Back in the days of early pregnancy (sigh, how things were different then) I bought a stroller / car seat / combo thing of which I have railed about how I dislike it. Well, the car seat has expired and Mr Long and Lean has almost grown out of it anyway, so Ross and I planned our Sunday to include a shopping trip to buy a new car seat.
Like most of my purchases these days, I spent some time online before going to a store researching different car seats. For those that don’t know, there are many different kinds of car seats for various stages of childhood and there are extremely good laws about child safety in cars. Infant car seats are sort of “stage 1” and can come in infant only, or an infant / child type of seat. Here is more info about car seats, from Transport Canada. Our previous car seat was an infant only car seat, and Mr Giraffe Legs here has already reached the end of it. So I went searching for a new car seat, and decided to go for a “convertible” style of car seat that can be rear facing for his infant days, and then forward facing up to 47 lbs.
There are many many brands out there, and an equal number of reviews, and it really depends on a few factors such as what physical shape your baby is as that will determine how comfy it is, and how much space you have in your car, and also money.
Money. Well, that’s a big one. I’ve said it before that opening a baby store is a license to print money, because there is nothing like playing on an expectant parent’s fears about child safety to make them shell out. Seriously. Brutal.
I kept reading how unbelievably great the “Britax” brand of car seat was, but with a $350 price tag, is it really the best one? Or just an expensive one with good PR? I also read up on the Evenflo Triumph Convertible ($150), and the TrueFit Convertible ($200), as well as the Eddie Bauer 3 in 1($190).
Anyway, so Ross and I decided to make our way to Babies R Us, the Mecca of Baby, and decided we wanted to take these demo models down off the shelf, try strapping Kale in, and see how sturdy they were. Good reviews on the internet doesn’t necessarily make the best one for us. So, Sunday we hopped in the car and headed off and walked into Babies R Us (note to self: never go shopping at Babies R Us on a Sunday afternoon AGAIN – sheesh!). No sooner had we walked in there, that Ross, who was carrying our precious little boy, felt his hand get wet.
And by wet, I actually mean “covered in poop that had leaked out of his cloth diaper and through his pants”.
Yeah. Good times.
Because we were only supposed to be out for about an hour, I hadn’t bothered with the diaper bag. I know, I know, that was stupid. But I like to travel light and every day Kale and I go for 90 minute long walks and I never bring the diaper bag. I just kinda figured.
So Ross says to me “Just grab the first car seat you see, if it sucks we will return it and if it works then we will keep it.” So, we came home with the Evenflo Triumph Convertible because there is no point buying the most expensive one if the cheapest one works just as well. It’s not about the money, but why spend if we don’t have to?
Last night we went out for a quick drive after installing the car seat (which was easy enough) and although Kale squawked as he always does, it seemed just fine. I’ll be writing a Product Review in a few weeks after we’ve had a chance to try it out in a few different circumstances, but so far, so good.
And… lesson learned: Keep emergency stash of diaper and clothing change in the car. Then when I elect not to bring the diaper bag, its not the end of the world.