Can you recommend a good car seat?

My daughter is 7 months old and quickly outgrowing her current car seat. It's one of those that came with the stroller. I love the stroller but the car seat is terrible! It never stays still no matter which seat we put it in and it tips over because the seat belt keeps giving slack and wont stay tight. I think it's the base that causes this.

I want a convertible car seat that doesn't require a base and can stay still in my Explorer's backseat without me having to worry she is going to tip. (It's terrifying!) I want one of those that starts rear facing and can becoming forward facing (since I think she'll be facing forward soon, right?).

Thoughts? Advice?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:18 PM on Feb. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'd recommend either the True Fit or the Scenera, based on what you can spend. Both RF to 35lbs, but the Scenera FF to 40 and the True Fit FF to 65 which is important to me. It's also a bit more cushy and looks more comfortable (I have both of these seats)
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 7:22 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • I had the same problem with on of my infant car seats tipping on my son! It freaked me out! I even had one of those car seat installation places put it in! for a convertible car seat i just got a cheap one at wal-mart. i am going to get it installed wed. My friend has the same one and she loves it! and yeah she can face forward when she is one year old and at least 20lbs. but i do recomend keeping her rear facing as long as the carseat allows you! pm if you have any additional questions.
    8firsttimemom8

    Answer by 8firsttimemom8 at 7:35 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • Okay, before I suggest a seat I have to say this .. OMFG do not put your kid in a seat that freakin' tips!!!! Can you imagine what will happen if you get in a wreck???? That seat is gonna fly your kid's head right into a window!!!! If it isn't in right ... you kid has no business in it!

    Lol. OKAY THEN!

    Now, what kind of budget are you on for a seat? If you are really strapped for cash, the Cosco Senera is under $50, rear faces to 35 (max in US), a forward faces to 40 (which is the drawback)

    The True Fit is under $200, and I have heard a lot of good things about this one, but there are a lot of little rules to using this seat (at each weight stage you have to do things like remove the extra insert, tether, use a belt instead of LATCH, etc).

    The Britax Marathon (or any britax seat) are also really awesome, but pricey, above the $200 range.

    cont ...
    Arkaidy

    Answer by Arkaidy at 7:37 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • ... cont

    The best seat is one that fits in your car, and is used and installed properly EVERY TIME. It doesn't matter what brand. :)

    And anotehr bit of info I'd like to share .... you asked: "I want one of those that starts rear facing and can becoming forward facing (since I think she'll be facing forward soon, right?)."

    Rear facing is THE SAFEST way for anyone in a car to ride, adults included. In a FF seat, your child is violently THROWN forward, and risk internal decapitation via a severed spinal cord.
    In a rear facing seat, your baby's head and body are cradled into the seat.

    There is a 70% less risk of injury in a crash rear facing.

    Please take 5 seconds to watch this short short videos to see what I am talking about:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKIeExpDLDA&feature=related

    and this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKIeExpDLDA&feature=related

    I hope you are
    Arkaidy

    Answer by Arkaidy at 7:41 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • What Arkaidy said. Yep.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:49 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • OOps, the end got cut off, I said "I hope you are open enough to learn what you can, and take good advice to heart and do what is safest for your child, and may save her life one day.
    Arkaidy

    Answer by Arkaidy at 7:54 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • Yep, yep - I agree - what Arkaidy said.

    The absolute soonest she will be forward facing is still 5 months away. And she must also be 20 pounds or more at the time. But even once she is both 12 months or older AND 20 pounds or more, it is still safer to keep her rear facing.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 7:57 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • mine is the same way!!! i was just thinking about that on the way home, the baseSUCKS!!! i was getting paranoid about an accident. i have found that if you do not want to buy a new one, move your car seat behind the passangers seat. that works for me, mine is 9 months.
    CNehneva

    Answer by CNehneva at 8:15 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • She is over 20 pounds, but I know 2 year olds still rear facing and I'm okay with that. :) She has a mirror, so I can see her.

    I knew I would get yelled at for the tipping car seat. That's why this is anonymous. However, I readjust the seat belt on it every day to make sure it's tight again. It only tips if I don't readjust it.

    My spending limit is open really. I just want my daughter safe no matter how much it costs.

    Thank you for the help ladies!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:17 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • Oh, btw, are you installing the base with the seat in it, or just the base separately??

    Cause I think you'd get a good install installing JUST the base, and then snap your seat in there.

    I'm actually surprised too, cause I thought bases were SO much easier to install that convertible seats. I wonder what the problem is .... hmm.
    Arkaidy

    Answer by Arkaidy at 8:19 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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