Monday, 04 October 2010
Kylie at 3 days old, getting ready to leave the hospital.Kylie is currently in a Graco Snugride that can hold a baby up to 22 lbs and has a great safety record. Well she's hovering right around that 19-20lb mark and fast approaching the limit on her car seat. When we first put her in the car seat when we left the hospital, I never thought she could possibly be big enough to outgrow it!
She's now 8 months old and a big girl, she's growing up so incredibly fast! I can't believe how time has flown! She is so very precious to me and I want to keep her as safe as I am able to, and finding the right car seat for her is very important to Kevin and I.
There are a lot of videos out there about car seats that'll scare the bejezus out of a new mom if you let yourself fall pray to those kinds of things. However I want to share two videos that are not intended to scare, but more to convict and teach parents about some recent findings that are not commonly known.
The first video (Joel's Story) shows why I feel very strongly about having Kylie rear facing for as long as possible, and the second video (Kyle's Story) is to show why I feel very strongly about 5 point harnesses being used on older children (and also why a seat that uses the LATCH system is important). Neither are particularly "happy" videos, just so you're aware.Joel's Story
The car seat we are considering purchasing is the Britax Boulevard 70 (a comparison chart of different but similar Britax models). It can be rear-facing for children 5-40 lbs and then converts to forward-facing for a kid up to 70 lbs. It does come with a big price tag at just over $300 though.
The most common complaint is that it is "bulky" which could be a problem once we have more than one kiddo (I know there's a mini van in my future since I want more than two kids...I just can't admit to it yet).
We drive a lot. My parents live about an hour and a half away and Kevin's parents are about an hour away. We often drive on roads that have speeds up to and over 65 mph. I think and feel that this car seat is one of our best options, even if it costs a pretty penny.
Do you think it's worth the price tag? What did/do you use for your child?
Do you know of any other car seats that incorporate the safety features and weight limits offered on this model?