Car Seat Recommendations?

Erin - posted on 06/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 7 mo. old son has outgrown his Graco infant car seat/carrier so I am looking to purchase a convertible car seat. Our budget is $150 or less. I've researched and found two top rated ones in our budget: Evenflo Trimuph and Cosco Scenera 5 Pts, has anyone used these or any others they'd recommend? Thanks!

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Abbey - posted on 07/05/2009

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We got 2 new car seats. We got the Cosco Scenera for my husband's car. He seems to like it but leans in to the side, we are thinking about adding the infant headrest to keep him centered. For my car we got the Eddie Bauer Granite in the primary car because it has more padding for longer road trips. My husband thinks they are exactly the same, they have the same manual and install the same....likely the same manufacturer. But the Eddie Bauer has reviews about the headrest making their baby seem uncomfortable. Go to a store and set your baby in it to make sure he is comfortable before you buy it. And read the reviews online at that store. That is helpful. My friend told me Evenflo is a pain to install. And remember the size of your car's backseat. I have a compact and the driver seat will only go back to my height of 5 foot 2 inches.

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Alicia - posted on 07/18/2009

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You can find baby stores near you that sell gently used baby items for cheap. I found a brand new eddie bauer one at a store near my house that someone used a few times and I only paid 25 for it! Besides baby stuff is grown out of so fast that its like new even at second sometimes even thrid use. As long as the dates are okay on the back of the seat your fine, and getting a bargian :)

Jenchyi - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi, I got a Britax Roundabout 65 for $169.99 free shipping from babycatalog.com. It's highly rated and the maximum weight is 65lbs instead of 50lbs. I think it's a great buy and it's only $20.00 over your budget.

Lindsey - posted on 07/10/2009

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I have the evenflo triumph and love it. It is a bit large, but does fit ok in the backseat of my car (it is no problem in my husband's truck). My son never liked his infant car seat so we switched him to the triumph at 2 1/2 months - he has rode great ever since. It is knobs on the side that make tightening and loosening the straps easy. The con I would say is how much it weighs. It's easy to install, but I hate moving it to a different vehicle because it's heavy and bulky. .... as someone else mentioned. I took my son to Babies R Us one day and "tried" out multiple car seats - he basically picked his own :)

Jen - posted on 07/06/2009

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Convertible car seats work for a wide range of weights. Newborn to 2 years old, they can convert from rear-facing (RECOMMENDED until your hcild reaches his/her first birthday AND weighs 20lbs.!!) to forward facing. They are economical without compromising safety at all. I would highly recommend a convertible. My 7 mo old is almost 20 lbs. but we switched her to the convertible car seat, rear-facing, awhile ago. I felt she was too long, and she never napped in her car seat anyways.

Irina - posted on 07/06/2009

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May I ask how big your 7-month-old is? My daughter hasn't reached the weight category for the next car seat but she's getting too long for the infant seat, so I'm thinking to switching her to the forward facing seat.

Jen - posted on 07/06/2009

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I saw the Roundabout online for $159.99. I'm sure if you combined that with coupon deals or a sale, that you could find one within your budget. Good luck, gone are the days of the infant car seat carrier! Mine never slept in hers anyways.

Jen - posted on 07/06/2009

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I forget how much it was because I bought it for my first and now my second is using it (don't worry, it's less than 2 years old, I had my girls close together) but anyways, it's the Britax Roundabout. If safety is your #1 concern, this is top rated and I love EVERYTHING about this car seat! I am currently using it rear facing, it is so cozy and it's simply, easy to clean, easy to install. You just have to read the manual (I know you know that! Amazing the number of people that try to install a car seat without reading the directions, hello, your baby's safety is at stake!!)

Kelly - posted on 07/01/2009

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I have the Cosco Scenera in my sisters car and it is very easy to use and also my son likes it......as for the evenflo one i haven't used but i have heard good things about it, i would look and see what the weight limit is on both of them and if one is higher than the other, thats the one that i would choose just cuz that way you would be able to use it longer and get more use of it for your money......good luck

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