Post # 1
I need some input on registering for a car seat.
My husband and I have two cars, so for safety of installation, I’m thinking we should we register for two car seats. However…
Should we register for two infant car seats (which come with infant carriers), then switch to two toddler car seats (which don’t come with carriers)?
Or, register for one infant car seat (up to 30 lb) and one toddler car seat (up to 65 lb)? That way, we have one carrier and one stationary car seat.
I’m thinking the latter, but I wanted some input.
Post # 3
I would do the latter and if you get the car seats purchase a 2nd base that way all you have to do is take the carrier out from car to car.
Post # 4
By carrier do you mean the base that stays in the car that you can click the seat in an out of?
I would register for 1 infant car seat and 1 additional base. That way you can move one seat between both cars easily. I think most people opt for 2 toddler seats. Even if one person does most of the driving or all of the day care drop off/pick ups, if there was an emergency and the other parent had to get the child, they wouldn’t have a car seat.
Post # 5
Im with pps. Register for 1 infant car seat, and 1 extra base, and a toddler car seat with an extra base. The base will stay in the car, so you jsut need to move the car seat from car to car-you dont need to worry about safety of the base being installed each time since it stays tere.
Post # 6
@KellyV: Toddler seats have a base?
Post # 7
uhhh maybe not. I just assumed they did lol. So that might not be necessary
Post # 8
I would suggest an infant seat for those early days and then a convertible carseat for later. (We got a convertible that goes up to 70 lbs). We really love the Britax series, so we have a Britax Chaperone infant seat (goes up to 30 lbs). Cecilia is still only 20 lbs, so we still take this one with us for travel or when she’s in my car and the Britax Marathon 70 for the Audi.
Keep in mind the AAP is recommending rear-facing until 2 years of age. The Marathon allows babies to be rear-facing until 40 lbs. Most convertibles can’t accomodate that weight rear-facing (unless they’ve been redesigning in the past few months and I’m unaware of it).
At 20 lbs she was big enough to use the convertible and we probably could have used it sooner if we used the inserts they provide. So, since February we’ve effectively had two carseats, and will have 2 until she hits 30 lbs (may be a while at this rate!)
We love Britax… and no, the convertible does not have a base 🙂
Post # 9
This is what we did…
Registered for a travel system (carseat, infant seat/carrier, one base) and a convertible car seat (rear facing for infants, then up to 65 lbs).
We put the base for the carrier/infant seat in my car since I’m the one driving the baby around the most and we put the convertible seat in my husbands car so if he HAD to take him someplace in that car he’d be able to. Mostly we just take my car everywhere on the weekends and if I’m ever going to be gone for a whole day then I’d just switch cars with my husband.
Post # 10
yep, ditto other posters. we registered for one infant car seat (which comes with a base) and an extra base. that way we can have the infant car seat primarily in one car (mainly mine since i will be picking up and dropping off from daycare), and the extra base in the other car.
we also registered for a convertible car seat for kids up to 65 lbs for when he outgrows the infant car seat. that one will be stationary and pretty much stay in my car.
Post # 11
I would just register for one infant seat and 2 bases.
Once you move up to a convertable/toddler seat, you will need 2 seats because you will not have a base. Maybe do register for one of each and then when the baby is bigger you only have to buy 1 more convertable seat. I think that registering for 3 car seats may be a bit much….unless you have a huge family/friend group and maybe just go for it 😉
Post # 12
We registered for the infant seat and an extra base. I plan on keeping baby in rear facing infant seat for as long as possible (I think it is safer than the convertible seats). I still might add a convertible seat to our registry, but I then we have to store the seat somewhere until we need it and with the recent law change I wonder if there will be more seat improvements before we need the next seat.
Post # 13
Thanks, everyone, for this great input!
I’m a little confused. The infant car seat will hold her rear-facing until 30 pounds. But the convertible car seats generally hold her rear-facing until only 40 pounds. Is 10 pounds enough to carry us through to age 2? How much does a 2-year-old generally weigh?
Is there an option besides the infant or convertible car seat that I’m not thinking of?
Post # 14
On a related note: We’re going the KISS approach to buying baby things, so we’re planning on going with the convertible car seat from the start. (Britax Marathon 70– which can be used rear-facing from 5-40 lbs.) What I’ve read is that that particular car seat is ok to use from birth. But am I missing something? Are the infant car seats safer for newborns than convertible car seats? I know they’re way more convenient but are they necessary from a safety point of view?
Post # 15
@red_seattle: What’s the KISS method?
The benefit, as I see it, in going with an infant car seat is that you get a carrier out of it. With convertible car seats, you don’t have that option.
Are you planning on getting a separate carrier?
Post # 16
@red_seattle: According to the car seat tech from our birthing class, infant seats are much safer for infants than convertible car seats. If you look at the shape/design of an infant seat, it’s meant to “cocoon” the baby entirely in the case of an accident. Convertible car seat do not provide the same protection. Infants’ bones are very soft and malleable, so they need the extra protection of an infant seat.
@eurekaanchovies: As far as weight limits go, most kids outgrow their infant seats height-wise before they do weight-wise. According to this chart, the average weight for a 2 year old is below 30 pounds. Some 2 year olds will be above 40 pounds, but not many. Also, the rear-facing to 2 year old recommendation is pretty new, so car seat manufacturers will probably be redesigning their seats to fit this recommendation in the coming years.