L.P. asks from Aurora, IL on February 29, 2008
Car Seat Question - Recommendations
My baby is almost 8 months old. She is about 18 pounds or so. She is still in ther carrier car seat. I am getting ready to start looking for the next step car seat. I would like to find one that will last a long time (like until she can be out of a car seat). I am not sure if these exist or not. Any recommendations for the next step of car seats would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
D.D. answers from Springfield on March 02, 2008
You can find something in almost any price range now a days. My lil guy just turned a year. When he was about 10 months we went from infant carrier to rear facing convertible seat which goes upward of fifty lbs. The feature I was really looking for was one that could recline so his head wouldn't hang forward or to the side too much while he was sleeping. We ended up with a Graco or Evenflow (can't remember which brand) which was $129. I couldn't be happier. You can always try one and return it if you are not satisfied!
C.U. answers from Chicago on February 29, 2008
I just bought and LOVE this car seat sold by Fisher Price made by Britax. The foam under the cover even says Marathon. Also the registration card that you send back goes to Britax as well. I bought it for my 3 yr old and it has a harness until 55lbs. I will be getting another for my 6 month old. I got it for 129.99 with free shipping.
J.G. answers from Chicago on February 29, 2008
The Britax Marathon goes up to 65 lbs. My son is 3 1/2 and is still in his:)
C.S. answers from Chicago on February 29, 2008
I also recomend the Britax, I think I have the Marathon. A little expensive, but very safe and easy to install. My brother and sister in law bought a very cheap carseat for my niece and it is impossible to install properly.
R.M. answers from Chicago on March 02, 2008
I have a Britax Roundabout (40 lbs) and a Britax Marathon (65 lbs). They are very high in safety ratings and I figured it'd be worth it to fork out the extra $$$ for peace of mind.
L.K. answers from Chicago on February 29, 2008
We have the Britax roundabout for our twins. They are great and are rated very well by consumer reports.I would keep the baby in the carrier for as long as recommended. It's so much easier than taking them in and out of the carseat to the stroller etc.Good luck!
A.B. answers from Dallas on February 29, 2008
They do exist! They have them that transform from newborn to booster for the oldest. There are many brands that have them and I've used a couple and have been ok with all of them, so I'm not going to say a certain brand, but the one thing that made a big difference for me was we got the one that has a bar that comes down over the child's head and the internal harness is attached to that and we hated that. It was hard to get her in and out and sometimes the bar would come out of it's holes. After that we got them with just the internal 5-point harness and that's much better. Other than that, just don't get one with a black cover or even black plastic if you can help it, man do they get hot in the summer! A Wal-mart or Target should have at least five to choose from and a baby store would have more. Happy shopping!