yup, most techs i know like the graco snugride. do look into that recall, though...i'm pretty sure some stores may be selling old stock that falls under the recall. even if you buy a recalled seat, the company will send you the fix for free and after that they are fine. here's the recall information: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/pr...callsearch.cfm
or you can look at a list at www.carseat.org
BUT they won't let you print the list or copy the text in any way....it's supposed to be reserved for techs but even we have to PAY for it grrrr.....
anyway....i had an evenflo infant seat for my kids and i wasn't fond of it but i was careful to always check the things that were problems and it was fine. my nephew is using it for his son now and that will be the last baby that rides in it, it's getting too old.
YES that marathon is spendy!!!! arrrghghghgh! i want one, too.
those sherpa covers are not ok if they go behind the baby, between his back and the carseat....because if you already have a jacket on the baby, that combined with the cover can get to be too much padding. best to just use blankets on top of the baby.
babies are tiny when you put them in that great big new seat....once you have the baby all snug and the harness is secure, etc, it's fine to roll up some receiving blankets and tuck them around the baby and even up under the legs....just be sure everything is tight before you do that.
edited to add this link for carseat.org for the recall info: http://www.carseat.org/Recalls/recall.shtml