Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat – Review & Giveaway

Like a lot of moms, I was overwhelmed when it came to registering for my baby’s first car seat. I had no idea what I was looking for, or what to zap with my handy-dandy little zapper gun. We ended up getting a car seat/stroller combo and it’s worked great for us!

….. Until recently, when we realized that Nellie was rapidly outgrowing her first car seat. Now, I was told that children had to be rear-facing until they had reached both 1 year old, and 20 pounds and at that time they could be turned. I had planned on turning Nellie as soon as possible, because I thought that’s just what you do.

Then I came across this article about why children should be kept rear-facing as long as two years old (and even beyond!) and I was a believer in extended rear-facing. Now my mission was to find a great, safe, convertible car seat that would last us until Nellie was ready to be forward-facing, which we had decided was to be until the age of two at the very least.

And that’s where I got lost. What brand should I buy? What style? Where do I begin? It can get so overwhelming so I turned to a brand whose name I know and trust:

Safety 1st agreed to send me one of their Complete Air Convertible Car Seats with Air Protect to review and I was so excited I threw a little dance party. I looked over the website and I knew that this was the seat we had been looking for!

Features:

  • Air Protect™ Revolutionary Side Impact Technology: Breakthrough system shields head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air.
  • QuickFit™ Harness System adjusts harness height from the front in one easy step without uninstalling from the car.
  • Harness accommodates children up to 50 pounds.
  • Accommodates infants rear-facing from 5-40 pounds and 19″-40″ and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 pounds and 34″-45″.
  • One Click LATCH installation system allows for faster and easier installation when moving between vehicles.
  • 5-position adjustable headrest easily accommodates your growing child.
  • Removable cup holder.

When we took it out of the box and I was reading the instructions on how to install the seat, I was lost. But after my husband gave it a look we both realized that it was simple! You use either a latch system (metal hooks that are located in most newer cars) OR the belt system (where you pull the lap belt and secure the seat that way). We chose the latch system and it was incredibly simple to install. Josh’s favorite part was the clamps that you use to hook the seat to the latches came with an easy to depress button; no pulling and grunting and sweating required! A simple push against the latch in the car was all it took.

The seat stays in the car which has taken some getting used to as we’re used to taking the car seat in and out of a base that stays installed in the car. I have to say, getting Nellie into this seat is 1,000 times easier than getting her into her old seat. There’s more room, it’s softer and comfier and she seems to like it better than her old one. She used to fuss and whine when we hooked her into the old one but she doesn’t with this one! I love how easily all of the buckles latch, and I feel great knowing that she’s protected on either side as well with the Air Protect Side Impact feature:

On a slightly “ick” mom note, I have also noticed that the straps are easier to clean off and things like spit-up don’t soak in as quickly as they do with other straps. This is speaking from experience, of course, as Nellie has already christened the car seat with spit-up.

The Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat retails for about $179.99 HOWEVER, Safety 1st decided to be completely awesome and offer one super lucky Mommy Boots reader the chance  win one of their own! Here are the details on how!

Mandatory means that if you do not complete both steps to this entry, your extra entries will not count. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address/Twitter name/other contact info in case you win.

  • Follow Mommy Boots on Google Friend Connect AND visit the Safety 1st website and tell me what other product you would love to have!

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end 11/29/2010 at 10 P.M. E.S.T. The winner will be determined using random.org and will be notified by me. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before I draw another winner.

I was given a Safety 1st Complete Air Convertible Car Seat at no cost to me to review. The opinions in this review are 100% honest and 100% mine.

Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat

The Safety 1st® Complete Air™ Convertible Car Seat with Air Protect™ Side Impact Technology is perfect for infants rear-facing from 5-40 pounds and 19″-40″ and toddlers forward-facing from 22-50 pounds and 34″-45″.

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  1. This would be perfect. We have started the search for the next step in car seats.

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  23. I would love the car seat! I am following you now and the other safety first product would be The natures next 3-1 potty! We are getting ready to start potty training and love the more earth friendly products!

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  32. Alex Fisher says:

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  63. GFC follower – Laura G, and I would love to have the true video color monitor by safety 1st

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  77. I have a Wide Doorways Fabric Gate in our basement but we could totally use another one, I love their products!

  78. I subscribe by email :)

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  80. Michelle Stice says:

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  90. I also like the swing and lock gate and I am following on GFC.

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  94. Mrs. Smitty says:

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  98. I followed you on Google Friend Connect. I like the look of the safety first walkers. Will be looking at those as my little one gets bigger.
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  116. I'm not sure if I did it correct, but I tried to follow on google friend connect, and I think I would like child safety items since our son is crawling now.

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  118. I am all about the safety gates for the foot of our stairs.
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  129. Im a follower of your blog AND I would really love any of the bathtubs or maybe the booster seat!
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  147. I added you on google friend connect, and I am really interested in this bed rail since my son is about ready to move out of his crib! http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Products/Home-Sa

  148. I'm following mommyboots now, and I would love this Safety 1st gate: http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Products/Home-Sa…! Perfect for locking the baby out of the bathroom!
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  150. GFC follower, I would like the Childproofing kit.

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  162. I would love the nature next bamboo booster seat