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With three kids, I have the potential to own a lot of car seats. Infant carriers, 5-point harnesses, boosters…it never ends! We have already owned four, and my oldest isn’t even in a booster yet. Imagine how excited I was to find a car seat that will grow with my boys. I can honestly say, the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is the only car seat that I will need to own. There is a setting for kids of any age and size, from 5-100 lbs.
As soon as I took it out of the box, I knew that my boys were going to love it. In fact, they almost refused to get out of it so that I could install it in our van.
Once I finally got them out of the seat, I found it to be every easy to install. I am notoriously bad at adjusting car seats, but it was incredibly simple with the QuickFit Harness System. I could adjust the height of the harness and headrest without removing the harness. When using it in the rear-facing position, I was able to change the amount it is reclined with just one hand!
While we have a van, I tend to keep all three car seats in the middle row so that I can hand back snacks or toys. The Safety 1st Grow and Go easily fit alongside my other two car seats, regardless of the setting.
Having multiple children makes it necessary to find car seats that are easy to get the kids in and out of. I have a very brief window to get them all snapped in before toys start flying and arms & legs start flailing. With the harness holders on the Safety 1st Grow and Go, I don’t have to fumble around trying to straighten out the harness before snapping them in.
In addition to getting the kids into the seat, I also need to think about keeping it clean. I have all boys, so you can imagine the mess that can accumulate in our car seats. I love that the car seat pad can be removed and washed, without taking off the harness.
With the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, not only do I know my kids are safe, I also know that they are comfortable. I can honestly say that I do not have anything negative to say about this car seat. With so many great features, I’m excited that I can continue to use it as my children grow.
While I want to make sure I am happy with the car seats we use, it’s always nice when my kids like them too. According to my four year old, “it’s so comfy and I can keep my treasures in the cup holder.” I’d say he likes it…and so do I!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 75% of car seats on the road are installed incorrectly. Travel safety is important to the folks at Safety 1st, and they share some great tips for traveling as safe as possible with your kids!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
This article is brought to you by Katie, a mom of three adorable boys from Las Vegas. She also wrote very candidly about her story of infertility and adoption in out Grown In My Heart Series.
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