Convertible Car Seat

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A convertible car seat is pretty much your only option once they outgrow the infant car seat. Consumer Reports liked the Britax Marathon the best so I think we’re going to go with that one. 

yes, they only install in one car. so if baby is going in more than one car, you have to buy multiple seats. Annoying but true. 

as for carting baby around, what kind of stroller do you have? Ours has the seat for bigger kids and the infant seat clipped in over top. So when DD is out of The infant seat, I will pop her out of the car seat and strap her into the stroller (or my babybjorn carrier if that works better for the situation). 

Post # 3
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187 posts
Blushing bee

Glasgowbound:  My DD is 9 months old I will be having to do this soon too. We’re going to end up buying 4 convertible car seats, ugh! One for myself, DH, my mom and my MIL!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

PPs already answered your questions, so I won’t repeat what they said. But here’s what we did: we bought the Britax marathon for my car, at a hefty price tag of like $230. Yikes. But, DD spends most of her time in my car, and ALWAYS my car for longer drives. We then also bought the evenflo tribute car seat from Amazon, for $60, and put that in DH’s car. The Tribute is plenty safe, but it’s not every comfortable. But DD only rides in it for 10 minutes home from daycare a few times a week, so it’s not a big deal that it’s not that padded.

So if you want, that’s one easy option — just buy one fancy expensive one, and then Tributes for anyone else whose car your DS regularly rides in.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

megz06:  you install them with the LATCH system, same as with the car seat base for your infant seat. So while it is a pain in the ass to take it out and move it to another car, it really only takes 10 minutes to do. Definitely don’t need to buy a new one for the rental car 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve used a convertible in my car since DD was born (we have the Britaz Pavilion) it’s pricey but I don’t have to worry about getting a new one when she gets bigger. It doesn’t leave my car but I wear her when we go out so I’ve never needed the benefit of the carrier. We’ll need to think what we want to do when she outgrows the carrier (which is what my husband uses in his car and our nanny has the base). She’s not quite 15 pounds at 6 months so we have some time, hate to think we’ll need to spend another 300+ but we probably will.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We have a Chicco Nextfit for my son and i love it! its so easy to put in and out of your car! its not heavy either. my son loves all the different recline options (9) its super easy to keep clean its a little on the spendy side ($300) but its def worth it! weight is 65 lbs so i know my son will be in it for the long haul. i have even talked a few of my friends into one and they love it as well!

i didnt use the seat until after my son was 1 because i didnt want to carry him around in his other seat anymore. we got the nextfit and still kept him rear facing until he was 2 because thats the new reccomendations and i would rather have my son be safe than for people saying ugh you only need to keep him that way until hes 1. i dont care that is what my doctor told me and i would rather trust my doctor than your opinion cuz you do not know the new guidelines like they would ( sorry if i offend anyone who thinks thats the case but like i said im trusting my doctor and the papers she gave me saying so)

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have the Chicco Nextfit in DH’s car, and he really likes it.  I think it is somewhat difficult to get him in and out of because of the high sides, but I think that is always what makes it so safe.  We will need another one eventually when my son grows out of his infant seat, but I know Britax is coming out with new convertables any day now, so I am waiting on that.  They are supposed to be similar to their other convertables, but they will have the ease of use that the Nextfit has.  If you want something that lasts even longer, the Graco 4ever is supposed to last up until the child is done with a carseat (I think it can turn into a booster).  It is pretty expensive, but if you never have to buy a booster, it may be worth it.  You can also always join the Car Seat for the Littles group on facebook.  They are very helpful and give you advice on what seat to get based off of your pricepoint, car, and size of your child.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

megz06:  Just for some perspective I have a safety first convertible car seat for my son which we have been using since 12 months (he is 18 months now).  We only have the one seat shared between my car, my moms car, my in-laws car and my ex husbands car.  So we transfer the seat from one to the other.  BUT… I’m the only one that can install it.  Its not super hard, takes about 5-10 minutes and I’m pretty good at it.  My mom wont even try lol.  The in laws and my ex tried to install it, but could never get it tight enough so they gave up.  Which is fine with me, I like knowing that its in right and my son is safe.  There are definetely days where I wish I had more then one, (like when I stood in a downpour getting soaked while installing the car seat in my moms car,) but we make it work.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

megz06:  After the infant carseat, we got a Britax Marathon.  Excellent ratings.  My son was always comfortable in it- and used it until he turned six years old.  While having a convertable carseat for each vehicle is convenient, I didn’t have any problems moving our Marathon when necessary.  Once you learn how to install properly- moving the seat is a breeze.

Not all seats are easy to move.  He now sits in a Diono RXT- it is a b*tch to move, so we don’t unless we have to.  It’s a great and will keep him harnessed for years- but moving it is something I really never want to have to do.  That said- I’d still buy the seat again because of it’s safety ratings and how comfortable for him it is.

 

I highly reccomend Britax for a convertible seat for every reason- comfort, safety, ease of use, ease of installation.

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Post # 15
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1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We use the britax boulevard for baby, I moved her into it when she was 4 months old. Its already been touched on, I’d get the fancy expensive one that baby T will be in all the time for one car and then two less expensive ones for DH and grandma’s car’s. The latch system is super easy to use but i wouldn’t want to uninstall/reinstall on a regular basis. We’ve taken it out of the car once when we were flying somewhere and installed in the rental car when we got there but otherwise it lives in my car. We are down to 1 car and DH has a work car we aren’t allowed to ride in so we use mine all of the time. And yes its kind of a pain in the butt having to unbuckle baby and take em out when you are at your final destination but we are getting the hang of it. Sometimes i plop her into the ergo for trips but i also keep the umbrella stroller in my trunk and use it often. We JUST started sitting in the shopping carts on our trips, its super cute to watch her look around at everything but now everyone wants to touch her :-/

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