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October 27th, 2012, 04:24 PM
NoahandLola's Mommy
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Do convertible seats really fit 7 pound newborns? I am newly pregnant with my thrid and we had graco seats for the first two but they are expired. My kids used marathon convertible seats, but I am not sure that as 7 pound newborns they really would have fit.

What do you think? Do convertible seats really fit a newborn?

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October 27th, 2012, 08:27 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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My 8 pound 6 oz 21 inch baby fit perfect in the graco my ride. I actually had to move the straps up one as soon as we got home. A smaller baby easily could have fit.
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October 28th, 2012, 06:22 PM
::er!ca::'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Some seats are great for newborns, others advertise themselves as being rated at 5 pounds, but there is no way that a newborn will fit. It really just depends on the seat. If you have any seats in mind, we can tell you yay or nay.

For reference, the old generation of Marathon would not have fit most newborns correctly. The new generation will fit much better, plus you can buy a newborn wedge (made by Britax for their seats) to make the fit better. The Graco My Ride 65 gives newborns an excellent fit. The First Years True Fit also fits newborns really well. There are many others that do as well, and some that don't.
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October 28th, 2012, 09:15 PM
NoahandLola's Mommy
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Thanks, We will need to decide if we are willing to give up the convenience of the newborn seat.

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November 3rd, 2012, 05:10 PM
Mega Super Mommy
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Sorry to half hijack this thread..... but what about the Radian RXT?

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November 3rd, 2012, 06:59 PM
amylynne01's Avatar One happy mama
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The Radian RXT will fit an average sized newborn. The issue with that seat is that it's so dang tall, and it must be at 45 degrees for a newborn. So it will render the front seat absolutely useless. Once a kiddo has better head control (6 months or so), it can be installed more upright with an angle adjuster), and it takes up significantly less space.

So yes it should work if you don't mind the space issue for a few months.
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