Convertible Car seats

Lesley - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Have you switched yet? My son was only 13.6 lbs at his 6 month checkup so I know he could stay in his infant seat for a while yet. I've started looking into convertible seats and I really don't know which one to get. I have a small car so size would be an issue.

What have you decided on, and are you happy with your decision?

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Nayomi - posted on 08/16/2009

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Wow - what a compelling story...thanks so much Erica for sharing that with us...great information.

Erica - posted on 08/16/2009

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I found this info on youtube about Front facing car seats and would like to share it



It is best to keep babies rear facing for safety reasons...

Nayomi - posted on 08/15/2009

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My chubbers is 20.8 right now, so I've been looking. I had a friend let me borrow an Evenflo Victory. I put him in it and he looks so small in it still! But,he seems comfortable and it fits great in the car (we have a minivan). I hate the idea of having to wake him to get him out of it if he falls asleep while we are traveling, but Lord help me, I cannot carry him around in that infant carrier anymore! I guess they can't stay tiny forever huh? :( Good luck on your search!

Nicole - posted on 08/15/2009

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I switched my son's carseat out a few weeks ago when he reached the weight limit on it (22 lbs). We got him a Cosco Scenera convertible carseat from Wal-Mart. It's really cheap, $50! All carseats have to undergo the same testing, so expensive doesn't equal better or safer. The difference between my $50 carseat and a $200+ carseat is features; extra padding, cup holders, brand name, etc. I love this carseat, he'll be able to use it till he's 2 or 3. And he likes it better, he has more room to stretch out! And it takes up less room than the infant carrier did, my husband can put the driver's seat further back and have more leg room. We have a Dodge Caliber and it fits fine in the back seat, better than the infant carrier did.

Lesley - posted on 08/13/2009

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Britax would be my first choice but I can only spend around the $175 range. I have been considering the Evenflo symphony, but it does seem pretty big. Hmmm too many choices! Anyone heard of Maxi-Cosi? I don't like that I'd have to order it online before seeing it but it has great reviews.

Rose Ann - posted on 08/13/2009

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Oh yea, he has been over the weight limit, but we haven't been traveling with him for the past month. He usually stay with either me or his daddy when errands have to be run. I think I'm going to go ahead and go with the Britax and pick it up today.

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2009

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Quoting Rose Ann:

My little man, Boston weighs about 24 lbs. and we've been looking into a convertible seat. I've read great things about the Britax, however...I have a Jeep Wrangler. There's limited room in the rear, how much of a hassle is it to install?


Rose Ann,



I'm not sure which car seat you have but most infant seats I've seen have a weight limit. Mine was a Graco Snugride and the limit is 22lbs. Just thought I'd mention it in case your little guys is over the weight limit of you car seat.

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2009

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I switched my daughter when she was around 4 1/2 months. I found the infant seat too heavy and she was getting so big she looked uncomfortable. I have the Evenflo Triumph Advance. It is 5-30lbs rear facing and 20-47lbs forward facing. I really like it and she looks very comfortable. It is easy to tighten the straps and the cover is very easy to remove for cleaning. I did a lot of research before purchasing a car seat and I am very happy with my choice. She is 8 months now and weighs 21lbs. I have an average sized car I would say but my legs are very long. There is a lot of room left with this seat in the center which I was told is the safest place for them. In Canada the regulations to turn to forward facing when the child is at least 20lbs and 1 year of age.

Rose Ann - posted on 08/12/2009

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My little man, Boston weighs about 24 lbs. and we've been looking into a convertible seat. I've read great things about the Britax, however...I have a Jeep Wrangler. There's limited room in the rear, how much of a hassle is it to install?

Tara - posted on 08/11/2009

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you can always take him to babies r us and try him out in the seats and also see if they fit in your car.

Lesley - posted on 08/11/2009

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yea I thought 2 years old seemed kinda old. not sure what I'll do yet since my son is still really small. I think 2 is more of a suggestion rather then a requirement at this point.

Tara - posted on 08/11/2009

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The car seats aren't designed with the weight and height of the child to be rear-facing for two years. The reason to have them rear-facing is for neck support in a front/rear end accident. I still would buy the Britax Boulevard again even though it doesn't fit in our car that well. I would also then move it to the center seat position as that could allow for more room. We are going to turn her around at 1 year as she will have made the weight requirement by then.

Lesley - posted on 08/11/2009

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well i heard it's rear facing until 2 years old now...are you going to turn your baby at 1 year then?

Tara - posted on 08/11/2009

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I switched at 4 months as I couldn't carry the convertable anymore as I've had 6 back surgeries. We have the Britax Boulevard CS and Annika loves it and its incredibly protective. I had a distant relative who was in a rollover accident, where they ended up in the hospital for 3 days with internal injuries as their car flipped 5 times...Their son was in the Britax and he was observed for 24 hours and had scraps from the flying glass, but otherwise was safe. Yes the seats are expensive but well worth it and will last until they move into their booster seat.

I have a mazda 3 that it is in and with it rear facing one adult still sits in the back, but we only have 4 more months of this and then its forward facing. We felt our discomfort was totally worth her safety.

Brooke - posted on 08/11/2009

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I switched Natalie at 4 months she is tiny then. She is still only 15lbs. I have the Britax Boulevard and I LOVE it best of all Natalie LOVES it..Super easy to install..rearfaces to 35 lbs and forward faces to 65 lbs...she hated her infant seat and screamed everytime she was in it..dr said it most likely caused her to be car sick and to switch her to a convertable seat..and yep never cried again after that.

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