need convertible seat advice

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Registered: 12-11-2009
need convertible seat advice
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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:59pm

My little bean is not yet ready for a convertible seat but I'm starting to think about it. I'm big on car safety since my father died in a car accident nearly 30 years ago. I ALWAYS wear my seat belt, etc.

Anyway, my daughter is 3 months old and maybe 12 lbs. She presently rides in a Graco SnugRide (the one that goes to 22 lbs). I had done research while preggo (before discovering the boards here on iV) and found it had really great safety reviews. I'm very happy with it so far.

I'm sure Willow will always be within the weight limits longer than most kiddos (she's a petite little thing at 10th percentile) and also because she's so little I want to make sure I keep her rear facing as long as possible.

My concern is her comfort. We sometimes drive from our home in MA to NJ or NY to see family. It's usually a 4 to 5 hour drive. It doesn't happen that often but when it does... Well, I'm sure you understand :)

What should I be worrying/thinking about as I wade through all these options? What brands have the best reputations?

I know I'm ahead of myself but I like to be prepared. DH and I are all about the research :)

Thanks so much!!!!

Christine




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Registered: 06-18-2004
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:15am

Christine -


We love people who do research here - at least I do:) Just be careful on this board. I came here to ask for advice and I'm still here 5 years later and I've become a car seat addict:)


There are several car seats available now with rf limits of 40lbs, and a couple with 45lb rear-facing limits. The ones I currently recommend are the Radians (40lb or 45lb rf depending on model), Complete Air, Graco MyRide and Triumph 65. Any of these seats will get your DD to a safe booster age - probably sometime after she is 6 years old.


If you want to consider a car seat with a 35lb limit, look at the First Years True Fit and the Evenflo Triumph Advanced. The Triumph 65 is the new ETA and it's probably better to go with the new seat. However, you might find an ETA on clearance. My DD is also petite and she was rear-facing to 4y4m when she hit the 33lb limit on our seats. So if you love one of these seats - especially the True Fit - it will keep your DD harnessed for a long time is she stays on the same growth curve.


You'll probably hear that Britax has a great reputation. They used to be the leaders in car seats, but I think that a lot of other companies have surpassed them in recent years. The current Britax convertibles only rf to 35lb, don't fit newborns/small babies well, don't have much rf leg room, and cost more than other seats. There are new Britax convertibles that are coming out soon with a 40lb rf limit and higher ff limits, but the shells are shorter. We'll have to see how they stack up once they come out.


I'd recommend going and checking out these seats and see what you like and what seems easier for you to work with. Look at how you tighten and loosen the harness, how the seat installs in your car and how you like the seat. Definitely come back with more questions when you start to narrow down the list.


HTH


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