Sunday, April 10, 2011
Nora is at the age now when I'm starting to wonder when we should ditch the infant carrier car seat and switch to a convertible one.
I've been researching convertible car seats for a while now, and I think we have them narrowed down to two--the Evenflo Triumph Advance, or the Britax Roundabout. They are relatively similar in price, and both are rated very highly in safety, so it's pretty much a toss-up.
For the record, our pediatrician is estimating that Nora will probably be around 17 lbs. at 12 months old, and her infant carrier weight limit is 22 lbs. I'm guessing she'll probably hit that when she's oh, 18+ months old. :) So the size limit is not really a deciding factor for us. (Though it'll be interesting to see when she hits 29 inches, which is the height limit. At six months, she was 25 inches.)
The infant carrier car seats are a godsend during the cold weather months, because it's so convenient to be able to buckle up and bundle up your baby in the warm comfort of your home, before heading out into the blustery, freezing, ass-cold wind and snow. But now that the weather is warmer, that's not as much of an advantage.
The other advantage of the infant carrier is that Nora can go to sleep in it whenever she wants. In the grocery store? Sure, take a little snooze. Fell asleep in the car? Let's carry her inside and let her continue to sleep in it until she wakes up on her own. Honestly, those things are getting less and less common for her, though. Now that she's older and more aware of her surroundings, she's usually awake whenever we're out. And if she falls asleep in the car, she will usually wake up almost as soon as we take her out of the car anyway. But, on the occasion that she does continue napping, that is certainly a "pro" in the infant carrier column.
Now that Nora is bigger, the weather is better, and she is working on becoming an expert at sitting up on her own, we are taking her out of her car seat more and more. For instance, this weekend we were at the mall and instead of taking the entire seat out of the car, I unbuckled her and let her sit upright in her stroller, facing outward toward the world. She loved it. And we're likely to start taking her out during grocery trips, too, so she can sit in the cart and look around. For these same reasons, it seems like a convertible seat might be better suited for our upcoming road trip out West, too. With so many trips in/out of the car, that seems like a "pro" in the convertible seat column.
Welcome to my world of indecision.
More than likely, we'll end up keeping her in her infant seat through at least the end of May/early June (she'll be about 9 months old), but maybe we'll change our minds on a whim.
If you're a parent, what did you do, and why? Or, if you haven't made the switch yet--do you have a plan for when you will?