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    Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    I have a 11 months old baby who stil *just* fits in her Chicco Key Fit infant seat (she weighs about 16 pounds, and her head is about an inch and a half from the top). I also have a Britax Marathon that I've been waiting to install. We're taking a car trip this week, and I was just wondering which option would be the safest for her? Thanks in advance!


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    Admin - CPST Instructor wendytthomas's Avatar
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    Apr 2006

    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    Either is safe provided she fits in both. Which would you prefer to use?

    wendy, cpst-i mom to
    piper, 7/26/02, 62", 108#, seatbelt, driving her own car
    laine 9/16/09, 54", 96#, Nuna Aaces, Diono Solana 2
    in my husband's 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser, my 2017 Volvo XC90, and big sister's 2016 Honda Civic  785

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    CPS Technician sunnymw's Avatar
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    Albany GA

    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    If you think she'll grow an inch and a half in a week, put in the marathon.

    I think the chicco is skinner, so if you have other stuff in the backseat, or other people, that may be the better option. OTOH, if you have someone sitting up front the whole trip, the MA may be a better option b/c it can be more upright and take up less room front to back

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    Moderator MomToEliEm's Avatar
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    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    It might be nice to have the carrier for those times when your child wants to sleep while not in the car and you don't have a safe place to let her rest.

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    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    Thanks everyone! Sounds like there's no clear advantage either way as far as safety goes. We'll probably just leave her in the Chicco. Thanks for your responses!

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    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    I would take both personally. I would install the marathon and use it, but then if you want to use the chicco for the baby to lay in or sleep in, then just put that in the backseat.

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    CPS Technician cryswilkins's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    North Carolina

    Re: Road trip-which is safest for my baby?

    Is she happy in the Chicco? If so then I would leave her in the one that she is used to.

    Crystal, CPST Mama to Zoe 11/30/2006 , Ollie 1/3/2010 , Eli 9/24/2012 and Baby Isabel 7/23/2015

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