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Help me decide! Which would you get for a petite almost 3 yr old (in 2 weeks!) ? He is, I am estimating around 31-32 ish pounds? He was almost, or right at 30 quite a few months ago, haven't weighed him in a long time. He's pretty petite height and weight wise, though, and I'm not so sure about putting him in a Regent, cause the lowest slot is still too high for him and he looks pitifully small in it.
Should I just put him in a Regent anyhow, or go with a Recaro?

More questions, lol:
-What's the difference in the Signo and the Como, iow, which is better?

- Would a Recaro last as long as the Regent height-wise? The 10 pound difference for us isn't as important as the height limits.

-Do the Recaro seats really harness a child heightwise longer than the Regent? I keep seeing on ebay that they go 57 or to 60 inches??
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And a totally unrelated question, regarding the Radian 65- Are the top harness slots on this higher than a Marathon/Boulevard? Would you rule out the Radian altogether?

Thanks, mamas!
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The Regent will last you the longest. The top slots are 21" (I believe) while the top slots on the Recaro and Radian are 20".

Personally, I'd get a Recaro, RF him until he outgrows the RF limits, and then turn him FF.
 

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The Regent will last you the longest. The top slots are 21" (I believe) while the top slots on the Recaro and Radian are 20".

Personally, I'd get a Recaro, RF him until he outgrows the RF limits, and then turn him FF.

I know the Radian top slots are only 17" or so. Some people seem to get 18 or even 19 inches, though.
So, yeah, I am pretty much ruling out the Radian at this point.

I'm torn between the Recaro and the Regent, only because he still seems small for the Regent.
 

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Radian top slots are NOT 20 inches. They are 17 inches, and the manual allows you to use them up to an inch over the top slots as long as the head is contained below the ears in the shell.

Of those three I would definitely go with one of the Recaros so you can rearface to 35 lbs
 

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Of those three I would definitely go with one of the Recaros so you can rearface to 35 lbs

Do the Recaros really harness higher height-wise than Regent? I keep reading that they do.
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Oh, and I read somewhere they only rf to a 34" height limit?
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No, the Recaros do NOT harness longer than the regent. The recaros have 19in top slots. The Regent has 20 in top slots.

I would go with a regent or a boulevard. I personally don't trust the recaros yet.

I was all eager for them to come out and ready to buy one as soon as they did- but there has just been too much confusion. I want them on the market a couple of years before I'd consider them. AND I'm unhappy that they don't tether rear facing.

-Angela
 

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No, the Recaros do NOT harness longer than the regent. The recaros have 19in top slots. The Regent has 20 in top slots.

I would go with a regent or a boulevard. I personally don't trust the recaros yet.

I was all eager for them to come out and ready to buy one as soon as they did- but there has just been too much confusion. I want them on the market a couple of years before I'd consider them. AND I'm unhappy that they don't tether rear facing.

-Angela

Well, I honestly don't think ds2 would get much more than 2 years out of a boulevard, though. I tried him in a friends bv and wizard, and he had, iirc, just one slot left. Which is odd, cause he still looks tiny in a Regent, and her dd is alot taller and still has room in it.
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I suppose we could get a bv, and move him into ds1's seat when the bv is outgrown, but I can't see him fitting in a bv until 7 yrs old, and I think ds1 will get at least 4 yrs out of a Regent, so we would end up having to buy another seat for ds2 in the meantime.
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*Technically* he will fit in the Regent, so I suppose we will just get that one, cause dh said he wants to be *done* with carseats. He wants this to be the last one we buy. I just liked the Recaro seats cause they rf till 35 pounds and have a higher top slot than the bv or ma.
 

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This is AJ 32# and 36" in the Radian. He has about 2" left in this seat (18" slots) at 53 mos.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1.../radian009.jpg

Evan in the Como at 26# and 33.75" and 33 mos.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...dsstuff013.jpg

Evan in Regent at 30 mos, 24.5# and 33".
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1.../regent015.jpg
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1.../regent016.jpg

AJ at 38.5" in a Marathon.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...arseats124.jpg

I hope these pics help a little, I'm a very visual person and it's so hard to choose a seat when you can't see it ahead of time.
 

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I would go with the Recaro Signo. I actually don't love the Regent. I think it is a great seat for hefty toddlers and the over 4 or 5 brigade, but for smaller, younger kids, I like to see them nicely enclosed in a seat side with deep side wings for the side impact protection. My kids were over five before they rode in a Husky (previous incarnation of the Regent) and they looked resonable in it. Littlier kids IMO swim in the seat. My DS, who was used to a Wizard (previous incarnation of the Boulevard), hated the Husky because he felt, exposed in it. He was also a car sleeper and the Husky was just too wide to keep his head supported, and he flopped right over in the seat. We actually progressed from a Blvd to a Safeguard which I much prefer over the Regent. I still don't have kids that weigh over 80 lbs (except my 17 yo), so the 80 lb weight limit was of no use to me.

The other thing I don't like about the Regent is the ever changing installation rules. I am also clouded by the fact Britax is now owned by the Carlyle Group, so I would have to really, really love a Britax or to have no other option, to get one now.
 

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I am also clouded by the fact Britax is now owned by the Carlyle Group, so I would have to really, really love a Britax or to have no other option, to get one now.
Tell me more... what/who is the Carlyle group and why is it worrisome?

-Angela
 

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Tell me more... what/who is the Carlyle group and why is it worrisome?

-Angela
If you have the time and inclination, here is a 45 minute long Dutch TV program on the Carlyle group, only the first minute or so is in Dutch.

http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3995.htm

Basically, the Carlyle Group is a private investor in war and destruction, and is up there with Halliburton and Bechtel. Board members include George Bush Sr, James Baker III and former UK Prime Minister John Major. I just have a hard time giving my money to war profiteers, even if they make great car seats.

Meet the Carlyle Group

http://www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html

The Carlyle Group Acquires Britax Childcare for 230 million pounds

http://www.thecarlylegroup.com/eng/n...-news3178.html
 

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If you have the time and inclination, here is a 45 minute long Dutch TV program on the Carlyle group, only the first minute or so is in Dutch.

http://www.informationclearinghouse....rticle3995.htm

Basically, the Carlyle Group is a private investor in war and destruction, and is up there with Halliburton and Bechtel. Board members include George Bush Sr, James Baker III and former UK Prime Minister John Major. I just have a hard time giving my money to war profiteers, even if they make great car seats.

Meet the Carlyle Group

http://www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html

The Carlyle Group Acquires Britax Childcare for 230 million pounds

http://www.thecarlylegroup.com/eng/n...-news3178.html

Thanks for putting this out there, we definitely will not be buying anymore Britax seats.
 

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Safety trumps ethics for me.


-Angela
But I don't believe Britax are any safer than any other car seat when properly used and installed. I do think Britax designs high quality, user-friendly seats, but given we are not privvy to manufacturer's crash test results, we can't know for sure that they are actually safer. I would actually put my money on Safeguard as being the safest. But what do I know?
 

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But I don't believe Britax are any safer than any other car seat when properly used and installed. I do think Britax designs high quality, user-friendly seats, but given we are not privvy to manufacturer's crash test results, we can't know for sure that they are actually safer. I would actually put my money on Safeguard as being the safest. But what do I know?
I know that they have safety features not on other seats. There are few seats that tether rf - and I've heard install horror stories about the radian. There are only a handful of seats with TSIP. The safeguard has low strap heights as I recall- certainly not as high as the regent.

-Angela
 

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Went back and refreshed my memory on the Safeguard
It is nice... but that price tag- ouch! Maybe when dd outgrows the boulevard I can swing it though.

But of course they have nothing to compete with the convertibles.

-Angela
 
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