We are considering switching DD to a convertible car seat. I am curious to see what others think about switching her at this point.
What is prompting the idea is largely our big trip back home to Indiana for Christmas. Based on previous trips with her up there, we will have a 12 hour drive each way. So I wonder if DD (who definitely prefers being more upright as opposed to leaning back) will be happier and more comfortable in a convertible car seat instead of the infant bucket.
As further background, we went to her six month appointment today and she weighs 20 lbs. 8 oz. (97.5%) and is also in the 95th percentile for height. So she is a big girl!
Do you think it is reasonable to switch to a convertible car seat at this point? Do you think it will make her any more comfortable for our long drive?
honeydew / 7463 posts
My son definitely is happier in the convertible vs the bucket. I would never have considered a road trip in the bucket but I would in the convertible.
And some people have their newborn in a convertible! Many are safe from 5lbs. So as far as safety you're good
grapefruit / 4400 posts
I would switch now since it seems like she's a big girl and she would be comfier in the convertible. We switched around that time, once we stopped carrying the bucket inside once we got home.
pomegranate / 3230 posts
My son was much happier once we switched him to the convertible. I don't see any downside (other than the convenience of the bucket being removable from the car without waking the baby).
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
I would switch in advance of the trip. If she doesn't like it you can switch back before the long trip anyway.
pomegranate / 3565 posts
I don't see a reason not to switch. Is there a specific concern?
grapefruit / 4355 posts
@Mamasig: I guess I'm just concerned that I'm being silly since, although she is big for her age, DD is still well within the height and weight limitations for our infant bucket. So there is not an actual NEED to switch her yet.
pomegranate / 3658 posts
Why not? We also don't need to switch yet but we are going to anyway just because. Go for it.
nectarine / 2433 posts
@Mrs.KMM: We did exactly this when my DD was 5 months. She was about the same size as your LO at six months too. We switched because she hated the bucket so much, she loved being able to sit "up", see out the window and I think ultimatly the infant bucket bothered her reflux.
We did a 7 hour trip each way to visit some family and she did way better than expected.
pomegranate / 3565 posts
@Mrs.KMM: I switched both of my boys before 6 months. They were both big like your baby.
pear / 1657 posts
DS hated the infant seat and we planned at road trip at about 5 months, we figured there was no harm in giving the convertible seat a try and it definitely helped a lot.
coconut / 8483 posts
Assuming you will keep her facing backwards, no problem switching her! We switched my son around 7 months I think.
GOLD / wonderful pea / 17697 posts
My guy has always been in the 95th+ percentiles all his life, and we switched him to a convertible around 5.5 months. He was technically still in the weight and height range for the bucket, but the real pro of the bucket was being able to take it on and out quickly but he was really too heavy for it to be a benefit anymore. He was way happier in the convertible....way more room to stretch!