Infant car seats

Dana - posted on 07/20/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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Okay, so this isn't a debate at all but, I'm not about to post this question on WtCoM. ;)
I'm pregnant and due in the beginning of Oct. I need to buy a new infant car seat and was wondering what everyone's opinions are.
I live in the US and I'm looking for something that is safe, cozy, well padded and reasonably priced. Meaning, nothing cheap but, not a Brittax either. ;)

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Lady Heather - posted on 07/20/2011

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I had the Graco Snugride too and we had that frame that Krista had. It's great for shopping trips. I have my big monster stroller for weekdays (because I'm on foot) and then we kept the little frame in the car for weekends when we were out together. It's not all-terrain but it's perfect for the mall. And GREAT for plane travel.

Tammy - posted on 07/22/2011

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You might want to start out with a Chicco bassinet style car seat system. Along with Graco, they are supposed to be the best for new born until 6 months or so. Then switch to a Recaro convertible as soon as the baby is too heavy to carry around in a car seat bassinet. Recaro is the best seat on the market (http://www.recaro.com/us/product-areas/c...). I have one in each of my cars. It's made by a racing car company and saved my daughter's life in two car accidents we were in (other driver's fault).

Melissa - posted on 07/21/2011

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i know with my son i had a graco one and i had one with a stroller, and i got it at toys r us and it ended up coming with 2 bases which is nice when you have multiple cars. I had me, and both my parents that could have had my son as an infant in our cars, so having both bases was conveient, instead of always having to change it, so it's something to consider when buying a car seat, is seeing if it has 1-2 bases and how many cars you have. We bought a graco one that was mid range with the stroller. With my daughter i am using a safety 1st car seat, i live in canada now, in the us with my son, and i still prefer graco over safety first, it's a lot easier!

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I got a Graco for my first.A full travel system so car seat included and could sit on the buggy.My first had it up to 7-8 mths(car seat part) and i used the same buggy because it was still like new 4 years after my first for my second.She got a little over a year because she was small and light.(again car seat part)

It was a very strong, safe and cozy buggy.Great padding.Easy to wash the car seat overs and foot muff etc.

My youngest is 2 and a half..she still asks to sit in her buggy she loves it so much.lol..she sits in it to watch tv in the sitting room.The buggy still looks like new i could even pass it on.When i had my second child all my friends thought it was a new one.

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Jessica - posted on 07/25/2011

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i love my myride for older kids.. but wouldn't dream of putting a newborn in one! try the snugride from graco!

Sheila - posted on 07/22/2011

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I would recommend a 3 in 1 car seat. They convert from infant & up. I didn't have one because a friend of my m-i-l bought us a safety 1st infant car seat which was great, but when it came time to get a bigger one we had to buy a new one. They may be a bit more expensive at first but you definitely get your moneys worth.

Dana - posted on 07/22/2011

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It's just a high end car seat here in the US. They may have them in Canada too. They're nice but, there are also ones that are just as nice at a much lower cost and a higher safety rating (although they rate very well too).

Dana - posted on 07/21/2011

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Yeah, I ended up looking it up, it's up to 35lbs. I guess Ethan would be hitting that soon. He's 34lbs and 37 inches tall. He used to be in the 90% for height but, now he's averaged out into the 50% for height and 45% for weight. I thought I would go longer RF'ing but, one day he was getting too much sun in his face while we were on a long trip so we stopped and turned him around. I thought we would turn him back around but, he loved it so much...and he was well past the recommended age, even though they do say, the longer the better. Sometimes I worry about it but, it did open up a whole new world for both of us while driving.

Dana - posted on 07/21/2011

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Yeah, I ended up looking it up, it's up to 35lbs. I guess Ethan would be hitting that soon. He's 34lbs and 37 inches tall. He used to be in the 90% for height but, now he's averaged out into the 50% for height and 45% for weight. I thought I would go longer RF'ing but, one day he was getting too much sun in his face while we were on a long trip so we stopped and turned him around. I thought we would turn him back around but, he loved it so much...and he was well past the recommended age, even though they do say, the longer the better. Sometimes I worry about it but, it did open up a whole new world for both of us while driving.

Krista - posted on 07/21/2011

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They're both pretty high. I think that the Evenflo's RF weight limit was 30lbs. The MyRide's is 40lbs.

S. is only going to be two next month, and is already 31lbs and 3 feet tall. And early on, he showed signs of being really big for his age, so I decided to go with the one that had the highest weight limit, as I'm determined to RF him for as long as possible.

Dana - posted on 07/21/2011

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I'm a bit of a nut about extended rear facing also except I did turn Ethan around at 2 1/2 and he was no where near the weight limit for RF'ing on the Evenflo. Aren't they both really high? I can't recall what Ethan's is now. I just remember that he'd be a couple years older until he hit the weight limit for it. lol

Krista - posted on 07/21/2011

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I REALLY debated a lot between the Evenflo and the Graco MyRide 65. The only thing that made me choose the Graco was that it had a higher weight limit for rear-facing. And where I'm a bit of a nut about extended rear-facing, AND where my kid shows all signs of being the size of a linebacker when he grows up, that was a big selling point for me.

Lacye - posted on 07/20/2011

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Graco-Spree-Tr...

Here is a Graco Carseat and stroller in one. I always liked those better because it just made everything just so much easier to me. Plus Graco is a pretty good product from the experience that I've had with it. Good luck! If you don't want that one, Wal Mart has several others that you can look at.

Dana - posted on 07/20/2011

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Yeah, there's also a Chicco one that I was looking at, it's the same price as the Graco snugride 35 of course they also have one that's about $50 more but, not all of them are out of my range.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/20/2011

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I used Chicco, it was pricier than some but not crazy expensive. We loved it! We bought the stroller, the carseat base, and the carseat. (and then later we bought the highchair, too - haha we're addicts now)

Bridgette - posted on 07/20/2011

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I am with everyone else, go with Graco. I had two used seats for my baby given to me, one was an evenflo model which I really DIDNT like at all (did not feel my baby was secure) but then I got a Graco and thought it held him in place really well. They are also reasonable in price, which gets the trifecta!

Dana - posted on 07/20/2011

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Yeah, I have to say, I LOVE the knobs to adjust the Evenflo TA. I loosen them every time I get my son out and tighten them every time I put him back in. It's much easier removing them when you can easily loosen the straps and just turn the knob to tighten it back up. I'm a HUGE fan of those seats, I'd never own any other kind.

Becky - posted on 07/20/2011

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We have an Evenflo Triumph Advance for our youngest too - 2 of them, actually, one in each vehicle. And the Evenflo Generations (pretty sure that's the one) -the ff/booster - for our oldest - 2 of them as well. We actually liked them over the Britax because the straps don't need to be adjusted as they grow and because of the dials on the sides for tightening the straps vs. the pull strap in the front, which is such a pain when they're rear-facing. Since we have 2 of each, obviously, we're fans! :)

September - posted on 07/20/2011

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Oh well I still love it! :) Good luck finding one that fits your needs and congrats on the new baby :) Our son was born in October too...great time of the year for a new baby :)

Dana - posted on 07/20/2011

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I do think Britax is a nice brand but, the Evenflo Triumph Advance (convertible seat) rated the same (and higher) as Britax, at half the cost. I've got that one for my older son. I feel like with Britax, there are seats that are just as good as theirs and you're only paying for the name. :/

September - posted on 07/20/2011

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Well I was going to say a britax cause we love ours but my next best would be a chicco, it's what we used prior to getting the britax.

Dana - posted on 07/20/2011

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I actually saw those Krista when I was looking at the Snugride 35. I also have a Graco one from Ethan and the stroller that it clips into. I'm hoping (and assuming) that the new seat would still clip into the stroller I have. I was happy with the old infant seat but, it's just not as padded as Snugride 35. I think you ladies have convinced me so far.
Also as far as the weight of it. I'm going to get a moby wrap to carry the baby in rather than lugging around a car seat. I think that will be much easier than trying to wrangle my (newly) 3 yr old and a car seat through parking lots, into stores, etc.. So, I'm not too worried about the weight. Plus I'm used to carrying heavy musical equipment, I may be small but, I can lift some heavy stuff. ;)

Krista - posted on 07/20/2011

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That's what i have too. The Snugride 35. They're not light, so if you have to carry your carrier around a lot, it can be a PITA. BUT, where E is probably still in his FF car seat, it'll buy you enough time that by the time Baby #2 outgrows the infant carrier, E will be in a booster.

Instead of getting a big stroller jobbie to put it in, I just got the frame stroller. It opens easily, folds easily (one-handed, even!), and is super-easy to pop the carseat into. It's the shiznit -- light, portable, but sturdy. I loved it.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

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I forget which infant seat my son had (sorry).... I want to say Graco something though. It came as a 'system' w/ his stroller. He was in that til close to a year when I got his Safety First 3 in 1 something.... He rearfaced in that til June.... and turned 3 at the end of March. ;)

Becky - posted on 07/20/2011

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We also have a Graco. We just got a new one because we lent ours out and it was in an accident, and I think it is the Snugride 35. It will hold an infant up to 35 lbs. Not that you'd still want to use it when they're that big!! We've always been happy with the Graco infant seats - they're reasonably easy to adjust the straps and to tighten, this new one is really nicely padded, and they're easy to get in and out of the base. My only complaint is that sometimes I have trouble getting it into and out of the stroller, but that might just be me, too. :) Oh, the other complaint I have is that it's quite heavy! So generally, once baby hits 15 lbs. or so, I quit taking it out of the car and just put baby in and out of it.

Sara - posted on 07/20/2011

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I didn't use one, I think they're a waste of money and the product of a fear-mongering government.

Just kidding!

We have a Graco Snugride and I really liked it, no complaints. They have detachable bases so you can have more than one base and put one in each car if you have more than one car, so it's easy to take in and out.

I've heard good things about Chicco too, but they seem pricey to me.

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