Infant carrier style or convertible car seat for newborn?

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Infant carrier style or convertible car seat for newborn?

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.

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Definitely pros and cons to either, and this is a decision DH and I were recently discussing!

Convertible:
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

Infant seat:
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!

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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.

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"indianajones" wrote:

Definitely pros and cons to either, and this is a decision DH and I were recently discussing!

Convertible:
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

Infant seat:
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!

I completely agree with this. I also wanted to mention that at least in the beginning, the infant carrier is the more economical option as you can get 1 seat with two bases. The bases are relatively cheap (or anyway, cheaper than a second carseat) so it is easy to switch the baby seat between two cars if you have two parents who are going to be driving and picking up, such as with a day care situation. But then again, you will eventually end up needing two convertible seats, so in the long run it is more expensive.