Car seat shopping can send your head spinning these days. There are so many great options out there and the innovation and technology is constantly improving. There is no one perfect seat, as every family’s needs are different, but here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a new seat: age of kids, number of kids, vehicles you own, travel plans, how many seats you have (i.e. are you transferring between cars often), and, of course, your budget.
We welcomed our third son 3-months ago and with the almost six year age gap between our oldest and youngest, we needed to update our car seats. We recently had the opportunity to try the new Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat from Safety 1st and have had a great experience with it. Each of my boys have had turns riding in it — they range in age from 3-months-old to 6-years-old — and each of them has been quite comfortable in the seat. Here’s some of the reasons we’re loving it and will be holding on to it for a while:
Versatility and longevity
We are a family of five with three different vehicles, so a seat that can accommodate each of our kiddos and that can be easily moved back-and-forth between vehicles is a big win in my book. The Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 is designed to grow with your child from 5-100 pounds to 100 lbs — 5-40 pounds for rear-facing and 22-65 pounds for forward-facing, with use as a belt-positioning booster for kids 40-100 pounds.
As parents, we all want to feel confident in the safety features of our car seats. The Grow and Go Air exceeds federal safety standards, offering superior safety with Air Protect®, an advanced cushion system that provides extra protection, a QuickFit™ harness that allows you to easily get a good fit for your kiddo, and a three-position recline makes it easy to get a fit in your car. Always remember that proper installation is a key factor in the safety of any seat. I strongly recommend having a certified CPST check your installation.
I’m a big stickler when it comes to car seat safety and keeping my little ones rear-facing until at least 2-years-old is important to me. The Grow and Go Air makes that easy. The seat can be used in the rear-facing position from 5-40 pounds, with three recline positions, and three comfortable grow-with-Baby pillows to keep the kids comfortable as they grow.
Ease of use
We’ve really been putting this seat to the test over the past few weeks. I’ve been moving it frequently between vehicles and adjusting it for each of my boys, so when I say this seat is a breeze to install and adjust, I mean it. Some features that make it especially user-friendly include the QuickFit™ Harness, which makes it super easy to adjust both the harness and headrest in one simple step (love that), the seat is lightweight and easy to maneuver (even for me), and cleaning this seat is so simple (not matter how many times I say my kids will never eat in the car, that rule is quickly thrown out the window), so having machine washable seat pads is key. The pillows for Baby are also reversible, which is genius and and so helpful to keep going when dealing with messes and blowouts on the road.
Honestly, this seat looks so comfortable — it’s nicely padded and the fabric is extremely soft. My older boys have actually been arguing over who gets to ride in it… their favorite features are the texture of the fabric and the two cup-holders. It’s amazing to me that each of my boys are happy riding in this seat. My 3-month-old was nice and cozy, and supported by the Grow-with-Baby pillows.
While the look of a seat isn’t critical, a nice looking seat is definitely a plus considering it will be in your car day in and day out. The Grow and Go Air 3=in-1 has a sleek appearance and comes in a number of different attractive color combos. Our seat is the Evening Tide design, and the aqua and gray is really sharp.
The Safety 1st Grow and Go Air 3-in-1 Car Seat retails for $199 and can be found online and at many major retailers.
What do you look for when shopping for a car seat?
This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.