Road Trip Essentials
My brood has been through plenty of baby and kid gear over the years. Car seats are one of those necessities that parents have to keep upgrading and changing with growing kids or expiration dates. When I first became a mom I didn’t drive a whole lot—we stayed local and spend more time cruising around in our stroller than a car but then all of a sudden we were in the car all the time.
We travel a lot for weekend jaunts or day trips and sometimes school drop-off for Ryder. From infant seaters on up to boosters, I have been through them all and my kids have definitely become little car-seat aficionados along the way.
There are several different types of car seats with different functions so the selection can be overwhelming. There are also safety concerns to consider. The American Academy of Pediatrics has specific guidelines on child safety specifically for car seats and how long kids should rear-face and how to install properly. Each state also has specific laws regarding car seats, so it is important to familiarize yourself with your local regulations, too.
For us, the car-seat category is a little smaller since we are way out of the infant safety seat and rear-facing stage. My youngest, Gemma, is five-years-old (and very tall), so she faces forward in a booster now. Car seat options vary: Convertible car seats are the ones you can use for infants as well as older kids since they convert from a rear-facing to forward-facing. Then there is the booster, which are designed for older and bigger kids and can only be used in the forward-facing orientation.
I have always loved Britax car seats. They are easy to operate and affordable—which is important considering how many car seats parents will purchase over the years. Recently, we have been using the new Britax Highpoint Nanotex Belt-Positioning Booster for Gemma and it is absolutely perfect for her. The Highpoint Nanotex is appropriate for her size with the 10-position quick-adjust headrest and it securely fastens her into the vehicle but is super soft, comfortable and easy to install.
The Highpoint Nanotex is also ideal for us because it is lightweight and slim, so I am able to travel with it or fit in a small backseat space along with other car seats or boosters. For car seats I like to check off a few boxes: safety, comfort and durability because I want everything to be smooth sailing. I know I’ll have peace of mind knowing that my kiddos are safe and they will feel better about travel if they are comfortable and relaxed.
The Britax Nanotex fabric is permanently stain, spill resistant and odor-resistant, which is amazing because my kiddos are road-trippers and like their snacks. The cup holders are dishwasher safe and removable—another KEY detail for maintaining a clean (and germ-free) car. The Britax Nanotex fabric is a limited-release fabric available exclusively for the Brixy retail partners. To find a Brixy retail partner hear you visit Brixy.com