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twogirlsmama 08-05-2011 08:34 PM

SnugRide 22 ?s
Is the SnugRide 22 decent? We had a BabyTrend FlexLoc with our first 2, and I hated it--loaned it to a friend, and it was in an accident, so won't be getting that back. We're expecting #3 in March, and I can get the SnugRide 22 for next to nothing on Amazon right now--I know it's early to be buying, but I'm starting to look at different options. Here are my questions:

-Does it work well for smaller babies? DD1 was 5 lbs when she came home; DD2 was 6 lbs.

-Is the base easy to install at the correct angle (we have a 2008 Town and Country and a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer with a Nautilus and a rfing Triumph Advance already in each)? I usually wear our babies, so not too concerned about getting it in and out much away from home, unless it's super cold.

-Can the handle be left up? DH is tall and the baby will probably go behind the driver's seat (at least in the van), so that would be a plus.

$$ is not a huge issue, but I don't want to spend a ton to get poundage we don't need--my 4 yo DD still doesn't weigh 30 lbs, and the 2 yo is only 24lbs, so I don't see outgrowing by weight (or height--they're shrimp-os :giggle:) being an issue. I have heard raves about the 35, but I don't think we need that. I just want a safe, easy to install carseat that will work from birth to 6 months or so, when we usually move to a convertible.

My stepsister has a 2009 Keyfit that I could probably borrow too--would that be a better option?


monica-m 08-05-2011 09:23 PM

Re: SnugRide 22 ?s
The SnugRide 22 is a decent seat. Installs are generally easy and it is a pretty easy seat to use properly as long as you get the front adjust model. The handle can be up in the car. It does not fit littles well at all. The bottom slots are not low enough for a teeny tiny baby.

If you know that the Keyfit has been handled properly and that the straps have never been submerged or washed in the washing machine then I would try and borrow that seat. It fits smaller babies much better.

If you are open to checking out other infant seats then take a look at this list:

If you are open to skipping the infant seat altogether then you have even more options because there some great convertibles out there that fit newborns well.

twogirlsmama 08-05-2011 09:26 PM

Re: SnugRide 22 ?s
Thanks! I need to check on the Keyfit. I'm fine with skipping the infant seat (would actually prefer that!) but DH wants a bucket for a bit--he actually carries the thing, so I won't argue with him there. Thank you for the info and link!

mommyfrog 08-05-2011 10:19 PM

Re: SnugRide 22 ?s
I've had Gracos for the last three babies and they were a lot nicer than the seats I had for my first 4, but my sister has a Chicco Keyfit 30 (that I gave her) and I love that thing. I told her I get it next for my not-yet-made baby!! It is so much easier to get in and out of the base, really easy to install, seems a lot lighter to me, and the handle can be left up in the car.

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