While reading through Baby Essentials that Aren’t which inspired the post on solids, I found this bit on car seats. Since I heard a police officer talking about car seats Thursday, it’s already been on my mind. Way before Zuzu was even born, I found a Graco pattern I loved because it matched my house and was more-or-less gender neutral. Problem was, the line was being discontinued. So I decided I wanted it immediately and didn’t think to research more. Also helping the decision was my step-mom’s generous offer to buy it for us. Thanks, Kay! What I didn’t expect was for Zuzu to be born half grown and have almost out grown the car seat by six months. There are a couple of things I’ve loved about my infant seat. It was really handy when she was first born to put her in the car seat in the apartment and carry her to the car, especially since I didn’t trust myself on the outdoor apartment stairs. It has also been great (up till now) to be able to put her in the stroller while still in the seat. That said, if I had known she was going to have outgrown half-way through the first year, I would have asked for an all-in-one car seat like TrueFit or Evelflo Triumph (Kali’s pick).
I just wrote all that out and then realized in my state, kids have to be car seats (or boosters) until they are eight. If we have kids spaced 18 months to 2 years apart, that could mean four kids in car seats at one time. Good grief! I guess I’d better hold on to the infant seat regardless! and start saving for a minivan!