Car seat recommendations

EVA MARGARITA - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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We change our 9 months old baby girl from his first car seat to a new one where she can be facing at front. It is reconded, she has the right weiht.

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Heather - posted on 02/04/2010

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OK, I hit this same drama on Babycenter when our babies were turning 1. Here, In MAss, it's the law to keep them rear facing until they are 1 and 20 lbs. that said, there are people out there who are adamant that children rear-face until they are 2 or even longer. I can see some people's points, about their child being too big to rear-face, but honestly, (saying this with love here) wouldn't you rather your child break their leg in an accident and not their neck?? I kept my little guy RF until he was 15 mos. The dr recommended at his 1 year appt that I could turn him around, but I mentioned that my carseat RF until 35 lbs, so she said it was up to me. If your having trouble getting the carseat in your car safely, try www.seatcheck.org. if you're in the US, you can make a (free) appointment with a local police or fire dept and they will install your seat properly, as well as show you how. with my carseat, we found that it was much more secure if we used the seatbelt instead of the LATCH system. The Cop tried it in the drivers side, the passenger side & the middle, but we found it sat best in the driver's side with the seatbelt. Now that that carseat is FF we do use the latch and it's fine. Also, sometimes WalMart will hold car seat checks..

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Lisa - posted on 02/07/2010

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Does anyone know of a convertible car seat that will fit in a Chevy Colorado extra cab,not crew cab(2 door)? My husbands truck has a tiny bench seat in the back. My Britax Diplomat won't fit rear or forwarding facing. Any suggestions? I prefer not to have him in the front seat. I usually have him in my car, but if I ever need to drive him in the truck then I'm wondering what car seat would fit?

Vanessa - posted on 02/06/2010

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Many Moms have said this already, but in the US the law is one year and 20lbs. And the reason for that is at one year and older your child's neck, spinal cord, and head is much more developed and stronger. That is NOT to say they won't get hurt in a car accident when forward facing. The website below has good info!

http://www.carseat.org/Resources/FAQs.ht...

Tracy - posted on 02/06/2010

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Ok, I have just looked on the web site, on CHILD CAR SEAT LAW, and certainly in this country is it 9 month to 4 years and min of 20lbs for a group 1 forward facing car seat, it may be different in other countries but thats the law here!!

Tracy - posted on 02/06/2010

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Little bit confused now! Mothercare are recommending that babies should be 9 monhts old, 20lbs and be able to sit up without aid for at least half an hour, are they breaking the law, was I mis sold a forward facing car seat for my 9 month old?

Aimee-Grace - posted on 02/05/2010

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Ok, here is my recommendation on car seats. My daughter outgrew her infant seat by 7 months, too long and very hard to get her in and out of due to her overall size. She was extremely uncomfortable in it. So, I did some research because I hoped to find a car seat that would be her last one. I live in Texas so the law here is RF until 20 AND 1 year old, FF until 70 lbs and 7/8 years old. I didn't want to have to buy another car seat every time she grew. Here's what I found: Evenflo Symphony 65. It will run you around $195-199. It can be RF up to 35 lbs, FF with the harness up to 65 lbs, and then FF without the harness using the car's shoulder belt up to 100 lbs. It is very easy to install, very sturdy RFing, and I love that it will go beyond the weight requirement of my state in both RF and FF. Jasmine is very comfortable now and no longer complains about being in her car seat. It is worth every penny I paid to know that Jasmine is safe and I don't have to buy another car seat ever again! :) I hope this helps you, just do some research and find one that is comfortable for your child and your wallet.

Danica - posted on 02/04/2010

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The reason for the law stating the child must be both 1 yr & at least 20lbs is becauce until they are 1 year old the neck is not quite strong enough to withstand an accident if forward facing. I'm not saying that the child won't get injured at all if they are rear-facing, the odds are just less. Most of us have felt the effects of whiplash at one point or another, just think of how hard that would be on an infant.

Denise - posted on 02/04/2010

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I've actually read several things that are stating that they are thinking of revamping the forward facing idea until as late as age 4! I find it hard to believe, that said, that a pediatrician would recommend forward facing at any young age.

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2010

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This is some good information on why to keep your kiddo rear-facing longer. http://carseatblog.com/?p=5168

I know it may be uncomfortable in some cases to keep them rear-facing, but in most (not all) cases the benefits outweigh the minor discomfort. As a mom we all must do what we believe is right and best for our children. It may not always be the most popular thing and we may even get flack from other groups and even friends. It is always best to do your own research and use what you learned with what you have experienced to come to a conclusion.

At the very least I would not turn any child around until they meet the minimum factory requirements of 20lbs AND 1 year in age.

Missy - posted on 02/03/2010

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I'd like to make a recommendation. When Jadyn outgrew his first car seat, I found a car seat that goes up to 50 lbs, that you can put rear-facing or forward facing. This is the safest alternative that I found to keep my son rear-facing and he fit in it. It was about $80. It sounds expensive but it's cheaper than an alternative.

Kadie - posted on 02/03/2010

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my lil boy is just over 9 months an is getting too big for his rear facing carseat. we asked about the forward facing seats but were told that its safer to leave babies in rear facing seats fro as long as poss even if they seem too big for it.

Diane - posted on 02/03/2010

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They are supposed to meet BOTH WEIGHT & AGE (25 lbs AND 1 year old) to be forward facing. I don't know where you live, but this is the LAW where I live.

Missy - posted on 02/03/2010

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I was told by a bunch of people that it is best to leave a child rearfacing until a year old and 20 pounds. I even asked the doctor's, police officers, and fire department. They told me a bunch of horror stories about children being killed in an accident that could have been prevented by having the children rear facing. I think it's up to you though to tell you the truth. I've got to get to bed now. I'm really tired.

Laurie - posted on 02/02/2010

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I am not sure who is right and who is wrong. I do know at my nine month check up the Dr. said he could be in a forward facing car seat. I think it really depends on your baby. All our babies grow differently. My son has been a little long for his facing back car seat for some time. I put him in his forward facing car seat in my mom's car last night. He loved it. I will leave him in facing backward car seat in my car for another month since he rides with me most and with my mom seldom. I just pray that they all stay safe. My son will be 10 month on the 4th of Feb.

LauraBeth - posted on 02/01/2010

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Laura, I too am sorry for my Harsh words!!! I was just taken back and did get offended, Thank you for writeing back and I am so so Sorry for the loss of your cousin!!! I do not think that you are a selfrightous mom!! I will not put you in that catagory. I think that you are a wonderful careing mother, and I only add the things about the potty training and your baby can read because I recently had some flack on another group that I was apart of. they stated that it would hurt my childs mental development, (needless to say I am no longer with that group) thank you for the kind words you said about me and my son!! And it is true that if you are on this site you have to care. I do believe that you are a nice person, and your other post that you have written very helpful and nice, I completely understand now about your post on carseat!! Oh and the potty trainning in an ADVENTURE, but Gabriel loves when he goes on the potty!! Best of luck to you on the journey of Motherhood!!



Also I came across the wrong way in my Post on CIO, so I completely understand, I do apologize for my harsh words again!!



LauraBeth

Merry - posted on 02/01/2010

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LAurabeth I do not know it all and I definately don't think so. Rear facing carseats can be used up to 35lbs. PLEASE don't put me in the category of selfrightous moms who won't stop telling people what to do. I only said what I said because of my own horror story of my cousins car accident at 11months where she was forward facing and snapped her neck. She didn't pull through and the Docs determined if she had been backwards the strain wouldn't have been on her neck. She was 23lbs and30inches but it was a bad crash. I regret my harsh words and I don't want to call anyone a bad mom because if you are on this site you have to care deeply for your baby and everyone on circle of moms is teaching and learning from eachother. I know your 1st priority is Gabriel because I see your posts often and you sond like an awesome mom. I only reacted badly because my cousins story. I am sorry for offending you I didn't mean to. I actually am a nice person. It just came out badly.
I am curious as to why you would think I would have a problem with infant potty training and your baby can read? I am looking into toilet training Eric now and I have been readingup on it for a week or so. And as I am typng this Eric is falling asleep on my chest while watching your baby can read for the 3rd time today! Heoves it and it's the only time I get to go online to circle of moms.
Again I apologise for my harsh words and I repeate my acknowledgement that you are In my book a great mom and Gabriel is as safe as possible.
Laura

LauraBeth - posted on 02/01/2010

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LAURA: How dare you say that we are bragging about putting our children forward faceing, My son out grew the rear faceing by length and weight!!! As I stated the convertable was not safe rear faceing!! My son saftey is FIRST on my list!! Also as I stated I checked with my Dr. and the LAW!! it Mothers like you the act like they are "know it alls" whio make me sick, just becase my son sits forward faceing does not make him any less safe. Oh and BTW my friends child was rear faceing at 9mo was rear ended in an auto acc. and now that child has brain damage and will never be able to walk( but we are praying that he will pull thur)!! So was it safer for him???? you tell me O wise one!!! Each circumstance is different your child could get hurt rear or forward faceing ( I pray that doesn't happen) I was not Obsessing to put my child forward faceing but what was I suppose to do with a 7 mo that outgrew his carseat?? since you have it right why dont you tell me!!! Also I am Potty trainning him right now and have been usesing the Your baby Can Read DVD's is that okay or should I delay that well since you are the Mother that knows whats best!!!

Merry - posted on 02/01/2010

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My son was 20 lbs at 4 months so should he face forward since then? I don't think so! Why on earth would you put your baby in a more dangerous position? I can not believe all the moms obsessing over putting their BABIES forward facing! Don't we want them safe? Keep them backwards until their 1! Or even 2. What's wrong with being safer? I cantthink it's some sort of bragging right to already face your baby forwards. I would be more proud of a mom who is going to stay rearfacing longer then required by law. Let's keep ourbabies safer. What's the rush??

LauraBeth - posted on 02/01/2010

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We have the Eddie Bauer Vanderbilt Deluxe 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat, We change our son to forward faceing after checking with his Dr and the base police they all said sent Gabriel at (7 mo) meet the height and weight limit to be forward faceing that it was completely fine to do so, I LOVE this carseat! This carseat will last untill he no longer as to be in a carseat!! even though the convertable carseat say they can be rear faceing I dont find them near as strudy when they are in the reat faceing position!! When the carseat is in the forward postion it is like it is part of the car. It does not move at all

Heather - posted on 02/01/2010

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I would recommend a convertable car seat. you can face to the rear usually up to 35 lbs, then turn around to face front up to 60 lbs. Are you in the US?? most states have a law that you have to rear face until they are 1 AND 20 lbs. In my state, they have to be in a booster until they're 80 lbs. We have the Evenflo Triumph And LOVE it. out 2 & 1/2 year old was a big baby, and was chunky, so we got one with a bit larger than normal seat. he's actually small for his age now.. I like the adjustable straps and how easy they are to adjust. turn the knob 1 direction to loosen, the other direction to tighten. check out this link...

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

ours is a different color but the same seat. hope this helps.

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