I have the Britax roundabout for dd1- who is now 3. Looking at giving that to the new baby and getting a Frontier or a Radian for dd1. Any thoughts? Have you had these seats?
What are you going to get? Something better to look at?
I am using my DS's Chicco Keyfit30 for the new babe. I feel like a convertible carseat is so big for a newborn and new babe. I didn't graduate my DS into a convertible until he was 18 months or so (he's 28 months and 25 pounds, still rearfacing). It's all a matter of preference and totally depends on how big of a kid you have, but I prefer infant carseats for the first year at least.
I want a new infant car seat. I try very hard not to carry my babies around in it, but this babe will still be a baby through a cold Canadian winter, and we don't have a garage, so it will be nice to be able to bundle up warm in the house and then carry the baby to the van. I've had a Graco Snug ride, and both my boys grew out of it by 4 months. That won't do. So, I'm going to get a Peg Perego this time. The weight and height rating are much higher than the Graco. By the time it warms up in the spring I will switch to a convertible.
We've never been able to use the infant seats for more than a few months, so I won't be getting one this time. I think we'll probably go with one of the seats I've looked at like the Graco Nautilus or the Alpha Omega Elite. They are all in one car seats that go all the way up to booster seats. The Elite especially looks like it has lots of removable padding to make baby snug when they are small.
zuzusplace-We have a Graco Nautilus for my son. Be careful-this seat does not go rear-facing! We bought it when he was 3. It is considered a 3-in-1 because the 5-point harness goes up to 65 lbs. It can then be used as a high back booster or a backless booster.
We bought DD a Graco MYRide 65 when she outgrew the bucket, and we really like it. I think this is a great seat that goes from newborn up to 65 pounds. It is also good for extended rear-facing. The problem I have with these two seats is that they are so wide we cannot fit a 3rd seat across in the back of our LeSabre. We will be buying a van.
I like the Chicco KetFit 30 infant seat. I hate spending money, though. It would be totally worth it if I knew we would have another baby. I just don't know.
I'll be using the Baby Trend infant seat I used with my first son. It wasn't that expensive and I felt it was great. Granted my son was only in it for 5-6 months before I moved him into the convertible Britax Marathon.... he disliked the car SO MUCH I figured being in the bigger seat would help. It did, but only a bit.
I love both seats and feel I got good value for the $$ I spent. I've taken off the cover on the Britax and washed several times and it's holding up wonderfully!
Now I wonder what to do when the new baby needs to move out of the infant seat. Another Marathon? The combination booster seats from Britax are much more expensive then a regular convertible seat..... I guess I have plenty of time to figure that out!
I'm torn between two strategies.
1) DD (2.5, RFing) is now in a True Fit and a Britax Boulevard. She was small at birth and fit the True Fit fine, so I'm thinking second babe will too. We put new babe in her True Fit and get her a new Radian XTSL . This would be the most cost effective long-term, because we'd only be buying one car seat up front (so total cost $215ish). I was very happy with the True Fit for an infant (removable head rest, easy to adjust incline), but we lived in south florida at the time, so I don't know what the weather will be like here in April.
2) DD stays in the two seats she's in (she's small, so at this point I'm thinking they'll last until she's ready for a harnessed booster). New baby gets a bucket seat with a base for each car. I'm not big on bucket babies, and love carriers, but the bucket might be easier for running errands with two, and I don't know how cold it gets in April here. Right now I'm considering the Chicco Keyfit and the Britax bucket, although I saw the Peg Perego bucket the other day and it looked pretty nice.... I haven't really researched them like I have convertibles yet, but I do know that we had a bucket for a short time with DD as a second seat, and I never liked it. It was a Graco, and I felt like the padding was sort of inadequate.
For those researching, here is an awesome resource: Car Seat Quick Information from Car-seat.org It has the weights and measurements of all of the popular seats, so you can see how much the seat you're considering will weigh; whether it will fit next to your other seats, etc. This is also helpful if you plan to fly with your car seat--some are too wide to fit comfortably in airplane seats.
I am going to have to start thinking about this too. Taking notes here. Right now I have a 3.5 yr old and 16 months old still in carseats. The 16 month old used the plain ole Graco Snug Ride infant seat when she was born. Now she is rear facing in a convertible and 3.5 is front facing in a convertible. They both sit in the middle row of our Odyssey. My 12 yr old rotates from the middle seat on the middle row between them, and the front.
Monday we find out if the two sacs on the 6 week sono are now 2 babies. HCG has gone up up up, so we know that at least 1 is kicking. So if there is 1, I think I just use that infant seat 1 more time, put it in the middle seat with the 16 mnth old (who will be almost 2 then) and move the 3.5 yr old (who will be 4 then, to the back row. TO get to her I will have to remove the middle seat on the middle row and slide the other over. This will give me 2 seats in the very back and one in the front for 12 yr old DD and hubby. If there are 2 babies (lord help me), They will go in the middle 2 seats, the 2 middle girls go in the back, 12 yr old can either squeeze back there with them or sit in the front.
My point in thinking that all out, ;-) was because I THINK if there are 2, I may upgrade carseat from the huge wide ones we have now, to the brands that are known for be much more narrow, just for moving room.
For those of you with two cars, do you put car-seats in both?
DH and I drive small cars: Mazda Protege and Honda Civic. With DS, we just have one carseat in the Civic. DH and I switch cars everyday, because we take turns dropping DS off and picking him up at daycare. We work at the same place, so we just have to remember to tell each other where the cars are parked (and for the Honda, exchange the key, because we're down to one key for that car!).
I just can't imagine having 4 car-seats in 2 cars!
This carseat stuff sure gets involved!
momma2be-thanks for sharing that Baby Trend seat. I would like to get an infant seat that goes to 30 lbs, but I'm not sure we can swing the cost of the more expensive seats.
With our first, we did not get a bucket. We thought we would save money and just buy one seat that would last for awhile. We bought an Evenflo Titan seat that was around $100. We liked that seat just fine, but we ended up wanting a second seat for the other car. We bought an inexpensive Cosco seat from Walmart for around $45. I have since had a carseat safety inspector say that they especially like this seat because it is easy to install and people generally use it correctly.
When we had DD, we had a Graco bucket passed along to us by my sister. I was against the bucket with my first, but it was nice to have a safe place for the baby while keeping track of a toddler. For example, I would get baby in the seat out of the car first and set her down next to the car while I got the toddler out. I didn't have to worry about DS running off while I got the baby out, and I have both hands to get the toddler out. We have since passed that seat along to another sister, and I think it is expired by now anyway.
When DD outgrew the bucket, we got the My Ride 65, hoping that will last. I then wanted a better seat for DS, so we bought the Nautilus. So where I thought I would save money by just buying one seat for DS, we have now purchased 3!
We keep the two Graco seats in the Buick that is the family car that I mostly drive. DH still has the Cosco seat in his Saturn. For now, either kid fits in that seat. I am home with the kids. If I go somewhere and they stay with DH, I take the Saturn. If he takes just DS with him on an errand, he takes the Saturn. Basically, the Buick is DD's car. Wherever she is, the Buick is! We do have a plain high back booster that someone gave us, and that will go in DH's car when DS outgrows the convertible seat.
Ugh. Yeah. We'll only have a seat for new baby in my car for a while, because s/he'll be with me full-time for quite a while. But after that we'll do two in each. But in your situation, I can see only doing seats in one.
I'm in the small 2-door car category, so I'm toying with the idea of getting an Evenflo Momentum 65 DLX (convertible) for my car. DH thinks it's weird to not get an infant carrier but I'm not thrilled about the idea of wedging that thing in and out of my car or lugging it around. The only time it makes sense to me is if we happen to go out to eat, then we wouldn't have to take turns holding baby while trying to eat. Otherwise I'd rather carry baby (with a sling or whatever, haven't researched that part much yet) when we're out and about. My only real reservation is the hot hot summer months that will come with an infant and leaving a seat in the car in the hot sun then having to put baby in it. Sure, bitter cold winter will follow, but the cold scares me less than the hot hot (and baby will be a few months older by that point). Somehow all the other babies in town manage both 95+ and -25 temps in short succession so I assume I'll figure it out. :-)
I think I will make the trek to a BRU in a couple months and try some seats out in my car.
The only time it makes sense to me is if we happen to go out to eat, then we wouldn't have to take turns holding baby while trying to eat. Otherwise I'd rather carry baby (with a sling or whatever, haven't researched that part much yet) when we're out and about. My only real reservation is the hot hot summer months that will come with an infant and leaving a seat in the car in the hot sun then having to put baby in it. Sure, bitter cold winter will follow, but the cold scares me less than the hot hot (and baby will be a few months older by that point).
As for the heat, DD was born in south FL and we never had a problem with the seat, even though I worried about it. I had tried to avoid parking in direct sun, and I would turn the A/C on full blast on my drive from work to pick her up, which usually cooled things off fine. If we went shopping and had to park in the sun, I would turn the A/C on, get in the back seat and BF or change her while the car cooled down.
Here's my DD's second meal "out." Basically you just put a napkin over their head. She NEVER tolerated being in a bucket--that wasn't close enough to the action.
I figured the kid's got to get used to the seat staying in the car eventually regardless, but I suppose there are things to pass the time while waiting for the car to cool in shopping parking lots. Awesome idea. My MIL gave me a slightly weird face today when I told her I was thinking about skipping the infant carrier, but nowhere near as weird as when I told her I was thinking about cloth diapering. :-)
Lurking from the March DDC :)
Just make sure your Triumph seat isn't expired (most seats are only good for 5 yrs). And I don't know about the Triumph specifically but most convertibles do NOT fit newborns...even if they say so (Britax for example does not fit newborns). Reason for this is because of proper angle (need the proper recline for newborns or it could cut off their airway) and the strap slot should be at or just below their shoulders rear facing.
Sorry, I couldn't read and not reply.