When did you make the switch to convertible car seat?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We use both and have from the beginning (as soon as she weighed enough for the convertible which had a minimum of 6pounds I think?). I have the convertible in my car and DH uses the infant carrier seat. I wear her when we go out together so I never needed the benefit of taking the whole carseat out. DH has an easier time with the carrier and keeping her in it. I drop her off at daycare and simply pull her out of her seat which I find easier than removing the carrier (DH disagrees which is why he still uses the carrier). I don’t know that I’m offering any helpful words of advice but I would suggest maybe buying one for the time being and have your husband still use the carrier until you can’t. Then if you love it buy another one or wait until you have to.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I still have the infant carrier in my car and my mom just got a convertible for her car. We do a ton if stuff together, so it makes sense for her to have something.

Since dd is getting so heavy in the infant seat, I just leave it in my car and only take her out. I do un-latch it and turn it to face me so it’s easier to get her in and out.  I do like the convertible but it’s a pain to get her in and out. But that might be due to my mom’s SUV being higher and I’m short. 

Could you just get one convertible seat now for your car, then DH could get one later? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

iarebridezilla:  I was just going to ask the same thing! DS just had his 9 month check-up and he’s 87% for height! He’s only 18% for weight (a little over 18 lbs), but it is really heavy to carry him win the bucket, especially when I have a purse, diaper bag, laptop bag, and lunch pail. It’s just crazy!

I”m still determined to leave him in the rear facing bucket as long as possible. I don’t want to turn him forward until at least 1 year and the convertible car seats just look HUGE to try to do rear facing. 

Plus, I have to get 3 convertible. DH, Me and My Mom (who often helps with daycare). It’s so much easier for everyone to have bases and just have to switch the bucket back and forth 🙁

So I really have no answer, except that I’m keeping my eye on Amazon and I’m hoping to scoop at least 2 up if something that I like goes on sale! 

 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We made the switch as soon as I found out I was pregnant again- there’s no way I needed to be lifting and carrying her around in her infant seat!

I waited until I got the BabiesRus coupon and I got a Graco model that has a strap at the bottom of the seat to tighten the harness instead of the infant one which had to be pulled from behind (because I’ll eventually turn her around then the back of the car seat won’t be accessible).

We waited about a month until I got another coupon and then we went and bought the exact same seat for DH’s car.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

iarebridezilla:  I guess I’ve never really seen one installed rear facing. But to me, they all look like mini Lazy-Boys, so I figured they still take up a ton of space and would be difficult to get DS in and out of once it’s in place. 

Also, where do their legs go when they’re rear facing in the convertible? Even now, DS’s legs get kinda scrunched up against the back seat because they’re longer than his bucket. I can’t imagine him facing towards the back into his toddlerhood…?

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

iarebridezilla:  We bought ours when little boy outgrew his infant seat.  We bought ours from Baby’s R Us when they had a huge sale going on car seats.  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

iarebridezilla:  my son just turned 6 months last week and we made the switch then. he’s about 20lbs and the seat was too heavy to carry. i figured if i was leaving it in the car i might as well switch it out so he was more comfortable. he is A LOT more comfortable.

i purchased a Britax Marathon before i knew anything about seats. i have since learned that all seats meet the same safety requirements (there’s no “best” seat), but some are better for taller/bigger kids than others. i would have gone with something else because he will outgrow this earlier than some others. sorry, off topic… i would suggest checking out the fb page car seats for the littles. if you tell them your car and baby’s stats they can help guide you.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  mamadingdong.
Post # 13
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Sugar bee

 

iarebridezilla:  the marathon would be good for her. it’s usually outgrown by height faster than weight. i have a giant of both proportions so i will probably end up needing a new seat next year.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I switched him around 9 months he’s a chunky monkey lol! I wish he coulda at least fit in there after 12 months because it is expensive we bought 2!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

ExcitedScaredBee:  I like your mini lazy boy reference

We use the Britax Pavilion, it’s quite a carseat, I feel like I could launch her to space in it!

We’ll also plan to keep her rearfacing until at least 2. My cousin’s son is a month away from 2 years old and in the 90th% for height, he’s ALL legs and he still sits rear facing in the same carseat, he just kind of folds up his legs and it doesn’t seem to bother him. Little girl is on the smaller side so I’m hoping we have the same luck!

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