car seats 25lbs and up

Allison - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter has outgrown her first car seat. I researched the first seat endlessly and was very pleased with what I chose, however, I don't even know where to begin for her age/weight. She is 10 months old and around 26 lbs. All the seats look HUGE, does anyone love the car seat they have? Any easier to use, high safety ratings? HELP! :)

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Josslyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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Graco Junior Sport Booster car seat 15kg's to 36 kg's
SAFEWAY voyager car seat up to 7 years ( 25kg's )
SAFEWAY imola car seat up to 7 years ( 25 kg's )

this is in our country ( South Africa ) and are ranked some of the safest car seat s avaialble

Emily - posted on 03/23/2010

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Ok so I love the Britax car seat. I have the boulevard model which is absolutely wonderful, my daughter has been using since she was 1 and is almost 4. We plan on using it for our second daughter as well. The seat goes up to 65 lbs and I can't remember the height. It will last for a very long time. Also Britax is one of the safest on the market so keep in mind that they can be costly. The one I got was almost 300.00. There is a website called albeebaby.com that sells car seats new in the box for a discounted price and you can get the britax there for cheaper. The Britiax boulevard you can take all of the covers off and wash them. Also one more thing the britax boulevard can be used from 0-65 lbs rear and forward facing. So if you have another baby in the future you can use it for them if your child out grows it. When it comes to car seats and my childs safety I am so anal about it. So here are a few tips about installing car seats, make sure to read ALL of the instructions before installing. The seat should move no more than 2 inches to either side (mine doesn't move at all) The harness should be tight to the point where you cannot pinch the strap together. The safest place for the seat is in the middle of the back seat, then behind the driver, then last is behind the passenger. They say that 80 percent of car seats and/or children are installed incorrectly. A few more things, they tell you not to have the handle up, and not to have toys or the mirror in the back seat. I hope that these few tips help mommies to make sure their car seats are installed correcly. The Lord bless you!

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Brandee - posted on 03/25/2010

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We used Graco SnugRide for a rear facing infant seat until 1 year old.. As a forward facing seat we have Graco Natuilis and love it.. It can harness them up to 65 lbs.. Brandon is 20 months and 26 lbs.. He is very comfortable in it.. It would not fit rear facing in my car (Nissan Altima), so we went ahead and turned him around at a year old.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2010

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I love albeebaby.com I got our graco double stroller that would have cost us 280.00 at babies r us for 130.00 no tax no shipping, brand spanking. It was sooooo awesome. It was a discontinued color pattern but who cares you know lol when you can save 150.00. Love love love it!

Heather - posted on 03/23/2010

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I have an evenflo triumph that goes up to 50 lbs rear or forward faceing, I have a mercury sable (similar to a ford taurus) and it was kind of bulky in the back seat but it fits, I have a spare graco one for my sitter which is slimmer but he is much more comfy is his evenflo! (unfortunantly it doesnt fit in my boyfriends truck for the trip back east this summer!) I have seen rave reviews from all sorts of sonsumer magazines for the new safety first airflow also the Recaro brand on babiesrus.com has fantastic reviews



Oh! that albeebaby.com site is fantastic! its typically discontinues or unpopular colors but you get an amazing deal

Jen - posted on 03/23/2010

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Our main seat is an Evenflo Triumph and I love it. It's a convertible seat so when my daughter started in it at 7 months she was rear facing and went forward facing a couple weeks after her 1st b-day. She is able to stay in that seat until 40lbs. and then she'll go into a Turbo Booster. She did look small in it at first, but she grew into it.

I love my Triumph because I can adjust the straps daily on the side so that it's always snug no matter what type of clothing she's wearing. I can also adjust the height if I need to pick up my friend's sons (when my daughter is not with me of course).

We also have another Evenflo in my in-laws car that is pretty basic, a Cosco in my husband's car which is also pretty basic, and an Evenflo forward facing-booster in my parent's car. That one goes from 20-100lbs. so not the seat for you as your daughter should still be rear facing for another 2 months.

Emily - posted on 03/23/2010

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Because pretty much anything in the back seat could be a hazard to the child in the case of a car accident. If the mirror were to come off of the head rest or where ever you have it, it could seriously injure the child at high rates of speed. It is a safety caution. I used one with my first even though they told me not too, however with my second I have not had a need for it because my first helps me, she is my eyes =). Anyway it is all about safety. You also aren't supposed to add anything to the car seat, i.e. strap covers, head pillows etc. Anything that is added to the car seat (that didn't come with the car seat) could be a hazard to the child in the case of an accident because it was not made specifically for the car seat you have or something like that. I hope that makes sense. lol anyway I am all about helping mommies everywhere make sure their car seats are installed correctly. I help women in our church install their seats and I show them how to do it. One lady I helped her seat was moving so much I was like oh my goodness you drove with your kid in there you are lucky you didn't get in a car accident. Anyway God is good. The Lord bless you all!

Josslyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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My car is so small there is no place for the seat to move lol, thanks Em, some good advice! ( Also want to know about the mirror thing??)

Allison - posted on 03/23/2010

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i will totally look for those! wish i was coming to SA for the world cup, haha...if you are looking for an infant seat, i looooved my chicco car seat, consumer reports said it was the best when i was pregnant, Evelyn has just grown out of it, so it's time to move on...

Josslyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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OOoooo, we have a supplier here that sells baby car seat covers too, slip on, mess, remove, wash, slip on again wanna come to SA lol......they are called bambie baby car seat covers and look pretty much like a fitted sheet for a bed. don't know if they are available there. Shop around, maybe you lucky.

Josslyn - posted on 03/23/2010

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All three of the ones I posted are removable and washable ( clip n release inners ). ( Busy car seat shopping myself for when mine comes )

Allison - posted on 03/23/2010

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oh, and just to make the order taller, do any of the suggested car seats have removable parts for cleaning purposes? Evelyn, my daughter, spills and drools on any possible surface...

Felicity - posted on 03/23/2010

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i have a britax exploara which i am very happy with, its from 20lb and sitting up solidly. my daughter is 2 and weighs about 24lb and is very comfy in it. It is really solid and steady and doesnt wobble at all when it is in place, it is also really easy to fit, the only down side i would say is that it weighs a ton!

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I have a Safety First Complete Air for my 10 month old. I like it because I can keep her rear facing until she's 40 lbs. The Evenflo Triumph was also a high rated car seat by consumer reports. I have an F150 and the Safety First fits in there although it's tight. We couldn't fit that seat in our midsize car.

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