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Lil Community: Choosing a Car Seat

It's registry time! LilSugar reader Beaner is approaching her due date and is picking out all of her baby gear. As she selects a car seat, she asks our readers for some help in The Pregnancy Posse group.

I'm completely confused about what size car seat to get. Friends and family have recommended the Graco Snugride, and they make one that holds a baby up to 22 pounds and 29 inches tall. But they also have one that goes up to size 32 pounds and 32 inches tall. The first one is a bit cheaper, but will a baby outgrow it before they are one year old, when it's time to move up to a new car seat? The main reason I'm tempted to stick with the 22-pound car seat is because a friend gave us some extra bases, so that would save us some dough. But if our baby will outgrow it at 6 months (I heard some can), and we'll have to end up buying the 32-pound car seat, then that would not be saving us money. Any advice?

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eavalderas eavalderas 6 years
*******GO WITH THE BIGGER SEAT******* Once your child is 22 lbs or more he/she will prob not want to stay in the carseat once you take it out of the car, I know mine didn't. So yes it is heavier but you are able to use it longer and therefore get more for your money. We went with the Peg Perego PRIMO VIAGGIO SIP 30-30 and we LOVE IT!!! More $$$ than the average car seat but we think it was worth it. Our daughter is 18 months and weights 28lbs and still uses it! I am now looking for her next seat/booster and going with one that is good from 22-100lbs...should be the only other seat we will ever have to buy!!! GOOD LUCK!!!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I think the season your baby is born should help make your decision, if you live in a warmer climate where it never rains (like me in the East Bay) and have a baby in the summer it might not be a big deal to take baby in an out of a convertible seat from the beginning. Unfortunately for me I'm due the end of November when it will most likely start raining a month later so we plan to get a Graco snugride since you can get them for pretty cheap on Amazon. I figure by the time baby is to heavy for it spring will be here and we can switch to a convertible and save the infant for the next baby.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 6 years
You should have some idea of how big a baby you are going to have by the time you register, so that should be a good starting point. If you don't, you're registering way too early! Admittedly my son is an exception being 16.5lbs at 2 months old, but he's fast outgrowing his infant carrier already that only holds up to 22lbs, and he hates it. Also don't let being able to carry the seat be a deciding factor, once that kid hits 15lbs you'll be done carrying it no matter what the weight limit is. Plus babies shouldn't be sitting in the seats all day anyway, if you're taking them out and about get them in a stroller or wearable carrier. It's not good for their lungs or their spines. Personally I'm glad I didn't get a seat with a higher limit because my son hates it regardless. You have to buy the convertible seat at some point anyway so why not buy it at 22lbs instead of 32?
katiekat katiekat 6 years
I disagree... DD was in her infant seat well past her 1st birthday. It was WONDERFUL to have the option of leaving the seat in the car, or quickly taking it out and snapping it on our stroller frame (without unbuckling) I say go for the bigger seat, especially if you live in an area where it is cold in the winter... it is much easier to throw a cozy blanket over the seat & zip up a car seat cover than it is to wrestle your lo into a coat...PLUS... you can put them in the seat, and have time to get your things together before you head out the door (without your LO crawling or walking away)
jenni5 jenni5 6 years
I personally liked the infant car seat, and so did my kids. But it does get too heavy to lug around after about 6 mths. But just think you don't have to wake a sleeping baby every time you get in an out of the car. And when you go out to restaurants and people's houses it is super convenient and baby has a safe place to nap. And assuming you will have more kids you will get more use out of it, so not a complete waste of money.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
Hey, what happened to all of the other comments posted yesterday? Was I too obnoxious?
ladygrace ladygrace 6 years
As long as you are OK with the possibility of outgrowing sooner than later, buy the lighter one. Plan on using the money you saved to buy a convertible seat (one that goes rear-facing and forward-facing) with a high harness height and weight limits. Google "benefits of rear-facing" to find lots of information about why your baby should remain rear-facing as long as possible, and DEFINITELY past a year. A good convertible seat will make this easy to do. Best of luck!
babysugar babysugar 6 years
I have to agree with schnappycat! We were "suckered" into buying the bigger car seat and it is one of my biggest regrets. It is so heavy to begin with - and then you add a 15 pound baby to it and it is literally a workout to lift it.
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
In my experience, the baby gets too heavy to carry the infant seat much past 6 or 8 months. They might not technically outgrow the seat weightwise, but many people around that age opt to either just keep the infant seat in the car and take the baby in and out, or just move the baby up to a convertible seat at that point (which you CAN do because most good convertible seats are rated for infants and can be installed rear facing--there is no rule that says an infant must be in an actual infant seat until a year). It's just really cumbersome to lug around once the baby reaches a certain weight. I honestly can't imagine trying to carry a 22 pound kid in a carrier, let alone a 32 pound kid. No way. My 2 1/2 year old isn't even 32 pounds, so this makes me laugh. Also keep in mind that not all kids like the infant carrier, especially after a certain age. My daughter loves her so far (at 2 months), but my son HATED it from day one. He was ok in the car, but really didn't like to be carried in it or put in the stroller with it. So we really didn't use it much aside from the actual car. And then we switched him to a Britax convertible seat around 8 months (still rear-facing, of course). Sorry this got so long!
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