March 9, 2010

Car Seat Question

No, this isn't anything like last time I asked about car seats...I'm older and wiser, and have learned from that experience. This comes down to the "looks" of the car seat. Yes, the looks. Silly, right? I know. But I can't move past it, and am driving those around me crazy with my indecisiveness on the matter, so I thought I'd take it to the masses. And by masses, I mean both of you that read my blog. Hi, mom & dad! (I kid, I kid...my readers are the best...thanks to those of you who are still hanging with me!)

As you may remember, when we were going through the adoption process the one thing our case worker & agency wanted us to have right away was a car seat. Patrick's dad & aunt were nice enough to buy us the one we picked out. At the time, I was imagining it as gender neutral. Now, however, that I'm getting ready to put a little boy in it, I am questioning myself. Is it too girly?
The other thing I'm a little conflicted about is all the cute blue & brown blankets I've been given. I LOVE them...and I know I'll use them more places than the car seat, but I'm not sure how I would feel about using a brown blanket with blue polka dots or stripes on it in this car seat. (Side note: as I'm typing this, I'm feeling even more stupid for caring & still obsessing over this. But I've already typed this much, so I will finish.)

So I thought maybe I'd just get a car seat cover for it. They range from about $40 to $75, depending on fabrics, etc. I started searching Etsy but got overwhelmed when there were 471 results for "infant car seat cover", so I decided to forget it. But as it turns out, I'm OCD, so after a few days I went back to browse again.

There was one seller whose designs I really liked, so I decided I'd just contact her to get more info on custom orders because though I liked her designs, she didn't have anything in her shop that was exactly what I was looking for. And are you ready for this?? We live in the same town!! No, I don't know her, but still...Etsy is a big place! And what are the odds that the seller I liked lived near me?! So here is one of her designs that I would consider doing...probably light blue minky where it's pink, and maybe something in khaki (or green) where it is green. Because the black base will still show, I don't really want to use any (or much) fabric with chocolate brown in it. And I'm thinking I don't really want anything with much of a pattern on it; just something simple and probably embroider his name or initials.

This is another option...just solid blue minky fabric by itself.

And of course, the final option would just be to leave it alone...as long as you guys don't think it's too girly. :)

So please make this decision for me, as for some reason pregnancy has rendered me unable to make any decisions. Also if you have any other clever ideas or input that would be greatly appreciated...thanks dolls! :)


24 comments:

  1. I really love that minky fabric for a little boy. So sweet!

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  2. well...I think that a cover is a good idea because it is easier cleaned than the carseat itself! Make sure you get one that can go in the washer. Also at some point in the little guys life he will be called a girl even if he is in head to toe blue...prepare yourself Sarah!!
    Side note, I don't think the carseat looks girly at all:)

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  3. First of all, I don't think the carseat is too girly. But I am soooo with you on wanting everything to match. I always have to have everything coordinate. I really, really love the first carseat cover with a monogram!

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  4. The cover looks so cozy! So, the reality? With my first, everything color coordinated, monogrammed, etc. With my second, no monogrammin. With my 3rd...no matching. You will go thru many blankets, etc. (spit up, diaper blow outs~wink~, etc.). Your car seat and cover look so lovely though! :) I love them!

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  5. You'll have more than one blanket that you'll end up using because ones you think will be your favorite may not be when the baby comes, so I wouldn't worry about that. I say if you want the cover go for it... if you're torn though b/c you think the car seat is girly, it's not!

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  6. I really don't think the car seat is too girly at all! I really like it :) If you are that torn, splurge and get yourself a cover! But I really don't think it is girly and like everyone said - I am sure you will go through so many blankets and stuff that at the end it won't even matter! You will be so busy staring at your little bundle of joy, you won't notice any non-matching patterns ;)

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  7. Not too girly at all. I wouldn't spend the money on a cover. Use that to buy some cute clothes or something. I'd also not worry about the blankets. No one is going to notice or care that it does not coordinate with your seat. Given that the little ones are not in the infant seats too long, I would not stress about it at all.

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  8. The car seat is for sure not too girly on its own...

    BUT, I love the pink and green car seat cover (in boy colors of course) I say go for that!


    Plus it obviously meant to be since the maker lives in your same town! :)

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  9. i'm either a horrible fashion mom or you're a mom fashionista! M hardly looks that put together ;) but 1) I really like the carseat and stroller- not girly at all 2) I like the first cover better than the 2nd 3) make sure it fits right to the seat and doesn't have padding as to hinder the safety of the seat.

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  10. Its not girly at all. In fact I'm a lot like you in many ways in that I would think it was too boyish to use with my girls. As for the blankets, if you're too concerned about it, use them for something else and get a couple of "matching" blankets for the car seat. There are plenty of opportunities for blanket usage.

    As for the carseat cover, I kind of think the blue is a bit girly actually. Not the colour but the material. Not that it "really" matters with little babies, but since you're asking...

    Besides...if you use a carseat cover then it will clash hideously with the stroller when you use the troller careat combo. And if you don't use the carseat/stroller and buy another one then it would likely be a bit insulting to the people who gave it to you...so I'd stick with the "non-girly" travel system if it were me.

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  11. ooops that was Stroller Carseat combo, not troller careat combo...

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  12. The amount of money you will spend to cover it...you might as well buy a different one! That's my opinion...and to be honest...no I wouldn't put my boy in it...I think it's a tad girly. Unless you can find a way to make that yellow strip blue! LOL love you girl, hope I get to see you next week!

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  13. Would it be rude to say that I started giggling when I read your post? I do NOT think the car seat is too girly at. all. However, I think having a cover is a great idea because if the little mister gets sick or has any sort of accident you can rip it off, wash it and pop it back on. I'd ONLY buy it for that reason...not because of the look it has now. Anything with that much black is NOT too girly!

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  14. I don't think it's too girly at all! And I wouldn't get a cover either... only because I am cheap! lol. My girls had a super plain carseat, because waaaaay back them (ahem, all 3-5 yrs!) they only had boring ones! After Kinley was almost out of hers, I found a cutie pink one- but wasn't worth buying for a few months!

    Good luck deciding... it's going to be cute either way!

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  15. I don't think the car seat is too girl...it's pretty neutral to me and gorgeous! But if it bothers you I would get a couple of blankets that you don't mind using with the car seat....or heck, the car seat covers are adorable too.

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  16. I don't think what you have looks girly at all! If anything I think it leans more towards looking like a boy.

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  17. I love the black/white stroller combo and it's definitely not too girly. I would buy that for my son. We have the Graco Milan style if you wan to google it- I have 3 friends that have girls and have the Milan style. :) Cute cute!

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  18. I absolutely love the car seat. It is not girly at all. Get a couple of blankets that go with the car seat so you can be "fashionably correct". As someone has already stated after a bit you won't care what blanket 'cuz you will be smitten with you little guy! Besides I don't ever recall anyone saying "My what a beautiful blanket!" They will be ohhhh and ahhh over your beautiful boy!!
    Mama knows, mama knows!

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  19. The carseat does not look girly at all to me. I do LOVE the 1st carseat cover though!! Decisions, decisions...

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  20. Hi there! I found you thru a friend's blog. I decided to share since maybe you haven't thought of these things. I have one blanket that I use with our carseat when we are out and about. It's just easier to leave the blanket with the carseat in the van so it's one last thing to load up when time to leave (I have 3 children). A cute idea would be to purchase a blanket that coordinates with the car seat, which I love by the way, and get it monogrammed or something cute. (And while you are at it you could get some coordinating burp cloths and bibs for your days out of the house). I use a heavier knit blanket when we go out, but when we are at home I use receiving blankets since they are best for swaddling and safer for baby in the crib. I like my receiving blankets to coordinate with my nursery and for my "travel" blankets to be thicker and to help clue people in to the gender of the baby. I have some friends who purchased covers. The fabric for the covers are not nearly as durable as what comes with the car seat. Either a custom made one, or the one that comes with the seat are easy to remove and wash. One spit-up or one blow-out diaper and you will be glad you have the one that came with the seat because generally they are more like upholstery and meant to be wiped clean until you can get home and throw the whole thing in the washer. Perhaps you are perplexed because you are trying to coordinate everything with your nursery, but people out of your house won't even know what your nursery looks like. So you could have a separate travel set that goes with that awesome carseat/stroller.

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  21. OK...I really hate to be the bummer here...but aftermarket carseat cover void any warranty on the actual carseat. So if you were in an accident, the car seat would not be covered under any warranty!! That being said, I LOVE the pattern you picked out and do not think it is to girly! I have a girl and a boy and would put either in that seat!

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  22. I would leave it its definitley not too girlie at all! Then next baby you can get a car seat cover and it will look brand new! I actually think car seat covers get dirtier faster because they are a different fabric then what the car seat is made out of...and about the matching blankets you won't care :) once your baby boy is in the car seat anything you put in there to snuggle him will only add to the cuteness factor :)

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  23. I would leave it its definitley not too girlie at all! Then next baby you can get a car seat cover and it will look brand new! I actually think car seat covers get dirtier faster because they are a different fabric then what the car seat is made out of...and about the matching blankets you won't care :) once your baby boy is in the car seat anything you put in there to snuggle him will only add to the cuteness factor :)

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  24. I would leave it its definitley not too girlie at all! Then next baby you can get a car seat cover and it will look brand new! I actually think car seat covers get dirtier faster because they are a different fabric then what the car seat is made out of...and about the matching blankets you won't care :) once your baby boy is in the car seat anything you put in there to snuggle him will only add to the cuteness factor :)

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