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

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

take a look at the sticker on the side of the seat. can you tell me the model # and date of manufacture?

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am actually a nationally certified carseat technician…yep, that is actually a thing!  I worked at a children’s hospital, which is why I have this certification.  As long as the carseat has never been in an accident, has all the original materials, and is within the expiration date, it is just fine to use.  Also, all carseats are equally safe, as they all have to pass the same safety requirements to legally be sold.  The seatbelt and latch system are equally as safe as well, as long as they are properly use…and never used together.  One thing to think of though is if you sister has registered her carseat.  It is VERY important to know if there is ever a recall on a carseat, because sometimes, even after passing all safety tests, things can come up over time.  

Well, that is just my recommendation. 

Post # 50
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

here is graco’s blog where they say how to contact them about ordering a new cover. i’ve looked on ebay and they have a few girly ones, but nothing nice for boys. but you could keep looking. and i’ve put feelers out to my other CPST friends.

 

http://blog.gracobaby.com/2008/08/05/1-faq/

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

another idea might be to check your local craigslist and see if anybody is selling one with a cover you like for cheap. then switch out the cover (as you should NEVER use a seat if you don’t know the history)

Post # 52
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would use  your sisters seat. I had the snug ride 35 and that was a stupid decision to buy that one. My son outgrew it by the time he was six months. He was to tall. By the weight limit he would still fit and is over 2yo now. Save your money for a nice convertible and get anew cover for the graco.That’s what I would do. Hindsight. 

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One more question – does it have a pull strap in the front to tighten the harness? Or is it adjusted from the back? 

Post # 56
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

there’s 3 problems with the custom covers.

1 – they’re not crash tested with the seat. so you have no idea how the seat may perform in a crash using a custom cover. it could work fine, but it could also fail miserably. the thickness of the cover could affect proper tightening of the harness. and the seat won’t perform as intended and protect a child if it’s not used correctly (properly tightened and placed harness, and proper installation).

2 – they void the manufacturer’s warranty. so if the seat doesn’t perform as intended in a crash, the manufacturer is legally off the hook.

3 – the original covers are treated with a flame retardant. custom covers aren’t. so if you were to get in an accident that resulted in a fire, you’ve lost that little bit of extra protection.

 

so no, they’re really not ok to use. but i’ve got some pics coming later today of replacement cover options for you!

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

But gut response. Use the free seat. They’ll be plenty of other things to spend your $200 on. Like the Baby Jogger City Mini – best stroller EVER. ๐Ÿ™‚

but…..

We have used carseat right now. I’m all for free. But I HATE the way it tightens. You have to tighten it behind the seat. PAIN IN THE ASS. We had a used carset with out first son as well and it tighten at the crotch. So super easy to lossen to get the kid out and tighten once you have them in. With it behind the seat and not very easy to do you tend to leave it in one position and I’m always struggling to get her in and out.

All that said I’m too cheap to go buy one I like better. But I did find another friend who’s going to let us borrow their’s in a week or two and it tightens in the front! Woohoo ๐Ÿ™‚

NOTE: I’m all for used carseats if they come from family/friend… but I’m not sure I would buy one from a stranger.

Post # 59
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@ms.melli:  I’d keep it as a seat until baby reaches the weight limit, and then buy the front facing. Some companies make front facers that start out as rear facers so I would use the portable bucket seat (i imagine she gave you the base for it?), and then when baby is old enough and not sleeping as much you can install the permanent one. If you’re heart is set on buying a car seat, keep the one given to you for the grandparents, a second car, etc. I have 2 front facing car seats for my 18 month old and I wish we had a third. You can never have too many! I started out buying everything brand new since I wanted everything to be “perfect” but as your child gets older you’ll realize it’s better on the budget to buy used and as long as the car seat is safe/meets quality standards then you shouldn’t have to worry.

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Maybe you could get a new one just not a $200 one. The all black Britax b-safe is $129.00 free ship on hayneedle.com and I looooove it. It came with the base just last Thursday. I’d donate the old one:) 

Post # 61
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@HeavyMetalMomma:  children should never go straight from the bucket into a forward-facing seat. all children should rear-face as long as possible, but until age 2 at the very very very minimum. OP should buy a convertible seat that faces either direction (after the bucket), and rear-face the child as long as possible. there is no way i would ever recommend to forward-face an 18 month old.

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