Car seats will be a necessity for as long as crashes are a real danger for our children. Every other day modern cars come with better safety features and types of equipment but unfortunately, these are not designed for babies and kids. Hence, we must choose a car seat that will protect our little ones with care. Of course, this is not a trivial job, there are so many different options and brands out there so it is really hard to know which one is the best. Here I want to talk about The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite, which I, many parents, and experts believe, is one of the best car seats in the child safety market.
The Safety 1st Convertible Car Seat can be used until your child is able to sit in an adult passenger seat, so it can be the only car seat you’ll ever need. This seat can be faced backward for infant and babies after your baby reaches a certain weight (35 pounds) it can be faced forward and can be used in this position as long as your child weighs under 100 lbs. Safety 1st is one of the best companies designing car seats, and they really good at their job. They are also known for their great price range. This car seat comes with standard EPP energy absorbing foam in which distributes crash forces and protects the child.
The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Installation
The installation of the car seat is also as easy as the strap adjustment, and it is also very fast compared to many other convertible car seats. If you have a new car, to install the seat in the forward facing position just use the LATCH system which is standard in all cars manufactured after September 1, 2002. If your car is older than you can use a regular seatbelt for installation.
Installation of Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite in the rear-facing position is a bit more difficult like in all the convertible car seats. Here is a tip for you about rear-faced installation; if you remove the base, the car seat will be less bulky and which will make the installation a lot easier, and do not worry the removal of the base does not affect the safety at all. This is also the only way this car seat can fit in very small cars as it’s written in the user manual to.
Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite has one of the easiest strap adjustments out there since it features no-rethread harness. The straps are very simple to adjust, there are two small handles doing it for you without having to re-thread anything. Simply pull on them and they fit well over your baby in the car seat and to loosen up the straps just push the handles inwards.
Comfort is one of the strong points of Omega Elite. This car seat is very comfortable in every
The fine recline for the rear facing position allows the baby to stay stimulated and comfortable. There are also recline angles for the forward-facing position so older children can sleep comfortably too.
- After your boy or girl is above 40 pounds you can no longer use the 5-point harness since Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite is only rated as a 5-point harness until the child is 40 pounds. Note: Britax Marathon 70 will accommodate your child in a harness until he or she is 70 pounds.
- Washing the car seat cover of Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite is a bit cumbersome which requires removing the plastic base then unthread the straps and using a screwdriver a couple of times.
- Some parents say that the adjustments of the straps become harder as the car seat become older. But Safety 1st will be ready to replace the seat after some formal procedures.
- Strap adjustment is very easy and practical to use.
- The manual is well written in detail and has straightforward instructions.
- Great Safety Features for the money.
- The cup holder is removable for easy washing.
Our review of Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Car Seat
This is a really great convertible seat which is perfect for the child between 6 months and until they reach the 40 pounds. It also fits perfectly for kids between 70 – 100 pounds who will use this car seat as a booster. But I do not recommend this seat for babies under the age of 6 months since many users stated that their babies do not feel very comfortable. So it is a good option if you will use this car seat for a child between 40-70 pounds as a belt-positioning-booster. If you want a seat with additional safety features and without these limits I recommend you the Britax Boulevard 70, but Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite is a great value for the children between ages 4-8 years old with a really good price.