Post # 1
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
So I’m sure there’s another thread about this somewhere, but we’ve been looking at car seats and have it pretty much narrowed down to either the graco snugride or the chicco keyfit 30.
Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions as to why one is better than the other?
Post # 3
We went with the Chicco KeyFit 30 because it was highest rated by Consumer Reports.
Post # 4
i don’t know much about the chicco, but we have the graco snugride and are happy with it. it was reasonably priced, easy to install, and our baby is cozy in it – he falls asleep right away in it 🙂
Post # 5
We have the Graco Snugride 35, and really like it. Easy to install, the fabrics are machine washable, and Addie still fits the heigt and weight limitations at 14 months (even though we switched over to a convertible at 1 year).
Here’s the difference I see in theur specs:
- The Graco snugride 35 is slightly lighter than than the Chicco Keyfit 30 (by one pound).
- The Chicco has a lower minimum and maximum weight, as well as a lower maximum height.
- The Graco is shorter, wider, and deeper than the Chicco.
Post # 6
We have the Chicco Keyfit 30. I chose it over other options due to the consumer reviews and safety ratings/feedback I found.
Post # 7
We have the Chicco and are happy with it, but I think we would have been equally happy w/ the Graco.
I personally wouldn’t worry too much about the different in the weight maximums…. it’s heavy enough carting the thing around now that DS is 17 lbs, I cannot imagine wanting to lift him in it at 30 lbs, much less 35! If you have a long skinny baby, the height thing may be more of an issue- for example, some of our best friends have 8.5 month old who is only 18 lbs, but is getting within about an inch of outgrowing her Graco carseat.
Post # 8
We have the Snugride 22 since I didn’t want the added weight. We aren’t planning on using it with a stroller system.
Post # 9
Here’s information on a recent study about toxic car seats – http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/08/03/earlyshow/living/parenting/main20087361.shtml
Good news is that the 2 you’re considering are on the least toxic list. I also find it interesting that certain COLORS are less toxic than others . . .
Post # 10
We were given the Chicco KeyFit 30 (used, less than a year old, from a friend so I know it hasn’t been in an accident or anything), and it seems good enough to me.
Just a side note– I don’t know if money is a factor to you or not, but I’m a big fan of just getting a convertible car seat from the get go. Our car seat safety class instructor said they are just as safe for newborns/small babies as infant car seats– and if you’re going to spend $ on a car seat, why not buy something that will last longer? My doctor has seen a lot of women with arm injuries from carrying around infant car seats on top of that, so we don’t plan to actually carry around baby in the Chicco too often. For the car seat that we researched and purchased ourselves, we went with the Safety 1st True Fit Premier. It has the same safety features and ratings as the Britax Marathon, but it’s cheaper, and in our opinion, easier to use.
Post # 11
We have a Graco infant car seat but didn’t use it much with the travel system past 2 months old. She is pretty long for it and we are going to transition to super-NASA-like Evenflo Momentum carseat this month.
Post # 12
We registered for the Chicco because of the Consumer Reports review. It also fits the Jeep stroller that my husband just HAS TO HAVE! Boys! 😛
Post # 13
We got the Chicco because of the safety ratings and we got a great price on it on a military base. I liked the car seat but he hardly ever slept in it and I wish we had gone with a convertible seat from the beginning. But really you just never know how your child will be. If you plan on having more than one child then chances are at least one of them will be the type that sleeps in their car seat.
Also I agree with the previous poster…it was way too heavy to carry him around in it way before he outgrew it. We moved to a convertible seat when he was around 18 lbs.
Post # 14
We have the Graco with the travel system / stroller. We like it 🙂 I find it’s easy to snap into the car and into the stroller, and Baby J seems happy with it!