Post # 1
My sister gave me her 4 year old Graco Snugride car seat. It is stamped on the bottom not to use after December of 2014.. I find it to be ugly but I guess its a free car seat. I have a car seat all picked out. I can get it for $160. Its a $200 car seat. This is my first child and im guessing my only child considering my FI has 4 children already with his ex wife. Id like to have a carseat that I know has super high saftey ratings and is top of the line. I feel guilty tho dishing out $160-$200 (depending on where and when I buy it) for a car seat when we have a usable one in the nursery..
What would you ladies do if you were in my postion?
Post # 3
i personally would buy a new one, even though it has december 2014 as the “expiration date.” mostly everything else can be used, but i feel like a carseat – i’d rather be safe than sorry and buy a new one. just my thoughts though!
Post # 4
Has she been in any accidents with the car seat in the vehicle? Is so, you have to get a new one. If not, you could always run it over with your car so you have to get a new one.
lol obviously jk. If you want to have something new for your baby, I say treat yourself. Get one that grows into the toddler years and maybe use this one for the infant stage (provided it is an infant seat). That way you can justify the cost of a new one. Donate the old one so it’s not just junk 🙂
Post # 5
As long as it’s not damaged and she hasn’t had any accidents with the car seat in the car, it’s perfectly fine to use that one. For what ages/sizes does this carseat go up to?
Do you have the money to buy a new one without sacrificing other things you need/want? That would make a big difference for me, personally.
The other option is you can buy one, and use your sister’s one as an extra if you guys have two vehicles, or for grandparents, etc to use?
Post # 6
I personally would use the car seat especially since you only plan on having one child and the car seat is still meeting safety regulations. There is so much stuff needed for a little one that you could buy something else instead. Maybe you can even splurge and get something you might not have bought since you were planning on spending $200.
Post # 7
I’d feel safer with a new seat.
Post # 8
I’d take the free carseat. I know they keep coming out with bigger and “safer” car seats, but really…are they making car seats that are that unsafe 3 years ago?
Post # 9
If you are only planning to have one child with FI, then just buy a brand new one. You’ll have ease of mind and car seats are always updated with new safety features.
Post # 10
It’s not that new versions are safer, it’s that the old, used seats get worn out and no longer offer protection.
Post # 11
You should never use a used car seat especially one that old. Car seats should always bought new.
Post # 12
i’m sort of in a similar situation. my friend offered me her old car seat. its not 3 years old, but she said her baby out grew it (her baby is 18 months now). i havent done my research on car seats yet, but it seems like we will need to get more than one while they are still a baby? the issue with my friends seat is that she said it was recalled, but rather than sending it back, the company sent them a kit to fix the buckle. and she said she never had a problem with the buckle but got the kit anyway, so i can have both. i think i will take it and inspect it and do my research and decide to use it or not.
In your case, i think i would also take it as it is a free car seat and if it won’t be used for that long, why not put that money towards something else? i even took a free crib that i am not in love with. but at the end of the day, my baby won’t care what the crib looks like, as long as he has a secure place to sleep, right? I can now maybe splurge more on nursery decor!
i guess it would be different if money were no issue, then we would buy all new, pretty stuff!
Post # 13
Generally speaking, if you know the history of the seat and it’s never been in an accident, it may be okay to use a used seat.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a few points to make about using a used carseat – here.
IMO, if it is financially doable, I would buy a new carseat rather than going used, simply because the designers and engineers come up with better safety features each year (or every few years) and I would want to be able to take advantage of that.
Post # 14
Buy the new carseat for your car, and use your sister’s carseat in your husband’s car, or in one of your parent’s/friend’s cars who might be babysitting often…? It will be nice to have a second seat, but you can still splurge on a new seat without feeling guilty about wasting a free one.
Post # 15
We got a used one from a friend and took it to the police station to install it. They said as long as it is not expired and hasn’t been in an accident there is nothing wrong with using a used seat. I figure the infant seat will only last him so long any way, its exensive to buy so many things all the time, I will save where I can!
Post # 16
Honestly, I would keep and use it if it is an infant seat. Babies grow SO fast and those seats only fit them for 12-18 months before you need to switch to a toddler/convertable seat. And then you have the infant seat cluttering up your house, and you have to pay for a second seat anyway. Save your money and buy a new one next year when you need to upgrade to a bigger carseat.