Convertible vs. Booster seats

Convertible vs. Booster seats

Joined: September 1st, 2006, 2:40 am

July 26th, 2011, 1:05 pm #1

Hi everyone,
Haven't posted in awhile, but follow everyone.

My question is I have a 3.5 and 1 year old. My 1yo is ready to get out of his infant seat. Do I just buy a convertible seats for him and keep her in convertible. I know the weight limit for convertible is 60lbs, she's not quite 40lbs yet.

I don't want to buy more convertibles only to have to put her in a booster in a few months, if I spend the money I'm committing to keeping her in a convertible for quite some time.

Thanks, Meg

Meg, 39
DH, 38 (great SA)
TTC since 2/05
Lap 11/05 for Stage 3, endo
RE appt 8/06, Highest CD3 FSH34(!!!)
Cycle #1Cancelled cycle-no response (Clomid and Follistim)
Cycle #2& #3 Follistim w. IUI Oct06 & Nov 06. BFNs
Cycle #4, IVF #1 MDL starting on 1/8/07. Cancelled due to drop in E2, early ovulation, IUI 1/18-19-BFN
Cycle #5 IVF one egg, no transfer
Cycle #6 IVF, 5 retrieved, transferred 3 embryos (ICSI/AH)Chemical
Cycle #7 IVF, 3 eggs retrieved, 1 fert (ICSI/AH), 1 transfer, BFP. EDD 3/15/08
DD born 3.18.08!!!
Trying for #2 in 2009
Cycle #8, IVF One egg, no fert.
Cycle #9, IVF one egg,1 perfect embryo transferred. BFN
Cycle #10, IVF, cancelled after 10 days of high stims and low E2.
Cycle #11 Natural IVF, no fertilization.
Cycle #12 Estogen producing cyst, wait until next month.
Cycle #13-Natural IVF (one follicle) one 4 or 6 cell transferred.
DS born 6.15.10
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Joined: January 24th, 2007, 2:25 pm

July 26th, 2011, 3:03 pm #2

how funny, looking into this this morn. i have a peanut of a 3.9 yr old--37 inches, 26.5 lbs. and a 1 yr old that is 22 lbs, 29 inches and ready to get out of our 30/30 bucket. since i need the bucket for new baby come sept, i am trying to be most cost effective. i think i will buy the britax frontier 85--its a carseat/booster:http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/frontier-85. they are in it until 85 lbs (with 5 pts), then it converts to a booster to 120 lbs. i have to look into it a tad more, like does it really convert to a booster, or is it really just a carseat, or really just a booster. but i figure for now, she can be in it for a long, long time. and eventually, 1 yr old can use it, or the baby. i really only want to buy one more seat. i think this is the way to go. well, two more seats--another frontier when ds is 2 yrs old. maybe he'll fit it then? although, he is short, so the shoulder height restriction might do me in. and then baby will go into the convertable seat. but i figure since the newest will be a girl, maybe she can be in the 30/30 a bit longer. since my older girl was so much smaller than what my boy is now... making any sense??

but i think, for you, if you did the frontier and gave the 1 yr old the convertable, then when 1 yr old grows out of convertable, if 3.5 yr old is still in frontier, buy a frontier. or, you can give the frontier to 1 yr old (when 3.5 yrs old) and get a smaller, more standard, plane-jane booster for the 6/7 yr old. kwim??

cant wait to see other responses.
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Joined: February 22nd, 2006, 4:05 am

July 26th, 2011, 5:13 pm #3

Hi everyone,
Haven't posted in awhile, but follow everyone.

My question is I have a 3.5 and 1 year old. My 1yo is ready to get out of his infant seat. Do I just buy a convertible seats for him and keep her in convertible. I know the weight limit for convertible is 60lbs, she's not quite 40lbs yet.

I don't want to buy more convertibles only to have to put her in a booster in a few months, if I spend the money I'm committing to keeping her in a convertible for quite some time.

Thanks, Meg

Meg, 39
DH, 38 (great SA)
TTC since 2/05
Lap 11/05 for Stage 3, endo
RE appt 8/06, Highest CD3 FSH34(!!!)
Cycle #1Cancelled cycle-no response (Clomid and Follistim)
Cycle #2& #3 Follistim w. IUI Oct06 & Nov 06. BFNs
Cycle #4, IVF #1 MDL starting on 1/8/07. Cancelled due to drop in E2, early ovulation, IUI 1/18-19-BFN
Cycle #5 IVF one egg, no transfer
Cycle #6 IVF, 5 retrieved, transferred 3 embryos (ICSI/AH)Chemical
Cycle #7 IVF, 3 eggs retrieved, 1 fert (ICSI/AH), 1 transfer, BFP. EDD 3/15/08
DD born 3.18.08!!!
Trying for #2 in 2009
Cycle #8, IVF One egg, no fert.
Cycle #9, IVF one egg,1 perfect embryo transferred. BFN
Cycle #10, IVF, cancelled after 10 days of high stims and low E2.
Cycle #11 Natural IVF, no fertilization.
Cycle #12 Estogen producing cyst, wait until next month.
Cycle #13-Natural IVF (one follicle) one 4 or 6 cell transferred.
DS born 6.15.10
about how fast your kids will grow. If you have a 1 yr old read to get out of the infant seat (is this a 24lb max or 30 lb max seat?) then chances are that if that is the bucket (30lb max), he will catch up to and even outgrow his sis sooner rather than later.

My 17 mth old is heavier than ndn's almost 4 yr old and we have the bucket. I was alternating between a regular car seat that converts to the booster seat and now he is totally out of the bucket though he could be in it for a few more mths thanks to it being summer and him hardly wearing any clothing, but he's bored with it and wants to sit up like his bro so we have them both in regular seats. Since both convert to booster seats it's pretty much set for us. This works for us.

I totally see ds #2 passing ds #1 in weight/height measurements in the next year. Ds #2 is around 28ish lbs and ds #1 (3 yrs old) is 33lbs.

I think you have to watch and see how fast your boy is growing. If he's currently in a bucket then you may just have to get him a convertible if it's a regular infant seat then I dunno. No experience.

Eventually all infant seats in Canada will be bucketlike since health Canada has determined that babies today are bigger and the infant seats should be bigger. Manufacturers may not like that as it means less seats purchased but seriously, the bigger the seat (as long as your vehicle can hold it) the better use you get out of it.

I have a friend who just put her 9/10 mth old in a convertible seat. They had a regular infant seat. Very inconvenient. I just unwillingly put ds #2 full time into the convertible and he's 17mths. I guess he could fit in the infant seat for another 2 - 3 mths. That's a whole 9 mths more. Works perfectly for ndn I think.

I hope you get better advice since I'm useless one this one

Z.
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Joined: February 22nd, 2006, 4:05 am

July 26th, 2011, 5:18 pm #4

how funny, looking into this this morn. i have a peanut of a 3.9 yr old--37 inches, 26.5 lbs. and a 1 yr old that is 22 lbs, 29 inches and ready to get out of our 30/30 bucket. since i need the bucket for new baby come sept, i am trying to be most cost effective. i think i will buy the britax frontier 85--its a carseat/booster:http://www.britaxusa.com/car-seats/frontier-85. they are in it until 85 lbs (with 5 pts), then it converts to a booster to 120 lbs. i have to look into it a tad more, like does it really convert to a booster, or is it really just a carseat, or really just a booster. but i figure for now, she can be in it for a long, long time. and eventually, 1 yr old can use it, or the baby. i really only want to buy one more seat. i think this is the way to go. well, two more seats--another frontier when ds is 2 yrs old. maybe he'll fit it then? although, he is short, so the shoulder height restriction might do me in. and then baby will go into the convertable seat. but i figure since the newest will be a girl, maybe she can be in the 30/30 a bit longer. since my older girl was so much smaller than what my boy is now... making any sense??

but i think, for you, if you did the frontier and gave the 1 yr old the convertable, then when 1 yr old grows out of convertable, if 3.5 yr old is still in frontier, buy a frontier. or, you can give the frontier to 1 yr old (when 3.5 yrs old) and get a smaller, more standard, plane-jane booster for the 6/7 yr old. kwim??

cant wait to see other responses.
I think your 1 yr old is gonna outgrow your 4 yrs old very soon. Don't you just feel great that you got the bucket?

Z.
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Joined: June 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

July 26th, 2011, 7:29 pm #5

Hi everyone,
Haven't posted in awhile, but follow everyone.

My question is I have a 3.5 and 1 year old. My 1yo is ready to get out of his infant seat. Do I just buy a convertible seats for him and keep her in convertible. I know the weight limit for convertible is 60lbs, she's not quite 40lbs yet.

I don't want to buy more convertibles only to have to put her in a booster in a few months, if I spend the money I'm committing to keeping her in a convertible for quite some time.

Thanks, Meg

Meg, 39
DH, 38 (great SA)
TTC since 2/05
Lap 11/05 for Stage 3, endo
RE appt 8/06, Highest CD3 FSH34(!!!)
Cycle #1Cancelled cycle-no response (Clomid and Follistim)
Cycle #2& #3 Follistim w. IUI Oct06 & Nov 06. BFNs
Cycle #4, IVF #1 MDL starting on 1/8/07. Cancelled due to drop in E2, early ovulation, IUI 1/18-19-BFN
Cycle #5 IVF one egg, no transfer
Cycle #6 IVF, 5 retrieved, transferred 3 embryos (ICSI/AH)Chemical
Cycle #7 IVF, 3 eggs retrieved, 1 fert (ICSI/AH), 1 transfer, BFP. EDD 3/15/08
DD born 3.18.08!!!
Trying for #2 in 2009
Cycle #8, IVF One egg, no fert.
Cycle #9, IVF one egg,1 perfect embryo transferred. BFN
Cycle #10, IVF, cancelled after 10 days of high stims and low E2.
Cycle #11 Natural IVF, no fertilization.
Cycle #12 Estogen producing cyst, wait until next month.
Cycle #13-Natural IVF (one follicle) one 4 or 6 cell transferred.
DS born 6.15.10
I have the Graco Nautilus and it works as a 5-point harness until 60 pounds (?) and then converts to a booster with a back and then a booster without a back. Ie, I think this one will take us through her teens!

It got great safety ratings and i like it a lot. Much less expensive than Britax.

Not sure this answers your question, but hope it helps!





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Joined: February 16th, 2006, 3:20 pm

July 26th, 2011, 8:07 pm #6

Hi everyone,
Haven't posted in awhile, but follow everyone.

My question is I have a 3.5 and 1 year old. My 1yo is ready to get out of his infant seat. Do I just buy a convertible seats for him and keep her in convertible. I know the weight limit for convertible is 60lbs, she's not quite 40lbs yet.

I don't want to buy more convertibles only to have to put her in a booster in a few months, if I spend the money I'm committing to keeping her in a convertible for quite some time.

Thanks, Meg

Meg, 39
DH, 38 (great SA)
TTC since 2/05
Lap 11/05 for Stage 3, endo
RE appt 8/06, Highest CD3 FSH34(!!!)
Cycle #1Cancelled cycle-no response (Clomid and Follistim)
Cycle #2& #3 Follistim w. IUI Oct06 & Nov 06. BFNs
Cycle #4, IVF #1 MDL starting on 1/8/07. Cancelled due to drop in E2, early ovulation, IUI 1/18-19-BFN
Cycle #5 IVF one egg, no transfer
Cycle #6 IVF, 5 retrieved, transferred 3 embryos (ICSI/AH)Chemical
Cycle #7 IVF, 3 eggs retrieved, 1 fert (ICSI/AH), 1 transfer, BFP. EDD 3/15/08
DD born 3.18.08!!!
Trying for #2 in 2009
Cycle #8, IVF One egg, no fert.
Cycle #9, IVF one egg,1 perfect embryo transferred. BFN
Cycle #10, IVF, cancelled after 10 days of high stims and low E2.
Cycle #11 Natural IVF, no fertilization.
Cycle #12 Estogen producing cyst, wait until next month.
Cycle #13-Natural IVF (one follicle) one 4 or 6 cell transferred.
DS born 6.15.10
We love, love, love our Britax Frontier 85s. Can be used with 5 point harness or as a booster. Goes from 25 up to 120 lbs. The last seat you will ever buy. It is pricey, but well worth it, imo.

The Frontier 85 is heavier and bigger than the Nautilus, though it functions similarly. When we tried the Nautilus,(more than a year ago now)the bottom buckle was too shallow even on the widest setting for my kids' comfort. They are not supposed to be sitting on the belt or the buckle.

If you need to move the seat often, I'd go with the Nautilus, because it's lighter and easier to move.

My kids are both in Frontiers: DD is 6yo, 39 lbs and 44" tall, DS is 4yo, 42 lbs and 43". We have a Britax Regent in DH's car and one in my mom's.
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Joined: January 24th, 2007, 2:25 pm

July 26th, 2011, 9:04 pm #7

i get that the frontier is heavy. but is it easy to install, like the britax roundabout is? compared to the nautilas, that is? i dont know any other britax seats--but i love how easy the roundabout is to install.
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Joined: January 24th, 2007, 2:25 pm

July 26th, 2011, 9:51 pm #8

I think your 1 yr old is gonna outgrow your 4 yrs old very soon. Don't you just feel great that you got the bucket?

Z.
hope you are well. will email you tonight!!
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Joined: February 10th, 2009, 9:24 pm

July 26th, 2011, 11:06 pm #9

Hi everyone,
Haven't posted in awhile, but follow everyone.

My question is I have a 3.5 and 1 year old. My 1yo is ready to get out of his infant seat. Do I just buy a convertible seats for him and keep her in convertible. I know the weight limit for convertible is 60lbs, she's not quite 40lbs yet.

I don't want to buy more convertibles only to have to put her in a booster in a few months, if I spend the money I'm committing to keeping her in a convertible for quite some time.

Thanks, Meg

Meg, 39
DH, 38 (great SA)
TTC since 2/05
Lap 11/05 for Stage 3, endo
RE appt 8/06, Highest CD3 FSH34(!!!)
Cycle #1Cancelled cycle-no response (Clomid and Follistim)
Cycle #2& #3 Follistim w. IUI Oct06 & Nov 06. BFNs
Cycle #4, IVF #1 MDL starting on 1/8/07. Cancelled due to drop in E2, early ovulation, IUI 1/18-19-BFN
Cycle #5 IVF one egg, no transfer
Cycle #6 IVF, 5 retrieved, transferred 3 embryos (ICSI/AH)Chemical
Cycle #7 IVF, 3 eggs retrieved, 1 fert (ICSI/AH), 1 transfer, BFP. EDD 3/15/08
DD born 3.18.08!!!
Trying for #2 in 2009
Cycle #8, IVF One egg, no fert.
Cycle #9, IVF one egg,1 perfect embryo transferred. BFN
Cycle #10, IVF, cancelled after 10 days of high stims and low E2.
Cycle #11 Natural IVF, no fertilization.
Cycle #12 Estogen producing cyst, wait until next month.
Cycle #13-Natural IVF (one follicle) one 4 or 6 cell transferred.
DS born 6.15.10
I moved my older son into the Britax Frontier 85....truly the last car seat you will need to buy! And it can accomodate really young toddlers and smaller toddlers as well as going up to 85 lbs with a 5 point harness. Gave the younger child my older child's old Britax Marathon.

We recently bought a second Frontier 85 for my DH"s car. Was about $208 on Amazon.

People talk about installation of the Frontier, but I did it myself. I found a great video link and it wasn't bad at all.

Pink

Edited to add: Meg, I have done alot of reading on booster seats, and 5 point harness booster seats are much safer. There are too many stories of children placed in traditional booster seats whose bodies slid under the lap belt in an accident with tragic consequences. The reason for this is kids don't always maintain correct "posture" in the traditional booster seat. I would suggest staying away from traditional booster seats!! The Frontier 85 will allow a 5 pt harness up to 85 lbs!!
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Joined: March 4th, 2006, 3:00 am

July 27th, 2011, 6:56 am #10

I beleive I was in 7th or 8th grade before I hit 85lbs. No way no how would I have rode in a booster seat to Junior High School, much less a 5pt harness!
I can't believe a seat goes up to 120lbs... That's what I weighed when I graduated High School! Sounds a little overkill to me .

Anyway I did the 3 in 1 convertible seats too since I get to buy them 4 at a time. It was great to make that one last purchase and be done with it!

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