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We Bought a Car Seat!

By caitlinhtp |

Yes, this is the follow-up post to We Bought a Stroller!

We last left off with our decision to buy the Baby Jogger City Mini 2012. Once we had selected our stroller, the next big decision was the car seat. The salespeople at Buy, Buy Baby explained to us that car seats either pass or fail safety ratings – no approved car seat is ‘better’ than another. Selecting a car seat therefore becomes a matter of preference and price point.

Click through to see which car seat we ended up purchasing!

When attaching a car seat to the City Mini, some brands simply clip into place, but other brands must be clipped and buckled to the stroller. At first, I decided that I didn’t want a clip and buckle seat, figuring that it would be more cumbersome. However, most of the clip-in car seats were out of my price range.

Then, I saw the Chicco car seats. To place the other brands back into the car, you had to perfectly line up the car seat to the base before snapping it in. But the Chicco seats – well, you could just DROP them down (not that I would drop the car seat with the baby in it!) and it automatically adjusted and lined up. Buckling the seat to the stroller seemed like a small price to pay when I saw how easy the Chicco strollers attached back to their car base. Sold!

I ended up selecting the Chicco KeyFit 30. Here are the seat’s other features that I was drawn to:

  • Secures babies up to 30 pounds.
  • Base was included in the price.
  • Nicely cushioned seat.
  • Bubble levels tell you if the car seat is in straight for maximum safety.

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0 thoughts on “We Bought a Car Seat!

  1. Marcy S. says:

    We will have the same car seat and stroller! I haven’t gotten the car seat adapter for the stroller yet because we got the car seat frame thinking it would be easier when baby was still in the car seat.. but now I’m thinking of returning it and just having the 1 stroller…

  2. John Guenther says:

    Your statement that every car seat is the same is not correct. There is only one standard that they all must pass and that’s Rule 213. That’s a front impact standard. A very dangerous impact angle is from the side and there is not a standard for that. I know its hard to believe but its true. Consequently car seats are very different in their ability to mitigate side impact crash forces. Most are very bad at side impact protection.

  3. Jennifer hill says:

    I also have that car seat and love it!

  4. Kelly L says:

    We have the Chicco car seat and it is the best! And Consumer Reports does list this as their number one pick for safety!

  5. Mohammad Bhorat says:

    Not All Seats are the same.

    Yes all seats are tested and must pass before they can be sold. Unfortunately it seems as if the salesperson helping you took a simpler route, rather then explaining the added value of some seats.

    Not to worry the Chicco is a excellent car seat and also a great value. However some seats are better then others. I have listed a few reasons below:

    User Friendly – Majority of car seats are used incorrectly, get one that you are comfortable with using correctly. Unless you read up on child passenger safety, good chances are you not using the seat correctly. Trust me the extra few dollars for a user friendly seat and manual could save a life.

    Fit- Some seats will come with better foam inserts and or built in support to hold your child snug and comfortable without having to use aftermarket products or blankets etc…

    Car Seat Installation – Majority of car seats are not installed correctly. Not all seats are compatible with all cars, some are simpler to install in many vehicles, other are not. If you are going to be changing vehicles etc.. This is something you should also consider.

    Weight & Height Ratings – Check and see which one will last your child the longest.

    Adjusting Straps with Child Growth – Some seats have only 1 slot for the crotch buckle others have 3 slots. Some have 2 slots for the harness height some have 5. These features allows you to better keep your child snug. Some are simple to adjust others are a nightmare for new parents.

    Tightening the Harness- Most seats now have one strap in the front that allows it to tighten, some tighten evenly and some you have to manually adjust. Worst of all some low end seats have 2 straps on the back of the seat to tighten the harness. This could easily be a 2 person job to do correctly when your child is cranky or when your tired.

    Remember these seats are tested with dummies and professional, not real children and parents, there are many good resources online and better help available then to simply rely on a student working part time to help you choose how you transport your precious cargo.

    Sincerely,
    Mohammad Bhorat
    Car Seat Installation Technician
    http://www.carseatinstallers.com

  6. Kelley says:

    That’s the one we got too! It’s highly rated by Baby Bargains and Consumer Reports. =)

  7. katie says:

    I, too, have the Chicco Keyfit 30, and like many new first time moms, thought getting this to last me until 30 lbs is great. Little did I know that they get too long before thirty lbs and you have to get a new one then anyway! Tricky tricky ;)

  8. Sara says:

    Just read your stroller post and commented that we have the double version. I started laughing when I read this one – we have the chicco keyfit 30 too! Great minds think alike!

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