Carseat thoughts - help.

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AnnaRO's picture
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Carseat thoughts - help.

So Kole is currently working on outgrowing his 9 month onsies. I have to say that even though Lyla was always in the 90th percentile, I was completely unprepared to have a kid this big and growing this fast. He was 16lbs 8oz at his 2 month appointment and 24 3/4 inches long.

Anyway, his infant car seat goes up to 30lbs and 30inches and I'm glad I bought one that goes up that high, but I'm afraid that he is going to outgrow it way sooner than what I've prepared for. I just hope he doesn't outgrow it until October. That way we can turn Lyla forward and then move him to her current seat. So I've already started researching FF car seats and would like your recommendations. I'm not a brand snob and want to buy something that will hopefully last until she is out of car seats entirely.

Also, I may need to be prepared in the event that Kole outgrows his infant seat and then outgrows the convertible that Lyla is currently in before he turns 2, so I feel that I should be researching RF seats that go to a higher weight and height. . . I don't know.

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Had (still do) this for DS1 & love it. He will be in it until the 8yr/80lb rule (so forever) & we just recently took off the 5 point harness. Would be great for Lyla.
Graco Nautlis
http://www.gracobaby.com/Catalog/Pages/ProductListingPage.aspx?catid=10:41||1+10434:4294959691||1

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I doubt he'll hit 30 lbs before October. Teagan gained like gangbusters but she petered out at about 22 lbs at about 4 months old. She's only gained about 4 pounds since! I think you can safely assume he's going to level off in the next few months.

A convertible would work for Kole now until he's like 5-6. You can keep Lyla in her current seat until she outgrows it and move Kole to a RF convertible. Mine goes up to 65 lbs and you might be able to find one that goes higher. Then you can use that carseat for #3 (#3 is in the plan, right?) and move Kole into the booster you'll eventually buy for Lyla. That way you're not compromising the decisions you've made concerning when to turn Lyla and you'll be prepared for whatever may come.

We have an Evenflow Triumph. Not the prettiest thing but it had the highest rating on Consumer Report (which includes safety ratings) when we bought it and its definitely not the most expensive seat out there. Its held up really well.

ETA: I like the Graco Nautilus 3:1 for when we move to a booster. Right now, we plan to keep Teagan in her current seat until baby #2 comes. She won't have outgrown it weight-wise by then but it'll be easiest to give new baby her seat and get her a lean mean booster. Getting a booster might help us keep the car we have instead of having to buy a car with a third row.

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My concern is that he'll outgrow the height, because although it says 30" the height that matters is the torso height not the overall height. As long as the straps are at or below his shoulders AND his head is below the top of the seat, he's good though. If he's in 9 month onesies, sounds like he has a long torso which is why I'd watch the height more than his weight (unless he competes with Simon, he'll fine there lol).

As far as what to do about seats when he does need to move, I'm not a huge help. I'm confused myself! I'm already debating what I want to do with my unborn child. Lol She'll go in Aiden's old infant seat, but since Aiden didn't a year out of it I'm not hopeful that she'll get a year out of it. At the rate Aiden is growing these days he'll be rear facing till 3 in his marathon 70. I'm wondering if I want to get Aiden another seat that will work as a booster one day and let baby girl have his marathon or if I want to keep Aiden in his marathon and get her a new seat. Right now I'm leaning towards baby girl being put in the marathon and getting Aiden another seat. Which seat depends on exactly how old and big Aiden is. Maybe the frontier if I feel okay forward facing him (harness to 85 pounds and then a booster to over 100 pounds) or maybe the Radian (maybe) since it can rear face for longer and then still be used as a booster. I think the current recommendations is harness till 5 or 6 and booster till 9-10? I'm usually more on top of this stuff in my head, but I'm not in my right mind after traveling and not sleeping.

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We currently have two First Years True Fit Premiers and love them. You don't have to re-thread the straps when you need to go up another click. They RF until 35lbs and FF to 65 lbs. They are comparable to the Graco My Ride but the True Fit has a rebound bar for RFing that I just love as a safety feature.

For a carseat you can get the most life out of - Radian is the way to go. FF to 80 or 85 depending on model. I think it RF until 35-45 somewhere in there. I would have gotten one of these, but they don't install well in a Honda CRV.

Highly recommend going onto carseat.org and asking for their opinions regarding your specific vehicle.

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Mel, what is it about the CRV that they won't install well? Our Subaru has one of the deepest backseats on the market and installation of our Evenflow is a piece of cake. When we move to a booster, I'd prefer one that has a short profile without compromising safety of course. My DH has to sit with his seat reclined because of his back and the Evenflow will not fit behind his seat RF (making roadtrips FUN). It baaaarely gives T enough room for her legs if its FF. She'll be comfortable enough but I suspect she'll kick DH in the head quite a bit.

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

Had (still do) this for DS1 & love it. He will be in it until the 8yr/80lb rule (so forever) & we just recently took off the 5 point harness. Would be great for Lyla.
Graco Nautlis
http://www.gracobaby.com/Catalog/Pages/ProductListingPage.aspx?catid=10:41||1+10434:4294959691||1

We have this one too Smile

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Mel, what is it about the CRV that they won't install well? Our Subaru has one of the deepest backseats on the market and installation of our Evenflow is a piece of cake. When we move to a booster, I'd prefer one that has a short profile without compromising safety of course. My DH has to sit with his seat reclined because of his back and the Evenflow will not fit behind his seat RF (making roadtrips FUN). It baaaarely gives T enough room for her legs if its FF. She'll be comfortable enough but I suspect she'll kick DH in the head quite a bit.

Radians are known for being tricky with installs. I'm not sure if the slightly redesigned Diono one has improved this or not (probably not sadly), but being difficult to install keeps it from being recommended for every vehicle. It's the one negative about the Radian, but I still recommend it because they're fairly easy to find and they last a long time. What kept me from getting that over the britax marathon is that I couldn't try one out in my car first before buying. One thing I love about my marathon is that it's super easy to install (even with seat belts) and no rethreading of the shoulder straps. It works in the majority of vehicles well. Radian is known for needing a pool noodle and some thinking to get a good, proper fit when rear facing.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Mel, what is it about the CRV that they won't install well? Our Subaru has one of the deepest backseats on the market and installation of our Evenflow is a piece of cake. When we move to a booster, I'd prefer one that has a short profile without compromising safety of course. My DH has to sit with his seat reclined because of his back and the Evenflow will not fit behind his seat RF (making roadtrips FUN). It baaaarely gives T enough room for her legs if its FF. She'll be comfortable enough but I suspect she'll kick DH in the head quite a bit.

I believe it's the angle of the seats. The CRV has seats that angle back a bit and it doesn't fit properly with the Radian RF. It's just fine FF though. If we don't sell the CRV we'll be getting two Radians, face DS and DD forward and put the baby in the middle (a year from now hopefully! LOL) And Yes, Radians have install issues with many cars which is why I recommend hitting up carseat.org to confirm it will work properly in your car, and having it installed by a professional at your local police station and then either training yourself to do it, or never take it out! ha ha

The True Fit is pretty easy to install (not that I've ever done it) but DH has and the techs Love how he installs it and don't have to fix anything. He has more trouble installing the base for the infant car seat actually!

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Not reading this one on purpose! I'm avoiding thinking about carseats and switching everyone into what will work with as little money spent as possible and HOLY CRAP this reminds me, I don't have the infant seat washed up or even located. Oh geesh, see this is why I avoided this thread Biggrin

Good luck Anna and everyone else. Can someone just tell me what to buy with as few words as possible and links would be great? Thinking makes my head hurt ROFL

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I really like the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 (previously linked). It's affordable but well made and fits into our small car (Jetta), and they can use it until they're entirely grown out of safety devices.

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