This past weekend Aaron and I set out to buy convertible car seats as the boys have met the height maximum on our infant car seats. We were intrigued by the new Safety 1st Air Protect technology. The Air Protect is on either side of the head and aids in side impact crashes.
Babies R Us is the only retailer for this product, and when we arrived were thrilled the car seat was marked down $30. So with the discount, the 10% twin discount, a 15% off coupon, and $10 dollars off coupon we thought we had gotten quite a deal!
We were wrong. Upon arriving home, Aaron immediately began to install. There were problems instantly with the latch system and the shoulder belt system was worse. We watched the installation video online and were told to roll towels to place under the base to hold in the correct position. After rolling two beach towels together Aaron was finally able to install the seat where it didnt move more than an inch in any direction. However, this car seat must be reclined back so far (in a rear facing position) that I couldnt fit into the front seat of our Tahoe.
For all twin moms out there, there would be no way to put a baby on either side of your backseat. I like to have one on each side, easier to buckle in and get in and out.
Three hours later we were headed back to Babies R Us to exchange this headache. We bought two Britax Boulevard car seats. This was the only seat that didnt require a rolled up towel to hold in the correct rear facing position. I dont know about you guys, if I am paying $200-300+ dollars for an item specifically for my children's safety I dont want to depend on a towel for positioning.
The boys have been in it once, and love it. Lots of room and so soft. Aaron and I, however, will be eating Ramen Noodles this month to be pay for the darn things!!!! Just kidding, but it makes me sad for families that cannot afford the best when it comes to children's safety.
I hope this saves someone some time and energy. The new technology that Safety 1st has developed is worthwhile, but the product is not practical, as of yet, in a rear facing position.