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Just like many of you, my head is spinning as I research car seats...<br>
I was always planning to get a Britax because I thought they were the best...now I read on this forum that they haven't kept up and are overpriced. So, I was thinking of going with the True Fit. We currently have a Chicco Keyfit and love it. It turns out that our back-up car seat is a Keyfit 30, so we have a really long time until we have to get a new seat. Speaking of, is there any negative to keeping our 19month old in a bucket? He is 22 pounds. Thanks so much. I feel dumb posting this instead of spending years reading old posts. I have read a lot of them...<br><br>
I want the Goldilocks/Holy Grail car seat!!! I don't mind paying for it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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If he still fits by height and weight, it is fine to continue to use the bucket. Obviously he should be under 30 lbs, but he also needs to have at least 1" of shell above his head in the seat.<br><br>
Britax are good seats, but as you've found out, they're not really the "best of the best" anymore. Many other companies now have seats just as nice with the same great features, but for less money and longer usage.<br><br>
Absolutely get a britax if it works best for you, but there are other great seats to consider.<br><br>
The seats I usually recommend are the First years true fit, any of the sunshine kids radians, graco my ride, evenflo triumph advance, safety first complete air, and the larger britax convertibles.<br><br>
The britax and true fit are probably the easiest to install. The complete air and the radians hardest to install (but totally doable in most vehicles). The longest lasting ones, as far as weight are concerned are the complete air, my ride, and radian. The longest lasting for height are the radians, complete air, and the true fit.<br><br>
All seem pretty comfortable. The britax don't have a lot of leg room for bigger rf'ing kids though.
 

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Britaxes drawbacks include price, limited leg room rear facing, limited overall height and weight rear facing, and a shorter forward facing harness position than many other convertibles.<br><br><br>
They really have almost nothing to sell them anymore over other brands <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Do you have a Babies-R-Us near you? If so, take your kiddo in and play around with all the different seats, practice putting your DS in and installing them in your car. You'll probably find several that you can't stand for whatever reason and a couple that you really like. That will help narrow it down. The Radian and the TrueFit are not sold in BRU, but if you have a specialty baby store near you they might carry them.
 

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Yeaaaah. I got a Britax when baby was 3 months gestated and am sad that I did. I will be watching this thread with interest.
 

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Britax DOES still have something to recommend it over other makes... the Marathons with the LATCH bars are so easy to install well, every time, in every vehicle, without a tech.<br><br>
For a non expert, having two seperate buckles to independantly tighten on either side of the seat is great. I am sure CPSTs and super experienced multi seat users have no problems with the standard, cheaper single LATCH adjuster, but for me, I'll pay an extra $50 - $100 once to eliminate many cumulative hours of tugging, sweating and cussing at a more difficult to install seat.<br><br>
Just my two cents.
 

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I personally love my Britax! Not only is it a breeze to install, but I absolutely love the no re-thread harness. I looked up reviews and info on the other convertible seats now available for baby #2, but I still am convinced that Britax has the best features.
 

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Britax used to be the be-all-end-all of seats, but no longer. There are many seats on the market that actually fit newborns well, and have higher RF weight limits and taller shells. I have two Marathons, one of which expires soon, and the other that I bought for $60 from the Target mixup. The expired one will be replaced with a MyRide. I have a Regent that I love and there really is not much else comparable, but unfortunatley they have discontinued it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I personally love my Britax! Not only is it a breeze to install, but I absolutely love the no re-thread harness. I looked up reviews and info on the other convertible seats now available for baby #2, but I still am convinced that Britax has the best features.</div>
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Lots of other seats have no-rethread harnesses now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> The true fit for one...<br><br>
I used to be a huge britax fan (still have 3 of their seats....) but if I were buying a new convertible today I wouldn't even consider a britax.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Best features? Like a lower rear-facing weight limit and a shorter forward-facing harness height for more money?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lots of other seats have no-rethread harnesses now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> The true fit for one...<br><br>
I used to be a huge britax fan (still have 3 of their seats....) but if I were buying a new convertible today I wouldn't even consider a britax.<br><br>
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What would you consider?
 

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For CONVERTIBLES, there are a lot of seats that you can get a lot more use out of than any of the Britax models anymore.<br><br>
For FF-only combination seats (harnessed/booster), the Frontier IMO narrowly beats out the Nautilus. Probably not by$130, unless your kids are spaced juuuust right that the 9-year lifespan makes a huge difference for you (like for us). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> But the harness is easier to adjust, the crotch strap gives more room, and it's a skosh narrower.<br><br>
For FF-only harnessed for extremely tall or SN kids, the Regent still offers unbeatable harness height for a retail seat.<br><br>
I don't know anything about the new Chaperone infant bucket. The old Companion that it replaced had loyal owners and regretful ones; it was very secure, but was HEAVY and apparently difficult to get in/out of the base without waking a sleeping child. Hopefully the Chaperone offers some improvements over the Companion.
 

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My son is not comfortable in his Britax... there very thin foam for padding under his but, on a hard shell... we just bought another seat for new baby (cant remember the name right now, sorry, exhausted) and it has a super comfy seat, non-rethread harness, and the lowest setting on the straps is VERY LOW. It's a convertible. DS loves it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I have a marathon and it does not work, rear facing, in either of our two cars (Honda Element and Accord). Its too darn big for the Accord and inaccessable in the Element.
 

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We have had no problems with our Marathon RF in our 2002 Accord sedan, both in the center and passenger outboard position. In the driver outboard position, it would be a *bit* uncomfortable for DH behind the wheel, but would otherwise be fine.<br><br>
We've also installed the same seat RF in an Element with no issues whatsoever. The trick there was reclining the seat first, installing, then putting the seat back upright.
 

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I adore our Marathon. We've had it since Dd was born. She was RF until nearly 2 years old (and 32 pounds). It installs SO easily - less than 30 seconds in my husband's Prius. Seriously! I was astonished; I did the long belt path in the middle and it was ROCK SOLID on the first try.<br><br>
So when I got pregnant and we were looking at needing another seat, I gravitated to the Britax Frontier, since my Dd is a very large 3 year old and ready for a good 5-point booster.<br><br>
Well, words can't really express how much I loathed the install of the Frontier (something the reviews all rant about). I tried it first in the middle of my Honda CRV and never got a decent fit. I hooked up the LATCH as backup and called it good enough. (Since then I've moved the seat to outboard driver side and got a much tighter fit.)<br><br>
KidsWoot.com was having a great offer for the True Fit booster for only $100, so I snatched one up to put in my parents' car. I actually like that seat better - MUCH better - than the Frontier! Before I got the Frontier to work in my Honda, I was seriously considering CraigsListing it and getting another True Fit.<br><br>
Were I to do it again, I would definitely get the True Fit for the booster stage. I haven't used it as an infant seat, so I can't speak to that. Besides, I really do love my Marathon still!<br><br>
This whole Frontier experience has jolted me out of my Britax-haze and for an infant seat, I'm considering other options.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I adore our Marathon. We've had it since Dd was born. She was RF until nearly 2 years old (and 32 pounds). It installs SO easily - less than 30 seconds in my husband's Prius. Seriously! I was astonished; I did the long belt path in the middle and it was ROCK SOLID on the first try.<br><br>
So when I got pregnant and we were looking at needing another seat, I gravitated to the Britax Frontier, since my Dd is a very large 3 year old and ready for a good 5-point booster.<br><br>
Well, words can't really express how much I loathed the install of the Frontier (something the reviews all rant about). I tried it first in the middle of my Honda CRV and never got a decent fit. I hooked up the LATCH as backup and called it good enough. (Since then I've moved the seat to outboard driver side and got a much tighter fit.)<br><br>
KidsWoot.com was having a great offer for the True Fit booster for only $100, so I snatched one up to put in my parents' car. I actually like that seat better - MUCH better - than the Frontier! Before I got the Frontier to work in my Honda, I was seriously considering CraigsListing it and getting another True Fit.<br><br>
Were I to do it again, I would definitely get the True Fit for the booster stage. I haven't used it as an infant seat, so I can't speak to that. Besides, I really do love my Marathon still!<br><br>
This whole Frontier experience has jolted me out of my Britax-haze and for an infant seat, I'm considering other options.</div>
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The marathon is not appropriate for a newborn or young infant. While rated from 5+ lbs, the bottom slot is too tall to fit any newborn correctly (the straps must be at or below the shoulder rear facing)<br><br>
The truefit is not a booster. It will, however, get most children to an appropriate booster age, when you can buy a dedicated booster. The truefit is a fine seat for newborns.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a marathon and it does not work, rear facing, in either of our two cars (Honda Element and Accord). Its too darn big for the Accord and inaccessable in the Element.</div>
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The Marathon can EASILY fit in both the Accord and the Element. You don't need a 45 degree angle install. It can go upright as thirty degrees. I've put Marathons and similarly sized convertibles in both those vehicles with room to spare.
 

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We can easily fit the Marathon rear-facing in our 05 Civic.<br><br><br>
I'll admit to being a Britax lover, but then I also did all my carseat research a few years ago when other companies couldn't hold a candle to them, things have since changed. Now I still have my Marathon and Regent, with no plans of changing that, but it's sad that they have felt they don't need to keep up.
 
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