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Is it safer to keep my DD in her infant seat until she reaches the upper limit or to switch her to a convertible now. She is 20lbs and the limit on my seat is I believe 25lbs...<br><br>
I have my convertible and an appointment to have the tech at the fire department check my seat on May 8 which is the first available. I'm thinking I will keep her in the infant seat until then because I've read so many of the convertibles are incorrectly installed- should I then wait longer to move her until she meets the weight limit for infant?<br><br>
I am wondering if I should get a convertible installed in my car and in dh's so we don't move them back and forth and mess up the installation. And because I'm lazy and wouldn't want to move seats back and forth. And I work two afternoons a week and dd stays with grandma, and would want to leave seat with her in case they needed to go somewhere...<br><br>
I was given a convertible, but now after doing some reading I think I want to get one that can be tethered. Would probably keep that one in my car- and put the other in DH's car which is used much less and leave that one for grandma if needed...<br><br>
We are blessed to have enough $$ to be able to afford another seat right now if we want to.<br><br>
Any thoughts? What have you done? Sorry for the rambling thoughts<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'd keep the baby in the infant seat until she max's out the weight in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Afterwards I'd buy a good convertible seat and keep it rear facing until the baby maxes out the weight for rear facing.
 

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At that point either is safe. My dd hated the infant seat from as soon as she could sit up (abour 4 months) so we switched her to a convertible.<br><br>
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as long as she fits in both seats, either is fine.<br><br>
you might want to check the weight limit on your seat though, most infant seats max out at 22 pounds, some at 20 and one at 30. i don't know of any that go to 25. also, remember a RF seat is outgrown by height (for most brands) when there is less than 1 inch of hard shell above the head
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is it safer to keep my DD in her infant seat until she reaches the upper limit or to switch her to a convertible now. She is 20lbs and the limit on my seat is I believe 25lbs...<br><br>
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How is she for height in the seat?<br><br>
Both of mine outgrew the infant seat by height LONG before they were anywhere near the weight limit for it. Since the rearfacing infant seat mode of restraint in a crash is primarily the back of hte seat itsself (that is, the function of the straps is to hold the child in place while the back of the seat takes the brunt of the collision force), it is VERY important that the child not have outgrown the seat by height. If that head is at/near/over the top of the seat, its too small. The length given in the instructions is indicative, but height of head is more important to actual safety.<br><br>
#1 outgrew the seat by height at 5 months, #2 at 4 mos. Despite the fact that #1 was 20 pounds by 4 mos, she was too tall for the seat long before she was too heavy.
 

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There's no such thing as an infant seat with a 25 lb weight limit. They come in 20, 22 or 30 (the Graco SafeSeat I).<br><br>
How is she for height? She needs to have at least an inch of shell over head.<br><br>
Either an infant seat or a convertible is safe.<br><br><br>
However, if your convertible doesn't have a top tether, it is more than likely an expired one. You need to purchase a new one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If she's within the height requirement, I'd keep her in the infant seat until she outgrows it either in length or weight. Both of mine both got too long for it well before they even approached the too heavy mark <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
As far as I know, Britax are the only seats that tether rear facing. If it doesn't have a top tether meant to tether the seat when it is forward facing, it is most likely an expired seat.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">However, if your convertible doesn't have a top tether, it is more than likely an expired one. You need to purchase a new one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Probably what she meant was tethering RF and there are only a couple of seats that can- Britax and sunshine radian are the only ones I know of.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Probably what she meant was tethering RF and there are only a couple of seats that can- Britax and sunshine radian are the only ones I know of.<br><br>
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Ah, yes, if that's what she meant, you are, as ever in all things carseat, perfectly right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ah, yes, if that's what she meant, you are, as ever in all things carseat, perfectly right <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Don't know about all THAT..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Probably what she meant was tethering RF and there are only a couple of seats that can- Britax and sunshine radian are the only ones I know of.<br><br>
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Yes, that's what I meant.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I checked the seat and it is 22 lbs, as someone said. she is still fine for height.<br><br>
Sooooo.... think I will keep her in the infant seat until I get the big one checked in a few weeks. She does hate the infant seat<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , so glad to hear that someone's dc liked the other seat better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Does anyone have two seats in two cars? Is the seat easier to move from car to car than I am thinking? The convertible I was given is a Graco Comfort Sport. Bah. Starting to wish I had a Britax or Sunshine instead....
 

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Ah, yes, the wretched Graco CrappySport.<br><br>
That seat is awful. It only rear-faces to 30 lbs, and has the lowest top harness straps of any seat on the market. My DS outgrew it at 24 months.<br><br>
What kind of budget are you looking at?
 

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Personally, I'd move the child to a convertible. The infant seats are much more reclined than what an older child requires. A more upright seat is actually safer than one reclined at 45 degrees. . .infant seats are just that reclined because the infants need them that way. That's not to say your child is <i>unsafe</i> in the infant seat, far from it, but having the seat more upright makes more more safe.<br><br>
But I'll tell you from experience that if you'll be using both cars regularly, it's much easier to just buy two seats.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">A more upright seat is actually safer than one reclined at 45 degrees. . .infant seats are just that reclined because the infants need them that way. That's not to say your child is <i>unsafe</i> in the infant seat, far from it, but having the seat more upright makes more more safe.</div>
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I just wanted to clarify that a properly installed CRS whether reclined rear facing at a 45 degree angle or upright at a 90 degree forward facing, are both equally safe.<br>
On a side note, some Britax seats allow forward facing in the recline mode until the child is 33 pounds. I don't necessarily recommend that but it can be done according to Britax. Forward facing children should ride more upright generally speaking, but this just goes to prove one must read their particular safety seat manual to verify what is allowed and what isn't.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">A more upright seat is actually safer than one reclined at 45 degrees. . .infant seats are just that reclined because the infants need them that way.<br></div>
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This is not true. They are equally safe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just wanted to clarify that a properly installed CRS whether reclined rear facing at a 45 degree angle or upright at a 90 degree forward facing, are both equally safe.<br>
On a side note, some Britax seats allow forward facing in the recline mode until the child is 33 pounds. I don't necessarily recommend that but it can be done according to Britax. Forward facing children should ride more upright generally speaking, but this just goes to prove one must read their particular safety seat manual to verify what is allowed and what isn't.<br><br>
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I was talking about both seats rear-facing. Even with my Decathlon in reclined, it's still more upright than 45 degrees when installed rear-facing. I can use the rear-facing tether, of course, to bring it down to 45, but if I loosen it or don't use the tether at all, it's definitely more upright. I was told by some CPS techs that if the child could tolerate it, having it more upright was preferred to having it at 45 degrees to prevent over-rotation. The logic was that an oldler, heavier child at 45 degrees could over-rotate, thus it was safer to have the seat more upright to prevent this.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was talking about both seats rear-facing. Even with my Decathlon in reclined, it's still more upright than 45 degrees when installed rear-facing. I can use the rear-facing tether, of course, to bring it down to 45, but if I loosen it or don't use the tether at all, it's definitely more upright. I was told by some CPS techs that if the child could tolerate it, having it more upright was preferred to having it at 45 degrees to prevent over-rotation. The logic was that an oldler, heavier child at 45 degrees could over-rotate, thus it was safer to have the seat more upright to prevent this.</div>
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If the child is within the weight limit of the seat, the seat will not overrotate in a crash, regardless of the angle of the seat, whether it is 45 or 30.<br><br>
My Britaxes also install at a greater angle than 45 degrees. I needed the tether to bring it down when my kids were smaller too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was talking about both seats rear-facing. Even with my Decathlon in reclined, it's still more upright than 45 degrees when installed rear-facing. I can use the rear-facing tether, of course, to bring it down to 45, but if I loosen it or don't use the tether at all, it's definitely more upright. I was told by some CPS techs that if the child could tolerate it, having it more upright was preferred to having it at 45 degrees to prevent over-rotation. The logic was that an oldler, heavier child at 45 degrees could over-rotate, thus it was safer to have the seat more upright to prevent this.</div>
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I am not discounting your experience with your car seats in your vehicle and how they install. I just felt like it should be noted that everyones car seats and vehicles are different, hence my clarification to the general comment you made. There are way too many variables inherent in every particular situation. Car seat installs are very individualized because of those different variables.<br>
I don't necessarily agree with the recommendation of the CPS techs who dispensed that advice on over-rotating to you, especially if that's where the advice or discussion stopped.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ah, yes, the wretched Graco CrappySport.<br><br>
That seat is awful. It only rear-faces to 30 lbs, and has the lowest top harness straps of any seat on the market. My DS outgrew it at 24 months.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: Maybe I should see if I can return this seat, even though it was a gift<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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While it's not the best seat out there and it can be hard to use and it's outgrown fast, it's not an inherently evil seat or unsafe, just not the best seat for your $ IMO. You could use it as the 2nd seat and buy a nicer one for the full time car.
 
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