Britax Advocate Convertible Seat – One of the Most Popular Choices

 

 

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The Britax Advocate Clicktight Convertible seat is one of the most popular choices that parents choose. It comes up on many websites when I was researching the best seats. So, let’s review it and see why it is or isn’t a great choice.

Why is it so popular?

The Britax Advocate Clicktight is one of the safest car seats around. It solves two of the most common problems with car seats: proper installation and loose straps.

Following the installation instructions is super easy on this seat. It is nearly impossible to install improperly. You can feel assured that this seat is stable when clicked into place. The way it is installed looks a bit different than most seats that you see, as you lift the seat up, and the belt goes under it. Britax-clicktight

 

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Booster Car Seats – For when your baby becomes a big kid!

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Booster car seats are the last car seat that your child will use. But don’t rush into getting to this stage. In order to be following the laws, your child has to have outgrown the requirements on their front-facing seat before being moved to a booster seat.

According to AAA, the requirements normally include that your child be over 40 pounds, under 4’9″, be at least 4 years old, and at least 35″ tall. Outgrowing the front facing seat normally means the child is too tall for the harness system.

There are three types of booster seats. A cushioned seat (booster), a high-backed booster, and a convertible booster.

Convertible Booster (Harness Booster)

I’m starting backwards from my list, in case this is one of your first stops.

Related: Car Seat Bundles

A convertible booster is a seat that your child can use front facing with a 5-point harness, then use as a high-back booster, and lastly, as a booster seat.

The Graco Nautilus 65 is a great option for a convertible booster seat. Yourgraco-nautilus child can use it beginning at 22 pounds, secured with a 5-point harness system. It converts to a high backed booster and a backless booster, securing your child with your car’s seat belt. All the seat pads are machine washable, and the seat has open-loop belt guides to help you correctly position the seat belt. It is reasonably priced at $150.

High-Backed Booster Seats

Not all high-backed booster seats turn into just a booster seat, be sure to read the details when purchasing. Most are 2 in 1’s. Continue reading “Booster Car Seats – For when your baby becomes a big kid!”

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Car Seats for Special Needs Children

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If you have a child with special needs, you might be wondering if there is seat options for your child above the standard one’s you normally find on the store shelves. There is, and they have been made to adapt for your child, and I have a few of the best rated one’s below!

Britax Advocate ClickTight

The Britax Advocate ClickTight ARB Cool Flow Convertible Car Seat has an average 4.4 stars out of 5. It can be used both rear facing and forward.britax=advocate-seat

There is nothing added on to make this car seat especially for special needs children. It has a cool mesh fabric to help your child be more comfortable on trips. The seat comes with extra layers of side protection, and has been highly praised on how well it stays in place in the vehicle and how well it performs in an accident. The head protection is outstanding. This seat is just a great piece of mind for your child through their preschool years.

The installation process for this seat is as easy as buckling a seat belt. You feed the seat belt through, and click it shut. That’s it. There is a Click & Safe Snug Harness indicator, which will click and let you know when the harness has been pulled tight enough to keep your child safe. Continue reading “Car Seats for Special Needs Children”

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Car Rental Car Seats

When traveling with children, you have a choice to make. Bring your own car seat, bring it on the plane, have it with you all vacation, or rent a car seat when you get your vehicle?

Most car rental services will offer a car rental car seat. For a price. There are also some other things to take into consideration.

Cost

If you are a member of AAA, they offer one free car seat through Hertz Rental. Most dealers will charge around $15 a day per seat, with a cap of $60-70 for your trip, per seat.evenflo-car-seat

For some, that price tag might make you decide to purchase a seond car seat for just traveling purposes. There are plenty of affordable one’s out there, like this Evenflo Tribute. Continue reading “Car Rental Car Seats”

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Car Seats for Airplanes – Need help traveling?

I’m going to go over a couple of options here. Legally, you can have a child up to 24 months of age sit on your lap during a flight. You don’t have to pay for an extra seat, but if it’s a long flight, maybe you don’t want to have to hold them for the whole time. They do make car seats for airplanes, and they also make airline certified travel bags for your current car seat.

Car Seat Travel Bag

wheelier-car-seat-bagA car seat travel bag is a great idea if you do decide to hold your child on your lap, but need your car seat for the rest of your trip. It is a good way to protect your current car seat from scratches and debris while on the go.

The Wheelie Car Seat Travel Bag is easy to use when gate checking a car seat, and made of water-resistant, heavy-duty fabric. It has an adjustable interior strap to hold the strap in place, dual rubber wheels, and a solid platform to prevent dragging. Continue reading “Car Seats for Airplanes – Need help traveling?”

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Which car seats do celebrities use?

To some people, this topic is probably a bit insane. But to others, it isn’t, because they see celebrities online or in the magazines carrying their baby in a car seat carrier. So, for the fun of it, I’ve found the most popular choices, and you would be surprised at how normal their choices are!

Here we go: Which car seats do celebrities use?

Maxi Cosi Mico 10 Max

This is the one I found to be the most widely used infant car seat by celebrities. And it can be found at your normal online retailers! Yay!

Details: Comes in a variety of five different colors.maxi-cosi-mico30-carseat

It has air protect side impact protection plus moisture-wicking premium fabrics. It comes with an insert that provides head and neck support for those smaller babies, and also a seat pad that can be removed without needing to un-thread the harness. Machine washable and dryer safe seat pad. The seat itself without the base only weighs a little over 8 pounds. Not bad to carry around.

They make a fairly cheap adapter for their car seat bases that will allow this seat to be compatible with 13 different stroller brands!

Of the one hundred reviews that I read, moms love how cozy and snug their babies are in this seat. They also love the machine washable pads, and that the material is moisture-wicking. The seat seems to be more lightweight compared to other brands.

The cons that I read were few. Some people have a hard time with the harness straps, they feel that they twist easily. Others say the car seat base seems to take up more room in the back seat than other brands.

 

 

Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat, Newbury

Sometimes, these car seat names get to be a bit much, don’t you think? It’d be hard for me to remember this name when asking for help in a store!

This is a very popular option for celebrities when moving out of the infant seat stage, and into the convertible seat stage. Honestly, it’s reviews don’t make it out to be near a good of seat as others that I have reviewed. It averages 3.7 out of 5 stars on multiple sites. But then, it also makes Amazon’s top choice list, so it’s all about preference on what kind of features you are looking for. This seat is reasonably priced, Safety 1st Advance SE 65 Air+ Convertible Car Seat, Newbury between $132-$150.safety-1st-advance-carseat

Details: This seat offers an extended weight range compared to others. From 5-40 pounds rear facing, and up to 65 pounds front facing. It has a 10 position headrest to grow along with your baby, and also a 4 position recline system.

Pros that moms like about this seat are that their children seem very comfortable, and for those that have been involved in an accident or a roll-over, their babies did not receive a scratch on them! The safety points on this seat are incredible, and seem to be the main factor over small inconveniences when purchasing.

Middle ground on this seat is that it is bigger than other convertible car seats. It seems to be a much more suitable fit for those with SUV’s and vans over compact cars. I’ve seen some pictures of kids in this seat, and it does look bigger, like it really hugs around your child, even when they are 3 years old, which is probably really comfy for them.

Cons: It seems quite a few people struggle with the installation of this seat. I’m not sure if the instruction manual isn’t very well written, or if it’s the straps that they are having a problem with. I would recommend finding a YouTube video on installation. (Bless those parents who make those videos, it’s saved my behind!)

 

Conclusion

There are celebrities who have $2000 infant car seat carriers that I can’t even find for sale in the US, let alone any reviews. Are they practical, are they safe, are they comfy? I have no idea, but I do know that these two seats are popular, and can be researched and purchased on a budget by any family.

 

 

 

 

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