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We're going to keep DS rear-facing until he's two, which is the current recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been in a Britax Marathon since birth and it's been fine; Britax seats, however, are not recommended for tall kids due to the short shells which are outgrown earlier than other seats. If I were buying a new convertible seat now I'd be looking into the Chicco Nextfit.
Anyway, your son might prefer a RF convertible to his infant carrier because it won't be as reclined.
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We have a cosco, not sure of the exact model. All I know is that DH looked it up on consumer reports first lol. It's one of the convertible ones. We had an infant car seat before but we put that one in DH's car since we hardly ever drive the baby in that one. We plan on leaving DD RF as long as possible just for safety. We have a mirror so we can see her, and even though she HATES the car seat, it has worked for us so far.
We have the Britax Boulevard 70 CS for both of our kids. I actually have 3 of the CS style and one in the new style called the 70g3 (we have 2 seats in each car). I love the Boulevard 70 CS seats, but I'm not as big of a fan of the 70 g3 style. There is a plastic piece on the straps which is flexible on the CS style, but is rigid on the g3 making it much less comfortable for the child.
As for rear facing, I agree with other posters regarding the new standard for rear facing is 2 years. It is definitely safest. That being said, there were many on my son's BMB who turned their children around before 2 years. Reasons for doing so included the child reached either the height or wait limits for their seat in the rear facing position, the child was getting car sick from riding backwards, another baby was on the way and two rear-facing car seats didn't fit in the vehicle, or the child put up such a fight when being put in the car seat rear facing that the parent turned them as a last resort (this usually resulted in a child who no longer fought being put in their seat). For me, I turned DS around 20 months. DD will stay rear facing as long as possible, but she is likely to reach the limits for RF before turning 2.
jess9802:We're going to keep DS rear-facing until he's two, which is the current recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been in a Britax Marathon since birth and it's been fine; Britax seats, however, are not recommended for tall kids due to the short shells which are outgrown earlier than other seats. If I were buying a new convertible seat now I'd be looking into the Chicco Nextfit. Anyway, your son might prefer a RF convertible to his infant carrier because it won't be as reclined.
we have this as well...and DS is also still rear facing.
We have an Evenflo Triumph 65. I plan to RR her as longa s possible, probably until she outgrows the limits of her seat. She's a shorty, small fry so hopefuly it'll RF until 2. Here's the link for what we have: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12761410&searchURL=false I swear, if we had the money, we totally would have went with the Chicco Nextfit. DH was in carseat heaven (as much as a man could be) when he saw that one at Babies R Us.
However, DD is very happy in her seat. She hated the infant carrier so we switched to the one we have now. She sits up more and can see out the windows. It also helps that I'm driving an Explorer rather than my Buick but even then, she was much happier.
MiaGirl0815:We have the Britax Advocate and love it. nbsp;RF is safest and I believe they recommend it to at least 2 now. nbsp;Is your DS still in the infant seat? nbsp;I know DD didn't care for the infant seat after awhile but likes the convertible much more because she is more upright nd it is bigger.
K is still in her infant seat because of the convenience but I usually just leave it in the car. I really don't want 4 convertible car seats (2 in each car) so we will try to go with the infant as long as we can. We may just move DS's 2nd convertible to my car and leave the infant seat at grandma's (she has an extra convertible too).
We have an Evenflo and My Ride 65 - whichever is slimmer rear facing will become DD's (DS is ff b/c of his height) I like both of the seats.
beck8008:good tips and ideas ladies! thanks for your input. For some reason, I thought a lot more people were forward facing at this point. Good to know :)
Rear facing is considered safer and recommended until 2 now (there are some exceptions - like the truck that pp mentioned or like my son who has a very long torso and hit the height limit by 18months). If you want to see why it's safer there is a crash test video on youtube that shows the difference - it's pretty compelling.
We have been using a Recaro Proride, in both cars, for a couple of months now. She/We love it!
I don't plan to turn her to FF until she outgrows the weight/height limits in her current seat. She's 23lbs now, so she has a while to go!
A couple of weeks ago this was a topic on here and it caused me to stress out BIG TIME! When hubby and I registered we registered for the Graco Snugride which is part of the travel system stroller. We thought that car seat would last us until a booster (we had registered for the Graco Argos and had gotten both of them. This car seat is forward facing from 20-70 lbs so we thought we were fine) ... Thanks to the ladies on here, I became aware that we completely missed the whole idea of convertible car seats. I did my research and we traded in the Graco Argos and are now proud owners of the Graco My Size 70 which rear and forward facing. This is the same thing as the Graco Size 4 Me at other stores. Happy shopping!
Sigir:We are rule breakers. I have a dd who is 8, and we are reusing her britax marathon seats even though they are past the 7 year rule.
I also turned my older dd at about 1 and a half and I probably will for this dd as well. I have tall babies.
I'm not sure if you know this, but the reason car seats expire is because the plastic starts to deteriorate, compromising the safety of the seat (http://www.car-safety.org/faq.html#Q25). I know this to be true because it happened to my sister. Her oldest is about 7 years older than her youngest and she actually had a piece of the car seat break off in her hand as she was putting it in the car due to the plastic wearing down (It was also a Britax Marathon seat).
I just got the Eddie Bauer XRS 65 (on sale at Target). I really like it so far but UGhhh I wish I could put LO facing forward already.. It's already around 108 degrees right now in AZ and the air conditioning takes a while to reach her :(..
Also, rear facing is SUCH a pain when you are using a convertible seat and no longer using the carrier. I have a two door coupe and now I can see why people get four doors when they have kids lol.. I've had this car since my 9 year old was about 4 years old so it wasn't a big deal getting her in and out but with a baby, yikes! I still plan to keep her RF until at least 2, but we will see..
I think you'll really like the chicco nextfit. It should last you a long time with all the height adjustments they have. People are really happy with it.
This may help you out a bit