When my little one was 5 months old I was quickly getting tired of her infant seat, she wanted to sit up more, and I was not hauling her around in it anymore since the seat/baby combo was getting mighty heavy. I knew the time was approaching to switch her to a convertible car seat but was not looking forward to shelling out the cash for another seat. I needed a safe & affordable car seat that would last us for a long time.
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Top choice: Graco Extend2Fit
One safe & affordable option is the Graco Extend2Fit This is a great seat as it’s convertible and will fit your child up to when they are ready to transition to a booster seat. Personally, I chose this seat. It also doesn’t take up a lot of space due to its small blueprint, which is perfect for those of us with smaller cars. This seat also comes recommended by car seat aficionados. You can read their review of the Extend2Fit.
My daughter is now 14 months old and we still love our Graco Extend2Fit. We love it so much that two other family members have purchased the same seat. It’s so convenient for us all to have the same seat so we all know how to work it and it’s affordable for the grandparents to purchase. My daughter is happy riding in this seat and it’s easy to adjust as she’s grown. I’m in several online mom groups and this is one of the most popular and most recommended seats by moms! Find other favorite baby items on my essential baby items list.
Tip: When removing your child undo the bottom buckle, then press the release button and pull out of the chest clip to loosen the straps before unhooking the chest clip. This makes it easier to get your child into the seat next time and keeps the straps the same length.
The alternative: Graco 4Ever
Another great option is the Graco 4Ever car seat. This seat is a 4-in-1, it’s good for infants and up through older children that just need a booster seat, however, it’s likely the seat will expire before your child gets to stage 4 if you use from birth onwards. You could simply buy a backless booster seat once your child is ready for it, but it’s an option if you want a truly long lasting seat.
This seat also comes recommended by Car Seats for the Littles. You can read the review for the Graco 4Ever on their site.
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If you need more information about safely installing your car seat please check out the Car Seats for the Littles page or Facebook group or find a certified car seat tech near you to inspect your install. Having a properly installed seat and rear facing as long as possible can be the difference between life and death in a car accident. Also be sure to check the expiration dates on your seat and replace the seat after any accident.