Convertable Car Seat Purchases : Episode I
Hi Every One! This is a vent over the research, purchases, and returns of car seats.
Well it is time for us to get a new convertible car seat... DU DU DU DA (drums playing) You guys know the ones - convertible from rear facing up to 30-35 lbs/1 year then forward facing up to 40-65 lbs (depending on the model). I am an information collector, I have to have all the facts, figures, and statistics I can get my hands on and then I make my decisions based on those.
Well over last weekend we thought we made the right decision. We purchased a britax, the most expensive ($300) car seat at the store and I will admit a first it lived up to it reputation (based on reviews and comments on ease of use.) Then we discovered how difficult it is to move the thing from one car to the other on a daily basis (daddy takes him to grandpa's in the morning and I pick him up - 2 different cars).
ANYway we thought, okay letís take this one back and purchase two at about $150 each. Well of course that meant another round of research in the lower price range including reading consumer report's crash test info. ANYway we manage to make our selection (a cosco alpha) return the britax, grab the two we need, get home and then DH pulls the remainder of his hair out trying to install the cosco alpha in his vehicle.
Our issue with this seat is that in my husbandís car, with it attached with the LATCH system and a rolled towel under the base to level the seat correctly (as mentioned in the installation/instruction book), the rear of the baby seat lifts up with ease. I donít know if that makes a difference in seat safety but it sure made my husband and me uncomfortable; uncomfortable enough not to want to place our child in this seat installed this way. DH was pretty POed, so instead of suggesting to reinstall the seat using the seat belt shoulder method, I told him to just remove it from his vehicle, and set it in the foyer and we would try to install it in my car tomorrow. If it fit better in my car (without major movement) we would just take the unopened one back and get a different one that fit his car better.
DH is now talking about taking both back and getting two of the lesser expensive britax ($220 each). Boy I never thought that shopping for a car seat could turn out to be such a mess. I am not looking forward to going back to the baby store and return another car seat, just to buy another, and return another, and buy another, and returnÖ.
You get my point. That is what this is starting to feel like. I think that every car seat is going to have a negative point, twisting straps, difficult rear facing installation, easily opened connectors by kids... I could go on and on. The number one complaint about these convertables, is that with rear facing you have tons of issues, but once turned forward facing, these seats are the bomb.