The Cosco Light ‘n Comfy Elite is a budget infant seat that is incredibly lightweight and easy to carry.
I’ve owned one for over half a year for my baby daughter and I wanted to share my experience with other moms and dads who might be considering buying this one.
What I like about the Cosco Light ‘n Comfy
There are a few things that this infant seat has going for it.
- The look: The fabric that the Cosco infant seat comes in is a lovely playful pattern that is perfect for my baby girl. There are a few other designs that the same seat is available in – an Ikat Dots design in blue, gray and yellow and a few for juveniles (for premature babies) in nice printed patterns. I liked the pink and white patterns on the Blox unit, not to fix gender stereotypes on my infant daughter at this age but because it’s a pretty color!
- The canopy: The canopy over the seat is retractable and wide enough that the sun is kept out of my baby’s eyes on hot days.
- The weight: The best thing about the car seat is that it’s incredibly lightweight. It’s light enough to carry in and out of the car so that I don’t even have to wake my baby sometimes when I’m getting in and out of the back seat. It’s a great weight (only about 13 pounds) in comparison with others of a similar price range, such as the Graco SnugRug, for instance which I’ve also used for my other son, which is a little costlier and weighs nearly two pounds more. If weight and budget is your concern, you can get the Cosco Light ‘n Comfy without thinking twice about it, from Amazon.com.
- The snugness: The Light ‘n Comfy is a nice snug fit for my healthy baby. The seat is supposed to be able to hold infants of up to 22 pounds. The great thing about the design is that it comes with infant inserts to make smaller babies snugger. This is important because too much lolling around in the car seat is not going to be comfortable for your little one, who doesn’t have a sturdy spine yet to support herself. You need to give your baby as much support as you can in the car-seat and the cozy fit of the Light ‘n Comfy is a big plus.
- Other good things: Your baby is going to grow quickly and you don’t want to have to buy a new car-seat ever so often. The four harness heights that the Cosco car seat comes with was a very good foresight on the part of the designers. You can simply change the harness height as your baby grows and keep her in a snug fit. The car seat also has cushioning and padding in the sides, so your baby is protected from those little jerks and bumps in the car that you can’t avoid sometimes, no matter how smooth a ride you try to make it. There is a handle above the canopy, so that you can carry the seat into the airplane, which I’ve done plenty of times.
What could have been better?
The Cosco Light ‘n Comfy does have its flaws. The handling, for instance, is not very easy. Even though the car-seat is very light, the design is a little bulky.
There are no handles at the sides to help you easily pull out or place the car-seat in the stroller or the car. I wish the designers could do something about this, so that it’s easier for parents to single-handedly pull out the seat from the stroller. This is a minor flaw, however. What it loses out on handling it makes up for in lightness and the comfort it gives your baby.
The Cosco Light ‘n Comfy Elite is made in China (what isn’t these days?) so I initially had some reservations about it. But with use, I’ve found it to be a very good car seat that fits easily in many cars. If you’re looking for a budget car seat that is light, easy to carry and offers good support to your little one, then I’d recommend this one.