Post # 1
My LO is 9 months old and 20 1/2 lbs and he’s starting to get really tight in his infant carseat, so I’m looking into buying a convertible (hopefully sooner rather than later) but have gotten really overwhelmed with all the options! I was convinced on the graco size4me until I started looking up graco 4ever which holds up to 120lbs andincludes a backed booster n normal booster. It’s a bit pricey but not bad 249.99 but if it’ll save me from having to buy boosters in the future that’ll heLp. What do you bees have/recommend for a convertible seat? Does anyone have the graco4ever..I’m thiking it might be too large for my small car (dodge caliber) any suggestions would be great just looking for a safe convertible for my little man! Thanks!
Post # 2
I’ve been looking at carseats (first baby on the way), and my impression of the Graco 4ever was that it was pretty big – then again, my car is a Honday Civic (DH drives a RAV4, and we may switch soon, but I want any carseat to fit both cars), so YMMV. I skipped actually looking much at it because it looked so bulky – how’s the padding? Does it seem like it would be comfortable and hold up over time? I’ve nixed any seats where I can easily feel the plastic through the cushion if I push a little – that just seems like it would be uncomfortable for longer trips, and I’d like to do whatever I can to make baby enjoy riding in the car.
Post # 3
I have one for my 9 month old and don’t have any complaints. I drive a Toyota Camry and had to take off one of the cup holders so I could close the door. It feels really comfy and my son doesn’t seem happy enough in it. It was a lot of money, but it has good reviews and most of the moms in my January Mom group have it and love it. I know one of the moms has a compact car and it fits just fine. Besides the 4ever, the other brands that seem popular is the Britax Marathon, the Diono Radian, and the Chicco Nextfit.
Post # 4
I have a smaller car. And a taller baby (90% height). And me and DH are tall. It’s interesting trying to make my car work (and I’m not interested in buying a new one until we have another kid). I have the Britax bsafe for the infant car seat but it pretty much renders my front passenger seat useless to us.
I haven’t boughten one yet but I am looking at the Diono Radian RXT or Maxi Cosi Pria 70. That is what most people have recommended to me. The Diono is the narrowest (17″), supposedly you could fit 3 side by side front facing in the back seat. I’ve also heard quite a few that like the Graco My Size 65, that would probably be better than the Graco you’re looking at size-wise. Chicco Nextfit also seems very popular, and easy to use. The Diono has a great little printout on the size (so I am going to go to my car with measuring tape to see where it fits).
If you get a convertible without a booster (the RXT also has a booster, but supposedly it isn’t safe to use the booster) and need to buy one eventually, the boosters are the cheapest car seats as most are well under $100.
From what I can tell, the weight limits are not as important as height limits because most children outgrow their seats in height long before they hit the weight limits. I mean, there are adults that weigh 120 lbs (or less) and most kids grow out of their boosters by age 8-12. Once their head grows above the shell of the car seat you can no longer use it (which is usually long before they get anywhere close to the weight limits). A lot of seats also list the max height seated to shoulder (as that is a limit as well), so that’s something to think about too if your baby has a longer torso.
Post # 5
I have the 4ever (and a 9 month old) and love it. Easy to install and use. I don think it’s any larger than any other seat out there – they’re all huge! The Radian is nice because it’s thin, but it’s still long. No RF seat is going to give you tons of space in the front seat of the side it’s own, especially in a smaller car. My advice is to go to the store ab try a few in your car to see what works. You can also try car seats for the littles for a recommendation for your car.
Post # 6
NewYearsEve: I would recommend looking @ Britax. We had a Marathon and LOVED it. Easy to install, easy to switch cars if necessary + kiddo was always comfy in it. He was in it until he was five. They’re excellent for safety.
kes18: After DS was getting a little big in hus Britax (although he still met height and weight req), we opted for the Diono RXT. As you may have read, it is a little more difficult on the install side– as in- I never want to move it. But kiddo can stay harnessed up to 90 pounds. He likes being harnessed, and we like him being harnessed. His seat is comfy- and instead of a trditional booster, he still has a “headrest” to take a nap on if he wants. Highly recommend– if you don’t plan on switching it from car to car.
Post # 7
NewYearsEve: If you have a babiesrus or a bye bye baby close to you, they’ll let you take floor models out to your car to see how they fit.
I think the 4ever is supposed to be pretty compact, as far as convertibles go.
This is compared to the Chicco keyfit.
And I second joining car seats for the littles and asking there.
Post # 8
I have an Evenflo Symphony Platinum DLX and love it, super easy to install and get my kid in tight. The Radians and Safety 1st Elite were too tall for my car (Dodge Journey) and I couldn/’t have a passenger drive with me in the front seat with those in. The Chicco Nextfit fit nicely but my baby seemed too cradled in it and she didn’t seem comfortable. My husband has a Britax Marathon and loves it, that’s a pretty short shell rear facing too. I’ve heard good things about the Graco but haven’t tried it, looking at that picture next to the Chicco though it seems to be a fairly short shell so it should fit OK rear facing. I would definitely see if you can try a few seats out in your car and also try your kid in them. My daughter liked some and not others. The deciding factors really ended up being which one fit, which was easy to tighten, and which did she seem most comfortable in.
Post # 9
There is a group on Facebook called car seats for the littles. Search for them and join the group. it is aN amazing recourse. The group is filled with car seat techs and enthusiasts That can help uh pick the right seat based on your child’s stats and your vehicle.
Post # 10
Oh my! Thank you so much everyone for all the advice! I will definitely look at carseat for the littles! Also, I had no idea they let you try them in you car! That’s great news!?..if only it wasn’t 23 degrees out today, yikes!
allyfally: Thanks for the comparison pic that does helps a lot!
redhead46: I have a britax infant seat, but my son has hated every carseat he’s ever been in so far! I don’t think he likes not seeing me and being that confined so I’m trying to find something at least so he’s cozy while he’s sad.
Post # 11
NewYearsEve: I had that problem too until I got my Evenflo seat. She cried in the infant seat, I don’t think it had enough padding. So when I was shopping I tried to find th eones that seemed really padded in the seat but didn’t cradle her completely so she felt like she couldn’t move. My current seat seems to keep her pretty cool too, she always seemed so sweaty in her infant seat even when it was cold out.
Post # 13
NewYearsEve : the rear facing mirror is fabulous!! I can see baby she can see me Has lights and music even comes with a handy remote!!! Makes a great gift!!
Post # 14
We bought the Evenflo Symphony DLX from Babies R Us on the recommendation of a few friends of mine who have them and love them. Easy for parents to use and their kids are comfortable too!
Great price point and they are a 3 stage seat that will go from infant to booster!
Post # 15
It’s impressive that some of the seats go up to 120lbs. I’d like to see if you can really fit a 120lb person (child or adult) in that. My oldest is 12 now at 4’9″ and 85lbs and no longer even in a booster- so I’m just trying to picture how that might look.
i have nothing valuable to add to the conversation. Just making observations.