Mom Mode

3.31.2011

I promise to be back to design posts soon. We've been in mom/baby mode over here this week.

Lots of friends have been having babies so I whipped up some chicken pot pies on Monday... here they are without the tops on (and the recipe is here in case you are interested):


On to other mom things. I have a question and need some help/guidance.

Collins is ready to move from his infant seat to a convertible car seat. Which one do you recommend? I've read all of the safety ratings, thoughts, etc. and I narrowed it down to a few and ended up picking up this one yesterday at Target:



As you've probably heard (it's been all over the news this past week since released)--- toddlers are suggested to stay rear facing until age 2. When this seat is installed (rear facing) in my backseat (and I have a large SUV) I have to put my passenger seat pretty far forward to make this fit. Is this seat extra large? Do I need to take it back for a smaller one? I know everyone doesn't have a large SUV so I just wanted to see what car seats you might have/what you recommend? I also looked at the Graco ComfortSport (which looks a tad smaller) and the Britax Roundabout 55 (which seems to be about the same size). I'd love any thoughts... suggestions. Thanks!

24 comments:

carolina postcard said...

I just got the Britax - Boulevard and I installed it in the middle of the back seat. It's pretty big, but that way I don't have to shift a seat up. These things are beasts so good luck!

paula said...

hmm, we have used the eddie bauer brands and they have been good. Kiddos safe in two not so awful car accidents. I don't think KJ could have been in a rear facing car seat till 2. He is really big.

Deanna said...

I am a HUGE fan of the Britax. After the infant seats we put our kids in the Britax Roundabout then moved to the Marathon. We probably could have gone right to the Marathon and it would have lasted longer. Look online at Elite Car Seats and read the reviews. Great site!

lizziefitz said...

We have the same graco one from Target. It is larger than all the ones I have had in the past. We have an suv too so it isn't really an issue.

Kat said...

Brooke, those chicken pies look delicious! You might want to go to Babies R Us and try a few different seats in your SUV to see which one might be the best fit. I think they'll let you do that with the floor models.

Tara said...

We have 2 of the MyRide 65 for our twins. We love them! But they are pretty huge! There's no way I could fit the two of them in a car smaller than my Ford Expedition! However, I feel confident in its safety ratings, and I feel like I got a great value. You said you looked at safety ratings, so you know this is comparable to a Britax, just half the price!

Melissa said...

Those pot pies look delicious!

Katie said...

We have used a Britax (can't remember if we bought the Marathon or Roundabout), which we have been very happy with. It is really easy to install, and I find getting my son in/out is very easy. I've realized I'm really picky about the straps and how easy it is to tighten/loosen them.

That Graco looks really narrow through the seat. My son is now 3 and can still fit comfortably in the Britax, but I would be concerned that an older child would outgrow that Graco.

Allison said...

We have the new evenflo...according to the guy at BRU it was the best even compared to Britax...and no, I didn't even buy it there, went on Amazon, got it cheaper and tax free!
I know about the rear facing guidelines...but it's not law, just a guideline, we have our son forward facing now...he is 18 mos and his weight is fine...plus he is soooo much better in the car now that he can see everything!

Melissa said...

We have a britax marathon- our 2 year old has already outgrown the roundabout. I rear-face my 36" tall, 30 lb 2 year old, and plan to keep him that way until age 3 ( when the spinal column is fully fused.). We are replacing the roundabout with a Sunshine Kids Radian--slim fit in the car, plus is rated to 85 lbs, meaning we don't have to replace it for a few more years. Plus, the plastic they use does not off-gas.

Kat said...

I would love the chicken pot pie recipe!! I'm in the same place you are in with car seats! Let me know what you end up with!

Brilliant Chic said...

The Britax Roundabout is probably not going to take you the whole way through. You will probably need the Marathon? There is a larger size but they may have changed the name of it. I had two of them and with my thrd child I switched to the Recaro. I love it for many reasons! Check it out! p.s. those chicken pot pies look delish!

Lila said...

I'm supposed to make dinner tonight for my friend who just had a baby! Thanks for the idea! About the car seat...this is hard. My kids would NEVER tolerate rear-facing carseats until they're two. I'm curious as to what child wouldn't want to watch all of the action! (I used a Graco front facing and it's been awesome!)
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

angela said...

Ok, I don't know anything about the car seat you purchased...but I have both the Britax Roundabout 55 and the Graco comfortsport. I know the comfortsport is smaller and cheaper, but it is really challenging to install, seems uncomfortable, and my tall daughter outgrew it 9+ months (heightwise, not weight) before the Britax Roundabout. The roundabout is SO worth the money. You'll use it much longer, and it is a snap to take in and out. when we were in a car accident and had to get new carseats I got a roundabout, hands down! You could also get the marathon if you want it to last all the way through, but I just chose to swap the roundabout for a harnessed combination booster (Graco Nautilus, also highly recommend) when she got older.

angela said...

And I will make my son (17 months)rear face until age 2. (I'm a little obsessive about car seat safety, can you tell?)

Nina @ AccordingtoNina.com said...

I'm in love with the Graco Smart! It's the only convertible that has convenient bases similar to infant seats. I'm considering not even doing an infant seat since this one will hold baby 5lbs to 100lbs.

http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=1779382

But I also saw the Britax Marathon at Cotton Babies last weekend and I was impressed with it as well but the stay-in-car base is definitely a selling point for me. One car seat, multiple bases is a savings!

Cat said...

I have a Britax Roundabout and a Marathon and they both fit facing backwards in my (small) SUV. I have a Honda CRV. Love my Britax.

Jennifer said...

Love the Roundabout! Had to go up to the next size when my son got older but that's okay.

lauren said...

I have a Britax Roundabout and love it. We kept it rear facing until my son was about 15 months. I drive a Lexus ES (which is not a SUV) and it left plenty of room up front when it was rear facing. Good luck! These decisions can be so stressful, but sounds like you're getting great advice!

Dina said...

We've got the Britax Boulevard, apparently very highly rated-my husband did TONS of research! My little guy's seat is right behind my driver's seat and he is rear facing and I don't have to adjust my seat at all. We just switched to this in February at 9 months and it's made a big difference! He never fusses in the car anymore or when I put him in it!

margaret said...

the britax marathon is GREAT. my youngest two are in one (and the older is four years old and still has plenty of room). i bought the newer model (marathon 70) for my youngest who is still rear facing. i have a small SUV and it is behind the driver's seat with no problems. as for price, check out albeebaby.com. all of their marathons are on sale for $210 right now.... plus no shipping or tax! i have ordered a total of five britax from them with no problems at all (a few were for grandparents). i highly recommend the onyx fabric - i have three britax with that fabric and it has held up beautifully. good luck!

Monica said...

I cannot say enough good things about Britax! We tried a couple of others before two people totally unrelated told us about Britax. We were a little shocked at the price (this was 12 years ago) but went ahead and bought a Roundabout and it was one of the best baby buys we have ever made! It has lasted through four kids and since then I have bought a Marathon, a Decathalon and a Boulevard! I normally don't have time to post comments on blogs but this is a subject I am passionate about and if I can save someone from making the same mistake I did, I will try! The straps not twisting alone make it worth every single penny!

Celia said...

Even if your child seems to prefer being forward-facing (as several commenters have said), it is better for your child to be safe than jolly on car rides. A car seat I would recommend is the Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL. It can be used from infancy to 80 lbs, up to 45 lbs rear-facing, has a five-point harness, a narrow and low profile (so you can fit three across if necessary and easily get a child in and out), and a steel alloy frame. It expires in 8 years rather than the usual 6, so you'll get more use out of it, too. Sunshine Kids makes their crash test results public, which many other car seat manufacturers do not. I don't own a Radian, but I wish I did.

Pawleys Island Posh said...

So glad to read this post. I have a sedan and a nine-month old and this is a huge predicament for me. We just got the Britax Boulevard which will be fine facing forward but impossible facing backwards. This has been a battle with our maxi-cosi infant carrier as well. Thankfully my husband drives a yukon xl so we've got plenty of room in his car but it's a daily battle fit anyone besides me and babygirl in my car. Curious to see what your readers share! I also noticed that the convertible car seat facing rear leaves the child with no leg room. Basically everyone but the driver is uncomfortable. Dreading making the switch.

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