(Closed) convertible car seat vs. infant car seat

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What did you use the first time around?
    Infant car seat : (17 votes)
    71 %
    Convertible car seat : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Both : (3 votes)
    13 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    This was something I wondered about as well. I hate spending money on things that have such a short life, when there is an alternative. The response I got to my post was basically that the infant seats are much safer for an infant than convertible seats since they are really designed to hold a larger baby. Also, they make infant seats that go up to 35 pounds now, instead of the previous 22 pound limit, which extends their life quite a bit. Between the safety factor and convenience of getting the seat in and out of the car, we opted to go with an infant carrier/base system.

    Post # 4
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I was confused about this too!

    Convertible car seats are designed to be rear facing then forward facing when your child is able to face forward.  Your kid can stay in them sometimes up to 70 lbs (like the one we got).  Convertibles do not fit infants really well, but they do try…  The recommendations now are that kids are rear facing up until the age of two.  Thus why you’ll want a convertible as your child’s bigger seat.

    Infant seats fit a child rear facing up to either 20 or 30 lbs depending on the seat (ours goes up to 30).

    We just put the convertible seat in our new car and kept the infant seat in the old car, but the convertible seat still doesn’t fit our daughter very well.  She’s barely at the 20 lb threshold, so understandable.

    Because of the restrictions and limitations, we found that it’s best to have an infant seat at first and then switch to the convertible.  We’ll probably officially make the switch at like 25 lbs.

    You’ll appreciate the ability to carry around your baby in the seat while she’s sleeping as an infant in the infant seat!

    Post # 6
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Yeah, I own both.  We tried using the convertable car seat for a week at about 6 months.  It was really inconvenient.  I was used to just unsnapping MB to get her out of the car, letting her stay asleep and warm.  I didn’t like having to unbuckle her every time.  It also meant either holding her in a sling while we were out or putting her in her stroller.  Using the infant seat was easy to just snap her on top of the stroller, but instead I had to buckler her into the stroller seat.  She HATED it.  We switched back after only a week and I am not looking forward to the day when she outgrows the infant seat.

    Post # 7
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    Very useful — I had the same questions.  Thanks all!

    Post # 8
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    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Helpful thread. My husband and I have ultimately decidede to get the infant carseat to start.

    Post # 9
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    1892 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We’ve already purchased a convertable carseat for later, but are using a hand-me-down infant seat from DH’s sister. It’s not only safer but will make things easier at first.

    Post # 10
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    634 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My son is four months old and we have a convirtible car seat. I just found the infant ones to be a waste of money, not to mention quite heavey to lug around. Babies are usually heavey enough sleepers so that if thier asleep in the car seat if you gently pick them up and put them back down they won’t wake up.

    I know here in Australia you can hire infant capsuals for like $50for about 6months, maybe you could look into something like that? I would never buy or use a car seat second hand (for safety reasons) but these get checked everytime etc

    Post # 11
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    2008 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I was just with my friend when she was deciding and I pointed out the convertible seats.  She really liked them but realized since they’re planning on having more than one kid it’s much more worthwhile to get an infant.  They’ll buy a convertible/forward facing further down the road.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We’re going infant at first…since every kid is different (size, weight, height), your kid may fit into a convertible nicely.  But since the infant ones are made for, well, infants & since their uber convenient with the transfer to stroller or carrying around, we figured that was worth the cost.  We’re also planning on having more than one, so, barring any safety recalls with this one, we plan on using it again. 

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Sorry, I don’t have kids so I might be wrong but my brother had an newborn insert that he put in his car seat… so that his kid could fit in the car seat better.  Could that be an alternative solution to buying an infant car seat and a covertible car seat?

    Post # 14
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    1016 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We’re going to use infant car seats for our first pregnancy.  We’re expecting twins so there’s more of a chance that they’ll be smaller than average and we decided infant car seats would be more suitable.  We’re hoping to buy these things 2nd hand so we don’t go broke just trying to transport them home from the hospital!  :0)

    Post # 15
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    1391 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We used the infant seat first. It was so much easier on us, because Peyton slept a lot and we didn’t want to be waking her up every time we got in and out of the car. Plus at restaurants they have “car seat holders” so you can just put the infant seat in those. Eliminating the need to bring the stroller in or anything. It does stink to have to buy the convertible one later, but the infant one is just SO much easier. The only downside was the bigger she got the heavier the car seat got.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We will be doing an infant carrier.  Not to say we are getting a “cheap one” but we aren’t going to spend a ton of money for the most expensive one.  We also probably will only get 1 base for the car we primarily use and then buckle it into other cars.  

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