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I've been researching carseats and I think I've decided on the Britax Boulevard. I know it is expensive, but if we're going to spend a lot of money on something this is the right place. Since we aren't buying a crib, swing, bouncer, playpen, etc we will be saving money there. The only thing is that I think sometimes it would be convenient to have the bucket seat for getting the baby in and out of the car. Most of the time I want to sling, but I can think of a few times where a stroller would be useful as well.<br><br>
Has anyone decided yet? Any veteran moms want to give advice? <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'll be checking back to see what the veterans say.......<br>
I've pretty much decided on a bucket. I like the convenience factor of buckling them inside in the winter/bringing them in if they are asleep. But also I don't expect myself to use it as a carrier often since I will be slinging a lot. But I like that I have the option if I need it. I'm comparing the Graco safeseat and the snugride. Then later on we'll probably opt for the Britax for me an Recaro for my dh (he has a sporty jetta with recaro seats. men and their toys. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> )
 

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I know this seems a strange thing to factor in, but how many kids to you plan to have? It's really nice to have a big old spendy convertible (goes both front and rear-facing) seat because it meets a variety of needs for a variety of ages. Car seats can consume a fair bit of your life. We're a 2-car family, and it is nice to have a seat in each car. You can transfer back and forth if you need, but it's a pain, and there's always the moment when you realize DH drove off with the baby's seat and you're trapped.<br><br>
We started with one convertible seat, and did add a bucket for convenience, though it is far from a convenient way to carry a baby. It IS nice not to have to pull them out if sleeping, especially in a wintry place. Now we are expecting our third, and the first is four, and our carseat collection includes two convertible seats, two highback boosters and one Graco Snugride bucket.<br><br>
If you're just looking for the first seat, IMO the snugride can't be beat. Convertibles are great too, but not as supportive for the first couple of months when the baby's so floppy.
 

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Our first outgrew her bucket car seat by six months, so if I didn't have one already to use with this baby, I'd probably get something convertible. I don't plan to use the bucket much because I'll also be chasing after a toddler, and carrying that bucket was always so awkward.
 

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I researched on consumer reports and carseat safety data.org (or something like that) and chose to get a baby trend latch loc. Then I couldn't find one anyplace! noplace.<br>
we ended up with a Graco Saferide I believe.<br>
We can put a base in each car and then just take the bucket part in whichever car we are riding in.<br><br>
I was resistant to the bucket b/c I have a strong belief that carrying your baby in a bucket all the time is part of what's wrong with the world . . . but that's another rant!<br><br>
Consumer reports and other safety things I read definitely recommended the infant seat as opposed to just getting a convertible, but I can't speak from experience at all.
 

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We are also a two-car family, so we're sticking with the bucket (Graco Snugride) we had for my first DD since we already have a base for each car. DD1 didn't outgrow it until she was almost a year. I doubt we will be so lucky this time but the buckets sure are convenient for moving a sleeping babe.<br><br>
Once we're out of the bucket, I am thinking we'll get the Britax Marathon. Everyone raves about Britax and anything has to be more comfy than what we've got currently (Alpha Omega and Eddie Bauer). You can see here: <a href="http://www.babyuniverse.com/pro/baby/83695/MarathonLATCHCarSeat-Onyx.html" target="_blank">http://www.babyuniverse.com/pro/baby...Seat-Onyx.html</a>
 

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We'll probably try to suck it up and get another Britax Marathon, because they go from newborn-60lbs all in the 5-point harness. I did use the bucket for the first few months when they just slept so much and the weather was cold. In the summer, maybe not - just right into the sling.
 

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For the first 4 or 5 months we'll use the Graco Snugride again. Then we'll buy another Britax Marathon. That's what DS is in (still rear-facing at 18 months) and we have been very happy with it.
 

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I'm going to use my bucket until she/he outgrows it. I love the fact that you can move a sleeping baby in it without disturbing the babe. I will try to use my sling more as i will be running after the girls.<br><br>
After, she will go in a convertible car seat.
 

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we had a bucket with Teaghan but we live in a pretty warm climate so I wouldn't buy another one. But since we have it we will use it again for the new baby. Teaghan's now in a Evenflo Triumph convertible and we LOVE IT!! We will use it for the baby when he/she outgrows the bucket and move Teaghan into the Evenflo Bolero booster seat. We are actually a 3 car family (way overkill, i know! LOL) but whoever has the kids gets the big, carseat equipped SUV so we only need 1 set of car seats.<br>
We have really been happy with our Evenflos!
 

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For Hannah, we were able to use the Graco Snugride for nearly a year, then moved her into a Britax Marathon. The bucket was convenient, esp. to keep her warmer during winter, but also that we could get an extra base for my husband's truck, so either one of us could be driving her. I love the Marathon now, but would think that a newborn would just swim in it! At 20 months, Hannah is now just big enough to move the straps up another notch from their lowest setting. We plan on getting another Snugride, so that we can make use of that extra base now and then.
 

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We will also be using the bucket for a while for the reasons that others mentioned. I have 4 slings, so they don't really spend unnecessary time in it, but it has its handiness, IMO. I don't have a britax marathon for my toddlers, but WISH I had gotten them one. I hear they are the BEST. My kids love to be in the car for some reason and a comfy spot for them is very important and a good investment. I am soon gonna have 4 kids in carseats....ugh. Good thing we just got the 8 seat Sienna.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wow, thanks for all the replies! I think we may go ahead and get a bucket seat and get the Britax later. I just found out the Britax is only good for 6 years (reccommended by Britax), so it makes sense to get it closer to when we will use it. It sounds like a lot of people like the Graco Snugride, and the price is pretty good too.
 

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I am going to spring for the SafeSeat. My last DS outgrew his Snugride in only 4-1/2 months. I would like the convenience of the bucket for awhile longer than that. I have a Roundabout to move into when the bucket is outgrown, and then finally I have a Husky I purchased for DS#2 that the baby will inherit.
 

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We also use the Evenflo Triumph and like it. Since we have two (one for each car), we'll be using one for Parker and one for the new babe. We never bothered with a newborn carseat.
 

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When I was pg with Emma, we got a Graco carseat. It is nice and still will work for this baby, so she will use that. When she gets bigger though she will go into Seth's Britax Marathon and he will get a bigger carseat. I am thinking it will probably be a Britax Regent, but we are still researching carseats. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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For those of you looking to buy Britax seats, I highly recommend checking out <a href="http://www.babylove.com" target="_blank">www.babylove.com</a><br><br>
They have Britax seats at substantial discounts b/c they buy up the seats with discontinued seat cover patterns and pass the discount on to their customers. They usually have the latest patterns to at full price, but we got both our Roundabouts there (one we got w/DD and a second one recently now that we're having twins) and a Marathon and have been very satisfied with them.<br><br>
I know some people love the buckets, but I hated them when I would watch my sister's DD before I had kids so we never got one. To me it's a lot of money to spend on a seat that the outgrow so fast when you can pop them in the sling and go. Plus it never made sense to me to carry a 9lb baby in a 10-15lb car seat when I could just carry the 9lb baby instead. That being said-- you have to figure out what works best for you and your kids, which is sometimes simply trial and error! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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we love our britax seats ... we have one in each car right now. a roundabout (up to 40lbs) in dh's car and a decathlon (birth to 60 lbs) in our primary family car. we also have a graco bucket. i like the bucket for the car ride, but i have a lot of trouble carrying a baby in the bucket, so i end up taking baby out of the bucket and slinging anyway, so i'm not married to the bucket in any way. i figure, among the three seats, we should probably have more than enough options to make it beyond when older son will move to a booster.
 

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I'm not sure. We, er, got rid of the bucket seat that DS rode in (this wasn't a planned pregnancy and we ended up getting rid of a lot of stuff--I'm the opposite of pack rat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br>
I don't really want a bucket again anyway. That thing was a pain to carry around, left bruises on my shin from trying to walk with it, and I'd taking slinging the baby any day over trying to lug that monstrosity around a college campus. Plus...well, DH stands 6'6 tall, and DS has the exact same build. He's already in two year old clothes, and he outgrew his bucket at four and a half months. Now, I know US aren't very good at predicting the size of a baby at birth, but when we got ours, Nate already had long legs for his gestational age. So much so that the tech bumped my due date up (but I know better because I have periods that come like clockwork and know exactly when I conceived). I'm pretty much expecting to have another tall, lean boy. So, yeah. Likely a converible seat for us.
 

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I think I am also going to go with the new Graco SafeSeat. I checked one out at Target and they look pretty nice. I love that they will hold a wee one when they aren't so wee anymore, up to 30 lbs. and 32".
 
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