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Okay, I'm a little carseat illiterate so bear with me. . .
I had an eddie bauer convertible (?) seat w/dd1 - the kind that rear faces and then forward faces too after a certain age/weight.
So, when pg. w/dd2 I gave the seat (and stroller) to a neighbor thinking I'd never need them again since I wanted a Graco duoglider stroller, I had to buy a Graco brand carseat. (DD1 was only 17 mos. when DD2 was born.)

Now, the dilema: dd is quickly reaching the weight limits in the graco but is only approaching 6 months old. So . . . now what do I buy???? Geesh, I wish I'd have thought it out then. I don't even use that duoglider anymore!


Now do I have to buy another convertible seat for the next while until dd is ready for a bigger one (like dd1 is in - don't know what it's called but it's not a baby seat - it sits up straighter kwim?)

oh, and please, let's not debate about rear facing, forward facing etc. on this thread - that's going on somewhere else!
I just want to get suggestions on what to get now for the "meantime".

TIA!
 

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Yes, you need a convertible. The Britax Marathon (I'm sure there are others, but I'm not as up to date on carseat models these days) will rearface to 33lbs and then you can use it forward facing to 65lbs, so it will last a good, long time.
 

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you have a chunk like I did!
I bought an Evenflo something because I could not afford a Britax. It was rear facing till 35 pounds, forward to 40 pounds.

My chunk slowed down and was 29 pounds at 2 year- after being 25 at a year, 20 pounds at 6 months. Thank GOODNESS he started moving!
 

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What is your budget? That's really the best place to start. You definitely need a convertible, no question there. If money is an issue, I would reccomend the Cosco Scenera from Wal-Mart. It stays rfing till 35# and can be used w/ a harness till 40# (ffing from 22-40#). My 29 mos old is still in his rfing. If you have the $, I would definitely reccomend a Marathon or one of it's cousins (not the Roundabout) as it goes harnessed till 65# so you'll get lots of use from it. In fact, if you can swing it, you can get dd#1 one of these and give the youngest one her current seat. I'm getting AJ a Marathon or Boulevard I think w/ tax $ so he can stay harnessed as long as possible.
 

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I feel your pain. Rosie outgrew her infant seat when she was only four months old, Gracie outgrew hers at six months. It feels like a big amount of money down the drain.

You can check out the Baby Bargains and ivillage boards for more information on carseats than you ever wanted to know in your entire life.

But in general, I would consider going with the new Britax Boulevard that is like a Marathon but has side impact protection. http://tinyurl.com/99kha

It will take you to 65 pounds, even though Gracie at forty two pounds and four years of age has almost outgrown her Marathon in height.

You may also want to consider the new Recaro Young Sport http://tinyurl.com/bvjvl that takes you from convertible seat all the way through booster seat (though it has mixed reviews).
 

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The Cosco Apex is finally out. It goes to 65lbs like the Marathon with a 5pt harness, AND becomes a belt positioning booster after that. And it rear-faces. And it only costs about $130!!!! They are just finally showing up at various TRU's and BRU's, check around!!! FYI the couple websites that are showing it have incorrect info on the final model.

My personal favorites though are the Britax's, either a Marathon, Boulevard, or Decathlon, all of which can rear-face to 33lbs and forward face to 65 in a 5-pt harness.
 

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AnotherThe Britax Marathon mama here,we LOVE
ours! We got a brand new one still in the box on e-bay for a great price! Otherwise they are waay spendy but surely worth the $$$! Britax is rated as being a very safe seat!

I did alot of research into car seats and thanks to all the wise mamas here at MDC they made the job much easier when it cmae time to choose one!

Best of luck!

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Evenflo triumph convertible carseat. Rear facing goes up to 30 lbs. Forward facing up to 40 I think. Right now mly 36 lb 3 year old uses one and still has lots of room to grow.
I expect to go straight from the Triumph to a belt positioning booster when my kids are about 4 or 5.
 

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Originally Posted by ElektroChik
My dd's 20 lbs and 11 months and we just bought her the Britax Latch Marathon. It's only $50 more than the Convertable and will last her a lot longer. And yes, we do have ours rear facing until she is a year old.
You really should have her rfing till she outgrows it rfing. The MA will go rfing till 33#. My 29 mos old, 31# ds is still rfing in his seat. If you look at the thread about the mom needing carseat info for her friend, there's some good links there.
 

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After being in a wreck when ds was about 14 months old I bought him a Graco Comfort Sport, I BELIEVE (you'd have to check their website) it's RFing until 40 lbs and FFing until 65 lbs. I forget the high limit on that seat though.
 

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Originally Posted by DoulaMommy
After being in a wreck when ds was about 14 months old I bought him a Graco Comfort Sport, I BELIEVE (you'd have to check their website) it's RFing until 40 lbs and FFing until 65 lbs. I forget the high limit on that seat though.
No. It's only rfing to 30# and can be used w/ a harness till 40#.
 

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I suggest you go to your nearest fire station and ask for a car seat safety inspection. I know our local fire stations sell car seats and boosters for $25 each, which is a really good price. They are simple seats (no bells & whistles) but safe and the car seat safety inspector there can ensure that it is installed and fits correctly in your vehicle. Actually, if you decide to buy another seat, you can also take it to get it checked and fitted.

Good luck!
 

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My ds outgrew his graco infant seat at 2 months or so and we got the Britax Roundabout. We loved it. However, by his 2nd birthday, it became obvious he was going to outgrow that one too, and we had to get a Britax Wizard. So, if your child is big for their age, I would definatly lay out the money for the Wizard the first time around. It goes from infant to 65lbs. Most only seem to go up to 40lbs/40 inches. When we were looking, the only bigger seat in the general market was the Britax Husky, but it seemed to be for heavier kids, not extra tall kids. There are special needs seats, but there is a huge price jump for those.

We really like our wizard a LOT and ds seems very comfortable in it. The wings are great for when they snooze in the seat, and ours sits high enough he can see out the window with it. It is also very hard for little fingers to undo the straps. (takes finger strength)
 
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