Car seats

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    ninik1
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    Hi ladies, so I’ve been reading a lot about the car seats information out there, so far I am so concerned how the raitings are, can u belive that any of the carseats get a 5 star rating on securing the child..!!! I am so worried now… the car seats that have on the store high ratings have the poorest rating on the http://www.nhtsa.gov (usa standar tasting) OMG what are we gonna do? the one that has high rating and looks great is not IN THE STORES dont know why…!!! actually any of the both with highest ratings is on any store…!! so does that means how are we gonna get them?> !!! does anyone knows for sure what to do in this cases?

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    luvbeingamom
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    nini – I understand your concern. From all of my research the Britax seats tend to be at the top both with ease of use and safety. NHTSA is a great site but you should also check out IIHS.org. Just search Child restraints. Also, If you find a seat that you want, you can alwasy google the seat and by it off line. That is what we did for my older son. We wanted the Britax Regent (only seat that allows for a 5pt harness up to 80lbs/8 yrs old) in a black color. We can only get it online. They are a lot of sites that will let you buy the seat you want. Keep in mind that any seat is better than no seat, you want to keep your child rear facing as long as possible but at least to 1 year and 20lbs. You also want your child in a 5 pt harness as long as possible (preferably to 8 yrs old). Some seats like the Britax and Radian are rated better than others, but some of the ‘ratings’ you look at are rated lower b/c they are not easy to use and they take that into consideration when ‘rating’ the seat. One more thing (sorry about the rambling) the safety of your child doesn’t just have to do with the seat, it is the car it is in too. I am guessing a lot of people would be surprised by the safety ratings of their vehicles. Some mini vans have poor safety ratings (at least they did in 06 when i bought mine) and the worst is the Jeep brand. They all have marginal or poor ratings.

    #6926129

    Bri
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    That’s funny Luv. We own two cars. Mine is an explorer sport trac. It’s a beast inside and safe. My husband drive a jeep wrangler. My son will never be allowed inside it. HAHA! It’s a death trap. At my daycare there are two parents that drop off their babies in one. It shocks me that they will put a car seat in a vehicle with doors held on by cloth and removeable seats.

    #6926130

    luvbeingamom
    Member

    This guy who use to rent my basement apt had a wrangler that he would put his son in (who is my older son’s age). Not only did he put them in the back. But he had him facing front at 7 months and in a booster seat with a car’s seat belt instead of the 5 pt harness before he was 2 in a wrangler. It killed me! Exp with how car safety crazy i am! We actually had a Jeep Grand Cherokee when i first gave birth to my 3 yr old and as soon as i read the safety reviews, we traded it in. I know this would step over some serious bounds but i really want to go over to some of these parents and hit them on the head (like the V8 commercial) and say ‘really?’ haha. I know! I don’t do that, i just want to.

    #6926131

    Bri
    Member

    Oooh! I got one better. There is two kids at our daycare. One is not even two and the other is 7months. They have a car seat in back for Austin but one of the parents saw them pull away with Avery in the front seat….no booster, no car seat, nothing! It’s awful that parents think they can put their child’s life at risk.

    #6926132

    luvbeingamom
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    It just gets me so upset! to see stuff like that. I always hope that it is ignorance and not stupidity, but i no longer hold my breath. My own cousin has 2 little girls. the younger one, who is now 3, has never been in a carseat for more than a few minutes. As soon as she would fuss one of her parents (usually her mother) would take her out and hold her while they drove. Usually in the front seat. what drove me crazy is at one thanksgiving they were talking about buying 2 volvos b/c of how safe they are for the kids and they wanted to make sure that no matter which one was driving they would be ok. i don’t get it. My aunt (his mom) dismisses it as a culture difference b/c they live in Prague, where she was born and raised, but i don’t buy that, safety is safety!

    #6926133

    luvbeingamom
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    LC – Good seat but i think that one only goes to 40lbs in a 5 pt harness. Which might not last as long as you need it. But it is a good seat until then. You can check out http://www.iihs.org and http://www.nhtsa.gov for more info. Just search child restraints.

    #6926134

    sweetbaby12
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    So my son is ready for the next stage seat So I bout the Graco Nautilus 3 in 1 but it is only a front facing car seat. he meets the weight and height requirments but arent all children suppose to be placed in a rear facing seat until one year of age?????

    #6926135

    luvbeingamom
    Member

    Yes a child should be rear facing until at LEAST one year old AND 20lbs. Preferably longer, but not to the point of discomfort. Also, you mgiht want to check a ‘3 in 1’ seat. Usually they have the 5pt harness straps only until 30 or 40 lbs. Your child should be in a 5 pt harness for as long as possible. I love the britax seats. The Marathon is front facing and rear facing and uses a 5pt harness until 65 lbs. Or you can get a rear facing seat until a year old and then get the Britax Regent that goes with a 5 pt harness until 80lbs. Good Luck.

    #6926136

    luvbeingamom
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    #6926137

    newmomcara
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    my husband and i are thinking of buying a convertible carseat for our newborn. I am just wondering how other new moms like this or not..is it more of a pain because you don’t have a carrier to just move the baby, or has it been okay moving the new baby from the car seat to some other carrier-baby bjorn or stroller?? Any ideas would be helpful..thanks!

    #6926138

    Melanie07
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    We love our Britax Marathon. We have one for each car. I am looking to buy one more for my oldest daughter’s car. They are very easy to use and very comfortable. They have high safety ratings. I also like the fact that they can stay in them longer. Especially since my daughter is the jolly green giant. LOL

    #6926139

    JamieAndrea
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    I looked around and the Britax seats seem to be rated as the safest internationaly and they are approved for use in aircraft. I bought my daughter the Britax Advocate CS, not only is it rated top in safety, but Britax also sells spare seat covers so when I get sick of the pink and brown I can switch it out to a black and grey. 🙂

    #6926140

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    infant car seat carriers with certain model numbers. They were sold at
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    #6926141

    MaiJulie
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    Good evening ladies! I’m a first time mom and looking for a convertible car seat for my 11 week old currently at 16 lbs. I did some shopping online and decided on the Britax Diplomat because we drive a small car. Found the cheapest one so far on Ebay.com for 170.00 including shipping. Is this a good car seat?

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