My 9 month old has just about outgrown his Chicco Key Fit, so we're trying to find a convertible for him. He's 22 lbs and 30ish inches long. I think he'll continue to be pretty average in weight but above average length.
My 30 lb, 38" tall 3 year old is still RF in a fisher price safe voyage deluxe - so we're obviously committed to extended rear facing.
Our primary vehicle is a Sienna, so space isn't an issue.
Right now the Graco MyRide and Britax Classic Marathon are within the same price range at Target but I don't if either of these is a good option for us (I know the marathon only rf to 35 lbs, but if the shell is taller would I get longer use?). I'd like to spend less than $200.
Also, I've never owned a Britax and I understand they offer a lot of conveniences, but are they really any better, safer, than other seats? I've known a lot of playgroup friends who would only buy Britax, but I don't really know if its a safety thing or a status thing. That's an honest question, I'm not trying to be rude :).
To answer the last question first, NO, a seat that is made by Britax is definitely NOT safer than any other seat. Although they definitely have better PR budgets ;-)
What is the DOM on your Safe Voyage? Those seats retired a lonnnng time ago (car seat relative speaking) so I'm guessing you're approaching the end of its useable life? You may end up needing new seats for both youngsters.
The Britax Marathon Classic (not the new Marathon 70) is certainly *ok* but definitely not my first choice. For kids that are tall, and within your budget constraints, I'd look at a Safety First Complete Air 65, the First Years True Fit and the Evenflo Triumph 65.
The Triumph is slightly taller than the Marathon and has a 40 lb rear facing limit.
The Complete Air is significantly taller than the Marathon (But has a 40" rear facing max stated on it) with a 40 lb rear facing limit.
The True Fit is the tallest with no stated top height limit (other than 1" from the top of the shell), with a 35 lb rear facing limit.
Thank you! The DOM on the FPSVD is March '07, so I've got another year with that. By then DD will be FF and I'll put her in a Nautilus, most likely.
Sounds like I'll be looking at the Triumph or True Fit.
If I were to increase the budget to $250 would there be more options?
If you could go up to 250, I'd consider a Diono R120 (45 lb rear facing limit).
Second catch? The angle adjuster is only certified for use for kids 1 and older.
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