New carseat? Which one is good?

Adina - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is about to out grow his infant carseat at 6 months old, does anyone have a suggestion for a good one that is somewhat affordable?

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Gabriela - posted on 01/21/2010

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I support Theresa´s comment: be careful when buying used things. With my second child I learned that car seats have a warranty (5 to 10 years depending on brand). So make sure the item is still in warranty and that has not been in a car accident. Otherwise it may be better to make an effort and buy a new seat in a store.

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Jenny - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have always used Graco carseats for my son. They are affordable and safe. There are several convertible carseats that they offer. You might want to check them out. The one I have goes up to 100 lbs so it will be the last carseat I have to buy!

Cherra-Lynne - posted on 01/21/2010

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Safety First has a brand new carseat out with the first ever head rest side airbags to protect your child's head if you are in an accident. It's getting rave reviews from Consumer magazines and will run you about $200. Britax is way to expensive in my opinion for what the other options are. Just because you pay $400 - $500 for a carseat doesn't mean it's the best bang for your buck. Evenflo definitely scored better than the Britax and I love my Evenflo! I especially like that it has a turn knob for tightening the strap instead of having to pull on a tether....which will suffer from huge wear and rope burn after awhile......

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BRITAX carseats are the best! Safety ratings throughthe roof and my son LOVES his...very comfortable and even tough theyare a bit pricey, it's good to tknow that they are very safe and also, he will be in it until 65 pounds...

Becky - posted on 01/21/2010

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Britax...I have 5 kids...I have used a lot of car seats! I tried the less expensive imitations and if you are serious, Britax are the best! We have the marathon and my daughter is 3...she has been using it since 6 months and we still LOVE it!

Justine - posted on 01/20/2010

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We recently bought the convertible car seat for our son who is now 15 months old. I checked the Consumers Report and though the Britax was first, it was $200! so if you want to go cheaper, the next two on the list for safety and ease of use were the Graco ComfortSport convertible car seat, Durango. It is $80 and it has a lot of cushion and matches gray interior cars very well. It was also rated 4/5 on safety. The car seat 5/5 on safety is the Cosco Scenera 5-point convertible car seat. But it doesn't have much cushion though, but it is only $60! We got the Graco and love it! So hopefully that helps, and good luck!

Theresa - posted on 01/20/2010

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To jessi "does anyone know if careats are something you would want to buy used?!"



You should not buy a car seat that is used. You don't know if it has been in an accident or not. If it's been in an accident even if you can't SEE anything wrong it can weaken it and it won't hold up right in another accident. Any time a carseat has been in an accident they recommemd you replace it. The manufacturer will not guarentee the safety of the child in a seat that has been through an accident. The only way i would go used is if you get it from someone you know very well. Your also not supposed to use a car seat over 5 years old because the plastic can break down over time and not hold up in an accident. I know this all seems like overkill, but when you're talking the safety of your child is it really worth taking a chance.

Desiree - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have an Evenflo triumph! I did the alpha omega with my dd ( 6 years ago ) and realisitcally I never used it as a booster. But the triumph goes up to 50lbs and is rated excellently! And much more affordable then a Brittax. It is a bit on the wide side, however it fits really well into my little kia ( especially when rear facing ), which was another thing we were looking at when buying carseats. My son is two now and he's been in it since coming out of his carrier and i LOVE it! The cover is very easy to removed for clearning and there is no having to re string the straps which is utterly beyond me :)
So for the money, safety, and ease... I think its perfact, and it will go right into a booster. :)

Daniele - posted on 01/20/2010

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We bought a Graco carseat at Target - it was on sale for $50 and is convertible. It is rear facing to 30 pounds and forward facing to 45 pounds. It has a little cup holder and is wonderful. Lex really enjoys it. :) Also, Graco carseats are really safe and are approved for airplane use.

Helen - posted on 01/19/2010

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you can usually pick up realistically priced carseat at most target outlets,you can also ask at your local child care facilities they usually know of other places around town that have them.

Kristen - posted on 01/19/2010

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Graco - Nautilus 3-in-1 Multi-Use Car Seat

We have two and they are GREAT! And affordable--Walmart carries it for $144 or so.

Having this carseat prevents you from buying more than two for your child since it converts into the booster.

Geralyn - posted on 01/19/2010

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I usually check the Consumer Reports safety ratings.



Evenflo Triumph Advance Premier ($180) and Evenflo Triumph Advance LX/DLX ($135) both got an overall score of 70 out of 100 (the highest score by far) in the category of Convertible seats: Greater than 40 lbs forward-facing harness capacity. Britax Boulevard ($310) was the next one at 65 out of 100. All 3 got "excellent" for fit-to-vehicle. Crash protection for all three was "very good."



In the category that has max of 40 pounds facing forward harness capacity, the Cosco Scenera ($60) (yes, $60 - not a typo) got 64 out of 100 (highest seat ranked 68) and was the only seat that got "excellent" for Crash protection. What a buy!

September - posted on 01/19/2010

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We have the Britax Boulevard and our son loves it! You can use it both rear and forward facing so it can be used for years to come.

Jessi - posted on 01/18/2010

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hi
we tried one of those 3 in 1 ones first when our daughter first needed to be switched. her head would always fall foward ad she almost always looked uncomfy. luckily our friend had an older son and wanted to buy it from us for a booster type seat for him. we then bought a britax marathon and have never looked back. its awesome. so soft, and comfy and somehow her head never falls foward, it has nice cushy sides that support her. it is a little pricey we paid 300 but i think it was worth it, and were going to be getting another one shortly for our youngest.
maybe check kijiji or some other sort of used site to find a deal, thats what im thinking of doing. unless-

does anyone know if careats are something you would want to buy used?!

Theresa - posted on 01/18/2010

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We have the Alpha Omega Elite, I'm pretty sure it's by Graco. We bought it at Toys R Us. I think we paid about $120. But it is rear facing from 5-35 lbs, forward facing from 22-40 lbs, then a booster from 40-100 lbs. The price isn't so bad when you consider that it's really the only one you'll ever need. We really like it. It's easy to adjust the straps and the seat back height. It comes with a head support for new born, shoulder strap covers so that they don't rub on the neck, and a removable pad that goes under the butt incase of diaper leaks. I know you can buy all those things and add them to a car seat, but we had to take a 6 hour car seat class (to get lisenced for foster care) and we learned that you are not supposed to add anything to a car seat that does not come with it. Anything added has not been crash tested for the seat and can cause the seat to not hold up as well in a crash as it should. In fact if you add any after market product the car seats warrenty will be voided. Hope that helps, good luck picking out a seat. The class did recommend that you take your child and try them in it before you buy and if the store will allow that you try it out in your vehicle to make sure it fits well. They also said a 5 point harness is best because it has the best fit. 3 point harness was next and the type with the pull over bar are worst because they don't adjust as tightly around the shoulders and mid section. I think most seats are 5 point harness now, though you still can find the others.

Melissa - posted on 01/18/2010

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The Britax Boulevard is great! We use it for my 15 month old twins. We switched them to it at 11 months. it is nice because it can go rear facing. They are now recommending keeping kids rearfacing until 2 if possible. We installed ours rearfacing for a couple of months and recently switched to forward facing. It is super cushy comfy. it also has wings on the side of the head that protect from side impact crash injuries.

Amy - posted on 01/18/2010

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Graco My Ride 65. It allows to keep the baby rear facing for up to 40 pounds! And then forward facing up to 65 pounds! They are really great and only around $150-$180 as opposed to the Britax which is very similar but around $280. At 6 months old, he still needs to rear face, so I would go with any car seat that is built to rear face up to at least 30 pounds. There are a few, but more affordable, and more features is the Graco My Ride 65. The Britax Marathon only goes to 35 pounds rear facing, but still to 65 pounds forward. Good luck! Hope it helped!

Joy - posted on 01/18/2010

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I like the Graco supplier. They are affordable, found at WalMart, Target, Shopko, online, etc. I haven't had any problems with any of their products that I have purchased, nor have I had to return anything because of recalls. We went online and got my son the carseat with the lap part that pull down over his head. He is still in it and he is 2 now, although we are getting big enough that we will be moving on to a booster seat.

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Britax! We have one for our second - so much better than the cheaper version we have for our first!

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