Suggestions for car seat for caregiver

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-11-2008
Suggestions for car seat for caregiver
5
Tue, 08-10-2010 - 11:06pm

A friend of mine is going to be watching my 15-month-old one day a week starting in September.  I want to get a car seat for her to have in case she wants to go out while watching her.   We're using Britex Marathon for ourselves, which I love, but it is so big and bulky, plus very pricey for a seat that will only get use at best once a week.  Does anyone have any suggestions for a small seat that is really easy to install and remove, and isn't too expensive.  Thanks!

Photobucket 

Photobucket 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-18-2004
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:01am

How big is your 15 month old? Is your baby really tall or heavy? It helps to have an idea about how big a baby is before we make a recommendation.


What is your price range?


Honestly, the Britax convertibles are among the easiest car seats to install. However, there are other great car seats that I actually recommend over the Britax seats. But some of the less expensive seats are definitely more challenging to install.


Does your caregiver know about it's so important to keep your DD rear-facing in her carseat? If not, can you share information with the caregiver? Here's a very short, but good video that explains why rear-facing is so much safer... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssIsceKd6U. If you needs something you can print and hand her, let us know and we can get that for you too.


Do you know anything about your caregiver's experience installing car seats? Would you be installing the seat on the days the caregiver needs it or would the caregiver do so? Ideally, you would install the seat and leave it installed. The more often it is moved around, the more likely someone will make a mistake and the seat won't be installed properly. For our own seats, my DH and I install the seats for our babysitters.


09-Melanie.jpg Isabelle and Marcus picture by MathMelanie


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-11-2008
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 8:18am

Thank you so much for being so thourough!

Photobucket 

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-18-2004
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 1:01am

I think the Cosco Scenera will probably be your best option. It runs about $40-50 and you can find it at places like Target and Walmart. It's a narrow seat. It rf to 40lb and ff to 40lbs. Since your baby is smaller, it should work for another 2-3 years. It's also a good flying seat since it is so lightweight and easy to carry through the airport. So you might borrow it back if you go on a plane trip.


Some people have found the Safety First Avenue on clearance for cheaper - at Kmart or Big Lots I think. It rf to 35lb and ff to 40lbs. It has a taller shell than the Scenera so it tends to last longer especially for children who tend to be taller.


I'm only suggesting convertible car seats since I could never recommend ff such a young baby. Even though your car taker has older children, make sure she is up to date on the


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-11-2008
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:43am

Yay!

Photobucket 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-18-2008
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 2:03pm

I second what Melanie said. We use a MyRide65 for our everyday seat, but we bought the Scenara as a backup for the rare days when we need a car seat in my husband's car. It makes an excellent occasional/short-ride seat.

Walmart.com has them on sale right now with free site-to-store shipping ;)