User Rating: Excellent
Ease of Use:
Pros:Safe, easy to use, good quality fabric
Cons:Very wide and deep
The Bottom Line: Recommended - good quality and easy to use.
We recently upgraded our son from an infant carrier to a regular car seat and chose the Eddie Bauer 3-in-1 based on recommendations from friends and also price (it was on sale at Sears). Overall, we are very happy with the seat itself, it seems safe and sturdy, the clips and buckles are easy to use and loading and unloading our son is relatively easy. Also, the seat is attractive enough and the fabric seems to be good quality. My only major complaint is the size of the thing. We own 2 small/mid-size sedans - a Honda Civic and a Subaru Impreza and we have to pull the front seats forward just to fit the car seat in the middle of the back seat. Once we have another child, there is no way we'll be able to fit this one rear-facing behind one of the front seats, so we have decided to buy a minivan.
Recommend this product?
One other minor complaint is that there is a metal piece in the back of the seat that rattles when we are driving, making an annoying jingling sound. I have found that if I fold a piece of paper up and stick it underneath the metal bar that is jingling, this stops the noise, so it's not a major issue, but it was a small annoyance.
Overall, I would recommend this seat though, particularly if you have a larger car. I don't know if we'll use it all the way up to a booster seat or not, but for now, it seems to be a good quality toddler seat.
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Amount Paid (US$): 100
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months