Now real talk, I hate removing the covers from car seats. I hate it. I dread it. And this seat looked daunting. There are a lot of corners and I knew that there was foam everywhere (breaking the foam is my top undressing car seat fear). I followed the directions in the manual and had the whole seat undressed in literally 2 minutes. Putting it back together was similarly simple and when I was finished I couldn’t tell the difference. The fabric can be washed, but no bleach or solvents should be used and it needs to be left out to air dry. And don’t iron the fabric, which I can’t imagine anyone would do, but just in case you were considering it, don’t.
Booster car seats are the next phase in car seats after the forward-facing stage when your child outgrows a convertible or forward-facing only seat. They are essentially combination seats without the forward-facing configuration. You can only use them in booster configurations. Best practices indicates that after rear-facing, you should forward-face harness until children reach the weight or height limits in the forward-facing position and are mature enough to use boosters, which is ideally no earlier than 5 . The drawbacks of booster seats is that they aren’t as versatile as combination seats. They have the advantage of being cheaper, lighter, and easier to use.