Well after several months of discussion and research, I finally decided on a convertible car seat for Elias – and it isn’t the Britax I thought I was going to get. We purchased The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat and I couldn’t be happier. Here is why I went with it:
- Most importantly: it was given the highest safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- The seat is deeper than the Britax, which allows babies to rear-face longer. (more on my rear-facing soapbox in a minute).
- The top headrest comes off until your child is taller, making it easier to rear face and less bulky.
- It is incredibly plush.
- It can go up to 65 lbs (though Elias will likely move to a booster before he is that big)
The only down side is that it is a bit of a pain to install, but we don’t plan on taking it out that much, so it’s not a big deal.
Now, why am I a bit nuts about keeping Elias rear-facing. Afterall, he will be one in a week and is 21 lbs. Well, it is said that rear-facing babies are five times safer than forward-facing babies. Though in the US it is legal for babies to be forward facing at one, in many other countries, they must rear-face until age two. According to a study I read “rear-facing seats provide full alignment of the head, neck, and spine, so that crash forces are dispersed over these areas rather than centered on one site.” This makes a lot of sense to me, so Matthew and I plan to keep Elias rear-facing for another year. I think this First Years car seat will allow us to do that.
Stepping off my soapbox now…
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