Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Bean Car Seat

I mentioned earlier this week that the hubby and I were lucky to score a fabulous deal on the car seat. It was purely by accident and we're very happy about it! We've been scoping out the things we want to get. So, we were pleasantly surprised when right after physically checking out the car seat at Babies R Us and deciding it was the one for us; we then found it at Tarjay. Woo. I should give the hubby the credit because he was the one that spotted it. I was actually looking for one for my brother's baby. What we'd get? This little looker...

{Graco Snugride 32 Infant Car Seat-Rittenhouse}

Our Baby Bargains book gave the Graco Snugride 32 an "A" grade. Then, after our really detailed explanation from the supervisor at BRU on how to properly install the seat and all the ins and outs of this fancy shmancy car seat (it's really not that fancy), we were convinced. Did you know you can get your car seat properly and certifiably installed by an expert for free!? Well, now we know. We were looking at either this one or the Chicco KeyFit 30. It turns out that the Chicco doesn't work with most universal stroller frames and it's pretty heavy. The only complaint our book has on the Graco is that it has only one crotch position. Is that really a big deal? Is it?

We ended up with this pretty little black and white pattern also by accident. It was the only one they had for the clearance price. The hubby was totally okay with it, so I went with it. Easy peasy. I guess it sells for $170 at Tarjay and we got it for $118. Yay! A better deal than the one at BRU. Oh yeah, we also noticed that BRU does price matching. That's neat considering they seem to have a lot of their items priced a bit higher than most stores.

Did we do okay?


Stephanie said...

Sounds great. The only advice I have to offer is to make sure it fits okay in your car. I know it didn't work for Maggie's Forester, and you have pretty small cars.

Anonymous said...

Yep - we started out with the Graco Snugride (although it wasn't the 32 inch one) and had to return it for the Chicco 30 which fit slightly better in our back seat. It is heavy (I agree with that) but it works just fine in the Snap-n-Go. Glad you found such a great deal and I hope it works well in your car! And yes, most firestations will do the safety check for free.

Elizabeth said...

I also bought the snugride 32 (in a different pattern, Zurich). I found it on Craigslist brand new in the box. I paid $120 for it and had to take the pattern as is, so I think you got a great deal! I haven't tested it in our cars yet, but I read online that it will fit in the '07 Camry and I'm assuming it will fit in the Jeep...we'll see. Of course there are no returns thru Craigslist!