Gear Review: Grow and Go Air Protect 3-in-1 Car Seat by Safety 1st

Safety 1st Car Seat

Car seats are a big deal these days. Remember the “good old days” when you were just rolling around in the back of the station wagon with the family dog while the groceries were in the front seat? Sure, those days were fine. But they’re long gone. Car seats can make your kids cozy (and quiet) for a road trip, or they can lead to a bumpy road. The new Grow and Go Air Protect 3-in-1 car seat by Safety 1st is perfect for various ages and stages of life for littles looking for a more plush ride while in the backseat!

Review of the Grow and Go Air Protect by Safety 1st

Safety 1st Grow and Go Air Protect

Photo Courtesy of Safety 1st


– Versatile car seat with a long lifespan – intended from 5 to 100 pounds

– Rear facing from 5-40 pounds

– Front facing from 22-65 pounds

– Booster seat from 40-100 pounds

– Light weight – only weighs 18.7 pounds

– Two cup holders (they are attached, non-removable)

– No re-thread to switch the harness height

Air Protect Safety 1st convertible car seat
Photo Credit: Sarah Marshall

– Machine washable cover

– Relatively compact measuring: 24 inches high by 19 inches wide by 19.5 inches deep


– The harness has a place to go when the child is not in the seat and keeps the straps out-of-the-way when trying to put a child in the seat.

– Easy to install and transfer between vehicles

–  The model we tried was called “evening tide” colored seat and it was a gorgeous, unisex teal blue color.

– The harness holders are awesome to keep the straps out-of-the-way — this is genius! Maybe the best feature that is new-to-us.

– Fabric is durable and easy to clean and is also quite plush and comfortable. Like a hybrid feel somewhere between organic cotton and soft terry cloth.


The straps were a little tough to tighten a couple of times, almost like they were stuck in place.

– I couldn’t get a good fit with the strap covers on, although they were easy to remove and I got a great fit without those on the straps.

Safety 1st Grow and Go Air Protect car seat

Photo Courtesy of Safety 1st


The Grow and Go Air Protect 3-in-1 by Safety 1st is a good fit for a family looking for a one seat solution. I was very impressed with the quality of the materials in manufacturing as well as how it holds up against a toddler. At right around $189.00, it’s a mid-range price point for a car seat that follows a child through growth and varied positioning, but I felt it was a good value because of the quality of this seat. I found it really easy to use and our daughter always seemed comfortable in this seat. It is nice that the cover easily comes off and can be machine washed, between the pretzel crumbs, the milk that leaked out of the sippy cup, and the fruit snacks, ground in deep, our seat quickly becomes filthy! I was thrilled to be able to rehab the situation with ease. The versatility of this seat is outstanding. I feel very confident that our daughter is safe and secure each time we buckle her up.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary car seat to test drive for the purposes of sharing this review with the Trekaroo community. All opinions are my own. 

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About the author

Amanda Williams is one of Trekaroo's Travel Experts, specializing in Gear and Midwestern Adventures. She is the proud mama of two boys and writes about her outdoorsy, rural adventures at Field Guide to Parenting Outside. Her family loves to travel, near or far, by boat, plane, foot or car. If they aren't on an outdoor excursion someplace, they are busy reading up on where they will go next! A natural resources professional by training, the children of this mama are obligate outdoorsmen and you'll find the family frequenting the nation's public lands often!
3 Responses
  1. Patricia Roberts

    Do you like the high head guards? I am a pediatric Physical Therapist and am always interested in positioning and seating devices. Lots of the children I see in my practice have Torticollis and I look for ways to adapt their car seats in order to keep their heads in mid-line, especially on long trips.

  2. Cassidy

    Have you traveled with this seat on an airplane? Will it fit on a US commercial airplane seat?

  3. trekaroo

    Yes, it should fit. It also has an aircraft approval statement sticker on the right side. It is only approved when using the harness and not the booster though.

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