance at all.

Does it feel safe to you?

Very – the seat feels very sturdy and solid and once Lamorna was nestled deep into the seat and strapped in with the three-point harness I felt she would be well protected if anything terrible was to happen.

All kinds of clever state-of-the-art technology has gone into developing the seat’s safety aspects and reading up on Kiddy’s credentials was very reassuring.

And of course the lie-flat function is an added safety feature. When Lamorna falls asleep on long car journeys I’m always reaching over the back of my seat to check she’s still breathing – being able to lie her flat gives me that added peace of mind that she’s in a safe position.

Is the Evo-Luna i-Size car seat value for money?

There’s no denying that the £389 price is fairly hefty for an infant carrier but the price does include the ISOFIX base. So while some i-Size car seats in its class such as the Joie i-Anchor Advance are considerably cheaper (£199) the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus i-Size works out more when you add the cost of the car seat (£199) to the £199 for the 2wayFix base.

  • Evo-Luna i-Size infant carrier
  • Kiddy ISOFIX Base 2 (which is included in the price)
  • Instructions for both the carrier and the base

MadeForMums verdict:

A sturdy seat packed with state-of-the-art technology, the Evo-Luna i-Size offers a brilliant solution to the safety issue of keeping your baby in a car seat for more than 2 hours at a time. But you’ll need a reasonably big car to house it, and strong arms if you intend to carry it around.

If you like this car seat, you might want to look at…

  • Joie i-Anchor Advance – cheaper i-Size infant car seat
  • Jane Matrix Light 2 – lie-flat car seat
  • Stokke Izi Sleep – lie-flat car seat
  • Nuna Rebl – 360 rotating i-Size car seat
  • Buyer’s guide for Group 0+ car seats

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Kiddy Evoluna i-Size (inc base) (2017): Steel Grey
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Kiddy Evo-Luna i-Size 2017

Ther new 2017 model features updated fabrics for the award winning Evo-luna giving this seat a more tailored look whilst keeping with its best in group ADAC safety rating.

Based on the previous version the NEW i-Size Evo-Luna complies with the newest and strictest standards to come into force in the EU with enhanced side impact testing.

Kiddy is raising the standards for child safety and health in infant carriers. Using the Kiddy ISOFIX Base 2, which is included in the box, the Evo-lunafix i-size from Kiddy can be moved into an ergonomic lie-flat position during travel by car; or when in use on a pushchair chassis; or simply whilst your baby sleeps comfortably next to you.

A lie-flat position is the healthiest way for a baby to travel. Babies should be laid in as flat a position as possible, especially soon after their birth. Lying flat prevents the baby’s undeveloped neck from flopping forwards and restricting air flow, when the baby relaxes or falls asleep. This can happen in a conventional upright infant carrier.

Keeping the body, neck and head of the baby inline, enables good breathing and healthy blood oxygen saturation levels. The lie-flat position allows a baby to stretch out and unfurl after months in the womb, and ensures that all internal organs can fully expand and grow.

Newborn babies have a particularly sensitive spine and the curved position caused by conventional infant carriers can put great strain on their still soft bones and back. The optimal ergonomic support offered by the Evo-lunafix ensures that this car seat gives your baby maximum body support.

These benefits of lie-flat for an infant has been confirmed by numerous midwives and paediatricians. The Kiddy Evo-lunafix i-size has also been approved by experts from the AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) who certify and recommend products which promote healthy back and spine development.

The Kiddy Evo-luna i-size is also a cosy and protective seat for a newborn baby. The infant support, keeps your little one’s head in the correct position for travel. The three point harness has padded shoulder and crotch pads to keep your baby comfortable. The large hood keeps the wind and sun off your child, whilst they relax inside the sturdy shell. The underlying slatted base allows for good air flow around the baby. This will help regulate their body temperature on hot and cold days. A comfy, healthy, happy baby makes for contented parents!

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.

8 different colours: as brilliant as life itself; colourful and unique!

Dimensions H 44 x W 66 x D 62 cm. Weight approx 5 kg

Conforms to the New UN R129 (i-size) Regulations the strictest European standards ever introduced.

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Kiddy Evoluna i-Size včetně báze isofix

KIDDY I-SIZE PLUS: NOVÁ DIMENZE.

Firma Kiddy z německého Hofu desítky let vyrábí dětské autosedačky. Jejím cílem je navrhnout autosedačku, která je bezpečná, krásná i praktická. V průběhu roků vyvinula mnoho ochranných prvků, které později využili i jiní výrobci. Stala se tak průkopníkem mnoha technických řešení, z nichž stojí zato zmínit boční ochranu, ochranný pultík, shock absorbér a další. Jejím nejnovějším příspěvkem je měnitelná geometrie lůžka autosedačky pro nejmenší děti. Změnou polohy přenášecího madla se změní geometrie lůžka z pozice na sezení do pozice na ležení. A jako jediná firma na světě má tuto technologii schválenou k použití v autě navíc podle nejnovější normy I-size.

Ale může být poloha vleže v autě bezpečná? Tuto otázku jsme slyšeli na výstavách opravdu často. A dnes bezpečnost řešení Kiddy potvrzují nezávislé instituce a organizace. Ve společném testu autosedaček získala hodnocení bezpečnosti 1,3 a s celkovým hodnocením 1,5 se stala nejlépe hodnocenou autosedačkou, a tak vítězem testu. ADAC, STIWA, TCS a ÖAMTC tak zcela nezávisle na Kiddy potvrzují vysokou bezpečnost a také dosud nevídané pohodlí pro dítě, které může i na dlouhých cestách pohodlně spát.

Naprostá většina pediatrů se shodne, že pro novorozence, až do doby kdy sami udrží vzpřímeně hlavičku, je nejvhodnější vodorovná poloha, podobně jako v kočárku. Jejich delší přeprava v autosedačce, kde jsou v poloze skrčence, omezuje jejich dýchání a křiví páteř. Časté a dlouhodobé používání autosedačky místo kočárku proto není u obyčejných autosedaček vhodné. Mimo vozidlo využijete kočárek, ale co dělat, když cestujete autem dlouhé trasy, např. na dovolenou nebo za prací. Dosud nezbylo než dělat časté přestávky s možností odpočinku pro dítě. S Kiddy Evo Luna I-size tyto dlouhé cesty přestávají být problémem. A i dlouhé procházky či nákupy nebudou pro dítě ani rodiče nepříjemným zážitkem.

Vlastnosti:

  • V autě lze nastavit polohu vleže: Konečně může ležet Vaše děťátko rovně! (Pouze při současném použití základny Kiddy Isofix Base 2).
  • Kiddy Isofix 2 základna – Rychlé a bezpečné připevnění ke karoserii.
  • Optimalizovaná ochrana proti bočnímu nárazu díky zdvojeným bočním chráničům a také flexibilní struktuře materiálu v oblasti hlavičky.
  • Snadné ovládání – změnou polohy madla se nastaví sklon zad
  • Patentovaná KLF-technologie: Maximální podpora těla a dýchání. Testována a doporučena odborníky AGR (známka kvality atest „Zdravá záda“ AGR)
  • Bezpečnost v autě: Absolutně jednoduché upevnění díky základně Kiddy Isofi x Base 2.
  • Ukazatel pro správné připevnění autosedačky Kiddy evoluna i-size ke Kiddy Isofix 2 základně.
  • Výškově nastavitelná opěrná noha pro lepší stabilitu.
  • Ukazatel stabilní pozice podpůrné nohy Kiddy Isofix 2 základny.
  • Nastavení pásu s možností regulace na šířku a výšku: velmi prostorná autosedačka, která se vždy dokonale přizpůsobí podle vašeho dítěte.
  • Extra měkká, polstrovaná textilní vložka.
  • Odnímatelná vložka pro novorozence – autosedačka roste s dítětem a přizpůsobuje se jeho aktuální velikosti.
  • Odolný potah: snadno se mění a čistí.
  • Zabudovaná plynule nastavitelná maxi-stříška proti slunci: Poskytuje dítěti stín a příjemný klid.
  • Příjemná pro záda: Obsahuje laťkový rošt, absorbující nárazy – děťátko leží pohodlně a klidně.
  • Lze instalovat jen do vozidel s ISOFIX konektory. Seznam vozidel naleznete na www.kiddy.de
  • Nastavitelné konektory pro optimální instalaci Isofix základny v různých vozech.
  • Zařízení pro uvolnění autosedačky slouží k jednoduchému nasazení a uvolnění z báze či kočárku.
  • Kompatibilní s podvozkem Kiddy Click n´move a City n´move nebo s podvozky jiných značek. S podvozkem kočárku použitelná jako cestovní systém.

Údaje o výrobku:

  • Hmotnost: cca. 4,9 kg
  • Rozměry (šířka x výška x hloubka): 66 × 44 × 62 cm
  • Potah: Soft-Tex-jemný žerzej, odolný, tkaný, hladký elastický úplet nenáročný na péči
  • Isofixová báze 2:
    • Hmotnost: cca. 5,5 kg
    • Rozměry (šířka x výška x hloubka): 32 × 17 × 70 cm
    • Dodává se společně v jednom kartonu.

K autosedačce dále doporučujeme:

  • Příslušenství k autosedačkám
  • Dětské cestovní pomůcky
  • Hračky na cesty

Z naší nabídky Vás ještě mohou zajímat:

  • Kombinované kočárky
  • Dětské chůvičky
  • Nosítka, šátky a krosničky
  • Cestovní postýlky
  • Plenky a přebalování
  • Dětská výživa

Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 Car Seat  

651.96 AUD

with ISOFIX Base 2 included

  • i-Size car seat
  • Height: Up to 83cm
  • Weight: 0 – 13 kg
  • Birth – 15 months

The New Evoluna i-Size 2 and the Evoluna i-Size, are the only infant car seats on the market to include the world’s first lie-flat function inside and outside the car. Therefore offering maximum safety and convenience. The Evoluna i-Size 2 meets the latest and stricter ECE-R129 (i-Size) standard; intensively testing front and rear impacts, rollover situations, and side impacts. The improved side impact protection as well as the easy attachment to the Kiddy Isofix Base 2 makes this infant car seat secure and very user-friendly.
With its generous size and flat lying position as well as the adaptation to the size of the baby, it is a convenient alternative to the carrycot for buggies. The tested and patented technology by Kiddy (Kiddy Lie-Flat) was specially developed for the needs of newborns and premature infants. Since their neck muscles are not fully developed yet, the head can easily tip to the front while sleeping which can lead to breathing problems and potentially to lower oxygen saturation.
This can be minimised by a flat lying angle available in the car as well* simply by turning the handle and the slatted frame within the infant car seat is moved into a flat lying position which also absorbs the energy in the event of an accident or uneven roads and protects the sensitive spine of the baby.
The i-Size 1 was convincing in the Stiftung Warentest and ADAC child car seat tests in June 2016. Amongst the 26 child car seats tested, the Evoluna i-Size car seat was the only one to achieve a „very good“ (1.5) test score (The best ever recorded).
*Please note that the Evoluna i-Size 2 requires at least 73.5 cm of space when in the reclined position.

How does it work?

The Evoluna i-Size, has unique patented Kiddy Lie-Flat Technology (KLF) which enables the infant carrier seat to be moved into two positions an upright position or a lie-flat position. When the handle is moved backwards, a slatted frame inside the infant carrier lifts up and gently moves the infant into a flat lying position. This flat position allows the child’s body, neck and head to lie inline, thus keeping their airway open. The impact-absorbing slatted frame facilitates air to circulate evenly around a child’s body, which helps to regulate their temperature, all year round.
Pediatricians and midwives recommend the lie-flat position especially for longer journeys as this ergonomic position is better for the child’s developing spine.

Features

  • Maximum side impact protection
    The energy absorbing layer inside the baby shell as well as the fixed side impact protection components consisting of EPO (expanded polyolefin) ensure we achieve maximum side impact protection. Together with the protective components that can be attached to the side via the handle, the infant car seat absorbs the collision forces during a side impact before they reach the sensitive parts of the body of the baby.
  • Perfect for any size
    The Evoluna i-Size 2 can be adjusted to the size of the baby through the newborn inlays and the adjustable 5 position harness system. It is generously sized and accommodates larger babies too.
  • Large sun canopy
    The large sun canopy is fully adjustable meaning the baby is even better protected against sun and wind.
  • One-click attachment – simple and safe
    The Evoluna i-Size 2 infant car seat in combination with the Kiddy Isofix Base 2 can be easily installed. One click attaches the seat to the base, whilst green indicators show whether the seat is engaged correctly.
  • Grows with your child
    The Evoluna i-Size is highly adjustable for any baby from newborn to 15 months. The newborn baby is gently supported by the newborn inlay (pink in the third image below) which can be removed as the infant grows. There are 5 shoulder height positions and a one pull adjustable 3 point harness to ensure a perfect fit every time.
    There is a separate premature-inlay available which will securely cradle a tiny premature baby to keep them safe and secure when travelling.
  • The Evoluna i-Size as a travel system
    On arrival at your destination, your little one can continue to snooze outstretched in their Evoluna i-Size. Simply lift the infant carrier onto a compatible pushchair of your choice, and your baby will continue to sleep peacefully and safely. The lie-flat position offers the same benefits as a carrycot or lie-flat pushchair seat for the child’s breathing, heart rate and skeletal systems.
    The Evoluna i-Size fits using adaptors onto the Kiddy City’n Move stroller; or onto another brand of pushchair such as Babystyle, iCandy, Baby Jogger, Joolz, Bugaboo or UPPAbaby.

Specifications

  • Installation type: Rear-facing
  • Securing of child: Integrated 3-point harness system
  • Securing of car seat: Isofix Base 2
  • Height of child: Max. 83cm
  • Age of child: Up to approx. 15 months
  • Weight of child: Max 13kg

Dimensions

Outer dimensions car seat

  • Height 58.6cm (upright position), 39cm (reclined position)
  • Width 44cm
  • Depth 68cm (upright position), 73.5cm (reclined position)

Outer dimensions Isofix Base 2

  • Height 18cm x Width 31cm x Depth 68cm

Inner dimensions car seat

  • Length of backrest: 52cm
  • Length of seat area: 33cm
  • Width of shoulder area: 27cm
  • Width of hip area: 26cm
  • Angles of lying: 108° (upright position) – 130° (reclined position)

Weights

Car seat: 4.9kg
Isofix Base 2: 6.0kg

Reviewed: Kiddy Evoluna I-Size 2 Car Seat

First: A Cautionary Tale About Car Seat Fitting

So before I review the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2, let me first start with a warning about getting car seats fitted correctly. Being rather organised, Sarah and I bought Harry’s car seat several months before his due date from a well known High Street store. They offer advice but crucially do not have the ability to check the fit of the car seat in your own car. After some uhmming and ahhing, we originally picked the Cybex Aton Q i-Size; winner of many awards, a Which? Best Buy and all round recommended car seat. The sales assistant made a big fuss about putting both our car registrations into their system. He then proudly declared that it would be entirely suitable, even showing us which seats it would and wouldn’t go in.

Happy days then? Well actually not in the slightest. When Harry was born, we diligently followed the manual to the letter in both cars, and yet after several trips were horrified that his head kept falling onto his chest; this is a massive no no as it can impact your baby’s breathing, potentially with fatal consequences. We popped the seat over to a different, well known, baby shop and asked them to check the fit; our worst fears were confirmed as they advised that they would have never sold it to us having seen its position in our cars. We should instead have chosen a lie-flat model like the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 we eventually ended up with.

So what happened next?

Cutting a long story short, the original retailer gave us a full refund after I went all Judge Rinder in an email to their Chief Exec. It turns out the system, which I believe most retailers use, only tells you which car seats physically fit in the space your car has i.e. it does not mean your car seat has ever been tested in your car and is 100% not a guarantee that it is suitable. Please make sure you get your seat physically checked by whoever sells it to you rather than listening to some sales patter and insincere reassurances; it could save your baby’s life.

I would also point out though that whilst the shop claims our car seats are “very steep”, we are not rolling around the Cotswolds in a Ferrari or blinged up G-Wagon. I drive a humble Ford Mondeo Estate and Sarah has a Hyundai i30; normal, run of the mill cars no? I therefore suspect a lot of people might unknowingly have this issue. It’s certainly worth checking either way!

I feel I should add here that this is not an attempt to discredit the Cybex Aton-Q in any way. It certainly seemed robust whilst we had it and I am confident that in the right car it would do a solid job, certainly this is why we chose it in the first place. That said, it’s difficult not to compare it to the Kiddy car seat so if there is anything obvious, I’ll point it out below.

Kiddy Evoluna I-size 2 Ergonomics

Size and Weight

The most obvious (and in fact one of the only) downsides to the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 is its length. To put the seat into the lie flat position, you pull the handle towards the front of the car which gives it a length of 73.5cm front to back. If you have a particularly small car and regularly have a passenger in the front, they can probably expect a lot of leg cramps and discomfort. Personally, we’ve not found it an issue in the Mondeo and i30 but the Cybex certainly offered more legroom for the front passenger.

Picking it up, it weighs in at a hefty 4.9kg. I’m pretty sure the Cybex was the same weight although there are definitely lighter seats out there. I’ve mentioned the weight as people seem to like to know these things; however I’m not sure I would worry too much. I wouldn’t advocate lugging them around for extended periods like an oversized handbag but, for a quick in and out of your car, most seats seem to be an acceptable weight. Sarah has two slipped discs and my dominant hand has a dodgy wrist but we can both lift the Kiddy Evoluna and the Cybex Aton Q in and out of the car fairly easily. I suppose if it matters to you then it matters, but I wouldn’t personally compromise on other safety or ergonomic aspects just to shave a few grams.

Ease of Use

This is one area where, in my opinion, the Kiddy massively outperforms the Cybex. Both are very easy to install and even easier to put on and off their bases. However, I found the Cybex quite difficult to lift off the pushchair if I was using the adaptors as there are two stiff buttons that are hard to reach whilst leaning over the pushchair and lifting the chair upwards. The Kiddy uses a similar system but seems to come off much easier.

Buckling Harry in its also much easier with the Kiddy. They both use a 3-point harness but for some reason, the Cybex required a crazy amount of force to pull the harness snug against Harry. The Kiddy has a loop to pull on which even my Nan could do. There’s then a little slot in the seat fabric which allows you to slacken the belt. The buckle clicks together reassuringly and has lots of padding. In fact, the whole seat feels super comfortable and there is even a kind of built in foam sausage that gently cradles Harry’s head and neck. It also has removable newborn inserts and you can buy a premature baby insert if required.

There are five height settings to progress through as your baby grows. Again this is a simple process. You flap down the back of the seat, turn a grey handle 90 degrees and then pull it up or down. The seat and harness are all integrated together so it all adjusts at the same time from that one movement.

Sunshade

The Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 has an exceptionally large sunshade to keep your little one calm and protected. The shade feels a little flimsy compared to the smaller shade on the Cybex. It shouldn’t see much wear and tear though so I don’t see it as a big issue. It allows us to cocoon Harry and he falls asleep pretty quickly with the shade down.

Pushchair Adaptors

Handily, the seat also fits happily on a large variety of pushchair frames. Essentially anything that will accept a Maxi-Cosi car seat can take the Kiddy provided you buy the adaptors. Whilst I wouldn’t recommend buying a car seat second hand for safety reasons, the adaptors are straightforward yet typically pricey for a bit of plastic. It’s therefore worth checking on eBay as we got ours at a fraction of the price; when they arrive, it would be blindingly obvious if they were damaged or not suitable.

*Top Tip* the adaptors are labelled ‘L’ and ‘R’ in the inside. Don’t stick them on your pushchair the wrong way round! From experience, removing them becomes a surgical procedure involving pointy implements and headtorches. Not something you’re going to want to try in the Waitrose car park!

The Kiddy is far simpler to remove from the pushchair than the Cybex as they’ve made the buttons large and put them where normal folk can reach. As it lies flat, it’s much safer to leave your child in. We’ve found Harry will happily stay asleep whilst being transferred; if you have a light sleeper though, you’ll need to be careful as the handle has to move to vertical (moving the seat out of lie-flat) to lift it out.

Safety Features

Lie-Flat Position

The Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 offers a proper lie-flat position both inside and outside the car. Harry’s body, neck and head are all aligned and his head shows absolutely no signs of rolling forwards and restricting his breathing. It’s also better for their spinal development so this is definitely a plus point if you regularly do long journeys; they can stay in comfort for far longer than a standard seat. The Lullaby Trust actually endorse it as being suitable for extended periods of sleeping out and about, although it still shouldn’t replace a moses basket or cot for longer sleeps.

Crash Test Results

The Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2 delivers pretty impressive results in independent tests. Which! recommend it as a best buy after it achieved the highest ever score for a Group 0+ seat. The stringent German Stiftung Warentest and ADAC declared it their test winner (06/18) in the i-size up to 105cm category. It was also the only seat offering an in-car lie-flat position on test so if you want to go flat, it’s an obvious winner.

Vented Back

The seat uses a slatted mesh frame to support your baby and mould better to their body shape. This helps achieve the lie-flat position. This has the added bonus of allowing air to freely circulate which should allow your baby to regulate their temperature far better than a solid back.

Side Impact Protection

Both the Cybex and Kiddy Evoluna score highly in their respective crash tests so I’m sure that both seats do the job in terms of side impact protection. Where they differ is that the Kiddy has a small foam bumper permanently attached; the Cybex has an arm that you have to fold in and out each time you use it. I’m not qualified to say which works better. Practically though, when you have a screaming baby to strap in and it’s raining heavily, I’d prefer not to have to remember the extra step to activate the protection.

I-Size Base

Unlike a lot of seats, the Kiddy Evoluna comes with the i-Size base as standard. Assuming your car has isofix, which most modern cars do, it is very simple to install. I’ve seen reviews on YouTube where people claim it fits badly in their car but I’m fairly sure they installed incorrectly. Kiddy have a video to show you how; it’s easy once you know how it works. There are plenty of buttons that change to green from red once it is correctly installed and when you try to lift it up from the floor of the car, it barely moves which is exactly what you want. Once it is set up, it takes just a few seconds to secure the seat onto the base. If you get really stuck, comment below and I’m happy to video whichever bit you are unsure on.

Price

It has to be said that this isn’t the cheapest car seat in the world. The RRP is rather high but if you shop around, you can pick it up for around £260 which includes the base. The isofix base for a lot of seats is over £100 which makes this car seat package rather more attractive. It should fit your child until around 15 months so it’s under £20 (or the equivalent of a few coffees!) a month to keep your child safe.

Accident Replacement Scheme

This may be a feature of other car seats too but if you have an accident, Kiddy will replace your seat for free. You just need to send them the insurance or police report. They’ll even replace seats that appear to be absolutely fine, just to make sure your child stays safe. It also carries a two year warranty, extendable to three years for free on their website. This should easily cover your child’s time in it.

Final Thoughts on the Kiddy Evoluna i-Size 2

If you take away anything from this review, it should definitely be that you need to try a car seat in your car before you buy it.

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