Looking for a baby car seat!

Hi guys

Looking for a baby car seat , budget is around $180
I also have $50 ebay voucher so ebay purchase is preferred.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thx

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    what age baby?

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      I am expecting my first child in 4 weeks

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        For my three kids we had a safe'n'sound brand - 0-4 years seat. Easily removable covers if you need to give it a really good wash. Otherwise it cleans pretty well anyway. Starts as a capsule then is turned around to be a seat.

        When we had our first baby we went for a lift out/removable capsule type seat. It was good but not really necessary. Stuck with the 0-4 with the next 2.

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        Did you end up buying any car seat? I am looking for one too. Missed out on last 20% off babies r Us sale

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    Never get a secondhand cat seat from eBay. If possible get one from an ebay retailer.

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      "Never get a secondhand cat seat from eBay"

      Cat seat ? you must be Cat Lover, lol

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      Any particular reason? except "new is always better than used"

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        if the car seat had been in a car which had been hit by a truck and then rolled down the hill side, whilst on fire and the family inside were burnt to death then there may be stains on the seat.

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      most car seat manufacturers replace the car seat for free if you are in an accident

      http://www.britax.com.au/service-support/crash-exchange/

      http://www.maxi-cosi.com/au-en/service/accident-exchange-ser...

      cause they want to do research on the car seat to see the impacts usually

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      I am not buying a second hand anyway!

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        good!
        have u considered renting a capsule? I didn't but people rave about it
        u can click the baby in without taking it out and u can get adaptors for baby seats
        good if u intend to travel around a lot, baby is settled

        u can hire them for 6 months cheap (google it)

        then u get a car seat after that

        my friend recently got this and the lady who fitted it said wait on buying the car seat as new models are coming, mainly with isofix, a quick way to install in the car, if ur car is from 2112 on it most likely have the isofix anchors (google that too). makes installation a breeze. currently only 2 models have it (and are the expensive models)

        I personally got the meridian, mainly due to the size of my car (recommend u going to baby store and test it). some models are long which means the front seat needs to be pushed forward a lot (needs a hand gap)

        got bub in my arms so grammer might be poor lolz

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          We had a capsule for our first. It was OK but Didn't feel it was necessary with our next 2.

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          @altomic:
          yeah my bub loves car rides and doesn't cry too much getting in and out of the car. have heard others which cry all the time! lolz

          hire for baby is the place my friend renting it from. places all around aus.

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          @djones145: that's who we went through. It was handy to see how to install car seats properly (didn't know any one in the town we were living in who could show us)

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          @altomic:
          yeah my local one was very nice, they are usually mothers working from home

          gave me lots of tips and even how to install it forward facing so I don't have to go back
          really nice people
          hard to get to (cause most are mothers with kids at school etc)
          call after 10 and before 2!

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          We hired a capsule from Kidsafe until bub was big enough for our forward facing seat. Cheap and they installed it properly for us as well

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    $79 from aldi.

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    Hi OP, Looked into eBay online store like target, toyrus…nothing looks cheap on car baby seat. Not sure if price has been up since 15% eBay site just finished recently.
    check out deal direct. Got one that is $189 for 6months onwards.
    If it is infant, you may need to search under baby capsule instead.
    don't forget 5% back from cashreward.com.au if you buy on eBay. Cheers Good Luck and Congrats.

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      Thanks
      Also one question, if i buy 6m-4yr baby seat, is that fine to use for infant it gets to 6 months. Or does the hospital has any rule not to allow you to take your child home in those seat or it must be a 0-6months seat. I am not sure.

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        No, you need a "basinette" type "seat" for a new born. New born has no neck muscles to support its head.

        You can get a 0-4 years seat that can be fitted for new borns and then "adjusted" and turned around to be a seat once baby is able to sit up. Most of these car seats have extra padding which can be removed so as the child grows you can make the seat roomier to the bigger kid.

        You very quickly learn how to install and uninstall kids car seats yourself.

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    You can buy Infasecure Neon at bigW on special at the moment for $149. Use your ebay voucher on something else.

    Instore only sorry
    https://www.bigw.com.au/product/infasecure-neon-car-seat-bla...

    For an older child they have the Rally but it's not listed on their website.

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      Second this, really nice seats and if you have time to wait for a discount, they do go down to about 110 on sale.

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    4 weeks…. GET UR Car seat now! babies can come from 37 weeks on! don't want to be rushing around thinking of car seats and installation when it comes!

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    I can't help you on cheap car seats. All I suggest is educate yourself in extended rear facing car seats http://www.rearfacingdownunder.com

    No child is ready to be in a forward facing car seat at 12 months of age let alone 6 months.

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    There is very important and regulatory information on CREP
    https://www.childcarseats.com.au/

    Do anything but don't buy second hand or from overseas seller.
    All seats sold in Australia have to go through the tough standards that also dragged ISOFIT into it( we are later comers)
    Capsules are good imo but if you have a big baby they only last few months. If still interested in capsules there is one in the market which goes upto 12 months

    Also look at the dynamics of the car and future car seats and if you have a third row, check how wide the seats are, you might need to settle for narrow one's( they are still safe and have high CREP rating)

    Compare here
    https://www.childcarseats.com.au/find-and-compare-child-car-...

    You might see that most expensive one aren't usually the safest one's.

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      that site aint bad, unless u get one of the newer model and then u get this message
      "Planned to be tested**" :(

      and that was for the meridian safe and sound that is 2 years old! hmmm

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        This will explain you why

        https://www.childcarseats.com.au/who-we-are
        CREP is a partnership between:
        Transport for NSW (TfNSW)
        The National Roads & Motorists' Association
        Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV)
        Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and
        VicRoads.

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        and that was for the meridian safe and sound that is 2 years old! hmmm

        CREP simply doesn't have the funding to test all seats, hence my comment below about not basing a purchase entirely upon CREP results. A CREP tested seat isn't intrinsically better than a seat that has not been tested. The main time you'd take note of CREP tests alone is if the results were bad. It should be remembered that ALL seats sold in Australia must meet strict safety standards, as mentioned by 777. Ours in Australia are among the strictest out there.

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          except the old maxi cosi euro which had to be recalled!

          new model is out and suppose to be compliant! and 100 bucks more expensive!!!

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      Don't base your buying decision entirely upon CREP results though, because not all seats are tested.

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        agree,but thats just an assurance , specially with first time parents
        Anyways as I said all seats sold in Australia have to go through tough standards and certification

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