Originally Posted by jeca
Ok so I have been looking at all the carseats even the harnesses but it wouldn't work. I don't have $250+ per child to get them new harnessed seats. I was thinking more along the lines of $100 each and nothing in a harness fits that budget. $500 just wouldn't work right now.
I think your older dd probably won't fit in a harness long enough to make it worth the extra money, unless she's short or has a short torso. She's old enough to be in a high back booster and be very safe in it, imo. There is nothing wrong with the Graco high back booster she's in, it's not a bad one at all. However, for your 5 yo, I WOULD consider getting a Nautilus. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8112222
Free shipping to your local store, where you can also return it w/ no problems if it doesn't work out. And if you still would like a nicer booster for your older dd, I still recommend the Parkway that my ds has. They have been discontinued, which is why they're so cheap right now, though, so I don't know what colors are left. Maybe not any that would be appealing to a girl, but you could match your car and point out that your car seat isn't girly.
There's also this one, which looks like it has excellent side impact protection. http://www.albeebaby.com/recaro-vivo...eat-blush.html
Good luck with your decision!