Britax Baby Safe

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MelllieMa

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Wow, thank you so much! That seat has now leapt to the top of my list of recommended infant carrier type seats and I can hardly wait to see it in person!
 

QuassEE

Moderator - CPST Instructor
Darren asked that I put some text in here on the seat--so if you don't want to go through all the pictures this might be a little easier just to take a quick look over the pros and cons.

Britax Baby Safe 4-22lbs up to 30" (PLUS, per manual)
MSRP currently: $300


Pros:
Deep seat shell, tall seatback, easy to use puzzle buckle, footprop, rebound bar, obvious beltpath, light.

Cons:
Lack of a suitable stroller, confusing instructions when using seatbelt, poor fabric colour choice, footprop doesn't function smoothly.

First impressions after use of the seat:
If just the base is installed, it actually rattles around a little bit while moving. It's EXTREMELY heavy, so fortunately you don't have to take that part in and out of the car. The seat itself is really light. One observation I didn't make in the linked review (above) is that the harness doesn't really seem to be an easily gliding one-pull like the Roundabout. You seem to have to pull it twice to get it fully tight, although at the same time it doesn't rachet back like the Marathon and Wizard adjusters. Another observation I didn't make in the original review but will make now is that my son is about .5-1cm above the top harness slots. I haven't taken a tape measure to the seat yet but he's currently about .5 cm below the second slots on the Roundabout. I can't stress enough just how tall this seat shell is.

If you're spending $300 on a seat, you want it to last $300 worth. I really honestly believe this seat will do that, especially if you have taller/lighter kids. Considering the Companion is 2/3 the price, what do you get for that extra $100? The footprop--which is amazingly stable and really stops the seat from rotating back, and the ease of use of the rigid LATCH connectors. The rebound bar on the Baby Safe doesn't seem to catch as early on as it does with the Companion (there's a lot more movement) but I'm sure it does the job.

The stroller issue...I've been doing a little bit of research and there IS a stroller in the UK for the Cosy Tot, so I'm not sure what's going to happen here since Britax *just* released three strollers into the US market, two of which are Companion compatible (but not Baby Safe compatible).. I have yet to check to see if the Baby Safe can click into the Maclaren Global (the Companion doesn't, it sits there but doesn't lock) but I know for a fact that Kolcraft has recently updated their advertising blurb on their universal to include the Baby Safe.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to post. It's tough to give the seat a real workout since I have a 2 year old and our baby isn't expected for another 6 or 7 weeks. You never really learn what's going to annoy you with a seat until you have to get a child in and out of it a few times a day.
 
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grable

Guest
Britax Baby Safe Question

Hello,

I am interested in purchasing the Baby Safe, but was wondering what your update would be on it before doing so.

This will be by first child and I'm really concerned about safety. Do you feel this is the best infant car seat?

Thank you for your help.

grable
 

QuassEE

Moderator - CPST Instructor
Okay, here's my update...

We've been using the Baby Safe for 2 months now.

Within a few days of my daughter being born, the pin in the base footprop stuck open, so it wouldn't lock into place. I sent it back to Britax and they don't have any bases, so they want to give me a Companion instead. Noway. I continued using the Baby Safe with the seatbelt (Euro style, to be honest) and it was absolutely wonderful. I thought I would hate not having the base, but not at all. IN FACT, the base does rattle a little if there's no seat in it.

Britax still hasn't come up with a solution to the problem with not being able to replace my seat, so I asked them to send me a Decathlon instead. I bought a new Baby Safe from a baby store in NY for about $200 shipped (versus the $250ish I paid initially) and we've been using that on vacation--we're in Las Vegas right now. We'll be sending them back the seat portion when we return home.

I still love the seat. It fits large children well, it fits small children well, the paperclip chest clip isn't nearly as annoying as some of the others I've used. My daughter sits extremely upright (base is fully up, too) but never slumps. I don't know if that's her or the seat...

Sorry to be so distracted here, my son is bouncing all over the hotel room bed while I write this. To make a long story short, we still LOVE the seat. We had a choice of five different infant seats and the Baby Safe wins out by far.

The cons? The pin on the base may be a bigger issue--our new base is a bit sticky, too...and..of course the lack of cover selection.
 
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Maile

Guest
Britax confusion

Hi quassee,
I really enjoyed your pictures, they were very helpful. I am torn between the Britax companion and the baby safe. I agree with you about the stroller problem and that is one of my issues. In your last update you said noway to companion. You seem to know both. Could you compare those two for me? I have a VW GTI and am wondering if they fit because they are so tall? It seems that the LATCH anchors in the baby safe are quite long, are they the same in the companion. Sadly I cannot go to a store and check them out, I have to order online. I appreciate your reply.
Thanks, Maile.
 

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