Help me out here, ladies. I'm looking for a convertable carseat that will hold ds past 40 lbs. So far, the only one I've found/heard of is the Britax Marathon, which is rear-facing to 33 lbs, forward-facing to 65 lbs. However, it's also $$$. I found some on sale for $180, and it seems the usual price is $220 - 250.
Right now, ds is still in his infant seat - barely. He will definitely outgrow it within a month. Last week, we purchased a Graco Comfort Sport for $70, and it's rear-facing to 30 lbs, forward-facing to 40 lbs.
The problem is that ds is big (at his 2 month well-baby visit, he was 16 lbs and 25 inches). Our pediatrician said that babies usually triple their birthweight by one year, and ds is definitely on track to do it thus far. If he keeps it up and triples his birthweight, he will be 36 lbs at one year
I wasn't thinking when we bought the Graco - all the carseats we could find had the same weight limits, so we just picked the best we could out of our meager selection. Then last night I saw a thread here about the Britax Marathon and realized that there ARE carseats that can hold bigger kids. Are there others?
Right now, I am leaning toward returning the Graco and purchasing the Britax, but dh really doesn't want to do this. The only reason he gives me is $$$ - the Britax does cost more than twice what the Graco costs. As far as I am concerned, money is not an acceptable reason not to purchase the best safety equipment. We can afford to buy the Britax - it will be a stretch, but I think in the long run, it will be worth it, especially since it seems that we will need to purchase another when ds outgrows the Graco.
So my questions are these:
1) Are there any less expensive (than the Britax) carseats that will hold ds past 40 lbs?
2) Do you see any reason to use the Graco rather than the Britax, other than money?
3) Can you help me think of some good arguments for the Britax to convince dh?
4) Whether we use the Graco or the Britax, what do we do when ds outgrows it? If we use the Britax, he'll be much closer to using a toddler/booster seat by the time he outgrows it, but if we use the Graco, what do we do after a year (approximately)?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can share with me.