The pushchair comes with the three separate parts, the seat, the wheel chassis and a padded insert to make the seat suitable from birth. I will talk about each in order.
The seat of the pushchair clips on and off the wheel chassis. This is really quick and easy to do and allows you to position the seat either facing you or facing forwards depending on your preference. The seat has a five point harness and a safety bar which is handy for hanging toys on for your little one to play with. The seat has three recline positions the final one being completely flat which is great for naps. The seat also has a sun cover which can be extended by unzipping it to give really good coverage, though I have found when the chair is fully reclined a parasol(which needs to be bought separately) is still needed on really sunny days.
The wheel chassis is brilliant. Its quick, easy and simple to both put up and put down. As well as fitting the pushchair seat the wheels also fit with a number of Maxi-Cosi car seats, we have the Cabrio-Fix. Another feature of the wheel chassis that I really like is that there are two pedals to control the breaks, red for stop and blue for go – it can’t get more simple then that! The only thing that I think is missing from the chassis is somewhere to hang your shopping bags, a couple of hooks would be so simple to add and would make the world of difference. In an ideal world there would also be a coffee cup holder, buts that’s just me : )
The final component is the seat insert that makes the seat suitable from birth (as seen in the picture). This fits into the seat to hold the baby more securely and snuggly. It is very soft and cosy and Jake always seemed very comfortable in this. It comes with a foot muff that can zip on and off so it is suitable for all seasons. The main thing to note here is that the insert still requires the baby to wear the pushchair straps, it is not a mosses basket type attachment where the baby can lie unsecured. This can make it a little tricky to get a sleeping baby into and out of without disturbing them as the straps consist of a five point harness. Saying this we managed just fine with ours as we didn’t want to pay extra for the bassinet which you can buy to fit onto the wheel chassis.
Our Maxi-Cosi Elea has been in constant use by us for the last seven months. It has been over all terrain and in all weathers and so far it has held up perfectly. It feels sturdy and well made but is also quick and easy to assemble and not too heavy or cumbersome to manoeuver. In summary I would definitely recommend the pushchair to others and think I will be sticking with Maxi-Cosi as a brand – but a coffee cup holder would really help!