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Old 07-06-2013, 01:04 PM
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Baby car seats

Going to be a first time dad in less than two months. Needless to say Im super excited. What Im not that excited about is the baby seats Ive seen. After looking around they all seem to be heavy, plastic with rough edges, and look like they will destroy the leather. Im guessing Im not the first to have such problems, and would appreciate any feedback you guys might have. Is Recaro the high end name when it comes to this? Thanks and hope your all have a great weekend!!!
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:05 PM
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Re: Baby car seats

I bought a foam mat that goes under the base and up to protect the back too. Never had any issues with the leather when I use it. Even expensive ones have cheap plastic and sharp edges.

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Old 07-06-2013, 02:17 PM
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You can buy bases to protect the seats. Sorry no link but check out amazon. Personally I never got them, but I have the fake leather.

I did put down that mesh drawer liner stuff that goes in tool cabinet drawers to keep stuff from sliding. Sears sells it in the tools dept. it helped keep the carseat base from sliding and cuts down on direct contact.

A little tip on installation. Get in the backseat with your knees on the base facing out the rear window. Your weight makes it much easier to tighten and have leverage.
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:08 PM
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We use orbit baby, great with the infant set (no problems), and the toddler seat, zero issue...

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Old 07-07-2013, 06:17 AM
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I've got 2 car seats in there, and have been using some under car seat "pads" I bought at Babies R Us. They cover both the seat and seat back, as well as have a front overhang with small pockets. Bottom is soft foam and top is what seems to be rip-stop nylon. I haven't had any issues with these at all. Have the same in the wife's Lexus, which has fairly soft leather. Can't recall the exact name of these, but you should be able to find them in the car seat section of the store. Don't know if it is the same in BMW, but when we had the rear-facing baby seats in my Benz, due tot he angle of the seats I had to use some thick towels to achieve the desired "level". Congratulations and good luck!
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:24 AM
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I got the same pad from the Babies r us. Its great.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:27 AM
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I use the babys r us pad and a towel under that one.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:23 PM
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Parenting is more fun than you think.
Recaro makes a full line of baby and child seats.
Much nicer than the crap at most stores.
They have a smooth underside that won't damage your seats.
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:55 AM
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Condition your seat well. Be careful what you put under the seat. Put a protector, but not something that will not "hold" the seat. You want friction in a crash situation, not something that just relies on the belts. I've never seen or heard of leather damage due to car seats when used with a protector, towel or similar. You also want it pretty snug, with good tension on the belts, not loose. Go to one of those classes or services where they correctly install seats. Usually you can switch to a car seat after 6 months.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:05 PM
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Guys thanks for all the tips. Will be shopping around but looks like recaro is the way to go. If you all are fine with the way the seats fit Im sure I will be as well. Thanks again!!
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