Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2011 - Laurel Rock Farms, PA
We are looking at getting a Britax car seat for the baby on board. We used Graco for our son but the model we used is now expired and no longer being made. I am looking at the B-Safe model or the Chaperone. I really like the Chaperone but I’m concerned it’s going to be to big for my husband’s commuter car which he may be taking the kids to the sitter every day. He drives a Jetta TDI. Any input or suggestions would be great.
We are def not getting another Graco or Evenflo or Saftey 1st…. anyother brands let me know of your pro’s and Con’s. Thank you!!!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn
BrookeClouser: I’m a newb, pregnant with my first and just starting to think about car seats…
I don’t want to hijack your thread, but can I ask why you are def against Graco, Evenflo and Safety 1st? Would love to hear your feedback…
Post # 3
You will never regret using a Britax. They are safe, well made and comfy for baby. Lots of my friends also like Chico Keyfit because they supposedly fit smaller newborns better. So if you think you will have a tiny one, that is another brand to consider. Places like Buy Buy Baby and BRU will let you try out a carseat in the parking lot before purchase. If you can, drive your Jetta to a store and try it out to see if it will work.
Post # 4
I have a Britax Bsafe and I have no problem with it. Works just fine for me. I have the Bob Revolution in orange so I just got it to match lol. I have the boulevard clicktight now that I need to install in the next few weeks since I think mine will be outgrowing hers very shortly. It seems nice as well.
Post # 5
We had the Britax B-Safe for my son and loved it! We have the B-Agile stroller as well and as a set, we were really satisfied. We have an Altima and the B-Safe was just the right size.
Post # 6
BrookeClouser: We got the britax b-safe one. I like it. It is easy to clean, pretty light weight and my son likes it.
Post # 7
I just got a cybex Aton 2, and it’s awesome. If you’re ever going to need to use it without the base, do some research. You’ll want a seat with a European belt path. (the britax will not install securely without the base)
Post # 8
cateyes: We are planning on using the Aton 2 as well. I am worried about not getting two bases though. My mom will have the baby while I work and we would then lose the loss of the load leg. That’s a big feature to me. What are your thoughts on that?
Post # 9
MrsM914: we can’t even use the load leg bc the seat is installed in the center, so if you’re doing a center installation and your car has a floor hump, it may not matter.
Post # 10
BrookeClouser: britax just came with wity two new versions of the B-safe with new side impact technology. The bases are new too.
B-safe 35: http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/b-safe-35
B-Safe 35 Elite: http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/b-safe-35-elite
we are likely getting the Elite with the Bob Motion stroller. http://www.thecarcrashdetective.com/2014/11/2015-britax-b-safe-35-elite-review.html/
Keep in mind the B safe is a long seat front to back anyway, so not sure how much bigger the Chaperone is…as are many infanr seats since they are rear facing. Might want to look around online to see pics in a Jetta. My brother had their B safe in their Equinox and it was a tight fit For the front passenger seat.
Post # 11
We used (and will re-use) the Chicco keyfit 30.
Pros for us:
very very easy to install, adjust, and use.
pricier than some.
All car seats are good and meet the same standard; the best and safest one is the one you’ll use correctly.
Post # 12
I’m not sure about exact brands/models but I’ve been told by multiple moms to make sure you get a convertible one so you don’t have to buy a new one at different stages.
Although, I do believe this is the one my SIL got and she loves it. http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=15854006&cp=2255957.2273443.2256187.2256196&parentPage=family’ defer=’defer
Post # 13
BrookeClouser: One thing that I wish I would have done prior to pregnancy is bought one that could handle up to 2 years.
I would have bought something more along the lines of this:
Although I don’t think this one moves out of the car once settled. My daughter grew out of her first one at 8 months (supposed to last a year) and then her second one she will be growing out soon at 16-17 months, supposed to be up to 2 years). She’s just very tall, and keeps breaking the height limit. Had we bought the current carseat we have now for her first one, we would have saved money. I also don’t think they make the one I originally had anymore either.
Post # 14
IzzyBear: Convertibles are nice because you don’t have to buy more than one. The bucket seats do have some positives like snapping into your stroller so you can take baby on walks from day 1, being able to carry the entire thing inside so as not to wake your sleeping newborn, and being able to keep them warm since you can cover and carry the entire thing in cold or bad weather. Also if you’re out you can keep baby in the car seat and they could have a nice place to nap. It is an extra expense though. But it’s still a preference thing.
Most kids will outgrow their convertibles and need booster seats eventually.
Post # 15
We have the b-safe and it fits great in my husbands altima. It is a bit heavy.. So carrying it around gets tiring.