The Car Seat debate! There are so many options out there. Brands galore, how should I choose? I don’t have the perfect answer, only what’s been great for us. However, I do have a VERY helpful tip for new Mamas. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE a handful of baby shower gift cards. Put them in an envelope labeled, CAR SEATS ONLY and tuck the envelope away for a later date–like when you have to buy a new Car Seat (or two in our case, since I do drop off and Ross does pick up!). I also used my Target Cartwheel to get 20% off our convertible seats on top of the gift cards. Wait for those sales… they happen!
I know several Mamas who are in this transition phase of moving from infant to convertible or from convertible to… what should I get? 🧐 Many Mamas have asked which Car Seats we’re using.
From newborn to toddler to eventually the school-age, I am a huge fan of the ones we’ve used. 🙋♀️ Although I did a [teeny] bit of reading/research, I reached out to all the Mamas I know before I made my purchases.
We used the Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat: https://amzn.to/2ElM0w6 for both Julia & Brooks and LOVED it. It also snaps into the Chicco Double Stroller: https://amzn.to/2EjWVWO and is so great because while Brooks was snugged into his carseat and snapped in facing me, Julia could use the front seat like a BIG girl! My cousin & his wife were kind enough to pass this along to us and we have gotten such good use out of it! We purchased an extra Chicco KeyFit 30 extra Car Seat base: https://amzn.to/2XdOELK so both Ross and I had one in our vehicles.
**Right now Chicco has a special advertised on their website: $50 off if you sign up for emails & a free KeyFit caddy with the purchase of a KeyFit! You can find this deal on their website.
When it was just the two of us and Julia, we did get the Chicco Bravo Travel System: https://amzn.to/2DVfPlz as one of our registry items. I loved it as well!
Then it was time to start considering a Convertible Car Seat that could transition Julia from rear to front facing. I did some reading but ultimately went with the majority of recommendations I got from Mamas I know. I knew I wanted to purchase something that would last, was easy to install, and easy to transition to the different stages. This one, Graco 4Ever– convertible to highback booster to backless booster: https://amzn.to/2Ek7RDU does ALL that and more! Cupholders, easy to clean, great transitions, and easy directions. Yes please! I wouldn’t buy anything else!
This one has been sturdy through both kids and everyday use. Anyone else see the stark difference between cleanliness in Car Seats between Mamas car and Daddy’s truck? Ross doesn’t allow the kids to eat snacks in his vehicle… Lame-o! My kids could eat Cheerios for years with all the snacks that are leftover in my car everyday on the way to daycare! Whatever keeps them quiet while I trudge and drive through the snow-filled roads this year.
When Brooks was ready to move to the Convertible Seat, HANDS DOWN, the Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 Booster Car Seat: https://amzn.to/2EkIlhR was the most highly recommended seat by Band of Mamas followers. Now that we have it, I can see why! It’s light yet sturdy, easy to secure into the brackets of your backseat, and it will transition Julia from now until school-aged. If we have another kid, I will absolutely buy this one for Brooks!
There are so many options to choose from, which is why I love to turn to the Mamas I know for advice. It’s so much easier than trying to sift through countless brands, reviews, pricing, you name it! If you have any questions about any of these, please let me know!
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