Well the time has come, Baby J is graduating from his infant car seat. Tears. Baby J is the last of the Js, its hard to pack up all of the “baby” stuff and bring in the big boy stuff! Next on the list was a new seat. He has maxed out his length on his infant seat.
We had been looking around various stores, getting ideas on the next best car seat, keeping in mind all the new laws, and comfort. We knew we wanted something that was going to last for a few years.
We received the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 car seat to review. I’ve never seen a kid get so excited (or maybe it’s just been that long since we have introduced a new seat). I was excited when it arrived, it was all put together (I dislike putting things together and usually have to wait for my husband to get home). Adjusting the straps to fit Baby J was quick and simple. Installation to the car was simple (but if you need more help Safety 1st offers a series of videos to help you)!
Baby J sits comfortably in the car seat, he likes being up where he can see everyone now. Even the big sisters felt they needed a turn in the seat. Since the car seat is a 3-in-1, rear/front facing and booster seat we went ahead and tested it out. J5 was first because it was just a matter of turning the car seat around and barely adjusting the straps (she’s a tiny girl). She is three, she fit comfortable, to the point she wanted to trade Baby J seats forever she said. J4 patiently waited for her turn, the booster seat! She is 5 and never enjoyed a car seat. She too wanted to switch with her brother.
Transitioning the car seat to each stage was quick and easy and I know that Baby J will be comfortable until he outgrows this seat.
The features and specifics:
The Safety 1st® Grow and Go™ 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, in the Boulevard style, is the car seat built to grow with your child. It features an adaptable design that transforms from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing car seat and finally to a belt-positioning booster seat. Grow with baby body pillows give a snug fit and remove easily as your child outgrows them. The Quick-Fit™ Harness System allows you to change both the headrest and harness height in one simple step for a proper fit. Integrated harness holders make getting your child in and out of the seat a breeze. No more fishing for the harness and clips from behind your child. For all ages, the car seat pad makes cleanup simple. Machine washable and dryer safe, it is also designed to come off the seat easily, with no need to remove the harness. This extended use car seat features a no re-thread harness, buckle holders, dual cup holders and a removable seat cover.
Rear-facing for babies 5 – 40 lbs., up to 40″ tall
Forward-facing for children 22 – 65 lbs., up to 52″ tall
Booster seat for children 40 – 100 lbs.
The Grow and Go is exclusively available for $169.99 at Babies ‘R’ Us.
With many families hitting the road this summer and the upcoming 4th of July holiday, Safety 1st wants to make sure parents and children have a safe summer while on the go.
Oh The Places You’ll Go – Travel Safety This Summer, By Safety 1st
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Here are some easy tips to think about before hitting the road.
- The safest place to install a car seat is typically in the center of the rear seat.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years of age.
- Check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police station, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
Where is Baby?
- It may seem like common sense but never, leave a child alone in the car. Hyperthermia is a severe form of heat stroke and last year 30 children died after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. You can learn more about this issue and easy tips to prevent it here.
Safeguard the Car
- Just as important as safe guarding your home, don’t forget about the car. Especially on long road trips. It’s important to eliminate projectiles, anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile. That could be a child’s toy, wet nap container, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
- Make sure unused shoulder belts are not in reach of children as they can pose strangulation risk.
Car Seats Expire
- Car seats expire. Especially if you get a hand-me-down car seat you should always check the expiration date to confirm the seat is safe for your child. You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat. Also, another very important tip – once a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it, plastic can warp and materials can fray. To properly dispose of a car seat check with your local waste management facility to see if they recycle number 5 plastic.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat to facilitate this post. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”