Orbit G2 car seat

The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G2 has some great features such as being able to dock in a stroller system and rotating while installed in the car. But is it worth the hefty price tag? Continue reading for my complete review.

Safety Features

The Toddler Car Seat G2 uses side impact braces when installed without a base to provide additional impact protection. Also aiding in side impacts are large foam wings are built in to the upper sides of the seats along with an adjustable headrest with soft side wings.

While Orbit Baby’s convertible car seat is not as popular as their infant seats, they do have a good reputation for safety.

As with all car seats, detailed NHTSA crash data is not available. The NHTSA does rate ease-of-use, and the Toddler Seat G2 comes in at 2 stars rear facing and 4 stars forward facing.

Weight and Dimensions

Depth: 23” – The depth of the Toddler Seat G2 is a bit large, which doesn’t make it ideal for smaller cars with taller passengers up front.
Width: 18” – The width of this seat is slightly below average, so it doesn’t require too wide of a car to allow seating for other passengers in the back seat. When installed, the width shouldn’t interfere with access to the other seat buckles in most vehicles.
Height: 24” – On the low end, so it won’t obstruct rear visibility when the headrest is at lower positions, and minimally at higher positions.
Weight: 21.5 pounds – This seat is certainly on the heavy side. This is something to take into consideration if you like the seat for its ability to lock into the Stroller G2 and the optional car seat base. This is about twice as much as the infant car seat, so moving it around could become cumbersome as your baby grows.

Installation

Swivel Feature

Optionally, this seat car be used with the same Orbit Baby car seat base as their infant car seat. This base is not included, but is what allows the seat to swivel and dock which are two of its most helpful features.

Installing the base is simple, and locking the seat into this base is also straightforward, though it takes a bit of practice to line it up just right. A helpful indicator on the base shows up in red if it’s not docked correctly.

Without the optional base, it takes a little more work to install. You’ll first need to separate the two side impact braces, make sure the locking knob is unlocked, press the braces in place, then lock. After the braces are in place, you’ll continue with the LATCH or seat belt install. A level on the side of one side brace helps ensure the proper angle. It’s not a tough install, but more time consuming than some other seats if you don’t have the base.

Rear Facing

This seat can be used rear facing starting at 15 pounds, so it can’t be used with newborns unlike many other convertible seats. The weight limit is 35 pounds, which isn’t bad, but not as good as a lot of others which support up to 40 pounds.

A big complaint with the Toddler Seat G2 is that it sits a little too upright – the seat back for the child doesn’t have much of an incline. Because of this, I recommend it only be used for babies with good head control. Even then, some babies sleep better at more of an incline, so keep this in mind.

Forward Facing

The Toddler Seat G2 can be used up to a maximum of 65 pounds and 50”, which is quite good. Most children can ride in this seat until about 7 years of age.

Again, this seat sits fairly upright, but for older forward-facing children this should be less of an issue as they’ll have good head control.

Adjustment

This seat has 4 pairs of upper harness slot which offer a good range of adjustment. Adjustment can be done from behind the rear access panel without removing the seat from the car, which is nice. The crotch belt and headrest are also adjustable.

The buckles on this seat feel solid and secure. The straps, however, feel a bit thin and can tangle somewhat easily.

My biggest dislike about this seat is the adjuster strap which sits at the front of the seat. To get the harness to the proper snugness, you pull the adjuster strap straight out from the seat. The problem with this comes when used in rear-facing mode. The seatback of the car gets in the way and makes it difficult to pull tight. Of course, it’s very important not to have too much slack in the harness so this is a big drawback. This is not much of an issue when fastening your child front-facing, or better yet, with the base installed and the seat rotated toward the door.

Fabric and Design

Three gender-neutral colors are available for the Toddler Seat G2 – Black, Red, and Mocha. The cover is very soft, plush, and comfortable. It doesn’t wipe down as well as some other fabrics, but removes easily for washing.

Warranty and Customer Service

This seat has a 2-year warranty, which beats a lot of other brands’ 1-year warranties. Orbit Baby is also known for having very good customer service, so if you have problems, they should have you covered.

Lifespan

The expiration of the Toddler Seat G2 is 6 years. While this is a common lifespan for a convertible seat, it doesn’t match the 7 year lifespan of Britax and Combi seats or even the 8 and 9 years of Chicco and Clek.

Value

If you already have the Orbit Baby car seat base, you’ll be able to take advantage of the swivel feature of this seat. The same goes with the ability to quickly dock the seat in the car. The price without the base is on the upper end, but not out of line with other high quality seats.

If you don’t already have the base, it becomes quite expensive to pair it with the seat.

Included Accessories

This seat is not intended for newborns, so it doesn’t have a newborn insert. No accessories are included with the seat.

Optional Accessories

Seat can dock with the G2 Stroller

The Orbit Baby base is highly recommended to take advantage of the swivel and docking features. This is also the only convertible car seat you can lock into a stroller and a cradle.

Pros

  • Swivel feature makes getting your child in and out of the car easier
  • The only convertible seat available that can easily be removed and locked into a stroller
  • High quality, soft cover material
  • Easy installation when used with base

Cons

  • Base is sold separately
  • Harness adjuster is difficult to use when rear-facing
  • Heavy
  • Seating position is quite upright

Conclusion

Whether I recommend this seat comes down to if you already have the Orbit Baby car seat base. If you do, the price of this seat isn’t out of line with other high-end seats, and it has some great features such as swiveling and docking into a stroller. Some people wouldn’t want to be without these added features, and this is the only seat that has both.

If you don’t use the base, I’m afraid this seat doesn’t stand out among its competition. If you need to purchase the base separately, this makes the combo of seat + base the most expensive out there. In this case, I only would choose the combo if the cost is not a factor and you must have the swivel and docking features.

Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G2

Let’s chat about innovation within the car seat industry. Most of us are fans of infant car seats that are compatible with strollers or travel systems for their ease-of-use, ability to transport a car seat around as needed, and (most importantly) you Don’t. Wake. The. Baby.

All kidding aside, a stroller and infant seat combination is a GREAT way to make sure you’re able to have an infant seat with you when you need it. But what about a convertible? THAT is what really sets Orbit Baby apart. Their innovate SmartHub design allows you to dock a bassinet, an infant car seat, a stroller seat, AND a convertible car seat onto their stroller frame. A first in the industry, Orbit Baby allows you the wonderful feature of being able to carry a Toddler Car Seat on your stroller frame so you can travel with a convertible car seat. While it has a weight limit of 35 lbs rear-facing (which IS 5-10 lbs lower than many convertibles on the market), most 2-year-olds will be able to rear-face in the Toddler Car Seat G2 with no problem. Another terrific feature in rear-facing mode is the ability to use the Orbit Baby Car Seat Base G2. What this allows you to do is buckle your child in while they’re facing you and rotate the seat to the rear-facing position. Once in forward-facing position you lose this feature, but it’s GREAT and save a lot of strain on your back. Another great feature of the Car Seat Base G2 is the absolutely BRILLIANT and quick and secure installation. You simply LATCH or seat belt in, tighten, then twist the StrongArm which tightens the belts even more and compresses the base into the seat. If you’re using your car to cart things around and have to uninstall/install your car seat frequently, this feature is PERFECT.

Orbit Baby is also a pioneer in making “safer” fabrics in car seats. The Toddler Seat G2 is the FIRST convertible car seat certified BFR-free, meaning it’s free of brominated flame retardants (which many people believe can have harmful affects on children) AND they’re also the first car seats certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (which limits the use of certain chemicals). The fabric is also easy to remove for cleaning and harness adjustment (you have to re-thread the harness in this seat, but it’s VERY easy).

The Toddler Seat G2 also installs quite well in forward-facing mode. Bonus: if you forget how to install, there’s a QR code on the label you can scan to reach installation instructions. Genius. Not to mention it’s attractive. We all know there’s nothing worse than a HIDEOUS car seat you’re stuck looking at for a few years.

The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G2 is suitable from 15-35 lbs in rear-facing mode, and 25-65 lbs forward-facing. It’s a great option for parents who travel a lot. What you sacrifice in higher weight limits you make up for in the ability to cart a convertible seat around, which is a rare and lovely thing.

The Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat G2 retails for $380 and is available at Magic Beans.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Parents are being left in the dark about cancer-causing chemicals in their children’s car seats, even after companies are served with violation notices.

San Francisco mother of two Emma Potter was shocked to learn that the manufacturer of her “green” car seat had twice been served with a Prop 65 notice of violation. California’s Prop 65 requires companies to notify consumers about “chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm” in their products.

“It makes me want to warn the people selling them,” Potter said. Before we reached out to her, she was one of the hundreds attempting to re-sell her Orbit Baby car seat on Craigslist to recoup some of the money spent on the pricey car seat-stroller system.

The Orbit Baby Infant Essentials starter system retailed for more than $1,000, in part because the company claimed its materials were tested to ensure “below detection limits” of “dangerous flame retardant chemicals” including TDCPP, otherwise known as Chlorinated Tris.

We contacted Potter though her Craigslist post and told her about our ConsumerWatch investigation that uncovered that chemical, known to cause cancer, was repeatedly found in Orbit Baby G2 car seats just like the one she was attempting to resell.

“It makes me sick, I feel nauseous,” Potter said. “I did research! I had the option of going with something cheaper.”

Late last year, our investigation revealed that Orbit Baby, owned by Ergo Baby, agreed to buy back its car seats from children’s boutique Sprout San Francisco after one of the store’s Orbit car seats tested positive for TDCPP.

We also collected similar test results from other moms who had commented on blogs Natural Baby Mama.

Still, Orbit refused to publicly acknowledge the chemical in its products. Instead, the company cited its own “testing by independent accredited laboratories” but would not reveal its results.

So, we did our own testing of foam sewn into the headrests and the “Orbit Green Certified Fabric” of a 2013 G2 Infant and Toddler car seat. We specifically sought out labs that used the same EPA testing methodologies that Orbit was required to use as part of a 2014 Prop 65 settlement.

Three different labs revealed the same results: the Orbit Baby foam tested positive for TDCPP, which is the same form of Chlorinated Tris that was removed from kids pajamas in the 70’s due to health concerns.

Knowingly selling a product containing Chlorinated Tris without a warning violates California’s Prop 65.

“Prop 65 is a right-to-know statute,” explained Deputy Attorney General Harrison Pollak. While he couldn’t comment on Orbit specifically, Pollak said companies are required to provide clear and reasonable warning before knowingly exposing anyone to a listed chemical known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

TDCPP is one of those chemicals and we’ve discovered that Orbit was twice served with Prop 65 notices of violation, but never had to notify parents whose kids are still using those products with TDCPP.

“Isn’t the company knowingly exposing people who are still using that product, whose children are still using that product?” I asked Pollak in a recent interview.

“Arguably they are,” he replied.

“Then isn’t that a loophole?” I asked referring to the fact that Orbit had not been required to notify parents who’s kids were still using the affected products even though they’d been served with violations more than two years earlier?

“I think the court can order the company to give the type of notice you are talking about,” said Pollak. “And in the case of children’s products, the court has required companies to retroactively notify parents about the chemicals found in their products.”

However, to order a company to do anything, the case would actually have to go to court. Orbit settled out of court both times.

In fact, public records reveal that of the eight car seats models from four major manufacturers served with Prop 65 notices of violations since 2013, only two have court-ordered settlements, while more than 41% of all the Prop 65 violations filed last year were settled out of court.

In Orbit’s case, the out-of-court settlements meant the people who filed the notice of violation got paid, but there was no court-ordered judgment affecting anyone else.

In one of the private settlements, Orbit did agree to change its formulations and increase testing moving forward. However, the company had said it was already testing for TDCPP before the violation in 2013.

More than a year after that settlement, an Ecology Center Technical Report found another form of Tris (TCPP) in a 2015 Orbit G3 car seat. The company’s website claimed it “tested to ensure below detection levels” of that chemical as well.

The Center For Environmental Health (CEH), which tests products for Prop 65 violations, has taken many companies to court on behalf of California consumers. We brought our 2013 Orbits to CEH for testing.

“As long as the exposure is ongoing, then Orbit has a responsibility to let people know that,” said CEH Media Director Charles Margulis.

CEH Attorney Mark Todzo agreed. “Rather than provide a warning that this chemical is known to cause cancer, they said this product doesn’t have any hazardous chemicals at all. So it is particularly egregious.”

A preliminary XRF screening of a new G3 Orbit Car seat purchased in 2016 found no “known” flame retardants. It had not yet been tested in a lab. However CEH pointed out that even if Orbit has increased testing and changed its formulation, children may continue to use the affected car seats for several years and then pass them on to others.

Orbit acknowledged changing foam manufacturers in 2012 and settled its first violation in 2014, but the company will not confirm that the car seats in question were manufactured during that two-year period.

In fact, Orbit continues to deny that any of its car sets contained TDCPP. Following our investigation, CEH served Orbit with another notice of violation demanding the company notify parents with affected car seats.

The non-profit said it will pursue a binding court-ordered judgment that requires notification though channels like sales records, public service campaigns, the company’s website and contacting parents though the product registration cards that come with the car seats.

Before CEH filed its notice of violation, we asked Orbit if it would voluntarily notify affected customers and offer to replace affected car seat covers with ones without TDCPP or other chemicals listed on the site at the time of purchase.

Orbit declined to answer our questions but in a statement said in part:

Orbit Baby follows numerous best practices recommended by some advocacy groups, including prohibiting suppliers from using halogenated flame retardants, specifically limiting or restricting more than 100 different chemicals, and requiring compliance certifications. In addition, we have further expanded our own testing and protocols to include sample testing conducted by our suppliers and additional testing by independent, accredited laboratories. Our rigorous standards require not only annual testing but also multiple and random testing of numerous production batches. This means we are testing more of our products, more often.

Laboratory testing is a complicated matter in which test procedures are performed differently from lab to lab. We cannot speak to the test results of other laboratories. Individual test results for one sample product do not always represent the same result across all products due to many factors, including commingling.

When looking at test results, it is also important to understand the various regulations. For example, California’s Proposition 65 does not prohibit the use of specific chemicals. Effectively, this California state regulation requires businesses to provide warnings if they are knowingly and intentionally using any of the listed substances in their products or their business operations.

We asked Potter if she would resell her car seat, knowing what she knows now. “No, it’s not worth it,” she said. “I’ll just throw it out. I would never want to do that to another mom.”

Potter said she only wishes the company, founded by Bay Area parents, felt the same way. “Show you care for your customer by saying, ‘you know what, we didn’t know before … but now we do and we want to help you fix that problem.’”

To find out if the manufacturers of one of the products in your home has been served with a Prop 65 notice of violation for “chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm,” you can search the Attorney General’s database here.

For resources on how to reduce you child’s exposure to TDCPP and other concerning chemicals in children’s products, you can read my NewsMom Blog on the topic here.

So, why should parents care what is in their child’s car seat? I recently discovered the chemical in my daughter’s G2 Orbit car seat was also in my daughter at levels eight times higher than the average child.

See Part-2 of this investigation and learn about the health implications for my child and yours, here:

“Consumer Reporter’s Shocking Discovery: Daughter and Car Seat Test Positive For Same Cancer-Causing Flame Retardant”

“While pregnant, I reported on how to detect flame retardants in baby products and then went out and bought the recommended mattresses, changing pads and nursing pillows, and basically rid our home of polyurethane foam.

By the time my daughter was born, we believed our home was largely flame-retardant free aside from the electronics.

So imagine our surprise when a bio-monitoring study for an unrelated story revealed extremely high levels of the flame retardant TDCPP in my two-year-old.” (Continue Reading)

NOTE: Car seats in cars save lives. None of this information should be interpreted to imply otherwise. The safest place for a child in a moving vehicle is in a rear-facing car seat in the middle of the back seat.

Orbit Nexus

Orbit

The Orbit allows the use of a six-point-harness from approximately 6-months through to a large 8-year-old. This offers superior protection to a wider range of children for longer.

Twist & Lift™

The Orbit’s Twist & Lift™ system allows one-handed adjustment of the headrest and harness from the front of the restraint. No re-threading straps, no uninstalling – you can get the perfect fit in seconds, and it’s never been easier. In addition, Orbit features twist-resistant straps, making your day a little less frustrating.

In-Built Harness to Eight Years Old

The Orbit is the first child restraint in Australia to allow the use of a six-point-harness from approximately 6-months through to a large 8-year-old. The height adjustable harness buckle can be adjusted without removing the restraint from the vehicle, and new twist-resistant straps make your day to day use a little less frustrating.

Air Cocoon Technology™ (A.C.T)

Orbit also features Air Cocoon Technology™ (A.C.T) offering increased protection across the entire surface area of the restraint. The Orbit features a dual layer A.C.T. headrest, and reduces crash energy to the child more than five times lower than the level required by the 2013 Australian Standard. No add-ons, no upgrades and no extra cost.

Covers & Inserts

We’ve designed the Orbit’s cover to be completely removable without taking the restraint out of the vehicle, making cleaning easier than ever.

Gradual Recline

The Gradual Recline system is extremely easy to use, allowing unrestricted recline positions. Using the recline is simple, without needing to remove the restraint from the vehicle. This means your child is always comfortable, regardless of age.

Exclusive to Big W

The Orbit Baby Infant Seat (and the updated Orbit G3 system) is a unique infant seat that’s less an individual seat than a system. When you buy the infant seat you are also buying the stroller, starting you on the path toward stylish products with a green twist. This is a rear-facing only child restraint for kids birth-22 lbs. who are less than 29” tall.

The Orbit Infant comes with an infant insert and harness strap covers. The stroller comes with 2 built-in cup holders and a storage basket (called a Cargo Pod).

Features and Advantages

EPP Foam: The Orbit Infant has a deep shell fully lined with EPP foam.

5-point Harness to 22 pounds: The harness is good quality and is nontwisting. The buckle tongues are a bit smaller than the harness width so the harness cups at the edges.

Rotation for Docking on Base: Orbit has the only infant seat that can be placed in any position on the base, then rotated into the correct rear-facing position for travel.

3 Harness Slots: There are three harness slot heights on the Orbit Infant. The lowest harness slot height is approximately 9” and the top slot is about 13.5” when measured with the cover on. A child will outgrow this seat by height when he exceeds the 29” height limit OR by weight when he reaches 22 lbs.

Adjusting the harness height is accomplished by unzipping the cover on the back of the seat, removing the shoulder straps from the splitter plates, and re-threading them through the desired slots.

Recline Adjustments: Recline is accomplished by adjusting the base. If the ball in the recline indicator on the base isn’t in the green zone, the instruction manual recommends a tightly rolled towel to aid in achieving a proper recline.

Harness Adjuster and Use: To tighten the harness, pull on the harness adjuster strap on the front of the restraint. It is similar to the type found on many car seats and is easy to pull. The buckle clicks audibly when each buckle tongue is inserted. The too-large chest clip has printing on it that says, “ARMPIT LEVEL.” The chest clip is pretty stiff to unclip.

LATCH: The LATCH connectors are the push-on style connectors. There are clearly designated storage areas on the base to store the LATCH connectors. When I installed the base with LATCH, it practically installed itself.

Note: Orbit does allow the use of LATCH in the center seating position of the back seat if the lower anchors are spaced between 11″ and 20″ apart, there are no air bags, and the base can be level.

Installation: The Orbit base is very unique: you won’t see anything else like it, so it installs very differently as well. It has a typical belt path and you do place the seat belt or LATCH belt through it and snug them up, but that’s where the similarities end. On the back of the base is a knob called the StrongArm Knob. Twisting this knob provides torque that tightens down the base into the vehicle seat; while the base doesn’t mention specifically using the StrongArm Knob, the manual does say to use it. It’s a feature of the seat, so follow the manual and use it. It makes a huge difference and makes installation easier. Like I said earlier installing the base in my van with LATCH was a breeze; it was more work with the seat belt. My neighbor let me borrow her Suburban for a trial installation and it installed beautifully there with the seat belt, both with the base and without.

Crotch Strap Adjustment: There is only one crotch strap slot located approximately 6.5″ from the back of the seat.

Padding, Comfort and Appearance: The Orbit Infant cover is nicely padded. The cover on the restraint I tested is called mocha/khaki and the fabric is a soft microfiber. It’s machine washable on the gentle cycle. The cover is, without a doubt, the easiest cover I have ever removed from any carseat. It’s attached to the seat with plastic clips that slip under the edge in 4 places; once those are slipped out, open the velcro in the middle to pull the harness through and the cover is off. There is no need to remove the harness and it took me about a minute to remove it.

The harness straps are gray and chest clip is black. The strap covers and head insert are entirely optional and may be removed at any time.

Infant Insert: An infant head roll (called “infant insert” by Orbit) is included with the seat. The infant insert is styled in the same manner as the cover. When I placed an 8 week old weighing 11 lbs. in the seat with the head roll in place, it was a challenge to smoosh her head in place. It definitely will keep a baby’s head straight in line, but I personally would have removed it for babies larger than typical newborns.

It’s Green: Orbit is headquartered in northern California—they like to do things differently there ;). So, the fabric on all things Orbit is certified by the International Oeko-Tex® Association to have fewer chemicals and irritants in it. In late 2009, Orbit released a line of organic cotton/wool fabric for their footmuffs and carseats. Orbit also meets flame retardancy requirements without using harmful chemicals.

7 Year Expiration and Crash Policy: The Orbit Infant has a 7 year expiration date. Orbit specifies in the Warnings section of the manual not to use the seat if it is in a crash. Orbit also has an “After-Impact Exchange” program. http://www.orbitbaby.com/support/faq.php#faq

Airplane Certification and Use without Base: The Orbit Infant is FAA-approved for use in aircraft and can be used without the base. It is a heavy restraint weighing 11.7 lbs., so if you do travel with it, you’ll want to use its matching stroller to avoid having to carry it. The base itself weighs 15.7 lbs., something you won’t want to heft from vehicle to vehicle.

Value: I can’t talk value without comparing the system to what systems you can build yourself. You can compare the Orbit Infant to other infant seats, sure: it has energy absorbing foam, deep side walls, built-in lockoffs, non-twisting harness straps, strap covers, and a Paparazzi Shield (OK, you and I may use it as a sunscreen, but it’s so much cooler to call it a Paparazzi Shield). But, the infant seat isn’t sold on its own—it’s sold with the stroller. So, let’s compare to other high-end strollers.

Orbit Infant System (includes infant seat/base and stroller with 2 cup holders): $900

So you can see how they all add up. If you choose special edition/designer fabrics for the other strollers, that will increase the price by up to a couple hundred dollars. Image, baby, image.

*I chose a SnugRide 22 since the Orbit has a 22 lbs. weight limit.

Construction: The Orbit Infant is made in China, but it’s one of the most solid seats I’ve seen. There’s nothing about the carseat that makes me feel like I couldn’t drop it from 10 feet and feel it would just look a little scraped.

Instruction Manuals: Some of the best in the business! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the manuals are easy to read, have clear pictures, and are color-coded. What else can you ask for?

Disadvantages

Weight: It’s just heavy.

Harness Slot Height: The bottom harness slot height is 9″. Some newborns and small infants won’t fit a slot height that tall until they are a couple of months old and the instruction manual specifies not to use harness slots that are above the child’s shoulders.

Installation Issues: I had trouble installing it in my ’05 Sienna with the seat belt, but that’s not an unusual problem for me. The buckles are forward of the bight (vehicle seat crack) and create problems with some carseats and this is one. Because of where the buckle is placed, the seat belt is placed very low in the belt path on the base, which means it enters the built-in lockoff very low. I felt at times (I installed it many times 🙂 ) that I was going to break the lockoff clamp by pushing too hard on it. It did install tightly in the end, but with a little effort. The built-in lockoffs on the infant seat itself simply did not work with my seat belt configuration. When installing the infant seat without the base, because of the position of the buckle, the seat belt slid out of the lockoff and I would need to either lock the belt or use a locking clip to hold the belt tight on the infant seat when not using the base.

Cover: While I was gingerly carrying the infant seat with base down to my neighbor’s house to try it out in her vehicle, somehow the edge of the cover got scuffed. It’s about 3/8″ in diameter, so small, but it’s still a mark on the front of a very expensive carseat.

Conclusion

The Orbit Infant has a lot going for it with all of its safety features and practically-installs-itself base. It has a unique, forward-thinking design that you’ll either love or hate, but it will definitely turn heads while making other parents envious as you’re putting your infant into your vehicle sideways and turning her into position.

Orbit Stroller Review

Let me start by saying that I feel like a bit of a poser in doing this portion of the review. I may be into carseats, but I’m definitely not into strollers. I’ve had 3 strollers for my kids: a Century travel system stroller that came with my Century SmartFit infant seat, a deluxe $40 umbrella stroller (it reclined—I loved it!), and my $120 double jogging stroller. So. That’s where I’m coming from with this review—pretty much anything is going to be really nice ;).

Weight Limit: The stroller has a weight limit of 40 lbs.

Assembly: I was impressed with the Orbit stroller when I pulled it out of the box with 1/one/uno hand. It’s lightweight and relatively compact. The only assembly needed was putting the front wheels on and once I found those (they were tucked into the Cargo Pod) and stuck them on, I was ready to push. I liked the fact that I didn’t need to read the manual to know how to assemble it (there was a quick start poster on the inside of the box) and to use it. With my other strollers, I needed to read the manual and do some assembly with tools before I could use them.

Stability: I’ve been tooling the stroller around the house over various surfaces and toys and I’ve been impressed. I’ve also tried shaking it from side to side, trying the “Heather Dump Test” and the width of the back wheels help keep it from tipping.

Tires: The rear wheels are inflatable which always improves the stroller experience for the child and the parent. It’s so much easier to push a stroller with properly inflated tires. The stroller comes with a maintenance kit that includes a pump for inflating the tires.

Cup Holders: There are 2 and they are included! They are a bit shallow for me, though. My 700 mL plastic water bottle felt tippy in one.

Handle Height: I’m 5’6″ and found the lowest handle height (36 ½” from floor) to be just a bit too low for comfort. Adjusting the height is very easy: push the button on the inside of the frame and pull the handle up until it clicks into the next position. The middle position measures 40″ from the floor. I’m sure my 6’5″ dh would appreciate the tallest position (43″ from floor); it was much too high for me to push comfortably.

Cargo Pod: This is Orbit’s fun term for a storage basket on the bottom of the stroller. If you can fit something about the size of a grapefruit through the opening, then you won’t have to remove it; otherwise, you’ll have to slide the pod off the stroller to open it and place an object inside. But compared to say, the Bugaboo Frog or the Stokke Xplory, at least you have some storage.

The Hub: It wouldn’t be a system unless it had the patented Orbit Hub on it that accepts the infant seat, the Toddler convertible seat (review coming soon!), and a stroller seat that’s used only on the stroller, not in a vehicle.

I’m sure there are some other things you stroller aficionados would look for, but like I said earlier, I think it’s really nice.

Upcoming: Orbit released the G3 line. It has improved labeling, an improved instruction manual, an improved belt path on the base, even more eco-friendly fabrics and some cosmetic upgrades. It retails for $980.

The webpage for the Orbit Infant Seat – www.orbitbaby.com/products/index.html

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Stroller brand review: Orbit Baby. In case you are new to baby gear, here’s a quick history of Orbit Baby, a company once hailed as the Apple of baby gear design for its sleek stroller and car seat combo.

Orbit was launched in 2003 by two Stanford University students, Bryan White and Joseph Hei. Their brainstorm: a modular stroller “hub” that paired the company’s iconic infant car seat . . . which looked like a Crock Pot (wish we thought up that description, but kudos to the person who did) . . . with various stroller frames. The 360-degree swivel action of seat was the star.

Orbit blasted into the pop culture stratosphere with an iconic appearance on The Office, when Dwight Schrute spent an entire episode trying to destroy the pricey travel system to no avail. While that episode may qualify as the strangest baby gear product placement in a TV series ever, it showcased the Orbit’s ability to withstand the show’s extreme road test. You can see the clip here:

Orbit’s founders sold their company in 2011 to ERGObaby for $17.5 million. ERGObaby is best known for its carriers—and we suppose they saw this as an opportunity to expand further into more “travel” baby gear products. The company also hoped to expand Orbit to international markets.

Unfortunately, what Orbit Baby didn’t have was much in the way of profits—or enough profits to enable the brand to continue to invest in new products.

Obrit’s infant car seat/combo cost a princely sum of $900 in 2004, or $1200 in today’s dollars. Like all car seat/stroller companies, Orbit needed substantial capital to engineer, design and launch new models, the lifeblood of any baby gear company. Unfortunately, given the company’s finances, the company’s products started to age and the brand struggled to compete with bigger names like Britax and Graco.

Then Orbit ran into big trouble—it picked a fight with Consumer Reports, who issued a report in 2009 saying the Orbit infant car seat wasn’t safe. Orbit disputed the crash testing. We won’t rehash that entire back and forth, but it couldn’t have been helpful to Orbit. Combine that with the deep recession of 2008-09 and the subsequent lack of demand for $1000+ baby gear items, and you’ll see why Orbit ran into trouble.

So Orbit’s founders sold their company in 2011 to ERGObaby for $17.5 million. ERGObaby is best known for its carriers—and we suppose they saw this as an opportunity to expand further into more “travel” baby gear products. The company also hoped to expand Orbit to international markets.

It didn’t take long for the marriage to sour. Yes, ERGObaby released a couple of new Orbit products, but they flopped.

After five years, ERGObaby gave up and abandoned the brand in 2016, shuttering production. The same year, ERGObaby sold Orbit to the Safian Group, a South Korean company. In 2019, Safian revived the brand and partnered with a California investment group called Orbit Global Inc. to relaunch the brand, according to the new/old company’s online biography.

Orbit’s reboot features its iconic infant car seat for $480 and and a stroller for $1200. Besides new colors (rose gold frame on the strollers, for example), we’re not sure what has changed from the previous Orbit versions.

Here are the changes to the Orbit Travel System in the current G5 model:

  • New steering system and handlebars
  • New wheels—now made of the rubber for more durability
  • New QuadShock™ Suspension that prevents it from wobbling back-and-forth
  • New memory foam in the Stroller Seat and Infant Car Seat for baby’s comfort

Orbit appears to have re-launched as a direct-to-consumer brand—that is, it’s only sold online and not in stores. Stroller brand review: Orbit.

Orbit Baby has issued a voluntary recall of the Orbit Baby Car Seat Base G2. This is a voluntary recall and there have been no reports of injuries. Orbit Baby is taking action out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the highest standards of safety. This recall affects the G2 carseat base only. It does NOT affect Orbit Baby carseats/carriers, strollers, bassinets or rockers. This issue also does not affect the performance of any Orbit Baby car seats if the Car Seat Base G2 is securely installed in accordance with the instruction manual.

Repair kits will be available soon for all G2 base owners with batches affected by this recall. Customers that have registered a product affected by this recall will automatically receive a notice regarding this issue, as well as any safety updates or product notices in the future. Consumers who have not yet registered their product should contact Orbit Baby Customer Service at 1-877-672-2229 or visit www.orbitbaby.com/support/register to register their product.

In some instances, the StrongArm knob on the Car Seat Base may detach or spin without tightening the base, preventing the installation of the Car Seat Base in accordance with the instruction manual. The StrongArm technology is an installation feature that facilitates the “60-second” installation of the Car Seat Base by tightening the Car Seat Base into the vehicle. The Car Seat Bases that are affected by this recall were manufactured from March 2013 to July 2013 with one of the following Batch Numbers: A0840, A0860 or A0880. No other models are affected by this recall and the actual Car Seat itself can continue to be used without the Car Seat Base in accordance with the instruction manual.

All Orbit Baby car seats and car seat bases have consistently met and exceeded applicable government safety standards. This issue does not affect the performance of the Infant Car Seat G2 when used without the Car Seat Base G2. This issue also does not affect the performance of the Car Seat Base G2 if it is securely installed in accordance with the instruction manual.

You can find the most up-to-date information on the Orbit Baby website here: www.orbitbaby.com/safety-update

Dimensions and Lifespan of the Orbit Baby G3

The Orbit Baby G3 infant car seat weighs 10 lbs while the car seat base weighs another 15 pounds. The seat base is 14″ wide and 20.5″ long front to back, while the lowest harness position starts at 8″ and increases to 12″ in 2 inch increments. The car seat will last for 7 years from the date in which it was manufactured, and you will need a new seat afterward. Width-wise, the G3 is narrow enough to keep 3 across car seat installations feasible in a range of vehicles.

Using the Orbit Baby G3 Infant car seat

Installation with and without base

Installing the G3 was a snap, whether I used the base or not. When using the base, the StrongArm feature is your friend. It’s a knob on the car seat that’s designed to make achieving a safe and secure installation a 60 second affair. You simply turn the knob when you’re ready to install the seat, and it moves a bar into the back of the vehicle seat so the base becomes tightened against the vehicle seat.

It’s pretty neat to see it in action, and the most important part is that it makes getting a tight installation (remember, you need less than 1″ of movement in any direction for a safe installation) easy without using a lot of manual force. And I love that you can use it both with a seat belt installation and with a LATCH installation. I generally prefer using seat belt installations when I have to install multiple car seats, such as in a 3 across situation, and prefer LATCH setups when I only have one seat to install.

A seat belt lock off is also included within the base, taking care of the need to lock the seat belt. Since all cars made after 1996 in the US feature locking seat belts, this won’t be a feature you’ll need unless you have a much older vehicle. That said, it’s still great to see it present in a seat.

When carrying the seat, even though it’s on the heavier end, you don’t notice it nearly as much due to the soft padded handle and due to the narrowness of the seat. There are also side carry handles to help make it easier to maneuver the seat when you’ve got two hands available.

A car seat that rotates? Yes!

Easily the most unique element of the G3 and one of the most unique features of any car seat currently available in the United States today is the car seat and base’s rotating hub. This is designed to make installing the G3 in a vehicle a simpler affair than the typical struggle many of us experience while trying to fit large seats into small vehicles. Basically, you can place the seat on the hub in any direction and then simply rotate it until it’s rear-facing.

I found it most handy not when installing the seat, but when removing my baby. All I had to do was rotate the seat around and then it was easy to remove her from the seat itself. You can rotate the seat 180 full degrees but no further, which keeps you from using the seat forward-facing. You can look at a clear plastic window on the base of the seat that lets you know when the seat is clicked in and rear-facing properly (the window shows green then) and when it’s not (you see red instead).

Chemical safety and comfort features

There are a number of comfort and convenience (and safety) features packed into the Orbit Baby G3 for your little ones as well, including a deep cradle design to the seat to keep your baby ensconced between layers of EPP foam to aid in side impact protection. I also like the inclusion of a full coverage UV sunshade to keep your baby out of the sun’s harmful rays, and a built-in sunshade extension that’s designed to fully cover your baby from the sun (or to simply provide your baby with extra privacy when you’re out shopping).

Chemical safety is a growing concern among environmentally-aware parents, given the number of unknown and potentially harmful chemicals that line our tools, bedding, toys, and food supplies. Orbit Baby is one of the leading baby gear companies in drawing attention to these potential hazards, and has the most “clean and green” car seat on the market right now. The fabrics used throughout the seat are not only soft-touch, machine-washable, and breathable, but they are also certified by Oeko-Tex as healthy and clean fabrics, which makes them easier on the skin of your baby. They felt soft and smelled good to me, although I couldn’t precisely test their chemical safety.

Another chemical safety element present in the Orbit Baby G3 is the use of safe flame retardants. The vast majority of car seats use brominated flame retardants, or BFR, which are flame retardant chemicals that may have health and safety issues at high doses or with chronic levels of exposure. Examples of such chemicals include PBDEs and PBBs. The G3 is designed to meet flame retardancy standards without using potentially unsafe chemicals. If chemical safety is important to you, this is a huge selling point.

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Why Buy the Orbit Baby G3 Infant car seat?

When it comes to car seats, what matters most to me is a seat’s ability to keep a child safe when used appropriately. The basics of car seat safety start with rear-facing, whether through a dedicated infant seat like the G3 or through a rear-facing convertible seat. I like starting out with an infant seat instead of a convertible seat since it’s going to be lighter in almost every situation and because using one lets you set up multiple bases and also remove your child from a vehicle without waking him or her.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that no infant seat, not even the Kiddy Evolution Pro, which is the best infant seat currently available in the United States in my opinion, will help your child rear-face until 4, which is where I believe we need to aim for when it comes to rear-facing, the way the Swedes do. To reach 4, you’re going to need to switch to a convertible seat somewhere along the way; I’ve written detailed reviews on dozens of these here.

The Orbit shines in its ability to ensure a safe, quick, and easy installation. Being able to effortlessly turn a seat in any direction while getting a child into or out of it will save a number of parents many headaches, and the fact that the Orbit is a chemically safer seat than just about any on the market is sure to appeal to environmentally conscious parents as well as to parents of children with allergies and chemical sensitivities.

I also love the fact that the base is compatible with a range of products within the Orbit family, including the G3 Toddler Convertible and G3 Stroller, with each sharing the same rotation ability. I also like the fact that the seat is FAA friendly and approved for use on airplanes.

Perhaps the biggest downfall of the G3 is how heavy parts of it can be. The base weighs 15 pounds, while the seat itself is heavier than I’d like to see at 10 pounds. That said, the seat is narrow and it has a padded handle that helps make it easier to carry. Overall, it’s a unique and capable infant car seat that’ll certainly appeal to a number of parents with particular needs.

I readily recommend the Orbit Baby G3 infant car seat, and you can buy it with the base included here in Ruby or Black. You can buy it packed with the Orbit G3 stroller here. The G3 stroller frame is available separately here. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Canada, but the closest Canadian equivalent I’d recommend is the KeyFit 30, available here.

Orbit follows its unique infant seat with a toddler carseat built to equally impressive standards. The Orbit Toddler Car Seat is a convertible (rear-facing and forward-facing) child restraint for kids 15-50 lbs. who are less than 49” tall. Rear-facing the seat is rated from 15-35 lbs. Forward-facing, it can be used for children over 1 year old who weigh between 20-50 lbs.

The Orbit Toddler Car Seat comes with a headrest, harness strap covers, braces for installation without the base, and a canopy. It can be used with the Orbit stroller frame up to the 40 lbs. weight limit of the stroller. For a review of the stroller, please see the Orbit Baby Infant Seat review.

Features and Advantages

Side Impact Protection: The Orbit Toddler has deep side wings lined with EPP foam.

5-point Harness to 50 pounds: The harness is good quality and is nontwisting. The buckle tongues fit the width of the harness with room to spare and allow the harness to slide freely through them. It has Velcro dots on the straps with corresponding dots on the cover to hold the harness out of the way when placing a child in the seat.

High Rear-Facing Weight and Height Limits: Rear-facing is the safest way for kids to travel; for many years, experts have recommended rear-facing for as long as possible and one study has shown that it’s five times safer for children under age 2 to ride that way. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear-facing for children for as long as the convertible seat allows. Because the Orbit Toddler has a tall shell and high rear-facing weight limit, it will allow the average child to rear-face for 2-3 years or more.

Here are some pics of a little guy who’s about 15 months and 23 lbs.

4 Harness Slots: There are four harness slot heights on the Orbit Toddler. For rear-facing, the bottom 2 slots may be used and the straps should be in the nearest slot at or below the level of the child’s shoulders. The top 3 slots can be used for a forward-facing child and the straps should be in the nearest slot at or above shoulder level. The lowest harness slot height is approximately 11 ¾ ” and the top slot is about 18 ¼ ” when measured with the cover on. A child will outgrow this seat by height when he exceeds the 49” height limit OR when the top of his ears are above the back of the restraint OR when the shoulders are above the top slots. It’s possible for a 50 lbs. child to fit in this carseat. The child pictured below is 49 lbs. and 50″ tall, but still has room to grow to the top harness slots.

Adjusting the harness height is accomplished by removing the shoulder straps from the splitter plate in the back of the restraint and re-threading them through the desired slots. If the seat is installed rear-facing it is possible to re-thread the harness without uninstalling. However, if the seat if forward-facing you will have to uninstall it to move the harness straps to a different height. Because the seat is rated for such a wide range of weights, Orbit has 2 harness strap lengths from which to choose; the shorter length loops are for smaller toddlers.

Recline Adjustments: Because the Orbit Toddler is not meant to be used for newborns and small infants, it has a more upright recline to it. It still has a range of acceptable recline and a recline indicator on the side for help when using the braces (remember that the base has the angle indicator built in). A tightly rolled towel is suggested if needed to help get the restraint into the acceptable recline range.

Harness Adjuster and Use: To tighten the harness, pull on the harness adjuster strap on the front of the restraint. It is similar to the type found on many car seats and is easy to adjust. A nice feature is the label on the end of the adjuster strap that reminds parents to snugly tighten the harness. The buckle clicks audibly when each buckle tongue is inserted. The large chest clip has printing on it that says, “ARMPIT LEVEL.” The chest clip is pretty stiff to unclip.

LATCH: The Orbit Toddler has flexible straps to attach to the lower anchors found in most vehicles newer than 2002. There is an adjuster on each side of the strap which makes for easy tightening and loosening of the LATCH strap. The LATCH connectors are the push-on style connectors. A neatly compartmentalized area for storing the LATCH connectors and tether is hidden away on the back of the seat by a cover. There are separate pouches for each LATCH connector and the excess strap webbing and tether strap in the designated storage area for when they’re not in use. These pouches keep the extra straps from interfering with the harness and harness splitter plate on the back of the seat.

The tether strap is to be used forward-facing only. While tethering a forward-facing child restraint with a harness is always recommended, a top tether is not required for this seat.

Note: Orbit prohibits using the LATCH system for a child weighing over 40 lbs. unless your vehicle has lower LATCH anchors rated for a higher weight limit. This is an issue with almost all child restraints that have a harness rated above 40 lbs. At some point, it will be necessary to use the seatbelt for installation. Seatbelt installations are just as safe as LATCH, providing that you can get a good, tight installation. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for more specific information. Orbit does allow the use of LATCH in the center seating position of the back seat if the lower anchors are spaced between 11″ and 20″ apart, there are no air bags, the base (if used) can be level, and the vehicle manufacturer must allow it.

Installation: The Orbit Toddler Car Seat is a convertible seat that can be installed rear- or forward-facing. When installed rear-facing, there are two methods for installation: using either the infant base* or using the detachable braces, which are like stabilizing feet. The advantage to using the base is that the seat can be rotated to allow for easy in/out access of the child. It’s also easier to remove the carseat out of the vehicle and onto the stroller if the base is used. The Orbit Toddler Car Seat can only use a base with a green circular seal on the face (see picture). For more information on installation of the base, see the Infant Seat review. Using the braces means that the seat is permanently affixed facing the rear of the vehicle until you install it forward-facing, so there’s no chance of accidentally forgetting to rotate the child into the proper rear-facing position. The braces are designed to be removed to change direction based on the installation direction of the carseat and are clearly labeled with “Front of Vehicle” so they can be attached to the restraint correctly. The carseat looks funny if the braces are installed facing the wrong direction: I installed the seat rear-facing with the braces in the forward-facing position and it was very much too upright.

Installation of the carseat with the braces is like any other convertible carseat: use the rear-facing belt path for rear-facing and the forward-facing belt path for forward-facing. Most notably there are built-in lockoffs which do an excellent job of holding the seat belt tight. The LATCH belt must also be threaded through one of the lockoffs.

*The Toddler Car Seat cannot touch the back of the seat in front of it once it’s been installed using the Orbit base.

Crotch Strap Adjustment: There are three crotch strap slots located approximately 3 ¼ “, 5 ¼ “, and 6 ½ ” from the back of the seat. There’s an access panel under the front of the Toddler Car Seat from where the crotch strap anchor is moved. The crotch strap can be repositioned when the restraint is installed forward-facing since the access panel is within reach, but not when the restraint is installed rear-facing.

Padding, Comfort and Appearance: The Orbit Toddler cover is nicely padded. The cover on the restraint I tested is called mocha/khaki. The lighter colored fabric is a microfiber and the darker brown colored fabric on the sides of the restraint is a mesh. It’s machine washable on the gentle cycle. The cover is completely removable without having to unthread the harness, just like the infant seat; however, it’s not nearly as easy to take off. First, there’s a lot of Velcro. Whenever you have a cover that removes without having to remove the harness first, it has to open around the harness; to accomplish that, you use either Velcro or snaps. The Velcro also serves to provide easy access to the lockoffs for installation.

The harness straps and chest clip are black. The strap covers and headrest are the light colored microfiber and are optional and may be removed at any time.

It’s Green: It’s metaphorically green, just like the Orbit Baby Infant Seat. Orbit is headquartered in northern California—land of the naturally crunchy people outside of Portland ;). So, the fabric on all things Orbit is certified by the International Oeko-Tex® Association to have fewer chemicals and irritants in it. In late 2009, Orbit released a line of organic cotton/wool fabric for their footmuffs and carseats. Orbit also meets flame retardancy requirements without using harmful chemicals.

6 Year Expiration: The Orbit Toddler has a 6 year expiration and the year of expiration is written on the label that contains the date of manufacture and model number inside the back panel. Orbit specifies in the manual not to use the seat if it is in a crash.

Airplane Certification: The Orbit Toddler is FAA-approved for use in aircraft and only when installed with the braces. It also is a fairly heavy restraint weighing in at around 23 lbs., so if you do travel with it, you’ll want to use the stroller with it to avoid having to carry it. It does install on the stroller with the braces, so traveling with the braces won’t be an issue (the braces also have a nice carry bag).

Value: With high weight limits and top harness slots, safety features, and green features that other convertible seats don’t have, the Orbit Toddler Car Seat is a convertible worth considering, especially if you have a child sensitive to chemicals.

Construction: The Orbit Toddler is solid, just like the Orbit Infant. Even though they are locked onto the restraint, I wish the braces could be fixed onto the seat so they don’t wiggle at all, though.

Instruction Manuals and Labels: These are some of the clearest in the business. The manuals and labels are color-coded: blue for rear-facing, red for forward-facing, green for harness use, with crisp, clear pictures throughout. Every carseat manufacturer should read these manuals to see how they’re done and every parent should get the chance to read one as well. Kudos!

Disadvantages

Weight and Width: The Orbit Toddler Car Seat is a big seat that sits high on a base necessary for its docking system. But there are seats on the market that can handle bigger kids while cutting back on size.

Installation Issues: I had trouble installing it in my ’05 Sienna with the seat belt, but that’s not an unusual problem for me. The buckles are forward of the bight (vehicle seat crack) and create problems with some carseats and this is one. Because of where the buckle is placed, the seat belt is placed very low in the belt path on the base and on the carseat, which means it enters the built-in lockoff very low. I focused on the base installation with the infant seat, so I went with the braces-on installation mostly here. Since I hate to struggle when installing a carseat (pure laziness on my part or a desire to show mastery over the carseat?), I resorted to the age-old trick of reclining my van’s seatback, pulling the seat belt snug and locking the lockoff on it, then putting the seatback upright for a rock-the-van tight fit.

Harness Slot Change: To change the harness slot height while the headrest was in place, I had to remove the cover from the top of the seat to access the Velcro tabs holding the headrest in place. If I didn’t have to undo the Velcro for the headrest, it would have been a simple matter to change the harness height.

Cover: The Velcro—it ate everything in its path! The problem with all that Velcro is that while one side of the Velcro is soft, the other side has those prickly loops that catch and scratch everything. The polar fleece jacket I was wearing left quite a bit of fuzz on the Velcro and the prickly loops also caught on the mesh sides, leaving a fuzzy appearance in spots. I also had some minor scratches on my hands where the Velcro caught me as I was trying to fasten the cover back down.

Conclusion

It’s important to note that the OOOOOOOOOOOOoooooOrbit Toddler Car Seat isn’t designed to be a convertible restraint used from birth or even from 2 months of age. It’s designed to be used as a successor to the Orbit Baby Infant Seat or to another infant seat that’s been outgrown, since the minimum weight limit is 15 lbs. rear-facing and the angle of recline is quite upright, perfect for a toddler. The restraint has nice, tall harness slots, soft padding, an easy-to-use harness, and ease-of-use installation features that set Orbit aside as a company. The Toddler Car Seat is an interesting concept with lots of safety features in a nice package.

The webpage for the Orbit Toddler – http://www.orbitbaby.com/products/tcs.html

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This carseat was provided to CarseatBlog.com by Orbit Baby.

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Orbit Baby G3 image: The carry handle rests easily on your arm, but its slim plastic bends under the weight of the carrier and doesn’t feel sturdy. Image 2 of 4 Orbit Baby G3 image: The base is easy to install, thanks to the knob that tightens straps and secures the base to your car. Image 3 of 4 Orbit Baby G3 image: The carrier is compatible with the G3 stroller, which features a circular base. Image 4 of 4 Orbit Baby G3 image: There are a few G3 accessories, including this rocker that connects to the carrier.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

The Orbit Baby G3 is a simple infant car seat with some excellent safety features and an amazing base. With a weight range of 4 to 30 pounds, it should last through your baby’s first year.

Its circular base allows you to secure the carrier at any angle, so you’ll never have to struggle getting your baby into the car again. However, the carrier weighs a massive 12 pounds, and it is only compatible with the G3 stroller. Also, its thin carry handle bends under the weight of the seat; so despite its extra heft, it doesn’t feel as sturdy as other carriers in our baby car seat reviews.

This seat’s base is surprisingly easy to use. Like most baby car seats, the base offers both LATCH and seatbelt connections. The knob helps you tighten the belts and secure the base. You’ll notice that the base has a large circle in the middle. This allows you to secure the carrier from any angle. Once the carrier is attached, you can rotate it to the proper rear-facing position, and it will lock in place.

This circular connection is necessary, since the carrier weighs in at 12 pounds, heavier than most infant car seats. When your child reaches 20 pounds, taking the carrier out of your vehicle will become a burden. Fortunately, you can always rotate the carrier to a comfortable position to get your child in and out of the seat.

The G3 is not as convenient as many other car seats. Its best feature is its machine-washable cushions. It is only compatible with the G3 stroller, which also uses the circular base to secure the carrier. Its adjustable handle is a thin strip of plastic that rests easily on your arms, but it bends under the weight of the carrier and never feels sturdy enough.

Orbit Baby supports the G3 with a two-year warranty. The Orbit Baby website has a local retailer finder and downloadable user manuals. If you need to contact customer support, representatives are available by email and phone. We were able to get answers to our questions quickly.

The Orbit Baby G3 is a simple baby car seat, thanks to its base. The base quickly secures to your car, and the circular connector makes it easy to install the carrier from any angle. However, the seat is heavy at 12 pounds, and the carry handle does not feel as sturdy as those of other car seats. The G3 offers some excellent features, but it is not as convenient as other infant car seats.