Safety 1st Guide 65 Review

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With high weight and height limits, the Safety 1st Guide 65 wins praise from parents who are astonished that such a roomy car seat actually fits into compact cars. The car seat weighs a light 11.5 pounds and fits kids up to 65 pounds. The five-point harness is highly adjustable, with five shoulder-strap positions and three locations for the middle buckle.

Safety 1st Guide 65 reviews on the Walmart website brim with praise from parents who appreciate that it fits easily into compact cars. Parents and caregivers posting on Amazon are quick to point out that even though this seat fits in small cars, it will still accommodate children for years as they grow, courtesy of high weight and height limits. Reviews on both websites declare this car seat very comfortable and supportive.

The Safety 1st Guide 65 (starting at $78, Amazon) carries babies who weigh 5 to 40 pounds and measure 19 to 40 inches in the rear-facing position. Children who weigh 22 to 65 pounds and stand 32 to 52 inches tall can ride in the forward-facing position. The weight of the seat -- 11.5 pounds -- is the lightest among our top picks. The Safety 1st Guide 65 has a five-point harness with five shoulder-strap heights and three buckle positions. The car seat can be installed using the LATCH system. One thing that gives us pause: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration labels this car seat below average for ease of use in the rear-facing position (and average in the forward-facing position). Yet almost no complaints emerge in reviews. On the contrary, many parents have found the seat a cinch to install.

We'd expect a car seat with a 65-pound weight limit to be much heavier and bulkier than this one. Despite the high weight limit, the seat itself weighs the least of any on our list and, according to Safety 1st Guide 65 reviews, fits into small cars without a problem. While a few parents mention issues with installation and the NHTSA rates this model average at best overall, most reviewers find it easy enough to use. This product gets our nod of approval as a solid car seat that will grow with your child.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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