Cast Your Vote:

    • Infant carrier -- Votes: 14
    • Convertible -- Votes: 8
Which would you use and why? Aliyana 16 kids; Tacoma, Washington 2 posts
Oct 22nd '12

ok mamas! im new to BG but looking to get a few answers.

which do you prefer and why???
Infant carriers or the convertible car seat? i dont mean the one you buy AFTER the infant carrier. im talking about the ones that can be used with a 5 pound newborn....

basically i want to know, how safe are the convertible car seats for a newborn compared to an infant carrier??? does it matter as long as they are rear facing?

with my first child i had planned on getting one of those travel system stroller/car seat combos but with the fact that both my husbands family and mine are all really tall i know our furture kids will outgrow an infant carrier lengthwise before they get too heavy for it. would it be better to get a convertible car seat from the start???
im willing to sacrifice convenience for something safe that will last a while. but after looking at them in the stores it just worries me. the convertible seats are so big!!! i have heard the horror stories about using the newborn positioner things in the seats so i know you arent really supposed to use those, but even with the harness in the smallest position it just seems like it will be too much room for a tiny baby to be strapped in safely!

so tell me your opinions! if you used a convertible right from the start did you like it, did it seem safe, or did you wish you had bought the infant carrier? for those who used an infant carrier to begin with did you like transitioning to a convertible seat or did you miss the easy snap in infant carrier? i just want the best for my next child, i need to be prepared and hearing other mama's opinions will hopefully help out! Thanks Ladies!

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
Oct 22nd '12

Convertibles are safe, but I like the convienence of an infant carrier, so that they can snooze from the car to the house, since car rides will pretty much invariably put em to sleep.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
Oct 22nd '12

Also........WELCOME TO BG :-D

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*Amo a Mis Nenas* 3 kids; Birmingham, Alabama 8838 posts
Oct 22nd '12

i like the infant seat until around 6 months when they can sit up. it's easy to just bring them into the store with you and keep them in the car seat, or while out to eat. i actually really didn't like the convertible car seat till closer to 1 yr..

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3644 posts
Oct 22nd '12

They are both just as safe for a newb, as long as the baby fits the weight and height requirements.

I prefer to start out with an infant car seat though purely for the convenience. I like being able to put baby to the stroller from the car without waking them. The one I have now for DD is a Safety 1st onBoard Air 35. It holds a baby up to 35 lbs and I believe 33 inches. Also has 17% more leg room than other infant seats. Has a minimum of 4 lbs also. DD is 13 months and still fits in it perfectly.

Mother of Hayward. 1 child; Illinois 2673 posts
Oct 22nd '12

I used and infant carrier and loved it.
Well, up until DD got fat. :)
It was just easier to use, and more convenient. Wouldn't have to wake her if she was sleeping, could keep a blanket over her when it was cold out.
But we ended up switching to a convertible when she was 6 months old.
It's okay I guess.

Aliyana 16 kids; Tacoma, Washington 2 posts
Oct 22nd '12

Thank you for your input ladies! :)

Devil Duckie 3 kids; New York 48700 posts
Oct 22nd '12

Graco is making a new car seat in their click connect line.

the click connect 40 goes from infant carrier to convertible rear facing car seat as your child grows. It will fit up to 40 pounds and extends so your child can rear face for up to 2 years as recommended now. You have to buy the stroller and car seat separate, but the combo is under 400.00

Emma+Abby+Logan+Charlotte 4 kids; Oregon 3628 posts
Oct 22nd '12

We used a convertible for the start with our middle child. It worked out great. With our oldest we only used the carrier for four months before it became a hassle so i wasn't about to waste my money on something like that again. I just used the Moby wrap when we went out and thank god allot of stores now days have little infant seats attached to the carts so you don't have to worry about that. If you go straight for the convertible make sure its high quality though. We started out with a Britax. They are amazing. Also make sure the seat as infant support built in because you never want to use after market products . If you do end up with a carrier go for one with a high weight and height limit because you don't want to be buying a seat again four months after your child is born. With our third we got a carrier because having two other children to deal with was just to much but we bought the Combi shuttle which goes to 33 lbs and 33 inches . My son is now almost 9 months old and over 20 lbs and i can still carry him in his seat if i have to. I love love love his carrier !!

MummaShana Due May 10; 3 kids; New Hampshire 249 posts
Oct 22nd '12

I say the infant carrier because otherwise, the seat stays strapped into the car and you have to wake your sleeping newborn to go in and out of the car..Makes shopping hell too (I'm not a fan of the infant seats that stores have on some of the carts..They kind of gross me out..) So you would either have to use a stroller, wrap or carrier (Moby, Ergo, etc), or walk around the store holding the baby..Another thing to think about is seasons..If you live somewhere that snows or gets pretty cold during the fall/winter months, then you can keep baby warm in the infant carrier going from car to house, etc..

Chelsea. 2 kids; Hurley, New Mexico 372 posts
Oct 22nd '12

Both are safe. I chose an infant carrier because it'll be cold out, so she'll be warmer not having to buckle her in the convertible carseat outside. I can buckle her in all cozy, put a blanket on her lap, and a blanket over the top til we get in the car. If we were having a summer baby I would probably go with convertible