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Graco SnugRide 40 ************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

We have the basic model Graco Snugride carseat. We've used a different carseat, same brand/kind for each baby and it seems like our kids outgrow it by height way too soon. Like, before they can sit up in a cart by themselves which makes it difficult being out and about. So I've been considering getting the Graco Snugride 40, which is basically an infant seat that goes up to 2 yrs old. Does anyone have this? If so, what are the proa
S/cons?

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
10th Apr '13

If you get to the point where your child is anywhere near the 40lb limit, you'll be leaving the seat in the car and not lugging around a 30 something lb child.



Why not just use a convertible from birth?
Or for the price of that one seat you could get a cheap infant seat and a longer lasting convertible for a little more.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" If you get to the point where your child is anywhere near the 40lb limit, you'll be leaving the seat ... [snip!] ... birth? Or for the price of that one seat you could get a cheap infant seat and a longer lasting convertible for a little more."</blockquote>



Well, because this is our 5th kid and our oldest is 7. Being able to put an infant that can't sit up by themselves in a seat that they can be secured in, etc. is way easier. For instance, if I purchased a convertible seat from the get-go, where do you put the baby when you go out to eat? Can't sit in his lwn chair, he'd have to be held which is next to impossible when you have 4 other kids to help.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

Basically I'm not looking at the 40 because I have intentions of lugging a 2 yr old around in an infant carrier, but my kids are very tall...all have outgrown the infant carseats well before they were able to sit in their own seat/sit up in a shopping cart and I think it would afford me the extra time to have the infant carseat and therefore, a place to put the bahy when we're out and about...if that makes sense.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" <blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" If you get to the point where your child is anywhere ... [snip!] ... out to eat? Can't sit in his lwn chair, he'd have to be held which is next to impossible when you have 4 other kids to help."

Stroller, baby carrier? If you have an old infant seat left over from one of your other children you can keep that in the trunk and just use it when you go out.



All I'm saying is the seat is mainly aimed to express the importance of extended rear facing and trying to keep kids RF closer to 2. In reality by the time the child is old enough that the seat needs to be extended for their size, they could be in a convertible seat that will last them much longer.
Also even in the most upright recline position of the seat, it's going to be pretty reclined, and once kids start to sit up they really don't like being reclined that much.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

Thanks for trying to help but I really don't think you're grasping what I'm trying to say. When we go grocery shopping it is always just myself and all of the kids. 5 kids. My oldest may be 7 but he is autistic, having him push a stroller is not an option. So I'm going to push a stroller AND a shopping cart at the same time? How? I've tried baby carriers, I just don't like them. Again I'm not expecting to carry even a 1 yr old around in this, but generally the issue I have is that my baby who is not able to sit up by themselves yet has outgrown the smaller graco snugride (by HEIGHT, not weight...I have super tall, super skinny kods). Therefore, getting the 40 (or even the 35) would buy me some extra time until the baby IS old enough to sit up by themselves and therefore can sit in a shopping cart or a high chair by themselves.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" Thanks for trying to help but I really don't think you're grasping what I'm trying to say. When we go ... [snip!] ... until the baby IS old enough to sit up by themselves and therefore can sit in a shopping cart or a high chair by themselves."

I absolutely grasp what you're saying. The seat is pointless.



Anyway, if you do have that many kids, you're gonna have to push at least 2 carts right? Well, seeing as it's not safe to put an infant seat in the child seat of a grocery cart, you're going to need to figure something else out as well. I'm just saying, with that many kids nothing is going to be entirely easy to do outings by yourself.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" I absolutely grasp what you're saying. The seat is pointless. Anyway, if you do have that many kids, ... [snip!] ... else out as well. I'm just saying, with that many kids nothing is going to be entirely easy to do outings by yourself. "</blockquote>



No, the other kids walk along next to the cart and it goes fine. And I do put the infant carrier in the "child part" of the cart, I realize that it's "not safe" but I've done it with every one of my kids and never had a problem. I don't intend to change that. Thanks.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" <blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" I absolutely grasp what you're saying. The seat ... [snip!] ... it's "not safe" but I've done it with every one of my kids and never had a problem. I don't intend to change that. Thanks."


You don't have a problem til the mechanism gets damaged and doesn't click into the base correctly, or comes separated in a crash.
It's 100% not safe, there have been babies die from being "clicked" into the child seat.
That mechanism is not supposed to click onto a cart, it is designed to click into a stroller or car seat base. The manual will even tell you it's ill use.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" You don't have a problem til the mechanism gets damaged and doesn't click into the base correctly, or ... [snip!] ... to click onto a cart, it is designed to click into a stroller or car seat base. The manual will even tell you it's ill use."</blockquote>




Thanks but for God's sake I didn't ask for a run-down of your opinion on everything, I asked for the pros and cons of someone who HAS the seat. That's it. Thanks for your help.

.free. 2 kids; Arkansas 36040 posts
10th Apr '13

It's not opinion, it's fact.
Also, that seat is practically brand new, not many people have it.



It's not some sort of miracle seat.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" <blockquote><b>Quoting .free.:</b>" I absolutely grasp what you're saying. The seat ... [snip!] ... it's "not safe" but I've done it with every one of my kids and never had a problem. I don't intend to change that. Thanks."


Just because you've "done it with every one of your kids and never had a problem" doesn't mean that there won't be a problem. Kids used to ride around in cars without carseats or even seatbelts, and not *all* of them died or were injured. That doesn't make it any less stupid to do.



The seat is brand new. Not many people have it yet. If you're wanting to buy it because you want to be able to easily carry it around, I'd skip it. The seat itself weighs about 24 lbs. The average infant carseat weighs about 10. Add a 15 lb baby to that 24 lbs of carseat, and it's not going to be so easy to carry around.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

Do either of you have the seat?

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
10th Apr '13
Quoting amkcr8667810:" Do either of you have the seat?"


No, exactly for the reasons I stated above.

************************* Chehalis, Washington 362 posts
10th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MommyToWesley:</b>" No, exactly for the reasons I stated above. "</blockquote>




Ok, thank you.