The Alamo City Mom Blog group recently partnered up with Britax to talk about National Car Seat Safety and hosted a luncheon for us where we learned all about their new Ani-Rebound Bar car seats as well as tips and info to increase our own car seat knowledge.
This couldn’t have come at a better time, as Trixie was in need of an upgrade from her almost old baby bucket system into a convertible seat. In exchange for this review, I received a free convertible car seat from Britax.
What’s ClickTight? Chances are, you’re familiar with the LATCH system if you’ve purchased a car seat in the past few years. Sometimes it’s easy to install, sometimes you and another person have to climb in and complete acrobatic feats and contortion to get the clips to latch correctly. ClickTight alleviates that! This installation system uses the vehicle seat belt – whether rear- or forward-facing.
We also learned about the Anti-Rebound Bar on the new Advocate. This is a padded, steel bar that attaches to the foot-end of the ClickTick convertible car seats and used when rear-facing only. Available as an accessory or with an Advocate, Boulevard, or Marathon seat.
Additional safety tips shared with us:
TRANSITIONING TO TODDLERS
• Once a child outgrows the rear-facing-only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” car seat
• It’s best for children to remain in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible, until at least 2 years of age or until reaching the maximum height, weight, or seated shoulder height capacity of the seat
• When children are rear-facing in a car seat, it’s important for the seat to be installed in a reclined position to help keep baby’s head and neck supported and airways clear
• Always tighten the harness until snug
TODDLER & PRESCHOOLERS
• You should NOT use both the vehicle seat belt system and LATCH to install your harnessed child seat
• To maximize safety, keep your child in a harnessed car seat for as long as possible — as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements
• Keep children in a car seat with a five-point harness for as long as possible; Don’t rush to transition your child to a belt-positioning booster seat
Important Tips for All Car Seats
• Register your car seat
• Never use an expired car seat or one with an unknown history
• Read your car seat user guide and vehicle owner’s manual prior to installing your car seat
• A securely installed car seat should not move more than 1 inch side-to-side or front-to-back at the belt path
• Never install a car seat in front of an airbag. Children should ride in the back seat until age 13 seat
What was the response of the user of this seat?
Things I love about the ClickTight:
- Super easy to install and ensure seat is secure
- Perfect all-in-one system, from birth to small kid
- Straps are smooth in their adjustment
- Instructions all over the seat
- Same size as the bucket seat she was in, no other seat adjustment needed
- All the safety features!
Things I don’t love about the ClickTight:
- The cup holder – it’s too easy for the kids to remove and lose
- Did I mention the cup holder? Because I don’t need to be reaching back and handing things back to her when she drops it.
I know you might freak out when you see the price ($430). Think about how many pumpkin spice lattes that is: 80. Chamoy Margaritas: 48. Trips to Target: 2. Trips to Sephora: 4. Peace of mind knowing your littles are cocooned in safety: priceless.
If you’re in the market for a car seat, I can’t recommend this one enough. Also, if you’re a bit freaked out about installing this yourself, find a car seat installation specialist in your area.