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My LG is nearly 6 months old. Last time I got her weighed (which was 5 weeks ago), she was nearly 17lb. I’m going tomorrow to get her weighed again.
She currently has the Graco Evo car seat but I’ve really been struggling to strap her in lately. I went into Mothercare the other day & the lady there told me that babies shouldn’t be wearing a coat in their car seats (what do you all do about this in winter), the top of her head shouldn’t reach the top of the seat (it is very nearly there), & that she can’t go in the group 1 car seat that my parents have as it is forward facing & she can’t be forward facing until 15 months old...
So I need recommendations for a combined car seat that is suitable from now & will last a good few years as I can’t afford to keep buying new seats! Preferably within £150 budget if possible
I could understand if you were saying she physically doesn't fit in the seat but your issue seems to be the straps not fastening? Do they not extend at all? I don't have the same car seat but the one I have there is no way I would not be able to fasten the straps long after DD grew out of the seat itself. They extend to about twice the size she would ever need.
There aren't any newborn inserts or anything still in it are there?
Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing. The Joie range (stocked by mothercare) are very reasonably priced and rear face (or forward face) until 18kg, approx 4yrs old but will depend on your baby's weight/height
Well.... the car seat lady in Mothercare is mostly correct.
Firstly yes you shouldn't use a coat in a car seat. Instead the best thing to do is to put a blanket over them once they're strapped in.
However I believe you that this doesn't make much difference - Graco seats are small.
They do grow much more slowly in the second half of the first year, so you may have longer to make a decision than you are thinking right now. But I think you're right to look at this.
If your parents have a Group 1 car seat this is running on older legislation, so no 15 month minimum age for this. However, she would need to be at least 9kg (which is 20lbs), so she is still not big enough for this seat, and additionally, you should be aware that it's much more risky to have a child forward facing, as this places a lot of pressure on their neck and spine, potentially culminating in life changing injuries, if you were to have a crash. This is considered particularly dangerous with babies under and around a year old, which is why the newer seats being produced to new rules have a minimum age of 15 months for forward facing. Really, rear facing as long as you can is the safest choice.
I would suggest that your best option would be one of the Joie seats. They continue rear facing for as long as you want/need and they're very reasonably priced. If you preferred around 18 months/2 years you could also turn it around to forward facing. Make sure you get one which includes Group 0, as that's the stage she's at now, but other than that, they are all good I think and a couple of them are under your budget range and will last until she is 4 or 7 depending which one you get.
Sorry couldn't help myself in the end Love a bit of shopping...
Joie Tilt, Rearfacing to 4 years, Forward facing to 4 years, £70 Kiddicare/Halfords
Joie Steadi, RF to 4 years, FF to 4 years, £100 Mothercare/Halfords/Kiddicare/Argos (Looks like more side impact protection + better recline)
Joie Stages, RF to 4 years, FF to 7 years, £120 Kiddicare/Halfords
Britax First Class Plus, RF to 2 years, FF to 4 years, £90 Amazon
Joie Every Stage, RF to 4 years, FF to 12 years, £160 Halfords/John Lewis
I know it's a bit higher but it goes for the extra stage. Though by that point you might be happy using a booster without backrest anyway, so could be a false economy.
These are the best prices I've found, and I wouldn't trust any other brand at those price points. There are a lot of cheap seats on the market, and most of them are awful, a few are good. Joie and Britax are definitely trustworthy brands.
So I’ve checked & the infant inserts are still in (I just assumed they HAD to stay in - first time Mum with no idea what I’m doing)!
So I’ll try her in her current seat without the inserts & without her coat (I’ve been putting her in a cuddly cardi past few days to keep her warm). But think I will venture to Halfords to look at their combined seats x
The reason they shouldn't wear a coat is because you hand tighten the straps but there is still lots of air in the coat. In an accident? The straps compress the air and the child can come out from the straps.
Be careful with the 'cuddly carries'. The whole reason you take a coat off is that it prevents you from properly/tightly securing the seatbelt because of the bulky jacket. In an accident the straps can be so loose the baby can literally fly out. Cardigan would be the same problem. There are scary videos on YouTube which could explain it better than me.
My 2.5 year old is in a joie advance rear facing with plenty of room to grow still. Its safer to keep them rear facing until at least 4 years old or more and theres many seats avalible that accomadate that.