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Our baby is due in a few weeks and we had been told by friends that hiring a baby capsule was the way to go, and later buying a car seat. The idea being that you could take the baby out of the car without waking the baby in the capsule.
But other friends have suggested that it is more cost effective to get the car seats that go from newborns to young children, and it's good to get the baby used to being taken out of the car.
Any thoughts? What worked best for you?
We hired a capsule from the Red Cross, very convenient. It was more economical for us to hire the capsule - only about $70 for 6 months - and we were able to save up for the car seat. I guess it all depends on whether you have the cash up front for a car seat or not.
I found that I got a very sore back with the baby capsule, so with baby number 4 we brought the newborn/toddler seat which really saves my back.
The only disadvantage is that I can't take her out of the car asleep.
I too am due for our first in some weeks to come, the issue/concerns that I had were safety and also what would fit into our car whilst still being able to use both front seats for driver and passenger.
I too was thinking about the concerns of when bub is sleeping and taking him out of the car seat and awakening him..however we have since decided that economically and car comfort to buy the carseat that reverses into a forward facing seat once bub is long enough/strong enough to hold his head.
We are going to be firm about when he is sleeping when we go visiting for relatives/friends etc just to let him be...
We have bought a safe n sound deluxe compaq which also fits into small cars....
Bec & Peanut
When our first was born, we bought one of those seats that converts to a child seat down the track. She's now in a booster seat and where happy to pass her baby seat on to my sister in law who is due in a couple of weeks.
We never really even thought about hiring one as we knew we would have to buy one eventually, The seat we bought was fantastic for both my kids and now it's going to be their cousins seat.
We bought a Safe n Sound deluxe car seat, one that was reversible. Whilst it is a fantastic car seat and DD is now in the upright position and she looks so comfortable in it :) I wish we had of hired a capsule to start off with.
When we were out visiting people or going out for a bite to eat, we had to take her from the car seat and put her into her pram. This was OK, but if she was asleep we disturbed her and some of the cafes/restaurants didn't quite have space for a large pram. If you have a capsule and you want to eat out, go visiting etc then I think this is more convenient and bub can sleep comfortably in it too. Next time around, we shall hire the capsule first. We will be able to use our car seat as the padding is washable and the fabric is nice and plush. Can highly recommend the Safe n Sound brand and they have heaps of styles, colours etc depending on how much you want to spend. Target and Big W stock some styles of Safe n Sound, but if you go to one of the specialised baby shops, you will find they have a larger range to choose from.
All the best
i have a 5 1/2 month old and we borrowed a capsule for her for about the first 8 weeks. and found it really good because we could take her out of the car and she could stay asleep while at family and friends and even out in resturants.
we then had a new born to todler seat to get through the rest of the time. we have just turn the seat to face the front, and she just loves being able to see more (and i love being able to see her happy face). :)
I think I might stick to our original plan and hire a capsule and get a seat a bit later.
It sounds like it's alot more convenient to carry a sleeping baby in, especially before they start crawling etc.
I'll keep in mind the Safe 'n Sound car seats when the time comes - you can't beat a recommendation!
Thanks again, I appreciate all your replies, they were very helpful :)
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