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post #61 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
There's a new Recaro seat coming out this summer that may have MORE features than most britax seats, but it won't be out until june/july.
That's nice to know a month after I buy a boulavard!
post #62 of 128
OK, just did some searching on the Recaro - seems you can already get it? Or do you mean a new kind of Recaro is coming out? Never heard of it before.
post #63 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
but I know I have all of those three covered

-Angela
But of coarse. : I expect nothing less from you.


DC
post #64 of 128
Ok, never mind my last post...I think it's the BOOSTERS that you can get now.
post #65 of 128
The recaros you can get now are forward facing only (think-regent) but there's a new convertible coming out. It SOUNDS fabulous... but we shall see....

-Angela
post #66 of 128
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Originally Posted by dallaschildren View Post
For the CPS techs and instructors who have replied to this thread or who may be lurking.....question for you.....
How often do you perform a car seat check with a parent or caregiver, who has a Britax product and has it correctly installed and has utilized or are aware of all of its safety features?

DC
I am merely a lowly car seat snot, but when I had my two Britaxes checked last year, I was congratulated over and over again on my 'absolutely perfect' install
post #67 of 128
You know I thought of one reason why I really like my britaxes compared to other convertables I've looked at. When shopping I would push around the seat coushins and I would try to imagine the comfort of the seat. There are some seats that are just NOT comfortable seeming. I wouldn't say Britax is the only comfortable seat, but I've never been put off by them.
post #68 of 128
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Originally Posted by ThreeBeans View Post
I am merely a lowly car seat snot, but when I had my two Britaxes checked last year, I was congratulated over and over again on my 'absolutely perfect' install

We get giddy when we have a seat installed 100% correctly. Seriously. Makes us really happy, so way to go!
post #69 of 128
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We get giddy when we have a seat installed 100% correctly. Seriously. Makes us really happy, so way to go!
You should have seen what they did to my husband the first seat check he went to. My baby came a month early, and we hadn't installed his Snugride yet, so DH went dashing home from the hospital, threw it together, and then took it to the check.

Evidently the tech took one look, choked a little, then patted DH on the shoulder and said, "Well, you tried, and that counts"

Oh, and the other tech told him, "Don't worry, dear, it's always the big guys who completely EFF IT UP"
post #70 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
It's great that they will last you LONGER, but you will still end up needing to purchase another higher limit 5pt harness seat.
Unless you don't feel the need to keep kids in 5-point harnesses. My son didn't hit 40 pounds until he was 6, and spends less than an hour a week in the car. So we went straight to a booster.
post #71 of 128
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Originally Posted by srain View Post
Unless you don't feel the need to keep kids in 5-point harnesses. My son didn't hit 40 pounds until he was 6, and spends less than an hour a week in the car. So we went straight to a booster.
But did he still fit by strap height? I've yet to hear of a single child who outgrew a seat by weight before height.

-Angela
post #72 of 128
Sorry to hijack, but I'm starting to regret my purchase of a booster for my 20-month old. After hearing that there is a possibility (and yeah it's much safer) of having him rearfacing still, I would have liked to flip him back around.

Are there any cheap carseats that offer extended rearfacing for a chunky toddler? At what age should he face forward?
post #73 of 128
dd just outgrew her triumph rf (she's 19m). after stressing about whether to turn her or get a new seat, we ordered a boulevard. we cant really afford it (paid on cc : ) but i feel better than having her ff, or in one with less SIP
post #74 of 128
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Originally Posted by nudnik View Post
Sorry to hijack, but I'm starting to regret my purchase of a booster for my 20-month old. After hearing that there is a possibility (and yeah it's much safer) of having him rearfacing still, I would have liked to flip him back around.

Are there any cheap carseats that offer extended rearfacing for a chunky toddler? At what age should he face forward?
Chunky toddler I'd try a scenera (make sure to get the 5pt harness not the shield). It rf until 35 lbs.

Yikes- really- a booster (with just the regular seat belt)? I wouldn't put a 20 mo old in a booster- no way no how...

-Angela
post #75 of 128
It's a carseat/booster, has a 5-pt harness (I think ). I'm going to look into the Scenera, thanks.
post #76 of 128
Why did we go for a Britax for our DD? Simple really.

Just for comparison my just turned 3 year old weighs in at 33 lbs and 38 inches in height is level with the top strap height on the Cosco Touriva. Its the older model of the Sercena and has the same strap heights I believe.

But when I had to put him in his little sister's Marathon last week and when I adjusted the straps for him, he was level with the second from top slots. He has a lot more growing room to go in a Marathon.
We are having to replace both his Eddie Bauer 3-1 and Tourvira soon because of the fact that one more inch in torso height and and it will be too small and he is still 8 lbs away from the weight limit on those seats and the legal weight for boosters here in Canada...not that he will be in one at 40 lbs. Even for those following the bare minimum of laws here would have to go out and buy another seat.

If we had just got the Marathon in the first place when he was 10 months old we would not have wasted our money buying two cars seats(so about 330cad) that only lasted 2 years and spend another 400.00cad plusreplacing them with Radian's. I got smart with DD and went straight to the Marathon.
My reasoning back then was there all safe right ? so why spend the extra money. Yup they are all safe but as you can see in the long run its costing us more then if we have forked it over in the first place.
And since I am in Canada I only have access to the Roundabout and Marathon but wish that the Boulevard was available...I would have bought it in a snap.

Besides the higher heights, the quality of the Britax seat over the other seats we own..not even in the same league.
post #77 of 128
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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Chunky toddler I'd try a scenera (make sure to get the 5pt harness not the shield). It rf until 35 lbs.

Yikes- really- a booster (with just the regular seat belt)? I wouldn't put a 20 mo old in a booster- no way no how...

-Angela
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Booster can also mean 'harnessed booster'. I got in trouble on a board once for flaming someone to the ocean and back before I realized she was talking about a combination seat for her two year old.
post #78 of 128
I have no idea where this post has gone, but Fisher Price seats are from the makers of Britax. Just a cheaper option.
post #79 of 128
Thread Starter 
thank you all so much for your continued responses. I actually had a hard time getting to sleep last night based upon THIS DECISION. DH thinks i'm a little cuckoo, to say the least!
i submitted a thread on a carseat forum and got a few responses (specific to my child and car). oddly, one response seemed to indicate that i would have a difficult time getting the blvd forward facing in my subaru forester.
i anticipated it being difficult rearfacing, but not forward facing. Anybody out there with a subaru like to comment? Mine's a 2005, if that matters. I'm also getting a seat for an 05 subaru baja. We're planning to take the blvd out of our truck this week and test fitting it in the subarus...that just didn't make sense to me though.
I am making a trip to toys r us today to just peruse seats, but last night, dh said JUST GET THE BRITAX!!!!!!!! basically stating, as long as we know it fits, i can't imagine we'll regret it. But now the thing eating at me is this: my plan was to put the baby in the triumph. however, if i'm having to move that to the door instead of keeping it in the middle, i feel like he should be in a blvd too. problem is i don't think we can rf a blvd and still have room for a front seat passenger.
is it my imagination (seat height is making me think this) that a blvd is difficult to rearface? who's doing it now and in what kind of car? center or side?
thanks again!
post #80 of 128
I've got Britaxes in my Hyundai Santa Fe, which has an obnoxiously small back seat, and I've never had trouble getting either of them rearfacing in there, or in the back of a Toyota Rav4 (even smaller), or a Dodge Stratus (4-door sedan)
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