Monday, March 15, 2010
Costco Car Seat Review
I was provided a Cosco Scenera Convertible Car Seat in Triton Black and Green by CSNStores.com for review. I originally went on the search for a new car seat because at 9 months old my son has officially outgrown an infant carrier seat. CSNStores.com is like a huge virtual shopping mall with 200+ stores. I literally spent hours checking out different options for car seats there. I love their detailed search features- I could sort the 200 results by price, age, brand, type, and more. Getting a good quality carseat that will accomodate Avin for a long time was very important to me. The Cosco Convertible fits kids up to 40 pounds and works both front and rear facing. I also chose this carseat since it was reasonably priced because as much as I would LOVE to have an expensive Britax I could never afford one and I doubt most of my readers could either. Shipping took about 2 days from the time my order was placed. The carseat arrived at my door in a huge box. When I saw the size of the box I was so glad I had ordered it online and not purchased it in a store. I don't know how I would have ever fit that box in my car with the baby! The carseat was pretty much ready to go out of the box except for adjusting the straps to Avin's size. I sat the car seat in the floor and it took about 2 minutes to get the straps adjusted to the correct size. The shoulder strap adjustment is simple but only if the carseat is out of the car. The piece that the straps attach to is on the lower section of the back of the car seat so when it is installed it is almost impossible to access. The car seat does come with a quick release adjuster for the tightness of the straps. It allows you to quickly and easily adjust if you need more room over bulky clothes or if your baby gains weight but not height. Avin even inspected them to make sure I had it right! The cover is completely removeable so you can clean it if you get crumbs or spills. The directions just say to wash with warm soapy water but I have another Costco car seat and I just tossed mine in the washer on the delicate cycle and line dried and it came out fine. The model I received has an option cup holder with it. The cup holder was the hardest part to install of the entire car seat! Avin helped with that too! In the end I had to enlist the help of my husband to install the cup holder. It just snaps onto the side of the carseat but I couldn't figure it out. Of course, it took him about 15 seconds. In order for the carseat to be level in the rear facing position I had to roll up a towel and place under the front of it. It can be installed using either a seatbelt or the LATCH system. I used the LATCH system. Two simple clips and it was in. I tightened it as tight as I could get it then had my husband come out and tighten it some more. All total the actual in-car installation took about 5 minutes. The back of the carseat almost touches the back of my front seats and I drive a mid-size 4 door sedan. This is a big car seat. Avin is about 27 inches tall and it is already getting a little ackward to manuever him into the carseat without the hitting the edge of the seat or the roof of the car. Both of those problems will go away as soon as he is old enough to go forward facing. Overall I was impressed with the car seat. The carseat is solid but lightweight and the LATCH system make installation very easy. I love the colors of the cover. The cover has a nice layer of padding in it for your babies comfort. The padding is not overly thick or plush but it seems to just right for Avin. For the final word on how Avin feels about this carseat I'll leave you with a picture of him immediately upon getting buckled in and a picture of him 10 minutes later.