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post #21 of 63
I would prefer the EFTA (Evenflo Triumph Advance) over the Radian for newborns. I have one of each, and honestly I wouldn't use the Radian for a baby, not because they don't fit, but because of the lack of side-impact protection. The EFTA works quite well for a newborn, (do a on car-seat.org for EFTA+newborn, there are some pictures) and just seems so comfy and cocooning.
post #22 of 63
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Oh yeah, true that it doesnt seem there is side impact protection! I saw a video of side impacts today and I think I can't get a carseat that doesn't offer that - the images are burned in my overly sensitive pregnant brain. And I've just put my 4 year old next to the window instead of the middle seat.

I hope my friend has a bucket for me! That would buy time til the Nautilus is available here. My perceived need for safety in a carseat has increased dramatically since I started reading up.
post #23 of 63
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The folks over at that other forum seem to be saying 'well they all meet minimum standards so its okay to just use the seat you have.' I'm just not so sure... I mean, this is my *baby.* It's one thing to say that about someone else's baby, but kinda different when its your own baby. And Im not sure if they are saying that coz it's true or because they think people will just use nothing?? Or something like that??
Well, being a regular over there, they don't automatically assume you're going to use nothing. As techs, we are not allowed to require one brand over another, and we use the "all seats meet the same minimum standards" or "the best seat is one that fits your child/car/budget" line. We won't tell you to throw away a seat and buy a new one just because it's a particular brand. Would I buy it for my own kid, no, but the seat passed the manufacturer and gov't testing and it has been declared safe.


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Dunno... I don't think I can use this carseat now, in fact I'm pretty sure of that. I hope my friend has a decent bucket seat! Otherwise I guess I'm gonna be crunching numbers to see if I can come up with cash for a Radian. Since in the end that would be the best choice if I am going to buy something... like why buy a bucket now to buy another carseat later, yk?
I hope your friend comes through with the seat
post #24 of 63
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Well, being a regular over there, they don't automatically assume you're going to use nothing. As techs, we are not allowed to require one brand over another, and we use the "all seats meet the same minimum standards" or "the best seat is one that fits your child/car/budget" line. We won't tell you to throw away a seat and buy a new one just because it's a particular brand.
Ah, that makes sense as to where folks are coming from, thanks.

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Would I buy it for my own kid, no,
See, and this for me is the bottom line.

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I hope your friend comes through with the seat
Thanks, me too! It won't be uber top end or anything (they are not carseat safety nuts) but I hope it's a decent one that I can feel good about. At this point I think anything is better than a seat that *may* or may not come flying off the base.
post #25 of 63
And this is the area where NOT being a tech, just being a geek, leaves me free to say that some brands ARE better or worse than others

-Angela
post #26 of 63
Ugh, and this is where I as a tech can tell you that no, one brand is not any better than another, that is your personal opinion and should be treated as such .
post #27 of 63
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alegna.

Okay, still obsessing on this while I had a shower... the other thing I *could* do, if I don't get a not-scary bucket from my friend, is get my folks to buy me a Nautilus when they head this way through the States in April. My mom is coming over as soon as my baby is born so she could bring it right to me then. I know it's not *legal* if it's not sold in Canada, but seriously I don't care whose safety standards it meets as long as it is safe. And I hardly think a cop is going to realize I have a 'wrong' brand of carseat and give me a ticket... I got pulled over the other night with DD in her improperly installed, not tethered, shoddy looking carseat (on the way home from buying the new one in fact ) and the cops didn't bat an eye.

Good idea, that? Or not so much? I'd save serious coin too, as carseats down there seem to be a lot less expensive for the same one. Is the Nautilus easy to find in stores, like if I said to my Mom 'Go here' chances are good she would get one?
post #28 of 63
Technically, no, that's not okay, simply because it's a US seat and you can't use it in Canada yada yada. I wouldn't have a personal problem with it, but it would be breaking the law.
post #29 of 63
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Ugh, and this is where I as a tech can tell you that no, one brand is not any better than another, that is your personal opinion and should be treated as such .


Yep.

One better than the other....

Wouldn't use it for my kid...

potAto poTAto...





-angela
post #30 of 63
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Technically, no, that's not okay, simply because it's a US seat and you can't use it in Canada yada yada. I wouldn't have a personal problem with it, but it would be breaking the law.
I like breaking the law. It makes me feel warm and squishy inside.
post #31 of 63
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alegna.

Okay, still obsessing on this while I had a shower... the other thing I *could* do, if I don't get a not-scary bucket from my friend, is get my folks to buy me a Nautilus when they head this way through the States in April. My mom is coming over as soon as my baby is born so she could bring it right to me then. I know it's not *legal* if it's not sold in Canada, but seriously I don't care whose safety standards it meets as long as it is safe. And I hardly think a cop is going to realize I have a 'wrong' brand of carseat and give me a ticket... I got pulled over the other night with DD in her improperly installed, not tethered, shoddy looking carseat (on the way home from buying the new one in fact ) and the cops didn't bat an eye.

Good idea, that? Or not so much? I'd save serious coin too, as carseats down there seem to be a lot less expensive for the same one. Is the Nautilus easy to find in stores, like if I said to my Mom 'Go here' chances are good she would get one?
I don't know what enforcement is really like. I know a lot of moms seem scared by it...

I *THINK* I've heard it can be a problem if there's an accident...

The Nautilus is still tricky to find. Walmart was the only one carrying it at first. Now I've heard it's been spotted at baby depot... but I'm also hearing it's often sold out.

So hard to say...

-Angela
post #32 of 63
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I like breaking the law. It makes me feel warm and squishy inside.


Heck, then you could get a boulevard and really rebel It has TSIP (true side impact protection)

-Angela
post #33 of 63
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I don't know what enforcement is really like. I know a lot of moms seem scared by it...

I *THINK* I've heard it can be a problem if there's an accident...
Oh yeah, I wonder... although it would have to be one hell of an accident, as nobody has asked thing one about my carseat after this recent fender bender that wrecked my car. And really, after a big accident being quizzed on carseat brands would be the least of my worries.

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The Nautilus is still tricky to find. Walmart was the only one carrying it at first. Now I've heard it's been spotted at baby depot... but I'm also hearing it's often sold out.

So hard to say...
This is good to know, thanks. I could try to 'hold' one.


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Heck, then you could get a boulevard and really rebel It has TSIP (true side impact protection)

-Angela
Yeah well I'm also cheap and I hear those things cost a pretty penny.
post #34 of 63
i dont know exactly which evenflo seat it was, but my sis was in the baby section of target, and got to talking with a woman buying a new seat. she was getting an evenflo bucket. she had been in a low speed accident, under 10mph and her bucket came off of the base. her insurance would only cover a replacement of the smae brand though, so she said she was just going to use it without the base
post #35 of 63
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Yeah well I'm also cheap and I hear those things cost a pretty penny.
Yeah... they're not cheap... though they were on sale this week... day late, dollar short and all that

I'm totally cheap about most stuff too... I swear dd's carseat costs more than all the rest of the stuff she has that *I've* bought her

-Angela
post #36 of 63
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i dont know exactly which evenflo seat it was, but my sis was in the baby section of target, and got to talking with a woman buying a new seat. she was getting an evenflo bucket. she had been in a low speed accident, under 10mph and her bucket came off of the base. her insurance would only cover a replacement of the smae brand though, so she said she was just going to use it without the base
omg!!!

Yeah, I need a different seat. Fo' sho'.
post #37 of 63
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I'm totally cheap about most stuff too... I swear dd's carseat costs more than all the rest of the stuff she has that *I've* bought her

-Angela
Yeah well it looks to be going that way with my kids too! My 4 year old's carseat was $150... thats more than I've spent on anything i can think of for her. Now this next one.. well i'm spending more on my doula but that's about it!

eta - Oh yeah, cloth diapers. My 4 year old's cloth diaper stash cost waaay more than this carseat did.
post #38 of 63
soooooo not trusting evenflo with my kids....

and people ask why I don't go ahead and do the CPS training...

-Angela
post #39 of 63
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eta - Oh yeah, cloth diapers. My 4 year old's cloth diaper stash cost waaay more than this carseat did.
yeah, but how long did they last? And otherwise it would have been a constant cost. I bet she's eaten more than $150 worth of food in her life too...



-Angela
post #40 of 63
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True, true... they are stashed away for the next one.

I almost didn't get another car when mine got wrecked. I almost got an electric bike til I found out you cant take a baby in a trailer for a year.

Cars are a serious PITA!!! And a money pit. Witness just these two threads I've had about carseats. The damn thing also needs a safety, and I had to pay for it too.

Unfortunately I really, really need a car right now with two kids and school. Otherwise we'd be doing something else and all this carseat drama would be a non issue.
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