(Closed) Car seat storage?

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 4
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LoveMikey:  Most car seats are good for 5-7 years! So if you can find a place to store it (and I wouldn’t put it in the attic or basement), I’d keep it.

But if you can exchange it for something else, I would do that!

Post # 5
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Just a note, I don’t have babies yet. I learned all of this from working for my mom in her daycare.

Carseats (for a toddler) are usually good for 6-10 years after the date of manufacture. Every brand is different, so I suggest looking at the seat to see when it was made and when it will expire. There should be a sticker somewhere on the back or side of the seat that will tell you everything you need to know. Babies usually outgrow the infant seat around 1 year old or shortly after that, depending on their height and weight, and then they can start using the bigger toddler carseat until they reach the max height or weight restriction set by your local law.

The only real reason a seat should not be used is if you got it second hand (actually, never do that) since you don’t know it’s history. Like if it was involved in a collision. Collisions compromise carseats whether or not the kid was in the seat at the time, so they should be thrown out afterwards.

You shouldn’t have a problem storing it, and it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be for a super long time. Keep it out of the elements and at a fairly steady temperature and it will be okay. Sometimes the instruction manuals give advice on how to store the seat when you’re not using it, so see if yours says anything.

Post # 6
5660 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You could store it, but until you know you have everything else you need immediately I wouldn’t unbox it and would probably plan to exchange it for something more useful. It will be awhile before you need the car seat. 


Also if you plan to buy a lot of other britax items I believe they give you the marathon for free if you purchase a certain 5. 

ETA: it’s actually this deal and not the marathon but still a nice car seat. 


Post # 8
7680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LoveMikey:  “Just out of curiosity, if a seat can last that long in a blazing hot/freezing cold car, what’s the danger of storing it in the basement/attic?”

My thoughts exactly.
We had a baby capsule (up to 4-6 months only) and kept it in our shed in between babies, no problems.
And: If you want to see the instructions (for storage purposes) without opening the box, there’s a good chance you can find the instruction manual online somewhere. If you can’t, you might be able to phone the manufacturer and ask.

Post # 9
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It should be fine to store in either place, as long as it won’t get wet and mildewy. I wouldn’t store it too far away though, my friend ended up moving her son out of his infant seat and into his baby/toddler seat (5-40lbs rear facing) at 3 months. He is a big, long boy and it made no sense to lug him around in the infant seat when he was perfectly comfortable in the bigger seat.

ETA: The Marathon 70-G3 is also 5-40lbs rear facing and is perfectly safe with the infant insert for a 5lb baby. If you end up having a long baby, you might find it’s easier/more comfy for them in the larger seat sooner than you’d think!

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