I'm a mom of 6 and like you I want my child to be safe while riding in the car. I cringe when I think how careless I was in choosing a child restraint when my children were younger. I didn't realize it at the time, but I even installed the car seats incorrectly in our vehicle.  

I know how it can be mind boggling with the many choices of car seats there are and that you want what's best for your child so I have started this website to help you find a quality car seat that is good for you and your sweet little bundles of love.

 

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Car Seat Reviews

Infant Car Seat Reviews Britax Chaperone Infant Carrier Review   Convertible Car Seat Reviews Britax Roundabout 55 Britax Boulevard 70 Britax Marathon 70 Safety 1st Alpha Omega 3 in 1 Elite Evenflo Tribute 5, Kristy   Car Seat Accessories  

toddler in car seatA very big question for parents of toddlers and infants in the summertime is, “What can I do to help my child stay cool while riding in their carseat?”

  • The carseat can get very hot while sitting in the sun and cause the buckles to become much too hot for your childs exposed skin.
  • The toddler can become very uncomfortable and start perspiring while riding in their car seat if the day is very hot. 

What are some ways we can help make the child’s ride more pleasant and alleviate the dangers of a too hot buckle touching the child’s skin?

1.  Carry a towel in the car and when you leave the car to shop, etc., cover the car seat with a towel. Although this helps reduce the heat on the carseat, it is not always entirely effective.

2.  Use a Froggtoggs Chilly Pad - a cloth that you wet but still feels dry to the touch. Although this does nothing to keep the buckles cool, this will help your child feel cooler.

3.  The Meeno Babies Car Seat Liner    is a 3-ply poly-mesh material that is placed on the car seat allowing air flow between the seat and your child’s body thus helping the child not to feel so hot on their back.

4.  Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Sun Shade - keeps carseats an average of 26°F cooler

5.  Take a light receiving blanket and place around hot buckles once child is latched in.

6. There are also spray bottles that can be filled with water and which also have mini-fans attached. Your toddler would have a lot of fun keeping cool then!  You might find he wants to keep everything in reach co

 

 

Feel free to comment on how you keep your child’s car seat bearable when it’s so very hot outside.

power windowsThe mother pulled out to her barn to meet a truck delivering hay. Getting out of her vehicle, she left her 3 year old daughter in the truck. The daughter, just being an inquisitive kid,  put her head out the window and stood on the arm of the door panel.  When she did so, her foot pushed the button which rolled the window up. She didn’t survive.

It was such a tragedy and a devastating situation for this family.

You may be unaware, as I was, just how much force a window can have when rolling up.

According to Kids and Cars.org, a car window can exert 30-80 pounds of force when closing. A child can be suffocated with only 22 pounds of pressure.

Remember when vehicles had a toggle switch? You would push the front part of the button and the window would roll down, and when pushing the other half of the button it would roll up? That was exactly the type of window switch this truck had.

Several organizations have been petitioning and have been successful in getting automakers to change their design. Since October 2010, all vehicles must use a pull-up, push-down switch.  But if you have an older vehicle, you may still have the old style of toggle switch.

Window injuries can be very serious.  Even more common than death are the injuries children receive when rolling their hand or arm up in the window. Fingers and limbs can be amputated.  If you’re driving and your child’s fingers go out the window, be very aware that they are removed when you or someone else starts to roll up the window.  Most accidents are with children under the age of 3.

For your child’s health and safety, never leave your child alone in the car.

 

An excellent car seat to consider is the Britax Boulevard 70.  I have written a review that I tried to make as thorough as possible.

 

According to a study, injury is the leading cause of death in children. This includes the injury caused by car accidents.  Are you looking for a quality car seat that’s secure enough to hold your baby? The range of baby carriers on the market is vast, making the decision hard.  Here is one that is very popular with users… the Britax Chaperone Infant Carrier.

Britax chaperone car seat review

How protected is your baby?

The Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat has True Side Impact Protection.  This uses the latest technology to protect your child from a side impact collision.  The deep side walls of the car seat, as well as the special foam that is designed to absorb energy from an accident, all help to spread the force of a crash over a wider area instead of being concentrated on your child.  This feature also helps keep the head, neck and spine aligned to limit injury.

The anti-rebound bar, which was first introduced on the American market in 2004, is currently only found on the Britax Chaperone.Britax Chaperone car seat review This feature stabilizes the child seat by minimizing rotational forces associated with front and rear collisions.  It is located in the base of the car seat so if you decide to install the car seat without the base, you will not be taking advantage of this extra safety feature.

The anti-rebound bar is “L” shaped and sets on the back and bottom of a vehicle’s seat.  It prevents the car seat from moving and hitting the back of the vehicle’s seat when in a front or rear collision. 

Another protective feature of the Britax Chaperone car seat, is the Five- Point Harness System. This system is comprised of straps or webbing that extend over your child’s hips, shoulders/collar bones, and between their legs. This allows crash forces to be diverted away from your child during a crash by spreading it over the strongest parts of the body, thus keeping your child from absorbing these forces and minimizing injury.

Easy Adjustment…

Reposition the harness without disassembling the harness straps with the Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness feature. You can easily adjust the height of the harness straps without having to remove the straps from the metal yoke on the back of the seat. This benefits your child in two ways: first, this permits a more accurate harness fit for your child;  second, this eliminates the possibility of the harness being threaded through the shell the wrong way. 

Who Can Fit This Car Seat?

The Britax Chaperone is a Rear Facing car seat only and can hold your baby from 4lbs. up to 30lbs.  The maximum height is 32″.

 Additional perks…

  •  Soft padded materials and harness pads
  • Extra large canopy that adjust to different positions.
  • Easy-to-Read Level Indicators, located on the base, provide quick reference for the appropriate angle of recline.
  • Easy-to-Install Base with LATCH Connector Storage
  • Height Adjustment Knob on the base for appropriate seat angle and positioning
  • Four beautiful color choices are offered: Red, Green, Cowmooflage and Black/Silver.
  • A built-in lock-off – giving a snug fit to the lap and shoulder belts
  • Premium push button latch connectors (can only be used in newer model cars that have LATCH systems)
  • Ergonomically designed carry handle
  • Premium Cover Set with matching belly pad – Cover sets are to protect the seat in event of an accidental diaper blow-out and the belly pad is to protect the legs and inner thighs
  • Certified for use on aircraft

 Other smart features explained further…

The Britax Chaperone, like all Britax car seats, have Energy-Absorbing Foam of two types: 1) EPS or Expanded Polystyrene foam, or 2) EPP or Expanded Polypropylene foam. Both are closed cell, lightweight and resilient foamed plastics intended to endure an impact while softening  impact forces.

 This benefits your child by absorbing some of the crash forces, keeping your child from taking the brunt of the force. In a crash, when your child makes contact with this foam, it will deform and crush, absorbing the energy, minimizing the impact to the child.  This also acts as a barrier between your child and the firm seat shell or any object that may cause harm to your child.

Compatible with Select Britax Strollers & Major Stroller BrandsBritax b-ready stroller, car seat reviews

The Britax B-Ready, B-Nimble & B-Scene strollers are all compatible with the Britax Chaperone infant car seat.  The design works with the integrated CLICK & GO adapter system.  You can also easily detach the Chaperone from the stroller by lifting the release levers on each side and then lifting the car seat upward. Very easy to work.

The Britax Chaperone is also made to work with major stroller brands.  Just use the Britax adaptor strap which is included with your purchase.

What are consumers saying about this product?

Many are pleased and amazed with the Britax Chaperone car seat. They believe this is perfect for babies. According to them, it appears to be incredibly safe and to feel very sturdy and they like the fact that the straps do not require re-threading as your child gets taller.

 Some considerations…

 This seat is big and heavy. 

 Measurements and weights are as follows:

  • Car seat weight – 10lbs.
  • Car seat base – 10lbs.
  • Carrier w/ Handle Up – 18.3W x 17.8H x 30D
  • Carrier w/ Handle Down – 18.3W x 17.8H x 30.6D
  • Base Only w/ Reboud Bar Installed 16.5W x 16.9H x 24.9D
  • Seat Back Compartment Height – 20.5″

How can you get it?

 Amazon has the best prices, selling for less than $200 and with FREE shipping.

Convertible car seat reviews you may find of interest…

Interested in a convertible car seat?  Read these car seat reviews on top rated convertible car seats.

 

Kiddopotamus Snuzzler Infant Head Support

 

Oh, how I wish my babies would have had something like this when they were small.  This product is aptly named; it completely snuzzles up to your child giving it a warm, cozy and secure feeling.

The Kiddopotamus Snuzzler will elimiate the problem of your child’s head slumping forward into a most uncomfortable position by keeping your child’s body aligned properly.

Very versatile and easy to be removed from your child’s car seat, the Snuzzler can be used in a stroller, baby bouncer, swing, high chair or any other baby product that a child sits in.

The head support is easily adjusted as your baby grows by the velcro tabs that let you place the head cushion right where you need it.

The Snuzzler conforms to all Federal tests regulating the safety of car seats.  In no way does it compromise your child’s safety.  By having no padding behind the child’s body, the car seat straps are able to be as secure as needed.

This product is a winner amongst parents as well as those in the industry.  It has won several awards:  the 2005 Pregnancy Magazine Buyer’s Guide Award, the 2003 iParenting Media Award, and the 2003 iParenting “Hot Product” Award.

Very easy to clean, The Kiddopotamus Snuzzler, can be machine washed on gentle cycle and air dried.

  • no more head slumps when you’re child is sleeping
  • use with any baby product your child sits in
  • head support is easily adjusted as baby grows
  • award winning car seat accessory
  • machine washable

The Kiddopotamus Snuzzler can be purchased at Amazonand will be shipped FREE if total order comes to $25 or more.  You can view the Snuzzler here. 

Evenflo Tribute 5 convertible car seat

I really didn’t want to write a car seat review on the Evenflo Tribute 5 after I researched the Britax convertible car seats.  I was so impressed with Britax and their safety features that it was hard to get excited about any other car seat.  But when the Evenflo Tribute 5 name keeps popping up in forums as an affordable and decent car seat and when it is one of the top sellers on Amazon, I decided I needed to really look it over.  Here’s what I found.

What weight and height should your child be to fit the Evenflo Tribute 5 convertible car seat?

Rear Facing: 5-35 lbs.

Front Facing: 20-40 lbs.

Top Harness Height: 18″

Five-Point Harness System

 The Evenflo Tribute 5 convertible car seat has a five-point harness system.  A five-point harness system spreads the forces of a crash over the chest and hips, which is the strongest parts of the body.  By diverting the force the baby’s soft abdomen is more protected.  This technology is the same used by race car drivers and fighter pilots.

Side Impact Protection

One in 4 accidents are side impact crashes with injuries usually being more severe than other types of accidents.  The Evenflo Tribute 5  has the EPP Energy Absorbing Foam Liner added to help absorb some of the forces of a side impact collision.  Federal regulations do not yet require Side Impact Protection in car seats (as of March 2011) but Evenflo is testing their car seats for Side Impact Protection using state of the art technology.  The rigorous tests they put their car seats through simulates the energy in side impact tests conducted for automobiles.

Evenflo has also tested this car seat for its structural soundness at 2x the amount of energy that the Federal crash test standard mandates.

Tightening & Adjusting the Harness

The harness straps can be tightened up front by pulling on the strap between your child’s legs.  The harness has several positions that can be adjusted as your child grows.

Installation of the Car Seat

The Evenflo Tribute 5 convertible car seat comes equipped with the LATCH system but can also be buckled into your vehicle using the seat belt. 

Cleaning

Everything is washable, which as a mom, makes me very happy; so nice for those spilled drinks and sticky fingers not to mention the times when your child has an “accident”.  Wash the seat pad, body pillow and infant head pillow in cold water on gentle cycle.

Additional Features:

2 Position Recline

Body Pillow

Head Pillow

Pros and Cons

Pros: 

  • Lightweight; easy to move from one vehicle to another
  • Sturdy
  • Affordable Price

Cons:

  • Child may grow too tall for the car seat before they reach 40 lbs.
  • Cup Holder Flimsy
  • Chest Buckle can be difficult to unlatch

My Thoughts

Overall, although I still really like the Britax convertible car seats (Click one of the following to read my reviews Marathon 70, Roundabout 55, Boulevard 70)  for their extra safety features, I think the Evenflo Tribute 5 will service you well and at an affordable price.

Price

I have looked around and Amazon is selling it for a price that can’t be beat with FREE shipping.  Click here for the current cost. 

Consumer Reviews

“We purchased this car seat as an extra to be used by her care giver and for travel as is lighter weight than our other one.  We were on a trip over the holidays this year and involved in a very severe head on car accident. My almost 2 year old daughter walked away with a tiny bruise on her chest/neck from the strap (my one complaint about comfort with this seat is it has no cloth gaurd for the straps at the neck line) and was playing with my brother’s dog later that night while the rest of us (4 adults with seat belts) were in critical to severe condition and in the hospital for many days. I am purchasing another one to replace and can say from experience this seat did it’s job! Always be sure your kids are correctly in their seats!!!!”

To read more reviews, click here.  

Britax child cup holder for Next Generation convertible car seats

I know how convenient it is to have a cup holder for your child when you’re driving.  One of my child’s car seats did not have one and I would have to place the drink between their body and the car seat.  It worked but still  I like the idea of having a dedicated place for my child’s drink. 

What Models Does This Work For?

This cup holder is for the following Britax New Generation convertible car seats:

What Types of Drinks Does it Hold?

The cup holder will hold a variety of drink containers –  sippy cups, water bottles, juice boxes, drink pouches. 

Where Do I Place the Cup Holder?

You can place the cup holder on either side of the car seat.

How Do I Clean the Cup Holder?

The cup holder is dishwasher safe (top rack only).

Where Can I Buy One?

Amazon is selling them for around $14. 

Be sure that you have one of the above models so that you are not disappointed when the cup holder arrives in the mail.

Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite - Lamont

I really enjoy hearing stories of how entrpreneurs get their start.  How from small beginnings they grow to be something so much bigger. So I was quite interested to hear how Safety 1st originated.

In 1984 at 30 years of age Michael Lerner founded the company Safety 1st. Remember those signs hanging in people’s cars in the 80′s that read “Baby on Board”?  That was Safety 1st’s first product .  From those beginnings, Safety 1st launched out into a variety of baby products including car seats in the late 1980′s.  They have now become the world’s largest manufacturer of car seats as well as producing a large array of other baby products.

Upon reviewing the Alpha Omega Elite convertible car seat, I found I was very impressed with several of the features. 

3 seats in 1

This convertible car seat is not only for an infant from 5-35 pounds, and a toddler from 22-44 pounds but it also becomes a booster seat for children 40-100 pounds.  3 seats in 1.  The booster seat uses the vehicle seat belt to secure your child.  This may be a detractor for some parents that would prefer a 5 point harness system for their child’s booster seat.

  • Rear facing 5-35 lbs.
  • Front facing 22-40 lbs.
  • Booster seat 40-100 lbs.

Let’s check out the other features the Safety 1st Alpha Omega 3 in 1 Elite offers. 

Side Impact Protection

A side impact collision is the most dangerous type of crash.   Safety 1st has placed EPP foam all around the child’s head to help absorb some of the impact of a crash and to direct it away from the child’s body.

5 Point Harness System

The 5 Point Harness System is the safest and most effective method for securing your child.  A 5 Point Harness buckles over your childs hips, over its shoulders and locks into place between their legs.  The hips and shoulders are the strongest parts of the body, so when in an accident the forces of the crash are distributed over these parts instead of the softer stomach area.

Harness Straps Easily Adjust – No Rethreading 

I really like that the harness straps can very easily be adjusted right on the front of the car seat as your child grows.  No more taking the straps apart and rethreading them through the slots.  In the forward facing position, the straps need to be at shoulder level or above.

3 Buckle Locations

As your child grows you can adjust the buckles into 3 different positions.

3 Position Recline

 With one hand you can adjust the recline of your child into 3 different positions.  Just a note:  this may not work fully if you have a small vehicle.

Adjustable Headrest

The headrest has 4 different positions as your child grows.

Armrests That Pivot

Padded armrests are able to raise which makes it easier to put your child in or to take them out of the car seat.

Detachable Cup Holder

The detachable cup holder can be placed on either side of the car seat and is detachable for easy cleaning.

LATCH Equipped

The LATCH Connectors gives the car seat a more secure and tight installation by reducing movement.  If your car does not have LATCH Connectors installed you will not be able to use this method to secure the car seat.  You would need to use the seat belt.

Easy to Clean

The cover is easily removed for cleaning.

Infant Insert

An infant insert is included with the purchase of this car seat.  I think this is a must have for any convertible car seat as they tend to be so big and little ones can get lost in such a big seat.

Complaints

Most of the complaints regarding this convertible car seat are that the Alpha Omega 3 in 1 Elite is overly large when using rear facing and that the baby’s head tends to fall forward.  I would suggest you check with Car Seat Data.org to see if your car model is compatible with this car seat.  Institute Insurance for Highway Safety also does not recommend using the booster seat as the belt does not provide a good tight fit 

Where To Find the Best Price

In researching prices for this convertible car seat, I have found Amazon to have the best price, selling it for around $115 with FREE shipping.

Britax Roundabout 55 convertible car seat

The Britax Roundabout 55 is the least expensive convertible car seat model that Britax offers. It comes with many of the same features that the more expensive Britax Marathon 70 and the Britax Boulevard 70 offer with only a few differences. The Britax name has long been associated with quality in the baby products field as well as devloping innovative technology. Brimax takes safety for your baby very seriously and has developed technology that exceeds the federal standard for head excursion along with performing twice as many tests as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Britax Roundabout 55 incorporates Britax’s latest technology – Safe Cell Techonolgy, Integrated Steel Bars & Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether.

Safe Cell Techonolgy - Safe Cells are the basis for the Safe Cell Techonology which is built into every Britax Next Generation Convertible Car Seat.  Reducing the chances of a child hitting something in the car when in an accident is one of the ways to minimize the chances that your child will be injured.  Safe cells are located in the base of the car seat and when in a crash the cells will actually compress causing your child’s center of gravity to lower, thus lessening the chance that your child will be thrown forward to hit the seat in front of him.

Integrated Steel Bars - Steel bars run through the car seat helping it to stay more “connected” to the car and minimizing any flexing of the car seat during an accident.  By the car seat not flexing, your child is better protected since a violet motion forward can be devastating to a child.Britax Convertible Car Seat Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether

Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether - This strap (or it may also be called webbing) is one strap that attaches to two parts of the car seat, as shown in the picture.  There is a hook on the strap that you attach to an anchor in your car.  All cars produced after 2000 should have this new anchor in their vehicles.  The Energy -Absorbing Versa-Tether works to absorb forces and to slow the forward movement of your child by staged release of the tether webbing.  It is better for your child to slowly come to a stop rather than suddenly and with the tether webbing your child does not feel the sudden impact as much since the webbing is released in stages.

Did you know that 1 in 4 car accidents occur from side impact crashes?  That 30% of those killed in an accident are from being hit in the side?  Britax has built different levels of protection into their car seats.  The Britax Roundabout 55 comes with Side Impact Protection.  Side Impact Protection does three things for your child:

  • Britax Convertible Car Seat with Side Impact Protection1.  Gives your child added protection from objects intruding into the vehicle during a crash with the deep side walls the Roundabout 55 offers
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  • 2.  The deep side walls and the energy absorbing foam help to absorb some of the impact during a side impact collision thus directing and distributing the main force of the hit away from your child
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  • 3.  Side Impact Protection also protects your childs head from hitting the side window or door by containing the child in their seat

 

Five-Point Harness System - With the five-point harness system, the forces of a crash are distributed over the strongest parts of the body – the hips and shoulders.  Because of the additional safety it offers in event of a crash, fighter pilots and race car drivers also use this technology. The harness system fits over your child’s shoulders, hips and in between their legs.

Premium Lower Latch Connectors – There are 2 ways that you can attach the car seat to your vehicle.

1.  Use the old style of buckling the car seat with the seat belt

OR

Britax convertible car seats2.  Use the Lower LATCH Connectors.  (For this to work with your vehicle it must have latch parts already installed.)  The LATCH Connectors gives the car seat a more secure and tight installation by reducing movement.  It also makes it easy for you to place the car seat in your vehicle or to remove it from your vehicle. 

Built-in Lock-offs

If your car is not equipped with seat belts that lock when installing your car seat you must use a preapproved device that will lock the seat belts in place.  Built-in lock-offs keep the seat belt from moving around until the vehicle seat belt has to do its job.  (All vehicles since 1996 are required to have seat belts that lock into place.)

Specs for Weight & Height of Child

Rear facing:  5-40 pounds

Forward facing:  1 year; 20 – 55lbs. (Note:  The Britax Marathon 70 and Boulevard 70 both go to 70lbs.)

Height:  49″ or less

Additional Features

  • The Britax Roundabout 55 will hold your child from 5lbs. to 50lbs.
  • There is a rear and forward facing recline for your child’s comfort
  • High Density Comfort Foam aids in giving your child an even more comfortable seat
  • There are two buckle positions for your child as he grows
  • An anti-slip car seat base gives more stability to the car seat as well as protecting the vehicle seat
  • Harness Holders that keeps the harness straps out of the way when buckling your child into their car seat
  • Approved for all aircraft

Recommendation:  To give your infant a more secure and snug fit, an infant positioning insert is recommended for the Britax convertible car seats.

Some cons to this car seat:

When in rear facing position the deep side walls made it somewhat difficult to place the child in their seat.

The car seat does not have an easy remove cover for washing.

The harness does not have a Quick Adjust Harness system like the Marathon 70 and Boulevard 70.  You must detach the straps and rethread them through the correct slots.

 

Where can you purchase the Britax Roundabout 55 convertible car seat?

The best price I have found is on Amazon who sell it in the $150 range with FREE SHIPPING.

 

If you would like to read what others are saying about this car seat, go HERE.

Britax convertible car seat

Why does Britax have such a good name amongst the parenting community?  

Maybe its because Britax has been manufacturing car seats for over 38 years with the reputation of leading the way in developing more safety features as well as finding ways to make the installation and use of their car seats simpler.  Or maybe its because Britax performs twice as many safety tests on their car seats than is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Whatever the reason, Britax has earned the trust of parents.

One of the most popular car seats being sold is the Britax Boulevard 70 which has  all the latest technology incorporated into it.

  • Safe Cell Technology
  • Integrated Steel Bars
  • Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether

What is Safe Cell Technology?

Car seats designed with Safe Cell Technology are designed to compress and lower the center of gravity, minimizing the forward movement of your child during a crash and lessening the chances that your child’s head will hit the back of the front seat.

How do the Integrated Steel Bars help to reduce injury?

The steel reinforcing reduces flexing of the car seat during a crash which reduces the child’s risk of hitting the back of the front seat.

Britax New Generation Convertible Car SeatsBritax New Generation Convertible Car Seats

Notice the steel reinforcing and how it runs up through the shell of the car seat.

 How does the Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether Work?

The tether webbing which is located on the back upper part of the car seat, works to absorb forces and to slow the forward movement of your child by staged release of the tether webbing.  It is better for your child to slowly come to a stop rather than suddenly and with the tether webbing your child does not feel the sudden impact as much since the webbing is released in stages.

Watch this video to see some of Britax’s latest technology and how their car seats respond in event of a crash.

More safety features – The Boulevard 70 convertible car seat also incorporates True Side Impact Protection. 

What is True Side Impact Protection?

With this protection it gives you four things.

1.  The deep side walls and energy absorbing foam give more area to distribute the impact – away from your child – during a crash.

2.  The deep side walls and head restraint create a barrier working to block any intruding object from knocking into your child.

3.  True Side Impact Protection also works to prevent your child’s head from hitting the side window or door.

4.  A sudden violent stop can cause injury to your child’s spine by misaligning his neck and spine.  The deep side walls and energy absorbing foam minimizes the side to side head movement reducing the possibility of injury.

Does it have a Five-Point Harness System?

Yes.  With the five-point harness system, the forces of a crash are distributed over the strongest parts of the body – the hips and shoulders.  Because of the additional safety it offers in event of a crash, fighter pilots and race car drivers also use this technology.

Five point harness systemThe harness system fits over your child’s shoulders, hips and in between their legs.

What is HUGS – the Harness Ultra-Guard System?

The Britax Next Generation Car Seats have incorporated HUGS since the year 2000.  HUGS, which stands for Harness Ultra-Guard System is incorporated into all Britax’s convertible car seats.  As you child grows bigger, his center of gravity changes and he moves further away from the anchorage points of the car seat.  The HUGS system is a set of pads that go across the chest helping to reduce the impact of a crash by adding friction to the harness as they move forward.

What weight and height should your child be to fit the Boulevard 70?

Rear facing:  5-40 pounds

Forward facing:  1 year; 20 – 70 pounds

Height:  49″ or less

Any extra comfort Features?

The convertible car seat offers a recline position for both the forward and rear facing position as well as a High Density Comfort Foam that provides extra cushioning.

How easy is it to clean the Britax Boulevard 70 convertible car seat cushions?

Covers, comfort pads and the infant body pillow are all easily removed for cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the car seat.

Is there an insert available for infants?

Yes.  To give your infant a more secure and snug fit, a infant positioning insert is recommended for the Britax convertible car seats.

What to do as your child grows?

There are two buckle positions as your child grows as well as a quick-adjust harness.  The quick-adjust harness allows you to raise the harness straps higher without having to detach the harness at the back of the seat.  (With other style car seats that do not have the quick-adjust harness, you will need to detach the harness at the back of the seat and rethread the straps through a different slot.)

Two ways to secure the convertible car seat…

1.  Use the old style of buckling the car seat with the seat belt

OR

Britax convertible car seats2.  Use the Lower LATCH Connectors.  (For this to work with your vehicle it must have latch parts already installed.)  The LATCH Connectors gives the car seat a more secure and tight installation by reducing movement.  It also makes it easy for you to place the car seat in your vehicle or to remove it from your vehicle. 

Yet Another Safety Feature – Built-in Lock-offs

If your car is not equipped with seat belts that lock when installing your car seat you must use a preapproved device that will lock the seat belts in place.  Built-in lock-offs keep the seat belt from moving around until the vehicle seat belt has to do its job.  (All vehicles since 1996 are required to have seat belts that lock into place.)

So what about the base of the car seat?

The Boulevard 70 has a anti-slip, contoured base that protects and grips the seat.

What about the straps?  They’re always in my way when buckling my child into the car seat.

Britax has these wonderful  convenient harness holders that will keep the straps out of the way as your buckle your child.

Flying with your child?

The Boulevard 70 is approved for all aircraft.

Available Colors?

5 different color selections are available

Where can I buy the Boulevard 70?

The Britax Boulevard 70 convertible car seat runs in the $200 range.  With free shipping, I believe Amazon is the best place to purchase this car seat.

What is the difference between the Marathon 70 and Boulevard 70?

The Marathon 70 offers Side Impact Protection whereas the Boulevard 70 has the True Side mpact Protection instead.  This means that the Boulevard 70 offers a bit more protection in case of a crash.

Can I read more from actual users?

To read more reviews, go HERE.

One more thing I must mention…

It is very important to fill out your registration card when you purchase your car seat as this is the only way for Britax to contact you in event there is a recall on one of their car seats.

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Brimax Marathon 70 Convertible Car Seats Review

Read why The Britax Marathon 70 Convertible Car Seat is one of the most popular convertible car seats.

 Head injury is the primary cause of  death for children (ages 0-12 years) who have been involved in a crash. Your child’s head must at all times be protected to prevent serious and permanent injury.

Brimax has taken this seriously and has developed technology that exceeds the federal standard for head excursion as well as performing twice as many tests as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Some of their safety features include Safe Cell Technology, Integrated Steel Bars & Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether and with the Marathon 70 they have also incorporated Side Impact Protection.

 

What is Safe Cell Technology?

Car seats designed with Safe Cell Technology are designed to compress and lower the center of gravity, minimizing the forward movement of your child during a crash.

 How does the Integrated Steel Bars help to reduce injury?

The steel reinforcing reduces flexing of the car seat during a crash. 

How does the Energy Absorbing Versa-Tether Work?

The tether webbing which is located on the back upper part of the car seat, works to absorb forces and to slow the forward movement of your child by staged release of the tether webbing.  It is better for your child to slowly come to a stop rather than suddenly and with the tether webbing your child does not feel the sudden impact as much since the webbing is released in stages.

 What is Side Impact Protection and how does it help protect my child?

The Marathon 70 has deep side walls with a rigid shell filled with an energy-absorbing foam that will help to absorb the impact.  The deep side walls help to avoid your child’s head from hitting the window in event of a crash.  It also will help to impede any object that intrudes through the window from hitting your child.  

Who is the seat designed for?

This seat will hold any child up to 70 pounds and up to 49″ tall.  It can be used in the rear facing position from 5 to 40 pounds.  The forward facing position can be used up to 70 pounds.  As your child grows taller, adjust the shoulder strap harness by pulling up the Quick-Adjust Harness with one hand and without taking the seat apart. 

If you choose to use the Marathon 70 in the rear facing position, it is strongly suggested that you purchase an insert to help give your child a more snug fit.  Several users mentioned that they feel the Marathon 70 did not recline enough for their baby to be comfortable in the rear facing position.  However, it does not appear that any of them had bought the insert. 

  • Rear Facing 5-40 lbs.
  • Front Facing 1 year or age & 20-70 lbs. 
  • Height – 49″ or less

How much does the Britax Marathon 70 cost?

The retail cost for this car seat is $279 and that is the price you will find at many of the popular baby stores as well as Britax.   Amazon has the best price that I have found and FREE shipping. 

 

Britax Marathon 70 Car Seat Fabric ChoicesWhat colors are available?Britax Marathon 70 Car Seat Fabric Choices

There are 6 different color choices with the Marathon 70.  There is the Cowmooflage, red, blue, tan & a pink with black polka dots.

 

 

How easy is it to Clean the Marathon 70?

The cover, pad and infant body pillow are all designed to be removed without disassembling the harness straps or uninstalling the seat.  Very easy to remove! 

How simple is it to adjust the shoulder straps?

The shoulder harness can be adjusted at the back of the seat without having to detach them making it a very simple operation.  You want a snug fit for your child to help prevent much movement in event of a crash.

What kind of base does the Marathon 70 car seat set in?

 The Marathon 70 sets in a base that has a rubber anti-slip surface that not only protects the vehicle’s seat but keeps the car seat from slipping around.

Will this car seat fit in a small car?

According to many consumer reviews, yes this seat can fit into a compact car from a Volkswagon Passat, Honda Odyssey, Volkswagon Golf to a Dodge Challenger.  One reviewer did say this seat was not compatible with their Grand Prix when used in the rear facing position.

Will it fit into an airplane seat?

Some child carriers are not made to fit into an airplane seat but the Britax Marathon 70 is certified for aircraft travel. 

Where can you buy the Britax Marathon 70 Convertible Car Seat?

Amazon currently sells it with Free Shipping.

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Read what other users are saying…

Read more car seat reviews by consumers who have purchased the Marathon 70 and have written of their experience.