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Infant or Convertible Carseat? Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46454 posts
status 4th Aug '13

When my daughter was born, it was pretty much one option.....infant car seat.



Now, I'm confused about what is the best to purchase. Babiesrus has all of their carseats on sale this week, I figured now would be the time to buy.

BastiansMommy 1 child; Lacey, WA, United States 2433 posts
4th Aug '13

We got an infant carrier, since it came with the stroller that we needed (didn't have a car for awhile)...but now we have to buy a convertible carseat since he's *almost* 8 months old and has passed the height requirements for his seat...
So it depends on if you need/want it to fit into a stroller or not. If you don't need it to, I'd honestly go with a convertible seat

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
4th Aug '13

I think that an infant would be best for you. That way you don't have them overly exposed in the cold winter time. You can get a cover for the seat have them all snug & warm, not being taken in & out of a car into a bitter wind.



It's also easier to have grab them in & out & sit them down while dealing with the older child.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22072 posts
4th Aug '13

We had an infant seat for our LO and if we have anymore we sill get another infant seat. Probably a travel system too like we did with him. Soooo convenient!

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
4th Aug '13

I had infant carriers with both of my kids and for my son, it was fine because he fit until he was a year old. With my daughter, she grew out of it at 8 months, so to me, it was a waste of money seeing as I could've had the convertible from day one and only spent $250 instead of $250 plus the cost of the infant carrier. The infant carrier's good if you don't want to babywear.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
4th Aug '13

I never bought an infant seat, and I never regretted it. However, she was born in the summer and I don't live in an extremely cold climate. I love wearing my baby so I also saved by not buying a stroller, although some mamas like to spend a ton on carriers, I spent $65 and my wrap can be used from birth to toddler. If I did live in a cold climate I would just cover my baby with my coat or blanket when moving in and out of the car.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46454 posts
status 4th Aug '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" I think that an infant would be best for you. That way you don't have them overly exposed in the cold ... [snip!] ... of a car into a bitter wind. It's also easier to have grab them in & out & sit them down while dealing with the older child."


The cold was my main concern. As we have 2 vehicles, I pitched buying a travel system and a convertible car seat.



Once the weather warms up, we can use the infant car seat as a back up until she out grows it.

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
4th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting speaktruth2powr:</b>" The cold was my main concern. As we have 2 vehicles, I pitched buying a travel system and a convertible ... [snip!] ... and a convertible car seat. Once the weather warms up, we can use the infant car seat as a back up until she out grows it."</blockquote>




You should be able to get a second base for the infant seat for the second car. You may not want a travel system though. The strollers are bulky & don't have many options. I didn't get a stroller with my first till he was 6m.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46454 posts
status 4th Aug '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting speaktruth2powr:</b>" The cold was my main concern. As we have ... [snip!] ... travel system though. The strollers are bulky & don't have many options. I didn't get a stroller with my first till he was 6m."


I can't get over how different things are this time around lol. 17 years really makes a difference.

Colt's mommy 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 22072 posts
4th Aug '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting speaktruth2powr:</b>" The cold was my main concern. As we have ... [snip!] ... travel system though. The strollers are bulky & don't have many options. I didn't get a stroller with my first till he was 6m."


I didn't even bother getting a second base. If I needed to use the seat in a different car I just used the seat belt!

penispenispenisVAGINA 4 kids; Idaho 7116 posts
4th Aug '13

We do infant seat(2nd baby born in Dec) until they either reach limit of it or their 1st birthday and then do the convertible. So much easier to keep them warmer to deal with snow to and from stores and from the house.

Kass. 1 child; 2 angel babies; Ottawa, Ontario 11312 posts
6th Aug '13

I never thought of not getting an infant car seat for DD who was born 5 years ago in June. It was part of the travel system we bought. For this baby, I will be buying an infant seat again. Baby is due in February, and it's COLD. I also don't want to have to take baby out of a carseat and walk on the ice just holding them in my arms. Safer to have them in an infant seat as well.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46454 posts
status 6th Aug '13
Quoting Kass.:" I never thought of not getting an infant car seat for DD who was born 5 years ago in June. It was part ... [snip!] ... to take baby out of a carseat and walk on the ice just holding them in my arms. Safer to have them in an infant seat as well."


This was my thought as well, a friend of mine was telling me I shouldn't waste money on the infant seat and just buy a convertible.



I spoke to my BIL this weekend who runs a car seat manufacturing company. His company sells a convertible that is good for 5 lbs +, but even he was saying that with a convertible, you are giving up certain safety features for newborns and he would never put his kids in a convertible until they outgrew the infant seat.