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My dd is 6 months old and about 18 pounds. I am starting to look for her next car seat because she is approaching the limit for her infant seat.<br><br>
I want something with the highest NHTSA safety rating but also something that isn't super toxic (healthycar.org).<br><br>
I am just not sure what to get: Convertible vs. toddler.<br><br>
Any advice would be much appreciated!!
 

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Go with the convertible. They usually have high rear facing limits, so you can keep your baby rear facing as long as possible.<br><br>
From the healthy car list, I would go with the Britax Marathon, since the Boulevard isn't on there. Not only does it mean you can keep your child rear facing to 33lbs and harnessed to 65lbs ffacing, but you won't be shopping again in two years when most of the other seats on that list are too small either in strap height or weight.
 

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Rear facing is much MUCH safer than forward facing, so you want a convertible seat that will RF for a long time to come.<br><br>
My first choice is britax boulevard. Followed by britax marathon.<br><br>
Third choice would be the sunshine radian.<br><br>
Forth would be recaro signo or como.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Go with the convertible. They usually have high rear facing limits, so you can keep your baby rear facing as long as possible.<br><br>
From the healthy car list, I would go with the Britax Marathon, since the Boulevard isn't on there. Not only does it mean you can keep your child rear facing to 33lbs and harnessed to 65lbs ffacing, but you won't be shopping again in two years when most of the other seats on that list are too small either in strap height or weight.</div>
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I would choose the boulevard over the marathon due to the TSIP (true side impact protection)<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would choose the boulevard over the marathon due to the TSIP (true side impact protection)<br><br>
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So would I (and did), but I couldn't find the stats on the healthy car list. In fact, a lot of seats weren't on the list. I know I used to have another one, with newer and more seats on it but I can't find it at the moment.<br><br>
So....going by the choices, the Marathon would have to be first.
 

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But seeing as the MA and BLVD are both made by Britax, I'd assume for the most part they use the same materials and I would assume the toxicity levels would be very similar.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But seeing as the MA and BLVD are both made by Britax, I'd assume for the most part they use the same materials and I would assume the toxicity levels would be very similar.</div>
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Even two Marathons have different toxicity levels. The one with the Greystone covering has a level of .6, while the Olivia covering comes in at 2.7 and the Platinum style is the worst of all - 5.0.<br><br>
I'd hate to assume anything.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> You've opened the can!! The car seat natzis (i say this with love!) love to see mamas like you asking what car seat to get. I told cognito (she's a co-worker) she defiantly knows car seats. (she has pool noodles as installation tools) she also said peaches is a tech on baby board! She's talked about it with me and she saies that the britax rear faces the longest. which is very important, from what i've gathered! good luck mama! you're about to learn more about car seats then you every thought you could know.<br><br>
p.s. I like the ricaro sigmo or como. I like sigmo! but i don't have babies (yet) Just imo. I'm going to surf over and check out the toxicity levels of the ricaro. I just know that ricaro made a race seat and harness that i was wearing when i raced!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">p.s. I like the ricaro sigmo or como. I like sigmo! but i don't have babies (yet) Just imo. I'm going to surf over and check out the toxicity levels of the ricaro. I just know that ricaro made a race seat and harness that i was wearing when i raced!</div>
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The reason I do not like the recaro as well as the britax or even the radian is that it does not tether rear facing. I feel that that is an important safety feature (one that recaro originally advertised on those seats before they were released... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: )<br><br>
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You definitely want a convertible. Your baby needs to RF much longer, preferably to the 30/33/35 lb limit. ALL carseats on the market meet federal guidlines & are safe if used correctly everytime.<br><br>
I personally haven't put much faith in the healthycar.org info. I've seen it discussed several times. The only test they did was to use the XRF thing & point it at stuff. I'd have to question the accuracy of that. The chemicals they found are also already regulated as stated in the methodology section.<br><br>
I have Cosco Scenera with 5pt harness & the Alpha Omega Elite. They won't get us to booster age, but we have plans for higher weight FFing seats in the future. The Scenera ranked best in class, but there are several different covers. The AOE ranked poorly & there are even more cover choices available. They mention which covers for other models, but not those? There info is incomplete & flawed at best.<br><br>
For a 18# child at 6 months I would look at some of the seats with heigher weight limits so the seat will take your child to a safe booster age. The Britax convertibles, Evenflo Triumph ADVANCE & Radian all have higher weight limits & tall top harness slots.<br><br>
The best carseat is the one that fits your child/budget/car & is used properly every time.<br><br>
Kriket likes to pick on me because I rant about carseats a lot. Living in a 4/40 state drives me NUTS!... LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For a 18# child at 6 months I would look at some of the seats with heigher weight limits so the seat will take your child to a safe booster age. The Britax convertibles, Evenflo Triumph ADVANCE & Radian all have higher weight limits & tall top harness slots.</div>
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Yes, and the Recaro Como and Signo also RF to 35 lbs and FF to 70.
 

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Thank you all so much. I got exactly what I was looking for in all of your replies. This was far more valuable than doing more internet research!! I am passionate and obsessed about many things, but car seats isn't one of them. Even though I realize the importance, I just don't have the drive to do all of the research. I kept saying that I just wanted the car seat gods to come to my door and give me the best advice....well...you all are my car seat gods....ummm....Goddesses. Thanks again!
 
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