Hello, I was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice. I need to replace two Britax Decathalons, they expire soon. The children sitting in them are 4.5 years old (52 lbs,39 in) and 2 years (25 lbs, 32in). The 4.5 year old has not outgrown the Decathalon in height. There is a new baby coming in late August, I have two older children in Graco Turbo Boosters (one backless). I have a 2001 Honda Oddessy and a 2001 Hyundai Elantra Station Wagon.
The Britax seats were great, installed well in every position. The younger children have other seats I keep in the station wagon. The 4.5 year old rides in a Graco Nautilus, the 2 year old in a Recaro ProRide. I don't like the ProRide very much, it is hard to get a good recline RF and it's a challenge to get the 2 year old in and out of the seat RF. I really like the Nautilus, and I would consider replacing the 4.5 year old's seat with another, except it does not install well in the van. The 'stem' of the buckle is too long, so I can't get it much tighter. This is the case in every seating position except the 3rd row middle (I haven't tried it there). I'd prefer to keep the two youngest children in the middle row, it's easier for me, and I will travel most frequently with the two youngest (either in the van, or the station wagon). I also need to fit all 5 kids in the van, just something to keep in mind.
I am hesitant to order Dionos. I've heard they can be difficult to install in some vehicles and I do not have latch (I do have tether in all seating positions in the van).
Should I just order the Dionos? Or is there another solution? I've done childcare and put RF children in the 3rd row through the back of the van. I'm not totally opposed, but if I don't have an older child with me to sit with them, I feel like I would be stopping pretty frequently. My 2 year old isn't happy in the car.
The new baby will be in a Chicco KeyFit 30, though I hope I can pass down a seat to him/her when he outgrows the bucket and move the (then) 5.5 year old to a booster.
Any advice? Suggestions?