Convertible car seats

Sara - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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For those of you who have switched over to the seats that face both rear and front, or who never used the other kind to begin with, which one did you choose and what do you like or dislike about it?

While it's certainly not the most important feature, I am looking for one that is reasonable priced.

Thanks in advance!
Sara

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Tanya - posted on 07/19/2009

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Sara,
We bought the MyRide65 by Graco. After talking to several installation techs this is the one we decided to go with. We had gotten a Britax Boulevard for $320 and after talking to these people who are well educated in car seats returned it for the Graco. ($150 at Walmart) We absolutely love it. It is much nicer than the more expensive Britax that we had. I have a two door car and it even works well in my car. We were able to buy 2 for the price of the other one. It has great side impact protection and children can ride rear facing up to 40 pounds.
Hope this helps!
Tanya

Brenda - posted on 07/18/2009

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we bought the My Ride 65 a few weeks ago and we love it. It's a little bit large if you have a small car. we have a mid size sedan and it's kind of a tight fit. it also has 2 cup holders which I think one would have been enough. But it has great reviews. holds up to 40lbs rear facing. Roman loves it. it is super soft and very comfortable. he used to fuss sometimes when we would strap him into his old one but he hasn't complained yet when he goes in this one.

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2009

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Quoting Niki:

i have 2 eddie bauers and they are great, but i would strongly suggest that u try it out in ur car first to make sure that u can move ur seat to a comfortable position, i have a mazda and a jeep and the only place to put the seat was in the middle and we can no longer adjust our seats because of the incline the seat has to be at, but the other thing i found out, is the 3 in 1 carseats come with a base and i had my seat installed by a pro and found out u don't need the base, if u r having problems call ur insurance company and they can recommend someone for u to go to, to have the seat installed, it was soooooo worth the $30 i paid and also the piece of mind it brings to know that it is installed correctly



If you live in the states you can go to any fire station and have them install it for you.  I also have a jeep.  We went to the local baby store to see what fit.  The only place we could get any of them to fit was the middle of the back seat.  Sucks to get her in and out of but what else do we do.  We even tried the super compact one.

Stefanie - posted on 07/10/2009

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We are buying a MyRide - $150. It RFs until 40 pounds and FF until 65. Better limits than the Britax models on the market (though it is a touch shorter in the shell, so if you have long skinny kids - it might be better to get something else). IMO it is worth a little bit extra to get a convertible and then a booster separate, it lets you rear face and forward face longer than the 3-1's. The longer they are rear facing, the safer they are. The same goes for forward facing.

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I bought the First Years Tru Fit (around $180) We LOVE it! I did a little research online and decided to go with it...glad I did, I'd recommend it to anyone!

Sandy - posted on 07/10/2009

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We have the Evenflo Triumph Advance and absolutely love it. The best feature is the strap adjustment... rather than having to loosen/tighten from the front, the straps are controlled by a knob on the side. Makes getting him in and out much much easier... especially in a taller vehicle. http://www.evenflo.com/product.aspx?id=1...

Niki - posted on 07/02/2009

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i have 2 eddie bauers and they are great, but i would strongly suggest that u try it out in ur car first to make sure that u can move ur seat to a comfortable position, i have a mazda and a jeep and the only place to put the seat was in the middle and we can no longer adjust our seats because of the incline the seat has to be at, but the other thing i found out, is the 3 in 1 carseats come with a base and i had my seat installed by a pro and found out u don't need the base, if u r having problems call ur insurance company and they can recommend someone for u to go to, to have the seat installed, it was soooooo worth the $30 i paid and also the piece of mind it brings to know that it is installed correctly

Tara - posted on 06/29/2009

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I did a lot of research and I didn't want to spend $400 on a Britax brand car seat but I wanted a seat that would rear face long and then forward face up to 65lbs. I was very interested in the Graco My Ride 65 but I live in Canada and it isn't sold her yet. I ended up buying the First Years True Fit from Babies R Us and it had really good reviews. It rear faces up to 35lbs and ff up to 65lbs. I figured I would worry about a booster seat later on as that is years down the road at this time. It cost $200 and so far I love it!!

Kimberly - posted on 06/27/2009

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I have an Eddie Bauer and love it, it goes up to 100lbs and cleans up nice. I paid $129 for it.

Jessica - posted on 06/27/2009

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I'd like to pass a nod of approval to the 'cheap' car seat. I bought a 5-100 lb seat on sale at Walmart for $40 and I've yet to have any problems with it. I honestly don't recall the brand but as a non-carrier type seat (the sort with the handle) it's been wonderful. Unfortunately it doesn't come with head bumpers or strap covers like the more expensive seats; but I am nonetheless impressed with it.



You know.... now that I think of it... I think it's from Cosco....

Nancy - posted on 06/27/2009

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I have an Alpha Omega 3-in-1. The first time my daughter rode in it she puked all over it so I discovered how to disaasemble and reassemble it quite nicely. It's a bit big but it's sturdy. My only issue is my daughter wakes up the second I take her out of it so gone are the days of driving around til she's asleep and putting her to bed....*sniff, sniff*

Kayla - posted on 06/26/2009

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we have the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX and it works great! its very sturdy and the straps are easy to tighten and loosen too, you just have to turn the notch. it reclines & looks so comfy! overall its very easy to use & seems very safe.

Sara - posted on 06/26/2009

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Quoting Becky:

Let's see - in my husband's car he has the infant carrier type (with a handle) - a Graco, I think.


Becky - is this a convertibel one (can it face forward too?)  I've never seen one with  a handle, but that would be convenient.



 



Thanks!

Sara - posted on 06/26/2009

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We got a Safety First convertible on sale for about $140.00 at Target. It rear faces up to 35lbs and forwards faces up to 50lbs i believe. I wish my husband and I had done a little more research on it because honestly, it's just so big it hardly fits into our car. When we can turn it around to forward facing, it shouldn't be a problem, but as it is now I have to sit in the back with my daughter because I can't sit in the seat in front of her carseat. I want to keep her rear-facing as long as possible, but it's a real pain if you have a mid-sized car or smaller. We have a Toyota Corolla. So, I would measure if I were you. :)

Becky - posted on 06/26/2009

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Let's see - in my husband's car he has the infant carrier type (with a handle) - a Graco, I think. In my car we have a Britax (I think that is how it's spelled) - I believe it is more $$ than the average (parents bought it for us), but it lasts quite a long time and has very very good ratings. I have no problems with the Britax, it is very easy to use, five-point harness - although I did have the local police install it for us.

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Sara, the one thing that I can tell you is not to go for the cheapest one . . . I am speaking from experience, unfortunately. We got a front/rear facing car seat when my son was too big for the infant carrier. It was nearly impossible to put him into it. The straps were constantly twisting and bunching and the worst part was that it kept loosening itself from the car seat when you tugged on the straps. It was a mightmare. We couldn't take it back so we had to get another one. We ended up getting the same kind that we have for my daughter. It is an Evenflo Triumph Advance. It is right in the middle as far as price, but it is easy to use, easy to switch back and forth, and it we have never had a problem with it for both of our kids. Good luck to you!

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