There are several exciting things that you think about when planning to welcome a new baby into the family.
A car seat happens to be one of these essential items. Buying the right car seat for your baby is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.
But with hundreds of car seat models in the market, finding the perfect car seat can be overwhelming, especially when you have to deal with a dozen other things like vaccinations, clothes, shoes, cribs, etc.
We considered various factors such as safety, comfort and popularity among new parents to pick some of the top-rated car seat brands. In this review, we feature Britax Boulevard ClickTight convertible car seat, one of the most preferred brands in the market.
One of its outstanding features is its safety, and the ClickTight technology system that makes the installation process as easy as buckling a seat belt. Read on to find out why Britax Boulevard ClickTight is a worthy investment for your baby.
5 Significant Aspects of Britax Boulevard ClickTight Car Seat
When you are shopping for a car seat, the main factor that comes in mind is its safety. The creators of Britax Boulevard ClickTight (CT) car seat prioritized the baby’s safety when designing this car seat.
As such, the car seat features an integrated system incorporating a safe base with rubber pieces that absorbs impact crash by compressing down, as well as SafeCell impact protection.
Boulevard CT also comprises of a sturdy steel frame that offers stability, keeps the car seat securely attached to the vehicle but most importantly absorbs impact crash during an accident.
In addition, the car seat features harness tether attached to the back of the seat with released stitches that prevents forward movement of the seat during a collision.
What’s more, this convertible car seat features an impact-absorbing tether, containing two straps that minimize your child’s movement during a car crash. Further absorption of impact crash is also made possible by the seat’s harness pads.
Another important feature that enhances your child’s safety is the two layers of side impact protection. It incorporates a foam padding headrest and energy absorbing shell that refocuses the crash impact away from your child whenever you are hit by the side.
Apart from its unmatched safety, Britax Boulevard Clicktight seat will bring a smile to your child’s face owing to the comfort it offers. For instance, you can easily adjust the car seat’s harness to 14 different positions to suit your baby’s height.
Adjusting the harness height is simple. All you have to do is to push a specific button located on the side. Another amazing feature is that the harness ‘grows’ with your baby up to toddler years.
What I love most about this car seat’s harness is its easy buckle system, and click and safe snug harness indicator that alerts you with a loud click whenever the harness is tightly fitted.
Also, your child can take a comfortable nap while seated on the car seat, thanks to its well-cushioned padding and comfortable pillows on the headrest that can be easily taken off as your baby’s growth spurt demand so. The car seat can also be reclined to 7 different positions to enhance the comfort of your little munchkin.
3. Ease of use
I love this car seat due to its simplicity when it comes to its operation. First, the car seat is convertible meaning you enjoy the flexibility of using it in a rear-facing or forward-facing position. You can also adjust the headrest of the Britax Boulevard ClickTight to suit your baby’s height.
As your baby grows, you enjoy the flexibility of adjusting the seat to recline in multiple positions in a rear-facing position to enhance your baby’s comfort. What’s more, the seat only weighs 24lbs and will perfectly fit on one of your car’s back seat.
Britax Boulevard ClickTight is easy to install, courtesy of the ClickTight installation system. Start by opening the front part of the convertible car seat, route the seat belt across the seat, fit it well and push the system into its closed position.
It is such a simple process for anyone to operate under various conditions. With this ClickTight installation system, you can keep calm knowing that your baby is secure and comfortable whether on a rear-facing or forward-facing position.
The design of Britax Boulevard ClickTight car seat is meant to last long, serving your newborn baby as she grows up to her toddler years.
The rear-facing position best suits your child during the tender years as it takes between five pounds to 40 pounds. Conversely, you can move your child comfortably to the forward-facing position once s/he gets to 20 to 65 pounds.
Its longevity is also made possible through the 14-position harness fitted with an audible click that allows you to adjust your child’s position as she grows to enhance her safety and comfort. Also, its flexibility is made possible by the 7 recline positions that let you adjust the seat’s headrest to comfortably fit your baby’s height as she grows taller.
5. Weight and dimensions
This convertible car seat measures 18.5” width, 23” length and 23.5” height.
It’s also a bit compact, weighing 29.4 pounds. Its increased weight compared to other brands is attributed to the ClickTight installation technology but with this system, it is worth the weight. The car seat can comfortably fit in your car.
Rear-facing weight stands between 5-40 pounds while forward-facing weight is 20-65 pounds with 54” height limit. Generally, its height limit is up to 49 inches.
Specific Features of Britax Boulevard CT
- Smooth and soft bottom base with a comfy pillow that ensures your baby enjoys the ride with utmost comfort.
- The well designed 14 position headrest that features a no-rethread harness.
- Has seven recline positions that allow you to find the perfect recline angle for your baby.
- Click and safe snug harness indicator ensures that the seat adjusts accurately producing a click sound whenever it’s well fitted.
- Energy absorbing base fact that compresses during an impact crash. Thus lowering your baby’s center of gravity shielding her/him from a forward head excursion.
- SafeCell side impact protection that enhances your baby’s safety with a firm deep protective cover shell.
- A solid steel frame that enhances your child’s safety.
- Adjustable EZ Buckle that allows you to easily load and unload your baby by keeping buckles and straps away.
- ClickTight Installation System that allows you to install the car seat within a short period of time and with so much ease.
- Britax Boulevard ClickTight is FAA-approved. You can use it while on an aircraft whenever it is necessary.
- It is made in the USA.
- 10-year lifespan.
- It is spacious enough - 10.5 / 11.5 inch in depth and width.
- Around 16-inch shoulder width.
- 5.25/7 inch is the depth of the car seat’s buckle strap.
- The harness’s height at the lowest setting position is 6.5” inch while at the tallest setting position is 18.5 inch.
- Boulevard CT’s external width at the widest position is 18”, an inch more than the front seat’s external width.
- 14 inch is its widest point base.
- The car seat’s bum area has an internal width of around 10 inches. Conversely, 11 inch is its internal width at your baby’s shoulder.
1. Enhanced security for your child.
You can never go wrong with the safety nature of Britax Boulevard CT convertible car seat. Right from the base of the car seat, the tether, steel, frame, and harness, each component is designed to absorb impact crash.
In addition, it encompasses various technologies including SafeCell impact protection and SafeCell complete side impact protection system that enhance the car seat’s safety nature.
What I love most is the fact that you can use rear-facing position for a long time with your growing child (up to 40 pounds) due to its increased room in height and weight. The rear-facing position is secure, and it enhances the survival of your baby if a car crash occurs when in motion.
2. Easy installation and unbuckle.
The click tight installation system makes it possible to securely install the convertible car seat within a short time whether on a rear-facing or forward-facing position.
Remember you don’t have to utilize the latches but rather the seat belt when installing this car seat. Arguably, this technology is what makes the Britax Boulevard Car Seat stand out compared to other brands.
What’s more, upon arrival, you can easily unbuckle the car seat from your car easily especially if you used the seat belt.
Nonetheless, if you used the LATCH you can still uninstall easily by pressing the lower part down, pushing and turning it for about 45 degrees then you pull it down.
Britax Boulevard car seat is arguably versatile and your child can use it for quite a long period of time. You can even pass this car seat on to your baby’s siblings. Features such as 7 recline positions, 14 harness positions, rear-facing, and forward positions enhance its flexibility.
Your baby will enjoy the long rides on this car seat as it is designed with premium fabrics. For instance, it’s padded enough for utmost comfort, comes with a pillow and is well cushioned including on the sides.
5. Ease of cleaning.
You can remove its cover with less effort whenever you need to clean this car seat. Remember, the manufacturer recommends handwashing the cover with mild soap and cold water only. To prevent shrinking, line dry or let it lie flat.
6. Quality harness straps.
Its harness straps are thick enough hence not prone to twisting. Interestingly, you can have the harness straps replaced whenever it is deemed necessary.
Britax Boulevard ClickTight car seat weighs 24lbs, and it can be quite a challenge moving it from one vehicle to another. In addition, depending on your car, the car seat can take lots of space on your back seat.
2. Short straps of the harness
Although the harness can be adjusted to 14 different positions, some parents complain of its short straps. For growing chubby toddlers, they certainly feel uncomfortable when the straps are tightened. For young babies, the straps may not be such an issue.
The car seat might not last for long for some babies who grow too fast, and quickly outgrow the car seat.
4. Recline angle for a newborn
Finding the perfect recline angle for your newborn baby might be an uphill task especially when you don’t have a pool noodle.
When choosing the most suitable car seat for your baby, safety comes first in your mind. While this is very important, you also need to consider other aspects including comfort, flexibility, durability, and its dimensions etc.
Britax Boulevard ClickTight Seat is one of the high-end car seats that put all these aspects into consideration. With this car seat, you can enjoy short or long rides in peace knowing that your little passenger is comfortable and in safe hands.