Question by J: Recommended Newborn Equipment?
I have a new baby on the way and I was looking for some opinions on Car Seats, Strollers, Pack&Plays, etc. Please let me know what you think!
Answer by boneheaderss
I have a ton of information about car seats.
There are two types of car seats that you can get for a newborn. You can get an infant seat- that comes with a separate base that you install in the car and you are able to click the carrier in and out. Or, you can opt for the convertible car seat. Convertible car seats stay installed in the car. You can get a convertible car seat for a newborn provided that the harness straps can be adjusted at or slightly below baby’s shoulders. This means that the lowest available harness slots need to be low enough to fit your baby’s torso- slots less than 7 or 8 inches will fit a full term newborn fine.
Some convertibles come with infant inserts that you place either on or underneath the cover. These inserts are used to lift a baby up for a better harness fit. Always follow the height/ weight guidelines on these inserts.
For infant car seats, I would recommend the:
-Chicco KeyFit 30
-Graco Snugride 30, 32, or 35 model
-Dorel Comfy Carry Elite (must be ELITE or ELITE PLUS model)
-Evenflo Embrace 35
-Safety 1st Onboard
Safety 1st/ Cosco/ Maxi Cosi/ Dorel are all the same brand so you may see the Comfy Carry Elite under other brand sames. I really highly recommend the Dorel Comfy Carry Elite as it has low slots of 5 1/2 inches and is very affordable (about $ 80- $ 90). Here is a review of the Dorel Comfy Carry Elite Plus; this review was written by a child passenger safety technician (CPST): http://carseatblog.com/10346/dorel-safety-1st-comfy-carry-elite-plus-infant-carseat-review/
Infant car seats don’t last a long time, even the higher weight infant car seats that go up to 30 and 35 lbs. This is because children will outgrow these seats by height before coming near the weight limit. Some children can outgrow their infant seats from as early as 6 months of use to as much as a year a a half of use. I just don’t want it to be a surprise if you expected more use out of it!
Personally, I would only get an infant car seat if I were to have a baby born in the winter months because it is nice to be able to have a warm car seat and have blankets overtop of baby!
Some convertibles that I recommend for full-term newborns:
-Maxi Cosi Pria 70
-Graco My Ride 65
-Graco Size4Me 70
-Diono Radian R100/ R120/ RXT model
-Evenflo Symphony 65 e3 model
-Evenflo Triumph 65
The Cosco Apt/ Cosco Scenera/ and Evenflo Tribute are also great convertible car seats for newborns because they have low slots. You will eventually need to get another harnessed car seat after your child outgrows this one because of the low top slots (when you do use the forward facing function of a convertible, the harness straps need to be at or above the child’s shoulders). These seats generally last until a child is 3-4.
The Maxi Cosi Pria has very low slots that will fit a newborn baby really well, even a preemie. Also, because of the tiny-fit system, the “big seat” doesn’t need to be installed at 45 degrees, giving you more room front-to-back in the car. Here is a review on the Maxi Cosi Pria 70: http://carseatblog.com/11231/draft-dorel-maxi-cosi-pria-70-convertible-review/
The Graco Size4Me 70 is a convertible that has the highest height limits- it has a super tall shell, meaning it is highly likely that a child will be able to rear face up to 40 lbs in this car seat (when most other convertibles, children will outgrow by height before hitting the rear facing weight limit). For example, here is a two year old in the Size4Me 70: http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=223506
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