After all, babies and toddlers are curious little creatures. Kids can knock down baby gates and "explore" areas of the home they may not be allowed to roam on their own, can climb up furniture, and can even find a way to get into everything. My daughter even found a way to physically break the screwed-in backing off of a toy and swallowed a button battery last year. This resulted in a trip to the ER and thankfully, a good outcome to what could have been a fatal situation. Yes, everyday is a new adventure as the parent of two toddlers, and safety is always on the forefront of my mind.
As every parent knows, accidents can and DO happen when you have kids. There are bumps, scrapes, bruises, and other mishaps that cannot be prevented. Thankfully, most of these can be fixed with a bandage and some "magical Mommy kisses". There are also plenty of accidents that can be prevented altogether by using common sense and always practicing safety, such as wearing a helmet when riding bikes, using enclosures when jumping on a preferably spring-free trampoline, and avoiding electrocution by covering all electrical outlets. But what about accidents that can't necessarily be foreseen or prevented, like an automobile accident?
Car accidents are every parent's worst nightmare. They happen in a split second and can have devastating results. While we may not be able to prevent an accident, we can ensure out children are protected in the event that one occurs. How do we do this? By making sure there is a safe and secure car seat installed.
A good car seat is one of the most important and potentially life-saving products a parent will have to invest in. With 2 babies, though, the cost of car seats can literally break the bank. There are so many great car seats out there, and some of the price-tags soar well into the $300+ range. When buying for multiple children, this can put a very real strain on a family's budget.
If you haven't heard of Cosco before, you're in for a real treat. This company has been around since 1935, and they are committed to making high-quality and safe juvenile products that every family can afford. They have a wide selection of car seats, strollers, playards, high chairs, and even swings and walkers, all at affordable prices. They even come in trendy, fashion-forward colors and prints. Concerned about quality and safety? Well, with Cosco, you needn't be. These products all meet or exceed all safety guidelines and requirements.
Recently I got to try out one of Cosco's great convertible car seats for myself. The Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat is a wonderful option for babies 5-40lbs! Yep, that means your bundle of joy can enjoy this car seat for a few years before needing to upgrade. Here are some product features:
- Rear-facing 5-40 pounds and 19-40 inches
- Forward-facing 22-40 pounds and 34-43 inches
- Side Impact Protection
- 5-point center front adjust harness
- 4 harness heights
- 3 buckle locations
- 2 integrated cup holders
This car seat is also very generously sized, and my daughter will be able to use it for quite some time still, even though she's already 2 and a half years old. When they say this seat grows with your child, they were not exaggerating in the slightest. As you can see, my Sophie has plenty of room to stretch out and ride in comfort. This comes in especially handy when we go on longer road trips, such as the 8 hour drive to Ohio to see my family.
I also love that this seat allows a child to remain rear-facing all the way to 40lbs. You can also face forward once baby reaches 22lbs and 34 inches, if you choose, but I happen to prefer rear-facing, as I feel it is much, much safer. My husband disagrees with me there, as he feels having a rear-facing car seat doesn't allow him much leg room behind the wheel.
There are a couple of very minor changes I would make to the Apt 40RF Convertible Car Seat. First, I would add just a little bit more padding to cushion smaller babies. Also, I would love it if the car seat were just a tad bit narrower. It is pretty wide. This is wonderful for baby as it gives them plenty of room to relax, so this is great for families with one baby. But for families with more than one child in car seats, like mine, the wide frame of this car seat makes the backseat a little more cramped. (According to my 12 year old who generally has to sit between his little brother and sister.) Finally, I would make the cup holders slightly larger. While I can fit most of my sippy cups into the holders comfortably, there are a few that are simply too large to fit.
In the whole scheme of things, these changes are very minor and would not deter me from recommending the Cosco Apt 40RF to anyone, or from purchasing one myself. This seat is very well-made, pleasing to the eye, and offers all of the safety features that are so important to me as a mom. And for a mere $55? That's an absolute steal! Who says you have to sacrifice safety or quality by choosing an affordable car seat? With Cosco, you've got the best of both worlds!
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