any suggestions on car seats????

Bridgette - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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im trying to pick out a car seat and its so hard i wanna pick the right one but then lots of people tell me all of them are safe and good so i dont really know what to do can anyone help????

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Katie - posted on 05/19/2009

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I used to work for Babies R Us for over 3 years and have a 16 month old myself. Most hospitals will not let you take the baby home without an infant seat. Technically newborns can go in convertible carseats but the hospital wants them in an infant seat to leave. You usually put them in it before leaving your hospital room. I had the Chicco travel system and wouldnt have traded it for the world. I was all about Graco (and they are really great) but my husband decided he liked the Chicco and I am so glad. They come with a built in cushion so you dont have to buy extra stuff for when they are really little. You take it out when they are around 11 pounds. Technically you are not supposed to add anything to a carseat which includes bundle me's due to the fact that carseats are not tested with these items so are not proven safe. Most of the time they are fine, but if you get your carseat installed by a professional, they will tell you to take it out of the seat. Anyway, One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to try them out in your car before you purchase. I know babies r us will let an associate go to your car with you so you can see how they fit. I will tell you that the Chiccos are slightly more expensive than the Gracos but definitely worth it. They do also have the 30 pound limit on some of them, instead of the 22 but that is totally up to you. Most 30 pound babies do not want to be in an infant seat anymore. My son is 16 months and still only weighs 23 pounds. I know he would hate to still be in an infant seat rear facing.

I hope this helped you, I tend to talk way too much about baby stuff, but I love to help people. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything I said.

Katie

Christin - posted on 05/19/2009

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Honestly since I see you are expecting, I would look into the new Graco ones that go up to 32lbs and 32 inches, since the American academy of Pediatrics now suggest to keep a baby rear facing until 2 years old not 1!
here is the link to their article
http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/c...

That seat should do the job for you, my son will be two in 6 days and he is tall for his age and he just out grew it in height. He is 34 inches tall. although it is a little pricey.


The other option you have if you are not in the market for a carrier, which you technically do not need, you can use a convertible from day one. You will just need to carry the baby every where. Most of the go up to 30-35 lbs rear facing and 36-38 inches rear facing.
I can suggest one called the "scenera" by Cosco. It can be bought at Wal-Mart K-Mart just about anywhere. It is one of the cheaper ones in price. it is very safe, that I can attest to. I was in an accident when my daughter was 6 months old, and she was in this seat the car rolled two and a half times and she walked away unharmed.
Also this seat has added advantages, it can become a forward facing seat when it is out grown in the rear facing use. It goes up to 40lbs forward facing.

The only down side to the infant carrier that do not have the higher height and weight limits, is that a lot of babies out grow them way before their first BD. Both of mine did at about 4-5 months in height. What a lot of parents do not know is that even in your child is under the weight limit, but over the height limit they are no longer safe in that seat. I see so many babies who are way to tall for their seat, but because they are "under the weight limit" parents continue to use it. So if you or the babies father are both average height or if one of you is even a little tall then consider the convertible since I can not see paying a large amount of money for a seat you will use for 4-5 months, then having to buy a convertible as well. Consider that when you see the price of the Graco seat I told you of since you must figure it will cover the range of the two seats you would end up buying if you chose the other route. If you have any other question drop me a line, since I am in the same boat. I am expecting my third and shopping for a seat since we gave our old one to a friend, who lost her job.

Lindsay - posted on 05/19/2009

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As far as an infant seat, I had the graco snugride travel system(stroller included) and it was so handy as it fit all of the shopping carts and was easy to use. The stroller with it was also nice and folded down easily. It worked great for us!

Amanda - posted on 05/19/2009

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I personally love Graco products. They are affordable and durable. I am on a recall notification list and I have seen so many recalls on other baby items but I have not seen any on Graco items. Good luck

Chelsy - posted on 05/19/2009

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What kind of seat are you looking for?? Infant, Convertable, Toddler(front facing)??? I would suggest only suggestion Graco infant, True fit for a converatble and Graco Natulis for the toddler. I have used Graco infant seats and i love them. Haven't personally tried the other two because they came out after i had already gotten my daughter a different seat but i have heard good things about them. Both the True fit and the Natulis(sp) harness front facing to 65lbs and the Natul is a 5 point harness that is also a high back booster then a backless booster but the child has to be 22lbs to sit in it because its front facing only. Hope that helps... Find whatever works for you and your child. Thats whats important. Also stay away from the Graco ComfortSport not a good seat because the shell is so short most children out grow it before 40lbs or 40in.

Katie - posted on 05/19/2009

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I would recommend starting with an TRUE infant carseat (bucket style) they are the safest way for new babies to travel. Plus, when your baby falls asleep in the car you can transfer the carseat easily without waking baby!
We bought the Graco Safeseat because it can accomidate infants up to 30lbs and 32" tall, that way we can keep our son in there as long as possible. I'm not sure where you are from, but "Transport Canada" has lots of great information on carseats plus all the current rules and regulations here in Canada! As Kalie mentioned, go into some stores and "test drive" some carseats, that way you can make sure it's exactly what you are looking for!! Haha..
Good Luck!!

Kalie - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hello! Is it an infant seat? Or are you going straight to the bigger one that stays in the vechile? If it is a infant seat and you are planning to take into stores, malls, houses so on. Look for one that is lite weight and have a handle that is curved in the middle. I found this so helpful when carrying my moose of a son. His next seat was bigger and we leave it in the car but it can sit both backwards and forward. Oh yeah i wish i would have did this. Try out the snaps in the store. Some are harder to put togethor than other ones. grab a doll from the toys and go to town! lol

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get one that will transition from baby to booster seat.. .its about like 180ish but worth it , i wish i wouldve dont that cuz now i have to get another car seat!

Dana - posted on 05/19/2009

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i agree...reading reviews really offers a lot information! its the best way to go. and sum have different weight ranges to so keep that in mind!

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2009

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I would pick out a few that you like, then proceed to just read the consumer reviews on them. then you'll get your best idea on which one you like!

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