Last week we ordered the car seat from Amazon, and we picked it up from the post office today! Very exciting! Neither cat has exhibited any interest in being a stunt-baby (in fact you might call their attitude to this idea "total aversion"), so we used Miss Mouse as a stand in for Eva.
She fits the new-born seat insert pretty well, doesn't she? I imagine Eva might be a bit bigger, but not much really; so it's really weird to realise that she'll totally outgrow this seat before I'm even completely used to the idea that I have a daughter.
We chose this car seat because it clicks into a base in the car, so it's really easy to lift in and out, but also because there is a wheel base that goes with it so the car seat turns into a pram. It doesn't hurt that it was actually one of the cheaper options we found, but we mostly were impressed by the reviews it got on Amazon and the ratings that Consumer Report awarded it. We looked into this very thoroughly before committing to a choice as you can see, and actually I think it's going to work really well. It seems to be well designed and sturdy, but it's still light enough for me to be able to carry it with one hand (you see this is where the cats would have come in handy as they are about the weight Eva will be when I'm lugging her around in the thing at first).
The car seat itself and the base for it both have an info-graphic on it to show the correct orientation of the seat, and that info-graphic is quite clearly of a Mini-Cooper. Doc C has been very much of the opinion that we HAD to change the car because getting a baby seat in and out of it would be too complicated. I thought that this info-graphic might indicate that he was wrong about that, so we did practice setting up the base in the car and took turns putting the chair in and taking it out. I'll admit it was not ideal, particularly because once the car seat was safely installed then you couldn't put the driver's seat back in place. Hmmmm, Doc may have a point here.