(Closed) How much to spend on a car seat?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How much did you spend on an infant car seat







  • Post # 3
    7581 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Ours is $179. I researched and am willing to pay how ever much it costs to protect my child.

    Post # 4
    9816 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    My daughter’s car seat was almost $200, but for our infant car seat I’m sticking with the Graco system we had last time (we’re buying it new, but it’s the same brand). So car seat and stroller combined was $179 for both. I love Graco, it’s solid and safe, and it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver in and out of the car and clip right into the stroller. Which with 2 kids to wrangle, is going to be as important as safety!

    Post # 5
    2140 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I guess I am more concerned about the safety rating of a car seat than the pattern and how it looks?

    I researched brand and model first then from that picked the pattern/color I liked of that model.

    We registered for the Chicco KeyFit 30 which is $180~.

    Post # 7
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We bought a travel system – BabyTrend Expedition ELX. Which came to $240 for the stroller and car seat. A quick Google says the car seat alone costs about $100.

    Post # 8
    2410 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I think up to $200 is pretty typical.

    Post # 9
    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We also registered for the Keyfit, which was around $180. Luckily, I think my Mother-In-Law purchased it for us.

    Post # 10
    6889 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We bought a Graco travel system. So car seat and stroller for $189.00

    Post # 11
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    we got a Graco travel system that was around $170 i think (got it as a gift), so it included the infant car seat, base, and stroller. we have been happy with it so far – it is lightweight, making it easy to take LO in and out of the car (a friend of mine has a Peg Perego and that thing weighs a TON), it is sturdy and easy to install. no problems so far 🙂

    We’re getting closer to switching to a convertible seat and are trying to decide between a Graco My Ride 65 ($140) and a Britax Marathon ($220).

    Also, keep in mind that more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better! I think a lot of people think that since they spent more on their seat, they are taking higher safety precautions to protect their LO…but a lot of the less expensive seats are just as safe. Check out the book Baby Bargains — they provide recommendations for lower, medium, and higher budgets.

    Post # 12
    2140 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

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    My brother & SIL got us ours; Sweet! When are you planning to assemble yours? Ours is still in the box.

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    I LOVE Baby Bargains. 🙂 Babble also has a best budget category for all their product results as well.

    Post # 13
    1116 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We bought a pair of Graco Snugride 35’s for $100 each.  Highly rated and normally retail for about $170-180 I think.  We got a January clearance sale at BRU where they were getting rid of last year’s fabric + twin discount, so we got a screamin deal. 

    Post # 14
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have the Eddie Bauer convertible car seat in my car (came with the stroller) and my Fiance has the Britax Marathon 70 in his car.  Grandma has the Graco My Ride 65 in her car.

    I liked the Eddie Bauer seat especially when our daughter was newborn-10 months because I could transfer her from car seat to stroller without taking her out.  Or take her from car seat into the house when she was sleeping as its also an infant carrier.  We didn’t get the Britax Marathon until she was 12 months.  Both the Britax and Eddie are good up to 70 lbs so I can use for awhile.  The Graco is good up to 65 lbs.  I like them all!

    Post # 15
    3670 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    We also got the Chicco Keyfit 30 and decided on that based on safety.  My dad actually went ahead and bought us the whole travel system.  I know that stroller isn’t the top recommended but we put it all together and it seems fine to us, plus he gave it to us.  So we would have spent around $180 on a car seat (it was $300 for both). 

    The car seat was actually put together in the box but I played around with it to see how to use it.  After the second confirmation (hopefully but probably) of a girl this week then we’ll try to put it in the car.  We got it in the Bella Pink color and it’s beautiful. 


    Post # 16
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    They seem to be a lot cheaper for you guys than they are here. Decent ones are €200-250, so I’d imagine that’s about $300. Boo. 

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