My mom wants to get a car seat for her car--she watches the munchkin once a week or so, and has gotten tired of having to swap cars with us whenever she wants to go somewhere. But she'd like something that she doesn't have to have in the car all the time. Munchkin is 13 months old, 29.5", and 22 lbs, so a bucket seat is not going to cut it for long. Any recommendations on a convertible seat that's easy to install? I suppose the tradeoff would be that if the straps are kind of annoying to adjust it's not as big a deal because she's not using it as often. I kind of think that finding an easy-to-install car seat is kind of like finding a unicorn, but I figured I'd ask. My mom is not the strongest person either, although getting my dad to install the seat before she needs it might be an option. Or we can do it for her each time... I just don't relish the idea of doing this over and over because installing ours is a big pain.
Car seat easy to get in and out?
Does your mom's car have a latch system? I've had cars with the latch and without. I've been using car seats for 8 years now, and it's a pita without the latch. My new van has latch and it was super easy to install. Last week it was in and out of my car. Clip it in and off you go! Just gotta put your knee into to get it tight.
They have an Acura sedan, not sure of model. I'm sure it has LATCH because it is a fairly new car. Let's assume budget isn't an issue--I haven't asked, but I don't think it would be.
Ours has LATCH and it's still a pain to install IMO, and i can't see my mom wanting to go through what we go through every time she wants to use the seat. We have an Evenflo Triumph 65. Aren't there any seats with, I don't know, ratchets or something else to make it easier? Some moms on another group I'm in recommended the Evenflo Symphony.
I wouldn't suggest the Symphony, it's outgrow early-ish rear facing, forward facing, and as a booster. The classic Britax Marathon at Target is relatively easy to install. Cheaper, but also easy to install is the Graco My Ride 65.
I'd also look at the Cosco Apt 40. It's only 50 dollars, and will last at least as long as the two seats above in rear facing mode :-)
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