(Closed) Carseat: Safety First OnBoard 35 McKenna

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I don’t have experience with this particular carseat, but I will say that longer car seats are sometimes more difficult to fit into cars.  We have the Graco Snugride 35, and it’s just about the max length we can have installed in the backseat of our wagon and still have enough leg room for my husband to sit in front (he’s 6’1″).  If you have the chance to try one out, that would be the best way to make sure the car seat is a good fit for your car.   Also, if you think your baby will be longer/taller, you might also look into deeper carseats (like the Graco snugride) since that will also extend the length of use.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I thought I remembered that you guys were tall!  One thing you could try is measuring the seat and then moving the seats in your car to accomodate that length.  That might give you a good idea whether the carseat would fit or not.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@miss-spunkin:  Do you have a BuyBuyBaby near you?  They’ll do a carseat demo in your car to see how the seat fits.  We had to do that w/ my husband’s car b/c it’s a small 2-door. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have the onboard 35 in “orion blue”

It’s pretty good, easy to use. One thing that is ridiculous (that of course we didn’t realize until Darling Husband was installing the carseat after my water broke) is that to get it tilted correctly for a newborn, you literally have to shove something underneath it. There is no way included in the seat to have it tilt. We shoved a rolled up towel and it worked fine. Now he’s bigger and doesn’t need it..

I also chose it since I wanted to be able to use it for a long time, and didn’t mind a bigger/bulkier seat since I wasn’t going to bother with the stroller frame deal. We just wear him in a carrier when we go out, and have a stroller for when he’s able to sit up on his own.

If you have specific questions, let me know! I got mine from Walmart.com and got a great deal.

ETA: The sunshade is basically useless, it is very short. I kept a blanket on top for a while to block the sun, now I just make him deal 🙂

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We have a Subaru Legacy, which is also pretty spacious, so we have no issue with it fitting. We keep it in the middle seat though (which we’ve heard is safest anyway)

As for the tilt, you should see a little ball on the side that has to go in a certain region for a certain weight. So you need to make sure when it’s installed that it’s in the proper region… maybe we had to use the towel because of the tilt on our backseat, but when my husband read the manual it literally said to shove something underneath, which I think is bonkers.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had this seat! DS was above average (90% for height and weight since birth). We have a GMC pickup extended cab, a 2009 VW Jetta and a 2008 Subaru Imprezza Hatchback. Darling Husband is 6’6″ and has to have his seat all the way back in all of our vehicles to fit. This meant that the seat always had to be behind my seat. The carseat did fit into all of our vehicles, but it was a very tight fit with the base. We ended up using it without the base quite often.

We moved DS to a convertible car seat at 7.5 months. I was having a hard time lugging the carseat with DS in it once he hit 20+ pounds.

The other thing that I didn’t like was that the carseat was not compatible with the jogging stroller we got later on. It would have been nice to be able to use the carseat with the jogger for walks when DS fell asleep in the car. Because of that, I will get a more popular seat next time; probably a Graco Snugride.

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