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post #21 of 76
I'm using the Graco SafeSeat1 I got for my SIL last year. I have made this choice based on the fact that the price was right.

I think that a bucket really is a better fit/position for a newborn than any convertible seat I've seen so far, so I'm using one more for that reason than because I yearn to carry around a big plastic shell wherever I go. But if this baby sleeps like a rock in that bucket, then this baby will be carried around in the bucket! SIL even has a little swing frame that the bucket clips into: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...LAID=107503714 If that thing works for this kid, I may get to eat a few meals and take a few bathroom breaks while enjoying the use of both hands!

<--- crazy dreamer over here
post #22 of 76
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Originally Posted by an_aurora View Post
Britax seats don't fit the vast majority of newborns well, so I'd suggest getting a bucket or a different convertible until the baby fits into the Britax.
I heard that, but I'm having a homebirth so coming home from the hospital shouldn't be an issue. And the midwife will do home visits for newborn checks. If the new baby really is too small in the Marathon, I'll run out and get a Graco infant seat probably. My babies tend to be on the larger side of average.
post #23 of 76
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Originally Posted by Talula Fairie View Post
I heard that, but I'm having a homebirth so coming home from the hospital shouldn't be an issue. And the midwife will do home visits for newborn checks. If the new baby really is too small in the Marathon, I'll run out and get a Graco infant seat probably. My babies tend to be on the larger side of average.
Honestly, my nine pounder wouldn't have fit in the Marathon until almost 3 months old. The slots are insanely high.
post #24 of 76
We went with a safeseat for our baby... She had an october due date and for us in cold cold michigan it's just better to keep the babies completely covered in a carrier seat than to tredge thru the blizzard to try to get them buckled correctly in the carseat. My first two babies were 10 lbs at birth so we went with the safeseat so we would have a little more time in it... BUT she was only 6-10 at birth so she'll likely be able to be in it for a while. I do like the seat overall... I was sort of in limbo between it and the chico...

I did just buy a britax boulevard... I was going to get a marathon but was able to get a blvd for basically the same price in a print I wanted on closeout. So I'm happy that way. We'll probably wait another few months before moving her over because I still like the carrier at times. I do pull her out of it a lot though and put her in the sling or beco just cause I like to have her close. Anyway that's my story
post #25 of 76
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Originally Posted by Twinklefae View Post
Honestly, my nine pounder wouldn't have fit in the Marathon until almost 3 months old. The slots are insanely high.
Do the slots have to be exactly above their shoulders? What's the guidelines on that?
post #26 of 76
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Originally Posted by Talula Fairie View Post
Do the slots have to be exactly above their shoulders? What's the guidelines on that?
The problem is that the slots have to be at or BELOW their shoulders. The Marathon and Boulevard are great, but have relatively high bottom slots. Neither of my almost 9lb and about 21inch children fit into the Marathons until around 4 months. My DS, at TWO, just moved up to the second slot for rear facing!

There are other convertibles with lower bottom slots like the TrueFit and the Radian, and on the cheaper end the Scenera.

As far as carriers, we will probably get a Snugride32 (the new name for the Safeseat 1) because our babies tend to be bigger. The Chicco is great, especially for the little ones, but we grow big babies, and the Snugride is compatible with the BOB, so...

The big things I encourage parents to look for in a carrier is a front harness adjust, an adjustable base, and built in lock-offs, all three of which are on the Snugride 32 and the Safeseat 1. For my first two, I used a basic front adjust Snugride, and then moved them to convertibles as soon as they fit. Which was fine, but now I'm a car seat nut, and need another reason to buy a new car seat, LOL!!
post #27 of 76
I do have to agree with pp on bucket seats being a better fit for babies and absolute relief in cold/windy weather.

Dh and I went to the store and carried around all of the seats until we found one that we could live with in terms of weight. It's the Safety 1st Acella Sport Travel System

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ima...=37N8TW30L3GS1

It was the most lightweight of all the infant seats. Yes, they can bang into you and be a pain, but for us, well worth it. LO was born in late September and we live in Michigan. Can you say brrrrrr! :

That said, we only use the car seat for transportation from our house to the car and from the car to the house or to church. Otherwise, I pull her out and stick her in the sling. But when she's asleep when we get home and we can just undo the seat and bring her in...bliss...
post #28 of 76
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Originally Posted by Carlin View Post
they can't safely have a snow suit on under the straps, so we need to be able to bring the seat into the house.
Just FYI, you can use the small fleece snowsuits, since they aren't bulky like regular snowsuits.
post #29 of 76
We're using the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio carseat as well as the stroller that it clicks into.

Pros: It's a gorgeous, easy-to-use piece and we're constantly complimented on it. It comes with an easily adjustable headrest that grows with the child's length, which I really like. I find it's easy to loosen and tighten the straps to ensure that she's secure in the seat. It's simple to pop it out of the car and convert to a carrier, and the handle actually has three different positions: one for carrying, one for use in the car, and one for stationary mode (to stabilize it, as well as put your baby at an angle where constriction of air passages is not a concern as it would be in a regular carseat used outside of the car). We don't generally use it for seating outside of the car, btw, but if she's asleep in the seat and we've just brought in some groceries that need to be put away, I like that I can convert it to stationary mode for the few minutes that will take.

Cons: It is HEAVY and it doesn't have an ergonomic handle. I make my husband carry it when we're between the car and a building. I can carry it, but I don't like to as it's bulky and I jostle my daughter around in it quite a bit (although I can see that she hardly moves -- since, you know, that's kind of a selling point of a carseat!)

I am very happy that we went with the Peg Perego system. But that said, I hardly looked at anything else, because I was sold on the Peg Perego stroller first and then wanted the carseat that would snap into it
post #30 of 76
I have a Combi for the tiny people phase and a Recaro for probably the rest of his life. We may move into a Recaro booster at 6ish, maybe, depending on how big he gets
post #31 of 76
Ok so now that my old carseat plan is busted, I am going to have to buy an infant seat. I hated the one I used for my older kids (Eddie Bauer travel system, it was awful). I gave it away awhile back.

Sooooo....Peg Pergo vs Britax. Thoughts? I don't necessarily need a matching stroller since I won't be using it as a travel system, but that might be nice too. I only have a double stroller currently and both my kids don't like riding in strollers anymore.

I should add: My biggest issue with carseats is whether the straps twist. I HATE twisting straps. Both the Graco I had once (Sport Ride), a Costco carseat I had once, and the Eddie Bauer were horrible for that. I remember having to take the whole thing out several times and spend a loooooong time untwisting things. That's why I went with a Britax Marathon for my kids, the straps pretty much never twist.
post #32 of 76
Just wanted to say we borrowed our friends PPV SIP 2007 model and it was great. Probably not the seat I would buy if I had to spend all the money on it but it worked just fine. We also have a BOB Revolution and it fit well with that.

We did bring the car seat in and out of the car but never actually carried it around. I liked to bring it in if she was sleeping in it or if it was cold out and I wanted the car seat to stay "warm" in the house for the next time we went out.
post #33 of 76
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Originally Posted by Devaskyla View Post
Just FYI, you can use the small fleece snowsuits, since they aren't bulky like regular snowsuits.
That might work in some climates but not here. It's just too cold.: Most people I know put their babies in a snow suit, then in the car seat, then add blankets and one of those car seat covers. A fleeece snow suit might work for that, but not by itself. Chances are our baby will be about 4 months old when the cold weather starts to hit, so hopefully we can make it through most of the first winter in an infant seat, as I'm not sure how you keep a baby buckled in properly and warm in a convertible seat.
post #34 of 76
I'm actually in Alberta too. A few layers of blankets on top of the straps, plus the snowsuit &/or a warmed up car would probably be needed too.
post #35 of 76
My first choice is the Key Fit, followed by Safeseat/snugride 32. Or just getting a True Fit and using it from the beginning-- cause unlike Britax convertibles, it will likely fit an average sized newborn safely.

I've had a Peg Perego car seat, and while I liked it, and it fits my Pliko and P3 strollers very nicely (it wasn't the newest version) I don't think I could justify the high cost for a seat that would last my babies 6-8 months. There are better seats out there for much less. I'd get a Britax companion over it, actually.
post #36 of 76
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Originally Posted by Talula Fairie View Post
Ok so now that my old carseat plan is busted, I am going to have to buy an infant seat. I hated the one I used for my older kids (Eddie Bauer travel system, it was awful). I gave it away awhile back.

Sooooo....Peg Pergo vs Britax. Thoughts? I don't necessarily need a matching stroller since I won't be using it as a travel system, but that might be nice too. I only have a double stroller currently and both my kids don't like riding in strollers anymore.
I didn't like my Britax Companion, because the head support is required. My son absolutely HATED it and screamed for 3 months until I finally moved him to a convertible. There was always a soaked spot behind his head. I think that helmet-like head support just trapped in all the heat. I gave my Companion away and plan to buy a different infant seat this time around (Keyfit or Snugride32/Teutonia T-Tario). I'm not sure about the strap twistiness of either seat... but I'm used to my non-twisty Marathons, so hopefully those seats are non-twisty!
post #37 of 76
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Originally Posted by pastrygirl View Post
I didn't like my Britax Companion, because the head support is required. My son absolutely HATED it and screamed for 3 months until I finally moved him to a convertible. There was always a soaked spot behind his head. I think that helmet-like head support just trapped in all the heat. I gave my Companion away and plan to buy a different infant seat this time around (Keyfit or Snugride32/Teutonia T-Tario). I'm not sure about the strap twistiness of either seat... but I'm used to my non-twisty Marathons, so hopefully those seats are non-twisty!
I know I'm used to my non-twisty marathons too.

I did hear that those carseats make the baby really hot...hmmm. I registered for the Peg Perego, but who knows what I'll actually buy (I say buy becuase, I'm not fooling myself. This is my third baby and it's not too likely anyone will buy us anything, but one can hope).
post #38 of 76
I have a keyfit for the new baby. I love it! Well, haven't tried it out with a baby yet, but its the easiest carseat I've ever installed, and is nicely padded. I lucked out and stumbled across it on sale for $150 on a site that had a 20% off orders over $100 coupon code, so I got a really great deal. I just did a froogle search and found it for $149 with free shipping here: http://www.babysupermarket.com/baby/...arSeatAtmosphe
post #39 of 76
I'm guesing the Key Fit straps don't twist easily. I have only played with a friends, and checked them out at stores, but they are a bit more like Britax vs. Graco. We had a snug ride and I hated that (not sure if the safeseats have the same problem)... twisty straps are very frustrating after you are spoiled by good non-twising ones!

FWIW, either the Chicco or Graco will fit into Peg strollers (unless you have the Aria, then I don't know for sure). They won't technically latch in, but will fit securely enough to use it that way if you desire it.
post #40 of 76
I was planning on getting the cheaper Aria, yeah.

It's fine to me if they don't snap in. I almost never use the carseat and stroller combo together. I always either pick up the baby and put them in the stroller or, in the early weeks, wear them in a sling.
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