Friday, November 2, 2012

CarRR Seat

Since moving back to San Diego we have done a lot of toting around. In Phoenix we had a nanny come to our home to watch The First Mate, but now we bring him to his Grams' house, Auntie Rhianna, or to Auntie Tiff from Toot Sweet 4 Two. This means always having a car seat available. I am so glad to have our Britax Marathon 70 G3 Convertible Car Seat - Onyx (Google Affiliate Ad). We actually have two, one for my car and one for The Captain's car. When we drop off The First Mate we simply reinstall the seat using the LATCH system. 





As you may have already read in previous posts such as Thar She Blows & Punchy McShort Fingers, I research. When I don't know about something, I study everything about it until I am certain I have all the info to make an informed decision. A car seat was no exception. I wanted the safest seat I could afford and that would fit my big baby rear facing as long as possible. I became familiar with Britax while I was pregnant and discovered the B-Ready Stroller. We got the Britax Chaperone Infant Car Seat - Solid (Google Affiliate Ad) which was a perfect match and made toting The First Mate around simple. It was top rated and amazing. We loved everything about it. So, naturally I turned to them for a convertible car seat. I was instantly impressed by these stats:

via Britaxusa.com

  • Base with SafeCell Technology features SafeCells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
  • Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat during a crash
  • Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
  • Side Impact Protection comprised of deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck and body
  • Tangle-Free, Five-Point Harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
  • Harness Ultra Guard System (HUGS™) provides resistance to forward movement in the event of a crash
  • 70-pound Weight Capacity for safety and comfort as your child grows
  • Rear and Forward Facing Recline for child comfort and positioning
  • High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
  • Plush, Easy-Remove Cover with matching comfort pads and infant body pillow to provide extra comfort and easy cleaning without disassembling or uninstalling the child seat
  • Two Buckle Positions for your growing child
  • Infant Positioning Insert may be necessary for small infants to achieve a snug fit of the harness around your child (sold separately)
  • Quick-Adjust, No-Rethread Harness repositions the harness shoulder height without disassembling the harness straps
  • Premium Lower LATCH Connectors for a quick and simple installation featuring a push button for easy release
  • Built-in Lock-Offs ensure a snug lap and shoulder belt installation with minimal effort
  • Anti-Slip, Contoured Base grips and protects the vehicle seat while offering optimum vehicle fit
  • Harness Holders keep harness straps pulled to the sides when placing your child in the car seat
  • Certified for Aircraft Travel
  • Made in the USA with global components
  • MSRP (USD) $289.99
The decision was easy after reading about the safety features. I was even more impressed when it arrived. I installed one in my car using the belt, and the built-in lock-offs really kept the seat secure. I also loved the option to tether rear facing. This is one of the few car seats in the US that allows it. (Remember to always install a car seat following both the manufacturer's instructions & your
vehicle's instructions) I used the LATCH for The Captain's vessel, and it was even easier. I have since become a car seat installing pro from moving it from car to  car. The Britax Marathon 70 Convertible Car Seat fits in a variety of vehicles, they are all different sizes and we haven't had any issues.

The First Mate loves his car seat too. Here he enjoying his Infant seat on the long drive from AZ to CA.



In his Britax Marathon 70 napping with his youngest Auntie.




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