The Safety 1st Tote ‘n’ Go portable car seat was advertised as the “car seat” you can fit in a diaper bag, as being ideal for vacations, taxis, and carpools as well as making a great second car seat for grandparents and caregivers.
The manufacturer further stated:
“A portable car seat is great for vacations or quick trips from home. It is easy to use, but still has all of the necessary features of a big time car seat. The Safety 1st Tote N Go DX works great with all models of car, it it a baby car seat which works with both the shoulder and lap belts to help create a five point safety harness. It allows the child to have movement, yet stay safe.”
Weighing in at just four pounds, the Safety 1st Tote ‘n’ Go portable car seat is one of the most accessible and lightest in weight, it should only be used forward facing however. Children using the portable car seat from Safety 1st should also not exceed 40 lbs. With families constantly on the move it is certainly nice to have a reliable infant car seat for making travel easier. It’s great for taxi rides, carpooling and rental cars. The Tote N Go DX allows children to travel in comfort and parents to travel without worrying about lugging around a heavy car seat.
Safety 1st Tote ‘n’ Go portable car seat features
- Five-point harness for forward-facing 25-40 lbs.
- LATCH not required
- Weighs less than 4 lbs.Adjustable shoulder straps
- Durably constructed of fire retardant washable fabric
- NOT aircraft approved
- Dimensions: 2 x 9 x 15 in.
- Washable padding
However, here is a reality check. Essentially, the Tote ‘n’ Go portable car seat is a car seat without the base, armrests, and headrest. It was simply designed to be a portable, lightweight, and convenient car seat for families on the go.
Being light weight (under 4 lbs.) you would think that it would be easier to cart around during travel, especially when it is supposed to fit into a diaper bag – however, I have yet to get the Tote N Go portable car seat to fit into my XL diaper bag!
While the manufacturer claims that the Tote ‘n’ Go portable car seat is safe for children weighing between 25 and 40 pounds, it does not mention any minimum or maximum height restrictions and while the shoulder straps are adjustable (the only part of this seat that is), they do not adjust very well. It is almost impossible to get a nice snug fit where your child won’t be moving and sliding around in the seat, and with nor real side protection, we could NOT recommend this portable car seat at all!
This restraint system must only be used in vehicles with properly installed vehicle lap belt systems that can be tightened securely. Belt systems which will NOT work include, but are not limited to: Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) belts, an automatic/passive vehicle seat belt system, and vehicle seats that pivot or have a back that folds forward w/out a lock Manual belts and seat belts that come out of the door, side of the vehicle, or middle of the seat cushion will NOT work with this restraint.