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Carseats

Just curious what kind of carseat your kiddos are in right now

Brandon is still in his Britax Roundabout, but he's pushing 40 lbs. and I'm concerned about his height. We are going to be purchasing him a new seat soon and we're most likely going to get a Graco Nautilus, but I'm just wondering if we should get it sooner rather than later.

Out of curiosity, do any of you have the nautilus and an infant seat in your cars right now? I'm just wondering how both of those car seats are going to fit down the line.

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Ethan is in an Evenflo Triumph, but he's nowhere near the weight limit. Still, I'm thinking about switching him over to our Sunshine Kids Radian 65. I need to get a new crotch strap for it, they have short crotch straps, but the replacements are extended length (and DH is worried about Ethan's boy parts). I haven't decided yet though...maybe I'll let it go through the summer...

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Benny's in a Roundabout 50 and can still fit in there for a good while. I was very fortunate that after my car was hit, I was able to replace my regular Roundabout with a Roundabout 50 so I gained a lot in the height/weight restriction department AND in the expiration timing, because it was originally from when Julia was a baby. That being said, I'll probably switch him out when the new baby is 6 mos or so, because so far all my kids were happier in convertible seats than in infant seats. I'll need the Roundabout for the baby and I'll get him either a Nautilus or a Britax Frontier. That should last until baby outgrows the Roundabout 50 and Benny can go in a regular booster.

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Just wondering...with the new AAP guidelines, will either of you keep the new baby rear facing until he/she is 2?

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"Hollydoll" wrote:

Just wondering...with the new AAP guidelines, will either of you keep the new baby rear facing until he/she is 2?

I will probably keep Jack rear facing for awhile yet. He seems okay with year facing, especially since he has Grant making faces at him all the time. :rolleyes:

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Eliza is only 33 lbs and still in a Britax Marathon. She will be in it until she outgrows it. She still has one more height notch she can to on with the straps. (they can still be raised one notch). Paulina moved into the Britax Frontier at 4 with the 5-pt harness so that is likely what Eliza will move into next, unless there is something better. It will be a five-pt harness and she will be harnessed until she outgrows that by weight. For Paulina, that was just a year ago (age 7).

If I was preggo, I would keep the baby rear facing as long as possible now that I have read about the internal decapitation risk with forward facing. :eek:

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I definitely plan on keeping this next baby RF until 2, or as close as possible (should baby outgrow height/weight for rear-facing).

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When our kids are grandparents, wonder what they will be riding around in? Bubble wrap, 7 point harnessed ? Dirol

Seriously, don't you wonder? I mean, when my parents were kids, there were no car seats. There were rudimentary car seats in my day. Now look where we are! Where will we go, I wonder?

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Well, Benny was rear-facing until 20 months when he outgrew the max restrictions on the Roundabout. But he was a huge baby. So with this one I plan on doing the same. Basically, rear-facing until we can't anymore.

My sister did have to turn my niece around at a little over a year. She would get horribly car sick every single time they drove more than 5 minutes. She was just so miserable that they had to turn her around and it really helped her. That being said, I'd make a similar choice if faced with that situation. But otherwise, I see no reason to turn them around earlier.

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Madi is in an Eddie Bauer car seat that converts to a booster. She's only 28 lbs. so we won't be converting for awhile. She's very content in her seat as is.

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Both kids are still rear-facing, but M is a peanut Smile We have a Sunshine Radian in DH's car for M and then The First years True Fit in my vehicle. Not crazy about the straps in the The First Years True Fit, they tend to get twisted and fasten right at the crotch :S I really like the Sunshine Radian though, wish I would have got that one first!

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Has anyone tried the Symphony 65 DLX all-in-one seat? http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=299&pfid=3097

I ask because I'm thinking of getting it for Taylor and putting Luke in her current car seat. He's almost outgrown his infant seat already! He's such a big boy!

And what is the new carseat guidelines you are all talking about? I haven't heard any of this yet!

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Here's a link to what the AAP has to say now...

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/carseat2011.htm

I haven't tried the Symphony, but I really do like the Triumph LX. I love the infinite slide harness, and I also love that the belt tightener is on the side of the seat. So much easier to adjust than messing with the belts behind the seat, especially around here with winter coats and such. I haven't had issues with the belts twisting either. I liked the one we bought for Ethan so much I got Anna the same seat in a flower pattern!

Since we're on the carseat topic...I was picking Ethan up from preschool yesterday and the 4 year old class was just getting out. A grandparent was there to pick up a little boy. The grandparent put the 4 year old in the front seat, no carseat/booster, and drove away. Never even buckled him in. I almost CHOKED! Oddly enough, this is the second time I've seen this happen with a grandparent at this school. Last time was a grandma and her grandaughter, but it was the backseat. Still, I was really shocked, if someone other than me has to pick my kid up I make sure there is a seat for them and that they know how to use it!!

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Holly, that's insane. He should have known better.

Jaxie, I haven't tried the Symphony but Graco now has an all-in-one and we've been looking at it for the new baby. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4360518&prodFindSrc=rv My only hesitation is that I feel like we need the infant seat for going out and things like that. I do like the idea that it will be the only carseat I would have to buy this little one.

Another question for those of you with more than one kiddo. What is the best carseat placement? I have a Ford Escape so once I have two carseats, what is the best/safest place for both of them to go?

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FOr us, placement wasn't much of an issue, we have 2nd row buckets, so we always put the new baby behind the passenger seat so I could reach baby if DH was driving. I was thinking though, with my new truck, I'm not 100% sure about my oldest. We have the thrid row, and unlike my old vehicle, this one has a shoulder harness in all three spots. I have her sitting on either side right now, but she'd probably be safer in the middle.

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We have a Ford Escape as well, ours is a hybrid, so not sure how/if it differs from the regular Escape, but not much choice but to them in the back seat, each kid behind a front seat, as we have no 3rd row of seats.....

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"Hollydoll" wrote:

Here's a link to what the AAP has to say now...

http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/carseat2011.htm

I haven't tried the Symphony, but I really do like the Triumph LX. I love the infinite slide harness, and I also love that the belt tightener is on the side of the seat. So much easier to adjust than messing with the belts behind the seat, especially around here with winter coats and such. I haven't had issues with the belts twisting either. I liked the one we bought for Ethan so much I got Anna the same seat in a flower pattern!

Since we're on the carseat topic...I was picking Ethan up from preschool yesterday and the 4 year old class was just getting out. A grandparent was there to pick up a little boy. The grandparent put the 4 year old in the front seat, no carseat/booster, and drove away. Never even buckled him in. I almost CHOKED! Oddly enough, this is the second time I've seen this happen with a grandparent at this school. Last time was a grandma and her grandaughter, but it was the backseat. Still, I was really shocked, if someone other than me has to pick my kid up I make sure there is a seat for them and that they know how to use it!!

Holly, if you have car seat laws in your state that that person is violating, then report them to the school. They would then be mandated to call the parent. That child's safety is in your hands!

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I've always done Eliza behind driver's seat, so I could make eye contact with her while I drive when she had the mirror to look into. Plus, Paulina wanted more foot room so with her behind passenger seat, she is more comfortable. That seat can be pulled forward. I have a Camry and when dh is in it, he drives. So, Paulina always has more foot room that way. And, I could never manage turning around and dealing with a baby because I get car sick easily. But, reaching sideways when I am in passenger seat and baby is behind driver worked fine for us.

Lenora, I initially got an all in one for Paulina, before she was born, but she was too small for it. I mean, she could have fit in it by their standards but she looked so small and uncomfortable in it that I made dh go buy an infant seat for her when she was one week old. That was much better.

For Eliza, I had an infant seat that could have lasted until one year except Eliza ended up being too long for it earlier. I really liked the infant seat so I could pick them up while they were sleeping. There is no way to get a sleeping baby out of an all in one without waking them. The infant car seat, with stroller, is a miracle device, as far as I am concerned!

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"elizamommy" wrote:

I've always done Eliza behind driver's seat, so I could make eye contact with her while I drive when she had the mirror to look into. Plus, Paulina wanted more foot room so with her behind passenger seat, she is more comfortable. That seat can be pulled forward. I have a Camry and when dh is in it, he drives. So, Paulina always has more foot room that way. And, I could never manage turning around and dealing with a baby because I get car sick easily. But, reaching sideways when I am in passenger seat and baby is behind driver worked fine for us.

Lenora, I initially got an all in one for Paulina, before she was born, but she was too small for it. I mean, she could have fit in it by their standards but she looked so small and uncomfortable in it that I made dh go buy an infant seat for her when she was one week old. That was much better.

For Eliza, I had an infant seat that could have lasted until one year except Eliza ended up being too long for it earlier. I really liked the infant seat so I could pick them up while they were sleeping. There is no way to get a sleeping baby out of an all in one without waking them. The infant car seat, with stroller, is a miracle device, as far as I am concerned!

That's a good point Kathy. I forgot how valuable it is to have the infant seat when baby is sleeping. I think we will end up going with the infant seat but maybe we'll get the all-in-one when we're ready to move the baby into a new seat.

That is a good point. I think we will end up going with the infant seat and then maybe we'll get the all-in-one after the baby

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"elizamommy" wrote:

Holly, if you have car seat laws in your state that that person is violating, then report them to the school. They would then be mandated to call the parent. That child's safety is in your hands!

I thought of that, however, I didn't think to get a plate number, and I would not be able to identify the grandparent or the child. I might still mention this as something I've seen more than once though, maybe they can do a blanket reminder to the parents.

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"Hollydoll" wrote:

I thought of that, however, I didn't think to get a plate number, and I would not be able to identify the grandparent or the child. I might still mention this as something I've seen more than once though, maybe they can do a blanket reminder to the parents.

That is a good idea

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Claire is still in her Britax Marathon. When DD2 outgrows her infant seat, I'm thinking we'll get the Britax that converts to a booster (Frontier, I think?) for Claire (but not as a booster, as the full seat) and then put Lainey in the Marathon. She'll stay rear facing for as long as we can keep her, hopefully until she's at least 2 and maybe beyond. We tried to keep Claire rear facing until 2, but at 20 months she turned into a baby Houdini and no matter how tightly we strapped her down she could get the straps off her shoulders and turn around in her seat (still had the straps around her waist but would twist in the seat). We thought it was safer to turn her forward facing and have the harness strapped properly, and it did fix the problem.

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We have the Nautilus (I think that's it anyway) and I really like it. I like that it has the higher weight 5 pt harness and then converts to a booster with the back still attached for proper belt placement (the cost is very reasonable also). We went ahead and switched months ago because Pan had outgrown the baby seat and needed the Britax Roundabout (which we still have rear-facing at 18 months).
As far as positioning both seats we have a van with individual chairs so each kid is directly behind the driver and passenger seats.