Disclosure: My friend Rita received the following car seat from Safety 1st for review. All opinions are her own.
As my baby is beginning to grow out of his infant seat, I was very excited to review the Safety 1st convertible car seat.
It features side impact protection through their new technology called "air protect" which are air filled cushions on the sides of the heads. This car seat is convertible for your growing child to convert from rear facing to forward facing and can be used from infant to toddler aged.
When I first received the box, I was a bit surprised by how large the car seat was. I've only known my baby's infant seat and in comparison I found this to be huge, but when I put it our car I was surprised that it fit in nicely. The seat is designed to be used rear facing up to 40 lbs, and with it's 4 position recline it is able to make a better fit.
Unlike the infant carrier seat, this convertible seat doesn't travel with you, which makes it much easier to take just him in and out than having to carry his car seat also. The added bonus with this style is rather than focusing on something that needs to be lightweight to carry your infant the focus is placed on the safety and comfort of your child which is clear with all the added cushioning
One of the greatest features with a convertible seat like this is that it adjusts to your growing baby and you don't have to buy a new seat when your child grows past the infant seat level. In order to see how this would work, we flipped the seat around and tried it out with my niece and nephew (ages 5 and 6). Forward facing made a huge difference in appearance. The seat looked much less bulky and the kids fit much better also. They both found it very comfortable and enjoyed resting their heads on the pillow, which is perfect head and neck support for kids who fall asleep. The air filled cushions clearly reassure the extra level of protection that your child would receive upon impact. The seat back and bottom also feature extra padding making it a much more comfortable ride for any age while ensuring the extra protection needed upon impact. These surrounding cushions made the ride much cozier for all the kids.
The ten position headrest makes it easy to adjust to your child's growth. It's a simple cushioned lever to raise making a quick adjust to switch between different kids or your constantly growing one.
With all these features and the integrated cup holder any child can be ready for a peaceful road trip. The kids found it extremely easy to get in and out of which makes it ideal for those of us who need to run quick errands with the kids.
In addition to all these convenience and safety features, the seat is also well constructed and designed. The cover fits well and unlike my current infant seat it does not seem to pull loose on its own. I like the simplicity in it's pattern and colors which match the style and look that my husband and I prefer. It was also an easy install as it only took my husband a few minutes and he found instructions to be very easy to follow. The overall safety and comfort the seat provides are quite remarkable and definitely a plus for any concerned parent.