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Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Carseat Review: Raising the Bar
2016 Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Carseat Review
The new generation of 3-in-1 carseat from Dorel is here and it’s a solid success in practicality, installation, and fit. From a 5-position no-rethread harness, to protective head wings, to user-friendly features such as harness holders, theSafety 1st Grow and Go shows it’s up to the challenge of taking children from rear-facing through early grade school. Read on to learn how the successor to the aging Alpha Omega Elite platform is raising the bar.
Weight and Height Limits
- Rear-facing: 5-40 lbs., and child’s head is 1” below top of headrest, and 19-40”
- Forward-facing: 22-65 lbs., and 29-49”, and at least 1 year old (models made prior to 10/2016 had 2-year age minimum)
- Belt-positioning booster: 40-100 lbs., 43-52”, and at least 4 years old
What are the differences between the various models of Grow and Go and similar convertibles?
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|Carseat Name||RF Weight Limit||FF Weight Limit||BPB Weight Limit||IIHS Rating||Features||MSRP|
|Multi-Fit||5-40 lbs.||22-40 lbs.||40-100 lbs.||Best Bet Rating||Costco exclusive; harness height adjustment levers on headrest; 3-position recline; 1 cup holder||$99.99|
|Ever-Fit||5-40 lbs.||22-40 lbs.||40-100 lbs.||Best Bet Rating||Sam's Club exclusive; harness height adjustment levers on headrest; 3-position recline; 1 cup holder||$99.86|
|Continuum||5-40 lbs.||22-50 lbs.||40-80 lbs.||Best Bet Rating||harness height adjustment levers on headrest; 3-position recline; 1 cup holder||$149.99|
|Grow and Go||5-40 lbs.||22-65 lbs.||40-100 lbs.||Good Bet Rating||harness height adjustment levers on headrest; 3-position recline; 2 cup holders||$169.99|
|Grow and Go Air Sport||5-40 lbs.||22-65 lbs.||40-100 lbs.||Best Bet Rating||harness height adjustment button on headrest; Air Protect®; cover unsnaps to machine clean and dry; 3-position recline; 1 cup holders||$189.99|
|Grow and Go EX Air||5-50 lbs.||22-65 lbs.||40-100 lbs.||Best Bet Rating||harness height adjustment button on headrest; Air Protect®; cover unsnaps to machine clean and dry; 3-position recline; 2 cup holders||$199.99|
Grow and Go Overview
- No-rethread harness with 5 height positions and a separate infant position
- 3 crotch strap positions
- Infant cushion
- Versatile harness holders
- Machine washable and dryable cover
- 2 integrated cup holders
- IIHS “Good Bet” Rating for booster mode
- Made in the USA!
- Harness height range with no-rethread harness: 10” – 17 ¼”
- Separate newborn harness slot: 5 ¾” bottom slots with infant cushion
- Highest belt-positioning booster belt guide: 18″
- External widest point: 18″
- Usable shell height with headrest: 26″
- Shoulder width: 14 ½”
- Crotch strap depth: 3 ½”, 4 ¾”, 6″
- Seat depth: 12 ½”
- Seat weight: 15.4 lbs.
Grow and Go has 3 recline positions. For babies who cannot sit upright without support, the red level line on the sticker must be parallel with the ground. For older babies and toddlers you may use recline position 2 or 3 on the base and the seat can be installed rear-facing at a more upright angle. For forward-facing and booster mode you must place the seat in the fully upright (#1) position.
This seat does NOT have a built in lockoff feature for installations with seatbelt. Therefore, if you need to install with seatbelt, you must understand how the belts in your vehicle lock. Read your vehicle owners manual for guidance and consult a CPS Technician if you’re still unsure.
Installation is color-coded for ease: blue for rear-facing, red for forward-facing. One nice thing about installing the Grow and Go rear-facing is that the recline angle can be more upright for kids who can sit up unassisted. For the younger, less coordinated crowd, the level line must be parallel to the ground. When it’s installed more upright in my vehicle, a 2011 Acura MDX, it gives the front passenger seat nearly normal legroom. Unfortunately, when installed in the full recline position for younger babies, it created a knees-in-the-dashboard situation. It also required something additional (pool noodle or rolled up towel) to achieve that required recline angle. For more info on how to properly use a pool noodle or rolled up towel to adjust the recline angle of a safety 1st convertible car seat carseat, see our article HERE.
Forward-facing LATCH weight limit: 40 lbs. Children weighing between 40-65 lbs. using the harness must have the seat installed with a seatbelt and tether. The tether must be used when the seat is installed forward-facing using the 5-pt harness.
LATCH in Booster Mode: The lower LATCH connectors and tether may NOT be used when the carseat is used in booster mode.
Center LATCH Installations with Non-Standard Spacing: Permitted only in designated LATCH positions; if your vehicle doesn’t have dedicated lower LATCH anchors in the center seating position, you cannot install this carseat with LATCH.
Inflatable Seat Belts: Safety 1st does NOT allow the Grow and Go to be used with inflatable seat belts found in some Ford, Lincoln, and Mercedes vehicles, and in some airplane seat belts.
Fit to Child
The infant cushion MUST be used for children using the separate, bottom harness slots. Its use is optional at other times. The buckle cover MUST be used at all times. The harness strap covers are optional and may be removed at any time.
Rear-facing: Use the harness slots that are “at or slightly below” the child’s shoulder level. The seat comes out of the box with the harness straps in the no-rethread harness system (lowest height position is 10″ high). 10″ is way too high safety 1st convertible car seat a newborn but since most parents use an infant seat first, babies are usually 6-12 months old before they are transitioned into a convertible seat. By 6 months old, most average-sized babies can fit “at or below” in harness slots that are 10″ high.
For newborns or smaller infants, the carseat must be set to a separate set of lower harness slots (approximately 6″ high) outside of the no-rethread headrest. If you need to use these lower slots, be prepared for the reality that you will need to use this single set of low harness slots until your baby can fit in the next set of slots that are 10″ high. There is a 4-inch gap between those 2 harness height positions. If you wait until your baby is tall enough to use the seat the way it comes out of the box – you avoid these potential issues.
On the sample seat I received, the cover was not aligned properly by about a ½” and it made for an extremely frustrating task of threading the harness through the slots. I couldn’t follow the instructions; average parents without knowledge of how to re-thread harnesses will probably end up doing it incorrectly. My suggestion is not to use this carseat for small infants. Since most parents will likely start with an infant seat anyway and transition baby into a convertible at some point after 6 months, this won’t be an issue for the majority of users.
Setting up Grow and Go for small baby:
If you choose to use the Grow and Go from birth, you will need to make safety 1st convertible car seat that the harness is threaded correctly through the infant insert cushion, through the separate bottom slots of the adjustable headrest, through the bottom slots in the carseat shell and attached to the splitter plate using what we refer to as the “newborn loops” on the harness.
Make sure the headrest is in lowest position to align the lower set of harness slots on the adjustable headrest (blue arrow in pic below) with the bottom harness slots on the shell. There’s a sticker on the back of the seat that references this. Do NOT move the headrest up from the bottom position while the harness is routed through these slots. Leave the headrest in its lowest position when using the newborn harness slots. In addition, the harness straps must be shortened when using the lower slots. The metal splitter plate should be attached to the upper loops on the harness. This leaves safety 1st convertible car seat long “tail” of excess webbing hanging down from the splitter plate (see 2nd pic below). If you don’t shorten the straps this way – you won’t be able to get a snug harness fit on a small baby.
If you wind up using the lower slots, move the harness back to the original out-of-box settings once your baby is tall enough that their shoulders are level with the regular slots in the headrest (see green arrow in pic above). On the back of the seat, you will see the harness come through the red plastic slot in the adjustable headrest – above the metal reinforcement bar. Now you can take advantage of the no-rethread harness feature as your child continues to grow!
When tightening the harness on my newborn doll, I noticed that the straps got stuck and wouldn’t tighten all the way. Kecia was having a similar issue with her Grow and Go model when the seat was installed RF using those separate newborn harness slots. Since this is occurring between the bottom of the shell and the base, it’s hard to figure out what’s going on. However, we determined that there are plastic ribs under the seating area of the shell and the splitter plate sometimes gets stuck on those ribs when the harness is routed through those newborn slots. We did not experience this problem when the straps were routed through the no-rethread harness system. Because of this, and the complicated nature of re-routing the harness straps, we don’t recommend any of the Grow and Go models for safety 1st convertible car seat who aren’t tall enough to use the seat the way it comes out of the box.
Those issues aside, harness fit on my newborn doll, Romeo, was excellent, though I did find that buckle adjustment for smaller infants to be too short. Adjusting it back to the normal length was just right. Using the buckle adjustment for smaller infants is optional, so adjust it to fit your child.
Nora, my smaller rear-facing model below, is 1 and around 25 lbs. Emma, my older model in the purple shirt, is 4 and around 30 lbs.
Forward-facing: With a 17″ top harness height position, the Grow and Go harness should accommodate many kids until they are the age and size where they can safely transition to booster mode. Almost all kids will outgrow the harness by height before reaching the 65 lbs. weight limit.
Models below are 2 years old, 24 lbs. and 34″ tall. And 5 years old, 48 lbs. and 43″ tall.
Tethering the seat is required when forward-facing (if a tether anchor is available). Use the tether strap regardless of the installation method (LATCH or seatbelt). Tethering a forward-facing carseat is a critical step that many parents miss. Figure out where the tether anchors are in your vehicle and use about union bank of india with any forward-facing carseat!
The seat I have is labeled with a 2 year minimum age for forward-facing but current Grow and Go models have labels and instructions that state that the minimum age for forward-facing is 1 year old. We recommend that children ride rear-facing until at least age 2 as per the AAP recommendations but we also acknowledge that there are some families with compelling circumstances who may chose forward-facing before 24 months and those families will now have that option with newer production models (unless they live in a state with a higher legal age minimum age for forward-facing).
Belt fit was excellent on our model below who is 6 years old, 48 lbs. and 47″ tall. This seat isn’t particularly tall or wide so it won’t be the last booster your child needs before they are tall enough to pass the 5-Step Test, but it does a good job in this mode for kids over age 4 who weigh at least 40 pounds. The Grow and Go received a “Good Bet” rating from the IIHS in their most recent round of belt fit testing.
Converting the Grow and Go into a booster is a pretty simple procedure. On many seats that convert from a harnessed carseat to a belt-positioning booster, the harness must be removed and stored somewhere. Then promptly lost, right? Not in this case. Safety 1st made room for the harness storage behind the headrest/backrest panel. Safety 1st convertible car seat, you will have to remove the buckle and harness covers and store them somewhere safe if you want to use the carseat in harness mode again. A gallon size Ziploc bag is great for holding all the padding and the buckle.
Cover/Maintenance/Ease of Use
I opened the manual and the first 2 pages blew me away—in a good way! I can tell a lot of thought went into making it easier for parents and caregivers to navigate. The iconography throughout is outstanding.
The cover has harness holders so you can keep the harness out of the seat while you put your child in it. If you’ve never had this feature before, you’ll never be able to use another seat without it!
The cover removes very easily. It literally is one of those covers you can unsnap and rip off in less than 10 seconds after your kid pukes or has a poop explosion and you’re gagging on the sidelines. After you wash it in the washer in cold water in a gentle cycle, you can dry it on low heat for 10-12 minutes to jump start the drying process. The harness can be wiped down with a wash cloth and sudsy water. The cover simply slides back on and there are 4 snaps to secure it.
The Grow and Go is FAA-approved for use as a harnessed seat only. Boosters are not allowed to be used on airplanes because they require lap/shoulder belts.
The Grow and Go has a lifespan of 10 years and Safety 1st wants you to replace it after any crash.
- 3 modes of usage: rear-facing, forward-facing & booster
- Fits a range of children well
- Relatively narrow
- Easy to convert to booster
- Cover is easy to remove, machine washable and dryer safe
- Versatile harness holders
- 2 integrated cup holders that are removable and dishwasher safe
- 10 year lifespan before expiration
- Made in the USA
- Requires manual adjustments to use for newborn or smaller infant. Those adjustments create many opportunities for misuse.
- On my seat, the harness was extremely difficult to thread through the separate lower slots due to the cover sizing
- Splitter plate can catch on the bottom of the seat when the separate lower harness slots are used; we don’t recommend the Grow and Go models for infants until they are large enough fit in the bottom setting of the no- rethread harness
- Takes up a lot of space rear-facing when reclined to the level line, but can be positioned much more upright once child is older and able to sit upright without support
- Cannot use LATCH in booster mode (lower anchor connectors and tether hook must be stored in booster mode)
- Kids with long torsos may outgrow booster mode before they are ready to switch to an inexpensive backless booster
For older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the Safety 1st Grow and Go is safety 1st convertible car seat vast improvement over the previous generation of Dorel 3-in-1 models. These new seats are easier to install, fit kiddos and vehicles so much better, have improved covers with much better padding and we love that they are easy to remove, machine washable and even dryer safe! Dorel has also made great improvements in their manuals and labeling and we applaud them for that. As an added bonus – all Grow and Go models are Made in the USA!
Even though we don’t recommend any of the Grow and Go models for what is the interest rate today for refinance with newborns or smaller babies, overall these seats offer what many consumers are looking for. An affordable convertible + booster seat that will keep their child safe and comfortable through different ages and stages!
Yes, this is a giant, 20′ tall inflatable Grow and Go EX Air. Isn’t it awesome?
Thank you to Dorel for providing the Safety 1st Grow and Go used for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are those of CarseatBlog.
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- Large and retractable cup holders.
- 5 adjustable headrest positions.
- Great fabric design with easy to remove machine washable covers.
- Toddler Mode : This is the mode you will have it in it’s forward-facing position with built-in harness from approx. 6 months to approx. 4 years of age or until the child’s shoulders reach the middle shoulder height marker.
- Booster Mode : You will use the Booster mode with a lap-sash seat belt from approx. 4 years of age to approx. 8 years of age or until child’s shoulders reach the upper shoulder height marker.
- Dimensions: 45W x 40D x 77-85H cm.
- To top it off, the Safety 1st Solo Convertible Booster Seat comes with Safety 1st’s Free Accident Exchange!
The Safety 1st Grow and Go (3-in-1 Car Seat) – Discover the Pros and Cons in our 2021 review
Over thirty years ago (1984 to be precise), Safety 1st released the famous yellow diamond sign that read “Baby on Board.” It’s hung in millions of cars over the years. Since then, as the name suggests, this company has put safety first and foremost in all their products.
In recent years, they’ve become philanthropic, donating to parent-founded charities such as The Way Home, Inc. and longer-running organizations like the March of Dimes.
What makes this company stand out is probably their participation in popular events, such as Mom 2.0 and The Biggest Baby Shower. They were also a proud sponsor of Safe Kids Day, highlighting all the work of Safe Kids Worldwide, including a valuable message about preventable injuries.
Using the proper car seat and installing it correctly is one of the biggest ways to prevent injuries to your child. That’s why we’re taking a look at the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 convertible car seat. Does it live up to the standards of Safety 1st, and most importantly, does it live up to yours? Let’s take a closer look.
Why choose a convertible seat?
First, you need to know the difference between infant seats, 3-in-1 seats and convertible seats. Infant seats are always rear-facing and are usually designed to safely hold preemies as low as 4 lbs up to a maximum of 30 lbs. Once your child outgrows this, it’s no longer an option.
Convertible seats are those that you can use rear-facing to begin with, and then switch it to a forward-facing seat when your child is ready. These car seats last until your child is 60-90 lbs, more or less.
Some brands (like Safety 1st) use the 3-in-1 term for a convertible seat. However, brands differ in that the 3-in-1 first citizens bank bob advantage login in some instances cannot be used rear-facing and instead is a seat that transitions forward into a backless booster. The seats have inserts for small toddlers, which can be removed when they’re big enough, and then the back of the seat can be removed to use as a backless booster when they’re ready for a booster seat.
How do you decide which is best? Consider these questions:
- Is this your first child or do you have a newborn? Consider starting with an infant seat, as some experts believe they are the safest options for very young babies.
- Is this your last child? Consider starting with a convertible seat so it will grow with your baby and you won’t need to buy a second (or third) seat for her.
- Will you be switching cars a lot? Many convertible seats don’t have a base that allows you to carry the baby from one car to the next. This means you’ll have to pick up a sleeping baby and might disturb her or reinstall the seat every time you switch cars.
- Are you on a tight budget? Convertible car seats will save you money in the long run so you won’t be buying two or even three seats for her.
- Do you have a small car? Convertible seats can be heavier and larger, so it could pose a challenge with front passenger leg room or if you need to seat 3 passengers in the backseat.
When looking for a convertible seat, pay special attention to ease of use. If the instructions aren’t clear or overly-complicated, chances are you could miss something and end up with an improperly installed seat. Your convertible seat should also have a 5-point harness and good side-impact protection.
What makes the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 different?
The Grow-and-Go is designed with ease of use in mind. This means not only installation, but daily usage and cleaning as well.
- No-rethread, 5 position harness with separate newborn position (has to be rethreaded)
- Infant insert with more head and neck support
- An easy-to-remove, machine-washable cover
- Harness holders that keep the straps out of the way when you’re getting your child in and out of her seat
- 3 recline angles (with numbered guide on the side of the seat) to lessen the need for a pool noodle or towel for leveling
- A level line to guide positioning
- Can be used with lower anchors or seat belt in rear-facing position
- QuickFit harness allows you to adjust the harness and headrest at the same time
- 2 removable cup holders
- 1 year warranty
- 10-year lifespan before it expires
- Earned a “Good Bet” rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
What are the child size ranges for the Safety 1st 3-in-1 convertible car seat?
|1) Rear Facing||5-40 lbs||19-40 inches|
|2) Forward Facing||22-65 lbs||29-49 inches|
|3) High Back Booster||40-100 lbs||43-52 inches|
* Note that there are other Grow and Go car seat models, including the Grow and Go Air Sport and the Grow and Go EX Air. They have identical weight limits, except for the EX Air. In the rear-facing position, the EX Air has a weight range from 5 – 50 lbs instead of 5 – 40. They also tend to walmart tv clearance more expensive than the original Grow and Go.
How big is this seat, and will it work with your vehicle?
As we mentioned before, there is no separate base and the seat will not work as a portable infant carrier. Though it is designed to offer extra leg room for front seat passengers, it may still be bulkier than most infant seats in the rear-facing position and more of a challenge to fit comfortably in compact cars. Though it is FAA approved as a harness seat, it will be heavy and doesn’t fold up for easy carrying through an airport.
- Height of shell w/ headrest: 26 inches
- Newborn rethreaded harness position: 6 inches with insert
- No-rethread harness height: 10 – 17 inches
- Highest booster belt guide position: 18.5 inches
- Seat depth: 12.5 inches
- Weight: 15.4 lbs
Safety tip: A tricky thing to remember is that the LATCH anchor weight limit is 40 lbs. After that, you need to use the seat belt for installation. Install it from the beginning with the seat belt so you won’t accidentally forget to switch them out when your child reaches 40 lbs.
How safe is the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 convertible car seat?
The Grow and Go is designed to lengthen the time used as a rear-facing car seat, which is what most experts believe is the safest position for a young child. You may be eager to turn them forward facing because you’re worried about their leg room. Children are much more flexible and comfortable with their legs bent than adults. Crash data has proven a lower rate of leg injuries with rear-facing seats. Plus, they provide much better head and neck protection.
Some parents like forward-facing so it’s easier to hand food and drinks to their child while driving. Remember that turning back to hand your child a snack is a distraction, much like texting. If a young child is snacking in the car seat while you’re driving, it also increases the risk of choking, and will delay your response time. Save the snacks for when they’re older and can help themselves.
There are a few good safety features to remember. Grow and Go has removable infant padding to ensure a better harness fit while in the infant (lowest) harness position. You must use this insert while using the infant harness position, which could mean using it until your baby is around 6 to 9 months. As a booster, the high back and shoulder belt positioner helps you adjust the seat belt to the safest position for a booster seat rider.
As the biggest manufacturer of child restraints, Safety 1st uses extensive crash safety 1st convertible car seat to ensure they exceed federal safety standards.
Real-mom testimonials support the safety standards of the Grow and Go. One mom reported the car seat did great in a 45 mph crash. Her toddler (18 months) was perfectly fine and even slept through the accident.
Possible flaws: Several parents reported they had difficulty tightening the straps in the rethreaded (infant) position, so the car seat flopped around. Others could not get a proper recline angle so the child’s head wasn’t supported enough 1st gen airpods vs 2nd gen sleeping. Both of these issues could be due to a flaw in the car seat design or with the model of car and type of backseat (i.e. bucket seats). If in doubt, call the company or do some research to see if your vehicle is compatible with this seat.
A few people didn’t like the wide chest clip because it made their baby uncomfortable and left marks on the skin. One parent in Arizona said the chest clip melted and warped in the heat while they weren’t in the vehicle.
The seat pad is machine washable and dryer safe so parents find it easy to clean. The pad has snaps that make it simple to take it on and off the seat for cleaning without having to remove the harness. Previously this car seat had fixed cupholders, but the new model has removable cupholders safety 1st convertible car seat are easy to take off and dishwasher safe.
How hard is the Grow and Go 3-in-1 to install?
Keeping the recline and belt positions accurate could be a challenge for new parents. There are 3 recline positions to help children find a comfortable ride. For newborns who need head support, you must fully recline the seat to position 3. For older babies and toddlers in the rear-facing position, you can use recline positions 1 or 2. Then in the forward facing and booster mode, the seat back must be upright and reclined positions should only be used to keep it flush against the vehicle seat. Always consult the owner’s manual when installing.
The 5 position no-rethread harness slots are only for older babies and toddlers. While your child is a newborn and young infant, you’ll need to use the infant (lowest) rethread harness slots. This means you’ll have to manually thread the harness through these slots. For new parents who’ve never had experience with rethreading car seat straps, there’s a higher chance of incorrect installation. You very well may need some help from experienced parents to get it right.
Since getting these straps tight enough is an issue for several people, you may want to consider using an infant car seat for your newborn and then switch to this one when she’s big enough to use the 5-point no-rethread harness positions.
Possible flaws: Parents discovered the splitter plate sometimes got stuck on some plastic ribs between the bottom of the seating area and base, which could be why it’s so hard to tighten them for some people. This may or may not have been addressed by the company. Call and ask them and be sure to check for product recalls as well.
While there aren’t any specific add-ons for the Grow and Go, here are a few things other parents like to use with it:
Munchkin Auto Seat Protector – Not only does this protector keep your vehicle seats cleaner, but the non-skid surface helps prevent the car seat from slipping, which could be very handy if you have slick vinyl or leather seats. The front pocket is great with the booster position for storing crayons, small books, tissues, and snacks for your older toddlers.
Lebogner Car Seat Protector + Kick Mat Seat Back Protector – If you have a problem with the forward facing child who always kicks the seat in front of her, leaving dirty shoe marks all over the upholstery, this combo pack is a great option. The seat back protector also has pockets to keep storing crayons, coloring books, etc. within easy reach of your child for those long car trips.
Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup – For the older toddlers who can handle cups easily, you can make use of the Grow and Go’s cup holders with this non-spill, spout-free, 360 degree drinking edge cup! It comes in a 2 pack and is BPA free, plus the handles make it easier for small hands to hold.
Best Car Seat Hub’s Final Verdict
Let’s sum up the positives and negatives about the Grow and Go 3-in-1.
- 3-in-1 use as rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seat to fit a wide age and size range
- Easy booster conversion for vehicle belt use with storage for harness straps
- Quick fit 5-position harness makes it easy to secure your baby as she grows
- Harness holders keep the straps out of the way so you can get your baby in and out without getting tangled in loose straps
- Provides more front seat leg room in the rear-facing position than other car seats on the market
- 12 Attractive colors to choose from
- Easy to remove machine-washable and dryer safe cover
- 10-year expiration
- Made in USA
- Newborn straps must be rethreaded and are hard to tighten for a lot of parents
- Takes up more space when fully reclined (rear-facing) so it might lessen the front passenger leg room
- May not fit well or at all in compact cars or in certain vehicle seat types such as bucket seats.
- Can’t use LATCH with the booster option
- Wide chest clip may be uncomfortable for some babies
As a convertible car seat, the Grow and Go does the job, but may be better for children old enough to use the 5-position harness as opposed to the safety 1st convertible car seat setting. For use with older children in rear, forward and booster modes, it’s a great option.
The IIHS rated it a “good bet” for the booster seat setting, and there are positive testimonials from moms who were in car crashes, so we are pretty confident in the safety features. It’s also more affordable than many other convertible seats.
We love the fact that the cover is easy to remove and machine wash. Moms will definitely appreciate that feature, but we’d like the cup holders to be removable for dishwasher cleaning as well.
If you have a compact car or a newborn, this is probably not the seat for you. We recommend an infant seat for the littlest ones. Do your research to find out if your car is compatible with the Grow and Go, and check for product recalls.
Overall, the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 convertible car seat is a solid option for older babies, toddlers, and young elementary age children, especially if you don’t want to spend the time and money changing car seats every few months. It’ll last through several growth spurts, which will happen quicker than you realize.
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Key features of these seats include a “QuickFit harness” that adjusts the harness and headrest by pushing on a lever at the headrest. . hence, no rethreading is needed as the baby grows. (We should note that the no rethread feature has a caveat: you do have to rethread the harness when moving it from the lowest position for babies. After that one rethread, it adjusts to more heights without rethreading). And the newest seats (the Air, Air Sport and EX Air) have the Air Protect side impact protection cushions.
Also nice: harness holders that make it easier to put baby in the seat—no more fishing the harness from behind a child or under their bottom.
We liked the machine washable and dryer safe pad that easily removes from the seat (without having to remove the harness), as well as the two integrated cup holders. The Grow & Go has a three-position recline, basic (hook) LATCH connectors and a head/body support for newborns. As a booster, the Grow & Go’s harness removes (and stores away) to become a belt-positioning booster that earned a Good Bet from the IIHS.
The basic version of the Grow & Go has double triggers to adjust the headrest. It also doesn’t citizens bank union square somerville the Air Protect cushions.
At $135-$190, this seat is affordably homedepot usa credit card login the difference between the four options? For the most part, it’s just better fabrics although the basic Grow & Go doesn’t have the Air Protect cushions and the center harness adjustment button.
So what are the negatives to the Grow & Go? In the most reclined position, the Grow & Go takes up a good amount of real estate in a back seat. . and that could make it a challenge to use it in smaller vehicles. With only three recline positions, the Grow & Go pales in comparison to seats like Chicco NextFit. Of course, that seat costs $130 more than the Grow & Go.
The most direct competitor to this seat is the Graco 4Ever all-in- one seat, which has more height adjustments for the harness and twice the recline positions of the Grow & Go. The biggest difference is price: the Safety 1st Grow & Go is $135-190; the Graco 4Ever clocks in at to $260.
All in all, this is an impressive seat. The Grow & Go solves many of the issues we have with all-in-one seats, including a much better designed booster seat mode. Rating: A
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