At 19 lbs. 2 oz., Madame is a mere 14 oz. from being too big for her infant car seat. The weird thing is this fact kind of snuck up on me. I think I spent so much time before and right after she was born trying to research the best stuff for her - car seats, swings etc - that somewhere in my brain I figured I was all done. But now my little baby isn't so little anymore, and I've got to do some new research. I guess with kids you are never done.
I looked up Consumer Reports' ratings for what I'm learning is called "convertible" car seats, and they recommend the Britax Roundabout, which is also one of the most expensive models, selling for around $200. A lot of the seats were very competitive in their rankings, but the Roundabout edged out the competition because it had "somewhat better side-impact protection." The cheaper Evenflo Titan also performed well.
I figure I'll go with the Roundabout. Car seats don't seem like the sort of things you should bargain shop for if you can help it, and it gets overwhelmingly high Amazon feedback. Does anyone have any opinions or advice that I'm missing?