View Full Version : Best convertible car seat for Zipcar family?

01-02-2015, 10:57 AM
Yes, I realize this is not a biking question - but I thought this group might contain other parents who are car-less as well as bike-happy!

Our baby will soon need to transition to a convertible car seat from an infant car seat. I understand that some car seats are difficult to use in certain vehicles. By chance does anyone have a recommendation of a type that works best for multiple kinds of rental cars? Advice on what has not worked will help too.

Thanks in advance!

And... for anyone with connections to the baby product industry, there is a huge opportunity to make a stroller that uses convertible seat, similar to the snap-and-gos for infant car seats, so we can easily bring baby to a rented car. I am not looking forward to having to carry this seat.

01-02-2015, 12:49 PM
I just planned on spending a few minutes wrestling the Latch points on any rental or carshare vehicle. As for transport, http://www.gogobabyz.com/products-q10226-Travelmate_Family.aspx might work for you if the sidewalks are good.

01-02-2015, 01:41 PM
we've regularly used a luggage strap (http://www.luggageworldmn.com/lewis-n-clark-add-a-bag-strap.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAoJmlBRCxjKeizPHVs1ESJAC6c xjUCUF6QrFFXmjPv1HXutdAj-FHXEyN_eq5ZrIqp6CzWxoCkIjw_wcB) to attach the car seat to our biggest piece of luggage, although usually upside down, so we don't carry the little one in it. as far as the car seat goes, if you anticipate moving it often, get a light one!

01-05-2015, 10:14 AM
We borrowed a gogobaby thing for a recent trip, and it works fine as a stroller on smooth surfaces (indoors, good sidewalks). Depending on how far zipcar is from your place, you may not end up bothering with it, as you'd have to put it on and take it off each round. Not that hard, but not snap-in like a snap-and-go.

We also had something like this (http://www.bikudo.com/product_search/details/142360/the_5in1_sit_n_stroll.html), which we got from a neighbor. It worked fine. It wasn't the most comfortable car seat, and both of our kids grew out of it by age 2, so not the most helpful, but maybe this brand is better? Oh, and our kids did not like having the seatbelt in front of them after about 18 months. All that plus the one we got went past the use by date, so I think we got rid of it.

01-05-2015, 10:25 AM
I don't have a solution here (And this exact issue is why we kept our car even though we rarely drive it), but for older kids I highly recommend a Bubble Bum (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AQYZCXK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00AQYZCXK&linkCode=as2&tag=comphub08-20&linkId=2IBVEGV6IOGXN3EC) for traveling. It's not a full time car seat replacement, but it folds up to the size of a small loaf of bread and attaches to a regular seat belt. Ages 4+.