convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

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convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

Postby lola1971 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:08 am

Just wanted to hear others experiences on this....

My dd just turned 1 but is not 20lbs yet. So she is still in her rear facing infant car seat. I am debating about now getting a convertable car seat (rear/forward). So that even though she would still be rear facing, I am wondering if the convertable seat be more comfortable cause she is sitting more upright and it would be easier to see her surroundings? Thoughts or experiences from others??

Thanks!
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Re : convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

Postby julieb » Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:34 pm

My DS was in his infant carrier until he was about 15 months old and then in a rear facing convertible car seat until he was a few months past his second birthday. We moved him into the convertible car seat when he got too long for the infant carrier.
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Re : convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

Postby milesymommy » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:00 am

We only used the infant car seat for 9 months, then moved to a convertible. It seems so much more comfortable for him, plus the one we got has cupholders. We bought the Graco MyRide 65. I found it cheapest at Target. It is not as convenient for getting in and out of the car, but I think he likes it better.
BTW, there are toys that clip on to the convertible car seats. I wondered about that since all the toys I had were straps that went on the handle of the infant carrier. Try Tiny Love Sunny Stroll Arch.
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Re : convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

Postby trish » Mon Aug 30, 2010 08:39 pm

My DD #3 wasn't 20 lbs until about 20 months but we started using the convertible seat with her around 10 months. If you like being able to carry her in "the bucket" then the convertible seat is a pain to get used to. If you always leave the bucket in the car it won't be much different. You also might want to check length limits on your infant seat because most kids outgrow them length wise long before they outgrow them for weight.

My last DD is 2 1/2 and is actually still rear facing even though she's now up to 25 lbs (finally). RF is safer & she can see & talk to her sisters in the last row - LOL!
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Re : convertable car seat vs. infant car seat

Postby hols537 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 08:29 am

I think for rear-facing, when the seat is correctly installed, they should have the same recline. My boys were both too tall for their bucket seats well before they hit 1 year, so we had no choice but to move to convertible seats (we used a Britax Roundabout as a rear-facing convertible seat).

They are recommending we keep our little ones rear-facing as long as possible and at least 2 now (based on the seat height/weight restrictions). http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/30/4/12-a

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