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February 23rd, 2012, 03:33 PM
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This will be the first carseat we've bought (with Topher we used my sister-in-law's). I want something safe, but doesn't have to have all the fancy bells & whistles, just a basic (hopefully inexpensive) one. Any ideas?
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February 23rd, 2012, 03:45 PM
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I can't speak on how well I like it yet but we had MIL get us the graco my ride 65.. it was on sale on Target for $110 instead of $150 a few weeks ago.. I would keep an eye out for random sales on ones! I wanted a convertible one so we wouldn't have to turn around and buy a bigger one in just a short time.
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February 23rd, 2012, 05:35 PM
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I've always liked the Graco infant seats. Mine use them for about a year and it makes it so much easier to deal with a sleeping baby, especially when you just have to run into a store for a few minutes. That's the reason we don't start with a convertible seat. That and the fact I can only imagine how much extra room there would be in those seats.
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February 23rd, 2012, 06:20 PM
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I bought a learning curve true fit for $130 with free shipping a few weeks ago. It's a great convertible seat that fits newborns well and goes up to 65lbs. You could go with a Cosco Scenera for around $60. It's a convertible that goes from 5-65 lbs. The Graco Myride is supposed to be a good convertible for newborns but it's pretty reclined when you forward face it. Thats why we went with the true fit instead of the myride. GL picking a seat!!
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February 24th, 2012, 03:49 AM
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You may find some useful information here: Recommended Carseats

Poke around the site a little; there's TONS of good info there and reviews on different seats, etc.

We use a convertible and got a TrueFit for the new baby; it's pretty basic but has lots of safety features and it's rated well for newborns. Our first has been in a Britax since birth; it was a little pricier but we found a great deal on clearance and have been quite happy with it.

Long story short - shop your heart out! Most of the manufacturers put their 'last year's model' on clearance when they have a new product, and there's not a thing wrong with them - they just have new goodies to sell. I know a lot of BRU stores (not my favorite place, but a deal is a deal) have carseats on clearance pretty regularly, too.
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February 24th, 2012, 05:51 AM
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Check out the car seat board here on JM! They are really helpful. They will ask questions like: do you want an infant seat or convertible from the start? Some convertibles do NOT fit newborns. What seat is your son in? Will the seats be side by side or both outboard? What do you drive? What's your budget? etc. They will narrow down the best seats for your preferences and you go from there.
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February 24th, 2012, 06:16 AM
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If you aren't overly concerned about being able to keep LO in the infant car seat for most of the first year I suggest the

Baby Trend Flex Loc car seat. It's $159.99 and goes on for $89.99 frequently.
I didn't like 2010's model( a friend has it) but they fixed their mistakes in 2011 and 2012 models.

Our 2009 model which we sold right after we were done, was good. we liked it.
WE bought another one this time but we found one brand new still in the sealed box, tags attached for $40.

It's obviously compliant, safe and lightweight. I find it fits nicely in so many strollers and the snap and go's.
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February 24th, 2012, 06:24 AM
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All carseats are the same as far as safety ratings go so don't worry about that. If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, you'll want to get a convertible carseat. Safety 1st makes one that fit well rear facing in cars (at least it did in mine when I had Marcus).
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February 24th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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I can't speak on how well I like it yet but we had MIL get us the graco my ride 65.. it was on sale on Target for $110 instead of $150 a few weeks ago.. I would keep an eye out for random sales on ones! I wanted a convertible one so we wouldn't have to turn around and buy a bigger one in just a short time.

My 20 mos old has the Graco MyRide 65 and we LOVE IT. And he's a big boy and still riding in it. Relatively inexpensive and lasts awhile!
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February 24th, 2012, 07:41 PM
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Thanks for the info, ladies! I'm doing my homework and looking for good deals!
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August 5th, 2012, 07:09 PM
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I had Graco Snugride 35 for almost a year, it's big and very comfortable for my baby. It really shows great quality. Relatively inexpensive too !! LOVE IT.

Check this review site
Graco Snugride 35 Infant Car Seat Review
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August 7th, 2012, 06:30 PM
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Graco my ride 65 gets great reviews. Something even less expensive is Safety first onside onside air. Less than $100 here's the review from consumersearch Safety 1st OnSide onSide Air Review
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