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One of my baby shower hostesses called today and said they were thinking about getting this car seat for use as my baby gets older.<br><br><a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Graco-Nautilus-3in1-Car-Bravo/8112222" target="_blank">http://www.walmart.com/ip/Graco-Naut...-Bravo/8112222</a><br><br>
I haven't done any research on carseats bigger than the infant size. Would you all share your opinions on this? The only thing I might not like about it is it can only be used front facing. I hope it is "good enough" because I would hate to tell them the carseat they picked out won't work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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The Nautilus is a great seat. My nephew rides in one.<br><br>
But like you said, it is forward facing only, and you really can't safely forward face a baby till age 2 (preferably older than that, 4 is the goal,) so you will probably need something else.<br><br>
Also, the Nautilus harnessed portion is good for 6 years, and the backless booster for 9- so you would lose 2 years of life while the thing just sat in its box.<br><br>
Is there any way you can encourage them to get a convertible? Say, the Graco MyRide or Evenflo Triumph Advance (similar price range and a lot more useful in your situation.)
 

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I would wait, b/c carseats expire and you wouldn't use it for at least two years (and hopefully 3-4 so your LO can rear-face longer). I'd ask them to pitch in on a different big item, or else a seat like a radian or true fit so you can use it sooner. Plus, by the time your baby is big enough for a FF seat, there will be more (and maybe better) options available.
 

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I agree, have them pool for a convertable, not a FF only seat! It will be a while before you can use the GN, and you dont want it to sit unused, for 2-4yrs before you use it.<br><br><br>
Oh and sense you havent researched beyond infant seats, you might want to look at 'extended rearfacing' info, you will see why everyone is saying you wont need a forward facing only seat for so long!<br><br><br>
Post 3 in this thread has a ton of links:<br><a href="http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=40366" target="_blank">http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=40366</a>
 

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We have that seat for DD (3) but we didn't put her in it until she was 2.5. It is too upright to use before that. Since they expire, I think you would want to wait to get that seat for a few years. If you are looking for a graceful way to dodge this bullet, ask if they have bought it yet becuase you are thinking about the colors. Then suggest that they get a gift receipt since you might have a boy/girl and want a seat that is the right color. (It comes in pink with flowers, and black and red...) Then you can just take it back to the store and exchange it for a seat you want, or get a gift card to use for other items you need. Since it wouldn't be used for a few years anyway, you can make all the appropriate noises of thanks over it and they will most likely forget about it by the time your baby is of the age to be riding in one. I hate confrontation, so that would be my route of choice. <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 was thinking a graceful dodge might be, "I've looked it up and everyone says that's a great seat! But I also found out that the AAP is now recomending rear-facing to the maximum weight limit of a convertible, so we couldn't use that seat until baby was 2 or 3, or maybe even older! We would very much appreciate a car seat but we are thinking about seat X as our next step up seat." If you poke around a bit you'll find a good list of seats that would make a great option to offer, like the Graco MyRide, that are in the same price range but would be appropriate for a baby when they outgrow their infant carrier. Best of luck! I hate those kind of situations also! It is a great seat, but it just wouldn't be appropriate for years, and with car seats expiring, you would loose too much useful time to be practical.
 
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