26 June 2017

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Review

When we bought our Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System, it came with a free car seat, so we were all set and ready to go, whether it was days out with the pram, or on adventures in the car. Now that Willow is well into toddlerhood, it was time to move her up to a bigger car seat and we are thrilled with our decision to go for the Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat.

It's no secret we are big fans of Cosatto in the Tattooed Tealady house, loving everything from their travel systems and strollers to highchairs and now, we are just as in love with our Hug ISOFIX. This car seat has exceeded my expectations and today I'm going to share all the best bits with you!

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review
Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat Happy Stars Review

Willow has only recently stopped using her Group 0 car seat - she's now 17 months and her Group 0 car seat lasted well until she was 15 months. The Cosatto Group 0 Car Seats are tested to last your newborn for up until they reach 13kg, which Willow still hasn't reached, but she managed just fine in her car seat and only recently showed she was ready to move up, as she's having a bit of a growth spurt. I really believe in getting your monies worth when it comes to big expensive items like car seats, so we had no issues with her using the Group 0 car seat until she maxed the height and weight. She was comfortable, it was safe to use and ultimately, it meant we managed with her first car seat for nearly a year and a half!

When it came to looking for a new car seat, I found it all very confusing - and I actually have a post coming up on choosing a car seat, basic car safety and laws surrounding car seats which are in place to keep our little ones safe, so keep an eye out for that! -, but there was no doubt in our minds that we'd stick with Cosatto. We've just been so impressed with the quality of Cosatto products, they're a brand we really do trust and a brand we feel is safe to use with our little girl. There are quite a few car seats on offer from Cosatto, but the one which fits our requirements the most was the Cosatto Hug ISOFIX Car Seat, Group 1, 2, 3.

There are a few reasons the Hug ISOFIX fit the bill for our family over other car seats. Firstly, our car is a 2-door car, so we needed a front-facing seat which wouldn't be too bulky and still allow us to get access to the seat; putting Willow in, taking her out, being in a safe and secure position etc, in such a small space. We also wanted a car seat that was secure as possible so looking for one with ISOFIX was essential for us, and the Hug ISOFIX actually comes with the ISOFIX attached to the seat base, so you don't need to go out and buy a seperate base (although Cosatto do sell these if you need one, as well as adapters). Another important factor for us was a car seat that would last; we wanted to go for a Group 1, 2, 3 car seat, as these are designed to last up to approximately 12 years (or the max weight of 36kg).

The Hug ISOFIX ticks all these boxes, with a few more advantages, included too. It uses an extra-cushioned Side Impact Protection and 5 Point Safety Harness with anti-escape technology and quick-release buckle, which is an incredibly important feature for toddlers and older children, who have been known to try and escape from their car seats whilst travelling. Even when they move up to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Hug ISOFIX, where a standard seatbelt is used with the car seat, you can still use the 5 Point Safety Harness as an extra measure of protection, which we plan to do, at least until Willow is older enough to properly understand why wearing a seatbelt is so important. The car seat itself adjusts and adapts to the three group sizes it covers, adjusting certain parts so that it's the right fit for your little one as they grow up, as well as being able to recline the car seat into different positions.

Of course, like all Cosatto products, the print is absolutely divine! We went for the Happy Stars print and it's been made with luxurious fabrics, leatherette upholstery, extra cushioning, soft and comfortable armrests and pads for the chest and tummy, as well as covers with pop-off so you can easily clean them. I just love the Happy Stars print; colourful, fun and unique!

Installation of the car seat itself was very easy, in fact, way easier than I expected. I love that having the ISOFIX built in means we don't have to faff around with taking the car seat in and out of the car, once it's in it's in and we're set to go whenever we're off out. Of course, it's easy to take out too should you need to switch it between cars, with taking the car seat out just as quick and easy as putting it in.

For us, this car seat ticks all the boxes, but what about Willow? Well, I think it's safe to say she adores her new car seat. As soon as it arrived she was smitten with the colourful print and kept pointing to all the stars, trying to say 'stars' in her own little way. Whenever we put her in the seat itself she has a huge smile, she loves being able to see more and you should see her face when the wind is blowing her hair! She's more engaging during car journies and generally just seems happier. I have no doubts she finds the car seat very comfortable to sit in and with the 5 Point Safety Harness being so easy to click together, it's easy for us to take her out and about without worrying.

You can check out the full Cosatto car seat range at www.cosatto.com and you can check out your local stockist at www.cosatto.com/stockists/find-a-stockist, with many retailers offering promotions and discounts. Cosatto car seats are also available online from Argos, Babies R Us, Halfords and Mothercare.

Previous Cosatto review features:
Choosing Our Travel System | Cosatto Giggle 2
Cosatto Giggle 2 Travel System Review
Cosatto Supa Stroller First Impressions
Cosatto Magic Unicorns Supa Stroller Review
Cosatto Noddle Supa Highchair Review


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18 comments

  1. This car seat looks amazing! I love that it will last until child is 12, I agree, you definitely want to get your moneys worth with products like This! It looks so comfy & cosy too. We recently had bear forward facing in my mum's car & he absolutely loved being able to look out the window and was much more talkative and singing than when he's in his main seat (which he still likes to chat away in the mirror Haha!) The isofix is great too! I always wanted that added safety but it didn't come with any of the seats we had. I love the design! How cute are those colours & the stars print. I've just looked at their website from the link too & I've absolutely fallen in love with the Fjord print! I've never seen it before!

    I love your reviews Sophia! They're always so thorough and the pictures show the product so well :) xx

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    1. Ah thank you so much Claire, I'm so glad you enjoy my reviews! I love the Fjord print too, it's absolutely beautiful xo

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  2. Thanks so much for writing this review, you are totally right car seats are very confusing. Will definitely be looking into this one after reading your review.

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    1. You're very welcome! Hope it helps when deciding what car seat to go for xo

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  3. Great review, I love Cosatto for their designs but it's interesting to hear more about how they actually function! I really like that the isofix base is built in, I felt that we fell into the trap of buying an expensive seat AND then an expensive base on top with our son and it's just too much, it's also huge! Will definitely consider this one for our next child! Beautiful photos

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    1. It just makes so much sense to have the ISOFIX built in, doesn't it? Thank you!! xo

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  4. We're fans of Cosatto too, I had their Hepburn Wonder travel system and it was amaaaaazing! I love the design of this car seat, and sounds like it's working great for you guys. We had ISOFIX for our group 0 seat and it's so worth it but struggled to find one suitable in the next stage for our car. We also have a two door but still rear facing - it's a pain but i feel more at ease that way. This is a really great review - I can't believe how grown up Willow looks now!

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    1. We really wanted to go with rear-facing for a while longer, but my dad's car (we don't personally drive) is only accessible on the passenger and any rear-facing seats we at Halfords or Mothercare simply didn't fit! We couldn't get in around the seat, couldn't get Willow into the seat or put the front passenger seat into position once the seat was tested in the car. Yes, she's grown up a lot! xo

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  5. Such a good review, it will definitely help parents looking for a new car seat. I just love the different prints that cosatto do too x

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    1. Thank you so much! Aren't they fab?! xo

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  6. I love the patterns of the Cosatto brand, they are such a head turner, we are now in the hunt for a new carseat for my 14 month old, while shes still got lots of room in her maxi cosi, it can never hurt being prepared, I shall have to add this to the list! great review.

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    1. I hope this helps you decide! :) xo

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  7. I love the print so much! We had a look at Cosatto but they're not compatible with the pushchair/carry cot we've gone with so my want for this will have to wait for a while longer xx

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    1. Oh which pushchair and carry cot did you go for? xo

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  8. OMG actually love the design of this car seat. Cosatto make such excellent patterns you want them for yourself! Fab review.

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    1. Thanks lovely! Haha yes, I want some products for parents with the fabulous Cosatto prints! xo

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  9. This car seat looks amazing - we've just got our first Cosatto product and I was already sold on the brand based on the quality of that, this car seat review has now just made me want my second...

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    1. Can't recommend the Hug ISOFIX enough, such a fab car seat and exactly what we needed xo

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