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Travel System

When did you guys transition from your travel system to a regular stationary car seat? My LO is only 4.5 mos but I feel like he’s not comfortably fitting in his Britain’s travel system car seat anymore (is this even possible?). So when did you switch? Also, is it a huge pain? I feel like the travel system is so convenient (especially in the winter) since you can pack them up indoors and just carry the car seat in and out. He definitely getting heavy in it tho, so I won’t miss that part. Thanks in advance.

  • 2Boys&aDog
    Jan 15

    My son is 13 months and still in his Graco infant seat. 4.5 months seems super young but you know your baby best. Mostly all stationary seats accommodate infants so it will be fine. I still love putting my baby in his seat into the snap and go travel stroller for convenience. We will probably switch in the next few months though. He is almost twenty pounds. Hope this helps!

  • Michaela
    Jan 15

    We’ve had the stationary seat since birth and sometimes I wish I have the travel seat but honestly I’m not even 5 feet tall and my son is heavy so I know that it wouldn’t have worked for me anyway. We have the Greco4ever and my son always has seemed comfortable in it!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    My son stayed in his infant seat until he was like 13 months old. He was always pretty small though. With our daughter, we transferred her to a convertible carseat when she was about 6 or 7 months old. She's really long and at the time was a little chunkier because she wasnt very mobile. She was MUCH more comfortable in her new carseat. She likes that it sits up higher so she can see out the window. She's 10 months now and still loves it. We havent had a single problem. Each kiddo is different. If you have a friend or someone that you can borrow a seat from to try out first, do that. Otherwise, just go with your gut. You know your baby best.

  • Kristin
    Jan 15

    Thanks! Michaela and Anonymous, my baby is only 15lbs so it’s not that he’s overweight for the seat but I think he is kind longish for it (70th percentile in height) and he has never seemed that comfortable in it so I think the stationary seat may be better suited. My main hesitation is that he does nap for car rides which is nice (I will line up store trips with nap times Mose days for ease of mobility) so I get nervous that having to physically take him in and out of the car seat to run into stores all the time (instead of just lifting and clicking the travel system) would be a bit of a pain. Do you run into this?

  • Kendall
    Jan 15

    We did it about 6/7 months. But my son was almost 20 pounds and we could hardly carry him in the carrier seat anymore so we kept an eye out for a sale on the car seat we wanted and at that point we switched! I know people who keep their babes in the infant seat through 12 mo but my son is just huge lol but yes, I’d wait through the winter! Definitely easier to snuggle up.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    For the winter, yes, it can be a pain. Also, since your baby probably isnt sitting up on his own, he wont be able to sit in a buggy/cart at the store which means you will need to wear him or carry him, making it harder to shop. I'd probably wait until winter is over and then switch, just to make it easier on yourself.

  • Michaela
    Jan 15

    My son is in the 95th percentile for height so I know what you mean! The Greco4ever has not been a problem for him! Sometimes I do run into this, it was worse when he was younger (he’s 8 months now) so sometimes I would just sit in the car a little longer and read or go on social media. But other times I would just wake him up and he wouldn’t mind (he enjoys the grocery store a lot-a cart cover with support was the best purchase I’ve made). Other times I just switch him to a stroller and he can go back to sleep or is happy being awake. If his naps surpass 20 minutes I’ve found waking him up is fine.

  • Raji
    Jan 15

    We switched our daughter at 10 months and it is hard when she naps. If she is napping as soon as you take her out of the seat she is up. Same with keeping her covered to and from the car; as it’s recommended not to wear big jackets in the car seats.

  • Brianne
    Jan 15

    Mine is 5 months and spends most of his time in it trying to lean forward to sit up straight, (we thought he was constipated because he just sits there and grunts and groans trying to use his abs). He is also tall and his feet are already hanging off the end. so we’re in the same boat. We are waiting til after he can sit up unassisted so maybe in the next couple months he’ll be out of it.

  • Amy
    Jan 15

    Not an answer, but 4.5 does seem early - did you take out the extra seat cushions And adjust the straps? We did that at about 3 months in our Britax and she has so much more room!! Check your manual (or you can find a copy online) if you aren't sure :) It's true though, Britax is sooooo heavy as they get bigger!

  • Kristin
    Jan 15

    Yes Amy, the shoulder straps are definitely the toughest part but it doesn’t seem like they’re are any other holes? I’ll check the manual asap!

  • Alexis
    Jan 15

    We moved both our babies to the convertible seat by 6 months. I actually planned to use it from birth but my first baby was so tiny that he just didnt really look comfortable in that big seat. Almost all convertibles are safe from about 4 lbs so if you are ready then go ahead and make the switch!

  • Shannon
    Jan 17

    We moved our little guy from the infant seat at 4 months because he was an inch from being too tall fir it, based on the guidelines.