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post #21 of 43
We just switched over to the Boulevard, and it seems very secure. I really like that it has side impact protection. However, it is a big pain to have her out of the bucket system. It was so convenient to take her out, bucket and all, to continue her nap when she fell asleep during a car ride. Now at 9 months old it is getting a little harder to coax her back to sleep when she has has a 15 minute cat nap. I would go for the bucket in the beginning.
post #22 of 43
Thread Starter 
So what do you guys think of the Britax Companion infant bucket? I don't care about the cost, but I have had friends who haven't liked the Graco Snugride, and I have a bias towards Britax. Just wondered if you thought it was a good bucket choice?
post #23 of 43
I used the Blvd from birth and it worked great. Ds wasn't huge (8 lb 11 oz and 21 in). We have a noodle under it because our seat is sloped (carseat tech put it there). I would not buy a bucket seat, but maybe have one picked out just in case your babe in tiny.
post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by ralphie76 View Post
So what do you guys think of the Britax Companion infant bucket? I don't care about the cost, but I have had friends who haven't liked the Graco Snugride, and I have a bias towards Britax. Just wondered if you thought it was a good bucket choice?
I think there are better choices, The Companion has to have the handle down while driving, I know several people who say it sticks in the base and the headwings can be confining.

The Chicco Keyfit is a great seat, or for slightly less money, the Graco Safeseat. Both have built-in lock offs, go to 30 lbs (though most babes will be too tall before then) and allow the handle to be up when driving. The Keyfit fits tiny babies well, but the Safeseat is taller and will last longer.
post #25 of 43
We have had the Graco Snugride in the past, and some Evenflo 5 pt harness infant seat, and the Graco Safeseat. Out of the 3, I liked the Safeseat best. I would never go for the Evenflo again.. pain in the butt and the snugride just bugged me.. the handle was a pain in the butt to put up and down, it stuck in the base sometimes and wouldnt come out.. sometimes it wouldnt snap all the way onto the base and i would stand there 30 min trying to get it to snap in... the Safeseat, we never had a problem with.
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by ralphie76 View Post
So what do you guys think of the Britax Companion infant bucket? I don't care about the cost, but I have had friends who haven't liked the Graco Snugride, and I have a bias towards Britax. Just wondered if you thought it was a good bucket choice?
I LOVE Britax, we own 5 of their seats, but I did not like the Companion. It was heavy, very hard to get out of it's base, it always got stuck, and the sunshade was wonky. Now I rarely took it out, but once in a while wanted to move a sleeping DD2 from the car to the house in the dead of winter without taking her out of her seat, I never could because the seat was so hard to get out of the base that it always woke her up. It was much better then the Graco Snugride I had for DD1, I hated that thing so much that I didn't keep it, but I still won't be keeping this Companion either. I'll be on the hunt for a new bucket for the next baby.
post #27 of 43
While the Companion is an ok seat, I think there are better seats out there. I would recommend the Graco SafeSeat I. 30 lbs/32", insanely easy and quick to install, pretty much idiot proof. Not, of course, implying that you're an idiot

I hope your homebirth goes well. I had one in August and I'm SO HAPPY with it
post #28 of 43
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Originally Posted by MichelleAnnette View Post
I used the Blvd from birth and it worked great. Ds wasn't huge (8 lb 11 oz and 21 in). We have a noodle under it because our seat is sloped (carseat tech put it there). I would not buy a bucket seat, but maybe have one picked out just in case your babe in tiny.
Did the tech hook up your rfing tether and use that to adjust the recline. PRobably not. You might want to find a different tech if they didn't try that first.

I have a Safeseat and my dd just moved to the 2nd set of slots (there's 3) at 10 mos, she's just even w/ them. For comparison, she's just at or slightly under the very bottom slots of a Britax Marathon. She'll be in her Safeseat for at least another 10 mos I bet (she's 11 mos now), but that's why we got it b/c it will help keep her older brother rear facing that much longer. My other top pick is the Chicco Keyfit 22, LOVE this seat!

Here's a pic of a 6#13oz 20" baby in a Boulevard. My biggest baby was 7#8oz so if your babies will be 9+# and longer, a Britax would work, but it's so hard to know. You can always buy one, save the receipt and return if necessary. You can use a Britax as long as the straps aren't more than an inch above baby's shoulders when using the bottom slots.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...arseats086.jpg
post #29 of 43
I liked the companion. I didn't take it in and out much so that and the weight didn't bother me. At the time it was the only seat out with the rebound bar (I've seen another on the market lately) and I personally feel that that is an important feature.

-Angela
post #30 of 43
i love the companion, we're still using it at 11 months. my baby is pretty short though, so not everybody gets that long out of it. i never take it out of the car, so it being difficult to remove from the base wasn't an issue for me, and neither was having to have the handle down. i feel like it is the safest infant seat available, and i really trust britax. plus the install (esp with LATCH) is incredibly easy.
post #31 of 43
The new Combi has an anti-rebound bar as well.
post #32 of 43
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Originally Posted by thepeach80 View Post
The new Combi has an anti-rebound bar as well.
Yes! That's the one I saw. If I was buying a new one I would research it.

-Angela
post #33 of 43
We have the Companion and are still using it because my DD is tiny (she's 1). All the things others have said about it are true, it's hard to get out of the base, the handle must be down while riding, and it weighs a ton. I can't wait to get the Boulevard.
post #34 of 43
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post #35 of 43
I used the Boulevard from birth. DD was 11 pounds at birth, though, so I don't know how much of a difference that made. FWIW, the boulevard was perfect for her. It is a huge seat, but the straps went down far enough that they were below her shoulders and they tightened just fine. It has lots of side padding for infants to keep them from moving too much. And with the rear tether, I was able to get it really reclined. Though I do have to admit, I bought this headrest and used it for the first two months. I know Britax says not to use accessories with their seats, but this just has a very thin piece of material that goes behind their head and a soft padding that goes around their head, I couldn't see any harm at all in using it and it worked great.
post #36 of 43
The head rest is not a good idea. They are not crash tested with the seats. Furthermore, they can push the baby's head forward if they get mispositioned and cut off the baby's airway...which you won't see because the baby is rearfacing.

Seats that have infant inserts have been tested WITH those inserts. Those aftermarket products have NOT been tested with your carseat. You don't know if they are safe.
post #37 of 43
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
The head rest is not a good idea. They are not crash tested with the seats. Furthermore, they can push the baby's head forward if they get mispositioned and cut off the baby's airway...which you won't see because the baby is rearfacing.

Seats that have infant inserts have been tested WITH those inserts. Those aftermarket products have NOT been tested with your carseat. You don't know if they are safe.
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After market additions are a bad bad idea. Sorry!

-Angela
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
There are two new Britax seats- the Diplomat is the roundabout sized seat with the TSIP.

-Angela
I hadn't heard they re-issued this seat. I had the old version of this (called Roundabout Advantage) from when my 5 yr old was a baby. We just retired it this summer, after a crash. That said, I totally don't reccomend it. Get one of the Marathon sized models, as you can keep a kid in it *so* much longer. And frankly, I think the non-rethreading strap thing is over-rated. It's appealing for an infant, so you can get the straps in *just* the right spot, but as they get older, it is much more of a pita to take the cover on and off for washing. And I don't know about others, but I wash my covers frequently -- my kids eat and drink in the car often (we live in rural area and often have long drives) and between 18 mos - 3 or so, we had frequent potty accidents to deal with.

Ease of washing is way more important to me than the "convenience" of not rethreading. Re-threading is really no biggie.

BUT for the OP,

the bucket is useful in ways you (universal you) dont' really anticipate until you have the baby and a better fit for sure. I have a 1 week old 9 lb 21" baby in my arms and he doesn't fit in my Roundabout.
post #39 of 43
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Originally Posted by gus'smama View Post
I hadn't heard they re-issued this seat. I had the old version of this (called Roundabout Advantage) from when my 5 yr old was a baby. We just retired it this summer, after a crash. That said, I totally don't reccomend it. Get one of the Marathon sized models, as you can keep a kid in it *so* much longer. And frankly, I think the non-rethreading strap thing is over-rated. It's appealing for an infant, so you can get the straps in *just* the right spot, but as they get older, it is much more of a pita to take the cover on and off for washing. And I don't know about others, but I wash my covers frequently -- my kids eat and drink in the car often (we live in rural area and often have long drives) and between 18 mos - 3 or so, we had frequent potty accidents to deal with.

Ease of washing is way more important to me than the "convenience" of not rethreading. Re-threading is really no biggie.

BUT for the OP,

the bucket is useful in ways you (universal you) dont' really anticipate until you have the baby and a better fit for sure. I have a 1 week old 9 lb 21" baby in my arms and he doesn't fit in my Roundabout.
Different strokes for different folks. I HATE rethreading and I have not once washed a cover (dd is 3yrs old now...)

-Angela
post #40 of 43
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Different strokes for different folks. I HATE rethreading and I have not once washed a cover (dd is 3yrs old now...)

-Angela
Can I have your kid? I remember one really bad week I had to wash all 3 seat covers.
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