Post # 1
Baby T is about to outgrow his infant carrier and I’m looking at convertible carseats. We have 2 sedans (VW Jetta and a Subaru Imprezza) and a truck with 2nd row seats. My husband is 6’6″ so DS goes behind whatever seat I am in rather than the middle.
Baby T is pretty tall for his age and we want to rear face as long as we possibly can, at least to 2 yrs, hopefully past 3 years.
What seat do you use and how does it work? What about those of you with midsize or compact sedans? Is there a difference between the expensive seats and the cheaper ones? Any seats that you would not buy again for ___ reason?
We need to buy 2, so while I’m looking at the Britax seats, I’m not sure if there is any benefit to speanding almost $600 on car seats when there are cheaper options.
Post # 3
I got the First Years TruFit convertible for DS and loved it! You can usually find it for around $150. I just don’t know if you’re gonna be able to rear face as long as you’d like, but this seat will accomodate it if you want… DS’s leg strength made getting him in the rear-facing seat such a chore, and you’re gonna want to be able to interact more as he gets older. I just switched to a harness booster seat (DS just turned 3), but used the TruFit for about 2 yrs with no issues!
Post # 4
We have the Britax Advocate 70, which is big and heavy, but also has the highest weight limits (front and rear facing) on the market and comes with a built-in metal frame and side impact cushions. Addie is also super tall (35 inches at her last appointment – 15 months) and she can still fit comfortably in the seat rear-facing. As long as she’s not wearing shoes, she’s made many 2+ hour car rides in that seat and seemed just fine. My husband is 6’2″ and although we have a wagon (Volvo XC70), the carseat is behind the driver’s seat, and he fits comfortably into our car, even with the seat rear-facing behind him.
The only issues, for me, are that the Advocate is big (width-wise) and pretty heavy. It is also expensive (although we got ours for under $200 during a sale on Amazon). We do need a secondary seat for daycare (they go on field trips sometimes) and I don’t think we’ll buy the same one, since it will be used so rarely.
We’ve been doing some research, and I think we’re going to go with a conversion seat for daycare. A conversion seat turns into a booster seat later on, so I don’t mind spending a little more since Addie will be able to use it longer (i.e. as she becomes pre-school aged).
Post # 5
I don’t think a 2 yr old or older would be very happy sitting on a rear facing car seat, they like to interact with whoever is in the car with them by that age.
Post # 6
I highly recommend Britax carseats! My daughter is 2.5 and she’s been in hers since she was 10 months. We left her rear facing till about 16-18 months I think. I know it’s safer but not really feasible for toddlers sometimes. They are pricey but so worth it. Look for close out sales online. We scored ours around the holidays for about $175 and it retails over $300. A toddler I do daycare for has a cheap carseat and the difference is like night and day. It never feels secure, it’s so light and I wouldn’t put my daughter in it. I have a small/midsize sedan, a Mercedes c230 and it fits in there with no issues.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input. The babies r us by us closed due to flooding a few weeks back and won’t open for a while so we can’t go there to try them out. Maybe we can drive to the next nearest one before the Thanksgiving sales start up.
@7-9-11bride: what model do you have? I’m thinking about the Boulevard.
I know that some kids put up a big stink in the car when they continue to be rear facing, but the safety benefits of extended rear facing are just to huge to turn him forward before that. I’d rather have a kid fussing the back, than have him die in a car accident because I forward faced him too early. I plan to rear face until he outgrows the carseat, and most convertiles rear face to 40 pounds.
Any other imput is welcome. Any reviews about the True Fit? Any comparisons to that and the Britax Marathon or Boulevard?
Post # 8
@mrstilly: The biggest difference we saw in the Britax car seats is that the Marathon has side impact protection, the Boulevard has true side impact protection, and the advocate has true side impact protection AND side impact cushions. Since we knew we’d be installing the car seat on the driver’s side instead of the middle seat, we opted for the highest level of side impact protection (i.e. the Advocate).
I don’t know anything about the True Fit car seat, though.
Post # 9
We have the Diplomat model which I believe has been discontinued since then. We bought it back in 2009. It’s one of the smaller ones, I believe it goes up to 40 lb. my daughter is a tiny thing only 23 lb right now so I believe it’ll last awhile. It’s the cow print pattern, she loves it 🙂