I have to admit, I was a bit wary... Would it be safe? Would my child be secure and not squirm around? Would he be able to nap? Would it really be easy to use and lug around? Well, if you want the cliff's notes version - YES to all of those!!! We couldn't love it more!!! This is now our 4 year old's only car seat, and as soon as our twin girls turn 3 they'll be graduating to RideSafer as well! Keep reading for a more detailed reveiw :)
- Put vest on (no coat or bulky sweaters, of course) - over shoulders, belted at waist, and crotch strap secured. At this point, child looks like they're ready to jump out of an airplane hahahaha my son loved this!
- Seat child in car. Car's seat belt feeds through one metal slot on shoulder and two on their lap. Three key things to confirm are that the shoulder belt is on the child's shoulder (not neck), the lap belt is on the lap (not waist), and the belt is pulled through nice and snug. Once you get the hang of it you'll be able to strap them in lickity split, less than 30 seconds.
- City dwellers without a car - Let's face it, you don't have the extra space to store a huge car seat that you'll be using a few times a year!
- Taxi users - Yes, Uber Family has a car seat but they will charge you extra $$$ to use it!
- Car sharers or renters (Zip Car, etc) - no more lugging the car seat to the pick up location, going to get the car and have to waste time bringing it back to your house to pickup the car seat, or using gross rental used car seats that may or may not have been in a crash, been pooped in, etc!
- Carpoolers - It's light weight and comes with a convenient tote bag that can be cinched and warn by your child as a little back pack, or you can just keep it in the back of the car for when you have to drive an extra child around.
- Families with 3 or more children - Because the vest only takes up as much space as the child's booty and shoulders, it's a GREAT way to fit 3 across in a small car!!
- Travelers - you cannot use this on a plane (you need a shoulder belt, or if you have a Generation 4 vest you need an anchor for the tether when using just a lap belt), but it's much easier to bring with you to use in the car at your destination than a regular sized car seat or booster!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.