Carseat??

Carley - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

4

25

0

My little girl has pretty much grown out of her carseat now and i am looking at getting her the next stage one except i havent got a clue!! Any ideas or reccomendations??
Thanx
Carley x

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

16 Comments

View replies by

Amy - posted on 11/24/2009

4

16

0

After borrowing a friend's Britax Boulevard carseat to use for our 3 year old nephew, we decided it was SO easy to use that we would buy one for our 9 month old who was outgrowing and, frankly, really sick of her super-reclining infant seat! I really liked how easily adjustable the Boulevard was - you just turn a knob to adjust the height of the shoulder straps! I found the 2008 model (the same one my friend had) on closeout at www.albeebaby.com for $169 - about half the BrUS price! They have many models on closeout, so check their website even if you find another brand/seat you like... My daughter *loves* the new seat - she sits up higher and can see more, and it doesn't bother her that she isn't so reclined as she was in her infant seat. Good luck!

[deleted account]

Your baby girl should ride rear facing until she's 1year old. A friend of mine had this same problem and the doctor recommended getting a convertable car seat. They tend to have more room for length and size and you can use it front facing when she's old enough. Good luck!!!

Melissa - posted on 11/20/2009

33

93

2

I just got a convertible car seat for my son, he is 9 months old as of today.. He's only 20 pounds but he's 30 long so he's hanging OUT of his infant seat.. It's really nice cosco one which reclines alittle as well of rear and front facing one... And it's really confortable for when we make our family trips to Nebraska

Renee - posted on 11/20/2009

85

5

20

http://www.elitecarseats.com/custserv/cu... This should have all the information you need for your state providing you live in the states ;) I know that it is not 100% correct. In MI they passed a law last year saying that they had to be in a booster until 8 or 80 lbs. You should be able to check your states web page and find out for sure what the laws are in your state.

For my three year old we have a Fisher Price safe voyage deluxe--I love love love this car seat! It is a britax with a FP cover. Her back up seat is a Cosco Scenara I hate it with all my being. The straps don't tighten down like they should. They get tangled up and she ends up being way to lose for my liking.

When Benjamin outgrows his graco then he will go into the FP and the three year old will get a Graco Nautilus I think. Either that or a Sunshine kids it will depend on money at the time.

Karrington - posted on 11/20/2009

138

20

19

Quoting Gloriana:

I actually just went to the dr and she told me the new carseat law is: A child must be in a rear facing carseat until 2 years old now. I'm also trying to find a good carsear there are so many out there and they can get expensive.


Babies need to be rear facing until they are ATLEAST 20 pounds AND 12 months old. They are recommending that a child stay rear facing for as long as possible and as close to two years old as possible.

Deborah - posted on 11/13/2009

9

20

0

i wanted to make sure i got one that reclined a little and was comfortable for her, since she hates being in her car seat anyways. i also was on a budget. i went to burlington coat factory and got a real good one for $100. i like to go on line at babys-r-us at view the comments people say on the products.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

1,606

10

224

Use a convertible seat. She still needs to be rear facing in many places by law. It's actually safer for them to be rear facing as long as they are able or 2 at the oldest. A convertible seat solves the problem because it's big enough and safe. We have a Cosco for my son and a hand me down Britax for my daughter. Both have done very well for us.

Gloriana - posted on 11/12/2009

13

4

1

I actually just went to the dr and she told me the new carseat law is: A child must be in a rear facing carseat until 2 years old now. I'm also trying to find a good carsear there are so many out there and they can get expensive.

Victoria - posted on 11/07/2009

2

8

0

i have a britax si and it's brilliant, i brought it 5 and a half years ago for my nephew and have used it for all my 3 boys as well, brilliant

Hanna - posted on 11/06/2009

585

9

56

Quoting Carley:

Thanx guys, im finding it hard trying to find the car seat laws over here as i live in the uk!


I grew up in Belgium and my brother outgrew his car seat around 11 months. we had a booster seat for him until he was 3 or 4, from there on, he was big enough to just ride buckled in regularly, without a booster seat.



do you have a store called Baby 2000? or something similar? in Belgium that's the main store that sells all the baby gear (you can get the nursery items in boutique stores, but good quality baby gear is best from baby 2000 (it's the biggest & the most affordable store for these items). i would just go in there and ask one of the employees what the regulations are and they'll probably be able to help you install that seat too. good luck!





p.s. here's the link for the car seat laws in the UK

http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/law/inde...



and i did some research, seems like the two most popular ones are britax & maxi cosi. i dont' know how affordable they are over there, but here, britax is a bit pricey. they say it's the best, but it costs almost double what any other seat costs & we ended up buying a cheaper one (evenflo $160 for seat that goes up to 100lbs as opposed to $300) & seems to work fine for us.

Carley - posted on 11/06/2009

4

25

0

Thanx guys, im finding it hard trying to find the car seat laws over here as i live in the uk!

Hanna - posted on 11/05/2009

585

9

56

You still need a transitional car seat, i.e. the one that can be both rear-facing & forward facing b/c your baby needs to be rear-facing until she is 12 months old (that's a law) and at weighs least 25lbs.



as far as which make & model to buy, you need to go to the store and figure out WHAT FITS IN YOUR CAR. the safest car seat is the one that is correctly installed in your vehicle (i.e. doesn't wiggle, isn't pushed up by the front seat & your baby is properly reclined/safety line is parallel to the ground). unless there's a recall (all those are posted in major baby stores), they're all more or less the same in terms of safety. so if i were you, i would go to babies r us (specifically there because you'll get to try them out -- just leave your license with customer service & they'll bring out as many as you need & have you try to install them in your vehicle & you can try to put your baby in it as well to see which one is most comfortable to get in and out of/adjust for height).



things to consider:



1. budget

2. how big your baby is (my guess is she's not that big if she's only now outgrowing the seat -- we had to do this at 5.5 months when our son started being uncomfortable in his infant seat that went up to 30" or 30lbs, now he wasn't full 30", but he started being extremely uncomfortable in that seat) -- how big do you need this seat to be (i.e. go up to 55, 75 or 100lbs) -- we had to get the 100lb one b/c our son is big and we didn't want to buy seat #3 a year from now (good thing we did, Maxi just turned 8 months on the 27th & is wearing 18-24 months clothes).

3. how much space do you have in your car -- some seats are bulky when rear-facing and not all mid-size vehicles have enough room to install them. we ran into this problem -- the seat that we originally wanted (graco or britax) was way too big to fit in the back seat (i'm 5'11, my husband is 6'1' and i didn't have enough leg room if those seats were installed correctly (i.e. my son was properly reclined).



we finally bought evenflo symphony b/c it's the smallest one rear-facing, yet still goes up to 100 lbs forward-facing.



again, try it out, see what you like. don't go too much by consumer reports & ratings as it really depends on personal preference (i mean, don't buy a joe-blow from the corner, but don't go out and spend $300 b/c it's supposedly the best, the chances are, the $120 seat will work just as well). all seats are made according to safety standards, so the stories you hear about how my son/daughter survived a car accident, was not just due to the seat, but because it was installed correctly in the vehicle (the chances are, if it was a different brand it would have worked just as fine and if you look carefully, you'll find one of those for each and every seat out there). hope this helps a bit. good luck!

Jodi - posted on 11/05/2009

1

55

0

My oldest daughter is in the Evenflo Triumph Advance DLX. I love it. It looks super comfy--I'd like to sit in it! :) It's easy to get her in and out. They're easy to install rear facing AND forward facing. We have two, so my youngest will be moving into hers really soon--rear facing, of course.

Cassie - posted on 11/05/2009

32

25

8

we have two graco comfortsports and our son has been using them since he was about six months old. i bought them both from target. one was $80 and the other was $50, i personally prefer the $50 dollar one (the straps dont seem to get twisted as easily). the only thing i dont like that is when the seats are rear facing they take up so much space that i have to move the front seat up a lot. i drive a toyota corolla and my fiance drives a dodge ram quad cab. it would probably fit better in the middle seat in the truck but the latch system is only on the outer seats. our son seems to enjoy both and we make weekly trips that are an hour drive one way. hope this helps you.

Amber - posted on 11/05/2009

53

28

5

yes...my little girl is just about 9 months old in a big carseat already. BUT, its one for infants also. She grows into it. It can be faced forward or backwards. She just got too big for an infant car seat.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms