(Closed) Travel System and Car Seats

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Re: Seat for hubby’s truck; My 5 year old still doesn’t weigh 65lbs, so it should be useable for at least a few years. But your child may be too tall for the seat before the weigh limit is met, not guaranteed but possible.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My friend has the Cortina and she loves it.  It was our #2 choice.  We ended up going with the Britax for about $100 more because it has the reversible seat feature and can add on a second seat if needed. 

The one feature the Cortina has that the Britax B-ready doesn’t have is a fully flat seat position.  The Cortina just makes it so nice for changing diapers and such. 

Also, By The Way, Mrs. Dumpling (OMG Mom Blog) has this set and she didn’t like it because she traveled by air a lot. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I haven’t used either of those particular car seats; although we have a Gracco infant seat and really love it. 

The second seat you showed is a convertible car seat.  Generally, you should use only an infant car seat until the baby is a little older (like 6 months or older).  Convertible car seats aren’t as safe for infants (especially newborns), and you might find that even though the car seat says it fits babies at 7 pounds, a 7 pound newborn is probably not going to fit in there snugly.  When our daughter was a newborn, she barely fit into her infant car seat; it was almost too big for her.  People use convertible car seats for newborns all the time, it’s just not considered as safe as an infant car seat.

We also bought a travel system with an infant seat; we then bought a second base for our other car.  It cost about $35 (for our Gracco) and that way you can use the infant seat in both cars without having to buy a whole extra seat.  Our daughter’s almost a year, and we still haven’t transitioned her to her convertible car seat yet; she hasn’t outgrown her infant seat, and it’s still snowing here, so I prefer to keep her in the infant seat until it stops.  

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@octobermom:  Yeah, it’s ridiculous that they CAN market it for infants, but it’s just not as safe as an infant seat. 

Another thing you have to watch out for is after-market car seat accessories (toys, trays, cup holders, infant head rests, etc…).  They are allowed to be sold, but some accessories actually compromise the safety of the seat, and depending on your insurance, using after-market products can reduce or cancel out your insurance payout in the case of an accident.  How dumb is that?!  I only found out about this stuff because a fireman certified in car seat safety came to speak at one of our childbirthing classes.  I imagine most people have no idea that they shouldn’t use a convertible car seat for newborn or use after-market car seat accessories.  When you get your car seats, I’d really recommend getting them installed professionally by someone certified in car seat safety (usualy police or fire fighters), because there’s a lot of extra info nobody tells you about how to keep your baby safe in the car.

In other news, I find the infant seat to be a lot more convenient anyway.  🙂  The extra base was big life saver for us.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree that convertible seats aren’t as safe for little infants however, my husband and I are going to skip the second base and put that money towards a converitble seat to get around 6 months or so.  In the mean time we will just have to go without the base and buckly the infant carrier into our other car if needed (which we rarely drive).  Also, the LATCH system on the base makes it really easy to install so even moving the base from one car to another isn’t too terrible. 

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@SecretName: We skipped buying the second base as well. We have a seat that goes to 35lbs, so using it without the base saves a few inches in our second car. My husband is 6’6″ so we don’t have much room to spare in our cars. Carseats are definitely not created equal. My son is in the 95+ percentile for height and weight, so he’ll be in a convertible easily by 1 year. There is a lot of variability in the height of the straps, so keep that in mind when you do get a convertible. It would stink to buy a seat thinking you can use it for a couple years only to have your child outgrow it by height long before they outgrow it by weight.

I don’t have the Chicco Cortina, but have heard good things about it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have the Chico system and really like it. I also have the JJ Cole diaper bag and I love how it clips on to the stroller – everything is really accessible and the basket below on the stroller stays free for other items. Right now the basket is a little difficult to use right now because of the infant seat being used. Once she’s older and the seat is propped up more instead of fully reclined it will be easier to use.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@octobermom: most fire departments and police stations, as well as hospitals have people who are certified in passenger safety and if you call and make an appointment, they’ll install it for free. they also have events where you can have it done. you can find them here.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We have the Chicco.  Based on our schedule, hubby usually drops the baby off in the mornings and I pick her up.  She also stays with grandparents 2 days a week and I recently had my gallbladder removed (boo) so my brother has picked her up for me a few days.  All this to say, I’m very glad we bought a 2nd base.  It’s so much easier for people who aren’t used to car seats.  You can install the base for them (like for my brother) and feel more confident that the baby will be safe.  A few quick stories…my Mother-In-Law didn’t tighten the straps on the baby one time and my Father-In-Law brought the baby out to the car in the car seat and snapped it in.  I don’t know what possessed me to check but he hadn’t even strapped her in to the carseat…  Anyway, the main thing I don’t like is that there isn’t a little cutout thingy on the bottom of the carseat to make it easier to sit on shopping carts.  Not a huge thing but kind of annoying at certain stores we frequently visit.  Also, I’ve only used the stroller twice in almost 4 months.  We have a much more lightweight stroller we’ve used more often (think slightly fancy umbrella stroller).  It’s just easier to throw in the car.  But if you think you’d use it more, go for it.

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