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I am looking into the Britax carseats for my older child, 4.5 years old. My question to any of you that have a Regent or the older Husky, how old were your children when they used it? Did any of them object to the 5 point harness or ask for a booster seat instead? I don't want to spend that much money if she tells me "no way" in a year.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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My son is only 17 months, so obviously I haven't been there yet. But I've heard lots of parents can make it a 5-point seem "cool" by telling their kids that it's the kind of seat belt race car drivers use. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Even if they don't go for the "Cool race car driver seat belt" thing, it's important that you insist on the safest seat for them, which in most cases, is a 5 point.<br><br>
And I've heard that the regent is much more comfy than any booster out there, so that's something your dd should like.<br><br>
And the cougar print is cool too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well, the Regent goes up to 80 pounds, which is like, what, 11, 12 years old? I don't think the "race car driver" will appeal to them that old.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But yeah, I know the 5 point is the safest, which I'd really like to do, but it isn't safe if she won't use it. I mean, I could force her to sit in it I guess, but if the difference is between forcing her and having her agree easily to a booster, I think the booster might be the way to go. I'm going to show her pictures and see if she will agree to the Regent. I like the cougar print too!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hyena.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hyena"> (that's as close as i could find).
 

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Actually, around here, 80 lbs will hopefully last until 8 yrs, but my oldest might outgrow his Husky in height by 7.<br><br>
My 6 yr old has been in a Husky since he was 3 and has no issues with it one way or the other. We have several friends who put their older kids (7 and up) into Huskys after being in boosters for several years with not a complaint from a single one of them.<br><br>
Ds was in kindergarten this year and we did lots of field trips with carpooling and I was really suprised by how few kids even used boosters or put up fights about using boosters once they turned 6. My very big 6 year old, who is bigger than almost every single kid in his class (it's a combination class, with kids from 5 to 8) never once balked at riding in his seat even though his classmates were riding with just a belt. And he would NEVER consider riding in a car without at least a booster, and maude-forbid that you should try moving the car before he is completely buckled in. For him, it's just what you do when you drive in a car, no matter how old you are.<br><br>
I really think it's all about the attitude you have about it. Carseats are very important in our house. We have never considered moving out of a carseat a milestone, in fact, we dread the day our kids have to ride in a less safe situation, and that attitude obviously makes a difference to my kids.
 

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Oh we have that attitude too. I once forgot to buckle in my dd as we pulled out from preschool and she screamed like she had been set on fire, "MOM I"M NOT BUCKLED!!!" But she also is very challenging (in that, she literally challenges us many times a day on things that she wants vs. what we want) and I worry that it might continue to be the case with this issue too.<br><br>
As far as the weight thing, my daughter is currently in about the 50th percentile, although I'll be surprised if she stays there, my husband is not huge and I'm really really short. I could have fit into the Regent when I started high school!
 

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My DD gave up her Husky (Regent) when she was 7.5, but at almost 9 and 58 lbs and 53" tall, she would still be able to fit it and would probably still use it, at least for long trips as it is so much more comfortable for big kids than either of the Britax Boosters -- both boosters have narrow seats (depth-wise) and tend to give long limbed kids "dead legs". My DS, 6, 45 lbs and 49" tall hated the Husky, he felt too exposed in it, so he still rides harnessed in a SafeGuard with lots of growing room.<br><br>
FWIW, my almost 9 year old uses a Recaro Start because the seat is deep and you can purchase an option footrest, which makes a huge difference to a child's comfort.
 

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My dd had a Husky till she was 5 (I sold it, it was hard for me to maneuver and I switch our seats around in the van a lot) and she's currently 6yo and in a 5pt seat (Cosco Apex). NONE of the kids in her kindergarten class were still in 5pt seats, and that was a year ago! She's the only one she knows that doesn't ride in a booster, and I've explained to her that a "regular" carseat is safer and that the parents of her friends are making the choices they think are best and so am I, but that I have information that proves that she's safer. She's okay with that. But it's not really negotiable- I'm 32 and more educated in carseat safety than she is, I'm the mom, and it's my job to keep her safe. Period. I do try to make sure she's comfortable, but ultimately, I wouldn't go for her refusing to sit in a 5pt seat. (She's only 37lbs BTW)
 

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I guess I should be more clear. I wouldn't have a real issue with making it non-negotiable at age 5 or 6. It is beyond that (grade school) that I could see it turning into an embarrassment issue. And for me, $300 is a lot of money to spend on something that will last just over a year (she'll be 5 in early November). It is especially a lot of money if when she is "too old" to ride in the seat I then have to buy her another booster to ensure her safety, so another $100. I'm willing to spend the money if I have a few moms of 7,8, and 9 year olds come on here and say "Oh yeah, she's in a Husky, no problem..." Does that make sense?
 

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I know of several moms on other boards who's kids are 7, 8 and older who ride in huskys/regents without any problems. I've heard that quite a few of them really prefer their husky/regent because it is much more comfortable. I can give you links if you PM me and you want totry and talk to these moms directly.<br>
I totaly understand not wanting to spend that much money if the seat will only last a year or two, but I think it it is set up right many kids will happly ride in it for a long time. There are quite a few ways to convince them if they did start to balk anyway (pretend crash test, videos of crash tests, making the seat seem cool, talks about safety, comfort, etc.).<br>
HTH!<br><br>
~Kelsie
 

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I have an almost 4yo and friends with kids up to 11 most of whom are still wearing the 5pt harness. my DS LOVES clicking his seat, and he knows it is the safest. He'll be in his Marathon until he outgrows it, then he'll move into something else with a 5pt harness (hoping the new one from Britax is available here by then). It's simply NOT AN OPTION here; he's not going to have a choice and neither will his sister. My kids won't get to say "no way" about this, just like they won't get a choice about being in a booster until *I* (and the law) say it's safe to be out of it.
 

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We recently switched my 5yo from a regular booster to a Regent and at first he fought it. I ended up bribing him to try it out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: and now he loves it. I've convinced him that even the "cool" 10yo across the street could sit in this seat and it's not a baby seat so he's OK with it. I say go for it.
 

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We currently have our 5.5 year old and 3.5 year old in Regents. They love them!! I don't know if we'll have any issues as they get older but the 5 point harness is non-negotiable as far as I'm concerned.<br><br>
Here's a <a href="http://cpsafety.com/articles/FFalbum.aspx" target="_blank">link</a> to pictures of kids over 40 lbs. in 5 point harnesses and here is a <a href="http://www.car-seat.org/index.php" target="_blank">link</a> to a wonderful website/message board devoted entirely to car seat safety that might help.
 

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Mama, I completely understand where you are coming from. My ds is just 3, so I cannot tell you that it won't be an uphill battle. BUT, I do think that if your dd gets used to THAT seat now, she probably won't fight it later.<br><br>
I think through consistency (always using that seat) will help her realize that's the way it works for your family and that's the way she will be the most safe.<br><br>
Good luck making your decision, I know it's not easy. We have a 6yo neice who is tiny (42lbs) and her mom and dad don't even use a booster. It's really hard for your child to understand that THIS is the best solution for them when friends and family don't follow the same routine.
 

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We don't have a regent but the apex 65 for my 5.5 yr old dd and she does really well in it. There was several months where she was in a belt positioning booster before we bought this seat and so at first she was annoyed with it, since it is more constricting but has time as gone by she doesn't seem to mind. I'm sure if she had never experienced a bpb then it wouldn't have been an issue. She has told me "well cousins get to use a seatbelt carseat" and I tell her "I know sweetie but I feel safer having you harnessed" and she is okay with it. Just needs an explanation I suppose. Really she doesn't have a choice anyways so it's not a big issue. Her seat goes to 65 pound harnessed and I hope to keep her in it until then <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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Our oldest will be five on 29 July and has been in a Husky ever since her younger sister, now two, was born (that dd has been in a Marathon). DD #1 is tall for her age (wears 6x or 7 pants, 7/8 shirts) - I believe last time we measured she was 46" tall. She's very slim, but the Husky dwarfs her and she has PLENTY of room to grow in it. She has had absolutely NO issues with not wanting to be in her carseat; it's so roomy that I could darn near fit in it!<br><br>
Our first son is due in another couple of months, and we will be buying a Regent for DD#2 (since the Husky is no more) and putting the baby in the Marathon.<br><br>
HIGHLY recommend the Britax seats - once we had ours we wondered what we thought a thin, lightweight car seat was going to have done in the event of an accident anyway. Not that they don't boost safety, but boy that Britax bought our peace of mine (and as my dh is in grad school and I am a sahm it was a STEEP price for us).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Heidi
 

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Oh, and I wanted to say too that for those who can't find Britax seats in their area, or ones that they want, we bought ours brand spanking new, still in the box and with all tags, warranty info, etc from a store called NetKidsWear on eBay (they have their own site, too). They cost us about $50 less per seat than what we'd have paid at a store, not to mention none of the stores around us carried the Husky, and we got free shipping, too, AND they got here in two days.<br><br><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 Marathon is a convertable seat, you can start it out rear-facing with a small infant and use it forward facing for a child up to 65 pounds. The Regent is forward facing only, starts at 22 pounds I believe and goes up to 80.
 

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I was so happy to find this thread, as I just ordered a Regent for my 3 yo DS today. We are having another baby in January, and that baby will then use Daniel's Britax Roundabout (we have loved that seat). I really enjoyed the link to the pics that Kate posted. I can't believe how roomy those seats are, and I am hoping it will last a good, long time.<br><br>
We got ours for free shipping and for $249 from littlefolks.com, which is where we got his roundabout three years ago, too. Great customer service and fast shipping. And like other posters, we don't have extra $$$ to spend, so it was a decision we thought about for a few months and are happy with now.
 
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