Looking for the perfect carseat...

Monica - posted on 04/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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It's about that time! My little guy is almost 1 and definately outgrowing his infant carseat. I have been researching high and low for which one to choose and can't decide which is best. They all look and sound great but I am not sure which is the best one for the amount of money. Any good ideas? There is a Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 that sounds good, but it is $150....then there are some for like $60-89....any advice would be good! THANKS!

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Terri - posted on 05/07/2009

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update on our evenflo triumph advance: we installed it last night. it was super easy to install, rear facing, without LATCH in my grand am GT. i thought it was going to be hard since i don't have the latch hooks but luckily, i was wrong! and it fits well. still allows my husband and i both enough leg room up front no matter who is driving. i can't post about the comfort of it yet but will come back after she has ridden in it a few days if anyone wants to know...

Laresa - posted on 05/07/2009

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We have a Nautilus for my 3 year old and it's a great seat, BUT it is a forward facing only seat. The AAP now recommends that babies stay rear facing until 2 years old rather than 1. I would strongly recommend keeping him rear facing and then forward facing in a five point harness for as long as possible. Many of the seats that say they hold a child up to 100lbs will only harness them until 40lbs and then turn into a booster. Look for seats that have a higher rear facing limit and harness to a higher weight. They are a little more expensive but you will not need another one for a long time. My baby girl is in a Britax Marathon which rear faces to 35lbs then goes forward facing to 65lbs. A few others that I like and have the same weight limits as the Marathon are the First Years True Fit and Sunshine Kids Radian and you can get them for under $200. You can get an Evenflo Triumph Advance for about 120 and it has decent weight limits. Another good option would be to get something like a Cosco Scenera which rear faces to 35lbs. It only forward faces to 40lbs but you can find it on sale for around $40 and then get something like a Nautilus later on.

Danielle - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Jaime:

I got the Eddie Bauer 3-1 convertible for my baby shower, it was around $180. I really like it but when it came time to buy a second one for my hubbies car we got the Cosco Alpha Omega 3-1 convertible at BJ's for $85. I LOVE it more than the Eddie Bauer. Two friends of mine have it and suggested it. We have it in a 2008 Hyundai Electra and it fits perfectly. We had a state trooper who is certified put it in my car and he said it's a really good seat for the money. good luck.


We got the exact same carseat for my daughter at Cosco!  I love it, it fits perfectly in my car ('02 Saturn).  My daughter loves it.  She looks very comfortable and relaxed, she really loves the fact that she can see out the windows easier!  Good Luck at finding your carseat!

Jaime - posted on 05/04/2009

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I got the Eddie Bauer 3-1 convertible for my baby shower, it was around $180. I really like it but when it came time to buy a second one for my hubbies car we got the Cosco Alpha Omega 3-1 convertible at BJ's for $85. I LOVE it more than the Eddie Bauer. Two friends of mine have it and suggested it. We have it in a 2008 Hyundai Electra and it fits perfectly. We had a state trooper who is certified put it in my car and he said it's a really good seat for the money. good luck.

Erica - posted on 05/03/2009

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I recently got an evenflow seat from babies r us. It will hold up to 100 ibs. It has the harness seat belt and then when she's bigger just a regular seat belt. it's Generations Bolero Child restraint system. Child requirements weight 20-100 ibs and height 29-57 in. It was $99. It's comfortable for her and it's safe. I love it. Check it out online :)

Christy - posted on 05/03/2009

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My friend told me to research carseats that fit into the model of car you have. When she was at the firestation having it installed, hers didn't fit her car. The lady installing it said that ALL carseats are safe (otherwise they wouldn't be on the market) and the most important thing is that it is the right size for the type of car you have.

Terri - posted on 05/01/2009

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we just bought the graco nautilus and the evenflo triumph advance lx. i couldn't decide btwn the two and since we needed one for each car i got one of each. well, I didn't get them...I asked the grandparents for them as birthday presents. figured that way since they are two different sizes we can see which fits best in which car and which one we like better etc...so, we will be trying them out soon! the triumph can be used at a lower weight and seems really soft. and i liked that you don't have to re-thread the straps as baby grows. but, i really liked the cupholder/pocket on the graco. i know sippy cups will be in the car often so i thought that was a nice feature--a STURDY cup holder. and, the graco goes to a higher weight limit. i did a lot of research also and they both had good and bad ratings. i guess we just have to try them out for ourselves and see what we like. i will try to remember to come back and give an update!

Nikki - posted on 04/30/2009

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Go to Albeebaby.com and order the Fisher Price Safe Voyage car seat! We got it for my son and it is awesome it is made by the people that make the $300.00 Britax ones but is only $110.00 and you get free shipping!!

Katie - posted on 04/29/2009

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We went with a Britax - specifically the Diplomat. They start at just over $200 but go on sale quite often because they are more expensive. They are the safest on the market - the seat we got is one of the only 2 that are TRUE side impact crash tested which make them the safest if you get hit from the side. I know they are a little expensive but completely worth every penny - in addition to safety they are extremely well made, very comfortable and easy to install. My daughter loves hers and it goes up to 45 lbs so it will last a very long time. Also, check for them on Ebay - lots of good deals!

Deidre - posted on 04/29/2009

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There are a few things to look for in a carseat that I can think of right now.



1. Obviously price, don't get one you can't afford

2. Space - make sure it will fit in the type of car you have.

3. Ease - Test it out in the store and make sure you know all the ins and outs and it is fairly easy for you to install (I know that the babiesrus near us has a practice seat to take one in and out)



Those are the three main things I can think of when it comes to buying a carseat. Good luck! And after you've narrowed down the selection using those choices, pick the one you think looks the best lol, what color do you want, etc :p

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