Grow and Go Extend ‘n Ride LX Convertible Car Seat Review
The Safety 1st Grow and Go Extend ‘n Ride LX Convertible Car Seat grows with your baby, and your toddler, and your big kid! That’s because it’s designed for extended use through three stages: rear-facing, forward-facing, and belt-positioning booster. Plus it has a ComfortPlus Footrest that can be used in three positions.
So let’s look at it in rear-facing mode. This mode is for babies from 5 to 40 pounds. That ComfortPlus Footrest gives little ones up to seven inches of additional leg room. You can do a rear-facing install using the vehicle lap belt or LATCH. Make sure you carefully follow the instructions to ensure proper placement of the car seat and tightness of the seatbelts or LATCH straps. There are two recline positions that you can use in this mode.
When your child is 22 to 65 pounds, 29 to 49 inches, and at least 1 year old, you can switch this to forward-facing mode. Once again, you can install this using the seat belt or LATCH straps. In this mode, you’ll be reclining the seat to position one. The adjustable ComfortPlus Footrest keeps kids more comfortable by acting as a footrest and supporting shorter, dangling legs.
In both rear- and forward-facing modes, you’ll secure your child using the five-point safety harness. As your child grows and you switch between the modes, you can easily adjust the harness and headrest together thanks to the QuickFit Harness system. The spring-assist EZ-out harness system keeps floppy straps propped up, making it easy to get kids in and out of the car seat.
The last mode is the belt-positioning booster seat mode, designed for kids between 40 and 100 pounds and 43 to 52 inches. Follow the instructions to store the harness system and make sure the booster seat is reclined to position one. With your child in the booster seat, use your vehicle’s lap belt to buckle your child in and properly position the shoulder belt through the belt-positioning guide on the headrest. Again, the ComfortFit Footrest can be adjusted down to provide support as kids ride. The footrest can also be folded down if you don’t need it.
Some other features include the removable and washable cup holders, and one of them can accommodate a two-handled sippy cup. Plus the seat pad is removable, machine washable, and dryer safe for easy cleaning.
Should I get it?
Parents will definitely get a lot of use out of this car seat thanks to its 3-in-1 design. It’s easy to transition this seat for your babies all the way up to your big kids, and that’s also convenient for parents’ wallets. The footrest is a nice addition, and we like it best for forward-facing and booster mode to keep dangling legs comfortable while riding in the car.
We weren’t able to test out installing this car seat into a car, but with our past experience using Safety 1st car seats, it can be difficult to tighten, whether using your seatbelt or the car seat’s LATCH connectors. Here’s a pro tip (that’s also in the instruction manual): it may be easier to tighten if you route the free end of the belt back into the belt path, reach into the belt path, and pull the free end of the belt toward you.