Week 25, Day 6
Here’s the current quandary in a nutshell. We have two cars. Do we need two car seats?
Here’s the expanded quandary. We want something really safe, so we’ve been looking at the Britax line (Marathon, Boulevard, Advocate). Those seats are not carrier-based infant seats, but instead the fixed convertible seats (i.e., rear-facing as an infant, forward-facing at the appropriate time, good up to as much as 65-70 pounds). I’m particularly drawn to the side-impact protection, because while I love my 2007 Subaru Forester and feel like it’s a pretty safe vehicle, in the case of a side-impact collision, the collision would pretty much come at baby level and I just want the extra stuff there.
Michael drives the 2005 Land Rover that we got to replace his Infiniti that drowned in our driveway in New Orleans. I’m less concerned about all the extra side-impact cushioning when Little Dude is riding with his dad. But while I’ll be doing 90 percent of the Little Dude chauffeuring, there will be times when we need to pack up Little Dude and sweetoldyellowdog Bailey and some luggage and take off for The Dirt or New Orleans.
I should also mention that our final two stroller choices do come with infant car-seat adapters, but I’d been planning more on using the Ergo wearable carrier and the stroller and *not* on schlepping a car-seat carrier around.
What the heck do we do? What have you all done? One kid, two cars, two seats? Hold off on the convertible seats and suck it up for the infant seats at first? Invest the money we’d spend on two infant seat bases plus infant seat into the second convertible seat? Input, please!