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Better than a BRITAX!! LOVE THE SEAT & THE PRICE!!,
This review is from: The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat (Baby Product)The First Years True Fit Convertible carseat is the BEST Carseat I have ever seen! If I had seen it when my 3 1/2 year old was growing out of her infant carrier seat, I would have refused my FREE Britax Roundabouts and paid for two True Fits to replace them. I'm so amazed that the seat can go from a tiny infant to a 65 lb. & 50 inch tall child!
I did prefer the infant carseats that detach from a base and have a comfortable carrying handle until my child was too heavy to carry. It's nice to have a safe clean portable "bed" for the very tiny ones, but after that, the True Fit is the safest and best option!
The seat has all the latest safety features plus a plush comfortable cover and padding. I love that the seat has side impact protection and that the company tests their products. My child is tall and very close to 40 inches & 40 lbs. and she loves the seat. We also tried a friends 8 year old in the seat and she works well too! Love the easy adjustable harness! No more removing the seat and rethreading! YIPEE! I also like that the seat reclines a little - great for naps. One of best features is the built-in seatbelt locking clip. I love that it's under the seat and will work with any lap & shoulder combo seatbelt. It was easy to get to thanks to the smart cover design!
I have seen some negative comments about there not being enough crotch space. If you leave the infant padding in the seat and try to put a toddler in the seat, yes, it's tight. The directions weren't very clear about removing it. If you remove the extra pad for a larger child, the space is great, even for an 8 year old.
It does take a few minutes to install the seat and it's heavy, but we have a The First Years Compass Premier Folding Adjustable Booster - Pacific Compass B510 booster seat as a second seat for moving from one vehicle to another for short trips. If we had had this seat as an option earlier, we would have purchased one for each vehicle. Divide the cost by 7 or 8 and compare it to some of your other yearly expenses!
We also love the way that the straps can be pulled around the "wings" of the seat when unbuckling the child. They'll stay there nicely until it's time to get back in. No sticky velcro to rip your delicate tutus! The straps cushions are a nice feature, but would also like a crotch buckle pad.
Don't like: The instructions could be better. Do not like the black area under the infant pad and the buckles. Prefer everything a lighter color, so it doesn't get so hot. We cover our seats with white towels to help. Light shades of tan or gray would be nice.
Love: Comfortable, safe, side-impact tested, soft fabric cover, plush padding. 5 point harness to 50 inches or 65 lbs. Installs tight and works well in small vehicles. Easy to customize the fit without removing and rethreading the harness, multiple crotch strap positions. Built-in locking clip.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2009 8:52:04 PM PST
Anna M. Moseley says:
This was the most helpful review I've ever read! Thanks so much!!!
Posted on Jun 28, 2010 3:07:30 PM PDT
A. Coleman says:
Really helpful, thorough review, thank you!!
Posted on May 13, 2011 11:58:05 AM PDT
Carolen L. Green says:
I am purchasing a car seat for my grandaughters new baby - due in June and this one has the best reviews of any of the other seats I have looked at.
This review from Laura Powell was just what I needed - it answered all my questions.. my oldest child is 48 - youngest child 34 - they didn't make car seats then - just booster seats so your children could look out the window while riding in a car. But as a grandmother I will not have a child in the car with out a safe car seat. So thanks very much for the very detailed review given.
Posted on Jun 20, 2011 10:48:49 PM PDT
Angie S. says:
ummm... a free britax? Where do I sign up for that? From what I understand they are one of the highest rated car seats for safety! I'm so confused! I just want my little guy to be safe!
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