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#61 of 81 Old 05-12-2009, 05:21 PM
 
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We use the bunting. I KNOW it hasn't been tested after market, but frankly, it's NEGATIVE 20 and then some around here for eons! The baby has to be warm. Also, I strap the baby in more tightly than anyone I know (without hurting them, of course) - so I'm banking on that being enough to account for any slippage that might occur in an accident - there is NO way that baby is coming out of that seat. Also - I know that some of the brands of buntings in Canada HAVE been tested with no ill effects after market, so I really do believe that they're safe.

There is one that does not interfere with straps. We had pne it was made by Nojo. I will post apicture of what it looked like as the zipper broke I am not sure I kept it...<a href="http://s287.photobucket.com/albums/l...urrent=287.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/l...pmummy/287.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
Not the best picture
It went over the top of the car seat so it did not come in contact with straps. you just had to be careful not to cover the babies head.
Pardon the red eyes. I still have not edited all of pur photos.

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Thanks so much, thepeach80 and midwestmeg!! You just saved me a bunch of research time trying to narrow the options. Off to check these seats out on the internet!!

Update: I just checked these out a bit...I love the adaptability of the sunshine monterey! Would there be any safety issue getting one not only for my oldest son, but also for my daughter (rather than the graco)? I just figure that she will eventually be in a monterey anyway, so why not do it now if she fits the requirements...you know? Just making sure I'm not missing something obvious. Thanks again!!
Yeah, I have been looking at seats for WEEKS!!!

You could, techinically, put your dd into the booster. My dd (38 lbs & 45'') meets the height and weight requirements. The biggie though, as I understand from my 'research' is that the child is also mature enough to sit up straight, tall and leave the belt alone. No arms over/under, reaching, pulling, etc. My dd can do that BUT the one thing she still likes to do is sleep in her seat. That can pose a problem if they can't maintain upward posture. She likes to relax and sleep deeply, so I figured what the heck, she can do that in a harness for awhile longer. For our shorter trips, in her back-up seats (Graco Cargo's) she is using a belt positioner. She does just fine.

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Does anyone know when the Britax Chaperone will hit stores?
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BOB sells an infant car seat adapter to use on their stroller. I think the Graco works with it...but not the Chicco.

I may have to reconsider...although I'm 99% sure my husband with his mad carpentry skillz could rig that puppy up.

I have decided to go look at them in store..fondle them in person, and then pick. It will be one or the other though.

The KeyFit is actually cheaper though b/c it comes with the base. You have to buy the base separate on the Graco and its 50 bones.

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zen - you might also want to take the carseats out to your car and see how they fit. I've heard BRU lets you do that. We're going later this week, and I plan to test a couple out in the car, we're leaning towards one that I think will fit best after everything I've read online.
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The KeyFit is actually cheaper though b/c it comes with the base. You have to buy the base separate on the Graco and its 50 bones.
Actually, ALL infant seats of every brand come with one base.

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Does anyone know when the Britax Chaperone will hit stores?
Soon since it's on the Britax site already.

At 5, I would not move my own kids to a dedicated booster. AJ will be 6 in 2 wks and still is harnessed in his Nautilus. He's 51# and should get anouther 6 mos or so out of it. It doesn't make a bad booster either. What about the Britax Frontier? It has a longer lifespan w/ the back, but doesn't turn into a backless. Evan won't even be close to a booster at 5, he rf till just before his 4th birthday.

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Actually, ALL infant seats of every brand come with one base.
really??? i couldn't tell on the graco site. i may have missed it!! thanks for the info. good to know!!

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I used the Snugride infant seat and base with DD5, and did so without even so much as a fender bender, fortunately.... I think I'd like to go with the Chicco KeyFit this time... but one thing concerns me.

I've read numerous reports of infant seats seperating from their bases upon impact in an accident. I'm wondering if it would be wiser to use the infant seat WITHOUT the base, and to buckle and unbuckle the seatbelt every time???

The thought of it seems like a PITA, but the reports of seperation have me worried. Do any of you worry about this?

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You know what, Anna - I was using the term 'bunting' to mean the bundle me - I don't use both! Just newborn in their regular clothes, and then the bundle me and a warm hat and blanket tucked OVER them.

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We are using a Snugride 22 (borrowed from my sister). We dont' use the buckets for very long--DS moved to his Marathon at 3 mths--and I know all the precautions re: flat head so I'm not worried about it. Plus we live in Chicago and my DS will be going to kindergarten in the fall, so the bucket/SnapNGo combo will be VERY handy!

We'll likely get a Marathon when this babe is ready. DS is 5.5 yo and 42# harnessed in a Nautilus in my car and Marathon in DH's. The Marathon is almost expired, so we'll pick up a 2nd Nautilus soon.

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I have no problems using an infant seat w/ base as a cpst. Having to buckle a seat in each time raises the chance you're going to install it incorrectly.

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we're going with the key fit 30, and then later probably a true fit. I can't find anyone that has a true fit in stores so I'm hoping and praying it fits in my teeny-tiny car.
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To the posted who said the GN was huge, it actually fits better in my car than the marathon, it kinda fits into the seat rather than on top of it, if that makes sense...I can squeeze myself back there between the GN and a Safeseat, where as with teh Safeseat and the Marathon I couldnt at all!
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I got permission to link to this pic: http://img5.ranchoweb.com/images/bal...er7lbs11oz.jpg

It's a member of car-seat.org whose DD is 7lb 11oz, 20.5" long and sitting in a Britax Boulevard convertible. The fit isn't acceptable at all (she is darn cute, though )

Just to give a gauge of average newborn size and the fit of this particular seat

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I'm leaning toward the Britax Chaperone that I saw in a store today. I want to make sure it fits in one of the sit and stand strollers though.

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still not sure , but it will need to fit in the car w the 2 booster seats we're suing. ds will still be in his for several more months, and dd isn't close to being ready to be out of hers.

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While a "poll the DDC"-type thread is fine, focused discussion (including questions) about carseats needs to take pace in the Family Safety forum. If we can move the conversation back to "what are you using," the thread can stay here. If it continues along this vein, it will be moved to Family Safety.

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I will be using the Graco infant bucket that we used for DS with the new baby. DS moved from the bucket into his Boulevard at about 8 months old, but he is nowhere near ready to vacate his Boulevard (at age 2.5 and only 27pounds! He's still RF in it. He'll probably be in that carseat until he's old enough to drive.) So I'll be getting another Boulevard for the baby when she outgrows the bucket.

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I want an Orbit! Is that crazy? I don't buy much baby stuff (no nursery stuff, etc.), but I love to splurge on "gear" (car seat, slings, carriers, stroller, yummy organic clothes). There are a bunch of reasons why I love this seat (and the stroller frame). It's only money, right?

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we got the chicco keyfit.
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