Convenience, style, and safety come together!
December 1, 2019
I'm the mother of three girls under five (3 months, 2.5 years, 4.5 years) and I was blown away by how much I have been missing out on in the travel-system world. Before I tried the B-Free Sport Travel System I was using a double stroller with no attachments for my infant seat, and an infant seat that I *thought* was higher-end. I purchased the seat we had before because of how light it is, and the sleek all-black design. I thought it was a really great carseat until I started using this Britax seat.
This Britax seat feels so sturdy compared to our previous one, and it's so much easier to use. For one, the bottom part of the buckle that *always* gets stuck under my babies' bums is attached to a pad that makes it stay forward (see pic). This is amazing because when I put my baby in the seat it doesn't get pushed underneath her and I can buckle her up so much faster (which is so nice if you know what it's like to try to buckle a baby in without waking them up, or if you're hurrying when they are crying so you can get going in the car and hopefully calm them down).
The chest harness clip slides in so much easier and gives a distinct click when it is fastened. That was comforting because on our previous seat this clip was harder to push together. Also, the tightening strap on the bottom pulls so smooth, and is much more efficient than the strap on the seat we used to have. I used to have to pull much harder to get the shoulder straps to tighten, and this one is so easy. Not having to rethread the shoulder straps to adjust their height is also a GAME CHANGER. Saves so much time!
This also goes for tightening the base that the seat clicks into. There are two straps in the middle of the base that you pull on to tighten it, and it is super easy to get the base really tight against the seat of the car. I used to have to sit on our old carseat base and pull so hard on the strap to tighten it.
Another feature I love is the level on the side of the seat with arrows to show you if it is positioned correctly. I think this is a fairly common feature, but my last carseat did not have this either. The sunshade, or canopy, on this carseat opens and closes soundlessly, and I love that. Our last one made a clicking noise that was kind of annoying and again, I had to pull on it harder. This one is just so nice to use, and the fabric is incredibly soft.
The only downside to this carseat for me was the extra weight, but it felt much safer than the carseat we previously used, and I ended up liking that it was a little more hefty. It's just not fun to lug around more pounds. However, that's where the stroller comes in.
This was my first time using a travel system, and I am so bummed I didn't invest in one earlier with my older kids. It is so nice to be able to move the carseat from the car to the stroller and click it in effortlessly without risking waking up the baby. The carseat releases from the stroller easily and the stroller folds quickly with one nice tug on the strap in the middle of the seat.
I love how the stroller itself reclines all the way back without the carseat in it to accommodate a sleeping child. My two year old was able to take a nap in the stroller at a restaurant while the baby continued to sleep in the carseat. Even though the restaurant was a little stuffy, I was able to open the vents on the side walls of the stroller, and my toddler stayed cool. It's been cold out, so we hadn't used the vents on our walks, but they are convenient and work well to keep kiddos cool.
The stroller pushes like a dream. It's super light, and you can push it one-handed without hardly any effort. It almost feels like it glides on its own. It's smooth, turns easily, and I love it! I honestly love everything about this travel system. Both pieces feel so well made and sturdy. The fabrics are durable, luxurious, and comfy (our previous seat had a different material that started pilling after a few washes). I haven't washed the padding in this carseat yet, but from the feel of the fabric, it seems like it will hold up better. It wipes off easier too, so that means less washes! YAY!
All in all, these pieces are beautiful, functional, easy to use, and most importantly safe. I feel so much better having my baby in this than in the last carseat we had. I know that I will use this for years to come. We plan on having a big family and I am so happy with it, I will definitely continue to use it for future babies if we are blessed with them. I received this product from the Stellar Product Testing Panel in exchange for my honest review.
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