Convertable Car Seat Advise...?

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Our daughter is now 6 months 15 lbs & 25" long. We are looking into buying a convertable seat to grow with her, and get her out of her 'pumpkin seat' :o) We have a few months before she gowns out of the current seat, but have started looking.



does anyone know anything about this seat:

http://www.safety1st.com/usa/eng/Product...

Alpha Luxe Echelon Convertible Car Seat - by Safety 1st

We don't want to spend more than $150 MAX and want it to go up to atleast 80 lbs that also turns into a backless booster.



Advise? do's / don'ts? pro's con's? the more feedback the better please



Annie W

Middle GA

mommy to Savanah. Wife to James

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Rebecca - posted on 09/29/2009

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we use the alhpa cosco convertable seat. i'm not sure if it's available in the states if thats where you are but it was only about $60 and it goes to a booster. we too could not spend a ton of money on a seat and we know lots of people who use this exact one. if a car seat is installed properly and has the safety stickers it is safe no matter the cost. we get all our kids seats installed by our local fire department as they are trained to do this for the community. look in to see if there is a clinic available that can instale it properly for you as well.

Jessica - posted on 09/29/2009

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well it all depends on i have a booster with seat belts that looks like a bigger carseat which my daughter can set in from 20lbs to 80lbs and it only 65 dollars.

Aminah - posted on 09/29/2009

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well im from australia but i prefer the safe'n'sound range which would be your britex or even graco range in the US go talk to a profesional that sells car restraints they can give you all the information you will need to know but more inmportantly they know the saftey and laws of your state. as for backless seats im not a big fan of them in Australia they are acctualy taking them all off the arket as they have been proven very unsafe but in the end its realy up to you. good luck and i hope i have helpped you in just a little way

Stephanie - posted on 09/29/2009

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I bought the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Carseat from Walmart. Buy it online and it is cheaper then getting it in the Store. It is on sale for $144.44. It can be used until they are 10. It has a 5 point harness good for up to 65 lbs. It is also used as a high back booster then a regular booster up to 100 lbs. I love mine. It is easy to install and has everything that oyu are looking for.

Jen - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Annie:



Quoting kelly:

i have a seat just like that but its the alpha omega by costco. i bought it for my daughter who is two and now i have my son whos 5 months and 18lbs in it. i dont really care for the seat cause its big and bulky and doesnt recline back very far. the clips on those are retarded. my son has a hard time sitting in it cause it almost sits up right!






thanks for that great feedback!! i havent heard anyone speaking on this seat yet.  everyone always tells me to get more expensive ones!!! ugh






We have a small car, and that is one of our concerns is that it will be too big for our little car. 






thanks again Kelly.  much appriciated!!!






Annie



 



To add to my response about the Alpha Omega Elite, I bought it for $109 on sale, and it goes up to 100 lbs.  I also have a small car (geo metro), and it fits great!  it fits better in that car than my boyfriend's dodge intrepid because of the way the backseat is designed!





 

Jen - posted on 09/29/2009

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anything my safety 1st is my choice!!!! we just bought the Alpha Omega Elite, and it's wonderful!!!! except for when baby falls asleep, then there's no comfort for her head:(

Andrea - posted on 09/29/2009

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We have the alpha omega and we love it. We needed a 2nd car seat for daddy's truck so he chose these one, she is now 18 months old and 20 lbs (a preemie) and she is still rear facing.

Veronica - posted on 09/28/2009

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I totally understand your issue with money! We had the same one! You want something good, but affordable! Its crazy how much these things cost! We ended up getting our son The First Years True Fit from albeebaby.com (Free shipping) It was $159. It doesn't have an actual booster seat for it though, but the weight and height limits really take it to where a kid can go straight from it to the regular seat. (Its basically a booster with a back!) A friend of ours has it for their kids and so i got to see it and put my son in it before actually buying it- otherwise i would never have gotten it from online!! The other one we were looking at was the Evenflo Triumph. Good luck finding a good seat for your little one!

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Quoting kelly:

i have a seat just like that but its the alpha omega by costco. i bought it for my daughter who is two and now i have my son whos 5 months and 18lbs in it. i dont really care for the seat cause its big and bulky and doesnt recline back very far. the clips on those are retarded. my son has a hard time sitting in it cause it almost sits up right!



thanks for that great feedback!! i havent heard anyone speaking on this seat yet.  everyone always tells me to get more expensive ones!!! ugh



We have a small car, and that is one of our concerns is that it will be too big for our little car. 



thanks again Kelly.  much appriciated!!!



Annie

Kelly - posted on 09/28/2009

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i have a seat just like that but its the alpha omega by costco. i bought it for my daughter who is two and now i have my son whos 5 months and 18lbs in it. i dont really care for the seat cause its big and bulky and doesnt recline back very far. the clips on those are retarded. my son has a hard time sitting in it cause it almost sits up right!

Billie-Ann - posted on 09/28/2009

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Graco MyRide 65 is the one that we were going to go with. You can get the pink one for 159.99 and Toys "R" Us puts coupons out for 15% of car seats all the time. I know if you make an account/profile thing with them you receive them in the mail. The only reason why we didn't get this one is because they wouldn't ship it to an APO box and my husband and I are currently stationed in Germany with the Air Force. We had no other way of receiving it without paying close to 100 bucks in shipping alone. We found another one that was a little bit more but shipped over here for free. Just remember it is safer for your child to be rear facing as long as the car seat will allow her. I know this sound ridiculous but when the car stops immediately regardless of the car seat your child's head will fly forward and slamming it into the back of the car seat. This not only can result in whiplash but brain damage as well. If your child is rear facing, their head is going into the back of the car seat to start off with and won't fly forward as fast. It was something that was pointed out to me when I had to take the driving class over here to get my licenses. Yes, if you are in an accident your child might break legs but I would rather have broken legs than a broken neck or brain dead child.

Kimberly - posted on 09/27/2009

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I have a Safety 1st Alpha Omega convertible seat, and my daughter LOVES it! I got it on sale for $109 (canadian) regular price is $179. I went onto websites with a lot of customer reviews to make my decision before purchase. I was looking at getting a Britax, but after reading reviews for cheaper seats were just as good, I decided on what I could afford. My daughter's seat goes to from 5lbs-22lbs rear facing (Cdn laws) and up to 80 lbs forward facing. My daughter is 13 months old now, but is still facing rear because she is very petite, but when it' time to switch her around, she is already accustomed to the seat :) Cheers and good luck!

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Quoting stacey:

we have a safety first convertible car seat. it grows with our son from newborn seat to booster seat. it is so easy to use. we have no problem taking it in and out of our car if needed. also our son is very comfortable in it. it is very easy to adjust height. we love it and if we have another one we will get another one if our lil man is still using his. it holds 5 lbs to 80 lbs. it also has a marker on it if your lil one is to tall for it when to stop using it. i hope i have helped a lil



which style of the safety 1st do you use currently.  ?

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Quoting Brittany:

I know you said that you did not want to spend more than 150, but I have the safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite convertible car seat & I love it. It is on babies r us website & comes in a lot of different styles. It is priced for 179.99. It is more than you wanted to spend, but it goes up to 100lbs. Here is the product description.

Product Description
The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat is 3 car seats in one: rear facing from 5-35 lbs, harnessed booster from 22-40 lbs, belt positioning booster from 40-100 lbs and 19 - 52 inches tall. The QuickFit harness system never needs rethreading; The 3 position recline provides added comfort for naps and the easy to use front harness adjuster make adjustments a snap. The exclusive ProTech energy absorbing EPP foam provides extra protection and the 3 position 1 hand recline provides extra comfort.
Good luck in your decision!



Thanks Brittany,



I found that same style on walmart.com (free site to store shipping helps) for $139 love this purple one too



http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.d...



just have to convince the husband that this is the one I WANT lol



i will need to call the company to see how much replacement fabric is once we plan on having a 2nd child!



thanks again!

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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I know you said that you did not want to spend more than 150, but I have the safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite convertible car seat & I love it. It is on babies r us website & comes in a lot of different styles. It is priced for 179.99. It is more than you wanted to spend, but it goes up to 100lbs. Here is the product description.

Product Description
The Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat is 3 car seats in one: rear facing from 5-35 lbs, harnessed booster from 22-40 lbs, belt positioning booster from 40-100 lbs and 19 - 52 inches tall. The QuickFit harness system never needs rethreading; The 3 position recline provides added comfort for naps and the easy to use front harness adjuster make adjustments a snap. The exclusive ProTech energy absorbing EPP foam provides extra protection and the 3 position 1 hand recline provides extra comfort.
Good luck in your decision!

Stacey - posted on 09/26/2009

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we have a safety first convertible car seat. it grows with our son from newborn seat to booster seat. it is so easy to use. we have no problem taking it in and out of our car if needed. also our son is very comfortable in it. it is very easy to adjust height. we love it and if we have another one we will get another one if our lil man is still using his. it holds 5 lbs to 80 lbs. it also has a marker on it if your lil one is to tall for it when to stop using it. i hope i have helped a lil

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i jsut thought i would share that information with you. i cant see buying this product myself because of all the recalls. they are constantly recalling, other companies are just as safe, with a lot less recalls. not all recalls or voluntary by the company. usually it has to do with all the compaints.

i really am not trying to be mean by all this i hope you dont take it that way. i just wanted you ladies to see what i have been researching all night!!! thanks

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/26/2009

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I personally think that a company that stands behind their product enough to own up to mistakes is worth its weight in gold. Recalls are a sign that company is taking responsibility for its product instead of being forced to after the fact.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/26/2009

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There is no need to get a convertible car seat that can have a child that weights over 60 Ibs. There is no way a child over 60 Ibs. would still be in a car seat and not a booster.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/26/2009

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You won't get a convertible that goes to a backless booster. Just the design of that doesn't work for rearfacing. You can get a 3 in 1 but it won't rearface. But really I would get a convertible then when you do need a backless booster get the Graco that is like 15 bucks. I have a First years true fit and I love it. Forward faces to 65 lbs. Sunshine kids makes a coule seats that go up to 80 lbs but not a low back. Might be a little more but lasts a long time. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 09/26/2009

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i know, honestly the top three that i was told to look at in regards to safety ratings were: Britax, Graco, and Evenflo...i hope this helps...as always the safer the carseat the higher the price...but NOTHING is worth cutting corners when it comes to your kids lives and safety!

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Quoting Laura:

Annie,

My advise, go into the stores and see which ONES (pick out 3 or 4) you like the best. Only you can really decide which one works best for you and your family and the budget. Then find it and price it out online, 9 times out of 10 it is cheaper online. I got mine from online and ended up paying 1/2 of what they wanted in the store.

-laura



thanks laura. there are just sooo many options & features & decisions ugh

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This exceeds your limit but I absolutely love our Britax Roundabout ($200). I tried 3 different seats before it and they were horrible, so I went with the higher end and I couldn't be happier with it. It doesn't convert into a booster either. Now we have a Clek Olli booster which is the only booster with latch, I can't go without latch. I know this doesn't meet your criteria but it just what I recommend.

Laura - posted on 09/26/2009

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Annie,



My advise, go into the stores and see which ONES (pick out 3 or 4) you like the best. Only you can really decide which one works best for you and your family and the budget. Then find it and price it out online, 9 times out of 10 it is cheaper online. I got mine from online and ended up paying 1/2 of what they wanted in the store.



-laura

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Quoting Chelsea:



Quoting Annie:




Quoting Chelsea:









If you click on the different patterns they are different prices.  One of them is $160.  There is also no shipping cost which you will run into with other seats most of the time.  I do not work for britax so this is just my personal opinion.  Your child will not outgrow this seat...a child who is 65 Ibs. will be longer overdue to be in a booster unless they have a disability.  






that is why we want one that already converts to a booster seat.  that is one less cost we can expect in a few years.  We are also the type of parents that want to buy something in person so that we can ENSURE it is what we want, so i would never bring myself to order something like this online.



i appriciate you opinion & help



Annie

Laura - posted on 09/26/2009

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My cousin and i have daughters 2 months apart...we both put our kids in Britax Marathon Convertable carseats! they come in all sorts of fun colors, not to mention they are one of the SAFEST convertable carseats made :) downside of these, they do not go into a backless booster, but if you can get around that, they make EXCELLENT carseats. My daughter loves hers! hope it helps.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Annie:



Quoting Chelsea:

I would highly suggest using a britax seat. They are the safest car seats. They are worth their price for the fact that they are so safe! Here is a link to the one that goes up to 65 Ibs. It does not convert to a booster seat but again it's the safest car seat our there and extremely easy to install. Here is the link to one on amazon.com that is only $10 above your price point.

http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Roundabout-...
I would not suggest buying a seat that goes from rear facing to a booster because of the safety of it.





Thanks Chelsea but i cannot see spending that much $$$  on a seat that only goes to 65 lbs & does not go to a booster seat.  I am a stay at home mommy.  My husband has a great paying job but still 180 is too much for us, we are hoping for around $100 but $150 would be our absolute max amount






thanks for your help & suggestion





If you click on the different patterns they are different prices.  One of them is $160.  There is also no shipping cost which you will run into with other seats most of the time.  I do not work for britax so this is just my personal opinion.  Your child will not outgrow this seat...a child who is 65 Ibs. will be longer overdue to be in a booster unless they have a disability.  

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Quoting Chelsea:

I would highly suggest using a britax seat. They are the safest car seats. They are worth their price for the fact that they are so safe! Here is a link to the one that goes up to 65 Ibs. It does not convert to a booster seat but again it's the safest car seat our there and extremely easy to install. Here is the link to one on amazon.com that is only $10 above your price point.

http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Roundabout-...
I would not suggest buying a seat that goes from rear facing to a booster because of the safety of it.


Thanks Chelsea but i cannot see spending that much $$$  on a seat that only goes to 65 lbs & does not go to a booster seat.  I am a stay at home mommy.  My husband has a great paying job but still 180 is too much for us, we are hoping for around $100 but $150 would be our absolute max amount



thanks for your help & suggestion

Chelseaszidik - posted on 09/26/2009

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I would highly suggest using a britax seat. They are the safest car seats. They are worth their price for the fact that they are so safe! Here is a link to the one that goes up to 65 Ibs. It does not convert to a booster seat but again it's the safest car seat our there and extremely easy to install. Here is the link to one on amazon.com that is only $10 above your price point.



http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Roundabout-...

I would not suggest buying a seat that goes from rear facing to a booster because of the safety of it.

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