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Britax ClickTight Recall

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Car Seat Safety | 0 comments

Britax ClickTight Recall

On 13th August 2015, Britax issued a recall notice in respect of some Advocate ClickTight, Boulevard ClickTight and Marathon ClickTight convertible car seats manufactured between 1st August 2014 and 29th July 2015. The problem is related to the harness adjuster knob, which can remain in the release position and, consequently, allow the shoulder straps to loosen while the seat is in use. Clearly, this is a significant problem which carries potentially serious safety risks. If you own one of these seats and have registered it with Britax, they will automatically send the repair kit to your home address. If not, you should contact them immediately. If you are considering buying one, although this might put you off, any seats manufactured after today (and supplied to you after today whenever manufactured) should not have this same defect. Note: This is NOT a product replacement recall. Instead, Britax will provide you with a remedy kit to correct the problem that has arisen with some of these seats. If you need more information, you can visit the Britax website here. Here is the Britax video explanation of the recall… If you know other people who use these seats, please be sure to share this important information. Likewise, if you are active on social media, please share this information as widely as you...

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Clek Infant-Thingy Insert for Newborns

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, Convertible Seats | 0 comments

Clek Infant-Thingy Insert for Newborns

What is the Clek Infant-Thingy Insert? The “Clek Infant-Thingy Insert” is an after-market accessory that enables the Clek Fllo and Foonf convertible car seats to safely accommodate babies from 5 lbs upwards. When I refer to this product as the Clek Infant-Thingy Insert for Newborns, this is not me being lazy, forgetful or imprecise about its name … it is actually (and officially) called the Clek Infant-Thingy Insert – no really, it is! Whatever your thoughts on the product, you have to admire Clek’s originality and sense of humor when choosing its name. So, why is it necessary?  Well, although the Clek Fonf and Clek Fllo convertible car seats are both stylish and increasingly popular premium products, they both have a big flaw when it comes to parents of newborns. That big flaw is that they are not suitable for use with newborns straight out of the box and, prior to the invention of the Clek Infant-Thingy Insert, there was no safe way to make them suitable for use with newborns. The minimum weight limit for these seats (without the new Insert) is 14 lbs and so any parent that wanted to buy one to use with a new baby either had to avoid driving them around until they reached that weight limit or buy an additional infant car seat for use in those early days. Whilst for some, avoiding driving for a few weeks might be an option, for many (if not most) it would not be at all convenient. Although the Clek Infant-Thingy Insert is not cheap ($69.99), it is certainly cheaper than buying a premium infant car seat first as this is likely to cost somewhere in the region of $200. So, the new Clek Insert allows you to avoid the need to buy an infant car seat first since the Fllo and Foonf convertibles can now be used from birth (unless your child weighs less than 5 lbs). The official weight and height limits for both seats using the Clek Insert are: 5 – 22lbs and 19 – 33 inches For those of you that are understandably suspicious of after-market accessories, you can be re-assured by the fact that this product is manufactured by Clek themselves. This is not some 3rd party invention that has not been properly tested – it is an official Clek product and it is no different from using infant inserts from other big name car seat companies that often supply them when you buy the seat itself. If you want to find out more about the Clek Fllo and Foonf car seats, you can read my in-depth comparison review here. What exactly does it do? The Clek Infant-Thingy Insert works like most other infant inserts – it provides added padding and protection to ensure that your small baby is able to be safely and securely positioned within a seat that would otherwise be too big. The Insert’s 2-piece design comprises a plush and padded body support and head support. The headrest is adjustable for added protection and the whole insert is made from what is described as a “GREENGUARD Select Certified Crypton Super Fabric”. In fact, the Clek seat themselves are made from the same fabric, which is designed to provide permanent protection against stains, moisture, and door-causing bacteria. What’s...

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Maxi-Cosi Mico AP vs Mico Max 30 Compared

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, individual infant seats, Infant Seats | 1 comment

Maxi-Cosi Mico AP vs Mico Max 30 Compared

     Maxi-Cosi Mico AP                        Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Vs  The Maxi-Cosi Mico AP (2015 Version) and Mico Max 30 Seats have Arrived!  For many years, the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP has been marketed as the lightest premium infant car seat on the US market. It weighed about 8 lbs and was an excellent option for those that felt unable to manage the extra weight of some of its competitors. Despite being a light and popular seat, however, there were some complaints from parents about the quality of its canopy and its very low maximum child weight/height limits of 22 lbs and 29 inches respectively. Although the maximum weight/height limits on the 2015 version of the Mico AP infant car seat remain the same, Maxi-Cosi have made some significant improvements over the previous Mico AP model. These improvements include the introduction of a new “self-wicking” fabric cover that can also be easily removed, machine-washed and is dryer-safe. For those parents that want an infant seat that is light to carry, but which also comes with higher maximum weight/height limits (together with some additional convenience and safety features), Maxi-Cosi have now introduced the new Mico Maxi 30 car seat as an alternative option. As you can see from the images above, the general shape and style of these 2 infant seats are very similar. There are, however, some very significant differences between the seats when you examine them more closely. The purpose of this Maxi-Cosi Mico AP vs Mico Max 30 comparison review is to explain the important similarities and differences between these 2 seats so that you can make a much better informed decision about which seat is likely to suit your needs (and budget) best. Maxi-Cosi Mico AP vs Mico Max 30 – The Main Similarities #1 Side Impact Protection Both seats come fitted with Maxi-Cosi’s patented “Air Protect” technology for enhanced side impact protection. In fact, the “AP” in Mico AP actually stands for Air Protect. Whilst Maxi-Cosi have dropped the “AP” from the Mico Max 30 seat name, it does still come fitted with the Air Protect side wings. #2 Seat Fabric  / Cover Both seats come supplied with Maxi-Cosi’s new self-wicking fabrics, which use natural fibers to deodorize and draw liquids away from your baby’s skin and helps to keep them dry and comfortable. Although this isn’t going to be much of an issue if (like me) you live in a fairly cold climate, this can be a really big issue for those living in warmer places. In addition, these new seat covers are well-padded and, on a more practical note, can be removed and re-installed without needing to re-thread the 5-point harness. They also are machine-washable and, believe it or not, dryer-safe! As far as I am aware, these are the very first dryer-safe infant car seat covers. Obviously, read the user manual beforehand to make sure that you use the correct settings on your washer and dryer. #3 Lockoffs / Harness These seats do NOT comes with built-in lockoffs to make seat belt installation easier. This will not affect LATCH installation and it just means that belt-installation is a bit more difficult, rather than impossible. The need to re-thread the 5-point harness when increasing the strap height...

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Convertible Car Seat Reviews 2015

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, Convertible Seats, individual convertible seats | 2 comments

Convertible Car Seat Reviews 2015

Where to Find My Convertible Car Seat Reviews of 2015 The main purpose of this post is to provide parents and other carers with an easy way to find all of my convertible car seat reviews of 2015. Rather than write a single long and cumbersome post containing lots of information about all of the main premium convertible car seats on the US market in 2015, I will briefly introduce the seats here and then provide you with links that will take you directly to my in-depth reviews of the seats that you are most interested in researching further. Some of the links will take you to individual car seat reviews and others will take you to side-by-side comparison reviews of similar models so that you can better understand the main differences and similarities between them. I have reviewed convertible car seats from 6 different manufacturers. Whilst they are all great seats with most (if not all) of the safety and convenience features that you would expect of a premium product, there are some important differences between them. I hope that my reviews will help you to make the right decision when choosing a convertible car seat for your child. The 6 Main Convertible Car Seat Brands 2015 #1 Britax ClickTight Convertible Seats Britax Convertible car seats have been popular with parents and car seat safety technicians for many years now. The older “G4″ series of Britax Convertible car seats remain on the market for now, but I suspect that they will be phased out in due course. They have effectively now been replaced by the new “ClickTight” range of seats, and there are 3 models to choose from. The reason that the latest series of Britax convertible car seats has been branded “ClickTight” is that they have taken their revolutionary “ClickTight” installation system and added it to ALL of these new seats. These ClickTight seats are suitable for use between 5 and 65 lbs. Why Is ClickTight So Popular? There are 2 very important reasons why the introduction of the ClickTight installation system on all Britax convertible cars seats is such a great improvement: The 2014 LATCH Law changes mean that convertible car seats need to be re-installed using the seatbelt once your child reaches a certain weight (40 lbs for the Britax ClickTight seats); Standard belt-fitting systems can be confusing for parents and research suggests that about 75% of seats are incorrectly installed. So, although the ClickTight installation method does not bring any “direct” safety benefits, there are likely to be some big “indirect” safety benefits for those carers that otherwise might find it difficult to install their child’s seat safely using more traditional belt-fitting mechanisms. Getting a proper installation is a huge part of child car seat safety and any technological development that makes this process easier is to be welcomed. The 3 seats in the new ClickTight series of Britax convertible car seats are: The Advocate ClickTight The Boulevard ClickTight The Marathon ClickTight The Advocate is the most expensive option, followed by the Boulevard and then the Marathon. In addition to the “ClickTight” installation system being introduced, the new Britax Convertible car seats also have some other improvements, including: Increased shell height, which means that the maximum seated shoulder height is greater than before 7-Position recline with automatic level indicator, which makes it easier to...

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Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit CX Compared

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, Convertible Seats | 0 comments

Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit CX Compared

           Chicco Nextfit 65                           Chicco Nextfit CX Vs    The Chicco Nextfit Range of Convertible Car Seats There are now 3 seats in the Chicco Nextfit range of convertible car seats: Chicco Nextfit 65 – $299.99 Chicco Nextfit CX – $329.99 Chicco Nextfit Zip – $349.99 The shells on these 3 seats are almost identical and their main safety features are exactly the same. You will notice from the images above that the only visible difference (aside from fabric color) between the 65 and CX seats is the wide gray band  of fabric near the buckle part of the seat. There are, however, some important comfort and convenience differences that you will need to consider before to deciding which of the 3 models is most suited to your needs and your budget. The purpose of this Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit CX comparison review is to help you to discover the most important similarities and differences between these 2 great premium convertible car seats. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit 65 and Nextfit Zip seats here. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit CX and Nextfit Zip seats here. Chicco Nextfit 65 Vs Nextfit CX – The 6 Important Similarities #1 Child Weight/Height Limits The Nextfit 65 and Nextfit CX seats both have the same child weight and child height limits. As for weight limits, they are both rated as suitable for use Rear-facing between 5 and 40 lbs and Forwards-facing between 22 and 65 lbs. Although you can use these seats in the forwards-facing mode from 22 lbs, it is strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that you rear-face for as long as possible within the seat’s limits. They suggest a minimum age of 2 years for forwards-facing. As for height limits, they are both rated as suitable for use Rear-facing so long as the top of your child’s head remains at least 1 inch below the top of the shell (with headrest in maximum position), and for use Forwards-facing until your child’s height exceeds 50 inches. #2 SuperCinch Latch System Both seats can be installed using Chicco’s unique and patented “SuperCinch” Latch system. This new system uses a force-multiplying technology to enable you to get a safe and secure installation with the minimum of effort. Basically, this technology means that you don’t have to pull as hard to achieve a good tight installation as with some other convertible car seats. Since the correct installation of any child car seat is fundamental to ensuring that any child using it is afforded the maximum possible protection in the event of a collision, this innovative SuperCinch Latch system has become very popular amongst parents and Car Seat Safety Technicians. Anything that makes the task of installing a child car seat easier and more foolproof is a great thing and there is no doubt that the Chicco Nextfit range of car seats are amongst the easiest to use properly. It is much easier to demonstrate this installation system rather than explain it in words, so here is a very useful video created by “The Car Seat Lady”: … and here is a video from ChiccoUSA: #3 EPS Foam and Side Impact Protection All Chicco Nextfit models come fitted with energy-absorbing EPS foam around the...

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Chicco Nextfit CX vs Nextfit Zip Compared

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, Convertible Seats | 0 comments

Chicco Nextfit CX vs Nextfit Zip Compared

          Chicco Nextfit CX                           Chicco Nextfit Zip Vs    The Chicco Nextfit Range of Convertible Car Seats There are now 3 seats in the Chicco Nextfit range of convertible car seats: Chicco Nextfit 65 – $299.99 Chicco Nextfit CX – $329.99 Chicco Nextfit Zip – $349.99 The shells on these 3 seats are almost identical and their main safety features are exactly the same. You will notice from the images above that the only visible difference (aside from fabric color) between the CX and Zip seats is the zip tag at the bottom left of the seat. There are, however, some interesting comfort and convenience differences that you will need to appreciate and consider prior to deciding which of the 3 models is most suited to your needs and to your budget. The purpose of this Chicco Nextfit CX vs Nextfit Zip comparison review is to help you to discover the most important similarities and differences between these 2 great premium convertible car seats. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit 65 and Nextfit Zip seats here. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit 65 and Nextfit CX seats here. Chicco Nextfit CX Vs Nextfit Zip – The 7 Important Similarities #1 Child Weight/Height Limits The Nextfit CX and Nextfit Zip seats both have the same child weight and child height limits. As for weight limits, they are both rated as suitable for use Rear-facing between 5 and 40 lbs and Forwards-facing between 22 and 65 lbs. Although you can use these seats in the forwards-facing mode from 22 lbs, it is strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that you rear-face for as long as possible within the seat’s limits. They suggest a minimum age of 2 years for forwards-facing. As for height limits, they are both rated as suitable for use Rear-facing so long as the top of your child’s head remains at least 1 inch below the top of the shell (with headrest in maximum position), and for use Forwards-facing until your child’s height exceeds 50 inches. #2 SuperCinch Latch System Both seats can be installed using Chicco’s unique and patented “SuperCinch” Latch system. This new system uses a force-multiplying technology to enable you to get a safe and secure installation with the minimum of effort. Basically, this technology means that you don’t have to pull as hard to achieve a good tight installation as with some other convertible car seats. Since the correct installation of any child car seat is fundamental to ensuring that any child using it is afforded the maximum possible protection in the event of a collision, this innovative SuperCinch Latch system has become very popular amongst parents and Car Seat Safety Technicians. Anything that makes the task of installing a child car seat easier and more foolproof is a great thing and there is no doubt that the Chicco Nextfit range of car seats are amongst the easiest to use properly. It is much easier to demonstrate this installation system rather than explain it in words, so here is a very useful video created by “The Car Seat Lady”: … and here is a video from ChiccoUSA: #3 EPS Foam and Side Impact Protection All Chicco Nextfit models come fitted with energy-absorbing EPS foam around...

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Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit Zip Compared

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, Convertible Seats | 0 comments

Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit Zip Compared

           Chicco Nextfit 65                           Chicco Nextfit Zip Vs    The Chicco Nextfit Range of Convertible Car Seats There are now 3 seats in the Chicco Nextfit range of convertible car seats: Chicco Nextfit 65 – $299.99 Chicco Nextfit CX – $329.99 Chicco Nextfit Zip – $349.99 Although the shells on these 3 seats are pretty much identical and their main safety features are exactly the same, there are some interesting comfort and convenience differences that you will need to appreciate and consider prior to deciding which model is most suited to your needs and to your budget. The purpose of this Chicco Nextfit 65 vs Nextfit Zip comparison review is to help you to discover the most important similarities and differences between these 2 great premium convertible car seats. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit CX and Nextfit Zip seats here. You can read my comparison review of the Chicco Nextfit 65 and Nextfit CX seats here. Chicco Nextfit 65 Vs Nextfit Zip – The 6 Important Similarities #1 Child Weight/Height Limits The Nextfit 65 and Nextfit Zip seats both have identical child weight and child height limits. As for weight limits, they are rated as suitable for use Rear-facing between 5 and 40 lbs and for use Forwards-facing between 22 and 65 lbs. Although you can use these seats in the forwards-facing mode from 22 lbs, it is strongly recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that you rear-face for as long as possible within the seat’s limits. They suggest a minimum age of 2 years for forwards-facing. As for height limits, they are rated as suitable for use Rear-facing so long as the top of your child’s head remains at least 1 inch below the top of the shell (with headrest in maximum position), and for use Forwards-facing until your child’s height exceeds 50 inches. #2 SuperCinch Latch System Both seats can be installed using Chicco’s SuperCinch Latch system. This new system uses a force-multiplying technology to enable you to get a safe and secure installation with the minimum of effort. Since the correct installation of any child car seat is fundamental to ensuring that any child using it is afforded the maximum possible protection in the event of a collision, this innovative SuperCinch Latch system has become very popular amongst parents and Car Seat Safety Technicians. Anything that makes the task of installing a child car seat easier and more foolproof is a great thing and there is no doubt that the Chicco Nextfit range of car seats are amongst the easiest to use properly. It is much easier to demonstrate this installation system rather than explain it in words, so here is a very useful video created by “The Car Seat Lady”: … and here is a video from ChiccoUSA: #3 EPS Foam and Side Impact Protection All Chicco Nextfit models come fitted with energy-absorbing EPS foam around the sides of the seat and within the head wings. This extra padding provides essential protection in the event of a side impact collision. Watch the videos below to learn more about the Chicco Nextfit Side Impact Protection System. #4 Multiple Recline Positions (9) & Dual Level Indicators All Chicco Nextfit models can be adjusted to...

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Best Infant Car Seats 2015

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, individual infant seats, Infant Seats | 0 comments

Best Infant Car Seats 2015

Finding the Best Infant Car Seats No matter how long you search for “the best” infant car seat on the US market for your baby, the truth of the matter is that there is no such thing. No single infant car seat can legitimately claim to be the absolute best product for every baby or every parent or every vehicle. Instead, what you are faced with in 2015 is a long list of very good infant car seats, most (if not all) of which will be perfectly suitable for use with your baby. In short, there is no “best infant car seat of 2015”, but there are some seats that are more highly regarded than others by car seat safety technicians. So, give yourself a bit of a break and try not to stress out too much about this decision – you are in a much happier position than parents 20 years ago when it comes to buying child car seats! Of course, not all infant car seats are created equal and in order to get the full range of safety, comfort, and convenience features, you need to look towards the premium end of the market. As in most things in life, you get what you pay for, and child car seats are generally no exception to this rule. The purpose of this post is to try and make your decision a little easier by highlighting a few of my favorite infant car seats and briefly explain what specific features set them apart from the rest of the market. Although they don’t all have the same maximum child weight limits, they are all suitable for use from 4 lbs upwards. All of the seats mentioned within this post have passed the relevant federal safety tests and all of them come fitted with premium safety and convenience features that exceed the minimum requirements. I would be delighted to use any one of them if I was ever fortunate enough to have another baby to drive around. My Favorite Infant Car Seats of 2015 So, here is my list of the best infant car seats of 2015: #1 Britax B-Safe 35 Series The Britax B-Safe has been on the US market for a number of years now. It remains a very popular choice, both when bought on its own or as part of the B-Agile Travel System. However, Britax has recently released 2 new infant seats onto the market in the shape of the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite. One of the biggest changes (and the reason for the “35” model suffix) is that the maximum child weight limit has been increased from 30 lbs to 35 lbs. All of the B-Safe seats have come with a very generous maximum height limit of 32 inches. In addition to this weight limit increase, there are a number of other modifications that have been made to the B-Safe and you can read my in-depth comparison reviews here: B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 Elite B-Safe 35 vs B-Safe Elite As is often the case when companies release new seats onto the market, the old seats remain available at hugely discounted prices until stocks run out or until they decide to stop manufacturing them. If you are on a limited budget, you can buy...

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Britax B-Safe 35 vs B-Safe 35 Elite Reviewed

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, individual infant seats, Infant Seats | 0 comments

Britax B-Safe 35 vs B-Safe 35 Elite Reviewed

           Britax B-Safe 35                                Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Vs  The Britax B-Safe “35” & “35 Elite” Seats have Arrived!  As promised, the new Britax B-Safe “35” and “35 Elite” have finally arrived as additional options for those those looking for premium infant car seats for their babies. The obvious big difference between these 2 new seats and the standard “B-Safe” seat is that the maximum child weight limit has been increased from 30 to 35 lbs, hence the reason why this series of seats has the number “35” in its product name. Although I suspect that the standard B-Safe seat will be phased out in due course, they are currently still on sale. In fact, as often happens when a manufacturer releases and new and improved model, you can now buy the older B-Safe model at a huge discount to the MRSP. In addition to being able to buy the new “35” series seats on their own, you can also buy complete Travel Systems that incorporate britax’s new and simplified “Click & Go” stroller installation mechanism. So, you have decided that you want the extra weight limit and improved safety and convenience features of the new “35” range of B-Safe seats, but which version should you choose? What are the differences between the B-Safe 35 and the B-Safe Elite? Is the Elite worth the extra money? Britax B-Safe 35 vs B-Safe 35 Elite– The Similarities #1 Child Weight Limits As I have already indicated above, both of these seats come with a maximum child weight limit of 35 lbs. For some babies, this will mean that they will be able to use their infant seat for longer than if they had the standard B-Safe (30 lbs) before having to transition into a convertible or harness-to-booster car seat – much will depend upon their specific physical build. Since the maximum height limit remains the same for both seats (32 inches), short and heavy babies are far more likely to be able to take advantage of the higher weight limit on the B-Safe 35 and 35 Elite than those that are tall and thin. #2 Child Height Limits Although the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe Elite seats both come with a higher child weight limit than the B-Safe, the maximum child height limit remains at 32 inches for all 3 seats. This makes all 3 seats amongst the best on the market when it comes to maximum child height limits. Since children very often outgrow their infant seats by height before they outgrow them by weight, this is possibly the most important number to look out for when choosing an infant seat that will last a long time. #3 Seated Shoulder Height Again, both seats have the same seated shoulder height of between 6.5 and 11 inches. #4 Built-In Lockoffs For those parents that need to install their seat using the adult seatbelt rather than LATCH connectors, both seats come with built-in lockoffs to make it much easier to get a snug and secure installation. #5 Integrated Steel Bars Unlike the standard B-Safe seat, the B-Safe 35 and 35 Elite seats both come fitted with integrated steel bars. It is claimed that these integrated steel bars strengthen the connection between the vehicle and...

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Britax B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 Elite Reviewed

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Car Safety Product Reviews, individual infant seats, Infant Seats | 0 comments

Britax B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 Elite Reviewed

      Britax B-Safe                                Britax B-Safe 35 Elite Vs  The Britax B-Safe 35 Elite has Arrived!  As promised, the new Britax B-Safe 35 Elite has finally arrived as an additional option for those looking for an infant car seat with high quality premium features. Although I suspect that the B-Safe 35 Elite (and the middle-of-the-range B-Safe 35) will eventually replace the standard B-Safe seat altogether, for the time being you can still buy the standard B-Safe seat at a significant discount to the MRSP. The new “B-Safe 35 Elite″ seat is clearly an improvement on the older B-Safe model (see below), but what exactly are the important differences and similarities between these 2 seats and which one is most suitable for your child’s needs and your budget? So, what are the main similarities and differences between the Britax B-Safe and B-Safe 35 Elite seats? Britax B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 Elite– The Main Similarities #1 Child Height Limits Although the B-Safe 35 Elite comes with a higher child weight limit than the B-Safe (see below), the maximum child height limit remains at 32 inches for both seats. This makes both seats amongst the best on the market when it comes to maximum child height limits. Since children very often outgrow their infant seats by height before they outgrow them by weight, this is possibly the most important number to look out for when choosing an infant seat that will last a long time. #2 Seated Shoulder Height Again, both seats have the same seated shoulder height of between 6.5 and 11 inches. #3 Built-In Lockoffs For those parents that need to install their seat using the adult seatbelt rather than LATCH connectors, both seats come with built-in lockoffs to make it much easier to get a snug and secure installation. Other similarities include: Latch Installation 5-Point Harness Comfortable Energy-absorbing Foam Inserts Multiple Buckle Positions Stroller Compatible Certified for Aircraft Travel Britax B-Safe vs B-Safe 35 Elite – The Main Differences #1 Child Weight Limits As I have already mentioned these seats have different maximum weight limits. In fact, the “35″ part of the model name reflects the fact that maximum weight has been increased to 35 lbs. The B-Safe is suitable for babies weighing between 4 and 30 lbs. The B-Safe 35 Elite is suitable for babies weighing between 4 and 35 lbs. For some babies, this will mean that they will be able to use their infant seat for longer before having to transition into a convertible or harness-to-booster car seat – much will depend upon their specific physical build. Since the maximum height limit remains the same for both seats, short and heavy babies are far more likely to be able to take advantage of the higher weight limit on the B-Safe 35 Elite than those that are tall and thin. Of course, when you are buying an infant seat for your child, you won’t know exactly how they are likely to develop in their first 12 months or so. If your budget can stretch to the price of the B-Safe 35 Elite, the extra 5 lbs weight limit might be worth paying for. However, don’t be surprised if you don’t actually get to use it beyond 30 lbs because you baby has already exceeded the...

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