Lightweight and travel friendly, the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat is designed and engineered to the high safety standards for which Britax is known. Featuring side impact protection, and an energy-absorbing foam liner, the Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat provides industry leading front, rear and side impact protection. Removable comfort pad, harness pads, and an extra large canopy keep children comfortable and safe throughout their first year of life. Premium, push-button latch connectors, a built-in lock-off and an ergonomically designed carry handle make the seat easy to install and carry. The B-Safe is also designed to be compatible with more vehicles and comes equipped with the Britax click and go system to fit seamlessly with Britax strollers and your on-the-go lifestyle. The B-Safe accommodates infants rear facing from 4 to thirty pounds and up to 32" tall. The B-Safe is compatible with all Britax B-Series strollers through the click and go system.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #226 in Baby Product
- Color: Black
- Brand: Britax USA
- Model: E9BE53C
- Released on: 2012-09-05
- Dimensions: 15.50" h x 17.50" w x 27.50" l, 16.00 pounds
- Side impact protection distributes crash forces, shields from vehicle intrusion and contains the head and body
- Tangle free, five-point harness distributes crash forces across the strongest parts of the body and provides a secure fit
- Stroller compatible design; Integrated click and go adapter system works with Britax B-Series strollers
- Four harness heights and two buckle positions for your growing child
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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368 of 379 people found the following review helpful.
Britax B-Safe vs Chicco KeyFit 30
This is a review of the Britax B-Safe infant car seat, updated for the 2012 version of the Britax B-Safe (which is to say, not a lot of updates, since there aren't any differences between the model years!). I am a mom with two small children and have owned and/or tested over 30 car seats in the past 5 years. Overall, the Britax B-Safe is a wonderful infant seat that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends and family. It is very similar in features and price to the Chicco Keyfit 30 Car Seat, so I'll give a basic comparison to help parents decide between the two.
First of all, if you want to use a Britax stroller, such as the Britax B-Agile Stroller or the Britax B-Scene Stroller, choosing the B-Safe car seat totally makes sense. The click-n-go adapters that come with the car seat (already attached) and the receivers on the strollers (easy to attach, takes under 30 seconds) make it seamless to convert those Britax strollers into fantastic travel systems. If you want to use a non-Britax stroller, check with that stroller's manufacturer to see if they make a car seat adaptor that's compatible with Britax infant seats. It does take practice to line up the connectors when you're dropping in the car seat, but it does get easier with time.
Moving beyond travel system usage, let's take a look at the car seats themselves.
Fit: The Britax B-Safe and the Chicco KeyFit 30 both have a 30lb weight limit. The B-Safe has a stated height limit of 32", vs the KeyFit's 30" limit. In reality, both seats are outgrown when your child's head is 1" from the top of the shell, and in reality, the Britax shell is no taller than the Chicco. So don't let that stated limit trick you into preferring the B-Safe.
Both the B-Safe and the KeyFit 30 fit tiny babies really well, thanks to the infant padding provided by each manufacturer. Both of these seats fit small babies FAR better than the Graco Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat. The B-Safe's head and body pad is removable for older babies at the discretion of the parent, whereas the infant body padding in the KeyFit must be removed after baby weighs 11lbs, though the head pad removal is at the parent's discretion in that seat. Both seats also fit older infants well, with plenty of harness positions (a major downfall of the Graco Snugride 22 Infant Car Seat, which only has two harness heights). I give a slight edge to the Britax because it has two crotch strap positions. I'd recommend that parents buy an infant seat with a 30 or 35lb weight limit rather than the 22lb limit any day -- avoid the SnugRide 22!
The Britax B-Safe has one drawback on the "fit" side of things: the straps can be somewhat "twisty", e.g. they can get twisted in the buckles and can be a pain to untangle. This is because the straps are the thinner, more slippery webbing. The Chicco straps are slightly thicker and do not twist easily in the buckles, which is a big win in my book (my husband twists the straps in the B-Safe buckles every time he takes our daughter out of the car...it's a talent, really!).
Note: After outgrowing either of these seats, you'll want to move your child into a rear-facing convertible car seat and keep them rear-facing to the limits of that seat, NOT into a forward facing seat. Check the AAP recommendations on this -- they recommend keeping your child rear-facing to age 2 or the limits of your car seat, which is usually 35-40lbs and way past age two. Your child is 500% safer rear-facing!
Installation: Both seats come with one base, which you install in the car and leave there even when removing the infant car seat. Both bases have an adjustable "boot" that helps you to achieve the appropriate angle of recline, and both have a level indicator on the base. The Chicco base wins for ease of installation, with its pull-strap mechanism for LATCH and easy seat belt lockoffs. The Britax base is easy enough to use, but the tightening mechanism isn't as smooth, and the belt lockoff requires a TON of force to open and close, making the parent feel like they're going to break it! For installing without a base, the Chicco KeyFit also wins, since the seatbelt guides are exposed already, whereas with the Britax seatbelt guides are under the cover, so you have to futz with elastic bands on the cover every single time you want to access them.
Fabric: Britax gets the edge in fabric, with a slightly easier to wipe clean seat cover. I highly recommend the black for hiding dirt. The KeyFit 30 has light colors in the head and feet area, both of which show sweat and grime marks readily. Both the Britax seat and the Chicco seat are warm -- there's not a lot to be done about this. If you have a sweaty baby, they're going to sweat in any infant seat.
Canopy: Britax wins hands-down in the canopy, with a generous canopy that stays where you put it. I know that would seem like such a simple thing, but the KeyFit canopy really does not always stay fully extended, and it's not as long as the B-Safe canopy, which is really nice when you want to shade your baby! Added benefit: the B-Safe canopy is so long that if you have two kids sitting next to each other in car seats, the B-Safe canopy can actually prevent them from seeing each other if it's fully extended, which can be great if you want to encourage car naps.
Customer Service and Manual: both Britax and Chicco have well-written manuals. Britax customer service gets a slight edge, with very knowledgeable techs answering the phones.
So overall, I give the new Britax B-Safe a 4-star rating, to account for its few quirks and twisty straps, and recommend it. The deciding factor for me would really be stroller compatibility above all.
69 of 75 people found the following review helpful.
First time parents; it couldn't be easier! Had it installed like a pro within 15 minutes of arrival!
My wife and I are expecting our first baby boy in February 2013. We have been preparing as much as possible for the little man's arrival. We have both done considerable research regarding out major baby purchases which led us to Britax.
My wife is a public health nurse for a local health department working with high-risk expecting mothers. This experience provides her with an over abundance of literature for child safety products and practices.
Her health department recommends three different car seats to it's clients: the Graco Snug-Ride 35, the Chicco Key Fit, and the Britax B-Safe. The first two choices are purchased more often due to availability and associated costs.
Although the Britax is a more expensive product line, it makes up for it in user convenience and quality craftsmanship. Britax nearly pioneered child car seat safety standards and definitely goes above and beyond when considering user ergonomics. Purchasing the Britax product line through Amazon opposed to a retail store made the cost comparable to the other two leading brands.
When this seat arrived in the mail, I removed it from the box and inspected the items. After quickly reading through the installation instructions i decided I would make my first attempt to install a car seat. My wife though I wouldn't get it done exactly right because statistically speaking, around 90 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly.
So I installed the seat base in my Toyota Highlander <5 minutes , then attached the seat to the base <1 minute. So around 6 minutes on the first attempt and I'm sure it will be much quicker in the future. The next day my wife took my car to work and had the installation inspected by a certified car seat installer and "it couldn't have been installed nay better." No too bad for the first time. I contribute my success to product design and craftsmanship. Bottom line, if you are looking for a superior product that will not disappoint, purchase Britax.
We also purchased the Britax B-Ready stroller as well as the Britax infant baby carrier so look for my reviews on those if you are interested. I will update this review at a later date when I have had some real world experience with the little man in it.
60 of 67 people found the following review helpful.
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Good carseat overall
Britax Chaperone vs. Britax B-Safe
We originally purchased a Britax Chaperone but after a few weeks of use, we found it to be too heavy and bulky so we purchased a Britax B-Safe. The base for the B-Safe is smaller and fits better in our Toyota Rav4. However, the B-Safe only fits in my husband's Acura TL without the base and we had to push the front passenger seat almost all the way forward to fit it in the backseat. If you have a small or mid-size car, I would avoid both Britax infant carriers. The are just too big. Also, even though the B-Safe is a little lighter than the Chaperone, the difference is small and it's still one of the heavier infant carriers. We do like that it clicks into our B-Ready stroller.
A few other cons of the Britax B-Safe:
- Sunshade is kind of small and doesn't cover baby's face well
- I think the handle could be more ergonomic. There is no comfortable way to carry it.
- Baby gets very hot and sweaty in it (I'm not sure if this is a problem with other carriers too)
- No head support so we bought a noggin nest-type thing to keep his head upright
- Not easy to use without the base. Difficult to buckle with seatbelt and didn't seem very secure.
A few pros:
- Love the safety of Britax carseats
- Easily clicks in and out of the base
- A little lighter and smaller than the Chaperone
- Works with B-Ready stroller
- Easy to adjust harness height
- Easy to buckle baby in the seat
- Baby fits until 32" tall which is a little larger than some other carseats so you can use it longer
We will continue to use this carrier because of the great safety features.
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