Advice on buying a convertible car seat in Canada

Karen - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




My daughter is about ready to grow out of the height limits of her infant car seat and I need to purchase a convertible car seat since she's only 6 mos old. Any advice or suggestions?


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Marcia - posted on 06/02/2009




I agree with Amanda...we have an Eddie Bauer too and we find it quite good. You can compare for yourself, but two main advantages I found are:
1. The padding feels really comfy.
2. Extra height adjustments (handy if you think your child may be kind of on the tall side).
Hope you find your perfect seat for you!

Amanda - posted on 06/02/2009




hello, im in regina canada, and my son also outgrew his early too... i bought the eddie bauer one from toys r us and i really like it.... little more than the ones at walmart but it has lots of padding and he really seems to like it... hope that helps a little.... good luck...

Amanda - posted on 05/15/2009




cosco seats are cheap $60 at walmart but they offer no padding and are hard as a rock. evenflo has been recalled many times for problems with pieces breaking off of their seats and why by a graco when you can spend $30 more for the britex which is way better.

Jen - posted on 05/15/2009




I'm in the US, but I switched my daughter to a convertible car seat at 7 months. We have 3 seats for the 3 cars she regularly rides in and the brands are Evenflo (we have 2 different models) and 1 is Cosco. I'm pretty sure Cosco is sold in Canada, but I'm not too sure about Evenflo. The Cosco seat is very basic. They don't cost too much either. The Evenflo's tend to have more padding and even a pillow for the baby. The feature I really like about my Evenflo Triumph is that you can adjust all the straps in the front so it's great for my 17 month old and my friend's 19 month old and her almost 3 year old. I know everyone boasts about Britax, but I think you can get the same thing in another brand for a much more reasonable price. I know that Graco is also a good brand and they tend to make the 3-in-1 seats that are convertible and convert to a booster once the child is over 35 lbs. Just find a website that will compare different brands and that has costumer reviews. I always like to read what other parents like and don't like about the seat. Good luck.

Tara - posted on 05/15/2009




Great thread to start!! I too need to buy my 7 1/2 month old a convertable car seat and trying to figure out what to get. I have heard great things about the Britax brand as well so will most likely go with that since it has the highest safety rate which if you are able to afford it is worth it!

Glendeen - posted on 05/15/2009




We bought a convertable one aswell when our daughter was 7 months old. We bought one from Canadian Tire it was a fairly expensive one but we were more concerned about safety and comfort. I really dont like those really hard ones they are like 60-70 dollars and they have no cushion mostly at Walmart, might as well spend the money and get a good one. We waited until we could get a good sale but we had the time. Our car seat is $200 but Canadian Tire always has weekend sales and we got it for $130. So keep a look out. Like the other girls saidI would not buy a used one either but I would from someone thats in my family that you know would not give it to you otherwise.

Amanda - posted on 05/15/2009




I would get one that is comfortable since they are nor recomending baby to be rear facing for 2 years or up to 40 pounds, you may have to spend more. also get one that can be adjusted from the frint. You need to have baby in the seat to adjust the straps so it is a pain in the ass when you have the kid in the seat and you have to lean them all the way forward to adjust the straps.

I am buying a britax for my daughter. They have the highest safety rating and rate well amoung comfort and ease of use including installation. They are about $300 but the weight limit is quite high so it can be used until it expires. Oh 1 more thing, some people are not aware that seat expire. I dont know if you are or not but just if you have not heard this they expire after 6 years from the manufatures date and the reason is that when The seat is left in the car it is exposed to the elements, heat, cold . the plastic weakens over time and the seat may be less safe. expired seats should be destroyed and if you are pulled over you can actually get a fine in some provinces.

Also it is not a good idea to buy a used seat since accidents can cause the seat to be unsafe and you can never take someones word if they have been in an accident or not. I would say if you are going to by used be sure to know very well where the seat has been.

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