Product provided for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We are longtime Britax customers!
Tim and I have been wondering for about a year when it would be time for Darah to graduate from her 5-point-harness convertible carseat (which she has been riding around in since she was 9 months old!). She has been eager to get into some sort of a booster seat, especially as she has watched her friends graduate to a “bigger kid” ride.
So I’ve wondered if this is just the type of thing you get when you kid turns 4? or 5? Or when they reach a certain height, maybe? The issue gets even more complicated for us because our child is very petite (she tends to be right around the 10% point on the charts for height and weight). I didn’t want to put her in a seat that was right for her age but wrong for her body size. I also didn’t want her to feel like the only kid still in a “baby” car seat.
And this, my friends, is just one more reason why I love Britax. They have a Fit My Child section of their website. You need to know things like your child’s height and weight and seat to shoulder measurements, and based on these figures, Britax will show you the car seats in their line that are appropriate for your child.
Darah is petite enough that she was still perfectly safe and secure in her convertible car seat. But thanks to the Fit My Child page, I learned that she is also ready to graduate to certain “bigger kid” models. For example, she can now safely use the Britax Frontier Clicktight. Darah does still need a 5-point harness because of her size, and the Frontier Clicktight is classified as a Harness-2-Booster car seat. So for now, we are fully using the features in the seat that are meant to protect smaller kids. As she grows, we can safely tuck away the harness and transition to the booster mode with a shoulder strap. This is the PERFECT choice for our kid!
Other great features (also known as lots of other reasons why Britax is so awesome)
Tim has always been our resident car seat installer because frankly, installing the car seat has always been a bit of a magician’s act, with lots of waving around of the arms and muttering “magic spells” and a bit of defying gravity. We were, therefore, both totally blown away by the ClickTight Installation System.
You simply lift up the seat portion of the car seat, run the seat belt through this section, buckle it on the other side, and then close it. The act of closing the seat tightens the belt, and it does a GREAT job, too! With previous car seats, Tim would always have to put all of his weight on the car seat and pull the belt with all his might to get it tight enough. No need to do any of that, anymore!
For the first time (in forever….sing along!) I feel comfortable installing a car seat. Britax for the win!
This carseat also have SafeCell Complete Side Impact Protection PLUS. Y’all I take my car seats VERY seriously because I was in an accident on the interstate with Darah when she was just 9 months old. Her car seat kept her from serious injuries (ugh, that day is still hard to think about, even 4 1/2 years later). Britax is a leader in the protection it offers. The shell of the seat is deep, it absorbs crash forces and shields the child from debris. It also has an energy-absorbing headrest to keep your child’s head and neck secure. Britax goes well beyond the US federal safety standards.
The harness is easy to get into and out of, and it makes a nice, audible click. Darah has reported back that her Frontier Clicktight is “super comfortable.” Additionally, the harness has 9 positions and the buckle has 2 positions so that it will continue to be a comfy ride as she grows.
I’ve also already observed that the cover is easy to remove, by design, so that you can throw it in the wash (THANK YOU, BRITAX!!!). And Miss Darah has already noticed that she is rocking a cup holder on either side of her seat. This is pretty much the greatest thing on earth to her, people.
The only trouble we ran into during installation was that we struggled to find the harness strap loosener button. Let me save you a bit of time and show you where it is:
It took us 2 days to find it. I’m really embarrassed to admit that, but it’s true. That’s the only problem with having such a seamless design…things can actually be a bit tough to find because they are so cleverly hidden!
If you are wondering if your child is ready for a “bigger kid” car seat, definitely go to the Fit My Child page, and also check out the resource page on determining when your child is ready for a booster seat. Britax has some really helpful advice and guidelines, and they certainly have incredible products for each and every child, no matter the age or stage. Since the Frontier Clicktight is safe for Darah until she reaches 120 pounds and 62 inches tall, we are all set with car seats from here on out for her. I’m thankful for the resources Britax provided, and I’m also thankful the journey is over! 🙂
The Britax Frontier Clicktight has a MSRP price of $329 and can be found at online retailers such as Amazon or Target.