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Newborn car seats - worth it?

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springdays wrote:
Jun 22nd, 2017 6:53 pm
Thanks everyone, my OH wanted to save some money but I'll let her know...
What's OH? I've heard of DH, DD, DS, etc.
springdays wrote:
Jun 23rd, 2017 6:38 pm
Thanks again everyone. The question then is how much to cheap out on in terms of a new infant seat.

eg Chicco is $300 but has good reviews, but as enwhyRFD pointed out, I can find ones cheaper - even around $100.

Would these still work well for the 8 months or so or are they typically much poorer quality/heavy?
The seats will work until they grow to 1" below the top of the seat. Sometimes this means their feet are dangling off the front, but it's fine. The major difference between the seats is the weight. So, if you're strong enough, it really doesn't matter which brand it is. For example, the Nuna Pipa is about 3lbs lighter than the Britax B-safe. However, the Pipa is $400 vs $225 for the Britax. Or free if you buy a $650 Britax B-Ready stroller during specific "free ride" events.

Costco has an Evenflo unit for $160 including shipping.
https://www.costco.ca/Evenflo-LiteMax-3 ... 37766.html
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Go for the lighter seat. Highly unlikely your child will come close to the max weight at around 1 yrs old.
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Do you plan on getting a stroller? make sure you can get one that will work with the car seat. BTW the detachable car seat is a life saver, when the baby is sleeping you can detach it and still bring your baby out. It act as a seat when you go out to dinner, etc..
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rf134a wrote:
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What's OH? I've heard of DH, DD, DS, etc.
"Other Half" I believe.
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Do you plan on getting a stroller? make sure you can get one that will work with the car seat. BTW the detachable car seat is a life saver, when the baby is sleeping you can detach it and still bring your baby out. It act as a seat when you go out to dinner, etc..
We bought a Graco stroller and compatible car seat - thanks everyone.
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Cas77 wrote:
Jun 21st, 2017 10:56 am
These car seats are the best. thing. ever.

When your baby outgrows them and you can't toss that shell seat from the car to a shopping cart, or carry it around in and out of places by the handle you will miss it. Trust me.

Plus I'm not sure why you would cheap out...it's a f'in human being. You don't need to pay $300...there all over Kijiji and CL for like $100-$120.

EDIT: $80 with base barely used:
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-baby-stroller-ca ... nFlag=true

It's a no brainer really...
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I picked a 1st safety infant seat for a 100$ brand new. Looking at the prices, they seem to have gone up in price over the past 2 years?

It lasted until my daughter was 2 years old. I recently picked up a convertible last week.
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Jul 11th, 2017 11:06 am
I picked a 1st safety infant seat for a 100$ brand new. Looking at the prices, they seem to have gone up in price over the past 2 years?

It lasted until my daughter was 2 years old. I recently picked up a convertible last week.
Probably due to the lowered Canadian dollar. All this stuff is imported in.
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The bucket car seats are awesome, and fit a newborn much better than the convertible ones. Honestly being about to have the baby sleep and just gently add/remove the bucket from the base in the car is a godsend.
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BC Women's won't let you leave until you have your child strapped into the car seat / carrier. Convertible car seats are not accepted.
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ya hospital won't let u leave unless u have the car seat. Just buy the travel system from walmart.
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My wife thought the same thing. I convinced her to get it just for convenience. It really is worth the price, even for 6months.

Daughter is about to outgrow it. Will be looking to move to a larger seat and keep this one for the next child. Or pass it along to a friend or family member. You can also resell for a quick buck. If you keep it in good condition and use liners to protect the fabrics.

Biggest concern buying used is the condition. My daughter has shit right through the cloths and into the seat. Also saliva and vomit on the straps. Just saying.
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Infant car seats are definitely worth it. It’s convenient, especially when the weather isn’t that great outside. Most babies outgrow the car seat in height before weight. Most parents that I know were able to use it for over a year but others, like myself, had to ditch it early. My daughter outgrew it in height at around 7 months. She’s also chunky so she just looked very uncomfortable in it. It was pricey for 7 months of use but it was the safest and best option.

We recently got a convertible car seat and it’s a bit of a hassle putting her in and taking her out. I miss being able to grab the infant seat and click it into the stroller. Some convertible car seats are rated for 5 lbs and up but I’d feel much safer with an infant car seat. Plus, you don’t want to have to constantly take the baby out and strap them back in when you go out, especially a newborn.
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Our niece used a car seat / carrier type since birth, instead of a newborn car seat, her parents just got inserts for newborn that make it more fitting and comfy when she was an infant. She out grew the inserts pretty quickly but they were cheap anyways and she is still able to use the same car seat at 19mos.
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I'm a CPST (AKA car seat tech). I know the OP purchased a seat months ago, but I wanted to address some of the items mentioned in this thread.

There is no requirement to use an infant seat. However, if you choose to use a convertible car seat from birth, please choose carefully. (A convertible seat is one that rear faces and later forward faces. It remains installed in the car and is not removable like an infant car seat.) Some seats with 5lb ratings do not fit a newborn. One common issue is strap height. The straps must come from at or below the newborn's shoulders. (The exception to this strap height rule is a Clek convertible seat used with an infant thingy.) The angle of the seat when installed in the vehicle must be sufficient for a newborn. Some people do choose to use a convertible car seat from birth and baby wear when the child is out of the car. For most people, an infant seat is convenient - particularly in the winter.

The hospital cannot require you to have an infant seat to leave, although some nurses at some hospitals seem to think so. As a CPST, I have assisted parents that have had issues with the hospital. All were eventually allowed to leave with their newborn in a convertible seat that fit the newborn correctly.

All seats in Canada pass the same testing, and no additional information is available. We do not know if one particular seat is safer than another. The best seat is the seat that fits your vehicle, fits your child, fits your budget, and you can use correctly every single time. Please read the manual carefully and contact a CPST if you need help.

If you choose to use a used car seat, please ensure you trust the person you are receiving the car seat from with your child's life. Ask questions about the seat. Was the seat in the vehicle during any collisions? Was the seat always cleaned according to the manufacturer directions? (Most, if not all, straps can only be spot cleaned) Does it include all parts, including the manual? This also applies to used bases for infant seats, as the base is connection for the child to the vehicle.

Infant seats recommended by Canadian CPSTs: http://vicarseattechs.com/our-favourite ... ant-seats/
Convertible seats recommended by Canadian CPSTs: http://vicarseattechs.com/our-favourite ... ild-seats/

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