Monday, August 1, 2011

convertible car seat headache!

Seriously
I think it was easier finding a wedding dress then the "right" convertible carseat for kennedy
so many safety ratings
litttle gadets
harnesses
rear facing, forward facing
base, no base
WHAT A HEADACHE!
as you all now I am kinda crazy
so I had to research each & everyone I was thinking about
a website that helped me a ton was CarSeatBlog.com
it had every car seat I was even thinking about & gave a honest review
I drive a Audi A4
which is a sports car so alot of my options were eliminated due to size & it functioning in my car

Here are the runners up:
Combi Coccoro
I actually saw reviews of this done in multiple Audis for size & its is just freakin cute; but after buying it thru amazon it just wasnt worth it for shipping cause she wouldnt be in it long. it def isnt a "grow with me" seat. Which is what I wanted.
Britax Marathon
bomb-ass reviews; well any britax carseat does. But for some reason didn't like the look of it. I know that sounds awful but hey i want it to be cute ;) & it is very big!

Graco MyRide 65
This one I thought would have a good running; but I read alot of bad review on the safety harness; the good reviews really out weighted them tho & alot of my friends have this. But I just wasnt "sold" on it.

Safety 1st Complete Air 65
This was my runner  up! I loved everything about it! I have no reason why I didn't choose it. It seems wonderful & had awesome reviews! But ulitmately I didn't choose it
 & finally we went with
Graco Signature Series "Jessica"
so much for wanting a small one right?
this thing is pretty huge.
but the safety ratings & review for this thing was staggering
& nothing could compare in comparison with it

& she LOVES it
So far it isnt a fight to get her in her carseat!
in the picture below; just for size comparison this is in the back of the Isuzu SVU! the thing is massive.
also, BRU installed this forward facing; I know they say til 2 rear facing. I know we will switch it but I dont know if we will til 2 years. we will see.

Anyway I know alot of you are getting ready for this transition & I couldnt find any help on searching for one thru blogs; so I hope this helps a little with your decision & some options!

12 comments:

  1. We have the combi shuttle 33 infant carrier and LOVE it so I was all looking at their convertible seat but like you said it doesn't grow. We have the Graco My Ride for our F250 but I deff need something else for my Nissan and was looking at the Signature series but in black but couldn't find ANY feedback! Thanks for the review!

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  2. Truitt's feet already touch the seat when he's in his infant carrier (and they're close to touching in his bigboy seat) but I am adamant about having him rear facing as long as physically possible!

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  3. It took me forever to figure out what car seat I wanted for my baby too. Definitely is harder than finding the perfect wedding dress as you said! Good choice. I would have gotten that one too had it not have been out of our budget.

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  4. Love the car seat! And this video may be interesting for you to watch about the whole rear/front facing thing. :) Not using it as a scare tactic, by the way, I just had no idea how strong the statistics were in favor for rear-facing (because I couldn't WAIT to front face because our daughter hates facing the back).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psmUWg7QrC8

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  5. I gotta support the other mama's comments on here as well - we are going to keep our little peanut rear-facing as long as we can...I would feel so guilty if something happened to her in an accident and we made the decision to have her front-facing for comfort or convenience!

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  6. i am not at all implying that she WONT be rear facing at all.

    she will be!
    I am just saying that i cant see a 2 year old still fitting that way.

    I would in no way put her in harms way for comfort or convience

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  7. You all can't judge until you are at the point when your baby/toddler is screaming/crying/whining to the point that it is MORE SAFE to just turn the damn car seat forward rather than to be so frustrated/angry/stressed and constantly turning around, reaching back to try to comfort your child that it is way LESS safe because you're not paying proper attention to the road!

    I was absolutely adamant on extended rear-facing and freely admit that I silently judged my friends who flipped their kids around at 1 year and 20 lbs...but when my son turned into the above mentioned crying/screaming/whining toddler at 15 months rear-facing...I called my mom in tears on a very short drive to a town near by, stopped at the Walmart parking lot, flipped him, and he's been happy ever since.

    Do whatever makes YOU feel the safest. Remember it's a recommendation NOT the law!

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