The first thing you’ll discover when you find out you’re going to be a dad, is that you would do anything to protect your baby; your baby’s safety becomes your #1 concern. When it comes to car seats, Britax is the #1 choice for safety.
Choosing a car seat can be a daunting task, Britax makes it easy by making seats that are amazingly safe, very attractive and have some of the best convenience features around. The B-Safe 35 is a top-of-the-line car seat that will keep your little one safe and comfortable whether in the car, or strolling around in the 2016 B-Agile 3 stroller. The B-Agile 3 is a lightweight, yet fully featured stroller with a very modern and sleek look. Together, this car seat and stroller make up the 2016 B-Agile 3/B-Safe 35 Travel System which will meet all of your travel needs in safety and style.
The Travel System
When you put the B-Safe 35 together with the 2016 B-Agile 3, you have an awesome travel system. Magic Beans rated this travel system in its top 3 of the year for 2016.
Travel systems are great, especially for babies who fall asleep in the car. You can transfer the baby right in their seat onto a stroller and keep going with your day, there is no need to take the baby out of their seat and wake them up at every stop. This reason alone is enough for most people to choose a car seat and stroller travel system combo for their baby. The B-Safe B-Agile system is especially easy and desirable for the simplicity of getting the car seat onto and off of the stroller. The system comes with car seat adapters which clip right onto the stroller’s frame so you can simply set the car sat on and it clicks right into place with Click and Go technology. To remove the car seat, you use the same quick-release handle that you use to remove the car seat from its base, simply squeeze and lift, so easy! Another great feature of the B-Safe B-Agile system is that the two canopies overlap to create full coverage from the elements.
The Newly redesigned 2016 B-Agile 3 is a perfect companion to the B-Safe 35 car seat, and also a great stroller in its own right. This stroller’s predecessor was awarded the Moms’ Pick for Best Value, Best Quality, Best Looks, Ease of Use & Space Savings in Strollers by BabyCenter in 2015, and the newly updated version has only gotten better!
The stroller is very easy to set up, all you need to do is unfold the body, attach the wheels and the canopy, which is very easy to do, and you are all set. If you were also attaching the car seat you would also clip in the car seat adapters. When you buy the travel system, all the pieces you need to use it are included in your purchase.
This stroller is lightweight at only 18 lbs and very compact, especially when folded; it could easily be carried in one hand and stores very well in the trunk of a vehicle and even stows away easily on an airplane.
Its sleek and modern design makes this stroller a great option for dads on the go to look cool with their baby in tow, it comes in black or red. The fabric is easily wiped down, including the reinforced foot rest so there’s no need to worry about messy shoes or messy kids. The three-wheel design, with integrated suspension system, provides a smooth ride and easy maneuverability. The front wheel can even lock in place for jogging, making this a very versatile stroller. This stroller is easy to push and fits very well walking through small areas. Another great feature on this stroller is the linked parking break; unlike a lot of other strollers, there is only one foot operated wheel lock to keep the stroller parked.
The B-Agile 3 features a locking mechanism to keep the stroller folded when not in use. When you’re ready to stroll, the lock is easily released and the stroller pops right open. Folding the stroller back down is so simple, too, you simply press the silver button on the side, then lift the handle on the seat (which is conveniently labeled) and the stroller folds itself back up and the locking mechanism automatically locks in place.
The 2016 B-Agile 3 is perfect for infancy, all the way through to toddlers and preschoolers up to 55 lbs and unlike a lot of other strollers, the seat is generously sized to really fit kids up to that maximum weight. The 5-point harness is adjustable on both sides as well as having a no-rethread height adjustment. The seat has an infinite recline adjuster to make the seat recline almost completely flat, sit all the way up, or any angle in between to keep your child comfortable.
The sun canopy is very generously sized to keep the sun or rain off of your child and features a mesh panel with a cover which can be rolled up and secured out of place so you can look in on your child and provide some ventilation. There is also a mesh panel on the back of the stroller to provide more ventilation, this is a great feature for keeping kids cool in summer and in hot climates. This stroller provides ample storage space; the bottom storage pocket, which has been made bigger since previous versions of this stroller, easily fits a diaper bag. There is also a large zippered storage pocket on the back of stroller’s seat.
The Car Seat
The Britax B-Safe 35 has been awarded 5 stars by the NHTSA for ease of use. This award signifies that the B-Safe 35 is a simple to use car seat with straight forward installation and usage. Being evaluated by the NHTSA also means that the car seat meets federal safety standards and strict crash performance standards. This seat is even certified for use on aircraft, so it truly is safe and convenient for all your travel needs. This car seat features SafeCell Impact protection. This includes a honeycomb designed impact absorbing feature on the base, impact absorbing tether and harness, an impact stabilizing steel frame, and deep side walls for complete side impact protection.
This seat is designed for babies from 4-35 lbs or up to 32” tall, whichever comes first, and is a rear facing only seat. It has four shoulder height adjustments and two crotch buckle adjustments to easily accommodate your growing baby. The harness on this seat is easy to tighten, and the new location of the harness adjuster button, over the seat’s cover rather than under it, makes it even easier to loosen. It is very important to follow all safety guidelines laid out in the seats manual to be sure your baby is buckled into their seat correctly.
Installing the B-Safe 35 in your car is very simple whether you use the lower anchors of the LATCH system, a seatbelt with the base or a seatbelt with the seat only. Please refer to the seat’s manual and your car’s manual to determine the best way to install your car seat. When using the lower anchors, you will appreciate the SafeCenter design which allows for easy tightening of the lower anchor straps and keeps them neatly tucked away so they don’t get in the way when attaching the seat to the base. The lower anchor connectors click into place and are easy to remove with the push of a button and also store into the side of the base and out of the way when not in use. When installing the base using the car’s seatbelt, you will find the integrated belt lock offs make for a very easy and tight installation. The base of the B-Safe 35 also features a spring-assisted recline and dual level indicators to be sure that the car seat will be properly angled. The B-Safe 35 also has a built in belt path for use in installing the seat without its base. When used correctly, this is a very safe and convenient option, especially for use in someone else’s car.
The B-Safe 35 is a very sleek and streamlined seat, the contoured shape makes it look very nice and take up little space in a vehicle. It comes in 7 colors – Black, Cyan (a light turquoise), Meadow (a bright green), Red, Sandstone (beige), Sapphire (blue) and Steel (grey). With a cover that tucks completely into the shell of the seat, there is no loose fabric hanging around. Even the generously sized sun canopy is tucked into the seat’s shell in the back; this keeps it from extending too far or getting pulled out of place, leaving the baby exposed to the sun in the back. The ergonomic handle makes this seat very easy to pick up and carry and the 10 lb seat weight, while not the lightest on the market, is light enough to be lifted or carried around when necessary. This seat is very simple to put into and take out of its base. To install in the base, you simply set it into place and be sure to listen for the click that tells you it’s locked in. To remove the seat, you squeeze the quick-release handle on the back and it simply lifts out.
Britax offers several accessories for the B-Safe 35 and the B-Agile 3. These accessories can be purchased separately from the travel system from the website or local retailers.
For the car seat, one of the best accessories you can purchase is an extra base. If you plan to use your car seat in multiple cars, an extra base will make safe instillation so much easier. You can also purchase several different covers for your seat. There is the B-Covered, an All-Weather cover; the B-Warm insulated cover; a Rain cover; and a Sun and Bug cover. You can also get a Head and Body Support Pillow to make the car seat a little more comfy for your baby. Just a safety note here on car seat accessories – it is very important that you do not attach any accessories to any car seat that have not been tested with the seat. This means that any after-market accessories of any other brand are not to be used. This is because the car seat manufacturer has not tested the seat with these off-brand pieces and cannot guarantee how they will behave in a crash, they could detach and injure your child, so it’s best to keep all untested accessories out of and off of the car seat.
For the stroller, there are also several accessories you can purchase. There are a few different fashion inserts to brighten up the stroller, there’s a Cowmooflage (cow print) design, a Pink Giraffe pattern, and a geometrical pattern called Redwood. You can also get a travel bag, this is a great option if you’re going to be flying with your stroller, it will protect it from damage while stowed on the plane, it’s also great for storage. For keeping your child warm in the stroller when not being used with the car seat, you can get a Foot Muff, which is basically like a sleeping bag to go around the child in the stroller. There are also Rain, and Sun and Bug covers available. If you also have an older child, you can also get a stroller board which attaches to the back of the stroller and allows an older child to ride standing behind the stroller seat. To add storage to your stroller, you can also purchase a stroller organizer which has several pockets and two cup holders. There is also a separate universal cup holder available. And finally there is also a child tray available with a cup holder.
More information on the B-Safe 35 car seat, the 2016 B-Agile 3 stroller, the travel system or any accessories can be found on the Britax website. The travel system can be purchased for $439.99 from Britax or many retailers nationwide.