Steal That Style: Catch Up on Car Seats!

06/19/2009 at 01:00 PM ET
Celebrity Baby Blog – Steal That Style

Have car seat, will travel! With the addition of every baby comes the added expense of a car seat, and while there are a variety of options that branch out into each price range, celebrity parents seem to lean toward the beloved Graco.

Proudly showing off 2-day-old son Maxwell Edward, Lance Armstrong and girlfriend Anna Hansen opted for the Graco Snugride in Melbourne ($90) to welcome their newborn home from the hospital. Naomi Watts, who once depended on the Orbit system for son Alexander ‘Sasha’ Pete, has had a change of heart: carrying her then 3-month-old son Samuel Kai to the pediatricians, she showed off her Graco Snugride back in March. New dad Matthew Settle also seems to have been bitten by the Graco bug! Out nine weeks after welcoming daughter Aven Angelica, the Gossip Girl star was spotted at an appointment with his baby girl snuggled in her Graco Snugride in Carmen ($160).

Other fans of Graco include Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, who have been seen strolling with their fraternal twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip tucked in their carriers, and Carson Daly, who walked the neighborhood with both son Jackson James and Graco in tow!

Although it is clear that the majority of stars seem to have chosen the Graco Snugride, we have managed to catch a few celebrities who have gone against the grain! In December we saw Gwen Stefani proudly carrying her second son Zuma Nesta Rock in his Brio car seat, while actress Natascha McElhone passed through an LAX terminal with her third son Rex relaxing in his Maxi-Cosi Mico.

Fame; Most Wanted; Ramey — Lance Armstrong, Naomi Watts, Matthew Settle

Steal That Style: Catch Up on Car Seats with the carriers below!

Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30

Breaking Bank: A favorite of Ricky Martin, we’re loving the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30/30 car seats. Much like the Britax listed below, this upgraded model from the original Primo Viaggio, allows babies to stay rear-facing until they reach 30 lbs and/or 30 inches, however complete with its own unique set of features, the Peg Perego can be used sans base. In lieu of the standard base for the car, simply install the carrier using the seat belts.

Although not spotted being carried around nearly as much as other, more affordable options, high end car seats certainly come with their fair share of perks! While the price may catch some parents off-guard, the Britax Chaperone‘s ($230) great features, including an extra large canopy and anti-rebound bar which offers added stability to the seat during a car collision, can ease the pain come time to pay the bill. An added bonus? Babies can rear-face up to 30 lbs!

Maxi-Cosi Mico

Not Pinching Pennies: Leaving a food store with his parents Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, little Levi was happy in mom’s arms while dad showed off baby boy’s stylish Maxi-Cosi Mico ($170) infant carrier. The lightweight design, with its splash of colorful fabrics, comes complete with side impact protection and energy absorbing foam, along with a Cozi-Dozi head insert for infants.

The go-to car seat for a long list of celebrity parents, the Graco Snugride 32 ($150) is an improved version of their original Graco Infant Snugride ($90). With features such as a 5-point harness made adjustable with a front strap and a 180 degree canopy, parents who are willing to dish out a bit more dough are now able to keep their babies rear-facing until 32 lbs and/or 32 inches. Also check out the Chicco Keyfit ($170), whose two precision bubble levels guarantee that baby is safe and secure, and the Combi Shuttle ($170), which comes complete with the anti-rebound feature attached directly to the car seat.

Mia Moda Viva Supreme

Bargain Buying: As many of you have told us, bargain buying is simply not an option when it comes to the safety of your little ones; We know, however, that sometimes, a quick reality — and budget — check leaves parents searching for a safe, affordable alternative to the high-end carriers. While the higher price tag generally means better quality, the Mia Moda Viva Supreme ($100) not only provides newborn head support, but also boasts a 5-point harness and a 3-position adjustable base.

The Evenflo Embrace ($80), another budget-friendly choice that offers a unique EZ carry handle and a removable baby body pillow, is much like the Viva Supreme in that both seats have the ability to keep infants rear-facing until 22 lbs. Other affordable options include the Baby Trend Flex ($89) and Safety 1st Designer 22 ($50).

Which car seat did you purchase for your baby?

— Anya

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N on

We haven’t bought yet, but are looking at the Peg Perego, Chicco KeyFit and Graco snugride! We haven’t made our final decision, but these 3 fit with the stroller we are getting.

Katy on

I wish companies were making it a priority to make car seats lighter while still being safe for baby. Those things are so darn heavy and inconvenient.

SHARON on

Maxi-Cosi micro. Love them for my baby boys.

Dawn on

I had the Euro version of Maxi-cosi , the Cabrio , After a short period of using Britax babysafe . I loved the maxi-cosi .

baby carriers backpacks on

The Maxi-Cosi Mico. And we love it!

Rachel on

We used the Snugride both times and the only two I would consider now are the Graco Snugride/Safeseat or The Chicco Keyfit. I do not see paying the kind of money that those other seats cost when I can find a great carseat that’s highly rated in safety, easy to use, comfortable and affordable. Infant seats aren’t used long enough to break the bank on them.

Sarah M. on

Car seats are only good for 7 years, also. Recently found that out. After that long the straps start to wear and can break more easily. Working as a nanny for many years, I’ve found that I like the Graco Snugride the best!

Elisabeth on

For years Graco snugride was tops on my list. then I discovered Chicco. It is by far the better of the two. BTW if you have experience with the snugride they’ve changed them. They are fazing out the smaller one and have the larger one out mainly.

Car seats have changed and unless you’ve had recent experience with them you really can’t gage an opionion based on past experiences.

Yes it is true they are only good for 7 years Since the late 90’s companies have been putting an expire date on the bottom of car seats AND strollers

Corinne on

For our son, we used a Graco and we really liked it. We intended to buy two of that brand for our twin girls due in August but friends of ours told us the Maxi Cosi were even better, so we decided upon buying Maxi Cosi CabrioFix (European model).

denise on

the maxi cosi (cabrio) in europe. what always confuses me is that we are taught in europe that your baby shouldn’t spend more than one hour at a time in a car seat because it can cause back problems still I see a lot of celebrities using them as seats on their strollers for walks, shopping etc., same with baby bjorns, as far as I know babies should face their parents when carried and sit with a rounded back still celebrities appear to use those.

Lacey on

I didn’t try a graco and was 110% satisfied with our Chicco Keyfit 30. In 2007, when it came out and became popular, I spend 8 weeks on the waiting list. I was 17 weeks pregnant and knew it was going to be a wait. Glad I did!

stelly on

Denise, it is true that very young babies can have breathing problems if left in a car seat for too long. They should also be placed laying flat when in a stroller or pram, for the development of their spine.
This information does not seem to be promoted or taken on board in the USA. I know in the UK it is well known. In the USA people drive their infants to the mall, walk them around and then drive them home, so they spend up to 5 hours wedged into a car seat. This position is optimal for car safety, but not for child development.
More parents should listen to these guidelines (more should be done to promote them) and either leave the infant seats in the car, limit the duration of time in a car seat and/or just use a convertible car seat.

Olivia on

Stelly: thanks for the info. I hadn’t heard about the health issues with overusing a car seat for transporting babies. We chose to go with a convertable car seat and skip the infant seats because of budget and because carrying the “baby buckets” always looks very uncomfortable to me. I use a sling (husband likes the bjorn) when we shop and a stroller that allows the baby to lay flat when I go for walks. It takes a little more time getting in and out of the car, but it’s comfy and my daughter stays very content.

Tara on

We have the Graco one but I like the way the Maxi-Cosi one looks. I don’t understand why people tote their babies around in the car seats all of the time. Like Stelly said, it’s bad for their backs. When my son is sleeping, we put the car seat on the stroller but otherwise I just put him in the stroller. He likes it better anyway. I think people are just lazy and maybe cheap. I see a lot of people using those junky car seat strollers but they’re so bumpy on the sidewalk. They have no suspension and must hurt the baby everytime they go over a bump.

gina on

we have the peg perego in titanio with the matching stroller. it’s heavy and more expensive – yes, but so worth it with the side impact protection.

Sarah on

I have the orbit and I’m so happy with it.

Anna on

Stelly, I’m in the U.S. but I’ve heard numerous times that you shouldn’t leave baby in a car seat for too long.

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