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06 January 2011 @ 03:27 pm
car seats for the carless?  
We live in the city, and don't have a car. Obviously, we'll still need a car seat though.

Any recommendations for car seats (either convertible or infant bucket...leaning towards skipping the bucket and going for the convertible since it'd be rarely used anyway) that are easier to install/remove as needed? I guess we'd mainly be using it on the occasions when we rent a car when we are leaving the city (to visit friends, family, etc).
Laurengoodlookinout on January 6th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I would still definitely get a bucket!! In fact I think it's much more necessary when you DONT have a car, since you'll want something light and portable when you are taking it in and out of cars or cabs occasionally or whatever!

Does your stroller have an attachment for a car seat? Often they do and it's for one specific brand.

Both of ours (bucket and now the toddler seat) are Graco and I like them a lot.

We actually bought our Graco on craigslist which you're technically not supposed to do, but I had no problem with since it was super cheap and we dont have a car so didnt use it ALL the time!
allisonjayneallisonjayne on January 6th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
One thing that confuses me - the infant buckets seem to come with a base, so you just remove the bucket or whatever...so does that mean we'd have to carry both the bucket and the base? Or do they snap together or something?

Laurengoodlookinout on January 6th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
They snap together! The base is just to install in a car if you have a car or whatever, so you'd leave the base in and just carry the seat. We NEVER used the base once! lol
Laurengoodlookinout on January 6th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, and I just thought about this now - do you want to just borrow our infant car seat?? It's just sitting in storage, and by the time I have a newb again yours will be out of it! :)
allisonjayneallisonjayne on January 7th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for clearing that up about the base. I hate this feeling like I'm somehow supposed to magically know all this stuff already.

And wow, thank you for that offer...my mom actually offered to buy us a car seat (I think she thinks if she doesn't buy it, we wouldn't get one??? Not true, but whatevs) so I'm just supposed to tell her which one we want. I'll look into the gracos.
Laurengoodlookinout on January 10th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)
Okay but if you change your mind the offer stands! :)
Emilyxxthecomedian on January 6th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, the convertible seats are a little big for itty bitty newborns. I mean, weight range wise they say they work for newborns, but I know a lot of people find the lowest settings of the straps are still too high for their newborns. Making the seat not as safe as it should be.

I think if you can obtain a bucket seat, in your situation, it would probably work out better. At least until the baby is bigger and doesn't fit in one anymore.
lauralita44lauralita44 on January 6th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
We skipped the bucket and started with a convertible. LO is due to arrive any day now, but I had a lot of recommendations for the Graco MyRide 65, which is what we got. I would be SHOCKED if it wasn't small enough for my son; it's rated from 5 lbs, and certainly looks tiny enough! I have also heard good things about the Combi Coccoro (sp?), which I think is a bit smaller, which might be better for you. Anyhow, the MyRide 65 was really easy to install. We used the LATCH connectors, but it looked like the installation with a seatbelt would be simple, too. And maybe all carseats have this (I don't know as this is our first!), but there's a spot to keep the manual in right on the carseat, so you'd always have the info for installation, etc. with you!
Heat-Hog: My3EasterBoysheathog on January 11th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I have twins plus another wee one and I LIVED by the bucket seat (Graco in particular). They are much more portable, fit littler kids (all of mine weighed less than 6 pounds at birth), and the wee ones can sleep in them nicely wherever you are (you just fold down the bucket handle to the ground so it stabilizes). Many convertible seats are really heavy and cumbersome. My kids are toddlers now and I have Graco convertibles, but would never use them to haul the kids around with except in a car!

Also, bucket seats are great for keeping the wee ones a bit upright when they are suffering from colds, colic, etc...
Mariathesparklegirl on January 11th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Cosco Scenera.

It's inexpensive, light weight, and doesn't have a big footprint so it will be easier to store/fit into smaller cars.

You can put a baby that weighs at least 5lbs. in it. (But I think most infant bucket seats also start at that.)

We have two of these in my husbands car, we put our kids in them when they were infants, and my daughter (who's almost 4) still fits in it perfectly.

Nikkixnikki118x on January 13th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
If you're going to be using it just as a carseat when you travel, I'd think something like the Cosco Scenera would fit your needs. It's a small, cheap convertible seat that is rated pretty highly as far as safety standards go. [I've never used one, but people sing its praises all the time.]

Like all convertible seats, it may or may not fit a newborn well, but how often are you going to be using it for a tiny tiny newborn anyway? I have a Britax Boulevard for my 12-month-old and I think it would have been too big for him when he was a newborn, but it is rated for 5 pounds and up. Maybe a rolled-up towel or something on each side of him would have done the job until he filled out a little, but we used a Graco Snugride infant seat until he outgrew it. We're a 2-car family and it was easy to have a base in my car and a base in my husband's car.

Infant bucket seats (like the Graco Snugride) are awesome as baby carriers, too. Most infant seats are good for kids up to like 22 pounds or so, but Graco makes slightly bigger Snugrides that are rated up to 32 and 35 pounds. If you feel you might use a bucket seat as a baby carrier as well, like other commenters are suggesting, you might want to look into a Graco Snugride35. [However, I do not recommend this option if you are particularly small/weak. I'm petite and the absolute opposite of strong, and I couldn't carry the regular Snugride with my son in it past like 10 months, and he was only 16 or so pounds then!]
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