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When it comes to purchasing safety gear for your baby, I think it’s okay to obsess a little. I mean, these things are protecting your precious little one, right? So it’s a big deal. Research is important, both in ratings and personal experience, which is why I’m sharing a review of our car seat today.
Ratings and price are what it comes down to in car seats for us. I remember choosing Theo’s first car seat, and coming back to the same brand: Britax. The B-Safe infant car seat was the one we chose, and it continues to be a top choice by reviewers and brands. We loved that it easily connected with the B-Ready stroller. Plus, it’s the brand of choice for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Automatic bonus points, in my opinion.
And when Baby #2 came along, we stuck with the same seat. Unfortunately, Nolan outgrew his seat much faster than Theo did. Quickly, we found ourselves in the market for another rear-facing car seat. Which seems a waste, since he would only be in it for another year, before we’d have to purchase yet another seat, a forward-facing one.
So when Britax offered to send us a Boulevard ClickTight convertible car seat to review, my response was, “absolutely!” A car seat that lasts until my child is 65 pounds? I’m on board.
It turns out that longevity isn’t the only thing the Boulevard offers. Its ClickTight technology makes installation a three-step process. And no wrestling the car seat and the seatbelt to get it right, since the ClickTight tension does it for you. Honestly, I think it was a little too easy. My husband spent a lot of time checking the seat and the manual to make sure he’d set it up right. And the seat easily raises to adjust the harness, for when your child gets taller. NO re-threading the straps – can I get an amen for that?! Any parents relate?
It has a base that is designed to absorb the impact of a collision, as well as a steel frame. I had to look those things up, because I have no idea about the engineering of it all. But I can tell you that the feel of the seat is sturdy and secure. It even comes with an Anti-Rebound Bar, which provides extra stabilization for infants while they are in a rear-facing position.
As a mom, I appreciate the thought that goes into designing the seat so the baby is comfortable. Because an unhappy baby makes for an unhappy trip for everyone. The seat reclines to the right angle for baby, and the straps come with pads so that they don’t dig into baby’s skin. The material is soft – and durable and easy to clean. (Another amen.)
It is definitely a big seat. In its rear position, there’s no getting around it if you’re trying to get an adult in the back of the car. We just have people climb over our toddler’s forward-facing seat. But even with it and another car seat for our toddler, someone can fit comfortably in between. (That might speak more to our car, but in case you’re wondering.)
We’ve been using the seat for three weeks now, and we are very happy with it. Again, its safety ratings are high, and it’s a top pick out of all convertible car seats. Plus it is simply comfortable and easy to install and use.
What do you look for in a car seat?