If children could race, they’d probably be sitting in a seat like this one–the Recaro Young Sport Elite Cart Seat, or in the Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat! Sure, they have to wait until they’re 16 to drive, but why not inspire them now? Believe us, this chair is decked out! Not only does the chair come with side impact protection, but it comes plush with so much padding that you might be tempted to rest in it yourself! But we wouldn’t advise…actually just forget we mentioned it at all. The Young Sport is a forward-facing, LATCH compatible toddler Elite Cart Seat that converts into a belt-positioning booster seat with a few very easy adjustments. It’s simple to install, and is suited for use in vehicles fitted with 2 or 3-point safety belts as well as the LATCH system (the young sport is LATCH compatible while in its forward-facing mode only–not booster mode). The Young Sport comes with a sweet height-adjustable 5-point harness with contoured belt pads, providing the most comfort possible in a 5-point harness. The multi-level headrest is so easy to adjust, and it gives your child a really close, secure fit. Another feature we love is the simple knob you can turn to recline the Young Sport to a sleeping position which encourages tired passengers to get into that deep sleep or light nap. While we love the Recaro Young Sport, it may not be your best bet if you’re looking for an Elite Cart Seat that can serve your child both rear- and forward-facing. If you have a newborn, you may want to check out convertible Elite Cart Seats such as the Britax Boulevard (it shares a lot characteristics with the Young Sport). But if your child is already a year old, the Young Sport is a great choice!
The Graco Safe Seat (Step 1) if you couldn’t gather from the name- is intended to be the first of a three-seat process. The Step 1 is for infants in a rear-facing position; the Step 2 is for bigger, older kids in the forward-position; the Step 3 is a belt-positioning booster seat without the safety harness of the previous two. The Safe Seat (Step 1) stands out in the field because it’s the only infant Elite Cart Seat on the market engineered for children up to 30 lbs. and 32?” tall in the rear-facing position. Since children should stay in a rear-facing Elite Cart Seat until they’re both at least a year old and 20 lbs., the Graco Safe Seat (Step 1) fits a total of 97% of all one-year-olds according to recent statistics. This means you’ll get more use out of this Graco infant seat than you would the average infant carrier. The Safe Seat (Step 1) has a base that stays in the car while the carrier can be removed easily without disturbing your sleeping baby. A belt lock-off system on the base holds the seat belt in place when you’re installing the seat. One thing to note is that a removable base does offer a measure of convenience for a while, but just like any other portable Elite Cart Seat, as your child gets up to the 20-30 lb. range, it won’t exactly be a light load combined with a nearly 10-lb. carrier. In addition, there’s a one-hand dial adjustment on the base to get the proper angle both for your child’s safety and for easier installation. The ergonomic handle makes it easy to carry, and a special 5-point harness has a front adjustment for buckling that’s quick and convenient to use. The Safe Seat (Step 1) also has a 180-degree rotating sun canopy and removable head support. The G Collection and Samba patterns include an all-weather boot with integrated blanket to keep your baby comfortable in all conditions. It’s also compatible with a wide assortment of strollers, making it easy to convert to a total travel system. After your child has reached the age and weight limits for the Step 1, Graco recommends their Safe Seat (Step 2) for bigger kids moving into their toddler years. Find a stroller to work with http://www.athenacreese.com/strollers/