Originally Posted by alegna
There are two new Britax seats- the Diplomat is the roundabout sized seat with the TSIP.
I hadn't heard they re-issued this seat. I had the old version of this (called Roundabout Advantage) from when my 5 yr old was a baby. We just retired it this summer, after a crash. That said, I totally don't reccomend it. Get one of the Marathon sized models, as you can keep a kid in it *so* much longer. And frankly, I think the non-rethreading strap thing is over-rated. It's appealing for an infant, so you can get the straps in *just* the right spot, but as they get older, it is much more of a pita to take the cover on and off for washing. And I don't know about others, but I wash my covers frequently -- my kids eat and drink in the car often (we live in rural area and often have long drives) and between 18 mos - 3 or so, we had frequent potty accidents to deal with.
Ease of washing is way more important to me than the "convenience" of not rethreading. Re-threading is really no biggie.
BUT for the OP,
the bucket is useful in ways you (universal you) dont' really anticipate until you have the baby and a better fit for sure. I have a 1 week old 9 lb 21" baby in my arms and he doesn't fit in my Roundabout.