Originally Posted by Leiahs
For anyone who has access to Costco, I just wanted to share that my Costco in Colorado (as well as a friend's Costco in the Seattle area, so probably most Costco's) has a great deal on a carseat. They're selling the Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite convertible carseat for about $85 (retails at $160). This is a WAY better car seat than I can typically afford, and it does it all! Rear-facing from infancy to 35lbs, forward facing harness to either 50 lbs/43 in., and then a belt-positioning booster seat after that. It has an 8 year expiration date, AND you don't have to re-thread the straps to adjust them!
The ladies in the family safety forum can give you more detailed info, but from what I've read this really isn't that great of a carseat, unless they've changed it recently. It doesn't make a very good infant carseat (some babies are born too small to safely fit in this for a few months), doesn't keep kids harnessed long enough (they outgrow it by height before they do weight) and then isn't that great of a booster either. In addition, most children are not ready to be out of a booster by 7 or 8 years (if it expires in 8 years and it's already on the shelves now then it likely only has around 7 years left when the baby is born). My ds is 7 1/2 and still harnessed. He will be in a booster for a long time after that.
Like I said though, it's been awhile since I've looked into this carseat so things may have changed!
With ds he's had a ton of carseats, but I'm kinda a carseat freak He started out in a Graco Snugride bucket, then he had a Graco Comfortsport (I would not recommend this, though at the time it was a decent carseat for what I needed it to do), A Britax Marathon (loved it), a Britax Regent (LOVE LOVE LOVE this carseat though they no longer make it. His expires this fall and we're so sad ), Graco Nautilus (love it) and finally, as a backup he has a Graco TurboBooster.