So. I have an almost 5 year old - today he was 43" tall, 43 lbs. He's in a Radian 65 that he's been in since, oh, 7 months old or so. He's at the top slot.
We're expecting a little one in August. I kind of don't like bucket seats, I think they're awkward to carry and I have no problem babywearing. DH kinda wants one though since he doesn't really do the babywearing thing. At any rate, either we'll hopefully borrow a bucket seat or not get one at all? Not sure.
The car situation - DH drives an older Honda Accord. We don't often use his car as a family though. If we're together we drive my Mazda 5. Usually one of us drops off to day care and one picks up, so there's that logistical twist, although with DS starting 5K next year, our schedule may be completely different.
OK, I'll finally get to the point. DS will probably outgrow his Radian sooner rather than later. What next for him?
For the new baby, I was eyeing the RadianRXT, since we're used to them, we like them, and it seems like they added a lot of nice features (and it would last forever, being a booster at the end). But we need two car seats - do I spend the money on two of them when the baby will only be in DH's car for very short periods during the week and often not at all on the weekends? I kinda think not, but I'd like to hear other opinions. What other models should I be looking at given we like the Radian? Any thoughts on the combination of seats/big kid/baby we're about to have? I haven't looked, but I'm guessing the Radian we have will be too close to the expiration date to be worth anything to the baby, especially since it doesn't have an infant insert.
In short, I'm trying to find the best combination of value/thriftiness/safety I can. And you ladies are really good at figuring this stuff out. ;)