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Old 11-17-2009, 03:20 PM
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Default Convertable car seat or Infant Car Seat

What do you prefer and why? I had a infant with bev and she out grew it fast now we are trying to decide what to get for this baby and are contemplating both. So I come to you guys. Which do you think is best and why?
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:32 PM
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Both my neice and nephew have the ones that they could use as babies.. then turned around when they were at the proper weight/age.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:32 PM
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I would get an infant seat with the stroller it fits in and then get a convertible when the baby outgrows the infant seat.

We are about to buy Mason a convertible as he is almost too long for his infant one.

But I have really loved having the infant seat that fits in his stroller. He can fall asleep in the car, we just slip his seat into the stroller and he can sleep while we shop or whatever.

I do hate carrying and dealing with putting the infant seat in and out, but it is worth it to not have to get the baby out of the car seat to go shopping if he falls asleep in the car.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:34 PM
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We arent getting the stroller to come with it because one i HATE those strollers and two my umbrella can hold one. But that was my thinking. At the same time I HATED the carseat and took her out of it anyway.

Mer thats why I want one of those but I have seen reviews that you shouldnt put a newborn in one so IDK didnt have the issue with bev I got the infant seat and stroller for my baby shower with bev LOL.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:38 PM
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I had the infant car seat and am glad that I did when she was little. It made going to the store and other places much easier, unless you plan to always wear them. There were times though that I just wanted her to be in her seat, like when we would go out to eat, or go to the Dr's office or something. Plus, when I would be gone from the house all day, it was nice to have a place to put her if she needed to sleep that was safe. By 8 months when Devin was sitting on her own for a few months and getting too heavy to carry in the infant car seat, we moved her to a convertible one. Sorry, I am not much help. If I had to do it all over again from scratch, I would probably still get an infant car seat again. The Graco Snugride had the best safety ratings when I bought ours and wasn't very expensive compared to others. We avoided the combination packages, and opted for a stroller frame which I bet you could buy used for really cheap. I LOVED mine and am glad I didn't spend a lot on it and got a nice stroller later when I knew what I wanted.

ETA: I really liked the stroller frame. It was very light weight, moved around nicely and didn't take up a ton of room in my car. I know you could find a used one inexpensively somewhere.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:14 PM
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We have an infant car seat. Mason was a BIG baby, but still fit into the smallest setting. If convertible saves you money in the long run, and is still safe, I say why not.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:28 PM
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The advantage of convertible seats is that you'll probably need one down the road anyway... I know some people who never bothered with the infant seat, but you have to do your research to make sure that the seat reclines enough for a newborn.

Personally I think the infant seats were great in the first few months... I can't imagine having to take the baby out all the time when you go out, and so many strollers don't work out until they can sit up anyway... so you'd probably have to get a stroller the baby can lie in if you don't have one. Now don't get me wrong once they got bigger I hated the thing and we switched to convertible seats at 7 months (they could have stayed in the infant seats until 15 months but I hated lugging the things), but yeah, for the first few months it was worth it.

If money is the main issue I'd check ebay or heck, freecycle. Kids outgrow them so fast that most second hand infant seats are still in awesome shape.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:28 PM
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The infant seat/carrier that I had for Carson (and still have) holds an infant up to 30 lbs and 32 inches long. They do make a lot of these now compared to the older ones that held up to 22 lbs and babies of shorter length.

I prefer the infant carrier until baby can sit up on their own because it makes it easier to grab-n-go, especially when you have another youngster or two! Trying to juggle a newborn in one arm along with purse and diaper bag and deal with another toddler is a disaster...for me anyway.

I didn't switch Carson over into convertible until he was a year old. I had to switch Cole, who had the smaller lb/length infant carrier, when he was about 5 months old.

If you really want to do the convertible from the get-go, I'd suggest investing in one of great quality. We don't have a lot of extra money, but I have the Britax Fronteir for Cole and just bought the Britax Boulevard for Carson. The Boulevard is far and above a more comfortable, easier to use carseat than the much cheaper Evenflo I have.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:42 PM
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Our infant seat goes up to 30 pounds, 32 inches also, but now it's just in my husband's car and the convertible is in my car. I stopped taking the infant seat out long ago anyway because it was just too heavy and he wouldn't stay sleeping in public anyway. It was nice when he was a little baby and did sleep in restaurants, though
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:45 PM
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If you want an infant seat and base, I could send you one. I bought it new and only used it for maybe 2 months, as we were given one I liked better later. It is a jungle theme, gender neutral. There is nothing wrong with it, never been in an accident or anything. Since we already have another infant seat and a convertible seat, we have no use for this one. Even if we have another baby later, it won't be for about 5 years so it would be expired
Then you guys can just worry about getting a nicer convertible seat for later
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