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post #21 of 69
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Originally Posted by XanaduMama View Post

Wow, that's very good to know--thanks! Will definitely check out BRU's offerings and see about trading in our old clunker.

 

As for the Radian, dd is pretty small also (she'll be 4 in March and is about 33lbs and maybe 36" or so?), and she hasn't ever complained about being "low" in her carseat. Talk them into letting you try it out in your car before you decide whether to buy one or not. (Do they even sell Radians at BRU? I think we had to buy ours on amazon, but that was way back in 2008...)

 

 


They sell the Radian on their website, but the trade in is store only. I emailed customer service and am waiting to find out. Their HQ is near my parents' so if it's in any store, it would be in that one!
post #22 of 69
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Alas, on the front page of the "Trade-In" site, it lists "participating brands" and Radian is not one of them :(  Which really sucks, because I've more or less decided that we need to get another Radian rather than the Britax (which sounds like it's more quickly outgrown by height). Boo! They're not too expensive on amazon, fortunately, so maybe I'll trade in the old car seat at BRU and get a new stroller or something.

post #23 of 69

I did look at that again yesterday and came to the same conclusion. What a bummer!

 

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Alas, on the front page of the "Trade-In" site, it lists "participating brands" and Radian is not one of them :(  Which really sucks, because I've more or less decided that we need to get another Radian rather than the Britax (which sounds like it's more quickly outgrown by height). Boo! They're not too expensive on amazon, fortunately, so maybe I'll trade in the old car seat at BRU and get a new stroller or something.



 

post #24 of 69
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Originally Posted by modestmothering View Post

I am obsessing about the horrible toxicity of most baby products, including car seats.  I have a few great seats picked out, but I had to do a lot of research in order to locate the seats that are least toxic.  I like this blog. 


I like checking those sites and then finding a good sale :)
Many of the Radians are supposed to be low toxicity also -- not ALL though it looks like it depends on the model? And I'm hoping that the new ones are also low toxicity now that they've changed the name, I hope they haven't changed anything else :) Won't know until they test again, I guess.
We just bought 2 radians for the 4.5 yr old and 2 yr old so we can fit 3 across in the little 96 subaru impreza. So we need either a Combi Cocorro or Chicco Keyfit or another Radian for the new baby. I'm watching the sales again :)

post #25 of 69

Here are convertible radian's I found on albeebaby.com I really like this site, they always have really good deals and shipping is free over $100. This is where we ordered our Maxi Cosi Priori for this babe from (for $89 from $199!)

 

http://search.albeebaby.com/mod_search/?formSubmitted=true&vwcatalog=albee-baby&query=radian&x=0&y=0

post #26 of 69

Today's a really slow day at work so I've been researching car seats for most of the day, trying to find one that will fit on my Beetle. It seems like most people are recommending either an Evenflo Triumph or a Britax Roundabout. I've seen a few other mentions of Britax Marathon and Advocate as well for fitting into my tiny back seat area. 

 

I don't need something that comes out of the car. I'm not going to be doing that. It'll be way too difficult to maneuver the entire seat in and out of the car each time I need to put the baby in and out so I'll just leave the entire seat in and take the baby in/out. 

 

It seems like maybe a convertible seat is what I want. Have any of you used a convertible with a newborn? Is there any concern with that? I've noticed a few seats that have an adjustable recline option. That seems pretty cool and very useful. I guess that would be something that also adjust between newborn and older babies?

 

post #27 of 69

In terms of an adjustable recline-- that is only to get the correct recline for an infant, and correct recline for older infant.  I'm sure you know that already, but just for anyone else reading, because I always hear people say that it means they can customize how much their child is reclined.  That's not the case- it just means you may not need a pool noodle or rolled up towel if you have a car that gives you a hard time getting the correct recline. 

 

Some convertible seats can recline at 30 and 45 also as a child ages.  It's good to double check on the family safety board as to whether a specific convertible can REALLY be used for a newborn, even if the company says it can.  Sometimes they say a certain weight, but in reality a baby at that age would have the straps well over the shoulders, not under the shoulders like they need to be RFing. 

 

In a small car, a small infant seat can really buy you some time before things get uncomfortable up front for the adult in front of the seat.  I'd try the seats out in your car before purchasing, even if you then end up ordering online. We had a small VW that held out infant seat just fine, but when we went to a convertible nothing we tried made the front seat comfortable for the adult when the convertible seat was RFing.   The passenger was pushed up a little too much. 

 

 

post #28 of 69
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We used a convertible from the beginning with dd, and it was fine. We had (and she still has, actually) a Radian65, which has been fantastic--I'm looking to get another Radian, in fact. I've heard that the new Britaxes have an even shorter shell than they used to, which means that a tall kid is more likely to outgrow it by height before you reach the weight limit (this happened to us, in a different seat, with ds). Are you, sjdragonfly, the one who's quite tall with a tall dh? (I seem to remember someone in our DDC saying that they're around 6' themselves). If you're concerned about having a tall kid, I'd encourage you to look into the Radians, though they can be tricky to fit RFing in a small car (or even a bigger car) because of their tall shell). They are very narrow, too, which is great if you anticipate needing to fit more than one car seat (or even a carseat and an adult) in the back seat.

 

We never had a seat that reclined, and honestly, I think it would be a PITA to try to recline the seat while baby/kid is sleeping or whatever. Mine managed to nap just fine in the car, especially when they were RFing (which, for dd, was until just a couple months ago--she'll be 4 on Thursday).

 

I'd like to hear more about the Evenflo Triumph, if anyone's had any experience with it. It's supposed to be good, though I don't know about the height issue.

post #29 of 69
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Originally Posted by XanaduMama View Post

 

 

We never had a seat that reclined, and honestly, I think it would be a PITA to try to recline the seat while baby/kid is sleeping or whatever. Mine managed to nap just fine in the car, especially when they were RFing (which, for dd, was until just a couple months ago--she'll be 4 on Thursday).

 

 


That's not what a reclining infant seat means-- you don't change the incline once you get it installed correctly (30 or 45 degrees depending on age).  The adjustable recline is just there to help you get the right incline initially-- NOT to change it once it's installed.  Which is very confusing, and I'm sure many people do it incorrectly!  As far as I know, every seat has the same standards for recline.  Infants should never be reclined more than 45 degrees. But some people get the seats and think that means they can change it when baby falls asleep.

 

post #30 of 69

Good to know! A lot of what I was reading was saying that the recline thing was just that - for when the baby is sleeping. 

 

XanaduMama, we're not the tall ones. I'm only 5'4" and DP is only a few inches taller than me (though he likes to lie and say he's taller than that. haha). Having a shorter shell might actually be great for us because it'll fit into our Beetle better. 

 

We've been talking about getting a different car because of the baby, but we're going to just wait and see how things unfold and hopefully we can wait a couple of years before we need to do that. Our Beetle is paid off and has been well taken care of so there's nothing wrong with it at all other than being small. Since I'm not going to be working for quite a while, that makes it even tougher to add in a payment all of a sudden. It's going to be an adjustment with just our current bills and a new baby having only one income, especially since I make more than DP does. But, I digress.

 

The Britax car seats look especially interesting to me because they seem to have some side impact safety features that some of the other seats do not. Granted, you have to pay out the wazoo for the seats that have that, but I guess it's kind of like buying extra insurance and hoping you don't need it. Not having ever needed a car seat before, it's hard to understand the differences in them sometimes. I was looking at the Britax website yesterday and thinking that they looked the same to me but just had different colors. I did the compare thing for a few of them and the only difference seemed to be the safety features.

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XanaduMama, we're not the tall ones. I'm only 5'4" and DP is only a few inches taller than me (though he likes to lie and say he's taller than that. haha). Having a shorter shell might actually be great for us because it'll fit into our Beetle better. 

 

FWIW, I am 5'2" and DH is ~ 6' and we have relatively small babies. DD fit in the bucket seat for her whole first year. This is my only hesitation with the convertible seats. They just seem so big for the smaller size babies. (Both were 7lb at birth.) We have the Britax Advocate which we will repurpose for baby in our larger car. It has an insert that should help fitting, but it's just not as snug. I have a roundabout that is about to expire so we will probably get a new one for baby. It leaves you some extra space for the adult in the passenger seat, but I think the new ones are bigger than the one we have.

post #32 of 69
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Yeah, some seats do have a recline feature once they're installed, for naps etc. Never heard of seats with adjustable recline to help you get a good install! Sounds intriguing...

And @sjdragonfly, we had a Honda Civic coupe (2-door) when ds was born. We'd bought it new and paid it off by then, but by the time he was 6w old or so we'd traded it in for a (used) CRV: the 2-door thing was just too much of a PITA with getting a baby in and out of the car.
post #33 of 69
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FWIW, I am 5'2" and DH is ~ 6' and we have relatively small babies. DD fit in the bucket seat for her whole first year. This is my only hesitation with the convertible seats. They just seem so big for the smaller size babies. (Both were 7lb at birth.) We have the Britax Advocate which we will repurpose for baby in our larger car. It has an insert that should help fitting, but it's just not as snug. I have a roundabout that is about to expire so we will probably get a new one for baby. It leaves you some extra space for the adult in the passenger seat, but I think the new ones are bigger than the one we have.


We're height twins! I'm also 5'2 and dh is 6'. My babies were 7lb13 and 7lb12 respectively, but ds (#1) quickly became enormous: 99th percentile for height and weight for most of his first year (he's 6 now and still very tall). He outgrew the bucket seat by about 6mo (might have been earlier, I don't remember exactly). So you never know when you might produce a genetic freak wink1.gif dd, on the other hand, has always been quite small (though always slightly above average for height, I think). She was in the Radian from her first week, without an insert, and always seemed fine. This time, I may get one of the infant inserts for the new Radian, but I don't think they're strictly necessary.
post #34 of 69

What seats recline for naps?  A CPST told me you never change from a 45 or 30 degree incline once it's set. 

 

The thing with the Britax seats is you lose a great deal of safety if you can't rear face until the child is ready to FF.  Britax seats are notorious for having much shorter shells and much less leg room RFing, so kids don't last as long as they do in a Radian, True Fit, or Grace My Ride (tall shells and lots of leg room).  The TFs and MRs have side impact protection, I believe.  We have the TF Premiere and it has side impact. 

post #35 of 69

My DH and I discovered that many places that sell car seats will allow you to try the floor models in your car.  I was doing all this elaborate measuring to figure out what would fit, then we went to Galt Baby.  They showed us how to install and offered discounts if we bought from them and would install for free.  That being said, all of the seats were still cheaper on Amazon, but it allowed us try a bunch of them out and get the convertible seat that fit our compact car.

post #36 of 69

For the mama with the bettle, have you checked out the Combi Cocorro?

post #37 of 69
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What seats recline for naps?  A CPST told me you never change from a 45 or 30 degree incline once it's set. 


Oh, I don't think (I'd hope not) that any of the seats offer recline in RFing installation--that would definitely be unsafe, plus probably unnecessary (since the RFing angle prevents the head-slumping issue anyway). FFing, I think several seats have a recline option--certainly ds's Graco Nautilus does. The angle thing is less important in FF install, anyway, within certain limits.
post #38 of 69
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Oh, and Radians have side impact protection as well.

From their website:

Do all of Diono car seats have side impact protection?
Yes, all Diono car seats provide reinforced side-impact protection, and some models offer the increased protection of an adjustable head support.  Currently, there is no North American or European regulatory side-impact testing requirement.  A manufacturer can make the claim of “side-impact safety” without meeting any standard. Diono’s RadianRXT and Monterey models were side-impact tested to the widely accepted German standard established by ADAC, Europe’s largest automobile club.
post #39 of 69
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What seats recline for naps?  A CPST told me you never change from a 45 or 30 degree incline once it's set. 

 

The thing with the Britax seats is you lose a great deal of safety if you can't rear face until the child is ready to FF.  Britax seats are notorious for having much shorter shells and much less leg room RFing, so kids don't last as long as they do in a Radian, True Fit, or Grace My Ride (tall shells and lots of leg room).  The TFs and MRs have side impact protection, I believe.  We have the TF Premiere and it has side impact. 


It has not been my experience that Britax are less safe. DD rode RF until 2 yrs. Physically, she could have been rear facing much longer, but DH thought he'd try her out FF (which still shocks me since he's such a safety nut) and she wouldn't go back. But as I've mentioned, she's small...about 25th percentile for height and less than 10th for weight.

 

post #40 of 69
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Originally Posted by Jodie View Post

For the mama with the bettle, have you checked out the Combi Cocorro?



I did see one or two people mention those in my googling the other day, but I didn't really look into it all that much for some reason. Probably because I kept finding people saying how much they liked the other two seats on so many more sites. Do you have a Cocorro? If so, I'm interested to hear how you like it.

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