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I want to start thinking about new carseats for my kids (convertible that allows for extended RF for my 2.5mo; next size up from a convertible for my 3yo). What are the best sites to learn about carseats? I'll admit that I picked my DD's current carseat by what was cheapest, since at the time I didn't own a car. Now that we're in the car a lot, I'd like to pick some safer options.
 

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This is a pretty good place to start. If you post your kids' height, weight and what kind of car and budget you have you'll get some good suggestions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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LOL Right after i bought DS2 a seat that RF to 40 lbs a seat that RF to 45 came out LOL<br><br><a href="http://www.car-seat.org/" target="_blank">http://www.car-seat.org/</a><br><br>
I bought the Complete Air, they are $179 at target but the sunshine kids radians (267-299 at wm) goes to 45 lbs. DS is almost 5 and only 35 lbs so it's not a biggie that I gpt the 40 lb seat but I'm sure for those with 3 year olds that weigh as much as DS the 45 lb seat would be a great option.
 

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I have 3 seats, for my 2 ds (2 for my car and one for DH's), all are convertibles and all are rear-facing...<br><br>
DS1 has a truefit premier, which I can honestly say I would *NOT* purchase again - its a pita to install (due to you *having* to use the stupid lock-offs rather than just locking the belt and being done with it), pita to try and tighten/loosen the straps (cause' even with the arb its burried in/under the seat), and you can't get it more than 35* upright because of the arb. The only thing I do like about it is that the arb gives ds1 something to kick w/ his dirty shoes aside from my car!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
DS2 is in DS1's old evenflo triumph advance. Which I *LOVE*. Its super easy to install (I've never had a problem getting it in properly in any car I've had to install it in - and its been in a bunch!!), super, super easy to adjust due to the knobs & levers to tighten/loosen respectively, and you can get it pretty darn uprigtht w/o a lot of fuss. Love it.<br><br>
I just bought a complete air from babies r us a couple weeks ago for DH's car. I seriously considerd getting another EFTA, but due to the sales they had going on at babies r us I went for the complete air. So far, I like it - it was pretty easy to install (though I ended up using the seatbelt as I couldn't get a good solid install w/ latch for some reason <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">), and the tightener is not burried in the seat so you can actually adjust it fairly easy. It can be installed very upright very easily, which is a huge plus, IMO - I'd much rather have to use a couple pool noodles to get a 45* angle instal than simply not be able to do anything BUT that 45* install (like a radian - I tried one before buying the tfp and just couldn't get it in my car w/o making the front-seat unusable). DS1 seems to like it (Ds2 hasn't had cause' to ride in dh's car yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">)<br><br>
Good luck!!
 

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depending on what would fit in your car and how big/small your kids are. we have a graco nautilis, and 2 britax seats. love them! easy to install, and very, very safe. the nautilis can be used for a long time b/c it can be a five piont harness, full back booster, and seat booster. so you really get your moneys worth out of it.
 

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<a href="http://www.car-seat.org/" target="_blank">http://www.car-seat.org/</a> is awesome! And when you're ready to try out some seats, you order from <a href="http://www.elitecarseats.com/home.jsp" target="_blank">http://www.elitecarseats.com/home.jsp</a>, which for $5 will let you return anything you don't like for any reason (I have a friend who ordered several seats and tried them out for ease of install and kid preference and just sent back the ones that didn't work). I'm sure there are also brick-and-mortar stores out there that allow you to do the same.<br><br>
This forum also has a ton of posts about various car seats that you might find useful. Just try the search bar!<br><br>
We have an almost-2.5yo and just got him a Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL, which rear faces up to 45 lbs. Now we just have to get it out of the box and into the car and see if we have any trouble with the install. <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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