Car seats

Evangelyna - posted on 05/01/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I want to buy a convertible car seat rather than spend money on two car seats and I was curious how many straps and whatnot are needed for installation for most car seats. I have an older car, 1970 camaro, that's only a 4 seater so no middle seat and only lap belts. I could take out the middle portion and make a middle seat with a shoulder strap but would rather not if I don't have to. I know most new cars are designed to accommodate car seats and booster seats but I'm not going to buy a new car. Just curious how many straps other moms had to deal with to install a car seat.

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One other thing that might make your life easier. Most of the infant carrier/car seats that snap into a base that stays in the car are safe with a lap belt only. They only work for about 6 months, but a lot of strollers come with them, so they don't cost much--they snap into the stroller and car base, then when the kid grows you just use the stroller without it. Check the manual to make sure the one you are looking at is safe, but almost all of them are. These are SO much easier when the baby is still really small because you can just take the whole seat out without having to fumble with the harness and all.

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No problem! By the way, if you do end up buying a new car in a few years, you should definitely keep the Camaro too ;) That's a cool car. I love classic cars. My uncle collects them, and I help him restore sometimes....and that's why I know which car seats to put in them!

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These car seats are safe for lab only belts and will convert from infant rear facing to forward facing.
Britax Marathon 70 (about $260, rear face up to 40lbs, forward face up to 70lbs)
Diano Radian (about $200, Rear face up to 45 lbs, forward up to 80 lbs)
Maxi Cosi Pria 70 (about $250, rear face up to 40 lbs, forward up to 70 lbs)
Safety 1st Complete Air --This seat is convertible, but only goes up to 65 pounds, so you would need a second seat eventually, but it is a steal at only $180. rear face up to 40 lbs, forward up to 65.
Recaro Proride (about $220, rear face up to 40, forward up to 70.)

Note: You CAN NOT use a booster seat with a lap only belt. The only safe option once your child reaches 70 lbs (or 80, if you choose the Diano), you will have to put the child in a booster in the front seat if you have shoulder belts up there. If you have another adult in the car, that person should be in the back, and the child up front. If you have lap belts only in the front as well, I would consider a new car, but the child shouldn't reach that weight until he or she is 5 or 6 years old at the earliest. That gives you a few years to save up for the car.

Personally, I'd get the Diano. It's a great price, and it goes to 80 pounds. It's one of the safest on the market. There are a few others that work as well, but they are kind of pricey and since you said you didn't want to spend money on 2 seats I figured you wouldn't want a seat that costs more than 2 seats.

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Evangelyna - posted on 05/02/2013

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I'm definitely never getting rid of my camaro haha. I grew up with classic cars, the family car when I was a kid was a 1970 mercury Cyclone Spoiler. I have very find memories of me and my 3 siblings being squished into the backseat (before the seat belt laws changed to everyone has to have their own seatbelt). My dad got all of us classic cars for our first cars and had us do all of the restoration work needed and taught us how to do the maintenance. After all of the hours I spent fixing my car I couldn't imagine ever selling it. Plus I plan on continuing the family classic car tradition.

I've thought about those stroller/car seat combos, they do seem a lot easier especially when they're itty bitty but I would like to try baby wearing for short jaunts, it seems easier than trying to lug a stroller everywhere. I can't really think of any place I ever go or will go while he's a tiny baby that I'd really need a stroller that goes easily from car to stroller. Of course I say this now. -.- fast forward a few months and I'll be begging for a car seat/stroller combo lol

Thanks again for your help! The car seat situation has been my biggest worry so far after reading about all of the straps and anchors and trap doors that car seats require now lol

Evangelyna - posted on 05/02/2013

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Thank you so much! I didn't realized how much car seats and car seat laws had changed so much since I was a kid. This will definitely make my search 100% easier than it has been.

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