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Did you know that a car seat is the only baby gear item you're legally required to buy?
Did you know that a car seat is the only baby gear item you're legally required to buy? Even if you don't have a car, most hospitals won't let you take your newborn baby home until you have them securely fastened in a car seat. That's why it's an absolute registry must-have. There are four basic types of car seats you need to know about, and you can read up on all of them in our Car Seat Guide. The difference between them has to do with the size your child. Up first: Infant car seats. Designed to fit babies up to 6-9 months, they're made to be portable, so you can switch your sleeping baby in and out of the car easily. Toddler seats hold children from around 6 months of age until about 4 years or 40 lbs,. and remain rear-facing in your car until your baby is 1-year-old. Once your little one has outgrown a toddler seat, transition them to a booster seat. It's basically a mini version of a regular car seat with added safety features and a weight capacity of up to 100 lbs. Your other option? Save money and buy a convertible car seat, which can either transition from infant seat to toddler seat or toddler seat to booster seat! Browse our picks now, and then add it to your registry in a snap, with our Quick-Click Registry Checklist. see less
I have read that the Britax is the worst culprit of off-gasing toxic fumes from its materials. And then I have read that Orbit is the best in this category. What about the Maxi Cosi?!? I am trying to find the best convertible car seat for my soon to be one-year-old. I also didn't see much information on the safety ratings for this car seat. I appreciate your thoughts!
giggle, and all of our partners, are working hard to not only meet but exceed all current, changing and pending requirements for the safest, healthiest - and whenever possible - most eco-friendly standards. Across the board, our giggle car seat manufacturer picks must meet the highest safety standards available. Whenever possible, we also work hard to select the products that are also using the most environmentally friendly finishes and dyes available while still meeting all applicable governmental safety regulations.
In addition to being a best-of-class manufacturer for safety, Britax is compliant with all applicable federal and state standards regarding the reduction or elimination of certain chemicals or elements. Moreover, all Britax suppliers were required to confirm that their components are free of any levels of Phthalates and PVC as of January 1st of 2008. Furthermore, Britax has worked with its’ suppliers to eliminate halogenated flame retardants, those containing bromine and chlorine, in favor of non-halogenated flame retardants, effective as of September 1st, 2009. The current compliance standards that Britax mandates for these chemicals are monitored both by independent laboratory as well as through internal Britax testing where practical. In addition, testing has been completed and Britax suppliers have committed to using BPA-free polycarbonate plastics used in all Britax products since the end of 2008. We consider Britax among the leaders in not only offering the safest convertible car seats but having quickly and effectively responded to improving standards for their parts vis a vis our children's health and the environment. We encourage you to consider Britax among your top choices.
You are correct that Orbit is also a leader in this category, and one of the reasons that we have been so excited to add them to our giggle offering. They make smart travel systems.
Maxi Cosi has long been the leading car seat solution throughout Europe. They meet and exceed all US and European standards, as well as a growing list of global standards. Like Britax, as a global manufacturer of the highest rated seats, they also meet and exceed all current materials standards. The reason you do not see as many ratings on the Maxi Cosi is simply because it hasn't been in the US as long as the car seats it competes with here. Most of those reviews/ratings, like Consumer Reports, are done on an annual basis.
For these reasons and more, giggle remains focused on not just meeting and exceeding the highest standards available in all of our product choices but also complete transparency with our consumers both through questions & answers like this and in our consumer ratings.
Will I love this car seat even though I have no other Orbit items?!? I like the look of it, the mocha color, and that it is eco-friendly in way of not leaching harmful chemicals, and a good safety rating. I'm torn between this and the Britax.
I think you absolutely will love the Orbit Baby Toddler Car Seat, even if you are not using the entire system. We love it for the same reasons you do: healthy materials, easy to use, soft fabric, great colors, and it meets all required safety standards! One advantage the Orbit Baby seat has over the Britax car seats is the ability to swivel if you are using it in conjunction with the car seat base. This allows you to load the seat and child at the most convenient angle for you.
Keep in mind, the Britax Boulevard has a weight maximum of 65 lbs, which is 15 lbs more than the Orbit, so you'd be able to use it longer before transitioning to a booster seat. Also, the Boulevard can be used from birth, where the Orbit has a 15 lb weight minimum.
If you are looking for just a 2nd stage seat, the Orbit Toddler Seat is still a great option, but also look at the Britax Frontier 85. It has a minimum of 25 lbs, and holds up to 85 lbs in harnessed mode, and up to 120 lbs in booster mode.
If you need any further help, give us a call at 1-800-495-8577, and we will be happy to get you in touch with one of our superb personal shoppers!
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I have a 2009 Bugaboo Bee with a car seat adaptor for the Satchi Graco Snugride (22lb). My son has outgrown his original snugride, so we are looking to purchase the Snugride 35. Do we need to purchase a new car seat adaptor too or can I use the one I have? If we need to purchase a new one, will the new one work on my 2009 Bee or is it made only to work with the 2010 Bee?
Yes, you will be able to use the 2009 adapter with the SnugRide 35 car seat! Aren't you glad Graco makes such a thoughtful product like the SnugRide 35, so you can continue to use an infant car seat with a quickly growing child? We sure are!
Quick note: the 2009 adapter will not work with the 2010 Bee, just as the 2010 adapter is not backwards compatible with the original Bee stroller. This is due to the 2010 model having a wider seat base than the 2009 model. Thanks so much for this great question!
We are looking to purchase the Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat - but we're not sure it is compatible with the Graco SnugRider Infant Car Seat Frame Stroller. Can someone help answer this for us? Thanks much in advance!
Can the sungride 35 be installed without the base, using the vehicles seat belt?
3 years, 11 months ago
It’s always safest to use the base, but if you need to hop in a cab quickly, or you just don’t have the base with you, yes, you can absolutely use the lap belt to secure the car seat in. Thanks for asking!
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