Post # 16
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
megz06: we have a big kid. we had the chicco keyfit 30 and he outgrew the straps rather fast it seemed (before he hit the weight limit). after that we got the britax boulavard. i love that seat. the ancors are easy to get tight is what i love about it. the cheaper seats the ancors only tighten from one side and i can never get them tight enough. like i said our kid is BIG, and outgrew that seat a few months ago (it goes up to 65lbs but our kid outgrew the straps again…. and he was close to weight at 53lbs he is almost 3) so we bought the britax fronier 90? google isnt working at the moment. but it is a front facing seat that the 5 point harness goes to the highest weight i could find which is 90lbs. then the seat itself goes to 110 (with the seat belt itself) i love this seat too. the easy latch system is AMAZING so far. so easy to switch from one car to another. britax are spendy but well worth the money in my eyes.
we have cheaper seats in my sister and mothers cars. and i feel like they move around so much, i can never get them tight enough. they also dont have the padding like the britax do. we are in the car alot going to and from grammies house 2 hours away. so i wanted him to be comfortable. hope you find the one that works for you. 🙂 good luck.
Post # 17
One thing to remember is that the safest / best seat is the one that fits your child and is installed correctly in your car. Convertible seats all have to meet the same safety standards so generally any price difference is a result of added features (cup holders, different fabrics etc, extra padding etc). I’d highly recommend trying any seats you’re looking at in your vehicle and reading your car manual so you can educate yourself on the latch system and tether points you have available for use.
I’d also recommend checking out the Carseats for the Littles website and Facebook group because the ladies there can give you really good advice about the best seat to fit your child, budget and vehicle.
Post # 18
We have been using the Britax Marathon since birth. I love it! And when I take her out of the car I carry her in my arms. A crazy notion right?! Infant car seats are car seats not baby carriers. Just something to remember.
If you are unsure about installing your car seat properly contact your local police department. A lot of them host car seat check days where they will make sure your car seat is properly installed. Worth the trip in my book.
In the winter she wore a head to toe baby bunting. Essentially it’s a winter coat in a full piece outfit. A hat and a blanket kept her warm even when it was super cold. I got hers from Mini Boden.
Post # 19
megz06: I know you werent asking for recommendations for seats, but I figured I might try to help out if you need it. The Graco My Size 65, Headwise (from Target,) and Contender (from Walmart) are all essentially the same seat, and will last for a long time. Rear faces for up to 40lbs, and front faces up to 65lbs.
Its also not hugely expensive. Depending on where you get it from, they’re usually about $170.
And then for your moms car you could get a cheaper convertible. The Cosco Scenera can get them up to 35lbs RFing, and 40lbs FFing, and its usually under $60. The Evenflo SureRide can get up to 40lbs RFing, and 65lbs FFing, and is around $80-$100.
Post # 20
Thanks SO much to everyone for their recommendations and advice! We neded up going with the Graco My Size 65 for our nice car seat and a Evenflo for my mom’s car since he won’t be travelling in there as often. I wish I would have done this right from the beginning, but you live and you learn. We will be prepared for the next one I guess 🙂
Post # 21
megz06: Glad to hear it! The My Size is what car seat we’ll be getting. I love that we’ll be able to rear face for so long in it.