A week after finding out I was pregnant with Ezra, I went to a blogging conference called Mom 2.0 in Atlanta. Though I was barely four weeks along, I was already thinking about baby gear we would need, which meant my head was spinning with ideas and to-do lists as I walked around the exhibitor area.
Of the dozens of products and brands featured, the product that I connected with the most was Cybex’s Aton Q infant rear-facing car seat. Though its sleek design is eye-catching and space saving, I was blown away by its safety features, which exceeded anything I have ever seen on an infant seat.
Working at a children’s hospital has made me incredibly passionate about car seat safety. Did you know that some estimates suggest that as many as 90% of car seats are installed incorrectly? I think if I ever stop working in marketing, I could easily transition to safety advocacy. 🙂
After seeing a short demonstration about the Aton Q, a Cybex representative offered to send me their infant car seat in exchange for a review about the product. I waited six months since receiving the car seat because I wanted to be able to share my really honest feedback.
The short version: I love this carseat.
Consumer Reports put the Aton Q on its list of the 5 best carseats for your baby and its obvious why. The seat’s safety and crash-test performance record is impressive.
For instance, the Aton Q is equipped with the L.S.P. System, linear side-impact protection. In simpler terms, the L.S.P. system includes two pull-out impact protectors that, if ever in an accident, receive the initial force of the collision, offering added protection to the carseat’s shell.
Moreover, the Aton Q is one of only a few carseats sold in the United States with an adjustable Load Leg on its base. Practically a standard in Europe, the Load Leg not only adds balance and sturdiness to your child’s seat, it also adds further protection to your child by distributing collision force to the floor, further preventing the carseat from rotating forward.
But my favorite safety feature is the added safety belt hook on the front of the Aton Q, an added support system when using the carseat without its base. Because I traveled so much while on maternity leave (without the car seat base) I really put this feature to the test. That one added feature makes a huge difference, noticeable helping to secure the seat in place.
The Aton Q is sturdy yet plush and seemingly quite comfortable for Ezra. Even when he was a tiny, 6 lb. newborn, the seat’s “Newborn Inlay” provided him a safe, more fitted ride and put his tiny body in a position in which allowed him sit comfortably. It also ensured that he was positioned in a way that would minimize his head tipping forward, as is the case in other car seats.
The headrest also adjusts to eight different positions. What’s great about this is that when you and when you adjust it, it automatically adjusts the harness. This prevents any need for moving the harness, which any parent knows, can be a big pain!
The car seat is lightweight and features an canopy that is totally flat to the seat when not in use (you can see the difference when the seat is next to my sister’s Chicco car seat) and when up, provides UVP50+ protection from the sun.
With stroller attachment, the Aton Q easily attaches to a wide range of strollers, though the majority of them are high-priced.We bought the Baby Jogger City Mini stroller and adapter, which was just under $300 for both. (At first, I was bummed about having to buy a new stroller, but now I could do a whole separate post about how obsessed with are with this stroller. It is a million times easier to open and maneuver than our former Chicco stroller. ADORE!)
Price is actually the only drawback of the Aton Q, as its cost sits on the higher end of the carseat price range (the seat + base are $350). But considering its lightweight and space-saving design and all of the added safety benefits, it might just be worth the added expense. Had I not received the car seat for review, I would have bought it for Ezra.
If you are looking for a truly excellent car seat, I definitely recommend checking out Cybex.
Disclosure: As mentioned in the post above, I received this car seat in exchange for an honest review. My love of this car seat is 100% my own.