what kind of car seat shoud i but for my tall baby?
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Kay - posted on 03/21/2012
Bear with me, please. I worked in a baby store for so long, and carseats are the area where we got the absolute most question (cribs, breast pumps, and bottles ran a close second).
It depends on what you are looking for.
If you still want to use a base and have the option of a carrier, there are carriers that go to 35 lbs and 32 in--Graco makes one, I believe Chicco makes another. We started out with this with our youngest, because our older son outgrew his carrier at 6 months. It turned out to be even more important, as my younger son was born both tall and BIG. The obvious downfall to this is that while, yes, you can use the carrier past a year, the more mobile your child gets (and the more weight they pack on) the less that the "convenience" of a carrier is as convenient.
The other option is a convertible carseat that has been suggested already. These carseats offer you the convenience of two or even three seats in one. Many of them go to 40 lbs rear facing, which accommodates recent recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children stay rear facing until age 2. Most brands have a version. Radon, Britax, Graco, Costco (they also manufacture the Safety 1st line) are all good brands. Britax offers the most convenience features, in my opinion. Talking to their reps truly impressed me. However, despite that impression, I went with the Graco Safeseat this time around. The Graco seat offered us the convenience of still being able to use bases in our cars. Since the kids may be dropped off at my parents by me, then go places while they are there, then be picked up Daddy afterwards, this was good for us. It provided a lot of rear facing capabilities, but was still easy to switch around when we were ready. It also converts into a high-back booster seat.
We also used a Costco model with my older son. I did not like it as much as our Graco, but it was waaaaaay more cost-effective. If I hadn't gotten a deal on our Graco, the seat is $299 (US) by itself, plus each base is $99 and we bought three. Luckily, we had coupons, rewards points, and a really good in-store promotion when we bought it or we would not have been able to get it, honestly. I bought two of the Costcos the first time around for less than we would have spent if all of it had been full-price.
Consumer Reports has great carseat guides, and they keep them updated fairly regularly too. Great resource. :)
Amanda - posted on 03/21/2012
We love our Britax Marathon! It is a convertible carseat and your can continue to keep your baby rear facing until 30 pounds which is the safest way to ride. It also has a rear facing teether which helps to put the carseat at the perfect angle for your little one which is very important.
Apryl - posted on 03/21/2012
First let me say, unless the TOP of her head is less than one inch from to top of the shell of her sear, she is fitting just fine. The straps should be at or BELOW her shoulders and it is normal and safe for her legs to exceed the length of the seat. She should ABSOLUTELY be rear facing until she is at least 35 pounds regardless of her height. My favorite seat, and I have owned everything from a $50 Walmart Costco Scenra to a $300 Britax. The First Years True Fit is an amazing seat". It rear faces to 35 pounds and forward faces up to 65 pounds. You should always choose the best seat possible whenever you can, chooing not to rear face your child until they are 35 pounds. The true fit is super easy to install in almost any car. It will also last you eight years, which can possibly move into a new baby's seat when your child is 6-7 and ready for a booster seat.
Timora - posted on 03/23/2012
It doesn't sound like she should have outgrown it yet. Check the specifications on the seat. Her head can be within one inch of the top of the seat. If she has outgrown it, a convertible seat is definitely the way to go. I got a Evenflo Symphony 65. My 3 year old is still rear racing in it at 30 lbs and 36 in. It rear faces to 40 lbs and 5 point harness to 65 and booster to 100. I found it a little more affordable than the Britax but it seemed sturdier than most of the others with the same or higher limits. It is bulky to move around if you'll be switching cars a lot, but most of the convertibles are.
Sally - posted on 03/22/2012
The convertable ones fit larger children. We have a Costco Alpha Omega Elite. It's not too price (under $200) aand it can be strapped to fit with a lap belt, shoulder harness, or the LATCH system. (It fits our old van best with a lap belt, but better with LATCH in smaller, newer cars.) Rear facing, it fits 19-36" and 5-35 lbs. Then you turn it around and the fit of the harness changes slightly (shoulder straps go from at or just below shoulders to at or just above shoulders.) and it fits 34-43" and 22-40 lbs. Then you remove the 5 point harness and use it as a booster seat for 43-52" and 40-100 lbs. Our big girl used it from birth until 5 years when she moved to just a booster so her baby sister could have it. Our youngest is still in it at 2 1/2. It was in a bad car accident and we replaced it with the exact same thing because we love it so much.
Its only downside is it's size. It is very heavy to carry around and while rear facing, it is long enough that it doesn't fit in some cars unless you fold up the seat in front of it.
Shawnn - posted on 03/21/2012
If you're in the US, head to your local fire department. They usually have a variety of seats available, and they'll install them for you as well as teach you proper installation and removal techniques.
And, its all no charge
Victoria - posted on 03/21/2012
I have the true fit premier c 670 made by the first years. One f the highest rated convertible carseats on the market. It is cheaper than britax or the graco mentioned above, but I have only found it online and at Krogers marketplace. It fits children up to 65 lbs and does not go to a booster. What I love about this seat is that it's wide but comes with several removable inserts, you never have to remove the belts to take fabric off to wash (and better yet the cover SNAPS on and off, making it so easy) and best of all the headrest actually comes off for rearfacing. I can easily fit this carseat rearfacing in both our truck and Nissan altima, behind the drivers seat.
Yes, most brands make convertible car seats. They are much bigger and can usually hold children rear facing until 3 (or older depending on the size of the child). We have 2 complete air seats by Safety First. They're giant seats and don't fit into our car easily (so I wouldn't recommend them for small vehicles), but they rear face up to 40lbs.
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