Car seats..??

sweetmx85sweetmx85 Registered Users Posts: 1,017 Curl Neophyte
My son is 8 months old and 27 lbs. He's too big for his infant car seat that we have that maxed out at 25 lbs (and a big winter coat) but I'm not sure what seat to get him now. I've been looking at convertable seats but he isnt he gonna need a booster seat sometime too in the future?? What type of seat is gonna be the best bet to get?
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    Because he's only 8 months old, you will need a convertible seat, because he needs to remain rear-facing til he's at least a year old (preferably longer). Since you have a large child, I would suggest you stay away from the cheaper seats that only go to 40 pounds, because there is a good liklihood he will outgrow that seat quickly (my boys were 40 pounds at only 2 years old).

    Britax seats are expensive, but they make the best seats, and they have one that goes to 35 or 40 pounds rear-facing and then up to 65 pounds forward-facing, so you'll save money in the long run by not having to buy yet another seat in a year or two. He may need a low-back booster seat after he reaches 65 pounds, depending on your state laws (some states require kids to be in carseats til 8 years and 80 pounds), but that's years down the road and low-back boosters aren't that expensive.
  • DelmaDelma Registered Users Posts: 1,121
    Your child really shouldn't be wearing a heavy coat in his carseat, watch this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNGT9eBL_gg

  • sweetmx85sweetmx85 Registered Users Posts: 1,017 Curl Neophyte
    Delma wrote: »
    Your child really shouldn't be wearing a heavy coat in his carseat, watch this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNGT9eBL_gg


    woooow thank you for that!! I wish people were there to tell you this in everyday life lol I am just wingin it with everything! my poor baby, I told my husband our second child is gonna have it made because were figuring out what to do and what not to do with our first, our son now is prob like really?!?!?! thanks for the info
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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
    My second seat for my older son was a Britax Roundabout. I loved it but he outgrew it by height at 2.5 or so. I didn't know that was possible. I don't recommend it for that reason unless you plan to move into another seat at that time anyway.

    My wee one is only 19lbs at 13 months so he is still in his baby bucket. I am trying to figure out seats for him now. I am leaning towards a Britax Marathon. The Cosco Scenera was my backup seat with my older boy. I don't remember the height/weight requirements but it is super cheap (like $40) so it is a good one to get if money is tight but knowing that you will replace it sooner than rather than later.
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  • sweetmx85sweetmx85 Registered Users Posts: 1,017 Curl Neophyte
    Well I ended up getting graco my ride 65 it was on sale at babies r us and was one of the nicer ones that wasnt ridiculesly priced
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    I'm glad you found one you like. Carseats have made me cry more than once.

    First you can't figure out which one to get, then you can't figure out which one your child should be in at what weight, then you have to figure out how to install them and by the time you think you've got it covered they grow and then you can't see how to adjust the straps or they hit a height or weight limit and you can't install the same way or you find out you've been doing it wrong all along.

    My daughter is almost FIVE and I still have fairly regular carseat related breakdowns.
  • Scuba GalScuba Gal Registered Users Posts: 383
    I have both my kids in Britax Marathons and have gotten my money's worth. Maggie is (almost) 4.5 and she is in no need to move out of it still at only 33lbs and 38".

    I will probably move her to a booster this spring just because it will free up some room in our backseat before our road trip, but they both moved in from their infant carrier, so it was really the only seat we ever *needed*.
  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Registered Users Posts: 2,904
    We skipped the infant seat and went straight for the convertible. Lilly fit in it perfectly at 5lbs and it looks like she's never going to grow out of it. We got a Safety 1st something.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
    FC...I think yours is like the one I have.
  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,954 Curl Connoisseur
    Both my kids went from the infant seat to Britax Boulevards. They go up to 65 pounds so Chas at age 4 and 40 pounds won't be out of it too soon.

    I would shop around for Britax...you can get some good deals online and sometimes stores will match online prices. I know we bought our Britax at babyage.com...free shipping and they have the older models on sale usually.
  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Registered Users Posts: 2,904
    FC...I think yours is like the one I have.

    I looked it up and we got the Safety 1st Phoenix. It can be used as rear-facing for 5-35 lbs., forward-facing 22-40 lbs., and a belt-positioning booster seat from 40-80 lbs.
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  • mad scientistmad scientist Registered Users Posts: 3,530 Curl Neophyte
    We have 2 Sunshine Kids Radians.

    With my first, I bought a Britax Marathon. We used to call it "the throne" because it is so freakin' huge (and comfy). But we are a family of 5 with a 5-seater car, and there was no way we could fit 3 people in the back with 2 of those beasts - even one was too much. So now the Marathon has moved to Grandma's car. We can comfortably fit 2 Radians and an adult in the backseat.


  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Registered Users Posts: 860 Curl Novice
    Wow, this thread is SO on time for me. DH and I spent several hours looking at car seats this past Friday for our 22 pound 6-month old.

    For those of you who chimed in with your suggestions/recommendations, THANKS!
  • curly_keltiecurly_keltie Registered Users Posts: 791
    A carseat tech once told me that the best carseat is one that is installed correctly - no matter if it costs $75 or $500.

    That being said, you obviously want one that is going to best suit your needs. For me, DS is tall but a lightweight. He was going to quickly outgrow his first carseat by height long before he would be okay to use a booster seat. Even now at 4 years old, he is 42 inches and 35 pounds. About 2.5 years ago I bought the Graco Nautilus because it would accomodate his tall height. It also becomes a high back booster and a no-back booster.
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  • sweetmx85sweetmx85 Registered Users Posts: 1,017 Curl Neophyte
    we have yet to be able to get this carseat installed correctly. first my husband couldnt get it level, and now that it is level for some reason we cant get the harness straps to tighten when hes in the seat, when hes not in it it tightens fine, when hes in it suddenly they wont tighten. my husband has been the one trying to figure it out so far so when he gets back home with the seat im gonna bring it in the house to figure this out cause there is no way my baby is going in that seat without it in right.
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  • inheritedcurlsinheritedcurls Registered Users Posts: 2,954 Curl Connoisseur
    sweetmx85 wrote: »
    we have yet to be able to get this carseat installed correctly. first my husband couldnt get it level, and now that it is level for some reason we cant get the harness straps to tighten when hes in the seat, when hes not in it it tightens fine, when hes in it suddenly they wont tighten. my husband has been the one trying to figure it out so far so when he gets back home with the seat im gonna bring it in the house to figure this out cause there is no way my baby is going in that seat without it in right.



    Go to your local police station or fire station. They have all been (or should be) trained to install car seats. Call your local hospital or doctor's office and they sometimes have events to correctly install your car seat or tell you who to go to.... This is all free. We've done this with everyone of our car seats...especially getting the convertible installed backwards was hard for us.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
    FieryCurls wrote: »
    FC...I think yours is like the one I have.

    I looked it up and we got the Safety 1st Phoenix. It can be used as rear-facing for 5-35 lbs., forward-facing 22-40 lbs., and a belt-positioning booster seat from 40-80 lbs.
    Ours is very similar, but goes to 100 lbs. Hubby said the little one is gonna be in it till HS! :lol:

    c_k is correct.
    Great idea, ic!

    Here is a great vid...
    http://www.edmunds.com/advice/womenfamilies/articles/104581/article.html#
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    FieryCurls wrote: »
    FC...I think yours is like the one I have.

    I looked it up and we got the Safety 1st Phoenix. It can be used as rear-facing for 5-35 lbs., forward-facing 22-40 lbs., and a belt-positioning booster seat from 40-80 lbs.
    Ours is very similar, but goes to 100 lbs. Hubby said the little one is gonna be in it till HS! :lol:

    c_k is correct.
    Great idea, ic!

    Here is a great vid...
    http://www.edmunds.com/advice/womenfamilies/articles/104581/article.html#



    I made my younger kids stay in carseats til they were 9 and 10 years old. They were both just so skinny (way under 80 pounds) that I didn't feel it was safe for them to be in regular seatbelts til then.

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