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Please Don't Outgrow the Infant Carrier

By Molly Thornberg |

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I don't want my infant to outgrow his infant carrier!

Zeke is well into his 7th month of life and is doing that baby thing. You know the one where he won’t stop growing!

By this time both of his brothers were out of an infant carrier because – well my arms just couldn’t carry them anymore. While Zeke is at least the same weight as they were, if not heavier – I am bound and determined to keep him in the infant carrier as long as possible (of course to a rational age, though my 6 year old did squeeze into one at Target). 

Having to lug a toddler around and a baby just seems insane right now.

The dance I do to get them both in the car is already a pain. At least with Zeke in the infant carrier, I can put him down – know he is contained while chasing the toddler down the side walk! And to think what 2 small kids like at Target without the carrier brings tears to my eyes! Looks like this mom will be only shopping or leaving the house when Dad is home!

What Age Did You Move Your Baby From the Infant Carrier to a Rear Facing Car Seat?

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Outgrowing the Infant Carrier

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7 thoughts on “Please Don't Outgrow the Infant Carrier

  1. Elle says:

    My son is only a couple days younger than Zeke and we actually moved him to a convertible around 5 months. Our infant seat only goes to 22 lbs. and 29 in., and while he still technically fit, he was starting to look a little large for it. I felt like I was cramming him in there. And then at his 6 month appointment he was 28 in. so I’m sure he would have officially outgrown it by now. I know you essentially have 2 babies to be worried about, but maybe you could try wearing Zeke? I love using our Ergo for long grocery trips because our little guy seems to stay content the whole time.

  2. Tami says:

    While I understand your point in making this post — I’m keeping my own babe in her carrier until she reaches the limits — you should know that the chest clip for your baby is not in the proper position. It should be much high on the chest, not down at his belly button. When he moves on to a convertible seat, the same rule applies. While I know this picture may have been taken quickly, I don’t think Babble should leave it up because it does not demonstrate proper carseat safety.

    Respectfully, Tami

  3. Erin says:

    My first thought when I saw this, was that the picture with the article should be removed as his chest clip is definitely not at the proper position. I see someone else noted that as well!

    I kept my oldest in his infant seat until around 6-7 months when he was just too heavy to lug around anymore in the seat, so it lost it’s convenience factor! With my second child, he was a bit smaller than his brother, and the restraint of the seat with a big brother who was only 13 months older being a factor….he stayed in it until he outgrew it, which was around 8 months old. By then I was trying to do more structured naps, etc anyways, so I wanted to be home for naps. There are definitely always going to be days that I will miss the convenience of the infant seat!

  4. Melissa says:

    My little boy has always been a long a lean kiddo and he stayed rear facing comfortably in the carrier (Chicco Keyfit)until 10 months, it was just a few weeks ago we moved him to a rear facing convertible carseat (Graco MyRide65) he loves it and enjoys being up higher where he can see out the window. Thankfully he really enjoys the new seat and looks like he will have the space to continue rear facing in it for a long time.

  5. Brianna says:

    I’m thinking about moving my almost 6 month baby on to her convertible. She still fits her carrier but it looks like she could do with a little more room to stretch out in. She is very tall for her age. I’m delaying mostly because I break out in hives every time I read the instructions for installing her convertible seat…

  6. Kathie says:

    We also had the carrier that only went to 22 pounds…but switched to a rear facing convertible seat well before that point (5.5 months, 17ish pounds) because she was sitting fine by herself in a grocery cart/restaurant high chair. The convertible seat will last until well after her 3rd birthday, as we did with her older brother. Besides, a bigger baby plus the carrier is a lot of weight to lug around! I can’t imagine using one of the carriers that is rated to over 30 pounds…

  7. brianna says:

    My carrier is good to 35 lbs – eddie bauer trailmaker – and we will use it until she gets too long for it, which will happen long before she hits 35 lbs. She’s 9.5 mos and 19 lbs now. Just because the carseat cat come out, doesn’t mean we use it like that. We typically leave the seat in the car – unless she’s going somewhere in the other car (2 bases).

    I agree – the photo should be taken down or replaced with a photo showing baby buckled in properly.

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