Post # 1
We are thinking about buying this convertiable car seat:
Its 5 to 70 pounds. It starts rear facing and you can turn it to front facing when they are older.
We looked at the infant carseats… but from what I understand we could only use them for 6 months anyway. the sales man recommended getting the smaller poundage infant seat (if we got an infant seat) because once you add an 8+ pound baby to it the thing is hard to pick up. He had a correctly weighted baby doll to demonstrate. He said no one carries their 30 pound baby around in an infant seat because its too heavy and they switch over to a convertiable seat before then anyway. So people buy these heavier infant seats and then get rid of them before their kid is even 30 pounds. So getting a bigger infant car seat realy doesn’t mean we will use it longer.
Also we are both tall- hubby is 6’7 and I am 5’11. So we are going to have a fast growing kid. So I assumed we would be lucky to use the infant car seat for 6 months.
I’ve already figured out the stoller- I know the car seats attach to it. But the stoller I am looking at his a bassinet attachment option. So I wouldn’t need the infant car seat for it.
Can you tell I’ve probably thought waaaaay too much about this? Has anyone started a baby in a convertiable car seat and had it go fine?
Post # 3
I am wondering about this as well! It seems more worth wile to buy a bigger carseat right off the bat and not waste money on the smaller one… especially cause I’m due in December which in MN is freezing so I wouldn’t really be out and about til april-may outside with baby in a stroller, going places.. at which point they will barely fit in an infant carseat and be too heavy anyways!
However my concern is what about bringing the baby into places? I feel like I would want an infant carrier for things like if we go out to dinner.. the baby needs somewhere to sit… or if we do go to the mall and stuff, an infant newborn to 2-3 months will need the carrier to sit in the stroller right? I’m so confused haha. Young FTM. but I’m interested to see what others say!
Post # 4
@JaneDomani: The issue that I’ve heard brought up is having to wake a sleeping baby to move him/her from convertible car seat to stroller or whatever… If you have a finicky baby, I think a lot of moms would be hesitant to do this!
Financially it makes sense to buy one car seat vs two, but maybe having the portability of an infant car seat during those precarious newborn months is worth the extra expense. I’ve never had a baby, so I’m really just blabbing away with no experience, but this is something that I’ve heard my mommy friends/family mention!
Post # 5
I used the infant carseat. I read some things back then and my OB at the time recommended not to put an infant in the convertible seats for safety reasons. Granted, my first daughter is almost five, so it’s been a few years and safety features and carseats change.
Convenience-wise, being able to pull the whole carseat out is fantastic. It’s a heck of a lot easier getting into the house with a new baby in a carseat than to carry a baby, a few bags of groceries, your purse, etc. Plus, they sleep a lot, of course, so it’s nice to not wake them up.
To me, it was 100% worth it. I plan on doing the same thing with this baby.
Post # 6
I have to say, even though it’s more expensive, I would not have wanted to start with a big convertible seat. Until my guy was 3 months or so, he fell asleep on EVERY car ride, no matter how short. Waking him up every time would have been a pain (and sleep is PRECIOUS). Plus then, what do you do at the grocery store? You have to take him/her out of the seat and what? I guess put them in a carrier, and then transfer them back into the seat when they are done in the carrier? I do that occasionally, but only if he is already awake. I think you’ll find waking the baby is a bad choice…
For the first 4 or 5 months, I carried little man a lot of places in his carseat, and when we were out, it was a convenient place to put him to sleep (they rock), so we didn’t always have to leave when he got fussy/it was naptime.
I think you are probably right about the stroller–we’ve only used ours a couple times anyway, so it hasn’t been THAT convenient (we are in a snowy state and he was born in November…)
Post # 7
Not sure where you are coming up to only use the infant car seat for 6 months. You can use the infant car seat until they either grow out of the weight or length requirement. And honestly the infant car seat is so much easier if you have a sleeping baby on your hands or if you need to go shopping or something you just take the car seat out of the base.
Our little guy was in his infant car seat for over the first year, We now have a convertible car seat that turns into a booster…
Post # 8
It depends also on your climate, if you live somewhere cold it will be hard for you to bring an infant outside to be strapped in. Children are not suppose to wear winter jackets or snowsuits in a carseat which means you’d need to carry baby outside wrapped in a blanket, take off the blanket, strap baby in to the carseat and then re-bundle them up. With an infant carrier you can do all that part inside so they are already bundled when it’s time to go out.
This would depend on where you live though and the weather at the time of year that you’re due. The baby falling asleep is also a factor.
I’ve honestly never given it much thought because I knew I wanted an infant carseat but SIL’s babies both stayed in the infant carrier until they were a year old. I was under the impression that although they were technically rated for infants that they were not recommended but I could be totally wrong on that.
Post # 9
@MrsSawyer: I live in MN and used our infant car seat all the time in MN winter. Use of blankets…
So it can be done in cold climates
Post # 10
@MrsSawyer: thanks for that tip! I’m in MN I had not even THOUGHT about the fact that the babies aren’t suppose to have all those layers on under the carseat. I totally forgot. That and hearing about the sleep I’ve pretty much decided we’ll be getting an infant carrier. thanks!!
Post # 11
We used an infant carrier first for many reasons. It was so much easier and conveinent to use it (especially alone!) in the stores or out and about. If Fiance wasn’t with me, it’d be near impossible for me to try and food shop or etc with a baby in my arms or trying to manage getting Dirty Delete into a chest carrier of some sort. The one we had clipped onto our jogging stroller (which was one of the main reasons I went with the one I did) and it was so much easier to bundle her up and keep her warm. Especially to get her in and out of the car @ daycare.
Post # 12
@gpsp2B: I am also in MN you can use blankets, tons of parents use infant seats in our winter you just layer them in blankets. It is not that big of a deal just look around next winter….
Post # 13
@Sassygrn: the PP was saying the the CONVERTIBLE carseats are hard to use in winters because you cant bundle the baby inside.. because those stay in your car.. she is recommending the infant carriers for people in cold winters.
Post # 14
@Sassygrn: No, I meant using a convertible would be annoying in winter, not an infant carseat.
Post # 15
Ah sorry, misread.. sigh its monday…
Post # 16
Based soley on the number of infants I’ve seen sleeping in their carry-carseats I would start with one of those. You can just take them out and in the house (or wherever) with you without waking them. And you can get the covers that basically just cover the top of the whole thing or have a little face hole so they stay all warm and cozy in there in the winter.
My niece will even just go to sleep if you put her in her carseat in the house. She’s so used to getting in the car and zonking out that it’s a place for sleeping. Our friend’s daughter is the same way. In fact, she’d put her in her carseat when she went to the bathroom so her daughter wouldn’t crawl all over the bathroom or be crying from her crib, she’d just go to sleep.