First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat Review

The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat can be used when you take your newborn home for the first time up until he is about 50 inches in height and 65 pounds. For most children this is about the size they are in first grade.

First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat

 

Safety Features of the First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat

The important thing to consider when choosing a child car seat for your baby to use is safety. Will this seat keep my child safe if we are in an accident? The True Fit car seat rates high in terms of safety. It has deeply, padded sides offering more cushioning and protection from side impact collisions keeping your child safer when in an accident.

Easy Strap Adjustment

This seat has the continuous harness system, meaning the left and right straps are connectedTrue Fit Convertible Car Seat into one long continuous strap. To use, put the child into the seat, and pull the hip strap up to get a little slack. Put the first arm in through the opening. Pull up on the other hip strap, tightening the first side and giving you some slack on the other side. Then put the child’s second arm in through the strap. Finally, adjust the slack at the hips by evening out the straps. Some parents like this system, and some find it hard to use.
When using the seat facing to the rear, the center strap adjustment will be pushed up against your automobile’s seat and is hard to reach. When the car seat is facing forward, the center adjustment is no problem to reach.
The buckle at the crotch adjusts without re-threading the strap. Press the button to move it further away or closer to the baby’s body.

Easy Installation

Review, First Years True Fit LATCH systemThe car seat comes with standard the LATCH system for easy intallation which is similar that found on many other car seats. The installation of this seat is easy and straightforward. If your car is small or compact, then installation will be more difficult. It is a tighter fit, but can be done safely.
The headrest can be removed when the child is small (under 22 pounds) to allow more room. But after the child is 22 pounds or more than the head rest must be attached for safety purposes.
The True Fit seat has built in lock-offs, which is much easier to use than locking clips.

Is The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat Comfortable?

Your baby’s ride in the First Years True Fit car seat will be tremendously comfortable. The seat has removable, thick padding to cradle your little one. The fabric is soft and plush.
There is abundant leg room in this car seat even when sitting facing the rear. Your toddler can ride backwards longer, a much safer way for a child to ride. Other convertible seats say they can hold a child up to 35 pounds rear facing, but they don’t really have enough leg room to do this comfortably.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The shell height of the True Fit is higher. Because of this your kid will not outgrow the seat height limits as quickly.
  • This car seat cover is removable for washing with no need to uninstall the seat straps. This makes cleaning up spills easier.
  • The harness has thick straps that will not twist.
  • This seat is not on a big base as with many other seats. Older children sit lower and don’t feel like a baby in a high chair.
  • There is much more depth in this car seat, so you child can sit facing to the rear for longer (safer position) without having cramped legs.

Cons

  • The harness adjuster may be hard to get at when using the seat facing to the rear. But with the continuous harness system, the length of the harness will only need an adjustment as the child gets taller. For usual everyday use of the seat, just pull up the slack from the other side of the harness.
  • This seat sits a little lower, so shorter kids may have trouble seeing out of the window.

 

Conclusion

The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat can be used for a newborn baby in the rear-facing position, up to a child of about 65 pounds in the forward-facing position. This is a very safe car seat, with deep well padded sides to protect your child in case of an accident. This seat uses a continuous harness system meaning you have to fit the harness across your child starting on one side, fitting their first arm through, and then moving it across to the other. Some parents think this system works well, and some do not like it. The straps may be hard to adjust, especially when rear-facing.

This car seat is easy to install in a larger car, but is more difficult in a compact car. The main selling point of this seat is the leg room in the rear-facing position. More leg room means that you can keep your child in the rear-facing position longer before she outgrows it. Facing to the rear is a much safer way to ride. I would recommend this car seat. It’s safe, comfortable, and has a lot of extra leg room. The First Years True Fit is a great convertible car seat and a terrific value.

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