Car seat options??? Advice please.

Natalie - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My LO is ready for a convertible carseat. I have my eye on a 5-70 lb, rear and forward facing seat, 5 pt harness until 45 lbs.



I know I need two carseats, one for each car.



The infant seat my LO has been using was passed down from another baby. I am sure the plastic is expired and I'll have to replace for the next baby.



Should I get two of these previously mentioned carseats and when the next baby comes along, put them in the extra car in the convertible (5-70) lbs and then get 1st child a booster OR just get one "good" convertible carseat and get a cheaper (but still safe) one for the second vehicle. I think I would then have to buy a new infant carseat when baby #2 come.



BTW- baby #2 isn't on the way yet, so no time frame.

Kid only transported sporatically in second vehicle.



Has anyone put an infant in a 5-70 lb convertible carseat? Do their heads flop forward?

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Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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I recently moved my 5-month-old to a convertible seat that goes from 5-65 lbs, I believe. We got The First Years True Fit. I read tons of reviews before getting it and figured this was the best we could get for the price. I really like it. My baby's head doesn't flop forward or anything when she sleeps... You just have to make sure it's reclined properly when rear-facing. Also I had to take out all the extra infant padding because my girl was already too big for any of it. There's still lots of room for her to grow though and she seems really comfortable and falls asleep in it all the time. I just ordered one of the new Premier versions of this seat for our 2nd car. It's a lot more expensive but has some added features that I couldn't pass up once I read the review about it (http://carseatblog.com/?p=3054). The instruction manuals are horrible had have lots of typos, but the seats themselves are great once you figure everything out. BTW Amazon.com has one of the original ones on sale for $150 right now (Premier is like $265+). If I were you I would get two convertible ones and you can always use one of them for any future babies you might have. That's what we're planning to do :-)

Iysha - posted on 09/21/2009

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I haven't used one of the 5-70 pound carseats but I was going to get one but couldn't afford it when my baby came. I have found that having one carseat isn't too much trouble. There is one car we use most often and when we need to use the other car for whatever reason, we just take the time to switch the carseat over. It takes a little time, but not too much and saved us money.



I also think that since those convertable carseats are more expensive than an infant carseat, that it would be a good idea to have the next baby use the carseat and get the oldest one a booster seat.

Danielle - posted on 09/20/2009

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are there any places in your area that you could hire a second car seat from?

we have a seat like the one you mentioned up top and it seems to work pretty well. just make sure it sits flat or your little one will lean to the side when sleeping (very cute but doesn't look comfortable) but her head has never flopped forward

i would be weary about using the second hand one, but just play it by ear as to what your first will need at that time, just don't be afraid to hire stuff for the second car (no point owning 2 when it isn't needed that much)

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