As parents, one of our top priorities is to keep our children safe and protected. This starts in the womb and continues on as they grow. One of the first items that I put a lot of time in effort into when researching baby products was car seats. Time and time again the same brand name kept popping up…Britax.
Once I purchased my first Britax, I could see there really was a difference in car seat features and quality. Once Cakes outgrew her infant carrier, we purchased a Britax Boulevard but when I found out we were pregnant again with Cupcake I knew that we needed another Britax to keep our new precious bundle of joy safe. You may remember my review of the Britax Marathon 70 review.
Now that our girls are 4 and 1, we’re having to shuffle car seats around to accommodate their growing bodies. So the kind folks at Britax were nice enough to send Cakes the Britax Frontier 85 SICT booster seat so she was more comfortable and Cupcake could move up to a convertible seat (still rear facing).
Last week we had a great opportunity to really test out the Britax Frontier 85 SICT since it was spring break and we had lots of activities planned. The seat arrived in Cakes’ favorite color – red (Britax color – cardinal)! You have never seen a child so excited to ride in her car seat before than this. I love that my curious, energetic preschooler is ready to stay buckled up securely in her car seat. We ended up having a staycation while making day trips around Central Texas but we managed to log close to 700 miles. We were busy and Cakes spent a lot of time in her new seat. The Britax Frontier 85 SICT comes with two cup holders and these came in super handy and gave her a new sense of independence since she was able to control when she drank.
Before our review, I had looked online at other booster seat alternatives and the options were slim for seats that could be used as a booster with a seatbelt or the harness. This seat has both! Since she’s still only 4 and on the lower end for the size requirements and for added safety, we’re still using the harness feature. As she gets older and wants more independence and to sit like a big kid, I can definitely see us switching over to the seat belt. But really, there’s no rush since the seat can be used with the harness up to 85 pounds and as a booster up to 120 pounds.
You may be wondering what the SICT following the Frontier 85 is for and if it’s really necessary to keep mentioning it. The answer to that is, yes! Britax has taken the Frontier 85 and added Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT) to keep your little one even safer while traveling. That extra cushioning (SICT) at the top right of the seat reduces the energy of a side impact by up to 45%! The added side impact protection is another distinguishing feature for other brands as well in not only keeping the head and spine aligned to help protect against injury but also in comfort. This extra cushioning allows for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride, especially on long trips. At 4, it’s rare that Cakes takes naps but with all the activity last week she did take a nap or two in the car. I highly doubt she would have been comfortable and relaxed enough in a traditional booster seat to sleep when there’s nothing available to support her head.
As you can see we’re happily a Britax family and I can honestly say I’m one of Britax’s biggest fans! After a month of daily use and long trips with the Britax Frontier 85 SICT, there’s nothing that I have to complain about or would change. This really is the ideal combination booster seat for small children. There’s no way you can put a price on your child’s safety and this seat will give you the peace of mind that you crave.
Learn More: To learn about all of the great features of the Britax Frontier 85 SICT and the full line of products available from Britax, be sure to visit their website.
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