Car seats

Since I started the blog, a lot of searches (ok, two searches) have come up with booster seats and infant seat.  Really odd that my blog took a hit, but I guess I must give the public what it wants.

O started out with the Peg Perego PRIMO VIAGGIO SIP 30/30 It says that you can keep her in it for almost a year, but we took her out as soon as she could go into the big girl car seat.

Some of the advantages.  It’s stylish, matched the stroller (personal choice), really easy to install, adapts to the stroller.  But of course since we have the BMW of strollers Bugaboo, all the extra components make the connection a ROYAL PAIN.  But living in a city we just used the stroller most of the time, with the car seat for long distance travel.  My friend who lives in the suburbs bought the Snap and Go and just attached the car seat to it since she was in and out of the car a lot.  The instructions are kept in the base of the car seat, so you will never lose them.

Disadvantages: Heavy.  But I think all of them are heavy.

Now for the big girl car seat, I decided to go for one that can grow with her. I got the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Multi Use Car Seat Bravo.  The advantages are the once she gets big enough she seat will adjust to her needs, so I don’t need to shell out another $200.  This is one is harder to install, but less likely that it will be moved around from car to car.  But once you figure out the instructions, it’s easy enough to use.

Other really good part is that the fabric and the entire car seat can be taken apart and washed.  After switching O from backward facing to forward facing car seat, she got motion sickness and threw up all over the seat.  So it was good to find out that you can take it apart and wash it.  Not all the fabrics can be placed in the washer, so read the instructions. She has her own cup holder, but has yet to use it.

Only bad part about his seat, which might be an issue with all seats for babies O’s age is that when she sleeps she is hunched forward, and it looks uncomfortable.  I think once she grows into it, she might be able to rest her head on the sides.

Some of the reviews complained about the crotch strap being too far back, but so far not an issue.

Let me know your picks in the car seat search.


About RidgewoodMom

Thirtysomething mom of a baby girl. First and only baby, possibly. First baby amongst my close friends. These are the trials, frustrations and lessons I have learned in raising a single child in New York.
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