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Old 04-18-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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The ONE thing I can not figure out!

Is carseats! I have no idea why. I want to get something good (and safe) that lasts from the day baby comes home to the day they will be big enough to not use a seat. My youngest is in a booster now but it has been sooo long that I did the whole carseat buying/research thing for a small one that I am a bit confused. Also, I think because when my kids were little I first used the infant bucket seats rather than one that grew with them so mainly I think that is my issue. I have been buying here and there since I found out I was pregnant and the only thing I can't decide on is what seat I should be looking at. Does anyone have any suggestions? I also don't want to spend an arm and a leg but since I am planning and saving it might not be that big of an issue. I know this is probably a no brainer but I think the baby has sucked most of my thinking power up.

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Old 04-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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What are your rfing goals? Do you have long skinny babes or chunky ones? What do you drive? The carseat gurus(I am a novice) like to know these things. Right of the top of my head I would suggest a TrueFit.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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I would suggest a Britax for a newbie and advise against 3 on 1 seats! Also what's your budget?
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:31 PM   #4
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I have a Saturn Vue. We typically have skinny long leg babies. And RFing goals? I am not sure what that is but I plan to try to rear face as long as possible since that is the most safe thing to do I have been hearing. I don't really have a budget goal but over 200 sounds like too much to me. So maybe up to 200? Is that too little for something good? I probably have a lot more reading up to do. Esp. on the new rear facing facts.
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I'd also suggest a britax. Roundabout is the most affordable & has lasted my kids RFing until 3 & FF probably until 5 or whenever a new baby comes & we need to pass the seat down. I have tall but average weight kids. We go from the Roundabout to the Frountier, which should fit my kids until at least 10.

I'm not sure there's actually anything on the market that will last until your child is too big for a carseat. Our laws here (CA) are 8 years & 80 pounds (but we will go til the limits of the seat) & most seats expire after 6 years. :/

ETA: Roundabouts can be found on Amazon for less than $200. I've haven't paid more than $150 for my britax seats (I have 3 so far).

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With those stats I stand by the TF. They have high slots so good for tall LO. They rf to 35lb which should be fine for you. With a thin child you could get over 3 easily. You can ff to 65lb and you would likely feel ready for a booster at that point. They are readily available for between $150 and $200. I really like the feature of being able to remove the headrest up to 22lbs.
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I just read up on the car seat primer sticky which helped out some other questions I had as well.
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:16 PM   #8
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Re: The ONE thing I can not figure out!

I will also suggest the True Fit Babies R Us actually has the True Fit Premier for sale right now (has an anti-rebound bar and level indicator) around $160-170-ish, which is AWESOME.
DD1 is still rear facing in hers and she turned 4 last month (long legs, tall and thin). With it harnessing forward facing to 65 lbs, I think we'll see many more years of use.
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Re: The ONE thing I can not figure out!

You won't be able to get one seat that lasts from newborn through out of seats altogether. But, there are several convertible seats that will last from newborn through age 5-6, at which point you can move the child into a booster.

These options should all work (and prices top out around $200). If you're going to use the seat for 5-6 years, every day, then try it out first and make sure you like it!

*Britax roundabout 55 or marathon 70 - you *may* need the infant positioner for a newborn, those cost about $15
*Evenflo triumph 65 or momentum 65
*Graco myride
*The First Years/Lamaze Truefit
*Maxi Cosi Pria (might be stretching your budget)
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Re: The ONE thing I can not figure out!

Yeah, you're not going to have to buy only one seat. There isn't a seat that lasts from newborn to done with carseats and does each stage safely and age appropriately. Also kids generally don't pass the 5 step test in a vehicle until 10-12 years old.
There are definitely seats that will last you until you need a high back booster, and you can just purchase one then, which is a few years down the road.

I would also suggest the True Fit. It sounds like it would be a good option for you.
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