Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by scotchbutter, Jun 3, 2017.
Our apartment complex eliminated all the dumpsters and just put in one large garbage area with a compactor, so taking out the garbage for us involves a walk down a flight of stairs and then about a 500' walk down to the trash area. That's why I was thinking a pail would be good, because taking out the garbage frequently isn't super practical for us.
Someone anonymously purchased 2 gifts off of our registry. Is there a way to find out who it was to send them a thank you card without making a post on social media?
Where is the registry from? Amazon? They can be hard to break but I once got it out of them by guessing the sender’s name and address so they would confirm.
I also wanted to add it’s super possible they did it anonymously by accident. It seems weird to do that on purpose as you want to know they got it.
Did you get the gifts yet? There might be a gift note in the package once it arrives. Or someone might ask if you received it.
Yup we got the gifts in the mail today but no note. Hopefully they follow up because I don’t want to seem rude
Mystery solved- it was my MIL
No reason to come to your gathering then.
That was likely her passive aggressive point anyway
That’s how I took it.
Let's talk about convertible car seats. Kiddo is getting way too heavy to lug around in the infant bucket, and I think he's about to outgrow it height-wise anyway. He is 5.5 months old and was 18lbs 9oz (92nd percentile) and just over 27 inches tall (97th percentile) at his four month checkup so he is a BIG kid. This seat will be going behind the passenger in my Honda Pilot - there is room, but M is 6'3" so whatever will give him more leg room when he is in the car would be ideal. He's a little cramped with the Britax Bsafe 35 behind him now, but it's tolerable. I'm going to buy one of the cheap Cosco ones for travel so that doesnt need to be a consideration.
I think I've narrowed it down to these (good god, there are a lot of options):
Britax Boulevard CT
Maxi Cosi Pria 3 in 1
Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1
Chicco Nextfit Zip Air
I'm tempted to just buy all four (isn't that why Amazon has free returns anyway?), but M thinks I should narrow it down more first so we don't have to deal with returning as many gigantic boxes. Have any of you used one or more of these and have any comments about them? TIA!
Which one RF longest? I'd go with that one. J is 4 and still RF (though the seat my parents have has to go FF).
Convertibles are more upright so leave a bit more room for front seat as well!
We use the Graco 4ever, and it’s great. I like that I won’t need to buy a booster later because it can do all the positions. It’s also easy to find on sale periodically which is nice.
The kids both have a Graco 4Ever and I love love loooooove it. We had a Britax Marathon before, but the straps on the legs were so snug and dug into them, even on E’s skinny little things. The Graco is perfect; comfortable, lightweight (Britax weighs a damn ton), super easy to install, goes through all the positions from RF to boosters. My only complaint is that I find it doesn’t recline as much even when in the perfectly balanced position, so when they fall asleep their heads really go forward or onto a weird angle and they wake up with sore necks sometimes, but that’s mostly a FF issue.
We have a Graco and a Chicco. Both are good. The Graco is easier to buckle since there’s more room and it pulls easier. But the Chicco is easier to install with latch (which only goes to 35lb rf, then you have to switch to belt until 40lb).
Tbh the Chicco was perfect when he was smaller, and now I prefer the Graco. Really wish we got the zip, it’s a pita to wash that one.
No advice but I’m right there with you @Comet and totally overwhelmed by choices.
We obviously have a big first child, and we have four Graco 4 evers; also, my in laws bought two. They have worked well in the following cars (that I have had experience with): Ford Edge, Fusion, Buick Enclave, Ram 1500, Sierra (the Denali did NOT have a ton of room in the back like you'd expect - even with the extended cab). We actually replaced our Graco's from the car accident with the DLX version, and I like them quite a bit more than the version we had previously. My husband is 6 ft 1 and does most of the driving, so we put the big kid behind me.
Edit: and although M isn't as big, he's still fairly tall. We haven't turned him around yet... I would have to guess he's about 30-32 inches tall, maybe more. I honestly haven't written down all his stuff like I did G. Poor second child.
Do any of you think getting a lighter color fabric makes sense - because I’m thinking black might really draw and hold the heat in FL? Or is it crazy to go light because of dirt and wear? (I don’t let L eat in the car seat though, water only.) I saw this one and the light color kind of appeals and kind of doesn’t. (Well really I want something bright pink but I’m trying to tell myself I can’t choose her car seat based on color!)
My thinking is that the color doesnt matter quite as much as how easy it is to remove and whether it is washer/dryer friendly. But I lean towards the lighter colors or the ones advertised as more breathable/cooler because FL too.
We have a black meshy breathable fabric one in my car and it wasn’t horrible in the Texas summer. It was warm but the hottest parts are just avoiding the metal buckle parts touching them as you buckle of course. And not touching the outside of the car as you lean in obviously. Ugh that hurts so bad. It’s worth a shot to go lighter if you want though!
We also have Graco 4evers! We have 2 of those and 2 Graco Extend2fits. We like both with a slight edge to the Extend2fit!
On colors: for commercial stuff I spec, medium colors hide normal dust, dirt, and grime better than really light or really dark colors. So while his current seat is black because it was on sale, the next seat will be medium color just so if I need to wipe down the seat real quickly, I’m not staring at the spot worried if it and those around me are judging my messy child.
@Comet It seriously boggles my mind that any of them are not washable. I was all set on the Clek Foonf until I saw something about spot cleaning with a damp cloth... yeah no.
Researching car seats is horrible because every single one has reviews from “this seat saved my child’s life” to “throw this in the fire and start over”.