Driving home from swim lessons the other day, the girls and I came upon a car accident that had to have happened only minutes before that made my heart sink a little bit.
It appeared that a car had somehow misjudged that it was clear for them to turn left and had hit nearly straight-on into a car from the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, it didn't seem as though anyone was seriously injured, but the paramedics were still on the scene and it was hard to tell which of the people standing or sitting on the side of the road had been involved.
Sparking questions from Big Sister E about driving and being careful, in the back of my mind I kept glancing in my rearview mirror at both of my daughters feeling extremely grateful that we had taken those extra few minutes in the locker room so that we weren't around when the accident had occurred.
There really isn't anything more important than the safety of my children - nothing - and that's why I won't hesitate to go to any length when it comes to doing all that I can to provide the best possible products to keep them protected. And when it comes to the names that are dedicated to helping provide a safer world for children, one that always comes to mind is Safety 1st.
For over 25 years, Safety 1st has been providing innovative parenting solutions and industry-leading products that we know and trust. With everything from childcare to home safety to travel to play, it isn't a surprise that parents everywhere have been happy with Safety 1st time and time again and continually look to them to be the best.
Proving this yet again, when the Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat arrived, the level of quality was evident right out of the box.
I was surprised at how light this car seat is when lifted (my husband later commented the same thing) and the level of softness of the cushions and padding. This doesn't feel like a hard piece of plastic, there is a very comfortable seat...
...that includes a removable pillow to cradle the lower back.
There is also the inclusion of Safety's 1st Air Protect Revolutionary Side Impact Technology in the form of the unique system that shields the child's head and immediately reduces side impact forces through the precise release of air. Now that's a unique and amazing safety feature!
As well as the comfort and style of the Safety 1st Complete Air 65, this is one car seat that is just so very versatile and convenient. Use it rear-facing from 5-40 pounds (19-40 inches) and front-facing from 22-65 pounds (34-52 inches), one of the largest overall ranges that I've seen. You could begin using this with a newborn and continue with it all the way through preschool - at least!
What makes this car seat even easier to adjust than most for your growing child is the QuickFit Harness System and the simplicity of adjusting it along with the headrest. Without having to uninstall the Complete Air 65 from the car or break your arm reaching around it, you only have to slide the two top release levers to the side and the entire top portion moves up and down.
With a 5-position adjustable headrest, you are able to easily accommodate your child and find the perfect fit throughout the years of use you will get from this one convertible car seat.
With so many great features already, I was happy to see that Safety 1st didn't skip over things such as making the seat pad machine washable or including a removable cup holder. It's the small additions as well as the overall safety that really comes together to result in a great product!
All that was left was to see if the installation process was just as simple as using the rest of this car seat. However, before I even had a chance to wonder if I needed to study the manual, I found that Safety 1st had made things incredibly easy for me by having a variety of instructions and images along both sides of the seat itself that showed precisely what I needed to know.
Heading out to the car, it didn't take more than a minute or two to have the LATCH anchors located, the connector in place and the car seat tightly in place. Safety 1st even included a "Line to be level to ground" sticker so that it is easy to see if you have the seat in correctly in the rear-facing position or if it still needs adjustment.
Unbuckling the LATCH system and turning the Complete Air 65 around, installing it in the forward-facing position was just as simple. After flipping up the Recline Stand so that the seat would be level...
...it hardly took any time to have the connector threaded through the correct places (due to them being well-labeled) and have everything and everyone buckled safely into place.
When I asked the girls how they liked this car seat, Big Sister E was only too eager to talk about how comfortable it is and demonstrate that she was sure she could fall asleep in it, while Little Sister B was just excited about the possibility of having a drink within reach.
Including innovative features and revolutionary safety technology with comfort and convenience, the Complete Air 65 makes it easy to make one purchase that will last... not to mention the peace of mind that parents will receive knowing that their child is well-protected in any situation.
Retailing for $179.99, the Complete Air 65 convertible car seat can be purchased directly from Safety 1st or at many retail locations near you. Plus, thanks to their generosity, one person will be prepared to be as safe as possible for all of their upcoming summer travels this year, because...
One lucky person will win a Safety 1st Complete Air 65
Convertible Car Seat!
Convertible Car Seat!
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