Monday, August 1, 2011

convertible car seat headache!

I think it was easier finding a wedding dress then the "right" convertible carseat for kennedy
so many safety ratings
litttle gadets
rear facing, forward facing
base, no base
as you all now I am kinda crazy
so I had to research each & everyone I was thinking about
a website that helped me a ton was
it had every car seat I was even thinking about & gave a honest review
I drive a Audi A4
which is a sports car so alot of my options were eliminated due to size & it functioning in my car

Here are the runners up:
Combi Coccoro
I actually saw reviews of this done in multiple Audis for size & its is just freakin cute; but after buying it thru amazon it just wasnt worth it for shipping cause she wouldnt be in it long. it def isnt a "grow with me" seat. Which is what I wanted.
Britax Marathon
bomb-ass reviews; well any britax carseat does. But for some reason didn't like the look of it. I know that sounds awful but hey i want it to be cute ;) & it is very big!

Graco MyRide 65
This one I thought would have a good running; but I read alot of bad review on the safety harness; the good reviews really out weighted them tho & alot of my friends have this. But I just wasnt "sold" on it.

Safety 1st Complete Air 65
This was my runner  up! I loved everything about it! I have no reason why I didn't choose it. It seems wonderful & had awesome reviews! But ulitmately I didn't choose it
 & finally we went with
Graco Signature Series "Jessica"
so much for wanting a small one right?
this thing is pretty huge.
but the safety ratings & review for this thing was staggering
& nothing could compare in comparison with it

& she LOVES it
So far it isnt a fight to get her in her carseat!
in the picture below; just for size comparison this is in the back of the Isuzu SVU! the thing is massive.
also, BRU installed this forward facing; I know they say til 2 rear facing. I know we will switch it but I dont know if we will til 2 years. we will see.

Anyway I know alot of you are getting ready for this transition & I couldnt find any help on searching for one thru blogs; so I hope this helps a little with your decision & some options!


  1. We have the combi shuttle 33 infant carrier and LOVE it so I was all looking at their convertible seat but like you said it doesn't grow. We have the Graco My Ride for our F250 but I deff need something else for my Nissan and was looking at the Signature series but in black but couldn't find ANY feedback! Thanks for the review!

  2. Truitt's feet already touch the seat when he's in his infant carrier (and they're close to touching in his bigboy seat) but I am adamant about having him rear facing as long as physically possible!

  3. It took me forever to figure out what car seat I wanted for my baby too. Definitely is harder than finding the perfect wedding dress as you said! Good choice. I would have gotten that one too had it not have been out of our budget.

  4. Love the car seat! And this video may be interesting for you to watch about the whole rear/front facing thing. :) Not using it as a scare tactic, by the way, I just had no idea how strong the statistics were in favor for rear-facing (because I couldn't WAIT to front face because our daughter hates facing the back).

  5. I gotta support the other mama's comments on here as well - we are going to keep our little peanut rear-facing as long as we can...I would feel so guilty if something happened to her in an accident and we made the decision to have her front-facing for comfort or convenience!

  6. i am not at all implying that she WONT be rear facing at all.

    she will be!
    I am just saying that i cant see a 2 year old still fitting that way.

    I would in no way put her in harms way for comfort or convience

  7. You all can't judge until you are at the point when your baby/toddler is screaming/crying/whining to the point that it is MORE SAFE to just turn the damn car seat forward rather than to be so frustrated/angry/stressed and constantly turning around, reaching back to try to comfort your child that it is way LESS safe because you're not paying proper attention to the road!

    I was absolutely adamant on extended rear-facing and freely admit that I silently judged my friends who flipped their kids around at 1 year and 20 lbs...but when my son turned into the above mentioned crying/screaming/whining toddler at 15 months rear-facing...I called my mom in tears on a very short drive to a town near by, stopped at the Walmart parking lot, flipped him, and he's been happy ever since.

    Do whatever makes YOU feel the safest. Remember it's a recommendation NOT the law!

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