Car Seats – where do I even start….?

posted 4 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
758 posts
Busy bee

sbl99 :  we just switched from uppababy Mesa infant car seat to the maxi cosi Magellan max 5 in 1 with pure cosi and I’ve been loving it! It works from birth until 10 which is amazing and is rear facing until 40 inches/40 pounds. It was quick to install it I’m the rear facing position but it is super heavy so not something I’d be switching out between cars. We have an SUV and we can comfortably sit two adults in the back seat along with the car seat.

If you’re looking for something to use just for your niece that’s quick and lightweight then I’ve heard great things about the cosco scenera car seat.

Post # 3
143 posts
Blushing bee

That is so lovely for you to help You want an extended rearward facing convertible car seat. The longer the baby/toddler can be rearward facing the better. I assume niece will be forward facing if she is a large 3yo but you will want it for your own baby’s safety. From there I would search safety ratings and reviews. Britax often rates very well for safety.

Post # 4
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have a Diono radian rtx. It’s rear facing until 50lb/44″ which is longer than some, but it would be one that would be good for any future kids you have, as it’s rated for infants from 5lb/18″. Goes all the way up to a forward facing then booster. It also claims to be ‘slim’ enough to fit 3 across in most vehicles, and is an easy install with some clip things. 

Post # 5
170 posts
Blushing bee

Hello! I have the graco 4ever carseat for both my daughter(5) and my son(3)

They are perfect for us! I love that you can recline them when they fall asleep in the car. You can strap your infant in but the problem for me with both was when it came time to take them out of the car I couldn’t take the carseat with me. With infant carseats they have the base which holds the carseat in place. Its easier to take the whole infant carseat out with the baby inside warm and cozy. If you plan to take the baby out and hold him/her or place them in a stroller witg no carseat then the Graco 4ever carseat is perfect! 

I used the Chicco keyfit35 for both for the first 6-12months

Post # 6
2098 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you can use a convertible car seat for an infant but most people start with the infant car seats that click in and out and then upgrade to convertible car seats when their child is around 8 – 12 months.  We started with the chicco keyfit 35 and then moved to graco 4 ever in my husband’s car, we haven’t decided what convertible seat we’re putting in my car but the graco looks comfy and works well.  I don’t think it was too difficult to install but we haven’t moved it since installation.

Post # 7
1439 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The easiest seats to get in and out are probably the Britax Clicktight seats. But the best seat is the one that you can install in your car the best. 

Post # 8
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

 I think you’re in Australia aren’t you? If so, keep on mind that the Aus car seat ranges are completely different here as we have different regulations. A lot of the brands that are popular in the US aren’t even sold here.

We have a Britax Platinum Pro which is suitable from birth to about 4 years. It’s great but definitely one of the more $$$$ ones. Britax in general are considered a really good brand here, even if you went for a different model.

Post # 9
2707 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

The car seat regulations in Australia are very different to the USA regulations.  You might find it helpful to join a Facebook group called “Child restraints.  Is your child restrained correctly?” It’s an Australia group full of helpful people who give excellent advice.  I’m currently pregnant and starting to think about car seats and while I plan to rent a capsule for the newborn stage, I think the Britax Graphene is the seat we’ll go for.  It’s extended rear facing and then converts to forward facing up to about 4-5 years of age, depending on the child.  It’s also compact in rear facing mode which is important to me as my husband is tall – a bigger seat would push the seat in front too far forward.  My sister has just bought an Infasecure Grandeur, which does newborn to age 8, but in rear facing mode it’s MASSIVE.  The Graphene is 52.5cm deep rear facing, the Grandeur is 66cm.  So even in your new Tucson it might be too big.

Post # 10
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

This is timely, because we’re still several months from TTC, but I fell down a rabbit hole of carseat info last week. One of my facebook friends posted an article from consumer reports about how many infants, even if they fit into the infant bucket seat, are at increased head injury risk as they get a little older because of the angle/height of the seat (they can hit their heads on the front seat), so they recommend transitioning to a rear-facing convertible before the child technically grows out of the bucket. Darling Husband and I are tall, so I preemptively decided that it’s silly to blow hundreds on a bucket seat that can be used for ~6 months, and researched convertibles that work from newborn age on to bookmark. The Graco 4Ever seemed to hit all the high points…comfy, works from birth-age 10, moderately priced. 

Post # 11
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I don’t have experience but I’m pregnant now and we are buying the car seat soon.

we decided to get an infant bucket seat for the first year~ish and then will upgrade to a convertible. It’s mostly for convenience, living in a cold climate and having a winter baby so I want to bundle him up in the house. It also goes great with the travel system (we are doing uppababy vista+Mesa)

you might prefer that when you have a baby too so might not be using the convertible that your niece is in.

Post # 12
7128 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Honestly I wouldn’t focus so much on a car seat for your future child AND older kid, I would get the appropriate seat for your niece and your car. Not every seat is a good fit for every car. What kind of car do you drive?

It’s a nice thought, but if you aren’t TTC until mid-2020 (and there’s no telling how long it will take)….I just think the odds of you wanting a different seat are high. While plenty of people skip the infant bucket seat w/ base and opt only for a convertible seat, infant seats are so much more conveneient when they’re little – especially if you life somewhere that it gets cold.

We had the Uppababy Mesa (infant seat) and loved it – it went along with our Uppababy Vista stroller. Now DS uses the Maxi Cosi Pria 85 Max and we LOVE this seat. It is so so so plush and comfy for him, easy to install, and easy to clean. We moved DS to this seat when he was around 9 months, my best friend’s 3.5 year old also fits very comfortably in this seat (they have a Maxi Cosi in their car as well). 

Darling Husband and I both have the Maxi Cosi in our cars, and bought a Graco Extend2Fit during Black Friday sale to have as an extra seat for grandparents/my sister. Honestly, I hate that seat. I will fully admit to being a bit of a baby-gear snob, and do recognize that we’re just spoiled with the Maxi Cosi, but the Graco just feels super cheap. DS also looks very uncomfortable in it.

Post # 13
853 posts
Busy bee

Have you talked to your sister at all about this? It’s so kind of you to do this but i would check with her first as a lot of parents can be pretty particular (understandably) when it comes to car seats. 

also when it comes to your own baby, don’t underestimate the convenience of a bucket seat especially in those first months! I can’t imagine not having had one. Newborns fall asleep allll the time and being able to take the bucket seat out and snap it into a stroller or just sit it on a booth at a restaurant and not wake your baby up during a transfer from car seat to stroller or whatever is clutch!! Also if you live in a cold climate it’s great to have the bucket seat.

Post # 14
9672 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think this is a nice gesture, but it’s not super practical to use the same seat for an infant as it is a toddler. Is it doable? Yes. Convenient…probably not.

A convertible seat is usually fine for an infant assuming they weigh enough, but then you lose the convenience of being able to remove the bucket part. It will also have to be adjusted quite a bit every time the other child uses it, which is frankly a pain in the butt with a lot of seats.

And even if you conceive immediately your niece will be 4+ by the time you actually have an infant, no? Most likely she will be out of the size range for rear facing by then, so you’d have to turn the seat around every time the other child used it.

Personally I’d just buy a moderately priced convertible seat and get a second seat when the time comes.

Post # 15
3193 posts
Sugar bee

Also, keep in mind that car seats expire about 6 years after the date of purchase.   

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