I'm considering buying a Britax Hi-Way 2, but my boyfriend thinks I'm crazy to spend $500 (with shipping) on a carseat. I kind of feel like there's no amount of money I wouldn't spend on my child's safety. What sparked this whole thing was my mom asking me to get a car seat for my DS to use in her car. My first thought was to get something safe, but inexpensive (like a Cosco Scenera or something) but I have no idea when he's going to be 35 lbs, and I have a feeling I won't be ready for him to be forward facing. So now I'm thinking I'm either going to buy a second Radian, or put my Radian in her car and get a Swedish Britax. I just have a couple questions that I was hoping someone with a Britax Hi-Way or a similar seat could answer...
-How long do you think he'll actually fit in the seat? 55 lbs is pretty straightforward, but I'm having trouble getting an idea of what height he'll be able to ride in it until.
-How long is the seat good for? I know car seats have expiration dates, but I have no idea how long they are safe to use. If I'll be able to use it for a future child, that definitely makes it that much more worth the money.
If he's not 35 pounds yet, I wouldn't do it. How tall/heavy is he now? A Radian will probably even be overkill, my DD was 33 lbs at 22 months and is still only 38 lbs at 3yrs 7months and she STILL has room height and weight wise in her Radian.
He's about 30 pounds now at 2.5 yrs. I'm afraid he'll outgrow the height limit on the radian before the weight limit. But, in all honesty, I don't think I really have a grasp on fast kids grow. I'd really like to keep him rear facing until he's at least 4, preferably until he's 5 or 6. Is this going to be possible in the radian?
yeah id just get this and its on sale too http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002OC32ZW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cheapmamachic-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=B002OC32ZW
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In a Radian, my 50th percentile 4.5yo could still be rearfacing (in the version w/ head wings and 45lb rearfacing limit in Canada).
He's not RFng, b/c while I'm all for extended rear facing, I think at his age he's fine FFng & harnessed.
Right now, with the name change of SKJP to Diono, you can get the 'old' Radians on sale, and get 2 of them for the price of one of those Swedish seats ... Plus, I'm in Canada, and importing foreign seats is not legal, so for us, there'd be no question, just get the Radian! We have one for DS, and one for DD, and love them.
While I understand your logic, you just want to keep your child safe, so you'll use an illegal seat, I think you need to think beyond "the safest option". Some points to consider.
A)you are setting an example for people around you-I break the law because it is what I feel is best. The next time you try and convince a mom to not turn around her 6 month old, she could throw this back at you.
B)If you are pulled over, you could receive a citation for an improperly restrained child, as the seat is not legal in the U.S.
C)If you are ever in an accident, and your child is injured, insurance can refuse to pay for any/all medical costs because he was not legal restrained. They also will not replace the seat.
My DH and I were just today talking about the huge difference between max 33lbs available when my DD1 was a RFing babe, and the max 45lbs seats now. That's a HUGE difference!
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