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Hello <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am starting to look into car seats again..... any suggestions on what to get? There are SO many out there to choose from..... what are you going to use?<br><br>
I have an old one from Graco.... just not sure if I am going to use it this time around.<br><br>
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We got a travel system from wal-mart for dd that came with a graco snugride. Like <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5432014" target="_blank">this one</a>, only a different pattern.<br>
We'll be using it again for the next baby.
 

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We'll be using the same snugride we had for DS with this baby.<br><br>
IMHO, the greatest thing about the Graco Sungride is that everyone seems to have them, which means that everyone has the base installed in their car or knows how to install them safely without the base. This ended up saving the day a couple of times when DS was little -- in an emergency, we found someone else who had a Sungride base, and was able to just pop DS in and get a ride home.
 

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I'm thinking about the graco safe seat. It goes up to 30 pounds and that intrigues me. We have an old snugride, but I'm pretty sure it's out of date by now.<br><br>
You don't need a base to put most carseats in a car. So I wouldn't make what bases everyone else has in their car a deciding factor.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i splurged on a seat that goes from infant to 60 pounds. yes it was 260 bucks. but it's rated highly.<br><br>
besides that, the big selling point for me is it was the LEAST UGLY one i have ever seen.<br><br>
it's the britax marathon covertible COWMOOFLAGE cow pattern one. black and white. seems to be only avail. online at target, etc.<br><br>
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Most newborns won't fit into the larger Britaxs, yes they would weight wise but not height wise. The straps are quite high, too high unless it's a very good sized baby.
 

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Oohh! We have Britax Marathons for two of our kids. They are awesome! We have the arctic cat and cowmooflage. LOVE THEM!<br><br>
My kids are pretty small though. I can't imagine a 6 pound newborn in a marathon.<br><br>
Are there other infant carriers that go above 20/22 pounds?
 

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oh - i didnt realize? it does say newborn / infant....<br><br>
i think our babe will be at least 8 lbs so .... we should be ok, i hope? would one of those neck pillow things help?
 

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I am going reuse our Snugride too even though I have had my issues with both the carseat and the matching stoller. For the carseat, it can (not always) take a lot of effort to pinch the buttons that get the handle to move. I haven't heard of other people with this problem though so I might have just got an unusual lemon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">IMHO, the greatest thing about the Graco Sungride is that everyone seems to have them, which means that everyone has the base installed in their car or knows how to install them safely without the base. This ended up saving the day a couple of times when DS was little -- in an emergency, we found someone else who had a Sungride base, and was able to just pop DS in and get a ride home.</div>
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I would tend to disagree with these advantages of a Snugride:<br>
1) Given the statistic that 80% of carseats are installed incorrectly, I wouldn't count on "or knows how to install them safely without the base" - or even that a base in someone else's car is installed properly. I'm using Graco Snugrides right now for our twins and have noticed that while the latch installation is good, it is downright IMPOSSIBLE to get it installed tightly enough with a seatbelt that it doesn't slide from side-to-side. It seems that because the belt is pretty-much straight-across in the base (ie. no bulk of a pelvic cage) that the seat slides several inches with even a not-very-enthusiastic pull to check on it. The latch anchors are set narrower than a seatbelt, so this problem isn't as likely.<br>
2) "in an emergency, we found someone else who had a Sungride base, and was able to just pop DS in and get a ride home." The convenience of this seems over-rated since any infant car seat can be installed WITHOUT the base.<br><br>
A few other thoughts on the Snugrides:<br><br>
The Snugrides clip into the bases very smoothly, which is a huge plus they had over the Cosco-Dorel infant seat we had for earlier kids (it was ridiculous!)<br><br>
But on the down-side our Snugrides have only 2 harness slots. Our twins were average-size singletons: 7-7.5lb and about 19.5" long. It was a few months before they fit the seat properly, given the guideline that the shoulder slots be BELOW the child's shoulders in a rear-facing seat.<br><br>
Another fault of the Snugrides that I've noticed recently now that I've taken the winter "bunting sacks" out of the seats:<br>
The hip-anchor points of the 5-point harness are not on the seat pan (ie. beside baby's bum) like they were on our Costco-Dorel seat. They are in the seat BACK. This means that instead of the belt routing over the tops of baby's thighs, the belt routes over the soft abdomen. Beyond that, it allows the baby's bum and lot of room to shift sideways as they squirm in the seat during use. I've noticed a few times in the last couple of weeks, that baby had managed to work sideways so that in an accident, the buckle would have been more over one hip than centred. This is not the way the harness is intended to spread crash loads across a child's body (although I realize most of the benefit of infant-seats is the cocooning of the rear-facing plastic shell).<br><br>
It also seems to me that the "buckles" that hold the shoulder harness to a specific length aren't truly secure. Our straps seem to work their way loose (on both seats) quite regularly and we are constantly re-tightening them.<br><br>
I have also used an Evenflo infant seat. I liked it very much: good 5-point harness, easy to use base, easy and secure harness adjustments. But I got it when our third baby was already 7-months old (and huge!) and remember thinking the lowest harness slots on it were awfully high for a newborn.<br><br>
I've never seen Britax's infant seat, but would probably look into them as our Britax non-infant seats are great for the most-part. Not sure about the current Britax model, but their infant seat from a few years ago was the only infant seat that was SUPPOSED TO have the handle UP while installed in the car. Most seats say to lock it lowered (ie. to the top of the shell) and all the time you see this not being done b/c a) it's inconvenient and b) if you are in a car, there often isn't room to do this while still allowing comfortable seat adjustment for the driver. This might be an advantage of the Britax.
 

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We will be using the <a href="http://www.maxi-cosi.com/pages/uk/cabriofix.php" target="_blank">Maxi Cosi Cabriofix</a>. The pattern we picked out is Sky Diver.<br><br>
It's an infant seat, which I really liked, I think that the bucket seats can be very useful for the early period. It's not an american car seat, so technically it's illegal, but I could care less, as European standards are as good if not better than american ones.
 

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One of the other highly rated seats is the Baby Trend Latch Loc, which is what we had for dd#1 and will use for dd#2. It has an adjustable side impact head rest that grows along with them, the base installs quickly and tightly the seat itself is good until 22lbs we have never had any problems with it.
 

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We have a Britax Marathon that my older daughter is transitioning out of. It still has 3 years left in it (did you know they have expiration dates!?), so we'll use it for the baby until it's 2.5, then put that child into a five point harness booster.
 

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Reusing Graco Snugride (less than 2 yrs old) and then buying... something else, I suppose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
We have a Evenflo Triumph that I like very much, but it works much better frontfacing than rear. I might get a different seat based on that. We'll see in a year, I guess!
 

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I was planning to get a Britax Boulevard to use from birth on...has anyone had success using Britax seats with newborns, or am I going to have to buy 2 carseats?
 

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I have a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio infant seat that I used with my son. When Gidget grows out of that seat, I have a Britax Marathon that I just bought for her.
 

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Interesting. I am in the midst of considering this as well. I have a Graco Snugride and last week at my baby shower I was given a Cosco-Dorel travel system, so now I have 2 carseats for this babe (and don't need a second for DH's car since I will be staying home post-baby). I like the look of the Graco better, but the Cosco-Dorel is brand new and matches the stroller. I could take the travel system back and get the Sit and Stand stroller I wanted originally and stick with the Graco (which is used, but babe is very likely to outgrow it before its December expiration date - mine usually last about 5 months in an infant seat). Or I could pass on the Graco to someone else and use the new one. Either seat is better than the Discovery I had for the last baby. Hated that piece o' ________.
 

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Tofutti - I definitely know people who have used the marathon for newborns, you should be fine. It will look HUGE, but on the smallest straps it should work. The only disadvantage is that it isn't removable/transportable. I think people way, way overuse the infant carrier, but I have to say that for the times when the baby finally falls asleep and you want to go in the house, it is a LIFESAVER (at least for me, because both my kids always woke up if moved). I don't like it used as a stroller seat for non sleeping babies, but if you ever go out to eat and the baby is asleep, stuff like that, an infant carrier is pretty cool.
 

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Graco makes one called the Safeseat 1 that goes to 30lb!!!<br><br>
I did buy one this time. I have my britax roundabout (and the boulevard that my son uses currently), but I learned that the straps MUST be lower than the tops of the infants shoulders when rearfacing and I've heard that even in the lowest slots they often aren't with a newborn in a britax. I used the roundabout from birth with my son and I don't *remember* the straps being above his shoulders. . .but that doesn't mean they were right.<br><br>
I figured I'd get the Safeseat this time just to be sure it'd fit the baby right AND so I could take the sleeping baby out and keep him asleep since I will now have two to deal with. I plan on ploping the little bugger in the roundabout and my boulevard just to see how he fits. As soon as his shoulders are at the level of the lowest slot I will be very comfortable putting him in one of those seats.
 

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What great responses so far!! Thank you ladies!! I didn't know that car seats had expiration dates!!! Where do you see that on the seat? Is that for real? I would like to use my seats for all my children.....
 
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