I have great faith in Britax carseats. They are WONDERFUL and can last from infant to around 40 lbs! The only bad thing about them is they stay in your car, no toting around these monsters. So for right now, I bought a Graco infant seat and after she grows out of this, we're getting the Britax Marathon. http://www.babyuniverse.com/pro.asp?id=83695
I've heard to stay away from Evenflow's because they tend to fly out of their bases, even when properly secured....
The Graco snugride infant seat has great safety ratings and is really affordable. I like infant seats so you can bring them in and regulate the temperature better (we are having December babies, after all!)
We used the graco snugride with dd and it worked great. We'll use the same one with this dd, too- it wasn't that long ago! I registered for one of the Britax- but I don't think anyone will buy it for us. They are SOO expensive. SO we'll just get another graco when she outgrows the infant seat. The safety ratings are good AND they are more affordable, and dd # 1 is comfy in hers (it fits her well-which is really important for safety) We pretty much spend equal time in my vehicle and in DH's so that equals 4 carseats. We have to consider price.
Affordable infant bucket:
graco snug ride is rated very well
Not so affordable bucket:
Best infant/toddler (non bucket) type of seat:
marathon (goes to 65 lbs)
roundabout (but only goes to 40)
evenflo triumph (most affordable, well rated but only goes to 40)
A lot of smaller newborn babies will not fit into infant/toddler seats well at birth as the highest shoulder slots will be too high up for them. But if you want to get the most bang for your buck, you are better off getting an infant/toddler seat vs an infant bucket seat than another seat later on.
I am starting out with a Peg Perego bucket and will switch to a marathon once the baby hits 20 lbs. I loathe the idea of toting a bucket around but we live in a really cold state that has crappy cold LONG winter so the bucket seems to be the best bet. If I was having a spring or summer baby, I think I would skip it and just take baby from marathon to sling.
I really thought the Britax seats were overpriced hype, but now that we actually own one , im a believer!
We have a marathon and the kids are so comfy in it, the straps rock, they never bind or twist and adjusting the tightness depending on clothing is a breeze. The kids fight as to who gets to sit in it so I guess they like it as well. The bonus is that it goes to 60lbs (65?) so you dont need to replace it as quickly as other seats so it actually doesnt costs as much when comparing it to 3 seats ykwim?
Im going to use a bucket for a bit b/c of the weather, then buy another marathon.
Same thing here too. DS is in a britax marathon and Daphne has one too waiting for her (some friends got her the cute floral one as a gift!
) I did get a "bucket" seat too for the beginning because it's nice to tote them in and out when they are tiny and sleeping. Plus, with one 3 year old already, I need to have that bucket for grocery shopping or whatever. LOL
we do a graco snugride bucket for the first 6 months or so. it's especially convienient in the winter so you can snuggle babe in before going out in the cold.
at 6 months (when she was about 18 pounds), we switched k to the evenflo triumph 5. britax was just too pricey for us and the evenflo is rated very high as well. it's a great carseat, easy to use and k loves how comfy it is!
I'd say the Britax Marathon is best since it goes to 65 lbs. We are getting one for my older son for his 3rd bday, since he's almost outgrown his other carseat and I don't want him in a booster at such a young age. We're getting a cheaper but very safe Evenflo Triumph 5 for the baby and when s/he reaches 40 lbs. and outgrows it, we'll switch to the Britax and put Julian in a booster- he'll be at least 6 by then. I wish we would have just gotten the Britax to begin with instead of going through 2 other carseats already.
We just sprung for a pricy Britax Baby Safe - it is the lightest bucket seat, which seemed really important to me after lugging our monster Evenflo seat around last time. The downsides - it seems to be the most expensive bucket seat right now and pretty ugly too - BUT I found it online for 1/3 the cost at littlefolks.com. I figured if you divide the cost by the time we used it last time it came out to be more reasonable. However, I'm not really convinced it will be so much greatly safer than a graco etc. Just lighter, which for me is really important. Also easy to install - which is great for me but crucial for mechanically challenged DH.
Another Britax vote. I've been using the Marathon w/ my toddler since she outgrew her Snugride at 6 months.
I never really cared for the Snugride really. The straps were always getting messed up underneath the seat, and it just didn't seem like that comfortable of a ride. But, we're using it for our next baby just because we still have it. I can't wait to get the baby into a Britax though. As soon as we decide we don't need the infant travel system anymore it's bye-bye Snugride.
As long as you don't have a super tiny baby and don't care about not having a bucket then the Britax is all you need. Seems pricey, but if you only have to buy one seat, it's actually cheaper.
We used the Marathon from the get go with ds1 and are planning on getting another one for ds2. Ds1 was 8lbs at birth and got down to 7lbs11oz, so not huge but not small either. The fit was great, very snug and secure (the straps go down really tiny). It does look kind of funny to have a tiny baby in such a huge seat, but I think it's safer than a bucket. Supposedly it fits all the way down to 6 pounds, but I'm not sure a baby that teeny would fit well in it. I'm guessing ds2 will be at least 9lbs, so I'm not worried about it!
Originally Posted by anniegirl
Supposedly it fits all the way down to 6 pounds, but I'm not sure a baby that teeny would fit well in it.
I've got the manual here and it says 5 lbs and 18" is the minimum. Wow that's tiny! It is such a big seat I can't picture such a teensy baby in there, but it's safe. And the maximum limit for the seat is 65 lbs, which I think is the highest on the market. It's such a great seat really.
we bought a britax!!! thanx mamas....took alot to convince dh but the babiesrus salesperson explained to him how the European safety standards were so much higer to ours and the Britax was the only one bru sold that met the European guildelines. also, that the britax was tested for side impact air bags and the us manufacytured ones were not. i think that really got him. plus, there are many that say "up to 100" lbs. but they dont go to 65 lbs. IN THE HARNESS! that is a biggy for me.
btw, we found the seat at babyuniverse.com at the normal price but they shipped for free! also, i ordered a crib from them and shipping was $6.95!!! how cool huh? what is the crib for? well, the baby will EVENTUALLY sleep in his own bed (the 7 year old is beginning to now so i can hope, can't i? lol!). Plus, i have this really cute classic winnie the pooh bedding to put on the crib and i just couldnt let that go to waste!
thanks mamas! you helped me convince dh to go for the cadillac of carseats and i feel so much better about it. im sure the others are safe but this way we only have to buy ONE instead of 2 or 3. also, babyuniverse had many other options (colors) in the britax (we got the marathon).