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What kind of car seat will you/are you using?

post #1 of 52
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We need to get a new infant seat for the baby...I am like 99% sure I want a Chicco this time. I have a Baby Jogger city select stroller and I can use the attachment that goes with this specific seat...

And I still have no idea if we will be able to get a van by September, so we will most likely be squeezing all 3 kids in the back of my CR-V. Right now my DD is in a Complete Air 65 and my DS is rear facing in a Marathon 70. Thankfully I HAVE been able to fit 3 across in there before but it's definitely annoying!!

post #2 of 52

I really like the Chicco seats, too. If I were going to buy one, that's what I would get. We're all set, though. I have Henry's Graco Safe Seat still, and just moved him up from the Britax Boulevard to a Frontier 85, so the baby can grow into the Boulevard. I guess that's one good thing about our far apart spacing - we'll never have to buy another car seat!

post #3 of 52

I am tempted to get one that has the bigger height and weight limits.  I remember my boys growing out of the infant car seats before a year because of their height.  And I think it might be nice to not buy another convertible.  Not sure though.. ... 

post #4 of 52
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I don't really mind buying convertibles, DS is over 2 years old now and is nowhere near outgrowing his Marathon rear facing, much less forward facing!!


I do really like the convenience of an infant seat though, especially with two other kids to buckle in it's nice to be able to just pop it in the base and go! Then you don't have to worry about the baby getting wet if it's raining, or if it's really cold you already have a blanket on them...

 

I think if I wasn't getting a bucket seat I would get a Combi Corocco for the new baby...they look so cute and I've heard they fit newborns really well.

post #5 of 52

I bought the Chicco travel system back in 2007, just before they came out with the higher weight limit seats.  I have loved this infant seat- the buckles are super easy to adjust, and change height.  The base installs easily too.  I've used a graco 30lb seat when traveling before, and the chicco was just easier to adjust the straps, install, and pop in and out, imo.  I've got nothing against the graco seats though- they have *excellent* safety ratings, and they're very affordable. 

 

If I wasn't on a budget and wanted to go out and buy a brand new infant car seat for this little one, I'd buy a chicco- one of the up to 30lbs ones (both of my munchkins have been over 9lbs at birth!).

 

and ps- I love the Chicco cortina stroller too.  :)

post #6 of 52

We have the Graco SnugRide...we gave my son's old one away a couple years ago, but I really liked it and it is rated really well, so we got another one.  (It was BF's job to buy the car seat while he was out of town, where it was a bit cheaper--leave it to a man to come back with one that matches his car!  lol.gif )

post #7 of 52

I had an infant "carrier" seat for my older three, but it expired last summer.  I initially thought I wouldn't replace it if I had another baby--they use it so briefly that it didn't seem worthwhile--but I think I will.  I'm an apprentice midwife, and the baby will come with me to prenatals until he-or-she becomes to troublesome to have along (I planned on taking my now-19-month-old along until she was a year old, but she was walking by 10 months and into EVERYTHING months before that, so I think I started leaving her behind when she was ~10 months or so), and it will be nice to be able to transport a sleeping baby without waking him or her.  I'm also planning on taking the baby to one birth in November (a friend and repeat client) and, in the ideal picture in my mind, the baby sleeps right through that birth, in his or her handy infant carrier nod.gif (and, if it actually works out that way, the infant seat will be worth whatever I pay for it).  

 

If anyone has any infant seat recommendations, I'm interested to hear them.  My other one was a Graco Snugride.  I go back-and-forth about whether to get one of the higher weight-limit seats, because my kids have all been big (from 9+ to 10-and-a-half lbs at birth) and they outgrew the seat relatively early (I think my youngest, and largest, may have outgrown it at 5-6 months--by height), but my friend has one of the larger seats and it's so heavy and large that I sort of wonder if I'd actually use it that way once the baby is beyond the size-limit of the smaller one, anyway (I think the lower-limit ones are heavy enough to drag around).  

post #8 of 52
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I had a Graco Snugride 22 last time as well, I didn't really have any complaints about it.

 

I like the Maxi Cosi mico which is really light, that only goes up to 22 lbs though.

 

I found the Chicco KeyFit 30 pretty light and easy to manage even though it has a 30 lb limit. I don't know if we will use it past 22 lbs, but you never know...my DS chunked up fast and was over 16 lbs at his 4 month appointment! It's nice to have a place for them to go if you can't hold them or like at a restaurant you can put them down to eat.

 

I am planning on getting mine at BabiesRus, I have a 20% off coupon and they will mail you a $10 off coupon if you make a baby registry with them. So I think it will come out to about $133 plus tax.

post #9 of 52
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Originally Posted by LovingBaby View Post

I am tempted to get one that has the bigger height and weight limits.  I remember my boys growing out of the infant car seats before a year because of their height.  And I think it might be nice to not buy another convertible.  Not sure though.. ... 



Well, the rec is to keep your child rear facing until at least 2 years so you may not get out of a convertible :)  Luckily, my kids love their seats so we never fight over them but I know a lot of parents deal w/ that issue - kids thinking it's babyish.  Personally, I think their seats look super-comfy and wouldn't mind one for myself :)  I will use my sister's chicco - her daughter was born last May so that works out perfectly.  Then I will probably go w/ a marathon again.  That will last the full 5/6 years so I think it's worth it.  Good luck w/ your decision.

post #10 of 52
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I really like the Chicco seats, too. If I were going to buy one, that's what I would get. We're all set, though. I have Henry's Graco Safe Seat still, and just moved him up from the Britax Boulevard to a Frontier 85, so the baby can grow into the Boulevard. I guess that's one good thing about our far apart spacing - we'll never have to buy another car seat!



My kids (5 and 7.5) are in Frontiers, too, and they love them.  I'll keep them harnessed as long as I can get away w/ it :)  I think Britax seats are only good for 6 years, though.

post #11 of 52

We purchased a Maxi Cosi Mico.  DH doesn't have a whole lot of room in his truck, so we needed something small.  Baby will then move up to a Britax convertible

post #12 of 52

This is a tough one now that we will have three - one in a booster, one in a convertible and one in a bucket. I think we are going to go for the Graco snugride again because it's a safe seat and a good value, also easy to re-sell when we're done. Since my daughter is already maxing out on height for her convertible (at age 3, mind you) I am planning to sell her convertible and spring for a Sunshine Kids Radian80 for her. Then she'll be set for seats and the low profile of it will also create more space in the backseat, since we'll be three across! Then I would also like to get a Radian80 for the new baby once he/she outgrows the bucket. I know the Radian is supposed to work from birth but I am not 100% convinced yet.

post #13 of 52
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My kids (5 and 7.5) are in Frontiers, too, and they love them.  I'll keep them harnessed as long as I can get away w/ it :)  I think Britax seats are only good for 6 years, though.



I thought the new Frontiers were good for 10 years? I'm going to have to get my book out of the car now, before it drives me crazy. LOL. My Boulevard was manufactured in '08 and it says 7 years, so it'll last this one until I can put him/her in a Frontier, too. I really love these Frontiers. Hopefully Henry can stay in his a long, long time!

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This is a tough one now that we will have three - one in a booster, one in a convertible and one in a bucket. I think we are going to go for the Graco snugride again because it's a safe seat and a good value, also easy to re-sell when we're done. Since my daughter is already maxing out on height for her convertible (at age 3, mind you) I am planning to sell her convertible and spring for a Sunshine Kids Radian80 for her. Then she'll be set for seats and the low profile of it will also create more space in the backseat, since we'll be three across! Then I would also like to get a Radian80 for the new baby once he/she outgrows the bucket. I know the Radian is supposed to work from birth but I am not 100% convinced yet.


I asked about this in the car seat forum on DS and yes they DO work for a newborn! I was surprised too, now it does look a little funny to have a baby in a giant seat like that lol...but with the infant padding and the bottom slots they fit perfectly!

Just make sure it fits in your vehicle rear facing. The ONLY place I can install one RFing in my honda CR-V is in the middle of the backseat because of the way it reclines.

 


ETA: they showed me pics too :)

post #15 of 52
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I thought the new Frontiers were good for 10 years? I'm going to have to get my book out of the car now, before it drives me crazy. LOL. My Boulevard was manufactured in '08 and it says 7 years, so it'll last this one until I can put him/her in a Frontier, too. I really love these Frontiers. Hopefully Henry can stay in his a long, long time!


Yes the Frontiers are good for like 8-10 years, at least the new Frontier85 I just bought is! It's in DD's dads car right now because I can't fit it 3 across unless we get a van. But she still fits in her CA 65 for a while.

 

 

post #16 of 52

I had no idea car seats expired! Who knew? Well Im going to think twice before excepting hand me down now. nut.gif

 

I also have a subscription to consumer reports. Would anyone like me to post the best rating car seats?

post #17 of 52
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I had no idea car seats expired! Who knew? Well Im going to think twice before excepting hand me down now. nut.gif

 

I also have a subscription to consumer reports. Would anyone like me to post the best rating car seats?



They do! Usually they expire about 6 years out, just check the date of manufacture it should be on the seat somewhere. Also never buy a used car seat unless you KNOW the person and trust them completely, because they could be unsafe if they've ever been in an accident.

 

Everyone on car-seat.org claims that consumer reports has no idea what they're talking about when it comes to car seats...so I'm not 100% sure but all of them have to pass the same safety ratings anyways :) I like to look at the Amazon reviews to see how people like a particular seat though.

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They do! Usually they expire about 6 years out, just check the date of manufacture it should be on the seat somewhere. Also never buy a used car seat unless you KNOW the person and trust them completely, because they could be unsafe if they've ever been in an accident.

 

Everyone on car-seat.org claims that consumer reports has no idea what they're talking about when it comes to car seats...so I'm not 100% sure but all of them have to pass the same safety ratings anyways :) I like to look at the Amazon reviews to see how people like a particular seat though.


Great post :) 

 

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I thought the new Frontiers were good for 10 years? I'm going to have to get my book out of the car now, before it drives me crazy. LOL. My Boulevard was manufactured in '08 and it says 7 years, so it'll last this one until I can put him/her in a Frontier, too. I really love these Frontiers. Hopefully Henry can stay in his a long, long time!


I hadn't checked as I knew they'd be out of the seats before it expired but you may well be right :)  The Frontiers are great though I'm not thrilled w/ the cup holders :O 

 

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They do! Usually they expire about 6 years out, just check the date of manufacture it should be on the seat somewhere. Also never buy a used car seat unless you KNOW the person and trust them completely, because they could be unsafe if they've ever been in an accident.

 

Everyone on car-seat.org claims that consumer reports has no idea what they're talking about when it comes to car seats...so I'm not 100% sure but all of them have to pass the same safety ratings anyways :) I like to look at the Amazon reviews to see how people like a particular seat though.


A whole forum just on car seats? Really? Seriously? Between this and Facebook I have no time to weed through another set of peoples opinions! LOL! duck.gifI'll stick to Consumer Reports regardless and any reports I get from real people I know. Plus CR has rating from actual real life people too (cause I'm sure no one who works for CR is actually a parent! LOL!!!) and DH compared them to Amazons rating and they were about the same.

 

Whats so special about the Britax? That's one pricey ride?! Seems like you can get a seat just as safe and cozy for a hundred bucks less? And yeah, I'm passing on the hand me down car seats..that's what a friend told me this morning. Good advice! But as far as convertibles than are good up to 50-60lbs and spending a ton of extra cash? For me anyway, it's not worth it. My 9 year old is 55lbs and there is no way she would fit in one of those seats (nor would get in one! it's enough to keep her in the booster). I guess it depends on your kids but mine are tall and thin and it wouldn't be worth the extra cash. But hey, if you have a 50 lbs 3 year old I guess it's a good idea!

 

I am going to take a look at the Evenflo Marathon DLX and the Graco Snugride (forgot the model) which rate well everywhere Ive looked. Anyone have any real-time experience with these models?

 

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