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Ok, ds is 2.5 and about 35 lbs. We are looking at the next carseat. He has the Evenflo Triumph right now which we love.. I have been looking at this:<br><br><a href="http://www.evenflo.com/Homepage/ProductList/tabid/203/navid/1/Default.aspx?productid=40b19250-08c0-4544-87da-f9635d4a833d" target="_blank">http://www.evenflo.com/Homepage/Prod...a-f9635d4a833d</a><br><br>
Which is similiar but goes to 100 lbs. My only concern is the 5-point harness till 40 lbs. then you are supposed to use the seatbelts. I'd like to keep him harness as long as possible.<br><br>
I have never seen a Britax in real life, but I have been searching the web. Can you use the 5-point harness to 65 pounds are do you also have to switch to seat belts at a certain weight? Is that feature worth 200 extra dollars?
 

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Britax seats such as the Marathon, Decathlon, Wizard, and Boulevard use the 5 point harness to 65 pounds. The Husky and Regent use the 5 point harness up to 80 pounds.<br><br>
It is so much safer to have a child in a 5 point harness compared to a 3 point seatbelt that I would say it is totally worth it if you can come up with the money. Think of how many days you use the car and how little the seat ends up costing per day - your child's safety is worth it.
 

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The Britax Decathalon and Marathon and Boulevard stay harnessed until 65 lbs and the Regent until 80 lbs. None are used later on as belt-positioning booster. Here's a link showing them all: <a href="http://www.britaxusa.net/products/browse.aspx" target="_blank">Britax</a><br><br>
The roundabout like the evenflo you were looking at only goes until 40 lbs so I wouldn't recommend that as your ds is 35 lbs.<br><br>
I would definitely keep him harnessed as long as possible, my 5 yr old is still harnessed in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB0007XIEPI%2Fref%3Dpd_sbs_ba_3%2F104-3947105-9670310%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbaby" target="_blank">this</a> seat. I don't love it as much as my Marathon but it fits better in my car as I have 3 in carseats. It stays harnessed until 65 lbs and then used as a belt positioning booster until 100 lbs.
 

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Did my link do something weird? I wasn't looking at a roundabout, it's the Evenflo Generations and it goes to 100lbs, though the harness only goes to 40 pounds. I am thinking the Britax in my car and the Generation in my mom's car since that is only once in a while and usually just a short in town trip to the grocery store or something. Thanks for that info. The 200 dollar price difference is killing me. Do anyother seats harness to 65 llbs?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did my link do something weird? I wasn't looking at a roundabout, it's the Evenflo Generations and it goes to 100lbs, though the harness only goes to 40 pounds. I am thinking the Britax in my car and the Generation in my mom's car since that is only once in a while and usually just a short in town trip to the grocery store or something. Thanks for that info. The 200 dollar price difference is killing me. Do anyother seats harness to 65 llbs?</div>
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Drummer's mentione the Apex that harnesses to 65 lbs and then is a bpb until 100. I *think* though you need to have headrests in the car to use it when your child is taller.
 

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The generations is a nice seat, but I'd be worried your dc will hit 40# before the turn 4 and those are generally the bare minimums to use a booster. There are several seats available that harness over 40#, of course the Britax seats that were mentioned, but Fisher Price has a new seat (made w/ Britax) that goes to 55# harnessed, the Sunshine Kids Radian (I have one) goes to 65# but it can be tricky to install, and the Safeguard($429, lol) goes to 65#. You have to remember that height matters too. Your child has outgrown their seat already if their shoulders are above the top slots of their seat. AJ is almost 3, 34# and 37". He has maybe an inch or so left before he would outgrow the Triumph by height, but has a good 3 left in his Radian.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did my link do something weird? I wasn't looking at a roundabout, it's the Evenflo Generations and it goes to 100lbs, though the harness only goes to 40 pounds.</div>
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Your link was the evenflo, but because it will only stay harnessed for 5 more lbs you might consider something else as your ds is still really young. I was saying don't bother with the roundabout as it also only stays harnessed until 40 lbs and unlike the evenflo one cannot be used as a booster later on.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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The one I just bought does. $129 at BRU. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2FB0007XIEPI%2Fref%3Dpd_sbs_ba_3%2F104-3947105-9670310%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbaby" target="_blank">Apex 65</a>
 

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ooh yeah I forgot about the fisher price/Britax. BCF Baby Depot has them instock! <a href="http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Section_Id=9563&pcount=&pn=1&Product_Id=433903&sku1=k_s1_74842537&is_baby_depot=1" target="_blank">$179</a>
 

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Thanks. That website doesn't give much info, does it? Does the seat recline? Ds always sleeps in his carseat, so I keep it reclined. Also, would use that seat with a 2.5 yo? The open design of it makes me a little nervous in the event of side impact, though I don't know if I have any reason to be. Thanks for you help. It is amazing how complicated the process of finding a carseat is.
 

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You really don't want a ffing to recline, the more straight up, the safer. Any of the seats mentioned would be fine for a 2.5 yo. Most seats are pretty equal in side impact protection except for the Boulevard which has the wings so I wouldn't worry about the design of any of them.<br><br>
Yes, the Apex MUST be used w/ headrests or highback seats.
 

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The Fisher Price one looks interesting. I wish they sold them somewhere around here to try out the comfort. The closest BRUS is almost 2 hours away.<br><br>
The seat ds has now can slightly recline ff and I'd like to keep that feature. He sleeps in the car a lot.<br><br>
The Triumph we have now has a feature that I like that I can't tell if other seats have. The strap that comes up between the legs has padding on it. Most car seats just have a plain strap. As ds is potty learning, it seems uncomfortable to have that strap on his crouch especially if I had to hit the brakes a little. Has anyone seen this feature? It is hard to tell from the pictures in a lot of car seats.<br><br>
You can see the padding here:<br><a href="http://www.evenflo.com/Homepage/ProductList/tabid/203/navid/1/Default.aspx?productid=82429497-3057-4193-a9b9-b2cc32521e38" target="_blank">http://www.evenflo.com/Homepage/Prod...9-b2cc32521e38</a>
 

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the britax seats have a "belly pad" though we call it a penis pad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> its a circle of padding behind the buckle.
 

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I have ds in the Britax Wizard precisely because of the harnessing to 65 lbs. and because he often sleeps frequently in the car. The "wings" (side impact protection) keep his head from lolling forward or to the side. It's also a piece of cake to install properly.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">the britax seats have a "belly pad" though we call it a penis pad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> its a circle of padding behind the buckle.</div>
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Thats exactly what I'm looking for! Guess I do need to shell out the cash.
 
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