Does this reputable stroller brand know how to make a great car seat?
Baby Jogger makes great jogging strollers. We all know that. So when they came out with one car seat, it was intriguing. Now, car seat number two, the City View Convertible Car Seat, has us all very curious- is it as great as their other 5-star car seat? Yes. This is the only car seat you’ll need for your baby. It has 3 riding modes, crazy safety, and a parent-friendly design. Your baby will be comfy, safe and stylish in this space-saving but expensive, car seat.
From Birth to Beyond
This car seat is certainly different from the City Go, Baby Jogger’s other car seat. It’s not just an infant seat, it’s a convertible car seat that has 3 ways to ride.
Rear Facing Car Seat
You can use this car seat beginning at just 5 tiny pounds to transport baby using the infant insert. When used as a rear-facing convertible car seat, it will work until baby reaches 40 pounds and 36 inches. This is a much bigger height and weight allowance for your baby compared to a normal infant seat with base, so it helps you follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation to keep riding rear-facing until age 2.
Forward Facing Car Seat
When baby is pushing those limits, you can flip the car seat around to have it become a forward facing car seat. Here, it will work when baby is anywhere from 22 pounds to 65 pounds. This should encompass most of their toddler and preschool years, plus a couple of early elementary years. Trust me when I say that being able to keep an older kid detained in a safety harness is such a good thing!
High Back Booster Seat
When your kiddo (and you!) are ready, you can convert this car seat into a high back booster. This makes the vehicle belt path safe and effective for a child from 40 to 100 pounds.
A TRUE Test of Safety
Now that we know what it can do, let’s see how it does at keeping your kid safe.
They call it their TRUE safety test. It’s Baby Jogger’s way of making sure that all aspects of this seat are safe. TRUE stands for Tested to Reality Under Extremes. This means that not only does the City View meet all federal safety standards, but it exceeds them. It can withstand almost double the allowed impact force for those standards. Not to mention that it’s been side impact tested and extreme temperature tested.
The booster is really safe too. We won’t know until later this year if this new booster will make the IIHS Best Bet Booster list, but I’m thinking that it might.
So how does it perform so well on these safety tests? Here’s the nitty gritty details on what makes it safe:
- Steel reinforcement. The frame has steel bars to help it keep its structure during an accident. It also makes the car seat more durable.
- EPP foam. This foam is much more durable and somewhat softer than the EPS foam that other brands use. It serves to make the car seat comfortable, but it’s main job is to absorb energy in the case of a crash.
- 5 point safety harness. With a seat belt that’s mounted to the car seat in 5 different places, this seat belt is the safest way to go. That means there are 5 different points to help your child stay in the car seat and stay safe.
- SecureStop Anti-Rebound Bar. This is a safety feature that works for the rear-facing car seat only. It helps to reduce rearward movement by 45%. In plain English, this means that it helps the car seat to stay where it’s at instead of slamming backward into the seat during a crash.
High Functioning Features for Low Functioning Parents
For us tired and stressed-out moms and dads, baby gear has got to be easy and simple to use. The more fool-proof, the better. And the Baby Jogger City View certainly is that.
Easy Switching and Easy Adjusting
It’s not hard to go from one mode to the next with this car seat. If you want to switch it from the rear facing, you just detach the rebound bar, turn it around, install it, and go. And to get to booster mode, you just remove the extra infant padding and the harness and it’s ready to use.
Adjusting it during the in between times is just as easy. The safety harness has a no re-thread adjust system that allows you to move the headrest and the straps at the same time to any of 10 (yes, TEN!) positions. The lever is easy to squeeze and easy to slide to get the whole headpiece moving. This saves so much time and hassle!
The harness itself buckles well. The padded straps are a plus. But get ready for a wrestling match when it’s time to tighten them. This uses a very similar harness to the City Go Infant Car Seat, and that harness is terrible! This one seems to be a bit better, but when used rear facing, the straps seem to get tangled in the back, making it difficult to pull tight with baby in the seat.
Also, you have 4 levels of recline to get your child to just the right angle for a comfortable fit. This is a must-have for the rear facing car seat, and the printed-on guides and air bubble guide make it easy to get it right.
Easy to Install
I love that this has a push button latch system. That means that you don’t have to break a fingernail or pinch your hand just to get the latch hooks attached in your car. They click right on, and unclick with just the touch of a button. Just be careful and follow the product manual exactly. There are very different instructions for installing it as each of the 3 modes.
And speaking of other modes, installing it as a booster is amazingly easy. You can use the fabulous latch straps to make it secure, then follow the color coded lap and shoulder belt paths. Easy for parents, but also really easy for older children who are learning to buckle themselves in and out.
Easy to Clean
This convertible car seat has a thick and luxe cover. And it can be machine washed! The manual recommends that you spot clean whenever you can and wash the pad only when needed. You can also remove the headrest and wash it. Time will tell if constant washing will affect the way the pad looks and feels, but for now, it’s nice to know that I can use my trusty washer to clean up those icky poop-splosions.
Style, Fit, and Comfort
This last section might be brief, but there are some fun things to mention about this car seat.
For starters, this is a stylish car seat. It’s not babyish or kitschy in any way! It looks streamlined and sophisticated, from the double stitching on the sides to the muted color choices. It would compliment any car’s interior, not overtake it.
And when it comes to not overtaking the car, this thing is really small. The narrow size is one of my favorite things about the car seat. It’s only 17.4 inches wide, so it won’t spill over into the neighboring seats. This makes it ideal for putting more than one car seat in the back seat.
The cup holder that comes with kept that space saving thing in mind. That’s the other comfort feature I want to mention. It’s made from leatherette, so it’s pliable and folds in easy when not in use. It also holds drinks snugly because it has the buttons on the side and the flexible material.
However, it doesn’t work great for open drinks that don’t have a lid. This is especially true for an older baby who is riding rear facing, since the angle is too steep to keep a drink from sloshing around. Since it allows for a bit more tippage because it isn’t a fixed shape, it might get really messy if your drink doesn’t have a lid.
Since this has only been on the market for a couple of months, there are no real reviews yet. The feedback from early purchasers has been pretty positive, though. Stay tuned for more!
- Space saving size
- 3 ways to ride
- Maximum safety
- Easy to install and adjust
- Fussy harness
- Big price tag
Final Take on the City View Car Seat
I have always been a big Baby Jogger fan because I love their strollers. The City Go car seat has been so-so in my opinion, but I am loving the City View Convertible Car Seat. I think offers a lot of safety features and the huge convenience of being the only car seat that you’ll need to buy your kid. Ever.
The seat installs easy with the push button latch. It has a lot of room for customization of fit since it has the easy adjust harness and headrest, plus recline. I don’t love the harness because it can be hard to tighten.
The style of this thing is gorgeous. It looks high-end and sleek. And sleek it is- it barely takes up any space in the car. Undoubtedly a great choice for those with small cars or those trying to fit 2 or 3 car seats into 1 back seat.
Overall, I think that this car seat is a a good choice, but the price is a tad bit high. It is slightly better than some comparable car seats, but the price is also a bit higher. I would recommend trying to buy this on sale to get a good bang for your buck. But if money is no option, buy on! It won’t disappoint.