Originally Posted by Eilis
So has anyone else looked at convertible carseats as alternative to infant carseat and if so what did you decide?
Yes. The Car Seat Safety Tech lady (that I mentioned before) uses a Diono brand. Radian I think, but I'm not sure which model. She raved about it. It can start with a 5lb baby and converts until the kid hits 100 lbs I think (or the max height).
She totally sold us on them, but we decided to start with the bucket seat anyway. We live in FL and I am not prepared to try and stuff myself in the backseat with a floppy newborn trying to buckle her in 95 degree weather. I'd rather keep the seat inside the house, buckle her where it's nice and cool and then click her in and get the AC running as soon as possible. I think this will also keep us from putting her in a seat that's been cooking in the car for hours. I realize that we'll have to leave the convertible seat in the car, but it seems less stressful to do it with a one year old than a newborn (we'll see).
We ordered the Chicco KeyFit 30. I signed up for Amazon Mom, which offered the seat at 15% discount (about $30 difference). I paid for Consumer Reports, and it actually was not the highest rated for crashes, but it was the highest rated for ease of use, which the tech says is the biggest plus - the safest seats are the ones used consistently and correctly. This one has a level on the side so you can check it easily on a regular basis.