Thanks everyone! This is all great info.
Originally Posted by chel
rental car. while most people here don't have much trust in their safety, if you are taking a long trip, what you'll end up paying to rent the seat could easily buy a decent seat.
Good to know.
Originally Posted by RiverandJulie
Just a note on the rental seat. We rented a car and got a seat with it (due to a mistake on my husbands part....but that is a different story). ANyways, it cost around $15 a day for the seat (which after 5 days, we could have just bought a new carseat). ALso, it was a crappy seat, difficult to get our son in and out of, and really a PITA. I will never rent a carseat again.
Also good to know. I will look into a Scenera.
Originally Posted by leighi123
1. he might not gain 5lbs, but he might. Most kids outgrow seats rearfacing in height before weight, how much plastic 'shell' does he have above his head?
2. Do you plan on extended rearfacing? What car do you have? Whats your budget? My personal favorites are Radians and the TrueFit, but there are other good ones as well. The "3 in 1" seats that rearface, forward face and booster are quickly outgrown in height before weight, and make horrible boosters. Your best bet would be to get a convertible, and then a dedicated booster later. Boosters are pretty cheap.
3. NEVER use a carseat from a rental company, they are often expired, missing bits, dirty, and who knows what the last person who used it did to it (dropped it, crashed it etc). They also often clean the seats with bleach, which is very bad. Bring your own carseat, you can use it on the plane if you are flying (which is safer and more comfortable, its not safe to check in a carseat as baggage).
1. He has room at the top, maybe three inches?
2. Yes, I think extended rearfacing, even though I know he'd be happier if he could see us. We compromise by having one of us in the back with him when we can.
3. Blerg- you would think that this would be a huge liability issue for them, and that they would be meticulous! This is litigation waiting to happen!
Originally Posted by chickabiddy
I'd buy a Scenera for travel -- they're cheap, light, and come in a plastic carry bag (make sure you tuck a couple of lengths of pool noodle in the bag to help with installation in the rental car). It will be cheaper than renting a carseat, and you're not trusting your baby's life to the rental agency. Besides, it's safest to have baby in the carseat in a ticketed seat on the plane.
Agree that the RF/FF/booster seats aren't a great investment. Is your baby long and lean, short and solid, or somewhere in the middle?
So, can I bring the baby on the plane in a carseat without having it count as luggage? The rules are ever-changing and so confusing these days. If I have him in a carseat, then I assume that we have to pay for a third seat...
Rowan is average height but is quite developed. At 11 months, he walks and looks more like a little boy than a baby. He is 27" and 25 pounds.