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Old 03-30-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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newborn carseat?

I own the britax pioneer and advocate carseats. We are expecting number five and im hesitating on buying an infant carseat that comes out of the base or hesitating on just using the britax advocate for newborn. have any of you used a carseat that permanently stays in the car with a newborn. I really don't want to spend extra on another carseat especially since these are pretty new! But ive never had one of these with a newborn and im dreading of having to take baby out of carseat once it gets cold here....any advice would be greatly appreciated! also the three yr old will be using the pioneer since it fits him better.

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Old 03-30-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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Re: newborn carseat?

We used a Radian for DD from the start, now baby #2 will be in a Scenera (most likely) till DD outgrows the Radian (just a few more pounds) and then DD will go FF and baby will get the Radian.
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Re: newborn carseat?

We used a convertible from birth. (Boulevard) Mostly it was fine. The only time I really wished I had an infant seat was at restaurants. When DS was a newborn I was often stuck holding him in my arms while eating. Sometimes we would take the stroller into the restaurant but that wasn't always possible. Once he could set up it was a non issue though!
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Re: newborn carseat?

I used a Roundabout 55 last little one and plan to do it again. Love it! I always babywear or hold anyway. We don't eat out that much at nicer type places, so that was a non issue. When we do go out I choose easy eat options (like chicken nuggets or easy to cut like fish instead of hard to cut chicken or steak). I always end up nursing through meal time anyway. lol
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:37 AM   #5
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I mostly babywear, but there were a few times I found it nice to have the seat, even though it was a pita. When I have to go to the doctor by myself (with baby). The doctor needs to examine me, and so it's really inconvenient of there's not a good place to set her down. Especially the chiro. Also, restaurants, and when she's sleeping age nice bonuses, though less of an issue.
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Re: newborn carseat?

If I was in a warm climate year round I would do a convertible from birth. If I was having a newborn in the late summer or fall or winter--no way would I do a convertible from birth.

Just because you have a bucket seat doesn't meat you HAVE to take it out of the car. From about 8 months till 14 months the bucket stayed in the car 90% of the time.

My last baby was born in September, with older kids we were out and about a lot. I do baby wear but when the weather is in the negative degrees being able to put the baby in her seat, cover with a blanket and go to the car was great.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:13 AM   #7
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I think it's doable if you really don't want to spend the money. I would skip the bucket, but DH likes it.
I always end up with the baby on my lap in restaurants. I would get a nice carrier/wrap, and a maybe a narrow stroller for Dr visits, etc...
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You could always opt for a cheaper bucket seat (like the Cosco Comfy Carry).
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Re: newborn carseat?

We really really liked having a bucket, but obviously it isn't a big deal to some. HOWEVER, depending on which generation your Advocate is, it may or may not fit a newborn well. I believe G4 is supposed to fit newborns better, but don't quote me on that -- you're better off asking about that detail in the car-seat.org forums. You may also need to remove the HUGS pads (if you have them) to get the harness to fit a small NB/infant.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:13 PM   #10
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Re: newborn carseat?

I liked having the bucket, even though I didn't actually take it out of the car all that often. I'm not sure you could use the Advocate with a newborn (with mine you definitely couldn't have, but he was teeny); I second the advice to ask on one of the car seat forums. (I like Car Seats for the Littles).
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