I am the perfect person to gauge the easiness-factor of installing an infant car seat, seeing that I’ve never even come close to installing a car seat before in my life. Truth be told, I didn’t even know there was two parts to the thing–you know, the seat itself and the base that stays in your car–until my new Prodigy came in the mail last week.
When my dogs started furiously barking, signaling either that a) someone was at the door to try to sell me new siding again, or b) the UPS guy was here, I ran to the open the front door, hoping it was the latter. And it was! I lugged the big box into my living room and tore into it like a kid on Christmas morning. My car seat had arrived, and it was beautiful:
This car seat is the first big thing we’ve gotten for our baby boy, Elliot, so it was kind of a big deal. He isn’t even due until March, but that wasn’t about to stop me from playing with our new toy!
So last weekend, my husband Andy and I decided to give it a whirl. According to Summer Infant’s website, this car seat, the ‘Prodigy’ is supposed to be the smartest, easiest to use model on the market. I figured if we could figure it out, it would have to be true.
So these excited newbies set out to install their very first car seat:
I originally brought the manual outside with me, but decided to see just how easy this thing really was, and threw it off to the side.
The coolest thing about the Prodigy is the smart screen that guides you through the installation process. After clipping the base into our 2001 Volkswagon Jetta, the little screen told us the first step was to tighten the base into place:
As soon as Andy had gotten it tight enough, a nice little smiley face appeared to let us know we had done it right:
After tightening, came getting it level. Again, when it was good to go, another happy face appeared. The last step was to simply clip the seat into the base, and one more happy face later, and that was it! Car seat successfully installed:
The whole installation process seriously took less than three minutes. Both Andy and I were really impressed (and a little bit shocked!).
Since we have no baby to strap in quite yet, we decided to let our five-pound Toy Poodle, Jackie, give it the comfort test. I think she approves:
Overall, both Andy and I (and Jackie) agreed Summer Infant’s Prodigy is a great car seat. I’d even go so far as to describe it as the iPod of car seats–simple design, user-friendly, and just super cool.
I can’t wait until Elliot takes his first car ride home from the hospital in it. Wow, just typing that sentence made me tear up!
Stay tuned for part two of this review…coming in March! 🙂