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My ds is 26 weeks old, is very tall, has wide shoulders and seems like he is ready to outgrow his infant car seat. He has never minded riding in the car, but now that he is bigger he gets upset when I strap him in. Everything I have read says he needs to be a year before he can ride in a "Toddler-style" seat that faces forward.<br><br>
What do I do between now and a year if he's too big for the infant seat but isn't older enough for the forward-facing toddler seat?
 

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you need to buy a convertible seat that rearfaces as well as forward faces. he should be RF as long as possible.<br><br>
how much does he weigh? what infant seat do you have? most infant seats are outgrown at 22 pounds or when the top of the head is within 1" of the top of the hard shell, whichever comes first.
 

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Get a convertible seat that goes rear facing and forward facing.<br><br>
Examples would be the Britax Roundabout or Marathon. There are others that are less expensive if that is an issue, but those are the ones I know the name of <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We got the Cosco Scenera, apparently it's very inexpensive in the States.
 

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My DS was huge, he outgrew the bucket seat by 4 months. We have a Britax and it will RF until 33 lbs.
 

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Yep! Definitely a convertible carseat. As several previous posters have said, Britax makes very good convertible car seats with high rear-facing weight limits AND high seat backs so that the child will not outgrow the seat by height too quickly either.<br><br>
Other good options are the Sunshine Kids Radian (if it will fit rear-facing in your car) and the Cosco Scenera (a good low-cost seat.)<br><br>
My DS outgrew his Graco SnugRide at 4.5 months.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my dd got uncomfy in her infant one at 4 months.<br>
we have the britax blvd rear facing right now....much better!</div>
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Ditto
 

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Another vote for Britax. Our LO is 20 months old and still rear-facing. She will be rear-facing until she reaches the weight limit (33 lbs).
 

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children should rear face for as long as possible.<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2DVfqFhseo</a><br>
this will show you examples of crash tests for both...
 

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Moving to family safety
 

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Thanks everyone. JenLiz - the video was great, I sent it to all my Mommy friends!<br><br>
I went to Babies R Us and looked at the Britax (which are quite expensive) but the salesperson said that Britax scored second in safety ratings to a Safety 1st car seat (which they don't carry.) I've looked all over the web but can't find any information on recent car seat safety ratings (specifically for convertible car seats.) Can anyone send me in the right direction?
 

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There ARE no safety ratings. Britax is the best out there IMO. The radian is another good high limit seat, but it has installation problems in some cars.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Right, like Angela said there are no safety ratings, unfortunately. They all have to pass the same tests, so one seat is no safer than the next.<br><br>
You'll want a seat that harnesses past 40 pounds. Otherwise, you'll be buying a new seat in 2-3 years when your child outgrows the harness.<br><br>
You'll also want a seat with high top slots, so it will fit your child longer.<br><br>
I would recommend that you look at these seats:<br>
Britax Boulevard, RF to 33 lbs, FF to 65, ~$280<br>
Britax Maraton, RF to 33 lbs, FF to 65, ~$220<br>
Recaro Como, RF to 35 lbs, FF to 70, ~$250<br><br>
Sunshine Kids Radian 65, RF to 33 lbs, FF to 65, ~$180<br>
Fisher Price Safe Voyage Deluxe, RF to 33 lbs FF to 55, ~$130<br>
Evenflo Triumph Advance, RF to 35 pounds FF to 50, ~$130<br><br>
ETA: And keep him RF to the limits of whichever seat you chose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They all have to pass the same tests, so one seat is no safer than the next.</div>
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Personally I would say that no one seat is PROVEN safer than the next. I personally believe that there are some seats that are safer than others.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Personal beliefs or no, as a tech I cannot and will not say that one seat is safer than the next.
 

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Just the fact that our Britax seats have steel parts and thicker plastic convinces me they're much safer than the flimsy plastic ones I used to buy my kids before I discovered Britax. That said, if I absolutely couldn't afford a Britax, then I would look for one that rear-faces a good long time and has taller shoulder harness heights since my kids tend to outgrow seat in height LONG before weight.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">you need to buy a convertible seat that rearfaces as well as forward faces. he should be RF as long as possible.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just the fact that our Britax seats have steel parts and thicker plastic convinces me they're much safer than the flimsy plastic ones I used to buy my kids before I discovered Britax. That said, if I absolutely couldn't afford a Britax, then I would look for one that rear-faces a good long time and has taller shoulder harness heights since my kids tend to outgrow seat in height LONG before weight.</div>
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Which is exactly why I posted several different options, in various price ranges. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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