November 2012 Moms

Transition from baby carrier to carseat?

Just curious- has anyone transitioned from using the baby carrier to the carseat yet? I'm thinking about removing the base for the baby carrier from my car, although it's so convenient being able to just carry LO with the baby carrier. He hasn't met the max limits for the weight or height yet.

LO is growing up too fast! :( 

  

Re: Transition from baby carrier to carseat?

  • Do you mean from the infant car seat to a convertible one?
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  • Exactly! LO just turned 5 months, and am wondering if it is time.
  • I've been looking into car seats since we will be needing one in the near future. The baby carrier is getting to be more of a hassle these days, LO is getting big and it's so heavy to carry her and the seat. And she's starting to dislike staying in it while we run errands. She'd rather be carried alone or sit big kid style in her stroller. But with all that said, our baby carrier goes all the way to 30 lbs sssoooo I don't know if we will make the switch before she hits 30lbs.
  • Our convertible seat was delivered yesterday. It looks huge! Now I just need to get up the courage to transition.
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  • I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

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  • I won't switch to the convertible until she gets too tall for the infant seat. It's just too convenient being able to pop her in and out when she falls asleep. Plus, DD#1 is still using our convertible seat.
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  • I'll usually wear T and leave the carseat in the car. I only take it inside somewhere when he is sleeping.
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  • I looked at them this weekend, but not sure when we'll switch over.  G is really heavy in his carrier so I don't keep him in it much, but 2 convertible seats is going to be mega expensive.  I'll probably wait until he's closer to the weight or height limit. 
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    I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

    I'm confused......you mean you have the infant carseat ... that goes in a base.. but you don't use the base??

     

     

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    I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

    wait, what? How do you use it then? I thought all infant seats had bases that needed to be used to clip them in...

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    I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

    wait, what? How do you use it then? I thought all infant seats had bases that needed to be used to clip them in...

    ^  nope - some (all?) can be used with a seat belt.  personally, i dont think it feels that secure and dont do it.  but on mine (britax bsafe) you can use it without a bse.

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  • The base isn't necessary, it's just a convenience thing.
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    I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

    I'm confused......you mean you have the infant carseat ... that goes in a base.. but you don't use the base??

     That would be correct. Most seats can be used without the base. It has those two slots on the sides  so the belt goes though and it's in the instruction manual :). It also show the correct positioning on the side for using the belts. The seat is secure without the base. With the base in the seat goes to far forward and I have to sit too close to the wheel which isn't good for anyone. 

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  • We are going to do it soon but wait until she gets closer/meets the height requriement.

    She's been growing like a weed height-wise so I am guessing we have a max of 2 months left in the infant seat.

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  • We switched LO1 at 9m, we had come to a point where the infant bucket seat never left the car anyway, so we made the switch. LO1 only weighs 26lbs, I can't remember how tall she is (mom fail) but I know she can still fit in the seat because she likes to sit in it while we are at home lol. 

    We looked at convertible seats yesterday, but haven't bought another yet, we wanted to buy the same one we already have, but it won't fit RF, we may have to go with something else. Not sure yet. I think we will probably wait until 9m.  

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    I'm waiting till he hits one of the requirements before switching him. I've thought about it though but it seems like he might be safer in his infant carrier till he hits the max limit. 
    I don't use the base from my infant car seat because the seat doesn't fit in the car with it. It's also much easier to get him in and out since I don't have to pick up the carrier while leaning over to the middle. 

    I'm confused......you mean you have the infant carseat ... that goes in a base.. but you don't use the base??

     That would be correct. Most seats can be used without the base. It has those two slots on the sides  so the belt goes though and it's in the instruction manual :). It also show the correct positioning on the side for using the belts. The seat is secure without the base. With the base in the seat goes to far forward and I have to sit too close to the wheel which isn't good for anyone. 

    That's good to know.. gonna be doing some reading on our model because it would be amazing for travel and rental cars NOT to have to use the base :).......if I felt secure of course

     

     

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  • I'm going to switch over soon because I can't haul 20 lbs. of handsome around like this much longer!  We already have two convertible car seats that I bought a few months ago, so we just have to put them in... One is a Safety First Air Protect 65, and the other is a Britax Pavilion 70.
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  • We just changed over this weekend. V was just getting too heavy for me to lift and carry. I am fortunate in that he transfers well when he is sleeping so this has not been an issue.

    I am, however, not in love with the Britax Pavillion seat we purchased. The head support just seems too overbearing for my boy's 90% head....LOL. Going to give it another week and then might exchange it for a different Britax.

     

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