Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by scotchbutter, Jun 3, 2017.
I put the covers in the washer on the handwash cycle.
They say all that stuff for liability. But also you can’t leave poop or puke in there either so...to some extent you gotta do what you gotta do.
We have also gone as far as buying replacement covers for the seats when they get too gross (because my sister loves to let them eat in the car) because that's a whole lot cheaper than buying a whole new carseat
We have the 4moms momaroo and I wasn’t really sure it would be worth the cost, but E looooves it. It soothes her really nicely and she likes to look at the little mobile above her. I only wish it came with a Bluetooth music option (the swing is Bluetooth operated) because my iPhone doesn’t have a spot for the aux cord that comes with it.
We bought the Britax Clicktight One4Life this weekend and I love it immediately. Ticks most of our boxes for features, super comfy, installed easily, I like the straps. I agonized over this purchase for months but I’m so happy with it.
Shit, do I need to order a fifth car seat?
Sorry, you do.
I’m holding off on any big purchases until @Comet makes her decision. Just like with the baby carrier.
Comet's Carseat Critiques should be complete by Saturday.
Interim update: I hate them all. Car seats are annoying.
Eta: I should not be trying to install and judge these things while hungry.
But tell me why...
One4Life!!!! Do it, do it!
@MagnificentCat There's something that annoys me about all of them. Probably exacerbated by my hangriness so I will reevaluate tomorrow afternoon or Saturday morning.
@Kimmers what made you pick that one over the Boulevard or other brands?
@Comet Britax brand in general seems to get really good reviews and have really high safety standards. It has a steel frame, which was something I wanted. I want L to rear face as long as possible, and this rear faces to 50 lbs. I also want to keep her in a convertible seat as long as possible (rather than bumping down to a booster) and the forward facing limit is super high, I think 120 lbs. I like the way the straps work and glide for making frequent adjustments, there’s really nice padding around the crotch buckle so the buckle is never pinching her little legs or digging into her crotch, the headrest seems to have nice support, the fabric is machine washable. And N said installing the seat was super easy and he easily got a REALLY tight install. I have zero complaints so far.
ERA one tiny complaint is it doesn’t have an anti rebound bar... but I think one is supposed to be released soon.
Gotcha, the Boulevard is a Britax too with a lot of the same features I think except lower weight limits.
The much anticipated Comet's Car Seat Critiques...
I looked at four car seats, all tested in my 2016 Honda Pilot in the 2nd row passenger side position with my very large (nearly 28" tall, almost 22 lb) six month old. M is 6'3" so the amount of space available to the front seat passenger is pretty important to us. We currently use a Britax BSafe 35 infant seat and he can sit in front of it, but doesn't have as much leg room as he'd like on longer drives. I didn't get all caught up on the specific safety technology (x layers of this or such and such construction)...I figure they're all made by reputable brands and have to meet the same rigorous standards so they're all safe. Everything I looked at rear faces to 40 lbs and forward faces to 65 lbs. All are FAA approved for use on planes, but they're all pretty heavy (22-28 lbs) so maybe not what you want to be hauling around an airport.
Maxi-Cosi Pria Max 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat in Nomad Grey - $329.99
PROS: lighter color so cooler; cover is machine washable AND dryer friendly; can be used as a high back booster as well; two cup holders; has a way to secure the straps out of your way for easy loading
CONS: lighter color so will show dirt/stains more - good thing it will go in the dryer (but let's be honest, it's only getting washed after a blowout or it gets puked on); the chest strap is weird - they claim it can be used one-handed, but I disagree; this thing is an absolute tank - it only has three recline positions so it takes up a ton of space
Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat in Teal Cool Flow Ventilating Fabric - $319.99
PROS: the ClickTight thing supposedly clicks to let you know the straps are tight enough - a lot of reviews I read said this only works so-so though; has ventilated fabric; has a way to secure the straps out of your way for easy loading
CONS: no cup holders; only lasts until 65 lbs - no booster seat option; supposedly the cover is not machine washable - it seemed like you could probably put it in there on gentle though
Chicco NextFit Zip Air Convertible Car Seat in Azzurro - $329.99
PROS: nine recline positions so it's the most adjustable; ventilated fabric; the cover is supposed to zip right off for easy washing (I did not test)
CONS: button to loosen straps is very accessible - nice for you when they're little, not so nice if your kid becomes a toddler escape artist; only lasts until 65 lbs - no booster seat option; there is no mechanism to store the straps so you'll always be digging them out from under kiddo; only one cup holder (how's kiddo going to double fist?)
Graco 4Ever DLX 4 in 1 Car Seat in Kendrick - $269.99
PROS: can be used as a high back booster and a backless booster so it will last the longest of all the options; two cup holders; they claim the cover can be removed in 60 seconds (I did not test); has a way to secure the straps out of your way for easy loading
CONS: no padding around the crotch buckle - might be uncomfortable for an older kid that doesn't have the padding of a diaper
Best fit in my car in order (based on the room available to the front seat passenger):
2-Chicco (really this could be a tie for first)
The winner for us is the Graco and the Britax was our runner-up. It really came down to how well it fit in the car and how easy we thought it would be to get him in and out day to day. What killed the Chicco for me was not having a way to keep the straps off to the sides - I just saw myself standing in the rain digging for straps and getting super annoyed. I like that the Graco can be the only car seat ever, but we were fine with something that only worked up to 65 lbs too.
We stuff the straps for the Chicco up between the body and head part using the shoulder pads. It’s super obnoxious.
Well now I feel extra good about our decision to get the Graco 4ever lol! Comet approved! We have two (one in each vehicle since there are days I cannot always pick up from dayhome), and my parents got one too lol. I also like that it’s the only carseat that would be needed until they can just be in the regular seat on their own.
Yay for finding one that works! We’ve been really happy with our Gracos!
Yeah honestly I like the Graco better now. D gets the Chicco because it’s impossible for me to tighten.
We have the graco 4 in 1 but I don’t understand what y’all are talking about with the side straps thing. Maybe the DLX is different? Or maybe other car seats have worse straps? I do find it annoying to get the straps out from under/behind her but the sides are okay, mostly the crotch one sucks to find and click in when she’s sitting on it.
I don’t move the straps way off to the side because I leave them at the right setting, so I don’t have to retighten it every time. I’ll pull the crotch strap up though so it’s not way under her when I put her in the seat. It’s not so bad now that’s she’s big enough to lean over so I can grab the arm strap and she puts her own arm through. (I also don’t have the DLX though)
It’s wider and the sides are open, so even if you don’t fling them over the side every time like we do, it’s easier to fish them out. And now C will pick up his butt so I can grab the crotch buckle.
Hmm maybe that’s why—we always keep the straps in the same setting too, just adjusted as needed. Also we didn’t use it when she was a baby. We don’t have the DLX either. The crotch strap refuses to stay out, always falls under her. She thinks it’s hilarious when we’re digging under her to find it. We do really like the seat though.