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This past Sunday my wife and I were out and about running errands and one of our errands was to buy a new car seat for my daughter.
She’s 15-months-old and sits up in her current car seat, which is a booster car seat. We believe that she is ready to face forward and so thought that we should swing by a local baby store to pick up a new car seat. Picking out my 3-year-old’s current car seat was actually relatively easy, so picking out a car seat for a 15-month-old should be a breeze… right?
We thought for sure that we were going to buy her a new booster seat. Looking at the booster seats in stock, the first thing that we looked for that it needed to have 2 cup holders. We let the girls drink both milk and water in the car in their “no spill” sippy cups. Say what you will, we chose the ease of letting them have these cups in the car and dealing with any consequences later.
We found the one that we wanted. It was the Platinum Evolve 3 in 1 Combination Booster Seat.
This seat was perfect for our daughter, because she runs host and it has TempRight Fabric that is designed to keep the child cool and comfortable while traveling. Looking around the selection above, we notice that it’s not in stock. A clerk checks and tells us it’s in stock in another store, that’s 30 minutes away. We can purchase it on Amazon, but it will take 1-2 months for delivery.
Hmm… While we are processing this news, the car seat expert in the store finally arrives to help. He tells my wife, while I’m letting my restless 15-month-old practice walking, that a convertible car seat may be the way to go instead especially if your child will nap in the car, which makes sense. Our first daughter was a non-napper, early. Can’t remember for sure, but I believe she gave up napping by the age of 15-months. Our second daughter is still napping strong, somewhere between 2-4 hours a day.
She’s also a good traveler, which wasn’t our first daughter’s best trait. So, we are excited to start taking trips together as a family. Hence, I became a travel agent :). Problem was that it was lunch time and are girls were breaking down, so we figured we would think about it and come back to it later that day.
After we put the girl’s down, I jumped online to see what the best convertible car seat was that also was great for babies that run hot. Not even 5 minutes later we landed on the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat. It has 630 reviews on Amazon with 4.5 Stars, is easy to clean and has self-wicking fabric that deodorizes and draws liquids away from the skin to help keep your child dry and comfortable. Only 1 cup holder, though ;). It's crazy how your experience with both kids can be so different.