Need advise on Convertible car seat.

Carrie - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 14mo old and just purchased a Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat, but am getting mixed reviews about it. Would like to have a all in one type car seat. I like the idea of not having to buy another care seat in the future, but do not want to compromise safety.

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Jackie - posted on 02/12/2010

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Carrie I have the same car seat as you. First of all as far as safety, if a carseat is on the market it has met the same testing standards as the carsetas that cost 3 times as much. So provided you install any carseat correctly (and many police stations will help you wtih this) they are all safe. Its really more about ease of use. I did find issues with getting the alpha secured in well rear facing...so we faced it forward, but my daughter was 11.5 months at the time and well over 20 lbs...your 14 mo. old could be facing forward also. Facing forward it is in my car rock solid. I can also change my harness height without re-threading the straps which is nice. The belts can be a little tough to maneuver sometimes, but once we got it all adjusted the right way it has been better, and most importantly (aside from the fact that she's safe obviously) is that she is comfortable and can ride for long periods of time with no issues.

Alot of people will tell you to get the Brittax which is fine and good if you have that kind of money to drop, when we had to move Kaylee out of the infant seat, we certainly could not afford $350 each since we have to buy 2. And alot of the $300 carseats only go up to ~65 lbs....the one we have is good to 100 lbs so it will last alot longer.

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Jen - posted on 02/12/2010

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I also have a Triumph Advance and love it. I will have to get a Turbo Booster when my daughter gets to 40lbs, but we still have a few years for that. She's 26 months old, weighs 27 lbs, and has been in that car seat since she was about 7 months. We have another Evenflo car seat and a Cosco, but I love my Triumph the best.

Jenny - posted on 02/12/2010

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Our car seat is an evenflo triumph advance. It says it goes down to five pounds, though I'm not sure I would want to put a baby that small in it. But it was fine for our baby when he turned a month or so and was about ten pounds (that's when we bought it-when the infant seat got too heavy to lug around with him in it.) My hubby is pretty sure it goes up to at least ninety...I'd have to look online to see for sure. Both our kids (2 1/2 and 10 months) are in these and they're comfy, easy to adjust (the straps are adjustable just by sliding them up a notch or down a notch. :) I like. Also, each time you put the child in the seat, you can loosen the straps then tighten them using the knob. (if I'm not making sense, look it up online, it's really neat). The only thing I don't like about have a convertible carseat rather than an infant one is you can't take them in the house or store or anything. :) Hope this helps.

Katelyn - posted on 02/11/2010

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we had the same problem, most of the afordable convertable carseats we ended up getting the eddie bauer convertable (discounted at albeebaby.com) but it seemed to me that most of the mixed had to do with instaling it backwards, which the eddie bauer did also, i found that it was a little hard to install backward but once we turned it forward it was fine, if i remember correctly (this was about 9 months ago) the safty 1st was very similar because our eddie bauer is also alpha omega elite.

Lindsay - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have my 16.5 month old rearfacing in a britax boulevard. I love this seat and so does she! She is able to rearface til she is 35 pounds and stay forward harnessed until 65 pounds. Also the straps don't need to be rethreaded as she grows. I will be able to keep her in this seat til around first grade atleast! After that all I will have to buy is a booster. Britax is the best!

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have a Britax Marathon and Roundabout which are super easy to use and install and the Marathon has a weight limit of 65 lbs. When I researched car seats these were rated the best.

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