I have been waiting for months to purchase this car seat for my little girl (until that blessed time of year, income tax return time), and I finally did!
I planned on buying this from my local store, because it really is about $10 cheaper in the store (which is very stupid, but whatever), but when I got to the store to get it, much to my disappointment, it was no longer available there!!! :-(
I wanted this particular one badly enough, though, to pay the extra money for it online, AND pay for the fastest shipping, because we needed it before we left on a vacation in a few days. With the expedited shipping it got here in two days, exactly! I was a little upset with the appearance of the box - it was all smashed up on the top, either the FedEx people dropped it or put something really heavy on it, or it happened at Walmart's facility. Then, I opened the box and was very very surprised to see that it had absolutely no packaging on the inside! Usually new car seats have those plastic bags around them, Styrofoam filler, etc to keep the seat from being damaged before it is opened. There was absolutely nothing around the carseat, I wondered if maybe this was on the shelf somewhere and was just stuck inside the box??? Not 100% sure, but it was NOT damaged in anyway, so it was okay!
Color: Love the colors of this, I actually really like that it's kind of a muted tone pattern, it's not so bright.
Fabric: The fabric of the seat cover is very soft and smooth, very lightweight. It has a breathable type of fabric, you can tell that it will let air in and circulate well.
Size/Weight: I think this is a very slim car seat, it is much smaller than our old one, which was just a forward facing, non convertible one. It does boost your child up higher than a plain forward-facing seat, but that's good for us! The seat is also very light weight, the description said 10 lbs I think? I would say that's accurate.
Straps: I think the straps are very sturdy on the seat, I liked that the buckle was simple, and not one of those complicated "put these together, then hold your tongue just so and push hard, and oh dear, you have to start all over again..." buckles. My almost three year old can buckle the top strap all by herself, which she loves and I love too! The adjusting strap is on the front of the base of this seat, right in the middle. A good spot for it, and it was very easy to adjust with my child in the seat. The big factor for us was this: The place you have to slide your hand/arm into to buckle the car seat into the car is very spacious, and actually fits your arm without hurting you!!!! This was a big concern with our last car seat, and I'm very pleased with this one.
We are very pleased with this car seat, especially with the extra protection it provides in case of a side-impact. I highly recommend this product!
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