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Does anyone else feel like they were unprepared for all of the decision making that goes hand in hand with being a parent? Because I sure was! Picking the right infant carrier, co-sleeping vs crib sleeping, cry it out vs soothing, breastfed vs formula. The list really does go on and on. And from what I can tell the choices aren’t going anywhere. In fact, many of them are getting harder to make the older Sadie gets.
She is now 20 months old and we have made the transition to a convertible carseat. She was getting to the point where she was so miserable in her infant carrier. We had it as upright as it would go and she still was so unhappy and truly had just outgrown it (although she is definitely on the petite side). So I knew right away I wanted to go to buybuy BABY to find the perfect seat for Sadie. And I must say, I was surprised at the one I actually picked! The two that were on my radar I didn’t love and we wound up getting one that I had heard basically nothing about!
Basically, when it came to choosing a seat for her I had a few criteria in my mind that I knew I wanted. The more I learned while we were in the store, the more I added to my list! Things that weren’t even on my radar were brought to my attention and now I can tell you I will forever be looking for certain things. So, I knew that I wanted something that was safe (obviously) and that fit Sadie well. For instance a seat that is super spacious wouldn’t be ideal and very safe for her because she is so petite. And while, yes, she will grow, based on her growth so far she will be growing more vertical than growing horizontal in a…ahem…fluffy manner.
Another criteria that I had was comfort. We live 5 hours away from my family and 2 hours away from John’s so we spend a lot of time in the car. It was very important to me that whatever seat we chose be comfortable for her. So many look like giant pillows and basically that was the goal. Finally, I wanted something that would grow with her and be easy to install. I feel that I found all of these criteria (and more that I will get into later) in the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio. Before we get into the reasons I love this convertible carseat, lets talk about the ones I THOUGHT I was going to love.
First, the Maxi Cosi Pria. This is the one that I thought I was going to love. I have seen so many other people rave about it and how awesome it is. The girl helping me immediately told me about the breathability of this seat. I.E. there is absolutely no breathability. Which may not be a big deal for certain climates and parts of the country, however, the Texas summer heat is no joke and the last thing I want is a grumpy toddler because she’s burning up in her carseat and sitting in her own sweat. So basically this one instantly became a pass for me. It also was a little roomier than I felt comfortable with. It also doesn’t have side impact protection like the Peg Perego one did.
The other seat on my radar, or rather the brand on my radar, was Britax. I really hadn’t done too much research on specific seats, but Sadie’s infant carrier was Britax and so is her stroller so I thought it was at least worth looking into. I look at the ClickTight seat and instantly knew it would be too big for my car. If you are in a large SUV this would be practical, however, I think anything smaller (compact suv, midsize suv or sedan) would be very impractical. I loved the features on this one and it was hands down the easiest to install, but thats only good if you have a space to install it that it will actually FIT. So we passed on that one.
At this point all roads were pointing to the Primo Viaggio. Now. More on why I love it and what made me decide to pull the trigger. So it is a European brand of carseat, meaning it is tested and held to their standards as well as ours. Which the standards in Europe are much higher than in the states. Shocker. It has side impact technology that makes it so much safer. The fabric is incredibly breathable and it comes off easily and is machine washable. Which, if you have a toddler you know is a necessity. We put Sadie in this convertible carseat and she instantly loved it. I knew this one was the right choice for us.
So, here are a few tips form my experience shopping for a convertible carseat.
1. Make a list of your wants/needs ahead of time. I feel like this was so helpful for me and it made it easier for the sweet girl helping me. She knew what I wanted and was able to better navigate me through the store.
2. Do some research ahead of time. This kind of goes hand in hand with tip number one, but seriously. Know at least one carseat ahead of time that you want to look at. You may be surprised how you feel about it once you see it in person.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In fact, I would suggest calling ahead or setting up an appointment to have an associate help you. They can answer any questions you may have as well as maybe point you in the right direction. That is what they are there for and what their jobs are. They are a great resource, so use them!
4. Bring your child along. This goes against every single instinct I have as a mom, but I am SO glad Sadie was there. I was able to actually put her in each seat and see how it fit HER body. So, bring the little one. And bring backup to help with the little one. My mom and friend came along and were able to help keep Sadie entertained when she wasn’t trying out seats.
5. Don’t shy away from a high price tag. I know this is easier said than done, but I promise if there is anything you are going to spend money on, this is one item you won’t regret. The safety and comfort of your little can’t have a price tag on it. Budget ahead of time when you know you will making the switch so that you can get the seat you really want without passing out over the price. And remember, this stuff is expensive. It just is. Kids just are.
*BONUS TIP* Go with your gut. Seriously. You’ll know what is best for your family. So at the end of the day do it.