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I would NOT buy one.<br><br>
The top useable harness height is low. Most kids will outgrow the harness before 40 lbs and before they are old enough for a booster. Thus, forcing you to do something less than safe or buy another seat with higher harness straps/weight limit.<br><br>
The booster mode is not great.<br><br>
Cosco has a pretty bad track record for recalls.<br><br>
They do have a high rearfacing weight limit going for them though, and they are fine as long as your child fits in it. Given the negative points though, you could spend your carseat money on better options.
 

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I don't know if ours was the 'Elite' model or not but we loved our Cosco Alpha Omega 3 in 1 carseat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Our model was not recalled.)<br><br>
In fact Hope is still using it now! She is 4 years 4 months old.<br><br>
See my post on carseat safety in this forum as well.
 

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Lousy seat.<br><br>
1. Extremely low top harness straps. For the person who has her 4.5 year old harnessed in it, are you aware you CAN'T use the top setting for the harness? That's for booster mode only. Most kids outgrow it by the third birthday. Which is way too young for a booster.<br><br>
2. Makes a rotten booster. The shell is NOT high enough.<br><br>
3. Seats expire after six years. You'll have to buy a new booster anyway.<br><br>
4. Way overpriced for a seat that doesn't do half of what it says it does.<br><br><br><br>
You are much better off spending your money on a GOOD convertible that harnesses to a higher weight, and then buying an independent booster after the fact.
 

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We have the Alpha Omega And the Elite.We will definately need to get another seat before a booster BUT I have a very large child.Also as far as I can tell there aren't so many options out there for seats that will last you from RF infant to being harnessed past 40lbs but that's what I would look for if I had to do it over.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also as far as I can tell there aren't so many options out there for seats that will last you from RF infant to being harnessed past 40lbs but that's what I would look for if I had to do it over.</div>
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There are getting to be more, off the top of my head:<br><br>
Britax- boulevard, decathalon, marathon<br>
Sunshine radian<br>
Fisher price safe embrace<br><br>
So 3 brands, 5 seats....<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I wish I knew all of this before I bought DS's seat last year. He's 2.5 and the shoulder strap is already at the highest (harness) setting. I got it because the seat bottom felt comfy (so many of the others, particularly the Eddie Bauer ones, were rock hard) and I liked the ease-of-use features, like everything being adjustable without having to uninstall/rethread/reinstall the seat. I'll do better research with the next one, though.<br><br>
Any suggestions for a not-too-expensive seat that will take DS from when he outgrows the Cosco through his booster years?
 

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Any suggestions for a not-too-expensive seat that will take DS from when he outgrows the Cosco through his booster years?</div>
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What's your budget? A good choice for a budget minded mama is the Cosco Apex. It only works if you have high seatbacks or headrests, but it harnesses to 49 inches/ 65 lbs and then converts to a belt positioning booster to 5 feet and 100 lbs <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;">What's your budget? A good choice for a budget minded mama is the Cosco Apex. It only works if you have high seatbacks or headrests, but it harnesses to 49 inches/ 65 lbs and then converts to a belt positioning booster to 5 feet and 100 lbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I guess we don't really have too tight a budget, but I'd like to spend less than $200 per seat since we have to buy one for each car. We do have headrests in both cars' backseats -- I'll check out the Apex -- thanks for the suggestion!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are getting to be more, off the top of my head:<br><br>
Britax- boulevard, decathalon, marathon<br>
Apex<br>
Sunshine radian<br>
Fisher price safe embrace<br><br>
So 4 brands, 6 seats....<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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Does the Apex RF?
 

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oops! just seen it mentioned, not one I'm familiar with. It's only a ff seat... off to edit.<br><br>
thanks!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess we don't really have too tight a budget, but I'd like to spend less than $200 per seat since we have to buy one for each car. We do have headrests in both cars' backseats -- I'll check out the Apex -- thanks for the suggestion!</div>
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If you find it on sale you should be able to get it for 99 dollars. That'll work out well for you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I really dislike Cosco. They are cheaply made and have lots of recalls.<br><br>
Gracos are safe and generally cheap in price. Evenflo is a good brand as well. We love our Britax, but it's pricey.
 

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The top usable slot on the AO is 14.5 inches I think. Same as the Scenera. So basically you are paying $170(?) for a seat that will last just as long as a $40 seat, the Scenara.<br><br>
Decent rear facing seats....Although a beast to install tightly..Also, the 3-n1s have an 8 year span, not a 6 year span. So if you have a tiny petite short waisted child, you might make it the whole time in one seat. DS2 would certainly be able to continuosly use this seat, at 25months, he is on the 1st strap slot and still RFing at a whopping 16lbs. But yes, most normal kids do outgrow the seat aroun 2-3 years of age. (We have the Interra)<br><br>
Eh, on the Evenflo/Graco comment....The two WORST seats on the market IMHO are the Evenflo Triumph and the Graco Comfortsport. Not only do they only RF to 30lbs, they are so short most kids don't FF in them long either. DS3 is 13 months old, and CANNOT ride in the Comfortsport at all. Either way.<br><br>
Honestly, the ONLY seats I can see myself using on a "normal" child are the Britax Line, (minus their infant bucket and the Roundabout) Cosco Scenera, and the Apex 65. Thats it. Nothing else is really worth the money.<br><br>
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Agreed on the roundabout, but we really liked the companion (bucket). Side impact protection that other seats don't have and the rebound bar that other seats don't have.<br><br>
It's heavy but we used the bucket as a bucket just a handful of times anyway.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Agreed on the roundabout, but we really liked the companion (bucket). Side impact protection that other seats don't have and the rebound bar that other seats don't have.<br><br>
It's heavy but we used the bucket as a bucket just a handful of times anyway.<br><br>
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Thats cool, it's just we aren't really big on infant buckets, especially since DS1 and 3 outgrew theirs by 4 months. And in all honesty we had them in convertible car seats by 2 weeks just b/c they didn't like laying down so much. And I cannot fathom paying $200+ for a seat that only lasts a few months. I would rather spring for a Boulevard. At least that'll get some decent mileage out of it.<br><br>
But the way we do it: They RF in a Scenera till 35lbs. Then they move into a Britax Regent. For the price of a BLVD, you RF longer than the Britax line, and you harness till 80lbs or 20" torso height. But thats the cheapest combo I could come up w/ longest RFing time as well as longest FFing in a harness time.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thats cool, it's just we aren't really big on infant buckets, especially since DS1 and 3 outgrew theirs by 4 months. And in all honesty we had them in convertible car seats by 2 weeks just b/c they didn't like laying down so much. And I cannot fathom paying $200+ for a seat that only lasts a few months. I would rather spring for a Boulevard. At least that'll get some decent mileage out of it.<br><br>
But the way we do it: They RF in a Scenera till 35lbs. Then they move into a Britax Regent. For the price of a BLVD, you RF longer than the Britax line, and you harness till 80lbs or 20" torso height. But thats the cheapest combo I could come up w/ longest RFing time as well as longest FFing in a harness time.<br><br>
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I'm not big on buckets either and dd was out of hers by 4 months...<br><br>
That's a good plan... BUT my dd is about 28lbs and RF in her boulevard. I'm 80-90% sure she's too tall to RF in a scenera now. She's LONG in the torso.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not big on buckets either and dd was out of hers by 4 months...<br><br>
That's a good plan... BUT my dd is about 28lbs and RF in her boulevard. I'm 80-90% sure she's too tall to RF in a scenera now. She's LONG in the torso.<br><br>
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It would depend...The scenera, while having low strap heights, (why it's not a good FFing seat) has a tall back. It's back height is 23" vs 25" on the upper Britax line. So yea, I guess one could loose a little time on the Scenera RFing, however DS3 is right at 1 year, 29lbs 8oz, and 34" tall. He still has at least 5" RFing before his head is within 1" of the shell. I am pretty sure he'll outweigh the seat before he is too tall. And I've never heard of a child outgrowing the height RFing before weight, but I am sure it's happened...<br><br>
But thats a legitimate concern for tall thin kids. (Which I just seem to either have tall big kids, or short small kids...)<br><br>
Steph
 
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