We're long-time bicycle commuters expecting our first baby in November, so we've been researching car seats, and I admit to being more confused than enlightened, so I'm delighted this forum is here!
Our preference would be for a convertible seat, as long as it's newborn-safe, rather than an infant seat and then a toddler seat. We have a compact car (a Prius); my husband is 6 feet and I'm 5'2". I can't think of any special features we'd like, other than a seat with one of the higher weight and height limits and the ability to fit it in our small car.
I also recently learned that you can put a car seat into a bike trailer. Any recommendations? It's my understanding that children under one year shouldn't ride because they don't have the neck strength to wear a helmet and the road vibration can be injurious to them. Does a car seat change this? We were planning on having one person take the car with the baby and the other ride a bike and then switch on the way back home so that we don't have to wait a year to get back in riding shape, but it would be great if we could safely start the little guy or gal sooner.
Thanks so much!