In-Depth Review of the Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One (2023)

The Safe and Versatile Grow and Go Car Seat

Last Updated on 2023-10-27

This comprehensive review will provide an in-depth look at the Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One. We'll analyze the key features, real owner experiences, who this seat is ideal for, and technical specifications to help you determine if this is the right car seat for your family.

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The Grow and Go offers extended utility across multiple growth stages at a competitive price, making it a smart purchase for budget-conscious families.


It meets all safety standards, although some users report challenges with installation and strap tangling.


While it includes essential features like the QuickFit Harness, it may lack some of the premium features found in higher-end seats.


Reports indicate that the car seat installation can be tricky, requiring more effort to ensure a secure fit.


The seat pad is both machine washable and dryer safe, which is highly convenient for busy parents.


Its rear-facing mode offers more leg room for front seat passengers, a bonus in smaller vehicles.

Key Information

Type Convertible

Rear-Facing Forward-Facing High Back Booster
Weighted Rating 4.61 / 5.0

Product Overview

The Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One Car Seat

The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 convertible car seat is designed to grow with your child from infancy through the booster seat years. With adjustable features and extended use at each stage, this budget-friendly seat aims to provide safety, comfort and convenience.

The Grow and Go can be used rear-facing for infants 5-40 lbs, forward-facing with a harness for toddlers 22-65 lbs, and as a belt-positioning booster for kids 40-100 lbs. It includes newborn pillows for a snug fit that are removed as baby grows. The headrest and harness height are adjustable in one step, allowing you to accommodate your growing child. Other features like harness holders and a machine washable pad add to the ease of use.

While it meets all safety standards, some users reported issues with getting a tight installation and straps tangling. The seat may also lack premium features of higher-end brands. But for parents seeking value, it provides extended use at a wallet-friendly price.

Key Features

What features set this car seat apart from others?

  • QuickFit™ Harness allows for easy adjustment of both the harness and headrest in one simple step
  • Rear-facing mode saves space compared to competitors, offering up to 7 more inches of leg room for front seat passengers.
  • The seat pad and cup holders are removable, machine washable, and dryer safe, simplifying cleanup.
  • The car seat exceeds federal, ASTM, and JPMA safety standards and has earned an IIHS Good Bet rating in booster mode.

What Real Owners Think

Here's what actual owners of the Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One had to say based on hundreds to thousands of reviews we've analyzed from Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

Pros Cons
  • It is lightweight and portable. This car seat is light for a 3-in-1 convertible car seat.
  • Many parents found their children appeared to be comfortable due to the soft padding.
  • It feels like "good value" for the price.
  • Some parents found it difficult to install, particularly in rear-facing mode.

Who Should Buy the Safety 1st Grow and Go All-in-One?

The Grow and Go is a sensible choice for budget-conscious families seeking a safe, affordable car seat with adjustable features to last through multiple stages. The extended rear-facing capacity to 40 lbs and forward-facing to 65 lbs means it can accommodate children longer in each mode.

The lightweight design also makes it a good option for caregivers who need to move the seat between vehicles. While installation takes some effort, the seat itself is easy to transport.

Final Verdict

For parents seeking long-term use for a reasonable price, the Grow and Go hits the mark as a safe convertible seat with convenient adjustments. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of premium brands, it provides good value. Just be ready to put in some work to get a tight, secure installation. Overall, it’s a sensible choice for growing kids on a budget.


Allowable Height and Weight Ranges

Height Range Weight Range
Rear-facing 19 - 40 inches 5 - 40 pounds
Forward-facing 29 - 49 inches 22 - 65 pounds
Booster 43 - 52 inches 40 - 100 pounds

Dimensions and Weight

Width 19.3 inches
Height 24.2 inches
Depth 24.5 inches
Weight 18.7 pounds

Core Specifications

Model Year 2022
Made In USA
Frame Material Reinforced Steel

Safety and Compliance

Federal Safety Standards Meets all standards
Configurations FAA-Approved for Airplanes Forward-Facing
High Back Booster
NHTSA Ease-of-Use Ratings
These ratings let you compare how easy it is to use certain car seat features. They are not a reflection of car seat features being better or safer.
Rear-Facing Mode
Overall 2 out of 5 stars
Labels 1 out of 5 stars
Instructions 3 out of 5 stars
Securing 2 out of 5 stars
Installation Features 1 out of 5 stars
Forward-Facing Mode
Overall 3 out of 5 stars
Labels 1 out of 5 stars
Instructions 4 out of 5 stars
Securing 5 out of 5 stars
Installation Features 3 out of 5 stars
Booster Mode
Overall 3 out of 5 stars
Labels 3 out of 5 stars
Instructions 5 out of 5 stars
Securing 2 out of 5 stars
Installation Features 3 out of 5 stars
Previous Recalls This car seat has never been recalled.


Attachment Methods LATCH
Harness Type 5-Point
Cup Holders Has cup holders.

Warranty and Durability

Manufacturers Warranty Length 1 year
Lifespan 10 Years

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