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post #21 of 33

I think an infant seat is worth it; they provide more safety than a convertible seat for the first few months because they are a better fit. I never liked my son to be in the car seat too long, so I wasn't very concerned with the convenience of being able to cart him around in the seat.

post #22 of 33
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I think an infant seat is worth it; they provide more safety than a convertible seat for the first few months because they are a better fit. I never liked my son to be in the car seat too long, so I wasn't very concerned with the convenience of being able to cart him around in the seat.

 

I think as long as you get a convertible that can carry a very low weight baby and is specifically made for newborns then you'll be perfectly safe. We bought a convertible Britax Diplomat for DS who weighed 7lb 14 oz when born and he fit it fine. The Marathon's lowest weight range was 5 pounds so DS was snug and secure. I think a bucket seat would be nice to transport a sleeping baby but DS grew very quickly and I'm not about to lug a baby and seat around much at all. winky.gif Plus I don't want to buy 2 carseats when one is safe and fits my babe!

 

I do have friends who love their bucket seats for newborns and others who love convertibles from the start. I don't think there is any safety difference AS LONG as you are able to properly buckle in your baby. It's purely preference I think! 

 

Lulubikes- Is there a way you could borrow a bucket seat from a trusted source? Then use your convertible but have the bucket if your babe needs a more snug fit?

post #23 of 33

What a carseat says and what a carseat safely does are different so make sure to check with the family safety board. Those women know carseats and will tell you exactly why some carseats are not safe for newborns, even if it says 5 pds or whatever.

post #24 of 33

finnegansmom - an All in one car seat is a seat that goes from infancy (rear facing) then front facing then converts to a booster seat. The Evenflo Symphony 65 one is the best buy recommended by Consumer Reports: http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=299&pfid=3098. The rear facing is rated for 5 lbs and the booster seat is rated for 110...

 

I wish I had someone I could trust who I could borrow a bucket from. That would be perfect...

 

Lately, I'm considering going with a bucket seat and then skip the convertible and go to an all-in one after the baby grows out of the bucket. Since we will probably be putting the baby in a bike trailer - it seems like the best option because we can get a base for the car and one for the trailer and then once the baby grows out of the bucket seat, he/she will probably be able to go in the trailer or a bike seat with a helmet.... going with a convertible or all-in-one leaves us with having to move the whole seat back and forth from the car to the bike trailer.

 

Plus I'm not sure if it was here - but being that this baby will be a winter baby, it would be nice to keep the seat warm in the house and put the babe in the seat in the house then transfer to the car.

 

Someone told me there is a website that ranks carseats by their toxicity levels? Anyone seen that?

post #25 of 33

For those of you in need of a carseat and with a Target close by: they are having a major clearance! I picked up a Graco Snugride for $40!!! jumpers.gifAnd they had Graco MyRide 65's for $80. Deal, yo.orngtongue.gif

post #26 of 33

What do you all think about those infant seats that attach to a stroller frame? I hope we will choose babywearing over a stroller most of the time, but at the same time, I think it might be convenient if the baby is sleeping in the car to be able to attach the seat to a stroller without having to move the baby and wake it up. No experience whatsoever with infant car seats here, any advice would be appreciated :)

post #27 of 33

No real experience here yet either, but we got the Chicco Keyfit 30 carseat and the Chicco Keyfit Stroller Caddy that the carseat snaps into. I plan to use a carrier most of the time, too, but I agree that it will be nice to have the stroller option. I didn't want one of those HUGE travel system strollers, so the stroller frame seemed like the way to go for us. We'll see!

post #28 of 33

Hi, 

 

I live in a city and believe (at this point) that it would be most convenient to have a car seat that is removable and insertable into a stroller- excuse me for not knowing the technical name for this kind of seat. We don't have a garage and I don't want to have to stand on the side of the road and latch our baby in the seat. 

 

I really, really like the idea of investing in a car seat that we can use for the long term, but it seems that we have to choose between a stroller/car seat combo and a long-term car seat. 

 

If anyone has any advice, it would be MOST welcome!!! I am also interested in finding a narrow stroller good for busy sidewalks and grocery stores. Thanks mamas!!!!

post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by distantstars View Post

Hi, 

 

I live in a city and believe (at this point) that it would be most convenient to have a car seat that is removable and insertable into a stroller- excuse me for not knowing the technical name for this kind of seat. We don't have a garage and I don't want to have to stand on the side of the road and latch our baby in the seat. 

 

I really, really like the idea of investing in a car seat that we can use for the long term, but it seems that we have to choose between a stroller/car seat combo and a long-term car seat. 

 

If anyone has any advice, it would be MOST welcome!!! I am also interested in finding a narrow stroller good for busy sidewalks and grocery stores. Thanks mamas!!!!

 

Do you drive very much in the city? If I were in your position, I would probably get a convertible car seat and then invest a little more money in a stroller that can handle hills, with a large basket. I have loved my UPPAbaby Vista (I especially liked the bassinet when my son was a newborn, and the basket is really great for shopping and hauling every little thing you might need for a longer outing), but it might be a little bigger than you would prefer.

post #30 of 33
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...a car seat that is removable and insertable into a stroller.

 

I plan to get a Chicco Keyfit 30 and this one fits into some strollers in that fashion. I'm probably going to get a frame too so I can do just that, on days when I don't want to babywear and/or my husband is the one with the baby (he's not comfortable babywearing... yet).

post #31 of 33

Thanks for the helpful reviews! We're total newbies, as this is our firstborn-to-be and our friends all have older children. 

 

Lulubikes, that's so cool that you can put a carseat in a bike trailer...I hadn't known that! We mostly go to work by bike, hence another reason for our carseat innocence. At what age can a baby or toddler safely ride in a trailer with a carseat? So far, all the bike-safety sources I've read recommend waiting until the child is a year old before he/she rides with parents because it takes a while to develop the neck and upper-body strength to wear a helmet and to withstand the vibration of bike against road. However, none of these sources had mentioned carseats as an additional restraint and safety feature. The assumption was that you either put the child straight into the harness for the trailer or into a bike seat. We'd envisioned an awkward but do-able situation where one of us rode a bike to work and the other drove and then switched off for the trip home (I'm daunted by the idea of having to wait a year to ride at all, as we have a 12-mile trip each way and three of those miles are uphill on the way to work--it'll be difficult to get back into that kind of riding shape!) It would be great not to have to wait this long. 

post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by distantstars View Post

Hi, 

 

I live in a city and believe (at this point) that it would be most convenient to have a car seat that is removable and insertable into a stroller- excuse me for not knowing the technical name for this kind of seat. We don't have a garage and I don't want to have to stand on the side of the road and latch our baby in the seat. 

 

I really, really like the idea of investing in a car seat that we can use for the long term, but it seems that we have to choose between a stroller/car seat combo and a long-term car seat. 

 

If anyone has any advice, it would be MOST welcome!!! I am also interested in finding a narrow stroller good for busy sidewalks and grocery stores. Thanks mamas!!!!

A convertible seat is convenient in infancy but I would really recommend a real stroller if you use public transportation. Car seats reduce infant airflow so while they are safe for car use you wouldn't want to extend that use for stroller rides or napping at home. Canada is getting ready to ban this type of carseat/stroller combo.

post #33 of 33
We have a Graco MyRide 65 that we will use from the start. It's safe for 5+ lbs and I'm expecting baby to be at least 7-8 so it should work out.
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