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#61 of 71 Old 01-09-2006, 04:53 PM
 
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Let me see if I have this straight...you think both the Boulevard and the Recaro will work as far as height, but you think the booster aspect of the Recaro is irrelevant for now and that the Boulevard will fit better in the center position of my car. Is that a correct summary of your opinion?
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Maybe DH would like the Recaro for his car. We have never had "matching" car seats and I don't really see any reason we should need to. I would like, however, for DS' feet to be not quite so high as they are in DH's car (in the Triumph). We have a problem with his kicking the front seats right around shoulder level.
What is it with DH's and Recaros?! Oh the joys of being kicked in the back! I have lived with this for years.

Not to put more spanners in the works, but your DS could easily still be RF in the Boulevard and he wouldn't kick you in the back. My DS loved being RF (turned one month before he hit four), he would sit cross legged or have his feet up on the back of the seat.

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Need to post a follow-up...just noticed this morning that DS (27 months) has basically outgrown his Evenflo Triumph because his shoulders are getting to be above the top harness slots. I've been so fixated on overall height that this took me by surprise. The Evenflo Triumph top harness slots height is 15.5". So I've been researching car seats all morning, and turns out most of the other seats on the market, including several mentioned in this thread as good choices based on WEIGHT limit, also top out with harness slots at 16" or so. The Britax Marathon (18") and Britax Regent (19") seem to be my only choices at this point, since DS is too young and too light (27 lbs.) to even think about putting him in a booster without a harness.

And just FTR...I don't have a totally Goliath kid... I mean he is tall but he is around 90th %ile for height, so other people could easily have this same dilemma with even an average size boy, before the third birthday.
This seems like a silly question, but are you sure the cover hasnt slipped, making the slots look much lower than they are? I always have to feel with my fingers because the cover slots arent always exactly in the same place as the slots in the seat itself.
My 38" 37lb 3 1/2 year old still fits beautifully in our Triumphs with a little (though not a lot) room to grow.
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This seems like a silly question, but are you sure the cover hasnt slipped, making the slots look much lower than they are? I always have to feel with my fingers because the cover slots arent always exactly in the same place as the slots in the seat itself.
I didn't think of that--I will check!
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I absolutely love our Britax Marathon for all the reasons listed above, but unfortunately my son is outgrowing it heightwise, he is only 38 lbs. so lots of room left for weight, since it goes to 65 lbs. But he is on the top slots and they are now below his shoulders. I called the company and they said the slot can only be 2 or 3 inches below the shoulders, otherwise it is not safe. So now I don't know what to do! He isn't heavy enough to use a high backed booster, what's more, his sister needs to go into his marathon as she has just outgrown her infant carseat! Guess I'll be staying home alot until I get this figured out...
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This seems like a silly question, but are you sure the cover hasnt slipped, making the slots look much lower than they are? I always have to feel with my fingers because the cover slots arent always exactly in the same place as the slots in the seat itself.
I checked last night and you were right! The cushion had slipped down lower than the actual openings in the plastic shell. He has about an inch to go. So I can relax a little and budget for new seats in a few months.
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I checked last night and you were right! The cushion had slipped down lower than the actual openings in the plastic shell. He has about an inch to go. So I can relax a little and budget for new seats in a few months.
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We have a Marathon, and adore it. I get the opportunity to use all sorts of other seats, as we travel and rent cars with child seats frequently. All of the others have totally sucked in many ways.

My last trip, my son was 12 months and three weeks old, weighed 22.8 lbs, our rental gave us a Cosco conv't with the padded bar that comes down in front of him, with the 3 point harness. It was VERY easy to get him in and out and he liked the bar. That said, we actually installed it FORWARD facing, because no matter what we tried, we couldn't get it to be safe rear-facing.

After using probably 10 different seats on the market, I have to say, the Britaxs are definitely "all that."

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Honestly, I liked the cow print enough to pay the extra money. lol. j/k

We have three kids [4.5, 2.5, 8mo] and we have a triumph for the baby, and two marathons for hte older two. I figure when the baby outgrows the triumph she can go into her oldest sister's britax and big sister will be about harness size.

I LOVE my triumph, we use it when our kids are younger... it fits them so cozy and snug. Perfect incline, perfect everything. But they grow out of it before three [long torsos] and I just didn't feel right putting a not quite 3 year old, 32ish lbs into a booster of buying another combination seat to only last to 40 lbs. I figured if I was buying a seat for an older child I would get one they can be harnessed in until 65 lbs. My oldest went over 40 lbs right around 4 and I'm thankfull we can keep her in it awhile yet.

I figure right as she is outgrowing the britax my youngest will be outgrowing the triumph. Then from there we can buy a booster for my oldest. I'll probably buy the britax booster because we've beenr eally pleased.

My husband was the most hesitant to buy a britax, we went through a bunch of various seats we bought and disliked before we finally putt he money into the britax... but when he installed them he was so impressed he vows to never buy another brand again. He was really impressed with teh design and safety of the product. He hates to take the kids anywhere in his car because he doesn't liek the seats in his car. lol.
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hhm that evenflo knob thing was jammed up against the seat in our nissan sentra, subaru forester, and in bil's honda pilot. i asked the car tech at the time, but he couldn't make it any easier. Maybe I need to take another look or ask another tech if it works for you.
We have a Honda Pilot and the knob is against the seat, but not jammed up. DH loosens it every time he puts DS in with no problem.

We have the Triumph and my parents have a Marathon in their car. Personally, I like the Triumph better in ease of use. We don't move the carseat and had it installed by a professional. And I read a lot of studies and the Triumph is about equilavant in safety.
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Not entirely germane to the OP, but we have a Britax (Decathalon or Marathon, can't remember) and agree with the ease-of-installation compliments.

One thing I don't like, however, is the way the belt sliders connect to the buckle when I strap the kids in. They just don't make a real definitive "click" sound when they latch. I know they are in securely, because I always pull to see if they have caught properly, but early on I found this annoying. Thought it might be the one unit we purchased for our son, but we bought a second soon after for his twin sister and noticed the same thing.
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The buckle on Britax seats is designed to click only when the second piece is securely fastened, so you just may be missing it. The first piece won't click, but the second one always should, regardless of what order you fasten them.
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