I received a Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air for this review. I was not financially compensated for this post. My opinions are my own and not by any means influenced by any other part.
Are you planning to take a family trip this summer?
We are thinking about going to a couple of places and of course I want to make sure both my kids are safe in their car seats…Now the ladybug is getting big and it is getting tricky to keep her in a car seat… Yes, I am talking about peer pressure, but to be honest, I only see benefits of kids in car seats, so I will keep her in one for as long I can get away with it….
Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air
The versatile Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air, is designed to grow with your child and can be used through the 3 different stages in which your kids will need a car seat or booster seat.
For newborns to growing toddlers, the Grow and Go EX Air can be used in the rear-facing position with babies starting at 5 pounds until they reach 50 pounds. The car seat comes with three comfortable reversible pillows that provides babies with a snug fit and can be easily removed as your baby grows.
The second stage, you can use this car seat is the forward-facing mode, your kids are then protected in a harness up to 65 pounds….One of my favorite features? The car seat features harness holders that keep the harness out of the way in both the rear facing and forward facing positions which makes getting your kids in and out of the car a lot easier!
The convenient QuickFit™ Harness allows you to adjust the height of both the headrest and harness with one hand, in just one easy step. The 3rd stage when your child is ready to use the car seat belts, you can use the belt-positioning booster mode for up to 100 pounds.
So you can basically buy this car seat and do not have to worry about your kids outgrowing their car seat until they are ready to ride in the car without the use of a car seat or booster seat!
The Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air, is very easy to clean and has 2 integrated cup holders ( always nice), and also has a 3-position recline to get a good fit in your car… The car seat is a bit bulky, so I would recommend to keep this in mind if you have a small car.
The colors of the car seat are amazing and have really cute and eye catching colors and is nicely padded and of course the Air Protect to provide the little passenger with a safe ride that is also very comfortable.
With a price tag of $199.99 the Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air has a very accessible price tag.
If you are planning to go on a summer family trip, here is Your Road Trip Safety Check List
By: Ryan Hawker, Safety 1st Car Seat Safety Expert !
Gas prices are starting to drop! Yes! Therefore it’s no secret that this summer AAA is predicting more and more people will be hitting the roads for a summer vacation. According to the travel organization, 35% of Americans are planning to take a vacation more than 50 miles from home with two or more immediate family members in the next 12 months.
If you are traveling with little ones a very important tip that most people forget to confirm is that car seat or home safety is a part of the travel check list. Before you hit the road make sure to take a look in the back seat to confirm your child is in the correct child restraint for his or her height and weight, and that the car seat is installed correctly.
In Your Back Seat:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2. The new Safety 1st Grow and Go EX Air, offers a safer and more comfortable ride with extended use at each stage; including up to 50 pounds rear-facing and 100 pounds in the belt-positioning booster mode. Remember, the safest place to install a car seat, rear or forward-facing, is typically in the center of the rear seat.
- Always make sure your child is secure by keeping the car seat harness snug. Experts test the snugness with the “pinch test”. If you pinch the harness straps at the shoulder and can gather material, it is too lose. Cinch it down. Also, check in with a local Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. You can visit a local police department, fire station, AAA office or Safe Kids Chapter for guidance.
- It’s something you rarely think about, but car seats expire! You can find the expiration date on the back or the side of the car seat. Also, if a car seat has been in a crash you should not use it. Plastic can warp, materials can fray and the car seat will not protect a child correctly. Always avoid used car seats. The history of a car seat tells a lot about its ability to protect on the road ahead. If you don’t know where it has been, you don’t know if it can protect your child.
On The Road:
- Road trips often mean long hours in the car, especially when traveling through high volume areas. According to AAA, Fifty-five percent of Americans say they are more likely to take a road trip this year due to lower gas prices, which can lead to more traffic. Make sure your driver is always well-rested and the kids are occupied to reduce distractions. It’s a good idea to keep snacks and activities handy. Also don’t forget a charger for your tablet or iPhone.
- Children don’t always do what they’re told but they do often mimic what they observe. According to Safe Ride 4 Kids, almost 40% of children riding in vehicles with unbelted drivers were not wearing belt restraints at the time of an accident. Set a good example and always use your seatbelt.
- Protect your car like you would protect your home. It’s important to eliminate projectiles and keep them secured in a bag tucked under the seat or in a compartment. Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile in the event that you stop fast. That could be a child’s toy or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.
At Your Destination:
- A great way to help your child adjust to sleeping in a new location is to start the process at home before you leave. If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use it for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.
- Are you planning on renting a house for your family vacation this summer? Unfortunately, vacation rentals don’t come child-proofed. Sharp corners and dangerous objects are inevitable. Therefore be sure to pack essential child proofing items in your suitcase. Soften the edges of an unfamiliar house with the Foam Bumper Kit. The Easy Install Walk-Thru Gate is great for blocking off new staircases that your little one may want to venture down, and don’t forget Plug Protectors, and door Knob Covers are essential for rooms you don’t want little ones venturing into unsupervised, such as the bathroom.
The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. I did not receive any compensation for this review. My opinions are my own and not by any means influenced by any other part. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.