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We have been using a Baby Trend infant car seat which is rated to 22 lbs or 28 inches. Our son was measured at 27" at 5 mo of age three weeks ago and at the rate of an inch gain per mo. will have outgrown his infant car seat probably by the end of Dec or mid Jan, so we need to make plans for what to do next. Plus, babies are suppposed to be rear facing for the first year, with some saying as long as 2 years.<br><br>
I wish I had known that there were other infant seats rated for greater lengths. It never dawned on me, as I thought they were all consistent and only varied based on weight. So, I'm disappointed to have to face another expense so soon, when I thought we would get a year's use out of this seat.<br><br>
Originally, we were going to get a convertible car seat and I was going to wear him, but a few friends said we would regret not getting the infant seat because there's nothing like waking a sleeping baby to get him into or out of a car seat.<br><br>
Our son has been quite a fussy baby and cries frequently and doesn't like to be worn, so my friends ended up being right, as it has been much easier with the car seat.<br><br>
But, now what?<br><br>
Linda
 

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Your infant seat is outgrown when the weight limit is reached OR your child has less than 1" of hard plastic shella above his head. So you may still have some time.<br><br>
You actually will want to keep him rearfacing as long as possible. Even beyond 2. Seats I'd consider to accomplish that are the radian, complete air, my ride, or true fit.
 

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It's likely that you will have to buy a convertible anyway once he outgrows a second infant seat. The safest way for a child to ride is rear facing as long as possible, which is usually going to be age 3 or 4 depending on height and weight. None of the higher weight infant seats will get him there, so it is really a question of how many seats you want to buy in the end.<br><br>
For what it's worth, I love the convenience of the infant bucket but I probably wouldn't buy a second one - I'd move to a convertible at that point to avoid buying more seats, but that's just me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's likely that you will have to buy a convertible anyway once he outgrows a second infant seat. The safest way for a child to ride is rear facing as long as possible, which is usually going to be age 3 or 4 depending on height and weight. None of the higher weight infant seats will get him there, so it is really a question of how many seats you want to buy in the end.<br><br>
For what it's worth, I love the convenience of the infant bucket but I probably wouldn't buy a second one - I'd move to a convertible at that point to avoid buying more seats, but that's just me.</div>
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We have a Britax Marathon convertible seat, which we used for DS when he outgrew the infant seat at 7 months, and he was in it until we bought a Graco Nautilus a few months ago so the baby can use the Marathon. DS is 4.5, and he wasn't even close to outgrowing it yet.<br><br>
If you buy a good convertible seat, you won't have to buy a new one for a very long time. FWIW, I don't think I've ever known of a baby to not outgrow the infant seat before 1 year. My daughter outgrew hers by 5.5 months - and she was 6 weeks early!
 

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My babe outgrew her infant seat at 4-5 months, by length. I moved her to her TRueFit convertible seat then. She's still RF in that at 18 months, and I am confident it will keep her RF until age 3 or so, when she will likely outgrow it by weight (35lbs). I could turn her then, but hopefully will be able to pass the TF down to another baby sooner and get her a higher limit convertible to keep her RF until age 4. Many children are happier in convertibles than infant seats because they are often more padded and sit more upright.<br><br>
I'd suggest one of the taller, higher weight convertibles that will last your child until booster age. Long-lasting ones include the Sunshine Kids Radian, the Safety First Complete Air, The Graco MyRide (for shorter, heavy children) and the First Years TrueFit (for tall, light children).<br><br>
Remember that most convertibles are outgrown by height, rather than weight, so shell height (for longer RF) and harness height (for longer FF harness capability) are as important as weight capacity. So, for example, the Britax Roundabout has a 35lb RF weight capacity, but it is VERY short in the shell, so it won't last nearly as long RF as, say a TrueFit, which also has a 35lb RF weight capacity.
 

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While you should have a bit longer in the seat, based on the 'one inch [of hard shell above the head] rule', you will need another seat. You probably can make it until tax time but if you need one sooner you can get a $40 Scenera to bridge the gap.
 

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I would vote for the Radian XT. We had an infant seat which my son grew out of by 4 months. We received the Britax Roundabout as a gift, but he grew out of that by 8 months. We purchased the Radian XT and love it!!! Models purchased from Sept. 08 forward can stay rear-facing until 40 lbs!! I personally think it's better to spend more now on a better seat than to have to spend more later by purchasing more than one seat.
 

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We went straight to our britax marathon at about that time. The waking a sleeping baby thing really wasn't a big deal by that point. For me, that was more of an issue when he was an itty bitty newborn, sleeping a lot and falling asleep at the drop of a hat. I also just wore him or picked him up. I think you get used to not having that option pretty fast. I think it's an overrated one. Also, I know this isn't what you asked, but the fussing during wearing could also phase out, or could depend on the carrier/position. You may have tried them all, but he could change and end up liking it down the road.
 

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Sorry, I posted a link to a carseat that is sold out!
 

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Get a convertible. We switched DS1 to a convertible ~4 or 5 months in an attempt to get him slightly more upright and happy in the car (he was a screamer till we flipped him FF ~15 or so months... a couple months(~31 months) ago I flipped him back RF and he's happy as a clam <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">). Its really not that big of a deal to pull them in and out of the seat, and soon your DC will be big enough to sit in the grocery cart seat - when they can do that I stop wearing them (cause my back just isn't down with 20# babies being lugged - I can do it backpacking but thats a whole different setup than baby carriers!!
 

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Lots of great suggestions already for convertible car seats....which is what I would do in your shoes. As a side note, though, you can always get the convertible to use as a car seat, and keep the infant bucket in the trunk to use at the grocery store/restaurant/etc. until he is old enough to sit comfortably in the cart/high chair/etc. We did this with both our younger kids.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have been using a Baby Trend infant car seat which is rated to 22 lbs or 28 inches. Our son was measured at 27" at 5 mo of age three weeks ago and at the rate of an inch gain per mo. will have outgrown his infant car seat probably by the end of Dec or mid Jan, so we need to make plans for what to do next. Plus, babies are suppposed to be rear facing for the first year, <b>with some saying as long as 2 years</b>.<br><br>
I wish I had known that there were other infant seats rated for greater lengths. It never dawned on me, as I thought they were all consistent and only varied based on weight. So, I'm disappointed to have to face another expense so soon, when I thought we would get a year's use out of this seat.<br><br>
Originally, we were going to get a convertible car seat and I was going to wear him, but a few friends said we would regret not getting the infant seat because there's nothing like waking a sleeping baby to get him into or out of a car seat.<br><br>
Our son has been quite a fussy baby and cries frequently and doesn't like to be worn, so my friends ended up being right, as it has been much easier with the car seat.<br><br>
But, now what?<br><br>
Linda</div>
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2 years is actually the minimum, not the maximum. 4 years is best practice.<br><br>
Anyway, definitely go with a convertible and not another infant seat. You're already disappointed at this expense so soon. But you'll have to buy yet ANOTHER car seat (convertible) to keep your child rear facing before the child is really old enough/big enough to safely be forward facing. Save yourself that trouble, and go with the convertible now.<br><br>
I assume you have a stroller, since you say that sometimes the child doesn't want to be worn? Even with a convertible seat, you can put the child in the stroller instead of wearing him. He'd probably be more comfortable in the seat of a stroller anyway, than sitting in a bucket seat. Car seats should really only be used in the car.
 

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Just another vote for going to a good quality convertible and leaving the same bucket you have for use in restaurants, carts etc until he can sit up good and strong.<br><br>
Both of mine grew out of the old snug ride at 4 months and actually grew out of RF at 14 months by weight of my Britax but that was when they were all 33 lb limits, so you have lots of good choices that will help you keep him RF longer, although, even at the 40 pound limit just remember that some kids can grow out of it early by weight even before 2 yo. If you do have one of those off the charts kids then you do the best you can and just get used to the "mommy guilt" for not keeping them RF until they are 4.
 
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