Question for the Answer Box (i.e. responses from YOU!): What type of car seat do you recommend starting out with -- an infant seat that also serves as a carrier or one that is a convertible style? Please give me pros & cons as we need to decide soon.
Last edited by MissyJ; 10-02-2013 at 10:04 AM.
Definitely pros and cons to either, and this is a decision DH and I were recently discussing!
Pro- can potentially use the same seat for a long time (some seats go all the way from infant RF to FF to booster)
Con- have to get the baby in and out of the seat each time
Pro- can get baby completely ready inside the warm house, then just bring the seat out and click it into place. If baby falls asleep on the drive (as mine often did), you don't necessarily have to wake them up, just bring the whole seat in. But you still have the option to leave the seat in the car and just grab the baby, if that's what the situation calls for.
Con- those suckers can get heavy, especially as the baby gets bigger! Plus the infant seat will only last you about a year (my kids outgrew it at about 13-14 months), and then you'll need to get a convertible anyway.
All that being said, we decided on the infant style seat. Our next baby is due in January, and we live in a land of chilly winters! Being able to bundle up inside was a big factor!
No wrong decision here. Good luck!
If your baby is going to be smaller in the winter months then I say carrier style, because no one wants a chilled baby. If they are going to be over 6 months or so then go for a convertible. Also if you plan on wearing baby a lot and not putting the carseat in the cart while trying to shove groceries around it, then convertible. We have a carrier style (was bought for us) and it has been out of the car once in the past month when we were riding in someone elses car.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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