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Edited by Surfer Rosa - 7/10/11 at 1:00pm
post #102 of 110
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Originally Posted by jrabbit View Post



So, we do have 2 cars. But before we decided that 3 kids was ok, we looked at our cars and asked ourselves the hard questions: can we do it with the cars we have, and can we afford the investment? the investment was the cost of birth + the cost of car seats + the future cost of education. When you think about it, the cost of the car seats was insignificant compared to any other cost incurred on behalf of a child. But it's amazing to me that the people (not here) who complain the loudest about car seat prices are the ones with more than 3 kids.
Keep in mind, though, that not everyone with 3 kids CHOSE 3 kids. I love my kids to pieces, and wouldn't give them up for the world, but I didn't choose to have 3 of them. I chose to have 2-- the third one jumped the turnstile, so to speak.
post #103 of 110
I finaly had to decide that I we are doing the best for our children that WE can do. Colton's infant seat was a hand-me-down from my older sister and he was little so he fit in that for a year. We have since used: A Scenara which has been given to our nephew now, A Cosco Summit still in use, a Cosco high-back booster (given to us by the car seat safety class that our county social services conducted...if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me), and a Graco CarGo Harness Booster. My parents also have an Evenflo Chase high back booster, with harness, and my babysitter uses a ComfortSport or a Cosco high back booster. In EVERY one of his car seats he is harnessed. Every single one of his car seats has been installed by ME after taking a car seat class, and has been checked, or by my babysitter, and checked by me. I do the very best I can to keep my children - Colton and Mona, who is eleven and was in a booster till age 8 and 80 pounds - as safe as I possibly can. I have given up feeling guilty and like less of a mother because I don't have the fanciest baby crap around. Boy did I used to feel that way though. Now my attitude has changed. I keep up on recalls, I drive safely - and yes, I know that I can't control the other drivers on the road, I routinely check the seats and straps, I do my best. I guess what I am trying to say is you don't have to feel like you HAVE to have these high-dollar seats. We have to have several car seats because he rides in several cars, and I don't want to constantly be moving seats around because of the margin for installation error then, so each vehicle gets its own seat. I couldn't afford that many expensive car seats. Or perhaps that's wrong, I might have been able to over the last three years, but to be honest, I've chosen not to. I buy seats that pass the tests and work well for us, and I use them safely.
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so i only skimmed this and I'm not going to get into the "do I need a car thing" (I don't drive) We have one carseat. I bought the one rated 2nd best by consumer reports (i kinda love consumer reports, because they don't have advertising, we check it for EVERYTHING).

I wouldn't buy a 2nd car seat even if we had a 2nd car it could go in. I would rather spend the TIME to move it than the MONEY to buy it. :
post #105 of 110
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Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber View Post
so i only skimmed this and I'm not going to get into the "do I need a car thing" (I don't drive) We have one carseat. I bought the one rated 2nd best by consumer reports (i kinda love consumer reports, because they don't have advertising, we check it for EVERYTHING).

I wouldn't buy a 2nd car seat even if we had a 2nd car it could go in. I would rather spend the TIME to move it than the MONEY to buy it. :
That might not work for everyone, especially families with two cars, two woh parents. For example, my sister and her husband both have car seats in their cars, and it would be impossible for them to take the 'time' to switch them- her dh drives dn to daycare in the morning, she picks up in the afternoon. Actually they technically have three- one in our mom's car, because she takes her home several days a week. I guess now that I think of it, my dad has a whole separate set of seats in his van for my kids.
post #106 of 110
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That might not work for everyone, especially families with two cars, two woh parents.
Yep. Heck, we have 2 vehicles and while I SAH, sometimes DH takes the kids in his vehicle and we don't have time to move 3 seats before he has to leave. Plus, every time you uninstall a seat, you're creating the potential for error when you reinstall it. Is it guaranteed that you'll make a mistake? Heck no But it can happen. I'd rather our seats all stay installed, perfectly, and have 2 sets of seats. But that's just the way it works best for us, I guess.
post #107 of 110
Well I got an Alpha Omega for $90 so I don't know if I count here. But we tried Britax (even the roundabout), Evenflo triumph and eddie bauer. None of them installed well enough to settle my mommy feelings.

I swear a couple hours after she was born I thought to myself "OMGsh she weigh 11lbs I need to save for a carseat" lol

The ILs gave us a GC for Christmas so I used that. If they hadn't, I would have put money aside every paycheck and waited for the spring clearance.
post #108 of 110
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I wouldn't buy a 2nd car seat even if we had a 2nd car it could go in. I would rather spend the TIME to move it than the MONEY to buy it. :
oh, no - I also disagree. it pains me to move the seats because it's almost always done in a rush. and you can have the best seat around, but install it sloppy, and it's no longer safe. to be honest, i don't even trust the seats in Nana's car.

we have 2 cars, and 2 seats for the older girls in each. the baby only has one seat, and i will not move any of the 3 seats out of my car unless it's an emergency. (they are 3-across, small car, arrangement inspected & approved) i'll drive instead of letting my kids ride in another car.

just my opinion.
--janis
post #109 of 110
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I wouldn't buy a 2nd car seat even if we had a 2nd car it could go in. I would rather spend the TIME to move it than the MONEY to buy it. :
Sounds good except when you're actually IN the situation where you have to move/install heavy bulky seats wiht not much time & not much room - it takes me a long time to install our seats to make sure they are REALLY in there right & well. I don't want to do it on the fly.

Not to mention its not always practical when you have one parent driving kids to school, another picking up, etc.

We have 2 cars, and the less optimal seats installed in DH's car, because they RARELY ever travel in that car (we switch cars when he's taking the kids), but its nice to have the back up seats in the event that we need them (like when we got in a major car accident & couldn't drive my car away, but weren't going to drive home without carseats!)
post #110 of 110
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Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber View Post
so i only skimmed this and I'm not going to get into the "do I need a car thing" (I don't drive) We have one carseat. I bought the one rated 2nd best by consumer reports (i kinda love consumer reports, because they don't have advertising, we check it for EVERYTHING).

I wouldn't buy a 2nd car seat even if we had a 2nd car it could go in. I would rather spend the TIME to move it than the MONEY to buy it. :
Phew sorry no way! I am currently saving to get a 2nd seat for Grandma and a 3rd seat for DH's work car. That sucker isn't moving after I put it in!
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