Post # 1
Hey bees! We’re almost at the point of buying out our registries (last shower is next weekend), so we have to make a decision on what to do re: carseat. We already have the Chicco Keyfit 30 Zip, which came with one base. Our options are to either buy a second base ($100) or go ahead and just invest in a convertible ($199). We’ll be splitting daycare duties (I’ll drop off, he’ll pick up), which will begin when baby is 4 months old. If we go with getting a second base, we’d leave the Chicco at daycare during the day. If we go with the convertible, I’d just leave the infant carseat in my car and DH would have the convertible in his car. Is having a bucket with two bases really THAT convenient? We live in a place with extremely mild winters, so we don’t need to worry about bundling baby up inside to keep him warm. Baby is also expected to be fairly big (as were DH and I…per my baby book, I would have outgrown the Chicco by height at 7.5 months), which is a factor to consider.
I know it’s a fairly inconsequential decision, but between unpaid leave and trying to not produce excess waste (carseats are an area where we won’t buy secondhand for obvious reasons), we’re trying to figure out what’s most convenient! We are stacking our Target registry discount with our Redcard, so we get 20% off, which is why we don’t want to hold off until after baby is here.
Post # 2
in your shoes I would get chicco/1 base and convertible. You will ultimately need the convertible anyway, and as long as your baby fits into the convertible (minimum weight and height by 4m) that seems like the most logical solution! The biggest downside would be if baby fell asleep in the car on the way home from daycare, it might be a tough transition into the home without waking up. And worst case, you could always get the second base later if you needed it.
Post # 3
I guess it depends on how old your little one will be entering daycare. If less than 8months Id probably suggest the 2 bases as it is a lot easier for carrying purposes. If older than that, Id consider the convertible as you suggested. Those things get HEAVY!!
My son was in a convertible around 9months (he was average height and weight) but my daughter is likely going to outgrow her infant seat a lot sooner due to her weight (she’s 5months currently). We have extremely cold winters so the extra base for us is definitely worth it! That being said, I’m not looking forward to purchasing 2 more convertible seats but it is what it is.
Post # 4
I would personally go for the convertible. I was shocked at how fast my daughter outgrew the bucket seat – it felt like no time. It was great to have if it’s part of a travel system, snapping it onto a stroller base so as not to wake a sleeping baby was awesome. But they grow so fast and become so heavy to carry that I personally would just get the convertible that you know you can use!
Post # 5
We are a one car family so never had this debate. I think I’d get the convertible though. You will definitely need that. And then you can always get a second base later if you feel you need it. Not sure when you’re due but even if you miss the 20% registry discount window, black Friday is on the horizon and carseats often go on sale then! That’s when we bought our Nuna Rava and we got a steal on it…planning to buy a second one for our new baby (currently 5 months) this November too, even though we probably won’t start using it until late spring.
Post # 6
I’d echo going only for the convertible.
We moved our son, who was a big baby, to the convertible at 6 months. The bucket with him in it was so heavy, even though he technically hadn’t outgrown it per the specs.
The biggest benefit to the bucket, in my opinion, is having the ability to click into stroller. Not sure if that’d be an issue for you only having it in your car.
Post # 7
We did infant and multiple bases, but honestly in retrospect we wouldn’t do it again. Having the base in one car and convertible in the other makes more sense to me.
Post # 8
A few additional notes…
We live in a 3rd floor walk up, so I’m guessing the chances of baby falling asleep on the 5 minute drive home and hike up the stairs (if we even CAN carry the chunk up in a bucket seat at that point, lmao) while staying asleep is pretty slim. Our stroller isn’t suitable to sit in until 3-4 months, but we do have the adapter for the Keyfit, and due to Covid/flu season, I don’t think there’s a reason why DH would need the travel system in his car (we go on walks together at night, and could just swap cars if he needed to take baby to an appointment without me and wanted it, and with covid/flu season, I don’t envision us taking him into stores regularly for several months, since we already split the shopping). The convertible we have our eye on is by Britax, so suitable from birth on.
Post # 9
I would recommend getting one bucket seat and one convertible seat.
We have two vehicles and my mom often has our baby in her car as well. We have one base and one bucket seat for my car and a convertible seat in my husband’s car. The bucket seat can be used with a seatbelt, so for the short rides between our houses or to run errands, that is what the baby uses in my mom’s car. To us it made sense to put the money for the cost of another base ($120 for our UppaBaby Mesa) toward a convertible seat that could be used in the future, even if we don’t usually take my husbands car many places. We recently bought convertible seats for my car and my mom’s car. I went top of the line for mine and more affordable for my mom’s car, but it was still over $900 for both seats. Would have been very steep if we’d also had to purchase a new seat for my husband, so I’m glad we already had that one.
Post # 10
I originally voted two bases, but with a third floor walk up forget about it – get the convertible. My 11lb baby was damn near impossible to carry in the bucket seat after the first couple months (he completely outgrew it by 6-7 months iirc) and I only have 5 steps into my house. No way I would have huffed it up three flights!
Post # 11
I’d get the convertible and buy the second base if it was too annoying to not use the bucket seat. I usually ditch infant seats early, because I don’t bother lugging baby in and out anyway, but with the daycare factor and you both doing the equal share of baby driving, the extra base may be the nicer option. The one thing I love about infant seats is the sun shade. Window shades just don’t work as well.
Post # 12
Ok I voted before hearing about the 3 flights of stairs and I would just start with the convertible. There is no way I could have carried my 9.7 pound boy up that many stairs in a bucket seat as we skipped it all together. Our pram did have a bassinet seat though so we used that to start with for walks.
Post # 13
We didn;t use the bucket after 6 months so I would definitely go with a covertible. The graco extend2fit is great and has quite high limits, and since the panels no longer need to be pulled out it’s a great option for all cars!
Post # 14
Would it be possible to return/exchange your keyfit for a convertible? It sounds to me like the most economical in your situation would just be 2 convertibles from the getgo.
With my first, we got the Keyfit and 2 bases cause that’s what so many people told us to do, plus we got it at toys r us when going out of busniess so the second base was only $55. We didn’t do day care but regularly used both cars for outtings. My first slept like shit. If he fell asleep in the carseat, I let him sleep – as long as possible. So it was great to have the option to just carry him inside without waking him. Though a lot of times I’d just sit in the driveway until he woke up too. I also went out with him quite a bit to get out of the house and run errands, go shopping, etc – this was before covid though – so it was very convienent to just pop him in and out of the car with the carseat and into the stroller. Based on this alone, I’d say a infant bucket seat was a must.
However, with my second, born this past april…we haven’t gone anywhere. I don’t take her out to run errands, shop, anything. She goes to the doctors, and occasionally to outdoor activities with my son. And I typically just wear her when we’re out. So in her case, I haven’t really needed the convienence of the bucket seat at all.
Post # 15
we actually seriously considered that, but my car presented a huge problem…it’s TINY, and we aren’t trading it in until I’m back at work, so we just can’t get a convertible to work at the right angle for a newborn while also allowing a passenger. We also have a stroller that requires an infant seat/adapter until 3-4 months. My car has proven to be a massive PITA in general, and I wish I could go back in time and just slap myself and say “remember, you want pets AND babies, spend more and get something that isn’t a shoebox!”