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<p>We are expecting someone new. Though I have had a newborn before I knew nothing about car seats at the time and bought the cheapest Travel System out there. The seat way almost 15 pounds w/o baby and the stroller just stunk.</p>
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<p>I am looking to buy a Travel System again with this one....but am at a loss for which to go with. Which seat is the easiest to use/install?  I played with a Evenflo system the other day and it was light and stroller seemed good too....but I think that seat needs to be installed with the handle down and away from the seat...Idk......</p>
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<p>Someone anyone....help me out. I drive a Caravan. I currently have 1 child in a true fit FF. Money wise I would like to keep it around 200 or under.</p>
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<p>Thanks for suggestions</p>
 

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<p>I like the Chicco Keyfit and the Safety First Onboard Air.  I know the chicco comes in a travel system, I love my Chicco Trevi stroller (I had the keyfit 30 with my youngest) and I still use the stroller but sold my infant seat for more than I paid for it!  They have great resale!</p>
 

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<p>You'll be hard pressed to find the Keyfit30 system under $250 but it is well worth the extra. You get what you pay for ;)</p>
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<p>Systems with the KF30, Shuttle33, Graco Snugride 32 or 35 (NOT 20/22) are going to be the better of your infant seats. THe safety 1st Onboard Air 35 is great too. The evenflos do require the handle down and something like 1" of clearance between the seat and front seats--which is pretty hard in most cars!</p>
 

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I really liked the evenflo system as well but when we tried the seat in our van (an MPV) with the handle down it just didn't fit. We had to return it. We would like to go with the Chicco keyfit system but it is pricey.
 

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<p>The Safety 1st Onboard system is nice and it's not too pricey, although I prefer to go with a good all-around stroller instead of the stroller that comes with the travel system.  Something like the BOB is fabulous to go anywhere.  You can find good deals on used strollers on craigslist and if you want a smaller stroller a snap-n-go is handy to put in the trunk to cart around.</p>
 

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<p>Are the higher weighted seats better for anything other than holding the baby longer? We will put baby into a True Fit or a MR65 when he/she out grows the infant seat.....</p>
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<p>After looking into seats we like</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSafety-1st-Aerolite-Travel-System%2Fdp%2FB002XLK22A" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Aerolite-Travel-System/dp/B002XLK22A</a><br><br>
<a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3776330" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3776330</a><br><br>
<a href="http://www.babytrend.com/travel_systems_stroller/TS23725.html" target="_blank">http://www.babytrend.com/travel_systems_stroller/TS23725.html</a></p>
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<p>The baby trends one I know the stroller lays flat in and I like that.</p>
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<p>But out of these seats which is prolly the safer?</p>
 

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<p>They are all equally safe, they are all tested the same.</p>
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<p>I do not like the baby trend seats, they are small and narrow and do not last long, so I would cross that one off personally.  The other 2 are good though.  I hate travel system strollers personally.  I think i like the graco better of the 2.  The safety first one you posted has the older base so that would lead me to think that system is at least a year old and I probably wouldnt go with it.</p>
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<p>I have tall kids, so the lower weight infant dont last me more than 3-4 months before they are outgrown.  I NEED the bigger seats.  It is just a personal preference thing though.  I *think* the true fit and MR65 can be used from birth.  If that is the case I would be more likely to get that and a good stroller and skip the infant seat alltogether</p>
 

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<p>I used a Graco Snugride 35 (still use it for a backup) and the thing I love about it is that it is the easiest thing in the world to install using the seatbelt lockoff.  It literally takes me 30 seconds to install the base and there is no guesswork about it.  So that's great.  The bigger Snugrides (32/35) also actually fit newborns better because the slots are lower.  It just seemed like a better all-around seat to me compared to the less expensive Snugrides.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>creekprincess</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282130/talk-to-me-about-infant-car-seats-please#post_16079222"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Are the higher weighted seats better for anything other than holding the baby longer? We will put baby into a True Fit or a MR65 when he/she out grows the infant seat.....</p>
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<p>After looking into seats we like</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSafety-1st-Aerolite-Travel-System%2Fdp%2FB002XLK22A" rel="norewrite" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Aerolite-Travel-System/dp/B002XLK22A</a><br><br>
<a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3776330" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3776330</a><br><br>
<a href="http://www.babytrend.com/travel_systems_stroller/TS23725.html" target="_blank">http://www.babytrend.com/travel_systems_stroller/TS23725.html</a></p>
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<p>The baby trends one I know the stroller lays flat in and I like that.</p>
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Newborns fit well in both the True Fit and the My Ride (sometimes better in the My Ride than in the Graco buckets!)  It would not be unsafe to use the convertible right from birth.  You could use the $100-150 you saved on an infant bucket towards a really nice baby sling or wrap, instead of carrying baby in the car seat.</p>
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<p>If you are set on the infant seat... There is no way to know if one car seat is safer than another.  The only info we have access to is whether or not they passed the safety tests.  All seats on the market passed the safety test (obviously).  So, if the car seat installs well in your car and fits your baby well, it is as safe of a car seat as you can buy.</p>
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<p>I skipped the travel system.  I didn't ever like any of the strollers that came with the systems.  They were too huge and heavy.  I figured, I'd rather invest in the perfect stroller, since I'd be using that years after getting rid of the infant seat.  Several non travel system strollers can accommodate infant seats (some require an additional adapter).  Or, you could get a Snap-N-Go type thing that fits almost any infant seat, which would buy you some time to find the perfect long-term stroller, like a Maclaren or BOB.</p>
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<p>Personally, I find it to be a giant pain to have an infant seat that requires that the handle be down in the car (been there, done that).  For that reason alone, I'd skip the Baby Trend seat.</p>
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<p>You are right, the main benefit to the higher limit seats is that they fit babies longer.  If you're not planning to use the infant seat more than a few months, this might not be a selling point for you.  However, the regular Snugride (the 22 pound version), has very high bottom harness slots, and does not always fit small newborns well (the harness slot must be at or below the level of the baby's shoulders).  I'd skip that one too.  The Snugride 32 and 35 actually fit small babies better!</p>
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<p>The Safety First On Board could be a good choice.  It is not too pricey, it has low bottom harness slots, so that it fits even tiny newborns.  It fits tall, heavy babies too, in case you did want to use it for a long time (or, have it on hand as a back-up or travel seat).  My skinny boy still fit height-wise and weight-wise at 2 years old!</p>
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<p>The Chicco infant seats are also great.  They're well padded, easy to install, fit small newborns well, etc.</p>
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<p>The best way to shop would be to head to a store like Babies R Us, where you can take the seats out to your car to see how well they fit/install.  Then, choose a seat that has low bottom harness slots, and preferably a front harness adjuster strap.  This mechanism makes it much easier to get the straps tightened well, vs. the clumsy adjust-in-back style common in less expensive seats.</p>
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<p>Good luck and congratulations on your new little one!</p>
 

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<p>Thank you all for your suggestions and help. we still have not made a decision...good thing we have some time :) Anyone else reading feel free to weigh in on this.</p>
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<p>Thanks again!</p>
 

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<p>We have a Graco Snugride 35 and love it!  It is very padded and comfortable feeling and it is wider around the top half of  the seat so there is a lot of room to move arms around.  DD is 1 year old and 23 pounds and fits great and seems to like it.  It was a good fit right from the beginning.</p>
<p>We have a stroller frame that you just snap the seat into and that is extremely convenient sometimes.  I wear her a lot but there are times when it is wonderful to be able to keep her in the seat for a little while, mostly involving sleep.</p>
<p>Congratulations on your new LO!</p>
 

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<p>Double post</p>
 

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<p>I would buy your car seat for your car seat and your stroller for your stroller. I've got a Chicco Keyfit and a second hand Inglesenia Zippy I scored on Craigslist for $40 (car seat is new). I also saved for/was gifted a BOB which I ADORE, but I'm struggling to spend $80 on the infant adapter, so for now, we are using the Inglesenia. There are some great deals on really good strollers on albeebaby right now. You could do something like a <a href="http://www.albeebaby.com/the-first-years-y11121-indigo-urban-life-gray-stroller.html" target="_blank">First Years Indigo</a> and a clearanced <a href="http://www.albeebaby.com/graco-infant-safeseat-step-1-8a15nct-nectar.html" target="_blank">Safeseat1</a> (same as the Snugride 35 but with a 32lbs limit) for just over $200 and end up with a really good stroller, which you will really use a lot longer than the carrier. </p>
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<p>I would think about where, when and how you will use the stroller and what features are important in the car seat, and then do price research to get what you need. For instance, I really wanted a stroller where the baby could face me in the stroller, and one that would take the carrier w/o buying a new adapter. I was all set to buy that First Years when I found the Inglesenia, so we're using that for now. When we got the BOB we really needed something for our dirt road that would let me actually walk on our street. Also, fold of the stroller was big for me. I love my BOB but hate that it doesn't stand on it's own when folded. </p>
 
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