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If you have chosen, bought, or are planning on using a convertible car seat for your baby, which one did you choose??<br><br>
I had a Marathon with my last but he's only 36 pounds and is still in it, likes it, etc. So I think I'll just get another convertible for baby.<br><br>
I'm looking at the First Years True Fit first, and then the Radian or Marathon second as they are a bit more spendy.
 

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They'll give you more advice probably over on Family Safety, but I seem to recall from posts there that Radians are among the few that actually fit newborns well. But I recommend you ask the experts over there.
 

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Sorry but the people over at Family Safety are way, way consumed with the extended RF thing and that seems to be all that matters over there. I can decide that for myself.<br><br>
I've never seen a True Fit in use and just wonder if it's just too huge, if it's great, what real people think (vs. the reviews on websites that may be fakes). That's the one I'm leaning toward but it's hard to spend almost $200 on something without ever having experience with it!
 

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I was <i>this</i> close to buying a Marathon instead of an infant seat, and I'm 100% getting the Marathon as soon as she outgrows the bucket. (I should start saving for it now, I know.) The nice lady at BRU told me that the Marathon fits newborns with a head support insert thingy, or if you roll up receiving blankets and snuggle them up next to baby until he or she fills out.<br><br>
I only bought the bucket (Chaperone) because I had a coupon and because winters here are so incredibly cold. I wanted to be able to bring the seat inside in the winter. I guess I never thought about the fact that eventually, some winter, she will be in a carseat too big to bring inside every time anyway. Oops. Hindsight.<br><br>
So, if you can do it, I would say a Marathon, especially since your son has liked his so well.<br><br>
On the other hand, if your son will be out of his Marathon before too long (and into a booster? I don't know how this works), then if you could buy the Radian (also a great seat I've heard!) or even borrow something from a friend or family, then you could put this babe in his Marathon before too long?<br><br>
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I thought about that...my (almost) 3 yr old is only 36 pounds though and I'd like him to stay in a carseat (vs booster) for another year or so at least because I like that it's comfy to fall asleep in, comfier on car trips, and can recline, etc. It's close but not quite, you know? I could push him into a booster once he hits 40 pounds, but that could be when the baby is 6 months and has already outgrown an infant seat (we can borrow one). So I'm thinking another convertible is the way to go.<br><br>
I like that the True Fit can ditch the headrest until 22 pounds so fitting it in my van will be easier.<br><br>
And my newborns are not small, he fit just fine in his Marathon right away.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was <i>this</i> close to buying a Marathon instead of an infant seat, and I'm 100% getting the Marathon as soon as she outgrows the bucket. (I should start saving for it now, I know.) The nice lady at BRU told me that the Marathon fits newborns with a head support insert thingy, or if you roll up receiving blankets and snuggle them up next to baby until he or she fills out.<br><br>
I only bought the bucket (Chaperone) because I had a coupon and because winters here are so incredibly cold. I wanted to be able to bring the seat inside in the winter. I guess I never thought about the fact that eventually, some winter, she will be in a carseat too big to bring inside every time anyway. Oops. Hindsight.<br><br>
So, if you can do it, I would say a Marathon, especially since your son has liked his so well.<br><br>
On the other hand, if your son will be out of his Marathon before too long (and into a booster? I don't know how this works), then if you could buy the Radian (also a great seat I've heard!) or even borrow something from a friend or family, then you could put this babe in his Marathon before too long?<br><br>
It's such a tough decision, I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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Actually this is not true. Most Mararthons will NOT fit a newborn because of the strap height is too tall. I'm actually a little scared that a store employee would advice this sort of thing.<br><br>
OP<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">o you have a BRU or something similar where you live? Most good baby stores will take the model out to your car and install it so you can see how it fits etc. This is the best way to determin if the fit is good. I've heard only really good things about the seat but have no personal experience.
 

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I see the Marathon on sale (through Google Shopping) <a href="http://www.albeebaby.com/britax-marathon-cs-convertible-car-seat-emma.html" target="_blank">here</a> in a girly pattern for $170 and <a href="http://www.albeebaby.com/britax-marathon-cs-convertible-car-seat-crimson.html" target="_blank">here</a> with a more boyish pattern for $200. (Yes, I just gender-stereotyped. I'm sorry if that was offensive to anyone.) Still pricey, but less than full price.<br><br>
I got my Chaperone at diapers.com, with a 15% off coupon (code BRITAX15) that I was able to combine with another $10 off diapers or wipes coupon (code DIAPERS10) to get some "just-in-case" CA Baby sposies completely free. The <a href="http://www.diapers.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?productId=14326" target="_blank">Marathon</a> there is on sale (some models) for $230-240, and then you can get an additional 15% off, so that's .. $195-196. Free shipping, too.<br><br>
I know that's still a lot. Maybe put new baby in the borrowed infant seat until you can buy the Marathon? You're right - it's nicer to have them both in a cozier seat, even if your older baby does fit in a booster.<br><br>
Vicarious shopping! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Well, she did also tell me that my breastfed baby will need a 9-oz. bottle of water every day, so.... Take that for what's it's worth.
 

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nak<br><br>
ddcc (saw this in new posts)<br><br>
my we got a true fit for my 2.5 mo (amazon, $159? $169 or so?) that he's been usinf since birth and we love it! definitely would recommend this seat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> . we drive a 1998 jeep grand cherokee and install wasnt too bad. got the graco nautilus for our 4yo right next to it (also amazon, $149?). the setup works very well for us <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> . love my sweet baby jeep but would love a quest. dh, not so much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
anyway, carry on!
 

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I'm getting the Radian XTLS. I already replaced my 2y/o for one. I like that I have the option to rear face longer and that they will fit three across in the back seat.
 

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The radian is way too tall rear facing for my van, way taller than the marathon, which I can't even imagine. My big kids in the way back need leg room so I can't push the seat too far back.<br><br>
I think I'll just go for the True Fit. !!
 

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I vote for true fit all the way!<br><br>
My ds has been in one since he was an infant and we love it. It's great for tall kids and is a lot more reasonably priced than the radian or marathon. They're often on sale too if you're ok with getting a discontinued color or something.<br><br>
The slots are very adjustable so it fits newborns to pre-schoolers really well. You'll get a good 5 years use out of this seat easy.<br><br>
Oh , and it has a really great infant insert that keeps the little babes nice and snug and comfy.<br><br>
My only beef with this seat is that when rear facing, it's a PITA to adjust the straps. It's doable though.
 

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I'm debating between the Radian and the TrueFit Premier (apparently the antirebound thingy keeps the strap from getting pushed so far into the seat).<br><br>
I'm about 90% decided to go for the TFP, in part because the Radian doesn't fit well in so many cars (in case we need to switch things around for some reason) and in part because I heard that the Radian RF often becomes too reclined once the baby is bigger.<br><br>
Yeah, make that 95% for the TrueFit Premier.
 

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I really like our Radian, and it fit fine RFing in our station wagon. I love that it rearfaces to 40-45 lbs (depending on model). It is also very narrow so I can easily fit 3 across in the back seat. My almost-kindergartener has been in his Radian since 18 mos. and we're very happy with it.<br>
If I didn't need 3 across I'd get a MyRide 65, which RF to 40 lbs. and seems quite cushy. My kids are 35 lbs. at 3 and 40 lbs. by 4 so we need the 40 lb. limit. If I had a skinnier kid I might get the TrueFit.<br>
I would not expect a Britax seat to fit a newborn, even my 9 pounders. There's a thread over in family safety right now about a 30" toddler still being too short for her Marathon. Also, it only RF to 35 lbs. and I don't see any benefit to buying one over the more reasonably priced MyRide 65 or TrueFit.<br>
I also like the Safety 1st Complete Air a lot but it won't fit a newborn, either. I'm considering getting one and putting my 4.5 yr. old in it and the baby in his Radian. But I'll probably just go with another Radian (which has girly prints!)<br><br>
I've installed the Radian RFing and FFing in many cars, including Volvos, Hondas, Subarus, Mercedes, and minivans (I think a Sienna?) and have never not had enough room or been unable to install it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've never seen a True Fit in use and just wonder if it's just too huge, if it's great, what real people think (vs. the reviews on websites that may be fakes). That's the one I'm leaning toward but it's hard to spend almost $200 on something without ever having experience with it!</div>
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dd is using a True Fit now, I bought it maybe 3 months ago, but I just ordered a Nautilus for her so that the baby can use the True Fit. I really like it so far for dd (who is FAR from an infant at 5 years old, but at least you know it really will last a long time!). The infant inserts were in it when we got it, and it definitely looked suitable for a newborn as well. It IS wide, though, so if you think you'll be looking to fit 3 car seats in the back seat any time soon, that's the only reason I wouldn't recommend it. Also to RF past 22 lbs (I think it was?), you have to add the detachable top back on, which might make it a real squeeze in a smaller car (as far as the front seat hitting the car seat while RF). It won't be an issue for ME, because I'm fairly short and drive with the seat all the way up as it is. But I doubt DP will be able to sit in front of the baby when we have to add the top part back on. That's about the only potential negative I can think of. Otherwise, dd loves it, and so do I. One huge selling point is that you don't have to re-thread the straps as your child grows (or to use it with a different child). If you need to adjust the size it's super easy to do.
 

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I just installed the True Fit in my PT Cruiser and am slightly disappointed at how much I needed to move the front seat forward- even with the headrest removed! I have no idea what we're going to do when we need to put it back on!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just installed the True Fit in my PT Cruiser and am slightly disappointed at how much I needed to move the front seat forward- even with the headrest removed! I have no idea what we're going to do when we need to put it back on!</div>
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When your baby is big enough to need the headrest, you can adjust the angle so that it is more upright. The 45º angle is only necessary for newborns/young infants to keep their airways open. Once they can hold their head up well you can put it much more upright (like 30º). So it shouldn't really take up any more room front-to-back.
 

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We're tied between the Britax marathon, which is what we are currently using for dd since she was about 5 months old, and the sunshinekids radian. We've delayed making a choice because we've opted for using the maxi-cosi mico bucket seat until we feel she is ready for a convertible. I don't trust the idea of a small newborn being in a giant convertible.<br><br>
I like our brittax, have never had any complaint about it in 2 years of using it. It's a bit big, but so are most car seats and we were sold on the safety reviews of this seat. The sunshine kids line also has good reviews and good reviews for chemicals in the seat as well. It's also famous for the 3 across thing, but since we already have a wide britax, that's not a selling factor for us, since we won't be replacing the britax with another sunshinekids.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's also famous for the 3 across thing, but since we already have a wide britax, that's not a selling factor for us, since we won't be replacing the britax with another sunshinekids.<br><br>
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You might be able to get 3-across even with a Britax if you can put the Radian in the middle.
 

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uh oh... we have the marathon... what's this about it not fitting a newborn? are there inserts you can get to make that work better?<br><br>
wait... i lied... maybe it's the roundabout<br><br>
it was a handmedown from my sis who never had an accident with it and she said it's good to 40 lbs...
 
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