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So, we are expecting #2. We want to get an infant seat so we can take it out and clip into a stroller while the baby is still really little. It was just so much easier last time to not wake the baby to wear (unless I really, really had to!). Of course, I was recovering from a lot, but that seemed easier.<br><br>
We have a Quinny Zapp that DS uses and we can take out the inner fabric to use as a frame for a Maxi Cosi infant seat. My concern is that the only infant seat MC sells goes up to 22 pounds. DS was 9 pounds at birth and was 20 pounds by 4.5 months. So, after that, we are going to need another option.<br><br>
Currently, in the 07 Honda Civic, we have a Britax Roundabout. In our 99 4 Runner (no latch), we have a Britax Marathon. Now, DS is about 36" tall and weighs 29 pounds or so. He is on the highest strap setting for the Roundabout but his ears have a few inches to go before he is out of that one. He could be in the Marathon for a while.<br><br>
I like having seats that can go on airplanes as we do travel some and I really don't like doing infant in lap.<br><br>
So, what to I get after the infant seat?<br><br>
Option #1: move DS into bigger 5 pt harness seats and move little one to current carseats.<br><br>
Option #2: Buy an infant seat that can go longer than the Maxi Cosi and then proceed with Option #1 at a later age.<br><br>
Option #3: ???????<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I would get a snugride 35 and a snap and go frame for it. They can be had really cheap on craigslist and such. We've got a snugride that only goes to 22 lbs and 26 inches. DD2 was born at 9 lbs 15 oz and 22 inches. I'm considering getting a snugride 35 when she outgrows our current snugride just because the bucket is soooooo convienent for kid #2.<br><br>
As to what to get after your baby outgrows the infant seat - how old is your son? What are the expiration dates on your current seats?<br><br>
With us, I could put DD2 in DD1's BLVD and move DD1 to a higher weight seat but since DD1's BLVD expires in 2 years and I know we'll want to RF DD2 for longer than 2 years so DD2 will be getting a new convertible (either a radian, myride, or complete air) and DD1 will stay in the BLVD until it expires and then she'll move to a booster.
 

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Did not consider expiration dates! We bought them new about 2 years ago and Britax says about 6 years from date of manufacture so we have about 4 years left on both.<br><br>
DS is 2 years and 7 months old.<br><br>
What we get for my car needs to be smaller so DH can move the front seats back so he can fit in the car.<br><br>
I hope you guys can help me figure out the best way to go on this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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How old is your DS?<br><br>
If he's 3+, I'd suggest getting him a FF-only seat and moving baby into his Roundabout and Marathon when the time comes. I'd look at the Graco Nautilus and the Britax Frontier.
 

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I found a babytrend flex loc for $50 for ds2 shortly before he was born... if I hadn't found that, I'd have just put him into a convertible from birth... even finding that for such a good price, it was still barely worth it - we switched ds2 to a convertible ~4-5 months. I've done this with both my boys and they've both been far happier. Aside from that, by the time they're 15#s or so, I for one am *DONE* hauling around a bucket. I think I'd just get a nice new convertible to start with - personally, we love our evenflo triumph (easy install, super super easy strap adjustment), hate the truefit premier (pita to install/tighten straps), and am OK with the complete air (fairly easy install, fairly easy strap adjustment) though I've had minimal experience with the ca.
 

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DS will be 3 years and 2 months when this little one comes along. It does sound like moving him to a FF only seat makes sense once we are out of the baby bucket (I really like having one since I now live in a townhome and would like to be able to safely put the baby someplace until I get settled when I have to bring stuff in).<br><br>
Are there any FF seats that are good for airplanes? Or do I really need to be strapping in a 3 year old at that point? We probably won't travel for a while, so I am not expecting to be flying again until DS is about 3.5 years old.<br><br>
What should I look for in one of those types of seats?
 
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