Car seats can be expensive and confusing. With so many features and gadgets, it is a daunting task to find the right one for your little one. When my son was an infant, he was in an infant seat, with no way to convert to a larger, front facing seat. When we finally switched to forward facing, I was told to go with the most expensive, and I did. I purchased a Britax immediately for my SUV, and loved it. However, for our second vehicle, a small car, we knew we needed something more basic and not as wide. We decided on the Evenflo Tribute because of its reviews, cost and size. Our son has not slept in a car since he was 7 months old, so we were not as concerned with comfort for that.
When receiving this in the mail, we immediately opened the box, prepared for confusing instructions and quite a task. We were pleased to see ONE page of instructions and straight forward pieces. There was the large seat, the cover and the straps. The extra piece included was the cup holder, which we never attached, as our son will not use it. The Seat has padding which looked to be made of Styrofoam around the head rest area of the seat. This is under the covering and adds extra comfort, which we did not know about until receiving it. It was a happy bonus!
To assemble it, You simply measure which hole (there are three levels) you will need to weed the shoulder straps through and lock them in place based on the height of your child. The cover will have to have the straps weeded through as well, so make sure you do that, or else you will have to start over. Once your straps are on you can "secure" the covering. The are two "hooks" on either side that go over the lip on the seat, securing it in place. There are also two plastic bolt pieces that snap at the front bottom of the seat. This keeps the entire thing in place. The included headrest is basic, but it is attached to the back of the seat with a piece of Velcro and hung over the top of the seat for extra support.
Installation- Installation of a seat will depend on if you are using the "LATCH" Installation or the seatbelt installation. If using the seatbelt installation, you must figure out what kind of seatbelt your vehicle is equipped with, because some will require the locking clip. If using the LATCH system, as we did, you will find the tether bolts both on each side of your seat and behind the head rest of your vehicle. Once you have hooked all the latches, you will need to tighten them so that the child seat does not move more than one inch in either direction. Refer to Evenflo's website should you have any questions, as there was a great video about installation in to the car.
Pros and other things worth mentioning:
*As easy as the seat is to assemble, Disassembling is a breeze too.
*The cover is machine washable, also a very important feature.
*Durability of the cover seems good.
*Lightweight. This seat is easy enough to carry when switching cars or doing
Negatives- There are a couple negative things worth mentioning.
*The "pillow" that is hung over the top of the seat tends to move side to side. My son hated this and tore it off within a day or two. It would be nice if the velcro was on the actual pillow as well, keeping it in place.
*After just a couple weeks the "bolts" on the front came out, The cover stays in place for the most part, but it looks hideous just hanging there in the front.
5 point harness, latch capability, Minimum weight, 5lb (rear facing) Convertible from rear facing to forward facing.
For rear facing, I do prefer an infant seat to a convertible seat, however, for a second vehicle, I would definatly use this in the future. If your child likes to sleep in the car, I would go with a different seat that offers more cushioning. I feel my son is secure in this seat, and I do not worry about his safety.