CAR SEATS

By the time those twins arrive and you are actually ready to put them in infant car seats and leave the house, you are going to be exhausted.  So you want car seats that are safe but known for easy use.  You may also need to consider the space you have available in your vehicle. We chose and highly recommend the Britax B Safe 35 Infant Seats.  We read lots of reviews and decided the pros outweighed any cons.  And we’ve been very happy with them over the first year.  The bases are super easy to install and remove.  The seats themselves feel super safe and sturdy. They are so much nicer and way more comfortable than the Graco seats we had for our first two children.  And they come with the nice comfy shoulder and leg protectors that keep the straps from digging in to sensitive skin. We also chose these car seats because they were compatible with the Baby Trend Universal Double Snap-N-Go Stroller Frame.

Here’s what other parents of multiples suggest:

  • We have the Chicco Fit2 2-Year Rear-Facing Infant & Toddler Car Seat, Tempo! They have two stages. Stage 1 for infant and Stage 2 for after infancy. They come with bases but can also be used without bases (we’ve yet to figure that out or try!) We love them so much and even a few nurses at the hospital mentioned how awesome they are. Some even own the car seats for their little ones as well.
  • We love our Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seats. The only other infant seat I would have used is the Britax B Safe 35 Elite Infant Seat. I did a lot of research and those are the best.
  • I would start with one set of infant only car seats and get bases for each of the cars. Then I’d move to convertible seats for everyone’s car when they outgrow the infant seats. My favorite infant seat is Chicco. My all time favorite convertible seat is anything Britax. I’ve had just about every model and can’t find anything negative to say about them. We started using that brand in 2002 when my 16 year old was a baby, and we’re still in love now with our twins.
  • I have 3 across in my Honda Odyssey. My son had just turned 2 when the twins were born. Right now my 3.5 yr old is in a forward facing Evenflo Maestro Booster Car Seat and the twins are rear facing in two Evenflo Symphony DLX All-In-One Convertible Car Seat
  • We have 3 across rear facing. I had a 17 month old when twins were born. She is in a Britax USA Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat and the boys are both in Britax B Safe 35 Elite Infant Seat. All 3 fit across perfect in the second row of our Honda Odyssey. Not sure another Boulevard one would fit, but my plan is to try.

 

Q.  What Convertible Car Seats do you recommend for toddlers?

A.  Recommendations from other parents of multiples:

  • We went with the Britax USA Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat, I will never go with another brand. I also purchased the booster clicktight for my older daughter too! The installation is very easy, once installed they don’t move at all…
  • We love Maxi-Cosi Pria 85 Max Convertible Car Seat. Don’t be fooled though. Do your research and you’ll find you can buy a perfectly safe seat without paying top dollar. We also have Diono Radian that we love for forward facing. Not rear facing.
  • We have the Graco MySize Convertible Car Seats in my car and paid about $130 each on sale (reg. price $179). My in laws have the Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seats and paid about $70 each on sale. Safety wise they are both comparable but the Graco MySize is so much easier to install, easier to change strap height, easier to tighten straps and has cup holders. My twins will be 3 in June and can still comfortably rear face in the Graco MySize.
  • We have Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seats car seats as our primary set. I think they’re worth it for many reasons but particularly love the ease of adjusting strap height with a click of a button and we never have to worry about twisted straps.
  • We have 4 –  2 Britax USA Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seats & 2 Britax Advocate ClickTight Convertible Car Seats. We needed sets in each car b/c we split daycare pickup & drop-off.
  • I love my Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seats I did a ton of research and made it way more complicated then it needed to be. Don’t do that
  • We also have the Britax USA Marathon ClickTight Convertible Car Seats. And coming from someone who spent several years working in marketing for Babies ” R ” Us, I got to know the car seatmanufacturers pretty well! Britax always went above and beyond on safety standards so that was a big plus in my opinion.
  • We have 4 Chicco NextFit Convertible Car Seats. Expensive, but when we only had two it was a pain in the rear when coordinating getting the girls places. 4 makes life much easier! We got more expensive ones b/c I’m always running errands and we take a couple road trips a year and I want our girls to be comfortable in the car. I also know my cousin used the same carseat and was in a car accident that totaled her car but her almost 2 year old was safe. Knowing how bad the accident was and knowing she was safe helped make my decision.
  • You can buy a less expensive seat and it’ll still be perfectly safe. Cosco Scenera NEXT Convertible Car Seats is dirt cheap, rear faces to 40 pounds, and it’s a smaller seat, so it’ll be easy to fit 2 in a car.
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