Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat Review (Safety 1st)

Grow and Go  3-in-1 Car Seat
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What It Is

As your baby grows, you'll need a car seat that grows with him. The Grow and Go 3-in-1 Car Seat functions as a rear-facing infant seat, a forward-facing seat, and a booster seat, accommodating kids from five pounds to 100 pounds.

For the smallest babies, there's a body pillow and head pillow for comfort. Both are removable as baby grows. As baby grows, you'll also need to adjust the headrest and harness strap height. This is pretty easy to do by rotating the headrest/harness adjustment levers inward, and then moving the headrest up or down to one of five headrest heights. The buckle can also be adjusted to one of three slots, depending on the car seat's position and how big your child is. To do that you'll need to reach under the seat pad and pull the buckle's metal retainer up through the pad and shell.

You can also recline this car seat in three positions, depending on the car seat position and size of the child. Just pull out on the recline handle and push or pull the top of the seat back or forward. When used rear-facing with children who can't sit up unassisted, the car seat must be reclined so that the printed level line is parallel with the ground.

In rear- and forward-facing modes, use the LATCH connectors or your vehicle's seatbelt to install the car seat. There's no built-in AutoLock feature, so make sure your vehicle belts will work with this car seat to lock it into place. When you switch to forward-facing mode, the car seat has a tether strap that hooks onto your car's tether anchor.

When you switch to booster seat mode, you'll need to remove the buckle, store the harness straps behind the headrest pad, and install the seat using your vehicle's seatbelt. 

Harness holders on either side hold the harness straps out of the way when you're getting baby in and out of the car seat. And there are two built-in cup holders to keep bottles and snacks handy.

The car seat comes in about 17 different color schemes.

Why Is It Useful?

There are some things that we really like about this car seat: the harness holders, the built-in cup holders, the three modes in one, and the price. And when compared to other convertible car seats, it seemed to be roomier in rear-facing mode for toddlers. However, there are a lot of things we don't like. One of the big ones is how difficult this car seat is to install. But also, the difficulty keeping the LATCH strap tight, the design of the LATCH connectors, difficulty loosening and tightening the harness, and having a printed level line instead of a bubble level. It is less expensive than other similar car seats, so it's up to you what features your budget can afford.

Who It’s For

In rear-facing mode, this car seat is for babies from 5 pounds to 40 pounds and 19 inches to 40 inches. In forward-facing mode, the car seat is for children who are at least 1 year old weighing between 22 and 65 pounds and 29 to 49 inches. And as a booster seat, use this for children who are between 40 and 100 pounds and 43 and 52 inches.

What To Be Aware Of

The design of the LATCH connectors makes it difficult to attach and detach the connectors. We also wish that the LATCH connectors had their own separate straps for tightening as opposed to being joined to one strap that runs underneath the seat pad. This made it very hard to tighten the strap. Three adults were not able to get the strap tight enough that the car seat didn't move. We also tried installing the car seat using the seatbelt, and that didn't work so well either. We recommend finding a local car seat safety technician who can help you install this car seat.

Also be aware that the LATCH strap frequently becomes loose, so you'll need to check the car seat every so often before driving around with your baby in it.

It was often hard to press the button to loosen the harness straps, and when tightening them, the straps often feel like they're stuck on something and it takes a lot of strength to "unstick" them and tighten properly.

A printed level line is helpful, but you're basically eyeballing the levelness, whereas a bubble level makes it a lot easier to see.

AT A GLANCE:
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  • Assembly & Instructions

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