I need a new car seat for my husband's car and I'm a little stumped. I'm hoping there is some good knowledge to pull from here to help us in making this important safety decision.
My son is 26 months old, 36 lbs, and 36 inches tall. Due to his height and the way the shoulder straps are sitting below his shoulders on their highest setting, he no longer fits in the car seat we have for occasional use in my husband's car. I'm surprised, because it's the Cosco Scenera, which we expected to fit a bit longer. Oh well I guess?
So we need a new seat. I feel we have two options: get a higher height limit 5-point harness car seat OR get a 3-in-1 car seat that can transition to a booster. It seems to me the best use of our car seat dollars would be to get a seat capable of transitioning to a booster, since we do not use the seat in my husband's car often. I am therefore considering a few seats that can make the transition.
I'm concerned about a few things:
-overall fit for my son, who's both heavy and tall
-the minimum requirements for booster use (if he's supposed to be 4 years old before he sits in it, he'll probably be 40 or 50 lbs, but I can't be sure, so I'm inclined to go with a lower minimum)
-ease of use/adjustment, ease of washing, etc. as we do plan to use it for several years but infrequently meaning we may be adjusting strap length each time we use it
I am considering the following seats but am open to other suggestions:
-Diono Radian (cannot be used as backless booster; minimum weight for booster use is 50 lbs vs typical 40 but I don't know if this is a problem?)
-Graco Nautilus (seems the crotch strap doesn't adjust out very far and I'm worried as my son's on the larger size that this won't support his growth all the way up through booster seat use years down the road; also seems very wide fit in car)
-Britax Frontier (seems hard to install, hard to adjust straps, and hard to wash; straps seem to twist up often; also seems very wide fit in car; cannot be used as backless booster)
And in case it matters, my husband's drives a 2001 VW Jetta. It's fairly small and there's not a ton of room back there.
Thanks so much for any thoughts!