Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Elite Car Seat $$
This was our first car seat. You’re probably wondering huh, how many are there supposed to be? Oh, Honey, that’s adorable.
If you already know what’s up in regards to car seats, skip this part.
If not, read on and get edu-ma-cated.
First, you have your infant car seat. This seat carries your baby from fresh out the V until around 30 – 35 lbs depending on the car seat. The infant car seat (also known as the bucket seat) can also be removed off the base that is installed in your vehicle and attached to a stroller. This is a really useful feature, by the way.
Second, the convertible seat. It carries your baby from birth up to a range of 80 lbs or 50 inches (again, depends on the chair – some of them only hold up to 40 lbs). And yet another type of convertible seat is the 3-in-1 or All-in-One car seat. The 3-in-1 can convert from rear-facing to forward-facing ans then magically** turn into a booster seat for kids up to 120 lbs.
The convertible seats are unfortunately not removable from your vehicle.
**Full disclaimer: no magic, you have to physically move it. Sorry.
For the infant “bucket” car seat you only need one (until your little one grows out of it) but because I’m extra AF, I had two.
We would have kept the Britax B-Safe 35 seat but Ryo has this nasty habit of growing, and he simply outgrew this car seat. His shoulders are wide so they made it look like he was squished, and because of that I got concerned and decided to get a different, bigger one.
Things I really liked about the Britax B-Safe 35 car seat:
- The reputation of this brand is good and they have a good safety rating
- It’s decently priced (around $300)
- The canopy can be pulled back cleanly without it bunching
- The bucket can be removed from the car, and it’s easy to take in and out of the base. The base is also easy to install
- Easy to adjust head support
Things I didn’t like about this car seat:
- It is heavy, weighing in at a hefty 11.5 lbs (it doesn’t sound like much but trust me, it makes a difference, plus you consider the added weight of the baby and all his blankets/clothes)
- It’s not as stylish-looking as I would have hoped. Mine is pink, which I personally don’t love in general, and unlike many baby accessories there aren’t a lot of color options available.
- Again, it’s really heavy. Hoisting it in and out of the car is difficult.
- The company claims the handle is ergonomic, which is supposed to make it comfortable to carry with your hand or forearm – I disagree, it’s awkward.
- Did I mention it’s heavy?
You can check out the dimensions and specifications for this specific model here – the MSRP is $329.99 CAD
Nuna Pipa $$$
I never thought I would be okay spending $400 on a car seat until I met the Nuna Pipa. The leather handle was a nice touch and the soft plush material on the insert really caught my eye! Oooooou-weeeeee that is pretty!
Did I really need to spend that much? Nope but, I did and as the kids say today – “No Ragrets“!
What’s so great about it? GIRL it is light AF, and has the added bonus of being stylish. Just look at it – it has nice clean lines and is offered in a variety of cool colors (even more in US).
Another amazing feature is the dream drape. The dream drape is an extension of the canopy that can be held at the foot of the carrier with magnets. The magnets surprisingly work really well, too!
This car seat also has a high safety rating as it is one of the lightest car seats in the market second only to its sister, the Nuna Pipa Lite (weighing in at an amazing 6.7 lbs).
The Nuna Pipa Lite is by far the lightest option (and only $40 more) but it can’t be installed without its base, making it a no-go if you are planning to travel in cars or airplanes. I will 100% be traveling with it, and if its price tag is $400, you gotta make it worth the money, right?!
I purchased the Nuna Pipa from BabiesRUs because West Coast Kids had a no return policy on any car seats, even if the box wasn’t open. BabiesRUs allows you to return it with a receipt within 45 days unopened, and I liked having the option of being able to return it; it made me feel a lot more comfortable dropping that kind of cash.
Things I like about this car seat:
- It is much lighter to carry at 9.4 lbs (I was instantly sold with that)
- The arm is more ergonomic and therefore easy to hold
- The whole thing is stylish, with clean lines and cool color options
- The dream drape works really well and is a really nice feature
- High safety rating
Things I did not like about this car seat:
- It’s $400, come on.
- The base wasn’t as easy to install in the vehicle, but I eventually got it after talking to Nuna. Their customer service was just OKAY.
- The canopy bunches when you push it back (for a nicer canopy, check out the Uppababy Mesa)
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