Originally Posted by changingseasons
How important is having a seat that reclines? Do you use that? Or I guess would Iuse that with an 11mo, or is that more for infants?
There's two types of recline:
* Many (most? all?) convertibles have a "recline block" or some other adjustment. To use the seat correctly, it *must* be reclined while rear-facing, and not reclined while forward-facing. The recline is NOT for comfort; it's for adjusting the angle of the seat for different seating positions. Combo seats (harness & booster, forward-facing only) may require a recline during harness use and more upright during booster use, too (the Frontier is like this).
* Some seats have a comfort recline. Thing is, recline interacts with the safety of the seat. A more upright posture while rear-facing is safer, provided the child has sufficient head control. Not sure exactly what the parameters are on front-facing recline, but I'm guessing it's similar. So... seats that recline *for comfort* are trading some safety for that comfort.
My DS1 has never had an issue falling asleep in his Marathon or Frontier, rear-facing or front-facing (only the Marathon rear-facing of course). The only time his head has ever flopped forward was when we were on hilly terrain, changing the overall angle of the car.