Looking to buy the next car seat

Amrit - posted on 10/09/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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We have a Chicco key fit 30 and my Lo has outgrown it. Looking for a combo or something that will last as long as possible. What are you favs/best experiences? Also, what's with the expiration dates?

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Sarah - posted on 10/10/2013

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For the next car seat it is going to depend a lot on the age of your child and what you prefer. If you are in the US law is that babies need to be rear facing until they are 20 pounds AND 1 yr. So if your little one is under 1 yrs old then you will still need to find a car seat that can do both rear and forward facing. If your child is both 20 pounds and 1 yrs old then you can choose.....it is still recommended that they face rear facing as it protects their neck better, but by law they can be forward facing. If you wanted to continue with rear facing then you would need to look for those seats that are both rear and forward facing. I would suggest looking at weight/height limits and go with the one that has a higher weight/height limit for rear facing. If you are not planning on rear facing after 20 pounds and 1 yr then you can look at both the rear/forward facing seats and also the seats that are forward facing only. For the forward facing seats only you want to check the weight/height requirements as some are made for older toddlers only (booster seats).

Here is the car seat I got for my daughter once she was over 20 pounds and 1 yr. http://www.gracobaby.com/products/pages/...

It is a forward facing seat only. The weight goes from 20 pounds to 100 pounds....so it adjusts to a booster seat for when she is an older toddler. This car seat will last her until she has out grown car seats and no longer will need one. The one down side to this car seat is that it is VERY heavy, so if you are going to be removing it a lot it will be a pain.

For expiration dates....these are dates they figure that the car seat will no longer be effective due to wear and tear on the seat, the age of the plastic (plastic has a better chance of breaking when old), and the new technology out there that makes the seats safer (for example when my older two were babies they did not have side impact protection on the car seats......5 point harnesses had just come out).

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Suzi - posted on 10/24/2013

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I have the Britax Boulevard and LOVE it. It will rear face to 5-40lbs and FF to 70lbs, so I know I am covered for a while! A few things that I love about the seat are:
1. So easy to install. I have used both the latch connectors (in my car), and the seat belt (in my mom's car), and both were very easy to install.
2. Harness holders on the side to keep the straps out of your way when you are putting your kiddo in (this seems like a little thing, but is a huge help when my daughter is wiggly.
3. The harness is easy to adjust to your child's size.

Add to all of this, I feel completely safe each time my daughter is in this seat.

I am a proud member of the Britax safety squad, the opinions expressed are mine.

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