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My daughter has outgrown her infant carseat...what is the best choice?
My daughter is 10.5 months old and is about to outgrow her infant carseat. What is the next step up? Convertible carseats? How long can she stay in this next one? What are the best brands? I have a mid-sized 4 door sedan, so I need a carseat that is safe but is not too bulky and is priced under $200. I have been browsing BabiesRUs all afternoon! Thanks for the help/opinions.
She should be able to stay in a convertible car seat for a few years. The exact amount of time will depend on the height and weight restrictions.My personal favorite is the newest Britax convertible. In my opinion they are the safest car seats you can buy, plus they're made with high quality materials and are made in the US. They put a lot of time and effort into safety research and they are the most technologically advanced car seats available. The only downside is that they are a little big and they aren't cheap. But, they aren't so big that they don't fit in normal cars. I had two in my Passat and they fit great. They also have the highest height and weight limits, kids can use them until they're like 6 years old. They are also the only car seats that keep a child's head and spine properly aligned in an accident, which results in far fewer injuries. To me, all that makes them well worth the money.
You can look at consumer reports they have some good information about carseats. Also I think there is something on the parenting website about them. I would go with a convertable carseat. I have the Alpha Omega for my kids and it turns into a booster seat and goes up to 100 lbs. They are really bulky though when rear facing so would not recomend that for a small car. Costco Sierra got good reviews and it is a cheaper model can be rear facing until 40lbs which with the new rules about rear facing until 2 years is a good choice.
My daughter just outgrew her infant seat also, and I have been online for the past week doing research to find out with car seat would be best for her. I just ordered her the Britax Boulevard 70 (in catelin). Yes it is a little on the pricey side but I wanted her to be both safe and comfy. She will be in this seat for a few years so I wanted a good one. I found it online at diapers.com for the best price. It was $223.99 but they also have a code to get a free cup holder and if it's your first time ordering from them, they have a code for $10.00 off. They also have free 1-2 day shipping. If that's to pricey for you, go with the Britax Roundabout 55, it's on sale right now for $139.00 or the Britax Marathon $202.00. I truely think that Britax is the best. If you are going to get one, order soon because they are on sale right now and I'm not sure how long the sale lasts.
@OliviasMommy You and your daughter will both LOVE the Boulevard! I have that one for my daughter, although I think the weight limit is only 65 pounds because it's a few years old. But it's a phenomenal seat. She's loved it from the first time she sat in it. It's very comfortable, the velvety fabric holds up well to multiple washings (my daughter went through a big car sickness phase...). She's been using it for almost 3 years and it's still the best seat ever. My son has the Britax seat that came our the next year, the one with the huge rubber "wings". It's bigger, but it's equally as great. All of the Britax seats are amazing and so worth the money!
@VforVenture, I just recieved the Britax car seat in the mail and I LOVE it! It is so nice, it's so plush and comfy but also really well made. My daughter loves it. I took it out of the box and she instantly wanted to sit in it. She loves it, she had a big smile on her face and seemed so happy with it. @kimmieapples, I would definately get the Britax for your baby. I think you will both be very pleased! :)