Finding a car seat that's safe, convenient, and grows with your child can be a challenge. The Safety 1st Grow and Go car seat aims to tackle this rodzic parent/caregiver dilemma by offering a multi-stage solution that transitions from rear-facing infant seat to forward-facing toddler seat, and ultimately a belt-positioning booster.

This Safety 1st Grow and Go review will explore the features, benefits, and potential drawbacks of this popular car seat to help you decide if it's the right fit for your family.

Safety 1st Grow and Go Review
Safety 1st Grow and Go Review

Key Highlights

  • Multi-stage: Grows with your child from rear-facing infant seat to forward-facing toddler seat and belt-positioning booster (up to 10 years old).
  • Safety Features: Meets FMVSS standards, certified for air travel, has EPS foam for side impact protection, and a 5-point harness.
  • Convenience: LATCH connectors and one-hand tightening knob for easy installation, level indicators for proper fit, removable & washable padding, harness holders, and cup holders.

Pros:

  • Versatile – lasts from infancy to booster years
  • Safe – meets safety standards and offers impact protection
  • Convenient – easy to install, clean, and use
  • Comfortable – plush padding and cup holders for drinks and snacks

Cons:

  • Bulky – might be a tight fit in compact cars
  • Top harness clip – can be awkward to use according to some reviews

Comfort and Convenience

  • Removable and Washable Padding: The Grow and Go features plush padding for comfort, and the cover is removable and machine washable for easy cleaning.
  • Harness Holders: Built-in harness holders keep straps out of the way when the child is not in the seat.
  • Cup Holders: Two integrated cup holders are a convenient addition for keeping drinks and snacks within reach.

Safety Features and Functionality

Safety Features
Safety Features
  • 3-in-1 Functionality: The Grow and Go transitions through three stages, lasting from infancy (rear-facing) up to 10 years old (booster mode). This eliminates the need to purchase multiple car seats as your child grows.
  • Safety Certifications: The Grow and Go meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and is certified for aircraft travel.
  • Impact Protection: The seat features EPS energy-absorbing foam for side impact protection and a five-point harness with easy-adjust buckles for a secure fit.
  • Easy Installation: LATCH connectors (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) and a one-hand tightening knob simplify installation. There are also helpful level indicators to ensure a proper fit in your vehicle.

Potential Drawbacks

  • Bulk: Some parents find the Grow and Go to be a bit bulky, especially in rear-facing mode. It might be a tight fit in compact cars.
  • Top Harness Clip: A few user reviews mention that the top harness clip can be slightly awkward to use.

Weight and Dimensions

The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is one of the lightest seats in the group, weighing 16 pounds. This makes it a convenient option for grandparents or as a spare seat. The seat is somewhat wide, measuring 18.7 inches at its widest point, which is slightly above the average for convertible car seats

Installation and Ease of Use

Installing the Safety 1st Grow and Go using the LATCH system can be challenging. The seat features hook-style LATCH connectors, a line level decal, and no lock-off mechanism, making it difficult to secure the seat properly. Additionally, the recline adjustment handle design is similar to other seats that did not score well, and the strap threading area is congested. It would be beneficial to have color coding or other indicators to help with installation, but the seat's black design requires careful attention to the manual.

Crash Test Performance

The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat has a slightly above-average crash test analysis result. While it meets federal guidelines, its performance is not exceptional compared to other seats in the market. The HIC sensor recorded higher than average results, which negatively impacted the overall score. However, the chest clip sensor showed fewer G-forces, indicating impressive performance in this area.

Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One Convertible Car Seat
  • BUILT TO GROW: The Safety 1st Grow and Go Convertible Car Seat is for extended use through 3 stages: Rear-facing 5-40 pounds, Forward-facing 22-65 pounds, and Belt-positioning booster seat 40-100...
  • SIDE IMPACT PROTECTION: The Grow and Go's side impact protection helps keep your child safe through all of the 3-in-1 convertible car seat’s stages.
  • EASY IN, EASY OUT: Harness holders keep the harness in an open position so it's easy to get your child in and out of the car seat.
Safety 1st Grow and Go Review FAQs:

1. What are the key features of the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat?

The key features include a five-point harness system, side-impact protection, adjustable harness heights, recline positions, and headrest heights, as well as integrated cup holders and a washable cover.

2. How does the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat perform in crash tests?

The seat has a slightly above-average crash test analysis result, meeting federal guidelines but not excelling in comparison to other seats.

3. Is the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat easy to install?

Installation can be challenging due to the lack of a lock-off mechanism and congested strap threading area. It is recommended to follow the manual carefully and ensure proper installation for safety

4. How long can my child rear-face in the Safety 1st Grow and Go?

The Grow and Go allows rear-facing use up to 40 pounds and 40 inches tall. Current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations encourage children to stay rear-facing as long as possible, typically until they reach the height or weight limits of their rear-facing car seat.

5. Does the Safety 1st Grow and Go expire?

Yes, all car seats have an expiration date, typically around 10 years from the date of manufacture. Check the label on your car seat for the specific expiration date.

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