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edgeofelise February 23rd, 2013 08:19 PM

I hate car seat shopping!
SO. MANY. OPTIONS. With DD we borrowed a carseat from a friend and she's offered it again, but knowing what I know now I don't want a used seat, especially one that's already been through 3 kids. Who knows what could've happened in those few years (she's assured me it's never been in an accident but I'm paranoid.)

I'd love to find a convertible that we can use right away, but I've read that even though the weight limit can be as low as 5lbs, newborns often are too short for the straps or just don't fit comfortably.

What seats are you guys getting? I think we've settled on the Graco Snugride 35. If we have to get an infant seat I'd rather spend a few extra bucks and get one that we'll use for a while and it seems pretty easy to use. And I *think* it'll work with our stroller (it's an older model so I'm not sure if the new seats work with it) so that's a bonus.

MrsLat February 23rd, 2013 10:22 PM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I had a Graco Snugride with my daughter and I really liked it. We have a Babytrend carseat that was Gabe's that we are going to be re-using because it hasn't expired and hasn't been in an accident.

momneedscoffee13 February 24th, 2013 04:52 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We also started with the graco snugride, it would have lasted longer than we used it but he got SO heavy carrying him around lol! So we switched a little before a year to a Graco MyRide 65 and it's been awesome, he's still RF'ing in it, and just about to reach the limit to turn him forward, eek!!

ashleykathleen February 24th, 2013 06:11 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We are reusing our Graco SnugRide from Kiefer because it hasn't expired, has never been in an accident, and its in great condition. Plus, the sit n stand stroller I got fits it perfect so one less thing to buy.

MamaSkunk February 24th, 2013 06:58 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
With DD i had the Graco Snugride 35 and it was really great. This time we are gonna buy a Graco Click Connect 40 as it has height adjustments to help keep them rear facing longer. And DD is so tall she outgrew rearfacing and any rearfacing carseat loooonnng before she was two. I know little man will be tall as well (DD is been in a 3T pant since 18 months for height and at 2 and 3 months those are getting short ugh)
But all in all Im totally a Graco girl for alot of reasons when it comes to carseats.

TeresaV February 24th, 2013 08:29 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We plan on getting a Graco SnugRide also. I have read very good reviews about both safety and ease of use. Plus, I found a Graco travel system through Walmart that I absolutely love, and it's cheap.

Here's what we're getting: Purchase the Graco Spree Travel System Ariel at an always low price from Walmart.com. Save money. Live better.

Also, other things needed to consider regarding a used car seat: were the straps ever washed? I guess that ruins the integrity of the material, and is something I never knew about until I read an article that someone linked to here.

LisaS February 24th, 2013 08:44 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I plan to use our Chicco Keyfit 30 until one of my kids hits the RFing limits on their carseats (most likely DS will hit 35 lbs). Then we'll get him a Radian (RFs to 45 lbs) and switch the baby to the Britax. Since I wear my kids, I have no need for an infant carrier to use as anything other than a carseat anyway.

navywifey2003 February 24th, 2013 10:47 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We have a snug ride as well, which we will use for a few months and switch to a marathon 70. Everett is 18 months and still RF. David and Katelynn are using frontier 85s in which they are still harnessed. They will stay that way until the limits of the seat. :)

PurpleStar February 24th, 2013 11:41 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
So true, girl...so many options it makes a person's head spin. We made it easy and are just reusing Vaughn's carseat...its a Graco as well, can't remember for the life of me what model but it came with the travel system we bought for him. It worked great for us =)

PS: Love your new pic of Eliza in your sig!! When did our babies become lil people, eh?!

beatlechicksteph February 24th, 2013 12:17 PM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We went the convertible route, and are getting the Graco My Ride 70. We viewed it from the economical and practical stand point, and after talking to some people, they nudged us in that direction. That way we won't have to buy another seat in a year, esp. since we're already on a budget.

jersey_gray February 24th, 2013 11:19 PM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
Popping in from the July DDC. I've been very happy with the Graco car seats. You are right about there being so many options. To many options!

crawmommy February 25th, 2013 05:47 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I bought 2 Graco click connect 40's. Very economical it is an infant carseat that is a convertible too. I bought it over a regular convertible for a lot of reasons but mainly bc the seat removes from the base (unlike a convertible) so we can move it from car to car and it rear faces up to 2 years, 4-40lbs and the height limit is high too I believe. It has really great features and I got it when it was $35 off.

enchantingdragon February 25th, 2013 06:19 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I was going to reuse the one I had with Drake (Graco SnugRide 35) but my cats peed on it!!! :mad::eek::o So now I have to buy a new one and I think I going to get the same thing. We liked it and I have the Snap and Go for it so its perfect

edgeofelise February 25th, 2013 08:08 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I finally figured it out! We're definitely getting the snugride 35 for Henry. When he outgrows that we'll get a Graco Nautilus convertible booster for DD and Henry can use the Evenflo convertible car seat she's in now. That combo should last us quite a while since the Evenflo goes up to 65lbs, but when he finally outgrows that we'll put him in the Nautilus and just get a booster for DD. Kinda nice having kids a little more spaced out so they can play musical carseats. :)

navywifey2003 February 25th, 2013 10:46 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
Keep in mind car seats expire when sharing I believe most are 6 years from their manufacture date. Not sure how long you plan on using them. But that sounds like a great plan.

edgeofelise February 25th, 2013 11:19 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
Yeah, I know the evenflo is from 2010 so we may not get too much use out of that with Henry. In that case we'll probably get a second nautilus, or get DD a booster sooner if she's big enough. But that's years down the road, so we have plenty of time to figure it out!

Madison.Hailey.Zack February 26th, 2013 08:38 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
We bought an Eddie Bauer travel system with Madison in 08 and used the infant carrier with Hailey too. We will use it again with Zack since it still has a year left on it. We bought a car seat from Costco for Madison that isn't the greatest for seat belt use but she is still using the 5 point harness and will for awhile still. With Hailey since she has to be rear facing for a bit still, we bought a Graco My size 70. I plan to get another Gracy my size 70 for Zack next summer. Then everyone will be set till they move on to Boosters.

Kalynas_Mom February 26th, 2013 09:23 AM

Re: I hate car seat shopping!
I got the graco snugride from my friend (dd's is long gone). it's not expired, in good condition, and she doesn't own a vehicle so it really has only been used a handful of times and the snap and go stroller that goes with it. I have DDs graco travel system stroller and I think I may be able to snap it on that as well but I hate that thing. We have DD's Evenflo convertible carseat to use after that. DD has been in a booster now for about 3 months and we actually own two of them so I won't have to buy anything else :D

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