When did you put your baby into a convertible carseat from the infant seat?

Jackie - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 1/2 months old but 20 lbs and very long. He is getting too heavy to carry in his carseat and almost too big for it period! I just wanted to know when other mommies switched to a convertible carseat that was bigger. I know he needs to continue to face toward the back for awhile, but I'm thinking a convertible seat would be bigger for him. Any suggestion of ones you like too? I want to get a convertible carseat that are good from rear facing up to an 80-100 lb booster seat so I don't have to buy any more carseats! thank you!

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Tootie_roll23 - posted on 06/23/2013

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My daughter just turned 5months old and weighs 12 pounds. She is very uncomfortable in her infant car seat. She tries holding her head up and gets very mad. She is also getting to long for it as well. But I don't know if I could possibly get her into a seat that sits up more for her so she is more comfortable.

Hanna - posted on 10/18/2009

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Quoting christine:

you are supposed to keep your baby rear facing as long as you can. we are going with gracos my ride 65 bc it can sit rear facing up to 40 lbs. a lot of people have told me that this is silly bc my sons feet will hit the car seat or he will have to bend his knees. Rear-facing carseats are NOT a safety risk just because a child's legs are bent at the knees or because they can touch/kick the vehicle seat and i absolutely refuse to sit him foreward facing before a year and ill keep him rear as long as i can.


 



that's what she was asking, when did you buy a bigger rear-facing seat. i think she's having the same problem we are having because most infant seats are up to 25-30" and supposed to last until your baby is 1 (since the hospitals tell you that you need to keep your baby rear-facing until the baby is at least  25lb AND 1 years of age), but her baby has outgrown the seat at 6-7 months so she was wondering if it was a common thing to have to use a transitional seat (one of those things that nobody tells you about when you're putting together a registry for your baby).

Christine - posted on 10/18/2009

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you are supposed to keep your baby rear facing as long as you can. we are going with gracos my ride 65 bc it can sit rear facing up to 40 lbs. a lot of people have told me that this is silly bc my sons feet will hit the car seat or he will have to bend his knees. Rear-facing carseats are NOT a safety risk just because a child's legs are bent at the knees or because they can touch/kick the vehicle seat and i absolutely refuse to sit him foreward facing before a year and ill keep him rear as long as i can.

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Kristina - posted on 11/16/2012

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I have a 7 month old and was wondering the same thing it is so hard to get him around

Hanna - posted on 10/17/2009

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I switched mine at almost 6 months as he became too big for it. we had the peg perego 30/30 so technically he still fitted into it, but he wasn't comfortable in it, so we just went and bought the bigger one. just make sure you buy the biggest transitional one u can find i,e, the one that goes to 75-100 lbs, it's a bit more pricey than the other ones, but if your baby has outgrown the infant car seat this soon, you might outgrow the smaller ones earlier too & will need to buy a 3rd seat and this way u should be fine for a while. we bought the evenflo symphony because it's the smallest one out of them when rear-facing, but still goes to 100lbs when forward facing. works great for us. good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 10/17/2009

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my seven month old is weighing 27 lbs healthily she is 29 inches long and wearing 18 mo old clothing she has held her head up since mo 2 and is sitting up all by her self she is rolling over by herself already too not crawling yet but she will be soon she hated the rear facing carseat she would scream for a whole 45 mi drive so when she hit the max weight for that particular carseat i went ahead and changed to the eddie bower ed front facing seat i felt comfortable and she doesnt cry anymore yay i feel that any steps you feel confident enough taking are up to you and how you feel about it and having all the facts

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My 6 month old is 19 pounds & we switched her a few weeks ago to the Alpha Omega (up to 100 lbs) I really like it so far- so much easier than her infant seat! She is sitting up on her own which makes the strollers easier & I have a sling as well. I really like how the seat is rear facing up to 35 pounds since she is growing quick & I want to make sure she is rear facing longer than just the 22 pounds her inafnt seat offered!

I will say that the seat does take a little time to install properly- adjust all the harness's before putting it in the car- it'll be much easier when you do have to take your little one somewhere!

Ashley - posted on 10/15/2009

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My daughter is 19 lbs 10 oz and 27 1/2 inches...I agree with the to heavy to lug around lol and obviously she is just getting too long for it. We r actually buying her new convertible car seat 2morrow! Glad I read the posts cause I was clueless on which one to get also. Thanks for the suggestions ladies!

Amber - posted on 10/15/2009

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I am also using the Alpha Omega Elite and I love it. My son is almost 5 months and has been using it since he was 3 months old. He is a very long baby and out grew the infant seat. This car seat goes all the way up to 100 lbs. I have attached a link to the one that I purchased. http://www.target.com/Safety-1st-Convert...

Kim - posted on 10/15/2009

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Mia's infant seat spent the majority of the time in the car. I rarely lugged that thing around. I use a sling or wrap to wear her when we are out. She just turned 1 and is very tiny for her age. She hadn't quite outgrown the infant seat yet but my friend is pregnant and needs it more than us.

I just put Mia into her new seat a couple of weeks ago. We have a Cosco Alpha Omega Elite. I've heard mixed reviews about the seat but personally so far love it. I've heard a lot of other parents like the Graco Nautilus also.

I am planning on keeping her rear-facing until at least age 2. This seat rear faces until 35 lbs.

I plan to practice extended rear facing because car accidents are the #1 killer of children between the ages of 1 & 2. Even though my state law says 1 year and 20 lbs, babies can't handle the impact of a car accident. FF toddlers between ages 1 & 2 are 5 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury than those that are rear facing.

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Girl, have I got the carseat for you! ;-) Ok, I know that sounds really cheezy, but we just got a new convertible car seat last week and it is FAAABULOUS.
To answer your first question: I hated the infant car seat, honestly. My son is a pretty average height & weight, but I couldn't stand lugging that thing around, so we switched him to a convertible (rear-facing) car seat around 4 or 5 months. The convertible car seat we originally had was an Evenflo Titan (between $80-$100), which isn't anything fancy, but it's relatively inexpensive with great ease-of-use ratings. We recently moved that one to Grandma's car and got a new one - The First Years True Fit. It is more expensive than the Titan (about $150-$200 - Amazon has them for $149.99), but I think it is totally worth it. It has a lot of the same conveniences as a Britax or Peg Perego, but at a much more reasonable price. No re-threading for cleaning or adjusting the belt positions. It is completely lined in foam (EPS foam or whatever it's called). It has a 5pt harness and forward-facing it goes up to 65lbs, due in part to the added height from the detachable headrest. (I think Britax are a little pricey, but some of their seats do have a little higher weight limit, and a lot of people say they love their Britax.)
Built-in belt lock-offs for older cars that don't have LATCH (I know, that's not a concern unless you have an older car, but if you do it is a GODSEND!). I have to say, it just seems to fit in the car better, and it seems to fit my son better, too. It took my husband about 5 minutes to install by himself. :-)

Marcy - posted on 10/12/2009

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We switched my son at 7 months because he was just too long. I would tell you to invest in a Britax, because they will last from now until you child is ready to be out of a car seat/ booster seat. We didn't buy that one initially and it was a big mistake. Look around and see if you can find one that has a higher weight limit for the 5pt harness to be used up to 60 lbs.

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