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Check now at Babies-R-Us, Toys-R-Us and Walmart (probably Target, too) - they floor models will be on clearance. The covers will be dusty, so you'll have to wash them, but they'll already be assembled! I found my 2nd child's infant seat at Walmart for $10, base & everything. From: "Mark and

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    Check now at Babies-R-Us, Toys-R-Us and Walmart (probably Target, too) - they floor models will be on clearance. The covers will be dusty, so you'll have to wash them, but they'll already be assembled! I found my 2nd child's infant seat at Walmart for $10, base & everything.

    From: "Mark and Emily May" <mtmay@...>
    Date: Sun Jan 1, 2006 8:54 pm

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    I used second hand carseats for both of my kids. You can take it to your local
    police station and have them make sure it is safe. I always washed them down
    with bleach and washed the covers in hot water.

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    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:24 pm
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    Car seats that have ever been involved in a car accident should be
    disposed of immediatly. Stress points can occur which are not visable,
    compromising the safety.

    If you purchase a used one, do so from someone you know, and who was
    the only owner of the seat.

    Cosco makes one that sells for around $65 at Target.com, which is
    likely a bit cheaper than that at Walmart, and if you can find it at
    Toys R Us, you can use TRU or BRU coupons, plus the gift card towards
    it, and get it for around $20 total.

    Take your child with you, and Toys R Us lets you strap the child into
    them, and test how well they will work for each child, and your own
    needs.

    From: "Heather" <gilly_bean_baby@...>
    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:51 pm
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    Another thing is, if you buy new, you will have the registration card
    which you'll want to send in because then they will send you
    notifications of recalls or if the seat needs a replacement part or
    something like that. If you do decide to buy used (please, from a
    trusted friend who can tell you if it's been in an accident and not
    from a flea market), be diligent about checking online for recalls.

    From: Erin M Davey <erinfloyd101@...>
    Date: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:30 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Digest Number 1476--car seats

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    I bought our latest edition (keep in mind that toddlers ruin carseats?you?ll probably have to buy two in her llifetime) at K-mart for $89. It has armrests and a cup holder, but the biggest attraction is that it doubles as a booster seat. It is by safety first. So if you do manage to embrace the toddler years w/ only one carsear; you wouldn?t have to buy a booster.

    From: "Martha Villanueva" <mpvillanueva@...>
    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:08 pm
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Infant car seat dacrazyzoo

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    The other reason for not buying used is the aging of the seat. Over time the shell will become brittle & break down. (They also need to meet current codes.) If you have an older seat, it may not withstand larger impacts. When my kids were little there was very little I bought new........this was thing that was worth their safety & one less thing to worry about.

    To save money, try & look at used clothing, toys, etc. Those items where safety is not as much of a concern in the actual item. Money you save in this department can be put towards a seat. Check the sales, price shop..........identical seats shouldn't $$$'s apart. You may be able to find a seat that is cheaper than the one with the coupon. Specialty baby stores tend to be higher priced. Try Walmart, etc. Best of luck!

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    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:12 pm
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Infant car seat luvu4always2002

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    Most car seats are supposed to have a date on them somewhere and if its
    passed that date they are unsafe to use so if you do find a used car seat
    that was bought a year ago and everything is still good on it then it should
    be fine. I did it with my daughter one year. Now my son he outgrew is
    carseat last year and it was tax season time so we splurged on a 89.99 car
    seat at walmart that is supposed to be until he is out of carseats and can
    be used as a booster seat eventually. It doesnt have those fancy cup holders that come out of the sides but i figure he cant even reach the cup holder so why buy it. It does have the bar that comes down and extra padding around where he has his head and its almost a year old and its still looking good. It also reclines a little bit. Its an Alpha Omega ( dont know the brand just the model) and i thought it was worth the money because it will last a couple years unlike those infant car seats...LOL

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    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:45 pm
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    My dd just finished using a booster seat. On her booster it has an experiation date on it. I have never seen this befor I have 4 children. It is good for 6 years

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    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:00 pm
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    The reason why you don't buy used car seats is because you may not know if they have been in an accident. If there is a way to buy a carseat from someone who bought it used and knows that it was never in a wreck, I don't see why you shouldn't. I know I bought the baby carrier/carseat new, but the booster seat type car seat I buy used. Mine are the high back, 5 point harness and I have never had a problem with them. But make sure you check them for cracks, sun damage, brittleness or any thing that looks 'funny'. My kids are in very carefully inspected carseats that have had one previous owner who swears they were never in a wreck. But follow your gut on this one. If paying the extra money prevents you from worrying, then buy new, if not, buy slightly used.

    From: "D'Ann Hart" <dhart@...>
    Date: Fri Dec 30, 2005 2:30 pm
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    When I bought my infant car seat brand new, I knew nothing about expiration dates on them. When I found out about them I looked at ours and it was a year and a half old when I bought it brand new. Had my youngest not gotten over 20 pounds by 6 months, we would have had to have the debate of using it even though it was expired or buying a new one for a few months. He's only 4 years younger than his older sister, but car seats are only good for 6 years and it had a year and a half in sitting in the box. Moral of the story: If possible ask to see the expiration date on the one you are getting if you want it to be able to use it for a long time.

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    One more thing, as my kids got older and needed seats for bigger kids, I went to a county sponsored car seat check. Although we didn't fit the income guidelines for the free seats, we were able to purchase them at a very reduced rate. The county gets them at cost from national makers and passes them on for that same cost. We paid $47 for a carseat that we had looked at in Walmart for $89. The best part was that they were able to show us how to properly install it! Something to look into weather or not you meet income guidelines.

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    Exclamation Re: car seats


    As a preschool special bus driver I own my own set of car seats. Usually from 6-8 at a time. I know what to look for and when to not accept them from friends.

    But what you need to remember is if your child has to ride in a car seat on the bus, most times the drivers bring the bus to your house before the first day of school so that the kid can get used to the bus. Also so that the child can be adjusted to the seat. The seat adjustments have to happen twice, once before they start school and once when the winter coats come out.

    When they do this you need to get on the bus and check to make sure that the carseat is secure. I have seen many kids flip a seat or turn towards the aisle of the bus because someone didn't make sure that the seat was secure.

    The proper way to make sure that a seat is:

    1. with the straps included in the box with the carseat.
    2. Kneel or sit in the seat yourself as you or someone else pulls the carseat strap.

    Most times in a bus its number 2 because they are transferred between buses so much. But you as the parent need to know that your child is safe on the bus every time you put your child on that bus.

 

 

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