I never expected that when I became a mom, I would get so passionate about things like diapers (Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, Target brand???), wipes and car seats.
But seriously. I am totally that mom.
If I ever see a mom buying Pampers or Huggies at Target, I ask if she has ever tried the Target brand. I then proceed to tell her they are amazing and she must try them.
When it was time for Elias to move from an infant to a convertible car seat, I did a ton of research to determine what seat could stay rear-facing for a long time, was safe and comfortable. Despite the fact that many friends recommended Britax (and I originally thought that was the way to go), after doing a lot of research, I landed on the The First Years True Fit convertible car seat.
Elias at almost one in his True Fit car seat
Three years later, I can say without question we made the right choice.
So when it became time for Adeline to get a convertible car seat, I was thrilled that The First Years offered to send me their True Fit Premiere Convertible Car Seat for her.
Adeline in her True Fit Premier at 15 months, and Elias peaking in his True Fit at 4 years old
And it is even greater than Elias’s seat because it offers a new technology called the Rebound Energy Management system. This is a flip up rebound bar that actually helps manage the rebound in case you are ever in a car accident. Pull the bar forward and it snaps in place with your rear facing installation and flip it back with you move to the forward facing installation.
I can’t say enough about these car seats. Here is a list of why this seat is so awesome:
- It can rear face up to 35 lbs. and forward face up to 65 lbs. I strongly believe in rear-facing until at least age 2. Check out this post about the benefits of keeping your child rear-facing longer.
- It has a 5-point harness (while this is standard in many car seats, you don’t see it as often when kids get heavier and move to different seats). This is such an important safety feature!
- It has a headrest that can be removed when the seat is rear-facing. This is the only car seat with a removable head rest, which translates to more leg room for the driver or passenger in the front seat.
- The belt harnesses can be adjusted without having to rethread them.
- The seat is very comfortable, with padded seats that are layered. As the child gets bigger, you remove the pads, but even with the minimum, the seat is very cush. It literally offers more padding on all areas of contact for the child.
- The seat cover easily unsnaps for cleaning and it washes well
- The seats all have deep side wings and are all side impact tested to International Standards.
- While the overall size is comparable to other competitors, the internal dimensions of the seat are wider and deeper, which allows for a better fit for your child. We have a Britax for Adeline in our secondary car and you can definitely tell a difference in how she sits in that vs. the True Fit seat.
- The seat is very easy to install – I especially love that when you put the seat belt through the back, it locks in place. The True Fit premier has a 5-star rating for ease of installation.
- The price is great.
So if you are looking at convertible car seats, I urge you to consider purchasing a First Years True Fit Premiere Convertible Car Seat. I know you will not be disappointed.
Are you one of those moms passionate about certain products/brands for your kids? I’d love to know I’m not alone! 🙂