I have to admit, I was nervous about using a convertible car seat. Before I purchased one, I read a lot of reviews. I saw a few of them at parenting.com before reading more reviews. My main concern was safety. I had read previously that convertible car seats were not as safe as infant car seats and this made me nervous, as it would any mom.
In recent years their safety profile has definitely improved. I found the reviews at Safe Convertible Car Seats pretty insightful, and finally settled on the Britax USA Advocate. I settled on this for one major reason – it looked the safest! It looks so well cushioned and comfortable and I definitely found this to be the truth.
Installation was very simple. Actually, I found it simpler than most infant car seats I have used in the past. But the real test would be on the road. I strapped my daughter in and she seemed very comfortable! It was a hot day too and the fabric seemed to breathe quite well.
My son is older than my daughter so I was excited to see how it would fit him. My daughter is young enough to have the seat sitting rear facing (the way I prefer), but my son now requires a forward facing car seat. Switching it over was sooooo simple and he told me that he was very comfortable!
I seem to have also found the solution to sleep time. For some reason, both of my kids that tried this car seat fell asleep within about 10 minutes… that was weird.
So, would I recommend a convertible car seat?
Without a doubt. Previously I would have agreed with the worry about their safety profile, but they are now better than ever. I am considering purchasing a second one. And apparently you get ones that sit three across. My bank balance better watch out 🙂