Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are thinking about going with convertible car seats right from the get go to save money and to cut down one the number of car seats that we have to use and might potentially go to a landfill. After looking in the store, they seem like they’ve come along way, especially with an adjustable recline and inserts to help support baby.
Is there anyone who has opted to use a convertable car seat from infancy onward? Is it that much more of a hassle to use day in and day out? We will probably be traveling a lot on weekends.
And seriously, Darling Husband just asked what I was typing and when I told him, he asked if a convertible car seat had a “roof that folded back”.
Post # 3
I’m interested in this also because when the time comes I know Hubby really wants a Recaro and they make a convertible one.
Post # 4
I thought about that too before I had a baby as I didn’t get why you wouldn’t just get a single seat you can use all the way through. But i am SO happy we got an infant seat!
Granted I don’t drive every day but having an infant car seat to me is indispensable. Here is why: you put the baby in the car in the infant car seat. Then you want to get out of the car to run an errand or go somewhere. With an infant seat, you just take the seat with baby in it out of the car and click it onto a stroller frame. Voila you are done. If baby is sleeping, baby keeps sleeping. If you had a single seat, you have to unbuckle an infant and rebuckle them into a separate stroller every time you get in and out of the car. Sleeping or not that is a pain and infants do NOT like it! You can use an infant seat for up to a year and if you are worried about landfill, you can always sell or gift it to someone when you are done with it.
I also use ours around the apartment etc. Its one of the items we use the most.
Post # 5
I work as a nurse in NICU, and part of my job is making sure seats are properly fitted and safe for the babies to go home in. While a small number of newborns fit into the convertible seats, the majority do not fit in the seats safely as a newborn, as a result their oxygen saturation drops off when they are in the seat for more than a few minutes.
I personally would never buy one for my newborn.
Post # 6
We used an infant seat so far. We will switch to the Britax Marathon 70 as soon as she’s a year old. AAP is recommending rear facing until the age of 2 now, so we’re happy that we got the convertible seat… but right now the infant seat fits her way better!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t recommend one for a newborn, because even though there might be a head positioner, sometimes they’re still too small. When we started using one, her head still tilted over. We’ve only recently taken Yuuki’s head positioner out, probably when she was about three months, because she got to be too big for it.
We’re looking into getting one now however. Yuuki has good head support and is working on sitting up, so I feel like she’s more ready for one now than when she was a newborn. I think it also depends on how your baby is growing. The car seat we have now has a lower weight limit and height than most. She’s an inch below the height limit and five pounds below the weight limit, so we don’t know how much longer she’ll be able to fit in it.
Post # 8
As far as safety issues go, the guy who did car seat checks at our baby classes said infants seats are best for the first year. It has to do with the way the infant seat is designed to “cocoon” the baby in the case of a crash, which convertible car seats don’t do.
As far as convenience goes, I think infant seats are way better. You can easily take take them out of the car and into the house with the baby still in it. This is really great when the baby is sleeping and you don’t want to wake him/her. It’s also nice that you don’t have to leave the seat in the car when it’s cold outside because babies HATE cold seats, lol. I’m kinda dreading the change to a convertible car seat, but I think we’ll be there soon because Addie is just so darn tall!
Post # 9
Gotta agree with ALL of the above PP.
The IIHS concluded in a study that convertible seats were “not optimal” for infants and recommended a traditional infant seat.
Also the ease of use issues stated above as well as the sizing issue.
We have an infant seat and love it. But we too will be switching to a convertible seat once MB has outgrown the one we have, because she is becoming too long for her infant seat already. And if she outgrows it, she outgrows it.
I don’t consider it wasteful because we purchased a gender neutral seat and will be using the same one when our next baby is born.
Post # 10
You all make a really good point, and I think Darling Husband and I have settled on getting an infant seat. And I’m certain that at some point with a crying newborn I had to wake up I’d be kicking myself for opting for the convertible instead of an infant seat. They really just looked like they’d come a long way from the seats that were out even a few years ago.