Britax B-Safe 35 1 Layer Impact Protection Infant Car Seat

Last updated date: June 17, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

Britax B-Safe 35 1 Layer Impact Protection Infant Car Seat

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Overall Take

If you're looking for a travel system-ready infant car seat, this model is an excellent choice. When using a compatible stroller, you'll be able to remove the seat from the car in and instant and snap it right into the stroller. The car seat is also easy to install and comes with added impact protection. In our analysis of 142 expert reviews, the Britax Britax B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat placed 2nd when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 1, 2020:
Checkout The Best Infant Car Seat for a detailed review of all the top infant car seats.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
1,573 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The handle on the B-Safe 35 works similarly to Chicco’s KeyFit 30 and is just as intuitive: You push buttons on both sides where it attaches to the seat to move the handle into one of several positions.
- The New York Times
Features ventilated mesh fabric for improved airflow and temperature regulation. Comprehensive SafeCell system delivers optimal collision protection. Dual side impact protection. European belt guide makes for effortless installation when switching cars without a base Compatible with a wide variety of Britax strollers.
- BestReviews
The B-Safe has a steel frame and a compressing base, both of which help keep a child safer in the event of an accident.
- Experienced Mommy
Its contoured shell also takes up little space in your car and minimizes side-to-side movement to maximize protection.
- Best Car Seats 2020
Unique and easy installation system
- Car Seats Mom
Britax recommends the safety range for babies that weigh between four and thirty-five pounds. They also suggest a maximum height of thirty-two inches.
- Parent Guide
2 layers of side impact protection - one built into the car seat itself, and the other in the built-in head piece.
- Parental Guidance Guide
The B-Safe 35 seat weighs just 10 lbs, which makes it one of the lightest infant car seats on the market.
- Kid Safety First
We like that this seat has a compact design to minimize the space it takes up in your vehicle. If you have more than one car seat in your ride, this can be a significant benefit to some parents.
- Elite Car Seat
What experts didn't like
Some Amazon reviewers have complained that the Britax B-Safe is too narrow, and that narrowness means it is harder to fish the straps out from under a child, especially a larger child
- The New York Times
Might be a bit narrow for older or larger babies.
- BestReviews
The B-Safe 35 Infant Car Seat with Elite Base is rear facing only, so it isn’t an all-in-1 seat.
- Experienced Mommy
Heavier than other infant seats
- Car Seats Mom
With the Britax B-Safe, the car seat is an infant-geared model, which means that it can only fit tiny children.
- Parent Guide
Our daughter seemed to ‘sink’ into this seat, and she looked squished and uncomfortable. When her head was in the head rest harness, it looked like she was being pushed forward - almost as if there was a back support piece missing (upon searching online forums and youtube videos, we were not missing any pieces).
- Parental Guidance Guide
The B-Safe 35 harness requires re-threading each and every time that you want to adjust it’s height.
- Kid Safety First
Weight capacity of just 35 pounds
- Elite Car Seat

From The Manufacturer

The B safe 35 infant car seat is engineered with britax’s top safety technologies. The rear-facing seat features a layer of side impact protection and the patented safe cell impact protection system includes a steel frame and energy-absorbing base. The removable infant head pad cushions your infant while providing additional support. Easy installation using safe center latch and built in lock offs makes it simple to secure the infant car seat base. The B safe 35 car seat is FAA approved without the base. Thanks to the click & go system, you can securely attach the infant car seat to any Britax or bob stroller to make a brilliant travel system that is perfect for you are on the go lifestyle. The B safe 35 infant car seat can be used rear facing 4 35 pounds, child height 32” or less. Infant car seat dimensions 17.75” w x 25” h x 26.5” d, seat area 13” d x 8.75” w, shoulder width 10”, harness slot heights 5” to 11”. The seat back height is 20 inches.

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An Overview On Infant Car Seats

You’re probably already nervous about your first ride home with your tiny bundle of joy. On top of that, you have to try to pick the best infant car seat from a seemingly endless array of options. From the ease of installation to fabric comfort and whether or not it works with your stroller system, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s simple to break down the basics of what you need in an infant car seat so you can find the right infant car seat for your growing family.

Take your time before making a purchase, as this is a significant investment in your baby’s safety.

“This is one of the most important purchases a parent will ever make,” says Dr. Niket Sonpal, a doctor based in New York City.  “This is not the time to seek out a budget item. Buying quality can literally save your infant’s life.”

Infant car seats — sometimes called bucket or pumpkin seats — are rear-facing and made for infants and toddlers up to two years old. The height and weight requirements vary from seat to seat but they typically work for babies from around 4 to 35 pounds and up to 32 inches in height. Some seats, like the Chicco KeyFit 30, are preferred for preemies but only go up to 30 pounds and 30 inches. The seat usually clicks into or attaches to a base that stays in the car.

Many infant car seats have a carrying handle and an adjustable shade. They also have various types of cushions and inserts that can be used for the smallest infants and then taken out as your child grows.

Experts recommend that children stay rear-facing at least until two years old or when they reach the height and weight limit for the seat. According to the federal government, using a car seat reduces the risk of injury in a car crash by 71 to 82 percent. Overall, kids may end up using a car seat or booster up to the age of 12, based on their height and weight.

Knowing that their child will be using a car seat for such a long time prompts many parents to opt for a convertible car seat. Unlike the infant car seat, a convertible car seat starts rear-facing and can change its configuration to a front-facing car seat and then finally a booster. They are just as safe as an infant car seat and must meet the same standards. While this option can certainly be budget-friendly and you may be able to keep your child rear-facing longer, there are some trade-offs.

For some, the biggest deal-breaker is giving up the ability to easily transfer a sleeping baby in and out of the car while still in the seat. Since convertible car seats are meant to stay in the car most of the time, they also don’t typically work with strollers and don’t have carry handles. And, since they’re larger to accommodate a growing child, they may not fit well in all vehicles. You’ll want to make sure to consider how you’ll be using the car seat and if it’s important for you to be able to keep your child in the car seat when you’re out and about. Many infant car seats work with a complimentary stroller or travel system and you may save money buying this as a package deal.

The most important part of any car seat purchase is safety. Each car seat uses different materials and features, but they all have to meet the same federal safety standards. Some may choose to do additional safety testing. There are a few things you’ll want to look out for, such as a five-point harness and a base that clearly indicates when the seat is attached and positioned correctly with a color change or a bubble level.

Actually installing and using the seat the right way can be stressful for any new parent, so the easier it is to do, the better. The government maintains an ease-of-use rating system to help parents find seats that have clear instructions and are easy to install and use. Anything rated 4 or 5 tends to be more intuitive.

Be sure to take the time to thoroughly and properly understand the installation instructions for your car seat, says Dr. Sonpal.

“A poorly installed seat leaves a child vulnerable in a crash,” he says.

All cars are now required to have a LATCH system (which stands for lower anchors and top tethers) that allows you to attach the car seat with clips near the seatbelt base and behind the headrest or seat. It can sometimes be a struggle to make the connectors the right length so a self-retracting option may be a major plus if you have to take the base in and out more frequently. 

Finally, it’s important to consider overall comfort, for you and for baby. Look at features like the weight of the car seat, the ergonomics of the carry handle and quality or type of fabric. Infant car seats can vary widely in weight. For example, one model may only weigh 16 pounds, while another weighs 25 pounds. That can make a big difference if you plan to tote the seat any distance with your little one inside.

If you live in a warm climate you may want to look for a cooler fabric, like breathable jersey. A moisture-wicking merino wool, which is also naturally flame retardant, is another good choice. While buying online can be the most cost-effective and convenient, you may want to go to a store where you can compare the feel of the fabric and other materials.

DWYM Fun Fact

As of 1985, all states finally have laws requiring the use of car seats on the books. But in 1987, only 80 percent of people were using them. It wasn’t until 2003 that all cars we required by federal regulation to be manufactured with LATCH systems (lower anchors and top tethers) for car seats. This helped promote usage by making it easier and more consistent to install car seats.

Still, according to the federal government, car accidents and related injuries are the leading cause of death among children (ages 0-12) in the United States. They also found that in one year, 618,000 children did not use a car seat or booster seat at least some of the time. While there are a number of factors that cause injury in car accidents, the government did a study that found that 46 percent of car seats and booster seats are misused in some way. Front-facing car seats are the most common misuse, at 61 percent.

The federal government urges the use of car seats as the best way to reduce the risk of injury. In addition to following the recommended stages for car seat use, you can also find a certified child safety technician in your area to get installation instruction and tips one-on-one. The bottom line: it’s better to use a car seat or booster as recommended than not and there are resources to help you install and use your seats correctly.

The Infant Car Seat Buying Guide

  • Any parent or caregiver who has cleaned a car seat mess will tell you how important easy-to-clean fabric is. Even better, look for car seats that allow you to remove the lining or pad entirely and toss it in the washer.
  • If you travel frequently or live in a city where you may need to use your car seat in a taxi or rideshare you may want to opt for an infant car seat that can be used with or without its included base, giving you more flexibility when on the go.
  • You are not alone when it comes to learning how to install a car seat properly. The federal government offers free car seat inspection locations (usually at local fire stations) with trained technicians who can show you how to install it and use it.
  • Believe it or not, car seats expire. That’s why it’s not recommended to purchase a car seat from a yard sale or online reseller or reuse one from a friend. Most infant car seats expire in five to six years. Some convertible car seats last up to 10 years. You may be able to find the expiration date on the car seat itself or in the owners’ manual. If you can’t find a date, note the model number and call the manufacturer. Most car seats do end up looking kind of beat up, but the real risk is caused by plastic getting hot and cold repeatedly over the years. This may cause hairline cracks or brittleness that aren’t easy to see, and are very dangerous in a crash.
  • Once you’ve chosen the perfect seat, you also have to make sure you’re strapping in your little one correctly. Straps should be at or below the shoulder without any looseness or slack. Your child may protest but you should only be able to fit a couple fingers behind the strap. The chest clip should be at armpit level in the middle of the sternum. If it’s too high, it could cause neck injury and if it’s too low, your child could be thrown from the car seat.
  • As an added safety precaution you can add a luggage tag or label to the side of the seat with emergency contact info. Include details like your child’s name, parents’ name, address and phone numbers, pediatrician name and any medical conditions. This way, first responders can find valuable information quickly, in case the parent or caregiver is injured or unable to speak.