researching infant seats

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researching infant seats

So I'm stuck between the Chicco Key Fit and the Baby Trend Flex Loc. I know a lot of you girls picked the Chicco Key Fit. It is shorter in length. That's one major point because the seat not only will be in my Honda Accord, but in the back of an extended cab F-150. The thing is I really like the idea of the rigid latch system of the Baby Trend. Anyone used the Baby Trends? Also, not sure the triangle handle is helpful or not. So many things to think about still. I'm trying to make a list with costs for my DH so we can both get a feel for the budget. (cost between the two isn't great enough to factor in to the decision)

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My SIL has the baby trend one. I have no idea how she liked it, but my niece was pretty big and she used it a long time. So I know she didn't absolutely hate it. I know the handle is one of the things that made her choose it..that and she liked the stroller. Smile

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Can you go somewhere and play with both? I decided to get the keyfit over the babytrend because of the way the babytrend releases from its base(the release is under baby's feet). Installed in my car you really have to jam your hand down between the seatback and carseat to pull the release, I guess I have cushy seats and it digs into it more than in other cars?? I couldn't see how people could stand having to wedge their hand in there if the seat installs like that in all cars, so it must just be my car.

Sucks though, babytrend had MUCH cuter patterns, but overall I liked the features on the keyfit better.

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I have the Chicco & really liked it. It was very easy to use. I thought the handle was easy to carry. I love the canopy to block the sun, etc. I love how deep my DD sat down in it. I really felt like she was safe. I'm reusing it with DS.

I never compared the BabyTrend though... so I'm no help on that comparison. GL deciding!

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"Majka" wrote:

Can you go somewhere and play with both? I decided to get the keyfit over the babytrend because of the way the babytrend releases from its base(the release is under baby's feet). Installed in my car you really have to jam your hand down between the seatback and carseat to pull the release, I guess I have cushy seats and it digs into it more than in other cars?? I couldn't see how people could stand having to wedge their hand in there if the seat installs like that in all cars, so it must just be my car.

Sucks though, babytrend had MUCH cuter patterns, but overall I liked the features on the keyfit better.

I agree! Try them both in your car and see which one gets a more secure fit!

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getting them and trying them isn't really an option. I would have to order them both and then ship one back. All I have is Target and Walmart and they don't carry those in the store. I think I'm going to get the Chicco b/c the length is smaller and it has really great reviews. I talked to my sister yesterday. She works in a NICU and all the "girls" (nurses) that have been having babies did tons of research and all seemed to go with the Chicco, so she followed suit.

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I went with the Chicco for a similar reason. My SIL is a l&d nurse and she and all the other ladies at work see a lot of car seats come through there, and they say that most people can get the best fit on their child and in their cars with the Chicco.

*Speaking of which... I've got to get O's car seat from my dad's house and get it in the truck.*

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Yeah Chicco is a preferred seat for newborns and especially preemies. For a long time it was the only seat that had a low birth weight limit, now lots of them do, but that doesn't mean they actually fit tiny babies very well.
The keyfit has a very good track record.