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post #41 of 52
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Yes I think the more narrow seats are the Flex Loc, the Maxi Cosi mico (although you probably won't be able to find that in a store unless you have BuyBuybaby) and I have also heard good things about the chicco keyfit being able to fit well in almost any vehicle. It's kind of annoying that they end up being so LONG with the base that you usually have to move the seat forward. I am trying to figure out a good configuration right now so I can get the infant seat in the middle and still have my son rear facing too...it's probably a good thing that I have another 4 months or so to figure it out biggrinbounce.gif

post #42 of 52
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I got a Maxi Cosi Mico...it came in the mail today and WOW it is super freaking PINK! Not just pink, it's like...jelly bean hot pink lol, I was not quite expecting that from the photos!
 

Anyways, I would have loved to get a Britax Chaperone because I love their cow print seats <3 but they are so huge that it would have more than 30% overhang in my CR-V and that is a no-no :( I really, REALLY want to get a van but there is just no way we'll be able to afford it before the baby gets here! Maybe with our tax return next winter...

post #43 of 52
post #44 of 52

Here's a review of it w/ pics of installs in you're interested:

http://carseatblog.com/8834/the-ultimate-graco-smart-seat-review-with-tons-of-pics/

If you can, try to go to a BRU or a store like that so you can see if it works in your car.

post #45 of 52

That car seat looks pretty fancy!!  Too bad the extra bases are $100 each otherwise that would have totally tempted me!  

post #46 of 52
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I saw it in person at BRU and wasn't a huge fan. Some people are totally in love with it though! If I was going to spend that much on a car seat I would import a Britax from Sweden with a 55 lb RF limit.

post #47 of 52

When it was just dd1 in the car we used a Britax Marathon.  Very nice seat, and it worked great.  Then DD2 was born and we added another Britax Marathon.  That more or less wiped out our rear seat (in a 2000 kia sportage).  When we realized that ds was on the way we switched all the kiddos into Sunshine Radians and we've never looked back.  We love, love, LOVE our radians.  They fit three across in nearly every vehicle, they fold for storage/travel (and are relatively light weight in terms of carrying weight), they install pretty quickly (we don't have LATCH so easy/obvious belt install is a biggie in my book), and they last forever.  Right now my 6yo, 3yo, and 19mo are all in Radians, and although we now have a minivan and don't "need" to worry about seat width we'll be putting the babe in a Radian too.

 

The only real downside is the cost (around 180-200) but we use them from "birth to booster" so it works out.  Oh, and the basic seat is grey or beige... not as cute as some of the seats out there!  We let the girls stick stickers on the seats though so they're kind of funky now.  lol

post #48 of 52

oh, right... I can't edit my post but the Radian we have is a 5 point harness rf'ing from 5 to 40 pounds and then up to 65 pounds/53 inches ff'ing.  I know some mamas find that their newborns don't really fit well (mine have all been 9lbs+ and even then they look like mites in the seat), so that's a possible downside.

post #49 of 52


We have Radians now too. Very happy with them so far! (we'll see how baby fits in it when s/he comes:)
 

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When it was just dd1 in the car we used a Britax Marathon.  Very nice seat, and it worked great.  Then DD2 was born and we added another Britax Marathon.  That more or less wiped out our rear seat (in a 2000 kia sportage).  When we realized that ds was on the way we switched all the kiddos into Sunshine Radians and we've never looked back.  We love, love, LOVE our radians.  They fit three across in nearly every vehicle, they fold for storage/travel (and are relatively light weight in terms of carrying weight), they install pretty quickly (we don't have LATCH so easy/obvious belt install is a biggie in my book), and they last forever.  Right now my 6yo, 3yo, and 19mo are all in Radians, and although we now have a minivan and don't "need" to worry about seat width we'll be putting the babe in a Radian too.

 

The only real downside is the cost (around 180-200) but we use them from "birth to booster" so it works out.  Oh, and the basic seat is grey or beige... not as cute as some of the seats out there!  We let the girls stick stickers on the seats though so they're kind of funky now.  lol



 

post #50 of 52
Thread Starter 

The one (big) downside to the Radians is that they don't install well in all vehicles. Some vehicles they're nearly impossible to use rear facing in because of their angle. For instance in my Honda CR-V the ONLY place I can install it rear facing is in the middle. So if I wanted to RF more than one kid at once I wouldn't be able to do it. The angle of my vehicle's seats make it over recline and the front seat would have to be pushed way forward.

 

The good thing is that you can pretty much find out by googling if they work well in your vehicle, and the people over on car-seat.org will usually know, they're very helpful.

 

I do love the high rear facing limit though, I have the 80SLs so they go to 45 lbs...my DS will probably RF until 3.5 years like DD did. And it helps me get three across my backseat since we won't be getting a van by the time the new baby gets here :(

post #51 of 52

We got our van (100+k miles but new to us) when DS was around 10 months.  It was really funny because our family practice dr has several kiddos and when I mentioned the "new" van he confided that they'd switched to a van when their third kiddo was 10 months, and many families in for their 1 year well baby checks (on third children) mention having gotten vans around the same time.  It's like 10 months of three across is all anyone can take!

 

I agree that rf-ing and recline issues are key... but they'll happen with almost any seat.  Thecar-seat.orgt folks are amazing... no matter what seat you have your eye on, they can give the nitty gritty on how it'll work in your vehicle (make sure you include make/model/year) and probably even have pictures!  It's the next best thing to borrowing a seat from a friend and test driving it.  (some car seat techs will have "trial" seats that you can try out... they're not for actual use but for fit and practice in installation so that's another option) 

post #52 of 52
Thread Starter 

I doubt I will be able to take much more than 10 months either! ROTFLMAO.gif

 

I think our tax return will be mega huge next year, especially since we're adding another kid to the mix. So as long as I can get DH to stay current on the bills we should be able to get one then! And the baby will only be a couple months old so I guess I can hang on lol!

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