Car Seat and Stroller ages 2-5

Liz - posted on 10/18/2012 ( 23 moms have responded )

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im new to this so please bare with me if idk what im doing. I am currently going through adoption im doing some classes now and this will be our first child. we put on our profile we would take a child between 2-5? i havent gotten the child or know what child i am getting accept we want a girl, but im trying to purchase a carseat and stroller so when our home study is done we will be ready to take in a child asap. what are ideas for carseats and stroller for the ages of 2-5. im not gonna put my 4 year old in a stroller but i will need one for if we are traveling on feet far. any ideas?? idk if a 2 year old could sit in the booster seats that have the backing so i would love you mommys out theres opinion.

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Dove - posted on 10/18/2012

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I don't know about strollers as I haven't used one since before my youngest turned 2....



As for a car seat... get one that has a high weight limit for a 5 point harness. My 4.5 year old is on the small side (under 40 pounds) and still fits perfectly in his harness.

Cheryl - posted on 10/22/2012

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car seats expire in 6 years from the manufacture date -- all seats and bases have labels that tell you what the manufacture date is -- some also will give you the expiration date.

Julia - posted on 10/19/2012

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That seat looks great! Yes, older child / booster seats do expire as well. Most of them have a life time of 3-5 years until expiration. The expiration date should be printed right on the back or side of the seat (on newer seats.) My son is a very large 3 year old at 43 inches tall & 45 lbs. Not overweight, just tall. So he would probably still fit that car seat at 5 years old, since it goes up to 65 lbs weight limit, forward facing. Unless they disregard your request regarding age, 2-5, you will not need an infant carrier. But I would wait on purchasing until the paperwork is finalized. Some adoptions go through in less than a year, some adoptions can take 5+ years to happen. My girlfriend & her husband were specific about gender & age & race. They waited 7 years to get their infant, caucasion girl. Yours, hopefully will not take near that long.

Cheryl - posted on 10/19/2012

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I am a certified car seat technician - the right car seat is the seat that fits your child and fits into your car properly. All car seats go throgh the same testing.

Since you do not knwo the age, weight or height of the child - you may not knwo which seat is best --

1. read the lablels on the side to make sure the weight & heigth are appropriate for your child

2. know what the laws of your state are (some type of child restraint is requrired in all 50 state which range between 6 & 9 years old depending on the state)

-- Please make sure you attend a car seat event that will help you install the seat properly the first time -- go to Safekids.org to find one.

NICOLE - posted on 10/19/2012

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The childs size is what matters most. I have an Eddie Bauer booster seat that buckles at the chest and between their legs. Its $125.00 at Target. A little expensive but black so it would be neutral and it adjusts easily for height as well as goes up to 100 pounds. Also I used a Jeep umbrella stroller. I would recommend the umbrella strollers because theyre not as bulky and easier to manage.

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Liz - posted on 10/20/2012

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Thank u. The reason why we are getting a carseat is because we want to look ready to the social worker we want them to see we are serious. Right now we are a group of 6 taking the class for this and my husband and I are the only ones who are adopting so if we finish this class I want them to be able to call us right away when they have a child available. It's more to it but I can't say anything especially so I don't jinx it but we might get a child by Christmas. We don't know for certain. It's 50/50 and we r only specific on age 2-5 and we want a girl.

JENNIFER - posted on 10/19/2012

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I would go online to see what your laws are for children in car seats that age. In arizona the child has to be in a a 5 harness seat until they are at least 40 lbs. but there is car seats that will change into a booster seat from a 5 harness seat. that way you can save some money they are a little spendy.

Sally - posted on 10/19/2012

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If you don't know what size child you'll have, a convertible car seat is best. Our Costco Alpha Omega Elite can hold a 5 lb/ 19 in newborn through a 100 lb/ 57 in preteen depending on how we adjust the straps. My oldest used it from birth to age 5 when we moved her to a booster so her newborn sister could have it. New sister is now 3 and still using it. The downside to a convertible seat is that they are huge. It won't fit in a lot of cars while rear facing, but a 2 year old should have turned around so that shouldn't be an issue for you.

Liz - posted on 10/19/2012

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You ladies have all been so helpful! I'm sorry if I said it was funny I'm on my iPhone and I accidentally hit the funny instead of encouraging. But thank you ladies so much. I been researching a lot!!!

Tammy - posted on 10/18/2012

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Recaro is the best car seat you can buy! The company makes race car seats. I've been in two car accidents and I am so thankful I had Recaros to protect my little girl! We bought ours on Amazon.

Tammy - posted on 10/18/2012

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First of congrats on your adopting!

Regarding the stroller and the car seat issue: for the car seat, get one that can be converted from a harness to a seatbelt, as your daughter grows. You should keep her in a car seat as long as possible for safety sake. For the stroller; it is the most convenient thing you can buy! Wherever you go, you want to walk at adult pace and not worry about your child getting lost anywhere. It is near impossible to hold her hand the whole time or expect her to keep up and not get tired and cranky. So for your nerves and/or piece (and peace) of mind and your little girl's safety and comfort, get a stroller and keep it in the trunk of your car at all times, just in case. A cheep umbrella stroller that can hold your daughter, your purse and your shopping is the best. At the supermarket use a shopping cart.

Good luck and congrats again!!!

Hella - posted on 10/18/2012

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The best carseat,I bought for my sons, is the Recaro vivo, and Recaro booster seat. We used the 5 point harness seat until my big boy reached 35 pound when he was about 3 years old, and we passed it to my 1 year old baby, now my big boy using the Recaro booster, which he loves, and I can rest assure, that they are super safe. :))) They recommend that you use rear facing carseat until they reach 2 years, then turn it around face forward . For stroller, I guess it depends on the child personality. My boys started to walk before they turned one, and after that they just can't stand being in a stroller. I had a quinny buzz when they were babies, then I just got an umbrella stroller for quick tips. I use the quinnie only if we go somwhere where I know he might fell asleep in it (means maybe his naptime fell in that time, or he just too tired, but the truth is I barely use it anymore, since I try to avoid any trips during nap time. (cranky children). If I were you I would get a convertible car seat what you can use for up to 8 years (it worth the investment, especially you travel a lot., and just get an umbrella stroller for in case you need it, then when you know your child, you will see what you will need.

Alexandra - posted on 10/18/2012

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we use britax car seats and are very happy with them.

Stroller we used graco and are also very happy with it.

As for booster seats, it depends on your state. In mine, your child needs to be 4 AND 40 pounds. Otherwise he needs to be in a car seat.

Congratulations!

September - posted on 10/18/2012

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We went with a Britax Marathon for our son's carset and a Britax B-Agile for the stroller and we love both! Congratulations on your adoption.

Dove - posted on 10/18/2012

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That looks like a decent seat when the time is right. My son is in a Safety First with a 35 pound rear facing limit. Not an issue at all since he's a little one. ;) He rear faced til 3 and actually could've gone longer.



Front harnessing to 65 pounds is a good limit too. I 'think' his is only to 50 pounds... which he still won't reach for a while and he's 4.5 now. lol

Katherine - posted on 10/18/2012

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I agree, must have a 5 point harness. In fact I kept my oldest in one until she was 5.

Liz - posted on 10/18/2012

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but we are going to wait just because i know infant carseats expire i dont know about the older child carseats.

Dove - posted on 10/18/2012

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As for weights.... you can have a 2 year old that is under 20 pounds (low end)... or you can have a 5 year old that is 50+ pounds (higher end)....

Dove - posted on 10/18/2012

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Britax and similar are expensive, but I know BIG 6 year old kids that are still in a 5 point harness in one of those. Harnessed is safer. Waiting on the seat is a good idea though since you don't know how long it will be until you have a child in one and many 2-3 year old kids can still be rear facing in the right seat.

Holly - posted on 10/18/2012

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I would get one of those "umbrella"strollers they sell at walmart for like $15- 17 those should be good enough for a 2yo, and can hold a 5yo... the carseat you need to wait for because those change... but if you get a 4or 5 yo they can be in a booster seat... but for a 2 or 3 yo it will be a "five point harness"

Liz - posted on 10/18/2012

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see i wouldnt want to put my child in a stroller because i feel like 2 is the age they need to develop and get there gross motor skills going but i dont want to make my child walk all day long at disney or the mall etc. i did find a stroller that fits from ages 6months-5years old which would be perfect. but for the carseat the ones i look at dont have age limits and i dont know the weight of the child so i guess i would have to find something with higher and low weight. like i stated its my first child and idk what are childrens weight limits from 2-5.

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