Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Car Seat Help

This may be premature, but assuming we'll pass our license, they keep talking about car seats and I want to get an idea of what I'll need.

I need to purchase a car seat that basically will last from birth to as far as possible.  I do not want just a car seat for newborns, it has to last at least until they are 2 years old, possibly further.  Also I only want a black or gray car seat, I know, I know, I just do.  I'm not ready for beige and army green, maybe one day.  It can't cost crazy money because I get reimbursed.


So, most of you guys are parents, if not, if shopping for baby stuff doesn't make you dizzy, help a future foster lady out.  Amazon or Target would be best for me.  I've really tried and I don't really know what I'm looking for or I start to get depressed because I find something I like and it's $300.  Maybe it's supposed to be $300.  I really don't know.  This is really hard.

Thanks so much!

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  1. Ok. So, you want a combination seat, one that says it goes from newborn (say 8lbs or whatever) to 60-80 lbs--that means it's rear facing, forward facing, and a high-backed booster, all in one. You are not looking for a bucket seat (as you've probably already figured out).

    All car seats must pass Transport Canada standards (which are probably equivalent-ish in the US), so you should not let all the bells and whistles draw you to the super expensive one, as they're all basically safe. That said, the very cheapest ones can be very annoying--we've owned many, many car seats (say 8-10), and the cheapest ones had arms that would easily come off, covers that were more flimsy, etc. So, honestly, I'd get a mid priced one, hopefully on sale.

    And as long as you follow directions, they're all easy-ish (if super annoying) to instal, especially if you have two people. You don't need a Britax, for example, though they're obviously very nice, but the cheapest one at Walmart might have a cover that won't last as long.

    And check the expiry dates--most last, say 5-7 years. The year it was made should be on a sticker on the seat, and it should also have an indication of the expiry.

    Really, all things said, they're all somewhat the same, so don't stress out too much.

    YAY!

    Wilma

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  2. What you want is called a Convertible seat. We have a Britax Marathon 70 that Logan is still using at 2 years old and 30+ pounds. Although we did not use it when he was a tiny baby, this seat CAN be used that way (I just preferred the bucket infant seat for those early months because I could transition him in and out of the car without waking him up.)

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  3. I will have to agree with Kristi on using an infant carrier for convenience during the first 6 months. BUT, if you don't know if the baby will be younger than that I would just stick with the convertible car seat. The carrier is nice especially in winter to carry them from car to house or wherever and just keep them bundled up in that. Also, if shopping they can sleep in it etc. After 6-8 months they get so heavy in the carrier it is easier to just carry the baby. I would say if you have someone who you could borrow an infant carrier from then go that route for the first 6 months.

    Ok here is my suggestion on a convertible car seat:
    http://www.target.com/p/safety-1st-advance-70-air-convertible-carseat/-/A-14580920#prodSlot=medium_1_24

    It goes from 5lbs to 70lbs. It's gray and a bright aqua blue. I have seen it in the store and it is such a pretty color I was bummed that I already had a black safety 1st carseat. I prefer these seats for the head side air bags.

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  4. I will have to agree with Kristi on using an infant carrier for convenience during the first 6 months. BUT, if you don't know if the baby will be younger than that I would just stick with the convertible car seat. The carrier is nice especially in winter to carry them from car to house or wherever and just keep them bundled up in that. Also, if shopping they can sleep in it etc. After 6-8 months they get so heavy in the carrier it is easier to just carry the baby. I would say if you have someone who you could borrow an infant carrier from then go that route for the first 6 months.

    Ok here is my suggestion on a convertible car seat:
    http://www.target.com/p/safety-1st-advance-70-air-convertible-carseat/-/A-14580920#prodSlot=medium_1_24

    It goes from 5lbs to 70lbs. It's gray and a bright aqua blue. I have seen it in the store and it is such a pretty color I was bummed that I already had a black safety 1st carseat. I prefer these seats for the head side air bags.

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  5. Grr I think I lost my previous comment when I signed into google. Basically I sent this link:
    http://www.target.com/p/safety-1st-advance-70-air-convertible-carseat/-/A-14580920#prodSlot=medium_1_24

    If my other comment didn't come through I will retype what I suggested about an infant carrier for the first 6 months. Basically, to just borrow one because they are handy when the baby is smaller.

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  6. This is ours - zero complaints after over two years of use. Our daughter is 29 months old and will use it for a long time to come. Worth the money. Washes well if need be. Soft and neutral colors.
    http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Boulevard-70-G3-Convertible-Seat/dp/B00A2HUH72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383235910&sr=8-1&keywords=britax+boulevard

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  7. This is ours - zero complaints after over two years of use. Our daughter is 29 months old and will use it for a long time to come. Worth the money. Washes well if need be. Soft and neutral colors.
    http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Boulevard-70-G3-Convertible-Seat/dp/B00A2HUH72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383235910&sr=8-1&keywords=britax+boulevard

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  8. We've used this one for over two years and have zero complaints - worth the money. Plan on using it for a long time to come. Comfortable, safe, washes easily, installs easily too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Britax-Boulevard-70-G3-Convertible-Seat/dp/B00A2HUH72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383235910&sr=8-1&keywords=britax+boulevard

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  9. Agree that you want a convertible car seat. YMMV, but if I had it to do all over again, I would skip the Chicco "travel system" (infant seat/stroller combo) that I thought we had to have and just get a convertible car seat and the ERGObaby. You know how so many parents can plop the "pumpkin carrier" into the grocery cart and shop while the baby sleeps or coos contentedly? Not our boy; more than a few minutes in there, and he'd start crying. When a friend loaned me a Baby Bjorn, I discovered the bliss of being able to shop with a contented baby; when I needed to give the Bjorn back to her, we got the ERGO, which actually works better for us (my husband is a bigger guy, and he was able to re-jigger the straps on the ERGO to fit himself). Now DJ is almost 27 pounds, so carrying him around in the ERGO is a workout—but it's so worth it to be able to run errands in peace.

    Meanwhile, because DJ grew so fast, the Chicco Keyfit 30 that I assumed would get us past his first birthday barely got us to 9 months. We upgraded the car seat to the First Years True Fit C670 Premier convertible, which Baby Bargains claimed has all the quality of the Britax Advocate at almost half the price. DJ still doesn't love car rides, but he's much calmer in the True Fit than he ever was in the Keyfit.

    Again, YMMV. Good luck with everything!

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  10. Thanks so much you guys! This is so helpful. Looks like Britax is the way to go and I should expect to spend around $200. I really like that polka dot Safety First one too.

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  11. Ah Beth, I accidentally deleted your comment, I'm so sorry, stupid iphone tiny buttons.

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  12. First off OMG I am so super excited about this foster child news! Thrilled! Delighted! My absolute favorite seat we have had is the First Years True Fit Premier. I honestly wanted to cry when Wyatt grew out of it. It is a very safe seat, has great ratings, is easy to install and move, and washes so well. And they are less than 200 (but close) on Amazon.

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