So we got our car seat. Yay!
We actually had a lot of trouble picking out our car seat. I did tons and tons of preliminary research in the weeks after we found out that we were pregnant. I cross-checked user reviews and safety performance and durability and resale value and all sorts of stuff. We even went to the store a couple of times to check out the different models and see if one stood out. I ended up narrowing it down to about four or five, when suddenly we realized that there was a problem that we hadn’t thought about.
In July (just weeks before we knew we were expecting), Kyle and I bought a Subaru Imprezza Wagon. We got a good deal on it and we’re generally happy with it, but we had noticed that the back seat was awfully small and, while car seat shopping, I suddenly realized that it might be a problem. Well, we measured and did some research, only to find out that Subaru Imprezzas of all types have an exceptionally small backseat and require special car seats. Tiny car seats.
So, our car seat selection pool was narrowed by quite a bit, which is probably a good thing in retrospect. I was so worried about finding the perfect one that I might have just flip flopped forever. When our choices were narrowed down to about four possible models, the decision got a lot easier. So we picked one and added it to our registry and yesterday it arrived! (Thanks, Chris!)
It’s a Chico Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat with Base and it just fits in our tiny backseat. (Our car seat is only 17.4 x 15.4 x 28 inches, much smaller than the Graco Snugrides we were looking at, which are 17.2 x 24.2 x 26.7 inches). It’s actually a really, really nice car seat. We like the colors a lot and it’s very easy to detach it from the base. The base was easy to install, because we have car seat locks in our backseat already and Kyle just had to snap it in and then tighten them.
We did have to adjust the passenger seat a bit, but Kyle swears that he’s comfortable. (I drive 90% of the time, so he’s the one that’s going to have to be squished with the car seat behind him.)
Interesting thing about where we put the car seat: a couple of weeks ago, my sister and I were talking about car seats and she mentioned that they put their car seat behind the driver’s seat because she had read somewhere that drivers instinctively protect their side of the car in an accident. I thought a lot about that, but it’s more practical to have our car seat on the other side because we need to park our car on the street a lot and it will be easier for us to get the baby out if we’re not trying to dodge traffic in the process. So, we put the car seat behind the passenger seat and decided it would be fine.
Then, on our way home tonight around 11 o’clock, we were about two blocks from our house when someone pulled out and ran into our car. Luckily I was able to sort of see that they weren’t stopping and I sped up, so they only clipped the back of the passenger side. If I hadn’t hit the gas, they would have run right into the passenger door. You know, where we put the car seat.
The driver was horrified to see the car seat, even without the baby, and I was a little horrified myself that the whole thing had happened. I still don’t see how we could move the car seat to the other side, but it definitely made me a little nervous…