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It’s not hard to believe that we’re a diehard Britax family. From stroller to infant carriers to car seats, I’ve been very loyal to the brand. Because quite simply, I believe that they are the most trusted name in juvenile products, known for their commitment to thoughtful engineering and top-quality, intuitive design. And since they happen to be the number one selling manufacturer of car seats in Canada, chances are you’ve already purchased one.
In fact, I’ve turned down reviews from other car seat manufacturers because frankly, there’s no point: I am a Britax enthusiast through and through.
“I love the roomy interior and the large overhead canopy. Reid looks comfortable and content, and there’s absolutely no car seat-sandwich appearance that some babies take on when they’re jammed into infant seats. At 2.5 months old he’s still at the lowest harness setting, ensuring months to come of safe and happy usage.”
Since the Chaperone , Britax has introduced the B-SAFE infant car seat, as well as the BOB B-SAFE, which is meant to convert your BOB stroller into a coordinating travel system, and will be in stores soon.
(I wish I was a BOB stroller kind of girl. Of course, that would mean that I regular took part in exercise of some sort… and had a desire to include my children in those physical activities… um, no.)
While Reid was in his Chaperone infant car seat, I faced a slight dilemma: since Ryder was getting older, sometimes I liked to tote him along with me to run errands, go shopping – even to attend press events. And since I often end up in downtown TO, I prefered zipping around in my car vs. taking my husband’s large SUV. (Have you ever tried finding street parking with a large car? ‘Nuff said.)
The trouble? I drive a Mini Cooper. And they’re teeny.
Enter the Britax Marathon 65, which fit rather perfectly in my perfectly tiny car!
The car seat boasts a plethora of safety features, including:
- SafeCells designed to compress in a crash, significantly lowering the center of gravity and counteracting the forward rotation of the child seat which normally propels the child toward the front seat
- Integrated Steel Bars strengthen the connection to the vehicle and reduce forward flexing of the child seat
- Energy-Absorbing Versa-Tether features a staged-release tether webbing to slow the forward movement, reducing the crash forces reaching the child, and a two-point attachment to minimize forward rotation while anchoring the top of the child seat
- Side Impact Protection comprised of deep side walls lined with energy-absorbing EPP foam distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion, and contains the head, neck and body
… and more.
Now that I’ve taken you down memory lane, back to present day: Ryder has outgrown his Marathon 65.
(Technically, he still has some time left – the car seat fits children up to 65 pounds and 49″ or less – but, he’s such a beanpole that he was terribly uncomfortable in it, especially since his legs dangled at an unnatural angle.)
So, of course I turned to Britax, who very generously sent our growing dude a Parkway SGL booster seat for his safety and comfort.
Why we love it:
- High Density Comfort Foam provides an extra layer of padding to gently cushion your child
- Quick-Adjust Head Restraint easily adjusts the head restraint for a more comfy fit and enhanced safety
- Retractable Cup Holders are designed to hold children’s cups and snacks
- Armrests help provide a secure fit and a comfortable place to rest tired arms
- Color-Coded Vehicle Belt Guides indicate the path and positioning of the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belt
- Durable and Washable Cover in mature fashions for the growing child
- Removable Back allows the booster seat to easily convert to a backless booster
And, it just happens to fit in my Mini Cooper!
As with all Britax car seats, installation was a breeze and I feel confident knowing that Ryder is safely seated and comfortable at the same time. Photo regret: in the above picture, I did not utilize the SecureGuard feature (Ryder was antsy and I just needed to snap a quick pic), but essentially the lap belt connector works with the vehicle safety belt to prevent the child from sliding under the lap-belt portion of the safety belt (submarining) during impact, thus minimizing the risk of abdominal injury. Definitely one of the thoughtfully engineered features that sets Britax apart from its competitors.
The Parkway SGL retails for $169.99 CAD and is available at retailers across North America.
Now that you’ve seen how Britax has been with my family from day one, I’d love to offer you a chance to win a Parkway SGL of your very own! To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck everybody!