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    Help: buying car seat in UK for use in US?

    Hello!

    I'm moving to the US in August with my 1 year old son. He's just at the end of safe use of rear facing his group 0 car seat (head now at the top of the car seat). We'd like to get a new car seat that does extended rear facing.

    We have a 4 hour coach journey from the airport to our new home. Ideally I'd like to have the car seat already, so that he can be safely buckled into his own seat. So I'm looking for an extended rear facing car seat that can be purchased in the UK, but also be legal in the US? Or we are flying into a major city so in theory we could stop there and buy a car seat? Are car seats kept in stock? These things are usually ordered online in the UK.

    Ideally it would be suitable for both UK and US use as sadly we're only going to be in the US for one year. I'd be so grateful for any suggestions.

    Thanks!

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    As far as I know there are no seats that are legal for use in both the U.S. and the UK.

    That said, if you bring over a UK seat the odds of getting in trouble for using it here, especially since it will be obvious that you are from overseas if you get pulled over, are slim to none. So if you want to take your chances, that's an option.

    Unfortunately I don't think any of the extended rear facing seats over there are able to be installed on airplanes.

    So you have some choices to make. You can get a seat when you land here or maybe even have someone pick one up and bring it to you at the airport. There are seats available on the shelves at many major retailers. Walmart carries a basic but suitable seat for $44 USD. You could get yourself a nice seat to use at home for years like the Axkid Minikid (my not so secret car seat crush) and store it for the year you're in the U.S., or pack it up and bring it with you.

    There's a company called Kindseats in the UK that specializes in extended rear facing. They may be able to help you with selecting something.
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    What airport are you flying in to? We might be able to check and see what retailers might be close enough to take a bus or light rail from the airport to buy a seat.
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    Re: Help: buying car seat in UK for use in US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lara44 View Post
    Are car seats kept in stock?
    Car seats are generally kept in stock at major retailers.


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    Re: Help: buying car seat in UK for use in US?

    Thanks for the advice We have decided to get a car seat in Manhattan where we're getting the coach onwards to our new home. There's a shop within walking distance that stocks Maxi Cosi so I think we will get the Pria that's on the recommended list here as it's well within our budget.

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    Re: Help: buying car seat in UK for use in US?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lara44 View Post
    Thanks for the advice We have decided to get a car seat in Manhattan where we're getting the coach onwards to our new home. There's a shop within walking distance that stocks Maxi Cosi so I think we will get the Pria that's on the recommended list here as it's well within our budget.

    Excellent idea

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    Re: Help: buying car seat in UK for use in US?

    In Manhattan, go to Buy Buy Baby rather than Babies R Us. Buy Buy Baby has a much better selection of in-stock car seats in general but especially in Manhattan.

    In fact, you can take the airport transport bus to 34th St/Penn Station and just walk down 7th Ave to Buy Buy Baby on 26th (very short walk). Don't bother with the Subway, take that private airport bus.

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