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Hi all<br><br>
We are due with our next little one in feb...<br><br>
OUr son was in a britax blvd at 6 week and now has plenty of room in it at 2.5....<br><br>
I would love to be able to put the baby directly into a convertible britax from day 1 I feel that they WAY safer then the buckets and we do not use the bucket carriers so...that said<br><br>
Britax has a few car seats that start at 5lbs and go up to 65...anyone have a vote for which one will be best for my newest one?<br><br>
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britax convertibles start at 5 pounds, but they almost never fit a newborn properly. the bottom slots are just too high, oftern higher than the babies ears.
 

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Yep, what the PP said. Rfing the straps need to be at or below the baby's shoulders. The Britax seats all (well except for the infant seat the Companion) have slot heights that are very high, you would have to have one very long newborn to make it work safely.
 

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Yep. As mentioned, unless you have VERY large newborns, britax convertibles aren't great for the newborn stage.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I just moved my just turned one year old into her Blvd. She's been in a Graco Safe Seat since birth.<br><br>
She is 19 pounds, but long for her age (can't remember the exact inches off the top of my head, but 80th+ percentile or greater for height).<br><br>
She looks SO TINY in that thing!! I cannot even imagine a brand new baby in one. I don't even think the harness straps would begin to fit properly unless you happen to give birth to a 25+ inch baby or something.
 

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Ditto what everyone else said. I have very long torsoed babies, and at birth my DD2 was still about an inch below the bottom slots. I didn't feel comfortable putting her in it until about 3 months.
 

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My daughter came home from the hospital in an Evenflo Triumph convertible seat. She fit safely and correctly (and comfortably according to her, I got no complaints <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">), with her shoulders above the harness slots; she was born 8lbs 10oz. and 21 inches long.<br><br>
I mention this because you posted:
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I have read others post that the Triumph has low harness slots and is among the best bet for fitting newborns.<br><br>
*That said*: I replaced the Truimph with a Britax Marathon when DD got close to her first birthday, to keep her rear-facing and harnessed. The Truimph will be outgrown years before the Britax.<br><br>
Considering your stated preference for a convertible, if your older child will be in a position to pass down the Boulevard to your new babe or you don't mind buying a second convertible (vs. a bucket and a convertible) you might look at the Triumph.
 

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I've heard good things about newborns in the new Triumph Advance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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The bottom slot height is a controversial issue. The official guideline for carseat techs-in-training is that if the baby is in the weight range for the RF seat, the lowest slots should be used until the baby's shoulders reach the next slot, and it's OK if the bottom slots are above the shoulders. Really. But many don't like it because it doesn't look secure and because it's an exception to the general guideline of straps at or below shoulders.<br><br>
The general guideline that RF slots should be at or below shoulders is intended to prevent the child from ramping upwards and causing the carseat to tip down (more flat, more parallel with the car floor) which could add more pulling force to the neck. But that effect is minimal with a small baby. The amount of additional leverage a larger, taller, heavier child can provide is huge.<br><br>
Another fact to consider is that Britax originally had manual guidelines of straps at or above shoulders for both RF and FF, so arguably their seats are designed to prevent the ramping effect from presenting a problem at any age.<br><br>
You could call Britax for more guidance too. Ask if there is a minimum torso height required for their seats that start at 5lbs. I don't think there is.
 

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That's not how it was worded in my tech class, but I agree. Unfortunately, there is more to fitting a car seat than the bottom slots. This is why I was unwilling to put my DD in a Britax convertible at a very young age:<br><br><a href="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/an_aurora/Car%20Seats/scarlettma3.jpg" target="_blank">http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j1...carlettma3.jpg</a><br><br>
Here's her shoulders:<br><a href="http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/an_aurora/Car%20Seats/scarlettma.jpg" target="_blank">http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j1...scarlettma.jpg</a><br><br>
Also, last week I was called to fit twins in carseats at the hospital. The bigger was 4lbs 12 oz, and while her shoulders were just above the bottom slots, with the straps tightened all the way there was still slack in the harness.
 

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The bottom slots on the 3 big Britax seats are approx 10 inches. Britax allows the lowest slots to be a maximum of 1 inch above the shoulders in the lowest setting. Infant seats generally have 6-7 inch bottom slots which fit newborns better. The Scenera has bottom slots around 7.5 inches & usually fits newborns well.
 
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