Complicated Car Seats

The more I get into preparing for baby mode, the more complicated I find that everything becomes. I think I am ready to pull my hair out.

So here is today’s issue. I want to buy the darn car seat. AdoringHusband was put in charge of doing the research. Of course this research coincides with Consumer Reports’ retraction of their controversial car seat testing report. (Though truth be told, I didn’t find this report to be controversial at all. If there actually is a car seat that comes through in a 70 mph accident, then that is the car seat for this mom-to-be!)

AdoringHusband looks at all the reviews he can find and recommends the Britax Cosy Tot. Unfortunately it took me 24 hours to discover that the Cosy Tot is the British version. The US version is the Britax Companion. So cool, I’m about to order this puppy when I realize that this is only for a baby up to 22 pounds. Then I’ll need another seat. Heck, my nephew Erik is 20 pounds at 3 months! I’ll only get 3 months use out of the thing?

Now the Britax Decathlon is both an infant and toddler seat. Yet, it doesn’t look nearly as snug and supportive to an infant as the Companion. So now I’m stuck. Is it better to buy the Companion and then move on to the Decathlon or just by the Decathlon? What do most people do? This is giving me a headache already.

Advice please!!

Also, I have a lactation counselor coming to meet with me on Friday. She will be bringing a hospital grade breast pump (Ameda Hollister Purely Yours Professional Breast Pump) with its kit as well as a supplemental nursing system. Is it OK for me to now say…YIKES!!!

Published by: teendoc on January 23rd, 2007 | Filed under adoption, baby

4 Responses to “Complicated Car Seats”

  1. Candy Says:


    Actually this it not advice as to what to buy. I can only tell you what I did. I bought 2, yep! Same dilemma, first one went up to 22 lbs and we just bought a bigger car seat for up to 80 lbs or whatever. That’s just the way it worked out for us. So far I’ve seen all my friends do likewise, not saying this is the de facto standard, but there wasn’t one we found in Canada that did the whole 4lbs-80lbs thing. of course maybe one exists? not sure.

    Curious to read other commentors take on this.


  2. Clamanda Says:

    Hi Liana.

    I found your blog by way of others and it’s funny to see your post about the car seats! We had an infant car seat (chicco) for up to 22 lbs. Now our little guys is 23 pounds at 10 months and busting out of it! So, we bought the Britax Marathon, which can be used for little ones, but it is huge! I would advise biting the bullet….get the infant one for the beginning (it just seems more snug and safe!) and then get a convertible car seat for when they are bigger. Plus, you may have a petite baby! And then you’ll really get good use out of it! Best of Luck!

  3. Kellie Says:


    We had the Graco given to us. It was 3 years old, so at the “end of life” fot it… but it is great. The best part of the infant seats is being able to put the baby in and out of the car without waking them.

    The Graco SnugRide is one of the seats that “passed” the test that CR did. I would second the person who said to get the infant seat, because the little one’s are so darned small in the beginning that the convertible seats are just too large (or appear that way).

    Good luck.

  4. Catherine Says:

    I would go with an infant seat, like the Graco Safe seat, which goes to 30 pounds – I just think the convertible seats are so huge when the baby is new!


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