Convertible Carseats

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2006
Convertible Carseats
10
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 2:33pm

Hi all!

So, we're going to be shopping for a new carseat for Evan. Right now we have a Graco Snugride32, which we love. He'll still be able to use it for a while since it goes up to 32 pounds and his height is fine.





Powered by CGISpy.com

<
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 3:44pm
Honestly the convertible seats that eventually turn into boosters are not really great buys. They do lots of things okay, but nothing great. It is actually a better idea, and really not much more expensive to buy a convertible car seat and then when Evan is ready for a booster between 5 and 6, to just spend the $40 or so on a high back booster. One other thing to remember is a lot of car seats expire in 6 to 8 years and most children are not big enough to be out of a booster seat until 10 to 12. So even if you do get a rear facing to forward facing to booster seat, you will likely need to still buy a booster seat later.

That being said if you do want to go that route, I have heard good things about the new Graco Smart Seat. It is expensive though. The Evenflo/Eddie Bauer All in Ones on the other hand I strongly suggest against, they make bad boosters and tend to be outgrown early both rear and forward facing.

If you are just looking for a convertible and will get a booster when he is older then I have a bunch of recommendations. Top choices there are the Graco MyRide which rear-faces to 40 pounds (this one is good for shorter and heavier kids), the Safety First Complete Air 65 which also rear-faces to 40 pounds, the Sunshine Kids Radian which rear-faces to 40 or 45 pounds depending on the model (though it can be tough to install rear-facing in some cars). Other good options are the Britax Marathon or Boulevard 70 which also rear-face to 40 pounds but have shorter shells then the others mentioned, and the First Year True Fit which only rear-faces to 35 pounds but it is great for children with long torsos. I have also heard decent things about the Evenflo Triumph.

Almost all the seats I have listed should get you to at least 2 rear-facing more likely 3 or 4 and then to 5 or 6 forward facing, at which point most children are mature enough for a booster, weight enough for a booster and their bones have matured enough for a booster to be a good choice.

I can offer more specific suggestions as need as well, and I highly suggest the car-seat.org site for lots of great car seat info and a good place to ask questions as well.



Thank you for the sig Mary

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-04-2003
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 4:08pm
I agree w/ Sarah about the convertible seat / high back booster. No info on a good carseat rec however, it's been too long/not long enough.
Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 05-25-2011 - 4:42pm
Hi Alyssa,

I agree with Sarah as well. We will be graduating to a booster after he outgrows the convertible. We bought the Graco MyRide 65 and love it. We compared it to the Britax seats and we figured we were just spending money on the brand when they appeared to offer the similar features. We bought our Graco at Walmart on sale...it was about 155 bucks on sale. Keep an eye out on the flyer, they are on sale every now and then.

Good luck!!

Photobucket


Avatar for sandyc299
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:06am
We have the saftey first air 65. we also have an evenflo one for our second car that we dont use as much.

David Nicholas 12/5/09
Expecting a GIRL 3/23/13

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-29-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 12:29am
I agree with Sarah.. Not sure what seats are all available in CA too.. Also check albeebaby.com when you are buying.. Don't know if they ship up there but they have been one of the cheaper places I've seen and have good deals too and quick shipping!

Powered by CGISpy.com
Thank you Dedi and Kelly for my
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2005
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 8:34am
I'm sure you already know this Alyssa but I'll just remind anyway....Canadians can not use US or other foreign made car seats in Canada, it is illegal and could result in fines. The seat must be purchased in Canada and there is a distinct sticker on a Canadian seat that officers look for if the need arises. So some of the wonderful sites Americans have, we cant use them for car seats.

Photobucket


iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 9:59am
Oh I forgot about the Canada thing. That being said I think all the seats I have listed are available in Canada, I know most of them are, though weight limits might be slightly different for them both rear and forward facing, then in the US.



Thank you for the sig Mary

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 1:27pm

I've got to just go with Sarah's experience here, too, and what she says makes sense.

Photobucket
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2006
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 2:20pm
Thanks everyone! This has been really helpful!




Powered by CGISpy.com

<
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
Thu, 05-26-2011 - 2:53pm

We also just got the MyRide65 and started using it this week. Peter still has tons of time in the infant seat (it goes to 35 pounds/32 inches) so it's in DH's car now. Since P is so small (3% for weight, 25% for height), I'm not that worried about his outgrowing it. Poor kid inherited my short torso.

Regardless, I think if you're ready to change him, it's ok to. Just go with a good convertable and then plan to get the booster later. :)

by sara photo sigbysara.jpg