Car Seat suggestions?

Kathy - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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My daughter is starting to outgrow her infant carrier, so I need to invest in a convertible car seat for her. Any suggestions on some good ones that are fairly inexpensive?

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Rebekah - posted on 01/20/2010

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I apologize Melissa. I was not trying to criticize your decision or make you get defensive. In my research, I've been convinced that rear-facing infants and children are safer, so I'm VERY passionate about this subject. I really wish everyone would see the potential benefits of extended rear-facing.



I was curious about convertible car-seats in Canada and so I searched the Safe Kids Canada website. According to this direct quote I'm going to assume that convertible car-seats are available (somewhere):



"Sometimes parents want to move their child to a forward facing car seat sooner, but this is not safe. In a crash, a baby could be badly hurt or even killed if moved forward facing too soon. Babies have heavier, larger heads and smaller, weaker necks. A rear facing car seat protects your child's head, neck, and spine. In a crash or sudden stop, the force of the crash is spread across the back. It is the strongest part of your baby's body at this stage.



Keep your baby in a rear facing car seat for as long as is safely possible. If your baby outgrows his infant seat before age one, choose a convertible car seat that can be used up to a higher height and weight limit. Use this convertible seat in the rear facing position until your baby reaches the height limit or weight limit of the convertible seat in the rear facing position."



http://www.safekidscanada.ca/SKCForParen...

Jenni - posted on 01/26/2010

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Sunshine Kids Radian. It's only 17"+ (less than 18" wide - I think 17.2 or 17.3"). I have a Saturn Vue SUV with 3 seats; a Graco HighBack Turbo Booster, a forward facing car seat and currently a Chicco KeyFit30 infant seat. But since my son will outgrow his infant seat soon, I did some measuring and a lot of research on car seat dimensions and safety. I ended up purchasing my Sunshine Kids Radian65 straight through the manufacturer (overall ended up being a better deal - it was on sale and I got free shipping). Babies 'R Us sells them, but only online. If you get one of their 15 or 20% off coupons, look into which would be a better route as far as money goes. I will say, the seat is extremely heavy (due to the steel frame), but it is the only seat I have some across that is that narrow and wilh good safefy ratings. I was recommended it and I recommend it as well. It isn't the cheapest, but isn't the most expensive seat either. A lot less than having to buy a new vehicle. Good Luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hi Kathy! I am in the same predicament with my daughter Caelyn. She is almost to the point of being too big for her seat as well. My brother who has 2 children had told me that the Cosco Scenera Convertible car seat is an excellent seat and actually has really good reviews on Consumer Reports. It can be found at most stores such as Kmart, Walmart, Sears etc. and only costs $55.00!!!!! It features: Rear-facing from 5-35 lbs, forward-facing 22-40 lbs, 4 harness heights, removable cup holder, removable & washable seat pad, 5-point harness with up-front adjustment, 2 position recline. This is the one that I will be getting. And since all car seats have to go through the same safety requirements, this is a good deal without all the expensive fluff. I hope this helps!

Mia - posted on 01/20/2010

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Well, I really don't care if you take offense.

Rear facing is the safest way to sit for an infant. Period. Should you be involved in a collision (or ANY situation where rapid deceleration is necessary) they face much less impact on their fragile spine.
Healthy babies fit in rear facing or convertible car seats just fine, but the health of a baby who doesn't fit is a different subject all together. If your son is already over 20lbs, the safest thing for him is a convertible seat, facing the rear of the car until he is at least a year old. Your son was "too tall" for a normal car seat at 5 months? You must have been misinformed.

Good for you, Rebekah, for being informed, educated and involved and knowing what is best for your child's safety.

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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My baby is quite safe in his car seat, so please dont question that, trying to fit him in a seat he has outgrown with straps that are much too tight doesn't exactly seem safe to me. Im from Canada and the only rear facing car seats available to me go up to 20 lbs then have to switch to forward facing. Obviously my son is more then 20lbs now so i had to put him in forward facing. If its recommended that children stay rear facing to age 2 then how come car seats only go up to 30. All children grow at different rates, so i disagree with that law you have, some babies are born more than 10lbs, there is no way you can wait until 1 year before they grow out of their car seat. Good thing i dont live in your state, cuz i wouldn't be able to take him anywhere, i would be arrested for my child growing too fast. LOL

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Maira - posted on 01/31/2010

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I bought my son a Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Car Seat. He loves it, its very safe, comfortable, looks great, and its easy to clean. He just turned 8 months and its perfect for him. I really recommend it...We've had it for a couple of weeks.

Sara - posted on 01/29/2010

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I don't have time to read through the replies so someone might have already said this. I bought the graco comfortsport a few weeks ago (target had it on sale for $80 plus you got a $20 gift card for buying it ... so really it was $60). I have it backwards now and my son LOVES it. It only goes up to 40 lbs so if you have a larger child you might have to buy another 5 point harness seat at age 3 or 4 depending?? My friend bought the evenflo triumph advance ... it goes up to 65lbs but was a little more expensive. The graco nautilus 3in1 is a great one if you can already face the child foward ... it converts into a booster with a back and then to just the booster so no car seat to buy ever again.

Tammy - posted on 01/28/2010

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i also have the evenflo triumph advance not too expencive and has memory foam in the bottom of seat to make them extra comfy

Christy - posted on 01/27/2010

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I got a great car seat at K mart,for a very cheap price.I researched for about three weeks before buying this car seat, and I must say K-mart had the cheapest I'd found anywhere.They have a lot to choose from too.Good luck on your search.I hope this helped!

Candace - posted on 01/26/2010

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I am looking into the ricaro car seat for my daughter its a racing seat/ accesories company. Wondering if any one has experience with this car seat, as also my daughter is trying to climb out of her infant seat while trying to strap her in.

Jenni - posted on 01/26/2010

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For infant car seat users there are these infant seat covers or these sleeping bag type thingy's that are perfect. I didn't have for child #1, but did for 2 and 3. Love, love, love. I just have a snow suit in the car for an emergency.

Amber - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi I know this reply is kind of late but you may want to check out this web site.

http://babyproducts.about.com/od/carseat...

It was very helpful and provided good info about many of the best car seats. In the end we went with The First Years True Fit Convertible Car Seat. It is a great car seat for a good price and has good ratings :)

Hope that helps

Dasha - posted on 01/23/2010

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I am a huge fan of the Recaro Signo G2. My 8 month old baby girl just graduated to it and its awesome! Comfortable and safe. Word of warning it is a bit big but she is still riding facing backwards (and will be for as long as possible) so it take up more room.

Barbie - posted on 01/22/2010

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We bought an Alpha Omega Elite for our first child (now 4 & still in it) & loved it so much, we got one for our second (8 months) as well. It is convertible, & I love that it is well padded & "feels" safe. Our oldest son was only 18 pounds when we moved him to it, but he was almost 2 (premature & very small) but it hugged him comfortably & gave him lots of support & cushion.

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Mia, I just have to say that women like you are the reasons I dislike this website. (If anyone wants to chat with a supportive, friendly group of moms, I recommend Babyfit.com) You weren't just trying to be helpful or informative, you were deliberately offensive. And you know it. You probably even felt good about it.

Oh, and they do make "buntings" for convertible car seats. J Cole's Bundle Me toddler size is available at any Babies R Us. I guess you aren't that well informed about everything after all.

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2010

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I love the my ride 65 and my daughter is almost 9 months and about 21 pounds. I love that she can rear face to 40lbs!

Meagan - posted on 01/22/2010

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We have a Britax Roundabout and I LOVE it. SO terribly cute with a cowmooflage print, but it was about $300 after shipping from babies r us. It's true, if it's safe it will be hard to find inexpensive, but try Big Lots or Wal-Mart, they usually have some decent prices. The one we have is a convertible and goes up to 63 pounds and is easy to strap on and off, it's just hard to adjust the shoulder level since you have to undo it and take it out.

Julie - posted on 01/22/2010

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Anyway, on to the original question... my son is 8 1/2 months, and I am dreading moving him from the infant carrier, although I know it's time. I'm in Canada, and it's cold!! So everytime we go out I have to bundle him in his snowsuit. Don't get me wrong, he is still safe in his infant seat, but the buckle is getting a little tight. I bought a Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite. Does anyone else have this brand/style, and if so, are you happy with it? Also, any suggestions from those in colder climates on an easier way of keeping them warm other than bundling them up in a snowsuit every time?

Jiena - posted on 01/22/2010

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Wow! One simple question turned in to quiet the debate!
I'm just going to answer the original simple question. We purchased the Evenflo Symphony 65. The new model that came out in Dec 09. I drive a Ford Escape so small size SUV and size was also my concern. It fits in the middle perfect! It also sits flat and doesn't move. They have a simple snap and latch system that took us, oh, 2 minutes to install the whole thing in the car! It has the same ratings as Britax, and it allows for rear facing up to 35 lbs! It is a convertible car seat, so will go face forward and also be a booster seat for later. We are very happy with this seat and my son loved it from day one whereas he hated his infant seat. Hope that helps.

Rebecca - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have the Graco My Ride 65 and I love it! It will let my 7 month old ride rear facing until he his 40 pounds! Then it converts! I think it was around $150.

Mia - posted on 01/21/2010

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"Well aren't we quite the snob Mia".

Hmm, I wasn't insulting anyone, I thought I was helping inform. I am quite positive I didn't resort to name calling, as you have Melissa. If you cannot control yourself, maybe Circle of Moms isn't for YOU.



My apologies to the original poster, I certainly didn't intend to jack your thread. Have you asked your pediatrician? We all have 9 month baby check ups coming up soon. We take our daughter to a chiropractor who specializes in infants (due to birth trauma- I had a very long labor and the OB was concerned for her shoulders from being in the birth canal so long) and she is certified for car seat inspection, and has taken many classes on infant spinal trauma. She recommended the Chicco for the first car seat (which we have) and Britax for a convertible.



I would imagine your pediatrician would be able to recommend a great option that isn't too pricey. I justify the cost as we plan on using the seat for our second child too. But really, no opinion compares to your own research, and making sure you are happy with the product.

Kathy - posted on 01/21/2010

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I know Kristina- I am DREADING having to figure out a way to get her in and out of the back with a 2-door. I would love to get a new car, but mine is finally paid off, and I really don't have the money for such a big purchase right now! I'll let you know if I figure out any new techniques :)

Kristina - posted on 01/21/2010

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I have a pontiac sunfire 2 door and my 8month old is still rear facing it is the biggest pain in the butt to get his chunkyness out of the back seat. I have him in the center of the seat so atleast theres a little room to move but the body just wasn't ment to twist and bend in those directions! I'm thinking a new car would save a headache (once the money shows up). This is probably not what you have in mind and not very encouraging but I feel your pain with the 2 door if I knew I would be starting a family when I was looking I wouldn't have bought the 2 door but I do like my car.. on the upside getting them in and out of the front facing position isn't nearly as difficutl (I can't wait!) If you come across an easier way to get them in and out let me know! :) (Hope this helps a little)

Kathy - posted on 01/21/2010

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Thanks Jessica! I did see that seat as I was searching online. I'm a little concerned because it doesn't look as "sturdy" as some of the other seats out there. I've also read that it hasn't been tested for side impact protection, so that's got me a bit worried, especially since my sport suv doesn't have a middle-seat option. I think I am leaning toward the Evenflo Titan Elite.

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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We have the Britax roundabout, my 3.5 year old just about outgrew it and my 8 month old ( 6 months at the time) outgrew her carrier, so she has it now. It is very easy to install in both directions and lasts a long time. The fact that it lasted so long and is still in very good condition, made the price worthwhile, especially since my second child will get full use out of it.

Melissa - posted on 01/21/2010

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I agree Kathy, thats what circle of moms is about. i apologize to you, but i guess i get defensive when someone says my child isn't healthy just because his size is above average. Im very happy with my car seat, (Safety first) Im from Ontario and the law here only says that a child should remain rear facing until 20lbs, there is no age stipulation, so i didn't see it necessary to purchase a $300 ca rseat when I can only spend $150. All car seats have to meet safety standards so if it wasn't safe to put them in it, then they wouldn't be sold. Good luck to you.

Kathy - posted on 01/21/2010

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Woah there kids. I didn't post this question to start a fight about whats "right or wrong"- I have my mind made up that I would like my daughter to be rear-facing for as long as possible. Although my reasoning is of no concern to anyone else other than me and my family, in my opinion, it is safest for my baby. What you decide is safest for your baby is your own issue. I was simply asking for suggestions for car seats. Those of you that provided that insight, thank you. I appreciate your help, and I will be looking into some of the seats that were suggested. :)

Jenny - posted on 01/20/2010

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We bought my daughter the Graco My Ride 65 convertible car seat. We bought it at babies-r-us on sale. Great buy. My daughter loves it now that she can see out the window. They also have all sorts of colors. I would check Target, Babies-R-Us and Walmart. They all carry it and all have different colors.

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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Well aren't we quite the snob Mia. I thought this was for general discussion not to insult people, but anyway. If you read my post I said that i did research on the convertible car seats and read reviews of how the rear facing position didn't offer good support for the childs head. As a first time mom all i can do is research and listen to other peoples testimony and im happy with my decision. As for my son he is very much healthy and his doctor is very pleased with his growth. The infant seat i had, i was unable to do the buckles up even on the loosest setting, so yes he was "too tall", and i already explained my decision on the convertible car seat. People come on here for support and sharing stories not to be insulted, and i dont think anyone has the right to insult someones child like that. If thats your attitude maybe you dont belong on circle of moms.

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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There are the convertible car seats in Canada, that go from infant all the way up to the final stages, but i checked consumer reports and reviews on a lot of them and they all said the same, that the rear facing position didn't offer support for the head and neck, so i went with a standard infant seat.Its really a difficult decision to know whats best all you can really go by is other peoples experiences. Thanks for you input, I wasn't really offended its just when you read something you never really know what the tone is, you know what i mean. Its all good. No hurt feelings

Rebekah - posted on 01/20/2010

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Rear-facing is safest. So I disagree that a potentially happier baby is more important than a safe baby. Check out the Youtube videos about "Importance of Rear-facing."



In my state, it's illegal to have a child under 1 forward facing.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child be rear-facing to age 2.

All convertible car-seat manufacturers recommend that children stay rear-facing until they reach the maximum rear-facing weight (about 30lbs).

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2010

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why do you want to keep your baby rear facing for so long. My son just loved sitting forward, he was able to see us and look out the window and he would laugh and giggle. I would say just try forward facing your baby might like it, isnt that more important?

Rebekah - posted on 01/20/2010

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The Sunshine Kids Radian is the most narrow car-seat I've ever seen and it has the highest rear-facing weight limit (40lbs). The only problem I foresee with one in your 2-door car is that it might be too tall to fit in the back seat rear-facing. The Britax Roundabout is a fairly short seat with a rear-facing weight limit of 30lbs (I think) that might do the trick... but it's still pretty big.

Kathy - posted on 01/20/2010

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Thanks everyone, for the advice! I am also running into problems about getting a seat that is compact enough for my suv. I have an explorer sport, (2-door) and there's not a lot of room back there, but I want to be able to have my daughter be rear-facing for a while longer. Does anyone else have this problem?

Cori - posted on 01/20/2010

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My Son is 8months 3weeks and I just purchased the Evenflo Triumph Advance DLX it is awsome it is less expensive than the Britax but they both rate the same in safety. I did alot of research on both and looked them up on consumer report and they redesigned the Evenflo a couple of years ago and have been awarded the same saftey ratings as the Britax ever since. Also it is a comfy seat for them.

Erin - posted on 01/19/2010

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I bought a Graco Comfortsport at Target, it is inexpensive but has great ratings, and we love it!

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2010

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I had to put my son in the next size car seat at 5 months because he is so tall and outgrew the infant seat. We bought a Safety First car seat, it goes right up to 90 lbs and was under $200(Cdn) my son is quite comfortable in it and is still able to fall asleep for those long car rides.

Krystle - posted on 01/19/2010

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I have britax marathons for both my girls in 2 different patterns and i love them. so easy to clean and so so safe!

Nicole - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter is 8months 1week and 5days she is solid. I have Tina Turner muscles now. A little over a month ago my LilyBear was doing pull ups on the handle of her seat. I knew it was time graduate car seats. I found a nice one with good ratings by Graco in Wal mart. 2 weeks later in that same Wal mart parking lot the Fire station were giving away car seats. Maybe you could reseach and see if there is something like that in your area.

Rebekah - posted on 01/19/2010

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Check out car-seat.org for great car-seat information.



Inexpensive will be hard to find. I consider car-seats like an investment in my child's safety. Those with a high price tag often are more expensive because they have a steel frame, paid for secondary crash tests, and/or have put more into product development.



We have a Britax Marathon and are very pleased. However, if I'd realized my kids were going to be so petite, I probably would have saved some money and bought a Britax Roundabout (it has a lower weight limit).



I am about to purchase a Sunshine Kids Radian for my daughter (7 months old) because it has a narrow base (allowing me to get three car-seats across in my CRV) and it can be rear-facing up to 40lbs.

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