Driving in itself can be terrifying. Add to that a child, better yet, a newborn can. It can be a nerve-wracking experience. Keeping my rainbow baby safe is my highest priority. So for baby #2, I picked the Britax One4Life ClickTight all-in-one convertible car seat. It will also save me from needing to purchase car seats later down the road. Britax, if you don’t know, is like the Bentley of car seats with the standards they’ve set in child safety for more than 50 years. With high safety in mind and the high-quality materials with which Britax car seats are built, my choice was clear.
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What I Love About My Britax Car Seat the One4Life ClickTight
Safety was first on my list as with any parent who wants the best protection for their child. I love the ClickTight installation system unique to Britax car seats because it eliminates the guesswork of properly installing them. One4Life Britax car seats are heavy duty and not flimsy feeling and that makes me feel confident it would protect the baby well if God forbid we are ever in an accident.
With a reinforced high-strength steel frame and two layers of side impact protection, I have the assurance that the baby is safe from a side impact. The SafeCell Technology crumples to help absorb energy in a crash and the patented V-shaped top tether with staged-release stitches helps slow and reduce forward movement during a crash.
Additionally, my Britax car seat includes a 5 point safety harness for security and ventilated mesh which improves airflow around the baby while she is cradled. That’s an especially helpful feature during the hotter months of the year.
Although safety is the most important thing in a car seat, comfort also plays an important role in your choice of car seat. If the baby can’t settle in, you aren’t going to have a very enjoyable ride. That’s why I love the removable padding that can be adjusted for the baby’s needs. The seat is not slim, so it takes up a little extra room in my 2017 Nissan Murano SL. However, I’m sacrificing space for the safety of my little one.
Another comfort/safety feature I love is that the buckle materials don’t get hot like with other car seats when the car is sitting in the hot sun. Hot seat buckles can unintentionally burn babies; I’d feel terrible should that happen.
Convenience and ease of use are huge for me. Just below safety actually. It can be the safest car seat in the world, but if it isn’t practical how can you use it? Some car seats are needlessly complicated to install, but Britax car seats have super easy installation. Since it involves child safety, the whole process is potentially intimidating, but Britax takes out the guesswork and goes the extra mile to help parents do their best. The ClickTight installation method is foolproof. You don’t need to tighten anything so installation is a breeze. Since I review cars, I have to remove and reinstall the car seat a lot and use it in different car models. I couldn’t do it without Britax.
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To safely and quickly install the One4Life Britax car seat all you need to do is open the panel to expose the color-coded and clearly marked belt paths. Thread the seatbelt through the exposed belt path, remove the slack, and then click the panel back into place. That’s it. If your vehicle has LATCH you can use that instead of the seatbelt. Both methods are safe and easy.
The restraint system is easy to buckle and for added convenience, the carry handle makes transferring the car seat or transporting it for travel extra easy. Even the washable fabric is easy to clean!
The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need
The biggest selling point on the One4Life Britax car seats is that you will never need to purchase another car seat again. It fits all stages of your child’s development handily. It’s long-lasting, durable, easy to clean and it adjusts with the age/size of your child up to 10 years old. Start with a rear-facing position, then forward-facing, followed by a high back booster seat. There is a clearly marked infant insert as well to use up to 20 lbs.
With 15 easily adjustable headrest positions and 9 recline positions available at one click, one car seat does it all, with ease and flexibility. Just follow the easy to read color-coded guide to be sure you make no mistakes. If you get lost, there’s a comprehensive label with a guide to the proper recline angles on the side of the seat near the indicator so it’s easy to determine if the seat is installed at the correct angle
My Final Thoughts and Additional Details
Besides the main features I enjoy, some things have already made me happy about the One4Life Britax car seats Each car seat has two removable and dishwasher-safe cup holders. Awesome. In moving the car seat around, I also appreciate the stage for the anchors so they don’t have to dangle. Amazing. It’s also certified for use in an aircraft. We find that indispensable as a frequently traveling family.
One4Life Britax car seats are a great value at $364.99 on Walmart.com. They come in four (4) different SafeWash colors: Drift, Eclipse Black, Plum, Cadet. Although purple is my favorite color, I chose Drift Grey for mine because I feel like it’s the most neutral and versatile shade.
See how the Britax One4Life ClickTight All-in-One Convertible car seat fits in your vehicle using the following measurements:
- Crotch buckle positions: 4, 6, and 7.5 inches from the back of the seat pan
- Lowest harness position: 9 inches (with insert)
- Highest harness position: 19 inches
- Highest booster belt guide position: 21 inches
- Width at widest point (at the cupholders): 19.5 inches
- Seat pan: 14.5 inches tall
- Seat weight: 30 pounds
- Expiration: 10 years from the date of manufacture
Always check your state’s car seat safety standards and requirements when choosing a child safety seat.
Disclosure: Britax provided the Britax One4Life Click Tight All-in-One Convertible Car Seat for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest. Affiliate links.