Originally Posted by Dechen
Are there any advantages of the Safeguard as opposed to the Regent? The Safeguard site claims a taller height limit, but the tallest harness slot is only .5 inches taller than the Regent.
I have a tall dd who carries her height in her torso, and if I want to keep her in a 5 point harness until she's 4 or 5 I need something big. (She is 37 inches tall but only has about an inch left in her Roundabout). I'd rather not spend the extra money on the Safeguard (ouch!!!) but if there were a compelling reason I could see making that painful choice.
For me yes, the SafeGuard is a much better choice. The Regent (actually Husky) didn't install well enough for me in my car -- 97 Volvo 850 Wagon, no LATCH (obviously) and the seat belts aren't long enough to use the serpentine belt path, and the short belt bath even tethered just wasn't good enough IMO. It took up too much space -- I have three kids and sometimes my teen needs to ride in the back and at 5' 7" and 130 lbs she can't squeeze inbetween the Husky and another booster on the other side. My DS hated the Husky. He inherited it from DD who loved it. He was previously in a Britax Wizard and was used to the sidewings and he felt too exposed in the Husky and couldn't sleep comfortably. He doesn't have any of those issues with the SafeGuard. It installs like a dream in my car and he has plenty of growing room. Here are some photos of my SafeGuard
included are some photos of both of my "car seat" kids in the seat. DS is 46.5 tall he is using the second to top harness postion with plenty of growing room. He would probably be okay in the lower slots, but prefers the higher ones. I also have photos of my 8 year old in it, she is 54 lbs and 52 inches tall and she is still below the top harness slots and way below the top of the seat shell.
I can assure your DD would last way beyond 4 or 5 in the SafeGuard provided she doesn't hit 65 lbs.
If the SafeGuard is too pricey, and you need a seat that will fit on airplanes have you considered the Radian
? The manufacturer claims top harness slots of 19". I know a friend's 8 year old was well below the top harness slots. The problem was the harness was to short to do up. Sunshine Kids have addressed this issue and all seats manufacturered after 2/1/06 will have the longer harness. They are also bringing out a 80 lb rated seat, I believe in the spring.