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    Convertable seat for tiny baby?

    So we have been using an Evenflo Portabout infant seat with our 4 month old dd, but its not functioning properly.. it keeps getting stuck in the base and I keep hearing a clicking noise, like the seat is clicking into place in the base well into car rides, so I dont feel comfortable keeping her in this seat any longer.. It isnt expired but its had lots of use (this is the 4th baby its been through) so I think its just worn out.

    Anyways, we cant afford to buy a new infant seat (hence why we were borrowing this seat from my sister) but Im leary to switch her into the Evenflo Triumph we bought for her awhile back.. she's 4 months but she's super scrawny at 8 lbs 8 ozs and 21 inches.. I know the seat says from 5 lbs but there is no way a 5 lber would safely fit in that thing IMO..

    So my question is, would it be safe to switch dd RF in the Triumph? Or should I continue using the Portabout? We also have a Cosco Arriva in my MIL's car that we could get back for dd, but I've never felt very safe with my kids in a 3 point harness.. What would you do in this situation?
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    The Triumph has really low bottom slots, it should be right at her shoulders, and a little above is ok. If I hated the portabout, I'd happily switch to the Triumph, personally.

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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    The Triumph would be perfectly safe. She is a bitty little thing, isn't she?

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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
    The Triumph would be perfectly safe. She is a bitty little thing, isn't she?
    Yep.. she's just a peanut. She was a preemie though, born at 34 weeks, so she's actually only 2.5 months adjusted age. She just finally started fitting into her 0-3 month clothes at 3.5 months!

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    Arrow 5 point harnesses are safer

    What vehicle year/make/model The "best" seat fits the child, fits the vehicle & is always used correctly Always read & follow both the carseat + vehicle manuals.... The Triumph should be just fine since it does fit small babies better than many convertibles -- in a few years she might outgrow it before she's truly ready for a booster, though, so just remember us & check back in with us Also, I would order replacement straps just in case they've been washed or ironed: new straps will be easier to prevent from twisting, too
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    I would feel very comfortable using a triumph for a newborn, they have very low bottom slots and it has a very good recline that is almost like an infant seat. On the other hand I would not feel at all comfortable about using an arriva. It is an absolutely horrible seat, because of the way it buckles it doesn't fit babies very well and there's no way you're going to get a good fit on that small of a baby.
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    Re: 5 point harnesses are safer

    Quote Originally Posted by papooses View Post
    What vehicle year/make/model The "best" seat fits the child, fits the vehicle & is always used correctly Always read & follow both the carseat + vehicle manuals.... The Triumph should be just fine since it does fit small babies better than many convertibles -- in a few years she might outgrow it before she's truly ready for a booster, though, so just remember us & check back in with us Also, I would order replacement straps just in case they've been washed or ironed: new straps will be easier to prevent from twisting, too
    I drive a 2002 Hyundai Accent.. and the seats have an awful incline so I HAVE to use rolled towels to keep any rear facing seat at a 45 degree angle..

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    Re: 5 point harnesses are safer

    Just wanted to mention that you can use the portabout without the base. The seatbelt goes though the bottom of the seat so it can be installed like a regular RF seat. And since the seatbelt doesn't go over the baby it's easy to put the baby in and out of the seat while it's installed in the car.
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    Re: 5 point harnesses are safer

    I'd be fine using the Triumph for a baby that size.
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    I installed the Triumph for dd in my car today.. surpringly she actually fits pretty well in it. Although two RF Triumphs in my Hyundai Accent takes up ALOT of room.. theres only about 4-5" between the seats. My only concern is ds beating up on his sister.. lol

    And I'm going to just install the portabout in dh's car w/out the base. Speaking of, I best get out there before it gets dark. Thanks again for all the great info!

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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    Just out of curiosity, how old is your portabout? I mean did you buy it new? I bought one a couple of years ago and also had problems with the base and I called evenflo and they sent me a brand new one and it worked fine. I always think that it something doesn't work right you should talk to the manufacturer, you pay alot of money for baby stuff and I would expect it to work properly.
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by mominabigtruck View Post
    Just out of curiosity, how old is your portabout? I mean did you buy it new? I bought one a couple of years ago and also had problems with the base and I called evenflo and they sent me a brand new one and it worked fine. I always think that it something doesn't work right you should talk to the manufacturer, you pay alot of money for baby stuff and I would expect it to work properly.
    Oooo! Good suggestion. I never felt good about using my base either. It was always sticking.
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    Quote Originally Posted by mominabigtruck View Post
    Just out of curiosity, how old is your portabout? I mean did you buy it new? I bought one a couple of years ago and also had problems with the base and I called evenflo and they sent me a brand new one and it worked fine. I always think that it something doesn't work right you should talk to the manufacturer, you pay alot of money for baby stuff and I would expect it to work properly.
    It was manufactured 07-10-03 and while I personally didnt buy it new, it was bought new by my mother when my sister had her first child and all the grandchildren have used it (dd is #4).. so Im not sure if its something theyd replace, or simply attribute to normal wear/tear.. that and Im pretty sure they stopped making this model a few years ago.

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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    Well technically its only 3.5 yo and since its been in the family I would still call. I think that if a seat expires in 6 years then it should work correctly for all 6 years and shouldn't start falling apart until after then. My seat always stuck in the base I had in the truck, but worked great in my mom's van. So I do think it has something to do with the base definitely. And besides, if they're not making that model anymore make you can talk them into giving you a different replacement seat.
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    Re: Converable seat for tiny baby?

    The evenflo triumph is a great seat! i have it, and it would fit a little tiny baby just fine. like pp said, it has very low harness slot placement for the lowest harness positions.

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