We all know that babies need a lot of stuff, and there are so many pieces of furniture, equipment, and interesting gadgets available. You may start to feel a little overwhelmed by all of it, and you possibly won’t know where to start.
Of all those items on your list, a good car seat should be at the top of the list, because it is the most important item when it comes to the baby’s safety. Safety should always be paramount, and a safe car seat can literally be the difference between life and death for your child, should you be in the unfortunate position of being involved in a car accident.
Infant car seats have changed drastically in recent years. Many years ago, a car seat especially for a baby was unheard of. You simply held the baby on your lap and assumed that everything would be okay. Sadly, it was not always okay, and holding a baby on your lap in the car is extremely dangerous, possibly even fatal.
Car safety seats were first introduced in the late 1960s, but they were very rudimentary and did not offer the same protection as the infant car seats of today. Most people were resistant to the idea of using them. They only really became popular and started being used much later.
Thankfully, technology has advanced, and infant car seats are now much more sophisticated. Years of research has gone into their design. They are manufactured using the latest materials and designs, taking into consideration both safety and comfort.
Today, most countries have legislation making it compulsory to strap children and babies into an age-appropriate restraint system. There have been many publicity campaigns to create awareness of the need for infant car seats, in order to save lives.
There have been many incidents of car accidents in which babies have been passengers. Sadly, it often does not end well for a baby who is not restrained in an infant car seat. There have been many reports of babies who have been tragically killed, because an unrestrained baby, or small child, can become a human missile on impact.
On the other hand, statistics have proved that a baby who is securely strapped into a safe car seat has a much higher chance of survival, and escaping serious injury, even when adults in the car are seriously injured or killed. The infant car seat will hold your baby firmly in place, and cocoon him and cushion him from the impact, thus protecting him and sparing him from harm.
There are many brands of infant car seats on the market, offering numerous different styles and designs. A newborn will not be safe in the same seat that you would use for an older, bigger baby. Most car seats are designed according to both the age and weight of the baby.
In this review, we will look at the BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing and what it has to offer.
The Britax brand is proudly engineered and made in the USA with global components for safety and quality. Britax has become the leader in child safety and mobility products through extensive experience, years of engineering, and the best child safety experts on their team.
All Britax products are required to meet applicable regulatory standards. They meet and in fact exceed all of the safety requirements outlined by the relevant federal regulatory bodies.
The BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing, uses the Britax revolutionary installation system, Click Tight. This enables you to install your car seat using just a standard seat belt, making installation seamless and simple.
The Britax infant seat comes with a base. This is a vital component of the car seat. The Britax base forms a ‘crumple zone’ that absorbs crash energy, protecting your baby from the impact in a collision.
Your baby needs to be protected on both sides, as well as front and back. The headrest also needs to be carefully designed, as it protects the baby against head and neck injuries. This Britax car seat offers layers of side impact protection, surrounding the head, neck and torso. These layers include a deep, energy-absorbing shell, foam-lined headrest, and side-impact cushions.
The seat needs to be well-anchored in the car. The Britax seat has a V-shaped tether that is designed with two attachment points to secure the seat and minimize side-to-side movement. It has rows of stitching that will not all come undone simultaneously upon impact. They will give way one at a time during a crash, to help slow forward movement.
In the BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat, your baby will be surrounded in safety, with 2 layers of side impact protection, quick-adjust head protection, steel frame, and impact-absorbing base.
This car seat is designed for rear-facing installation, which is safest for very small babies. In this setting, the anti-rebound bar will minimize forces by stabilizing the car seat.
It is possible to use this seat without the base, a very useful feature for when you need to switch the seat to another car. The European Belt Guide allows for installation without the base.
Installation of the Britax B-Safe is simple and straightforward. The infant car seat base will be secured by the Safe Center Latch or the built-in seat belt lock-offs.
The quick-adjust harness has a 2 position buckle for a comfortable fit as your child grows. Baby will be able to relax and recline with the spring-assisted recline, with indicators to ensure the best vehicle installation angle.
This Britax infant car seat is fully compatible with the Britax B Agile, B Free, B Mobile, and B Ready strollers and travel systems, using the built-in adaptors. It is also compatible with all BOB Single and Dual-lie strollers, with adaptors that are sold separately.
The BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing is rear-facing for babies of 4 to 35 pounds, seat area 13 D, 8.75 W inches; Dimensions 17.75 W x 25 H x 30.62 D inches.
Who’s It For?
The BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing is for anyone who needs to transport a baby in their vehicle. The beauty of this seat is that it is easily transferable between vehicles. This makes it ideal for parents who have two cars but do not want to go to the expense of buying two car seats.
Often parents need to rely on grandparents or babysitters to fetch and carry their children from daycare, or to appointments and playdates. This seat can be used by anyone who has the standard regulatory safety seat belts in their car.
While it is certainly not the most expensive car seat on the market, this infant car seat does not come with a cheap price tag, so if you are on a low budget and looking for an inexpensive seat, this may not be for you.
What We Like About BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing
The safety features are the most important to us, so we particularly like the integrated system of safety components that work to keep your baby safe, going beyond minimum Federal Standards.
Many car seats have a base that is complicated and finicky to install. We like the fact that with this Britax seat, the Safe Center Latch makes the installation of the base easy and quick.
No matter where you are, you can easily switch cars with this infant car seat, using the convenient European Belt Guide. This makes life so much easier for busy parents who are constantly on the go.
Obviously, a tiny newborn will need shorter straps than a bigger baby. Usually, adjusting the straps involves removing the seat and rethreading them. This is a nuisance. With this seat, when you need to move the straps up a size, it is very easy to adjust them without having to rethread them.
The material is very easy to clean. It is also a dark color, so it doesn’t show dirt easily. The canopy is a good size, giving great protection from the sun. We like the mesh opening at the back, allowing air to circulate and keep the baby cool.
Your baby may need to spend a lot of time in his car seat. In order to keep him from fussing and getting distressed, you need to ensure that his seat is comfortable. This Britax seat provides a deeper seating area for your little one, making it more comfortable for him.
We love the easy-to-read level markers on the base. This helps to get the reclining angle just right, also making the baby more comfortable.
Many car seats come with long, detailed manuals that are impossible to figure out and understand. We like this seat’s user manual. It is easy to read and understand. There are no long, complicated instructions that are impossible to decipher. If you follow the instruction manual, you will have your baby’s seat safely installed in your car within minutes.
What We Don’t Like About BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing
Some users have reported that this seat is not compatible with their car. An infant seat should be able to be fitted in any make and model of car. We are unhappy about the fact that you may buy this seat, only to find that it does not fit snugly in your car, particularly in certain 7-seater models, where the straps apparently don’t tighten far enough to make the base immovable.
Compared to some other infant car seats, this seat is very heavy. This can be problematic if you use it together with a travel system and need to take it out to clip onto your stroller, or if you frequently need to move it between cars.
We found that there is a rough, itchy, sharp-edged tag sewn into the middle of the head cushion. This might scratch the delicate skin on your baby’s neck.
- Extremely safe seat
- Quick, simple installation
- Easy to take in and out of the car with one click
- Very sturdy and solid
- Attractive looking
- High quality, washable fabric
- Dark material gets quite hot
- Heavy and fairly bulky
- Handle not adjustable with one hand
This seat comes with a base to secure it. It has an easily removable cover and an anti-rebound bar. It comes with a canopy and carry-handle and all the necessary belts, clips, and buckles.
There are numerous other accessories, such as a vehicle seat protector, a back seat mirror, and a back seat protector that are sold separately.
Overview Of Features
Let us take another look at the main features.
This seat has many safety features that exceed the minimum regulated standard requirements, such as safeCell technology, and multiple layer side impact protection, making it a very safe seat. It has been tested in independent crash test facilities.
- European Belt Guide
This makes it easy to switch between cars.
- Removable, washable Cover
It is impossible to avoid your baby’s seat getting dirty and grubby. This seat cover is easy to keep clean, making it more hygienic.
- Large canopy
If your baby spends a long time in the car, the canopy will shield him from the sun.
- Ease of removal
While it is easy to remove the seat and clip it back into place, we would have preferred it if it were not so heavy. If you are a petite Mum, you may have trouble lifting it with your baby strapped in.
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The BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing | 4 to 35 Pounds – Reclinable Base, 3 Layer Impact Protection, Circa is an infant car seat that offers many safety features.
This seat will keep your precious child safely strapped in, giving him the best protection in the event of an accident.
The seat is designed for both safety and comfort so that your baby will not cry and resist every time you strap him in.
You will be able to move the seat easily from one car to another, and from car to stroller and back, ensuring that your baby never has to travel unrestrained in any vehicle.
With the BRITAX B-Safe Endeavours Infant Car Seat – Rear Facing | 4 to 35 Pounds – Reclinable Base, 3 Layer Impact Protection, Circa, you can relax, knowing that your baby is safe, protected, and comfortable at all times.