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    Senior Community Member MustangMama's Avatar
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    Shopping suggestion please...

    I am getting an infant seat for emergency foster placements so we have one on hand and won't have to run out and get it if we need it last minute. It will mostly go in the new car. Baby N goes on weekend visits with her bio mom so I drive it on the weekends.

    Sports car + infant seat = headache and non-usable front seat.

    So what is going to give me the most front passenger room? Which infant carrier is the most "compact" and the handle can be up or down according to guidelines? A base is a must also, so keep in mind if the base makes it bulkier or not.
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    Keyfit maybe? Or a Snugride 30? Do the Graco seats require the handle up in the US now too?
    Amy~ Canadian tech instructor (CRST-I), Mama to Peter (4.20.08), riding in a Diono Monterey and a Clek Ozzi; Jasper (4.25.11), riding in a Britax Frontier CT and a Graco Nautilus; and Ruby, riding in a Clek Foonf; wife to my CRST hubby, Chris

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    I have a small 2 door car and I use a key fit for my foster babies. The base does take more room than without the base, but I still find it fairly compact (front seat definitely usable in my car) and I like that it fits preemies well, since we never know who we might have placed with us.

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I know it's not an infant seat, but what about a CCO?
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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Quote Originally Posted by amyd View Post
    Keyfit maybe? Or a Snugride 30? Do the Graco seats require the handle up in the US now too?
    My SR22 or SR35 did not require handle up but with base they take up TONS of room! I would stay away from these... I honestly when I had my 2 door Nissan 240sx coupe couldnt get the front seat to even click back into locked position in the forward most setting with a baseless SR22 in there! Camaro might be bigger, but can't be that much bigger =/

    Best bet... go to BRU they'll let you try seats in your car before you buy!
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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I believe the aton is the most compact. I've heard rumor of the aton being on clearance at brus.
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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I got my sister's aton at BRU in Feb for $79.99. It is super compact and fit in the back of her 2 door Focus.

    Stephanie, mom to Austin 17 yrs, 135 lbs, 67 in, seat belt
    Tyler 12 yrs, 95 llbs, 60 in, seat belt

    Dominick 8.5 yrs, 52 lbs, 50 in, in a Performance Booster, Amp and HiRise
    And Emily, 8-9-14, 2.5 yrs 30 lbs, 35 in, ERF in a CA65, Grow & Go and MA70

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Never even heard of an Aton before

    I will call BRU tmrw, thanks!

    What about a Flex-Lock or however you spell it. They look pretty compact. My sister has one I could use for free.....hmmmmm.

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I don't think the flex loc fits smaller babies well. I would go with either the keyfit or Aton personally
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    Quote Originally Posted by firemomof3
    I don't think the flex loc fits smaller babies well. I would go with either the keyfit or Aton personally
    How small is the baby because you friends 6lb 3oz DD fit well from birth?

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Quote Originally Posted by firemomof3 View Post
    I don't think the flex loc fits smaller babies well. I would go with either the keyfit or Aton personally
    Good call, thanks!

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Quote Originally Posted by christineka View Post
    I believe the aton is the most compact. I've heard rumor of the aton being on clearance at brus.
    The Aton is awesome. The way the base is gives you tons of room front to back

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    ETA: the Aton has a foam piece that you can put under the cover in the butt area for babies under like 10-11 lbs. My baby was 10 lbs at birth and I had to take the insert out! It would definitely be good for small babies.

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I am feeling the Aton love and am really sad that I promised it to a friend and will have to give it up in the next 4-6 weeks. I have never liked a bucket seat before, but this one is awesome I especially love it baseless with the European instal - and I think it would be super easy for you to use it this way and *maybe* still use your front seat!
    Jess, CPST and mom to 6 girls
    W(7/28) is rocking an Aton, S(3) rides in a Nextfit or RXT, O(6) has a Frontier 90, the big girls (9, 11) have Monterey Boosters and incognitos, and the oldest is 15, wears a seat belt and is driving!

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcki737 View Post
    How small is the baby because you friends 6lb 3oz DD fit well from birth?
    OP wants the seat for a potential future emergency foster baby situation. So, there's no way to tell what baby's size would be
    Mama to Sofi: 7.1 yrs, 46Lbs (47"), Boostered in a Turbo, Vivo, Monterey, Cybex; harnessed in Nautilus
    Nanny to BabyD, 21 months in a RXT, Classic Marathon, Boulevard 70

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Quote Originally Posted by NannyMom View Post
    OP wants the seat for a potential future emergency foster baby situation. So, there's no way to tell what baby's size would be
    I don't think this comment was directed at me LOL

    But yes, I have no clue on size of baby or anything! Kinda nerve wracking LOL

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I would also recommend the Aton. It is shorter front to back than the Keyfit. It may not be much, but if you need every possible cm available to make it work than I believe the Aton would be your seat!
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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    I believe the Aton is a full 2" shorter front to back, which is really a lot!

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Aton. The Baby Trends are my car seat nemesis.
    Anna~ RN and expired CPST (hoping to recert soon!)

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    Re: Shopping suggestion please...

    Thanks everybody, Aton it is!

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