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Ok, so my husband wants to get a travel system. However, since he is a first time dad he doesn't know much about safety standards etc and would like to just buy "whatever is the cheapest one" lol. I have travel system picked out that is $199.99. The infant seat says it goes up to 35lbs. But I would really like to keep this lil guy rear facing as long as possible(i didnt with my son and promptly turned him around once he was 20lbs and 1yr old, i at least waited for both to be met, but i didnt know anything about extended rear facing until he was 3 and by that time he was over the weight limits to rear face anyways). I dont know if I would be comfortable keeping a toddler in an infant seat even if it is rated for 35lbs. Would you do it?
So I have been loooking at some convertible seats and I am still very much in love with Diono Radian RXT seat($271.99). It doesnt look like it is super bulky or heavy but I have always heard really good things about it. I also came across the Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum($249.99) and Evenflo Symphony 65 DLX($229.99). But it looks like they are pretty bulky and heavy.
Currently my husband and I only have one vehicle and it is a 99 Mustang so I am not even sure if any of those convertible seats would fit in our car in a rear facing position?
So do I let my husband get his cheaper infant seat/stroller combo on the terms that I get the Convertible seat I want once he out grows the infant seat(which on the one he wants is 22lbs), and hope by then we have the family car/suv that I want to get? Or do i get the stroller/infant seat i found that supposedly goes up to 35lbs and find a cheaper convertible seat later?
You can always upgrade over time. I have an infant carrier (Even though I plan on baby wearing a lot) because I still have a 3 year old in our MyRide 65. He was in that seat by 8 months old, rear facing till he was 2 1/2.
It may be a super tight fit. I drive a Jeep Commander and when my son was rear facing in the MR65, our passenger seat was basically all the way up. There was no movement room. There's a bit more now, but not much and this is an SUV.
We considered getting another convertible for this reason, but decided on the carrier because our convertible will still be usable when our other sons move up. Which by the time this baby is out of the carrier, we will more than likely switch kids around. I also have a Graco Nautilus.
Also, it's not just weight, you also have to look into your child's height. I have tall kids who out grown infant carriers faster in their height (as in head will hang over by 7/8 months) than they do the weight. My 3 year old weight wise, would fit into the carrier we bought this baby.
When they are in a bucket seat you have to move them to a larger seat once their head is higher than a inch below the back of the seat. So honestly its more that they will get too long for the seat not too heavy. Then get one of the convertible seats. I had my son rear facing till he was 3 in a convertable then turned it around and he used that until he was 6. We just got him a full back booster (even though the old seat could be used as a booster too) so that it was easier for him to buckle himself in.
I figured he would out grow the height limits before the weight limits on the infant seat in the travel system i want. I guess I'm not sure which way to go. Get a cheaper infant seat/stroller combo and a higher priced better quality(in my opinion) convertible seat later, or get the more expensive infant seat and a cheaper convertible seat later.
As long as the cheaper infant seat is safe, I would go for it. It's true it's not used very long before they grow out of it, but you might want it for another child down the road. Good brands are Chicco, Graco, and Britax. A toddler would not fit in an infant seat anyway due to height restrictions, even though the weight limit may be 35 lbs. The height limit is still probably only 30 inches, which most kids reach around a year.
Last edited by kary4; March 18th, 2014 at 01:43 PM.
I went from an infant seat to a diono RXT for my 18 month old the infant seats they outgrow them most of the time by height before weight. My son should fit in his convertible seat rest facing till 3-4.
I personally hate the infant car seats, but that's just me. I have heard the radian rxt is wide and tall. I would see if u can find the dimensions in it and measure, if the mustangs back sea is anything like my old eclipses back seat u may have a hard time getting a radian rxt in there!