Yep. I’m the mom who cried trying to install a carseat. I’m also the mama who decided to forgo the trip to the gym because the carseat wasn’t installed in my car when it was time to leave for said gym trip! You try installing a carseat in the summer heat of Nashville, Tennessee. I dare ya. So yes, I am totally that girl.
It’s true that convenience and ease-of-use led me on a search for a great carseat, but along the way, I discovered there are so many amazing safety features I didn’t even know existed, and so much child safety information I had ignored!
Enter the Britax Advocate Clicktight ARB. (Keep reading to hear more!)
I had the great honor of being a part of a fun moms event last week, sponsored by our friends at Britax and Nashville Moms Blog. The kind folks at Britax graciously gifted me a carseat for the purpose of this review, but also took the time to explain their newest and best safety features, and to help us understand a little more about Baby Safety Month, and Child Passenger Safety Week. We started with fun cupcakes and snacks, and then had a chance to interact with the carseat ourselves, ask tons of questions, and see a full installation demonstration in a real car on a hot Tennessee day! The BEST part was getting to install the carseat myself in my own car with an expert looking on… for the win!!
I discovered there were quite a few things I didn’t know about my child’s carseat, or that I simply underestimated. Here are a few highlights.
Speaking of moving to a forward facing carseat… I used to be so worried about buying a carseat that would soon expire. I was thrilled to hear that the new Britax Advocate has a 10-year expiration date. Woohoo!
All-in-all, I’m very impressed with the Britax Advocate, especially the ClickTight system and the anti-rebound bar! My only negatives are two: it is a big seat, and it is heavy. Both of these are well worth it for me to know my child is safe and secure. One of the best pieces of advice I received in searching for a carseat was this: Peel back the layers. Don’t just shop for cushy fabric and cute design. Literally peel back the layers and see what the seat is made of underneath. In this case, steel bars and lots of impact absorption technology! 😉 All great things.
Did I mention that it felt like our very own Oprah’s favorite things when I saw all those carseats together?!?!
Wondering how safe your carseat really is? And do you know if it’s installed correctly? I was floored to learn that 96% of parents think they’re installing their seats correctly. Yet, three out of four are not. Find a car seat check event or a technician near you at www.safekids.org.
Aaaaand… you can get huge savings on Britax carseats at lots of retailers right now. This month, look for the All About Baby Safety Event (up to 25% off at participating retailers).
*This post is sponsored by Britax. *Affiliate links may be present.