I'll tell my fun shopping story in a minute, but if you're ever doing online shopping and you're looking for something specific, try www.Fabu.com to see what deals are going on and coupon codes are available at stores that carry that product!
Ok, so... Mike and I came to the conclusion that Micah has outgrown the infant carrier carseat. We have another carseat that's backward facing that's from a friend but we know is "safe" (never been in an accident and is within the expiration time-- did you know carseats have expiration dates on the back/bottom that is often times "stamped" into the plastic and therefore not noticable unless you LOOK FOR IT???). Well, I went to grab that seat- which has been floating around in other people's cars for my kids' use the past few months and realized when I switched the shoulder strap height that under the fabric cover the foam is NOT CONNECTED ON THE SIDES. Also known as torn up. Not safe. Trash.
Well, kids are all ready to go waiting on me to quickly (HAHAHA) install the carseat for Micah. I wasn't about to use it!! So then I remembered that last time we used my mom's car we put in our extra carseat that's Kristopher's instead of hers just because it was for a long trip and ours was a little more comfy. This ended up working to my advantage because... her carseat for K was in my garage AND it will also go backward facing! So I quickly (laughing again, yes) changed the harness and the buckle to a position that would better fit Micah and installed it in the car... crisis averted.
Mike and I had discussed purchasing the Radian 80 carseats for our kids because they have low muscle tone and really should be in a harness for more than just 40 lbs. Yes, I realize that Brianna and Emma are just now 20 lbs (and Micah too, actually) and won't be to 40lbs for quite some time... but I'd rather buy the carseat NOW that we'll use for a LONG time. Kristopher's carseats go up to 100lbs... but only up to 40 with the harness. Two of our rear-facing carseats also turn around and will go up to 40lbs with the harness... 80 lbs with the lap belt. The Radian 80 goes up to 80 lbs with the HARNESS. MUCH safer for kids with low tone!
We thought about waiting until after Emma's surgery- we have these kinds of thoughts a lot and it's not that I doubt the kind of fighter she is... it's just reality... and today since Micah's seat is trash we decided to go ahead and order it now. Either way it will be used and a good investment. The OUCH part is that this seat costs $280 at Target and most other stores, though it does often have free shipping (not available IN any stores). I did a search on www.Pricegrabber.com and found a few places that have it for $250 and free shipping. Not bad, and one is the manufacturer itself www.sunshinekidsbaby.com. I began to order it from them and saw a place for "coupon code" before I gave my financial info. Ah... coupon code. Can I find a coupon? I did a quick search for Sunshine Kids Coupon and the first hit was www.Fabu.com I looked and found codes not for the manufacturer's website, but other websites that carry their products. One was for www.onestepahead.com- a favorite website of mine to BROWSE but generally not to BUY. Well, it was 15% off an order of $100 or more (but not free shipping). The seat was $250. No free shipping. Well, my total check out price was $240.84 :) It saved me almost $40 over the price that most stores carried it for, and was $9 less than the cheapest store that I could find!
I'm pretty happy with my purchase and we should get the carseat in 7-10 days. Until then I hope my mom doesn't mind that we're using her carseat!