Head on over to Walmart online to get yourself a jewel of a deal. The Safety First Alpha Omega 3-in-1 car seat is now only $100, was $184.88. I couldn't find this exact seat at any other retailer, although I did find the Elite version of the same seat selling for $200 or more. Considering all car seats sold in Canada have to meet the same stringent safety measures (some just add more), if you are happy with an affordable, government certified seat, this one is a steal.
Why this seat is also great is that it is a 3-in-1 seat, so you can use it as an infant seat, a regular car seat and a booster seat. Be informed though, that car seats do expire so you may never use it for one of the functions, or not for long. Typically, I believe the expiry date is about six years on most seats, but I would check before you buy if you want this seat for long-term use.
Now, even though this goes rear facing for infants, you can't take it in and out like many of the bucket seats, which are great for carrying baby around, especially when they are sleeping. If that doesn't matter to you, and you want to reduce the costs on buying that kind of seat plus another seat, this one is your winner.
It has all the safety features in a car seat like energy absorbing foam in the head rest, side impact protection, three-position recline and a five-point harness.
The seat pad is removable and washable, which is also totally important.
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