Saturday, September 17, 2011

Carseat overload

Wow, so I realized yesterday that the Eskimo had outgrown his carseat. Now, either I wasn't paying close enough attention, or he shot up a couple inches overnight. Or both. We have a Chicco Keyfit 30 infant seat that is good up to 30lbs or 30" tall. Well, the Eskimo is nowhere near 30lbs, but he is currently 31" tall. Another problem is that his head is now even with the top of the carseat, and it should be at least an inch below it. Oops. Bad mommy.

So, cue the flurry of activity and research. I have spent the last couple of days poring over convertible carseat reviews, reading forum posts and begging other mamas for information and advice. And I still have no clue what I'm doing. I know that I want to keep him rear-facing as long as possible. And this article really solidified that for me. I'd also like to purchase something that will last him until he no longer needs a carseat or booster. But, we're trying not to spend our entire savings on this thing either. Ack! Information overload!

I've found a handful of seats that are recommended by other mamas and have gotten good reviews online. We'll be heading to Babies R Us tomorrow to try them out and see how the Eskimo fits in them. He's a tall, skinny boy, so we'll need something that accommodates for that. I'm also going to need something that will fit comfortably in the backseat of my car, a Jetta station wagon. Not known for it's backseat leg room.

I'll let y'all know what we figure out. And for any other mamas in the same boat, here's a helpful link:


  1. mama, my DS who will be 4 in December and has always been big for his age is still RFing in a Radian XTSL - he's 34lbs or so and at least 42" at this point I'd say :)

  2. oh, and I drive a Nissan Sentra, so not so roomy in back either!

  3. I actually have a Jetta station wagon! I had three rear facing for a while. Yikes! It is a small back seat for rear facing seats. The radian works well in the center but it won't fit any where else. You can get it more upright in the the Jetta wagon using the tricks. A britax or a myride fit behind my seat but not my husband's but it is tight. I would go for the radian in the center.


    This post shows when i had three rear facing seats in there. A radian in the center, a boulevard and a baseless baby trend. My dd is 5 now and I have two rear facing a myride for the baby and the radian.