Okay wise mamas, a few months ago you all talked me out of buying an infant seat off Craigslist - thanks!
Now it's crunch time and I really need to get a seat for this baby we're expecting next month. I have tried to research here and on car-seat.org but am still overwhelmed and am hoping to get some advice again.
- TrueFit (but maybe not available in Canada without a rebound bar that gives it a longer profile?)
- Graco MyRide
stepmama to a 9 y.o. bookworm and milky mama to the sweetest girl born april 2012
If you're looking at a Britax seat, make sure you get the new generation, not the Classic. The Classic Britaxes do not fit newborns (even 8# newborns).
And a Marathon will not fit a child rear facing as long as is appropriate. How big is your step son? Unless he's a very very tall child it's unlikely he will be out of a backless booster 'soon'. 4'9" is the size of the average 11 year old. Most kids are between 10 and 12 when they can ride safely in the seatbelt alone.
Because you'll need a full 45 degrees as you've surmised you need something that will fit between the front seats. I'd suggest a Diono Radian. The True Fit may fit the bill due to the removable headrest but only goes to 35 lbs rear facing. The Graco My Ride, while one of my favorite standbys, is quite a large seat and may be very difficult for your older child to sit next to.
I like the space saving removeable headrest. I couldn't fit the seat in an infant recline without removing the headrest, but I drive a 1997 civic.
The seat is sold in Canada, but you have to get the correct model.
Wanted to add that it fits newborns well.