With babywearing becoming more and more popular and mainstream, we are seeing an upsurge of parents who are deciding to forgo infant seats and going straight to convertibles. Unfortunately, not all convertibles are created equal when it comes to being able to properly fit a newborn. A 5 pound weight limit and/or infant support pillows, do not always equal a proper fit. Furthermore, many seats do not have low enough bottom height harness slots to accommodate the most petite travelers. Maxi Cosi has solved this problem with flare with the addition of the Tiny Fit system to the Pria. It’s a seat within a seat and allows even preemie’s to be properly harnessed in the Pria with no need for a infant bucket carrier.
Once they outgrow the Tiny Fit which is used from 4-18 lbs and you remove the insert the seat can be used rearfacing until 40 lbs and 40 inches and then can be forward facing until 70 lbs or 52 inches. The rearfacing height limit is my only REAL gripe with the Pria, my 5 year old daughter who is all legs and very petite is at the cusp of the strict standing height limit but only on the 3rd harness position. Theoretically if the Pria allowed for her to rearface until her head was 1 inch from the top of the headrest when up all the way, she would have a good 2+ years that she could rearface in this seat and it would put the Pria in competition with some of the top extended rearfacing seats.
The Pria is a large seat, but I was able to get 3 across rearfacing in my Sante Fe, with 2 Diono Radian RXT’s in the outboard positions. I even installed the Radians with LATCH and would have had an extra couple inches if I wanted to do a seat belt install. When installed in the outboard position, on the 3rd recline required for newborns, I am able to slide the front seat all the way back. I did not install 3 across forward facing, but do think it’s entirely possible to do or any combination of forward facing and rearfacing with the combo of the Radians and the Pria. The Radians fit PERFECTLY under the high sides of the Pria and they puzzle together like a dream.
All in all, I am really pleased with the Maxi Cosi Pria. It is hands down the squishiest and cushiest seat I have ever seen and I wish I had a seat this comfortable to sit in myself. The fabric seems like it would be nice and cool in the summer and super breathable, however this particular fabric on the pink does leave water marks if you need to wipe up anything on the cover which drives me batty, but a quick wash fixes that right up. It’s a very sturdy seat and a fairly easy install both with LATCH and the seatbelt. The price point isnt bad either ranging from $250-$290 depending on where you get it from and whether your getting the Tiny Fit or not.
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