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I don't think the Marathon will work, because my harnessed child is already 33 lbs. He will be 3 in May. When I had our Britax Wizard in the back, it was a really tight fit, and the older kids had a hard time buckling themselves in. *I* had a hard time buckling them in. I would like to not have to climb in the back every single time to buckle 3 kids in, when they are doing it by themselves right now.
Jwebbal, do you kids buckle themselves in, or do you have to climb in the back and do it for them?
The other issue is that my oldest child really hates being super squished in the back (sensory issues going on there), so I am also wanting to make it as easy as possible on him with regard to how big the seats are that go in the back. I think it is inevitable that there will be a booster and a convertible in the back, so it's going to be tight either way.
I had another thought about this whole thing this morning. Although it wouldn't be my first choice, I could put the baby in the back, if the infant car seat is smaller and narrower than the convertible. What are your thoughts on that?
2 y.o. (almost 3 when baby arrives) is pretty tall. I haven't measured him in awhile, but he is in a lot of 4T stuff because of the length. I was wrong on his weight; I just had him weighed about a month ago. He is almost 34 lbs. The Marathon is only rated to 33lbs. (correct?), so I'm not really interested in that. I think the Wizard is rated to 65 lbs. (installed with the seatbelt, to 45 or 48 with the latch system, it's been awhile since I've read the manual).
I am going to stop at BRU this week and see if they have a Radian I can try in the back middle seat to give me an idea of how it will fit. I am also going to look at some different infant seats to see how they fit.
Jwebbal, LOL, I don't really want to spend the $$ on a Radian, either. However, I do need something that will give us the best fit and most comfortable children (we tend to take long road trips, so it really is an issue for us). Plus, I know that my 2 y.o. will use it for a long time, and then my new baby will use it for a long time. I am pretty sure we will get our money's worth out of it.
I looked online for awhile last night at different seats and whatnot. It looks like the Combi Shuttle 33 has a footprint of 16.75". Has anyone used that? It appears to be well-rated.