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Car Seat...

Our car seat is out dated, so we are in the market for a new one. Last time we had a bucket seat (the kind with the handle that pops out of the base strapped into the car) and then moved to a rear facing seat after I couldn't lift the seat and baby anymore!! But I was really broke when we bought that one and didn't have much choice beyond the cheapest one, and now would like to get one that is more functional/comfortable/easy-to-use/etc...

What did you like/dislike about the seats that you have used for newborns??

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We have a britax and LOVE IT! After owning a britax I won't buy any other brand. We have decided not to get a infant carrier this time around and just go with a Universal car seat that can be used for extended rear facing.

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I am also in the market for a new seat due to the same situation. We were pretty broke last time and I just bought the cheapest travel system at Wal-Mart. (Cosco) I HATE everything about the whole system and refuse to use it again!! I have been researching and so far I like this Chicco carseat. It has high review ratings and goes rear-facing up to 30 pounds. My last one only went rear-facing to 22 pounds, which obviously forces you to buy a new one sooner.

Another one I've been looking at is this Baby Trend that also goes up to 30lbs rear-facing (and this one specifies 30 inches in length).

I am not done with my research and have not made a decision. I am also considering just getting another convertable that is good starting at 5lbs and baby wearing while we are out and about instead of hauling around a kid in an infant carrier. With 2 small kids, this may be the better option considering that you are not supposed to put the infant carrier on top of a shopping cart and I need the main basket area for groceries. Not to mention that I wouldn't be able to push a stroller and a shopping cart at the same time. There's a lot to consider! If you find one you really love, I hope you share the info.

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We have the Chicco Cortina travel system, and I was very happy with it. I will be using that car seat again. I love how super easy it is to click in and out of the base (in both the car and stroller). My only con is that it's heavy, but I have yet to hold a car seat that's lightweight. (And really, being heavy is probably a good thing when it comes to safety). When my daughter got too long for it (she's always been super tall) we switched to the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX convertible seat and love that. I like it so much I bought the same one for my parents and mother in law's cars. If we didn't already have a travel system, I'd probably just buy another Evenflo, since it's range is 5-35 lbs for rear-facing (20-50 for front-facing).

Here's the Chicco:
http://www.chiccousa.com/gear/travel-systems/cortina-22lb-systems/travel-systems-22-discovery.aspx
And the Evenflo:
http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=148&pfid=191

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We used the Chicco keyfit30 for our DS and loved it and will be reusing it again. Once he outgrew the weight limit we moved to a Britax Marathon. Luckily, since we have 2 Britax carseats (one in each of our cars) we will not have to buy a carseat at all this time around - just only transport them in 1 car.

I haven't had any problems with either of those brands.

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We have a Graco Snug Ride that we are going to be reusing for this LO. Loved the ability to scoop him out of the car at once. It lasted until we were able to move DS front facing. We will end up buying another Britax for the big car and another small Chico seat for the compact car.

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We had a Graco something or other with DS1 and I hated that it only went to 20lbs. He outgrew it so fast.

With #2 we got a Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 and it was so much better. I love that it goes to 30lbs and 30 inches. My 13 month old is still in it and not close to growing out of it yet. It is a little heavy compared to smaller seats but wasn't too much of a problem. The main reason for getting this seat, other than the weight/height limit, was that it was compatible with our BOB stroller. We will use this seat for #3 as well.

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I have also been considering only getting the convertible seat and skipping the infant seat. I agree for most of the time (grocery shopping, etc) with the other little ones it is easier to wear the baby rather than carry around the carrier and baby... but I'm wondering how to handle situations like dropping off an older sibling at preschool when the baby is sleeping. It only takes five minutes to drop off the older one, which is of course too long to leave the baby in the car, but also would be a shame to wake a sleeping baby for!

Anyone thought about this??

Heather

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"jhj" wrote:

I have also been considering only getting the convertible seat and skipping the infant seat. I agree for most of the time (grocery shopping, etc) with the other little ones it is easier to wear the baby rather than carry around the carrier and baby... but I'm wondering how to handle situations like dropping off an older sibling at preschool when the baby is sleeping. It only takes five minutes to drop off the older one, which is of course too long to leave the baby in the car, but also would be a shame to wake a sleeping baby for!

Anyone thought about this??

Heather

This is exactly why I still plan to use our infant seat. There were zillions of times we carried my daughter in from the car sound asleep in her seat, and she'd continue sleeping for a long time just snuggled in there. That being said, I do plan to wear the baby for shopping trips w/both kids and that sort of thing, since it will just be easier. I know if you don't already have an infant seat that means spending more money, but for me, having an one is so worth it! There's nothing more awful than having to wake a sleeping baby! (Especially if it's just for a 5 minute dash to drop off something, like you mentioned!!)

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What kind of carrier are you planning on using for shopping trips? I am curious about using one since my 2 year old will still need to sit in the cart during a grocery or shopping trip. I also am going to use an infant seat with this one.

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we'll just use the graco snugride i believe that we have.....I'll use the seat during the cold weather we have here rather than trying to get in/out of carrier.

ds is in the truefit we used rearfacing to forward facing....I'll likely look into a new one for him and give baby the truefit when I'm done with the bucket

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"youngmom08" wrote:

What kind of carrier are you planning on using for shopping trips? I am curious about using one since my 2 year old will still need to sit in the cart during a grocery or shopping trip. I also am going to use an infant seat with this one.

This is part two of my question... I am leaning towards an infant seat and I think it will be handy for quick trips, but with my other two little ones, I am likely to be taking the new baby out and putting him or her in a carrier. Soo... which carrier am I thinking? No idea. I have heard good things about Ergos, but I think they might be better when the baby is a bit older. Not sure if there is a carrier that is good for when they are little and still good when they get bigger. Trying so hard not to have to buy lots of things, since we are trying to consume less, but I definitely need to look into this more!

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I loved my infant seats! Makes it so much easier when you just need to go in and out somewhere quickly and they are sound asleep! My last two car seats were from travel systems. They were nice seats, but their height/weight restrictions weren't very high. Both of my boys had outgrown them by about 5 months and had to move to a convertable. This time we are getting a car seat that doesn't come with a system. I want something with a highter limit for height and weight, especially since this will be baby #3! Not sure yet what brand we'll be getting though, need to do more research on it!

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"youngmom08" wrote:

What kind of carrier are you planning on using for shopping trips? I am curious about using one since my 2 year old will still need to sit in the cart during a grocery or shopping trip. I also am going to use an infant seat with this one.

I will be using a sling or a wrap. I am thinking about a ergo. I am still not so sure. I had a carrier with DS and he would have been able to use it until he was a yr old with height/weight requirements. When he was 3 months old I purchased my Sling and got rid of the infant carrier shortly afterwards since it was easier to use a convertible with sling while out and about.