Baby Trend Flex Loc Infant Car Seat

A mom's review of a popular infant car seat.


Review: Baby Trend Flex Loc Infant Car Seat

Published 06:56 am

Any parent with an infant knows that purchasing a car seat for your baby can be a daunting task.

There are tons of different car seat manufacturers, different styles and types, and different views on which seat is best for baby.

Over the years, I've purchased approximately 10 different car seats from various different manufacturers. I can easily say that the Baby Trend Flex Loc Infant car seat is one of the best I've tried. The car seat is very durable and sturdy. The seat comes in a variety of color patterns so you can choose one that fits your needs. I chose the Jet Black fabric because I thought it would easier to keep clean.

One of the best features of this car seat is the triangle shaped handle. The shape of the carrying handle allows you to have greater control and flexibility when carrying your baby in the car seat. You can grab the handle from virtually any angle, which is very convenient. This is a much needed improvement from the normal straight across handle that most infant seats use.

A major safety feature included is the use of EPS foam in the head area of the seat. This provides extra padding and protection to the baby's head in the event of an accident. This padding protection exceeds federal standards. According to Baby Trend's website, this car seat is the #1 rated infant car seat. When I saw that award, it made the decision to buy this seat very easy.

The seat also comes with a feature known as a height adjustable seat back with no harness rethreading. This allows you to loosen or tighten the straps by turning a knob on the back of the car seat. This is much easier to adjust than with other seats I've used in the past. And, the button to release the seat from the base can be pressed with one hand, making it much easier to get your child in and out of the car.

The base is very easy to install in the car, and can easily be properly installed in less than 5 minutes. It simply snaps into place using your vehicle's LATCH restraint system. This seat base was by far the easiest we've ever installed. That makes it much more convenient if you are constantly taking your car seat base in and out of the car.

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Since some parents switch cars with each other, this easy to install and uninstall car seat base allows you to just swap out the car seat from one car to another without having to purchase an additional base.

There are only two drawbacks to this car seat that I've found. The first is that the handle can be stiff and hard to move up and down at times. It's not impossible to do, but I suppose that if you weren't a strong person, or if you had arthritis, you probably wouldn't be able to move the handle up and down. To me, this is only a minor inconvenience, however, because I rarely lower the handle. I can easily put my baby in and take him out of the seat without even having to touch the handle, so I frequently skip lowering the handle anyway to save myself time.

The other drawback to this seat is that it is quite heavy. The manufacturer's website lists the seat as weighing only 9.65 pounds without the base, which is another 6 pounds.

However, I think that is wrong. I've weighed the car seat at home and found it to weigh approximately 12 pounds without the base attached.

Now, 12 pounds doesn't sound like a lot of weight, but when you add in a 20 pound baby, that means you're carrying 32 pounds of weight, which can be terribly difficult, especially if you have other children like I do. The manufacturer says the seat can be used with children in a weight range of 5 and 30 pounds and up to a height of 30 inches. With a 30 pound child in this seat, I feel it would be nearly impossible to carry for any distance greater than a few feet.

Other than those two drawbacks I described, I think that this seat is a top quality product.

If you are in the market for an infant car seat, the Baby Trend Flex Loc car seat is one of the best, and it is priced low enough to not break the bank.

Bestselling Baby Trend Flex Loc Infant Car Seat Products in 2020


Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc Infant Car Seat, Carbon

Baby Trend EZ Flex Loc Infant Car Seat, Carbon
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Adjustable 5-point safety harness
  • 4-position push-button height adjustable base
  • One-hand easy-access seat release
  • EPS energy-absorbing foam for superior side impact head protection and soft head support
  • Smooth carrying handle, won't scratch your arm

Baby Trend Secure Snap Tech 35 Infant Car Seat, Chambray

Baby Trend Secure Snap Tech 35 Infant Car Seat, Chambray
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • EPS energy-absorbing foam for superior side impact head protection
  • 5-point safety harness; easy one-hand harness adjustment and push-button release
  • Removable 4-piece grow-with-me insert
  • Extra-large 3-panel canopy and Delta multi-grip carrying handle
  • One-hand easy-access seat release
  • Minimum Age-0 Months, Maximum Age-24 Months

Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth

Baby Trend EZ Ride 5 Travel System, Hounds Tooth
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Infant car seat accommodates 5 ~ 30 pounds and heights of 30 inches or less.
  • Large soft head support for the car seat or the stroller
  • Multi-position reclining seat, and height adjustable handle
  • Swing-away child tray with snack/cup holders
  • Birth to 50lbs.
  • Infant car seat accommodates 5 ~ 30 pounds and heights of 30 inches or less.
  • Large soft head support for the car seat or the stroller
  • Multi-position reclining seat,and height adjustable handle
  • One hand fold, large storage basket
  • Birth to 50lbs.

Baby Trend Ally 35 Infant Car Seat, Optic Pink

Baby Trend Ally 35 Infant Car Seat, Optic Pink
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Advanced Side Impact Protection
  • Adjustable 5-point safety harness with push-button release
  • Adjustable 2-panel canopy
  • One-hand easy-access seat release
  • LATCH equipped base for easy installation

Baby Trend Nexton Travel System, Coral Floral

Baby Trend Nexton Travel System, Coral Floral
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Includes Flex-Loc infant car seat and base
  • Large soft head support for the car seat or the stroller
  • Covered parent tray with two deep cup holders. Removable /washable insert child tray
  • Weight capacity (car seat) : 5 - 30 pounds and newborn height
  • Multi-position, reclining, padded seat and fully adjustable 5-point safety harness and tether strap

Baby Trend Ally 35 Infant Car Seat, Stormy

Baby Trend Ally 35 Infant Car Seat, Stormy
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Infant car seat accommodates weights between 5 and 35 pounds and up to 32 inches tall
  • 5-point harness with easy one-hand harness adjustment, and push-button release
  • 4-position push-button height adjustable base with level indicator for proper installation
  • Height-adjustable seat back and no harness rethreading
  • One-hand easy-access seat release

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom

Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System, Phantom
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Stroller is for a child from birth up to 50lbs, Max height limit is 42" tall
  • Stroller has multi-position reclining padded seat with a 5-point harness and lightweight steel frame
  • 16" rear and 12"front all terrain bicycle tires, with front swivel and locking wheel for easy jogging or strolling
  • Ez-Flex Lock 5 point harness car seat is rear facing for a newborn 4 to 30 lbs up to 30"
  • Car seat is latch equipped for easy installation with EPS energy absorbing foamfor superior side impact protection

Baby Trend Envy Travel System with Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat Bobbleheads by Baby Trend

Baby Trend Envy Travel System with Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat Bobbleheads by Baby Trend
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • The bobbleheads Baby Trend travel system stroller is for a baby up to 40 lbs and up to 40" Multi-position reclining seat 3-point safety harness Large sun canopy
  • Peek-a-boo window in the canopy Large market basket Large tray with 2 cup holders Covered parent tray with 2 deep cup holders 1-hand fold Assembly required JPMA certified
  • Flex-Loc Infant Car Seat: Rear facing for a newborn 5 to 30 lbs up to 30" The bobbleheads Baby Trend travel system car seat has a 5-point harness Adjustable canopy
  • EPS energy absorbing foam for superior side impact protection Large, soft head support LATCH-equipped for easy installation Auto base Conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • The Baby Trend Envy Travel System Stroller features a height-adjustable handle and has a multi-position reclining seat for extra comfort. It also has a three-point harness safety belt so that baby remains strapped in safely.

Baby Trend Pathway 35 Jogger Travel System, Optic Teal

Baby Trend Pathway 35 Jogger Travel System, Optic Teal
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Easy trigger fold for compact storage
  • 12" 2-position lockable front swivel wheel for ease of maneuverability
  • Quick-release 16" all-terrain rear bicycle wheels
  • Stroller accepts the included 4-35 lbs. Infant Car Seat
  • Deluxe parent console with two cup holders and covered storage

Baby Trend Skyview Travel System, Flora

Baby Trend Skyview Travel System, Flora
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Infant car seat accommodates 5 ~ 30 pounds and heights of 30 inches or less.
  • 3-panel canopy. Flexible latch connectors and built-in connector storage

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