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    light weight infant seat

    I am looking for an infant seat for my DNi, due in Feb. Her mom has a bad back, has had surgery, and needs a light weight seat for when she chooses to use it as a carrier. I have a BV waiting for when baby outgrows the infant seat, so there is really no need for a 30lb seat (and I'm sure they are heavier anyway).

    I have thought of the snugride, flex loc, combi seats (haven't seen these in person). Which of these is lightest and which would you recommend? This is a first child and the parents both drive older cars, so an easy install would be best. I wish I had more experience with infant seats, but my obsession didn't start until we were in convertibles.

    I have recommended that mom just remove baby from the seat and use a light weight stroller and/or find a carrier that doesn't irritate her back. I can't imagine carrying a baby and seat with a bad back. She says she would put the seat directly onto a stroller either way, but she still wants an infant seat.

    What would you recommend? TIA.
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    I am very short and have back problems. When my DD2 was born we started with a snugride, but I bought a BabyTrend. The BT was much easier to carry for me because of the handle. I could brace it by hooking it at my elbow and holding the handle from underneith and that made over half the handle sit on my forearm. It was easier on my back than the graco. As for seat weight, didnt make a huge deal of difference between. I did find that handling the weight of the seat was easier with the BT.
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    Personally I wouldn't buy an infant seat at all. I'd get a convertible that fits newborns well (maybe a Scenera since you've got a BV waiting for later) and a really good lightweight stroller that fits newborns well (possibly with handle extenders if she's tall to make sure it fits her well.) I just really really hate lugging carriers, and part of that is that they hurt my back! If my back was that bad I'd prefer a stroller over a sling probably though, especially for later on. Even the most lightweight carrier seat is going to weigh probably at least 12-15 lbs., and add near ten lbs. of baby to that, in an awkward thing to carry, it just doesn't sound good for anyone's back to me. If she MUST have a carrier, make sure she has a Snap and Go, and problem should be solved (as long as she finds a brand that has the right height handle for her.)
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    you know... convertible is great b/c you can just get the kid out tho a pain when your kid is sleeping and you still have to bend down. i also don't like to carry the infant seat too much b/c it's heavy for me. i have a snap n go (or you can use the graco or whichever brand will fit), which i have it ready next to the car door. i just transfer the infant carrier straight onto it wherever i go so i don't have to lug it around so much.

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    Re: light weight infant seat

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupqueen View Post
    Personally I wouldn't buy an infant seat at all. I'd get a convertible that fits newborns well (maybe a Scenera since you've got a BV waiting for later) and a really good lightweight stroller that fits newborns well (possibly with handle extenders if she's tall to make sure it fits her well.) I just really really hate lugging carriers, and part of that is that they hurt my back! If my back was that bad I'd prefer a stroller over a sling probably though, especially for later on. Even the most lightweight carrier seat is going to weigh probably at least 12-15 lbs., and add near ten lbs. of baby to that, in an awkward thing to carry, it just doesn't sound good for anyone's back to me. If she MUST have a carrier, make sure she has a Snap and Go, and problem should be solved (as long as she finds a brand that has the right height handle for her.)
    Quote Originally Posted by sopapia View Post
    you know... convertible is great b/c you can just get the kid out tho a pain when your kid is sleeping and you still have to bend down. i also don't like to carry the infant seat too much b/c it's heavy for me. i have a snap n go (or you can use the graco or whichever brand will fit), which i have it ready next to the car door. i just transfer the infant carrier straight onto it wherever i go so i don't have to lug it around so much.
    Jess said she mentioned this and that they really want an infant seat anyways.
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    I believe the lightest infant seats are the combi shuttle and the new phil & ted infant seat (but thats not out yet)

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    Re: light weight infant seat

    The Safety First infant seats are incredibly light.

    That being said, I don't particularly care for them. They can be a difficult install, and that sewn up harness business in the back might be confusing to some.

    However, if she can get a good install, and her only requirement is a lightweight infant seat, it's not a bad seat per se. Five point harness, front adjust and EPS foam. Could be a lot worse.

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    Re: light weight infant seat

    She finally registered for a travel system. It's a pink Graco travel system from Target, but it's back adjust. I'm trying to find her a front adjust travel system to compromise with. Of course, I think she'd be better off with a car seat and just a stroller frame - like a snap n go - but she's a first time mom and most of us registered for a travel system, right?

    How much heavier is the Snugride than the Flex Loc or Combi or Safety 1st seats? Are the safety 1st seats rated ok easy of use wise? I really want her to be able to use this seat correctly, as easily and quickly as possible. Of course, I am planning on buying them the car seat and I can't buy something as $$ as a Keyfit. Even the Combis are a bit too much if she also wants a stroller.

    I think I have ruled out the Flex Loc because the handle must be down and I don't want to add anything else to the list of "to dos". So, that leaves us with Combi, Graco, or Safety 1st, right?
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    Really the weight difference between all the seats is negligable, though some are more or less awkward than others.

    Personally I was able to adjust my back-adjust SR much better than the friend's front-adjust I used for her daughter a couple of times. It just fit the baby better that way.

    Isn't the Safety 1st seat the one with the really weird harness adjuster that is a pain to change the slots on?
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    Re: light weight infant seat

    Just wanted to update that my brother's girlfriend ended up choosing this travel system. It is the Graco Metrolite in the Regal pattern. I love it! She went with it because the SR weighed less than the other infant seats we looked at and the stroller was lightweight and easy to fold and carry.

    Anyway, I am very happy to report that both soon-to-be-parents were very open to my safety suggestions. I taught them how to install the seat in all positions in their car. They have LATCH in all 3 seating positions. I'm so jealous! They listened to me about after market products, etc. I will be calling from time to time to check on things. I won't be visiting to meet the baby until early March, but you can bet I'll be doing a car seat inspection.
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