E.K. asks from Beaverton, OR on September 08, 2008
Infant Convertible Car Seats
My 5 month old son is starting to outgrow his infant car seat. We are looking for a convertible seat to last us a while. We expect our little boy will not be small for long (he is already almost 30 inches). I have looked on consumer reports at car seats and the top two are the Britax Roundabout and the Evenflo Triumph (but there is a $100 price difference). I was wondering what car seats other mom's would recommend and why.
J.K. answers from Seattle on September 13, 2008
A.L. answers from Anchorage on September 09, 2008
I bought the triumph and hate it. It's really wide so it takes up half of the back seat. It's very hard to adjust the straps. My two year old can wiggle out of the straps. It's a pain to clean and always ends up having little snacks tucked into the various crevices that my son likes to dig out and eat while I'm driving. I haven't used the Britax, but that's what I'm getting for my three month old when he goes to the bigger seat.
H.G. answers from Portland on September 09, 2008
I reccomend the Britax because they have the best saftey rating. I have the Britax Regent for my almost 7 year old daughter. In Oregon the reccomedation is 8 years old and 80 pounds to get out of a car seat.
J.O. answers from Richland on September 09, 2008
I have two girlfriends who gave me a very helpful insite on "expensive" carseats. One friend is a certified car seat expert for our local fire department, and one a Registered Nurse in the Portland area.
YOU HAVE TO DISTROY ANY CAR SEAT THAT IS IN A CAR ACCIDENT!!! So thinking you save money by purchasing a "convertable" car seat is a myth! It's worth nothing when in a accident.
Car seat makers have the same safety standards from the federal goverment. Just because it has more features, it's not a "safer" seat. It's a "style" preferance.
For safety sake, you are fine with any car seat, just as long as you get instructed by a professional how to install the seat correctly, and how to buckle your child in correctly! You would be suprised the amount of people who have high end seat, but don't use them properly!
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L.P. answers from Spokane on September 09, 2008
I found the evenflo to be very big and bulky. I took it back and got the britax! We love it and it seemed to be a very easy transition from the infant seat, I also found that the evenflo sat up pretty straight and the britax reclined to a better position for when the baby falls asleep.
K.J. answers from Eugene on September 09, 2008
We have a Britax Marathon in my van and an Evenflo Triumph in my husband's car. I really prefer the Marathon. Both are now 4 years old (we bought them for my son and now my daughter uses them) and the Evenflo is definitely showing the wear. Its straps get twisted and our daughter can get out of it. The Britax straps never get twisted and she can't get out of it, but she can put herself in the seat. She sleeps better in the Britax and just seems to be overall more comfortable. Plus, it is SO EASY to get in and out and the safety ratings are great!
A.C. answers from Seattle on September 09, 2008
We have used the Britax Marathon since our daughter outgrew her infant carseat. We LOVED it! VERY easy to use. It is heavier than most convertibles. I'm guessing the Roundabout probably is, too. I love Britax because they have thought about a lot of little features that make using the carseat easier. Our daughter is 42" and has just moved on to a 5-point convertible booster. Not a Britax. And we have noticed the difference. This one is nice, but had we known about the Britax 5-point convertible sooner, we probably would have gone with it instead. I would put Britax as the 'Luxury' model.
K.B. answers from Seattle on September 11, 2008
My son grew out of his infant seat at 3.5 months. :)
I've never had an Evenflo, but I love our Britax seats. European brands are tested at higher safety standards that US seats are. He's been in his seat for over 2 years now and it is still like new, easy to clean and very comfortable. Hope this helps!
M.H. answers from Seattle on September 09, 2008
My daughter and I LOVE the Britax Marathon - it is bigger than the Roundabout - but worth it. My daughter who is a small 5 year old has been in it since 1 year of age (rear facing) and can stay in it until she is 65lbs - which will probably be right before she can learn to drive...hehehe. She has never had a days trouble riding in this carseat. She falls asleep regularly and could probably sleep the night in it. It is a SAFE carseat, gets great reviews - although on the price end it does get lower ratings. It is big for my small car, but works well - especially when it is in the middle. Her legs are a little cramped when she is behind my husband - but there is NO leg room in my car. Here is a comparision between the Roundabout and the Marathon...only difference really being the length of time a child can stay in - 40 lbs vs. 65 lbs.
J.S. answers from Seattle on September 09, 2008
Britax gives more cover options if that is important to you. We got a SunshineKids Radian 60 (older version), the new version holds more pounds. We are pleased with the Radian. It is heavy but folds for easy carrying. It works on airlines. The base isn't as wide as britax or many other car seats. This is important if you are in a small car or may put 3 seats across. The one drawback is you need space between front and back seats for rear facing since the back is tall to accomodate the older kids. It still fits in the middle of a Honda Accord. There are a good amt of slots for strap adjustment.
C.P. answers from Portland on September 09, 2008
Without a doubt I recommend Britax Boulevard. This seat will last your son until he is heading off to school. We have two and bought them when each child had outgrown their infant seats (right about 5 months also).
Rear Facing 5 lbs. - 35 lbs. 49 or less''
Forward Facing 20 lbs. - 65 lbs. 49 or less''
Not to mention the true side impact protection. Our children are 2 and 3 now and they fit as safely as they did when we bought them. These seats grow with your child and most likely you will not need another seat (unless you need a booster for your grade schooler). So the initial investment is steeper than most but these seats with stand constant use and grow with your child while being one of the most advanced and safe seats out there. No need for another seat! Hope this helps. britaxusa.com is a great site to check out.