So it seems my little man is not so little anymore. At 29 inches long, he is is just an inch shy of outgrowing the height limit on his infant car seat. I admit, he seems a little squished in there lately. While I am sad that my baby is growing up much too fast, I am also sad that the days of snapping my beloved Peg Perego into my Uppa stroller are limited. Transitioning him while he is sleeping from the car to the stroller without waking him will soon be a thing of the past.
Now, the question is, which car seat to buy next? This is a huge dilemma seeing as there are a bunch of car seats to choose from these days. (An exaggeration, I realize, but it certainly feels that way.) I’ll start with what I know.
I’ve used the same Peg Perego Viaggio Sip 30/30 infant seat for both of my boys. When I bought it three years ago, it was one of the safest on the market. And outside of its weight, which is a couple pounds heavier than the other infant seats we looked at it, it has been an amazing purchase. The fabric has held up nicely, it’s super easy to clean, and both of my kids were very comfortable in it. What more could you ask for?
When my older son transitioned into a convertible car seat, we went with the Sunshine Kids Radian xtsl for a few reasons. At the time it was far and away one of the safest and sturdiest seats on the market with a reinforced, steel alloy frame. It was also one of the narrowest seats available, which we needed if we wanted to fit two passengers, in addition to our car seat, in the back row of our compact SUV. While the seat has held up great, I have a few complaints. It is incredibly difficult to install; my husband has to do it for me because I get so frustrated. And while I have mastered tightening and loosening the straps, my parents and my inlaws have a terrible time with it; not the easiest.
Before our second son was born, later last year, we purchased another convertible car seat for my husband’s car, and this time went with the Britax Pavilion 70-G3. It is super cushy and I love the Click & Safe Snug Harness Indicator that actually makes a clicking sound when the harness is appropriately snug enough; our parents especially love this feature. I am also in love with the EZ-Buckle System that keeps the harness buckle in a forward-facing position so my son doesn’t sit on it when he gets in. Totally genius!! It is also incredibly safe. Britax is definitely the tried and true when it comes to car seats.
So, now what? Do I go with another Sunshine Kids (now Diono), another Britax, or the new Peg Perego convertible car seat? I’ll let you know what I decide…