(Closed) to reuse sisters car seat or not?!

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

And another point I should have made – check http://www.safekids.org to find a CPST or car seat check event in your area to have the seat inspected and to check if you have installed it correctly. It won’t protect your baby if it’s not used correctly, so this is something that should definitely be done.

Post # 34
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Wannabee

I would use the seat your sister gave you. The next seat I would buy would be the convertible one. No need to waste money, even if you have it.

Post # 35
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Busy bee

I’m all for using it in your hubby’s car, or the car baby won’t be in as often.

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would use it or keep it in a second vehicle if you do purchase the one you want. It’s exhausting moving those things.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It looks like a Snugride 22. Can you tell me the weight limit? I can find you a different cover.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am one to never pass up a hand me down or a good deal. However, there are some things that they continue to improve year after year when it comes to design and safety..and I think car seats are one of those things. I would just buy a new one.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There is no reason it would not be safe just because it has been used, so I would take the seat, as you will have lots of other things to spend money on. You are lucky to have someone to pass you free stuff! 🙂

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

As long as it hasn’t been in an accident, it’s okay to use since the expiration date isn’t until December 2014.  

Post # 42
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@ms.melli By the time your kiddo has outgrown the 22lb weight limit, you will probably want them in a convertible anyway. They get pretty heavy to carry around in the infant seat.

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@ms.melli:  You’re going to need a convertible for a long time after baby outgrows the infant bucket. Some babies outgrow the bucket at 5 months, some outgrow at a year. It just depend on baby’s growth. Remember, you’ve got to take height into account as well. There needs to be 1″ of shell (the plastic part of the car seat) over the baby’s head. Once there’s less than an inch, it’s time to move up.

Honestly, Graco hasn’t done much as far as redesigning the SnugRide, so there’s not many more “features” that would be found in a newer seat. And when it comes to features, the important thing to remember is even the cheapest, most basic seat on the market passes the exact same federal safety standards as the most expensive seat with all the bells and whistles. Honestly, I would use the seat from your sister, then save your money for a convertible seat, since that’s what you’ll need for the longest. As I said before, the longer your child rear-faces the safer he or she will be, and you’ll need a convertible seat for rear-facing once the bucket is outgrown. I would be happy to give you suggestions for a convertible seat based on any price range.

Me personally – I have 3 convertible seats. One cost me $35 at Walmart, one cost $200, and one cost $300. Each one is equally safe because they all pass the same safety requirements. I like the more expensive ones for their ease of use, but I have no problem putting my daughter in the $35 one because I know she is as safe as can be in a properly installed and fitted car seat, used rear-facing for her age.

Post # 45
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

another thing i want to add – because of the height requirement, a higher weight limit doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to use the seat to that weight limit. a 35 pound infant bucket is pretty much overkill. my 2 year old is only 27 pounds, so she should fit in the 35 pound seat, right? but she doesn’t because she’s over the height limit. she was over it at about 16 months.

Post # 46
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@ms.melli:  are you having a boy or a girl?

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