Convertable Car Seat Decisions?

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Our daughter is now 6 months 15 lbs & 25" long. We are looking into buying a convertable seat to grow with her, and get her out of her 'pumpkin seat' :o) We have a few months before she gowns out of the current seat, but have started looking.



does anyone know anything about this seat:

http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Product...

Alpha Luxe Echelon Convertible Car Seat - by Safety 1st

We don't want to spend more than $150 MAX and want it to go up to atleast 80 lbs that also turns into a backless booster.



Advise? do's / don'ts? pro's con's? the more feedback the better please



Annie W

Middle GA

mommy to Savanah. Wife to James

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Danielle - posted on 09/29/2009

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I like The First Years True Fit. They had one on sale from amazon.com for $150 with free shipping last time I checked. We're using it in my car now and both me and my almost 6-month-old like it. It gets great reviews and goes from 5-65 lbs (up to 35 lbs rear facing). I just bought the premier version for our 2nd car (which is more expensive but has an anti-rebound bar that no other seat has yet so I felt it was worth it). There is a long detailed review of it here http://carseatblog.com/?p=3054 if you want to check it out. By the way, the instruction manual is horrible and takes a while to figure it all out if you're not an expert but I still think it's a great convertible car seat for the money!

Marie - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son is 16 months, 20lbs 4oz, and 30" long. We kept him in his Graco safe seat (infant car seat) for as long as possible until his head was over the top of the extra internal foam. Then I went to a car seat clinic and certified car-seat safety person who recommended the tru-fit. We didn't buy one as they aren't available at Wal-mart - Zellers only -- so we ended up with a Safety 1st Alpha Omega. The strap adjustment for height is really simple, it can be installed with or without the base as long as it's at the right angle.



The downside for me, is now that it's installed in my back seat, I can't reach the release for the straps so they're just staying where they are - snug - for now.



I was also shown a fantastic way to get the car seat down and snug in your seat. It shouldn't move left to right at all if it's in properly. My friend pushed my front passenger seat all the way forward and tilted the back into the dashboard, then she climbed in and pressed her chest into the back of the car seat and wiggled back and forth while pulling up on the UAS strap to tighten it into the seat. Must've taken her about 5 minutes once the strap was positioned into the correct part of the seat.



My 2-cents. :)

Debby - posted on 09/29/2009

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i have never heard of that carseat before but i know that the evenflow triumph advanced is a very good carseat both from my personal experience of using it with my daughter and from when i worked at babies r us and had to attend a semiar by the evenflow company itself

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Quoting Katie:

My son is 4 months and 18.7 lbs, A new carseat has definitely been on my mind lately. I've heard great things about the graco 65, I want to get the best one possible but I can't spend more than 150, its amazing how tight money becomes when a baby arrives. ;)



Yes wow the money situation is funny after a baby, plus relocated 12 hours from HOME and i am able to stay at home with our daughter, which is great but makes money even tighter.  I am glad someone else understands my situation of NOT wanting to spend 300$ on a seat!  i have seen the graco 65 but still cant decide

Katie - posted on 09/28/2009

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My son is 4 months and 18.7 lbs, A new carseat has definitely been on my mind lately. I've heard great things about the graco 65, I want to get the best one possible but I can't spend more than 150, its amazing how tight money becomes when a baby arrives. ;)

Christine - posted on 09/28/2009

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on diapers.com you can buy them with free 2 day shipping if you spend over 50 bucks. also, wal mart has 97 cent shipping if you can find something you like there!

Mikkii - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting christine:

my son is monstrous and we're worried about not being able to keep him rear facing for much longer. he is 4.5 mos 21 lbs 27in. we are thinking about doing the same thing but i am going for one that will keep him rear facing as long as possible.


i'm having the same problem with my son.  He'll be 5 months old next week and is 20 lbs and 27 inches long.  His car seat will fasten at his chest, but not at between his legs. He's just too chunky and too long.  Plus he has massively broad shoulders and looks like he's completely wedged into his carseat.



His doctor said that if he was over 20 pounds and could sit up that he could go into a front facing carseat, but i'm just worried about having him front facing so young.  Of course, there aren't many stores around here that sell carseats and the only ones i can find are either the carriers with a 25 pound limit or front facers.



*sigh*

Christine - posted on 09/27/2009

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yeah even a minor rear-end collision can result in a damaged carseat. never buy used carseats. the graco one gets good ratings and has a higher rear facing weight limit. im looking to keep him backwards as long as possible.

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Quoting dejay:

I would look at finding a gentley used Britax one! Britax is an amazing car seat! My son is only 7 weeks and is 12.5lbs andd 25 inches long, I am running into the same problem everyone here, so I found a Brtiax, and am putting him in a convertiable carseat (still rear-facing)


i am real funny about buying something like this used.  you never know the TRUE history of it. 



thanks though.  good luck with your search

Dejay - posted on 09/27/2009

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I would look at finding a gentley used Britax one! Britax is an amazing car seat! My son is only 7 weeks and is 12.5lbs andd 25 inches long, I am running into the same problem everyone here, so I found a Brtiax, and am putting him in a convertiable carseat (still rear-facing)

Christine - posted on 09/27/2009

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yeah, i think that is the one we are going to get. if it is safer i think it be worth it to save up. plus after he outgrows the 40 lb limit, it goes to 65. AND walmart has it (not as pretty) for 150 with 97 cent shipping. i think you can get it in stores though.

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Quoting christine:

i looked up some reviews on them and the graco "my ride 65" gets pretty good ones and its only around 140. im thinking about that, my cousin has one so i am going to borrow it to see if i like it. we currently have the graco snugride 32 (which is fabulous but very big) and he almost doesnt fit in it. idk im def a fan of graco



http://www.amazon.com/Graco-Ride-Convert...



found this one on amazon earlier.  very cute.  if it was cheaper it would be a great!!!



let me know what you think of that, thanks :~)

Christine - posted on 09/26/2009

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i looked up some reviews on them and the graco "my ride 65" gets pretty good ones and its only around 140. im thinking about that, my cousin has one so i am going to borrow it to see if i like it. we currently have the graco snugride 32 (which is fabulous but very big) and he almost doesnt fit in it. idk im def a fan of graco

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Quoting christine:

my son is monstrous and we're worried about not being able to keep him rear facing for much longer. he is 4.5 mos 21 lbs 27in. we are thinking about doing the same thing but i am going for one that will keep him rear facing as long as possible.



wow he is a big boy!!!  of course our girl is on the small side too!!



the APA now suggest rear facing until 2 years/ 40 lbs



 



i just cant see paying $200+ for one tho. ugh

Christine - posted on 09/26/2009

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my son is monstrous and we're worried about not being able to keep him rear facing for much longer. he is 4.5 mos 21 lbs 27in. we are thinking about doing the same thing but i am going for one that will keep him rear facing as long as possible.

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