J.C. asks from Leesburg, VA on October 27, 2008
Convertible Carseat (Rear Facing) Recommendations for My Little (Big) Boy
My son is almost six months old but will be outgrowing his infant carseat any minute now. I'm looking for recommendations for a convertible carseat that will obviously have to be rear facing for a few months. I know that many people recommend the Britax Marathon...just wanted to make sure it isn't too big and bulky rear facing??!! I've got an SUV, so space isn't an issue...just wanted to hear opinions from those of you with experience! Thanks!
L.D. answers from Washington DC on October 28, 2008
We got the Britax as a gift before she was born, and were thrilled it was rear facing when my daughter grew out of her infant seat before she was 1. It worked great in a small SUV.
S.L. answers from Washington DC on October 28, 2008
I have the Alpha Omega Elite. I do like this car seat as it goes up to 100 pounds and it converts to a booster seat. My particular model has a puzzle buckle but my son was able to unlock the buckle at a young age. I took the buckle off another carseat and exchanged it with the Alpha Omega buckle. Now we have no problem at all. My son is comfortable at 2.5 years and 37 pounds. My son has used this carseat since about 6 months. I did put him in a cheaper carseat because of the buckle issue but then I had the epiphony of switching the buckle. Now I am once again estatic with the Alpha Omega.
M.P. answers from Norfolk on October 28, 2008
I don't have the Marathon specifically, I have the Decathlon (sp?) but I can tell you from experience you can't go wrong with Britax. I have had two other types of convertable car seats and Britax is by far the easiest to install and adjust as well as the easiest to clean. I love my Britax and as soon as we are able we are going to replace the second carseat for a second Britax.
E.H. answers from Washington DC on October 28, 2008
We've had the Marathon both rear and forward facing for 3 1/2 years --- LOVE IT!! SAFE, SECURE, not too big or bulky, straps are still fine, not all twisted, and fits in both Honda Accord and Honda Pilot REAR and FORWARD facing!! We love BRITAX and have 4 car seats that are BRITAX!! I've had them installed by local police officer and he gives them the best overall rating. VERY happy with Marathon!
T.D. answers from Washington DC on October 30, 2008
I just purchased two Britax Roundabout's, and they are wonderful. I researching car seats myself, and used the "Consumer Report" car seat safety recommendation list. The Britax Roundabout is rated #1 for conversion car seat safety. Sooooo, after that confirmation I proceeded to buy them. Compared to the Marathon the standing height is 9" shorter, so Iwill have to buy another car seat earlier than I would have had to if I had purchased the Marathon, but safety was key for me. And it was easy to install, and works very well in my Infinit FX, soo it is great for larger SUV's. Hope this helps :)
T.H. answers from Norfolk on October 28, 2008
sense your boy is big get something that will hold him longer. i suggest something that goes to 65 pounds while still being 5 point harness. thats safest till age 5. evenflo titan/triumph is as good as britax if you get the newest version. and half the price of a britax. i suggest not getting the britax roundabout as the weight limit isnt high and with your sons weigh now i doubt he's be able to use it maybe 2 years.
R.S. answers from Washington DC on November 18, 2008
You really can't go wrong with the Marathon or the Roundabout or the Evenflo Triumph. They are all great convertible seats.
I just wanted to make sure that everyone who might read this knows that the law on rear facing is 12 months old *and* 20 lbs, and that it is recommended that you rear face as long as your seat can accommodate it (for most 30-35#). A rear facing child is at *much* less risk for injury than a forward facing child.
If you'd like to read more about this, this site has very good info, with many links to more. http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/StayRearFacing.aspx
Y.L. answers from Richmond on October 28, 2008
We love the Britax Boulevard. My son also outgrew his infant seat at 6 months. This was really easy to install. Not too bulky (unless you have a really small car) and very comfortable for my son, even on long trips. So that's what I recommend.
K.B. answers from Washington DC on October 28, 2008
I love the Britax Marathon. The remaining months that you have him rear facing will fly by and then it is fabulous forward facing. It may be cramped a bit facing rear (for his feet) but you have to think of the longevity of the carseat. We have 2 Britax (I think ours are the Wizard? They have wing like headrests built in) and the Britax convertable booster seat (I forgot the name). The back will eventually come off the booster and she can use just the seat as she gets older. The safety and security of Britax is unrivaled. I know they are pricey but when you break it down over 4 or 5 years or so (until they go to a booster) it is inexpensive. It's worth it for your child's safety. I spend that much on gas or groceries in a month! lol
Best of luck deciding.
J.L. answers from Roanoke on October 30, 2008
We use the Britax marathon and it's done well for us and our daughter is happy. I was just on Amazon this morning and the britax marathon in Graystone is on sale, along with Ashley Floral and Brooke, for $186 plus $9.99 shipping!! I've never seen it priced that low.
C.E. answers from Washington DC on October 28, 2008
I have 5 kids and feel like I have gone through many car seats through the years. With my two youngest boys being 21 months and 8 months I am using the Sunshine Kids Radian 65 and couldn't be happier! Like Melissa M. said you will find width to be the main problem with carseats if you have more children. Depending on your states carseat law you may have your little guy in that car seat for another 8 years. Maryland just changed the law so that kids must be in a booster until age 9 so I now have 4 kids in some type of carseat. If I didn't have the Radian 65 width would be a problem even in my yukon xl because we have to flip a seat for my older kids to get to the back and it would have caught on the carseats. (we tried this out at the store before we bought a carseat for the two youngest kids, we did a lot of research). The Radian 65 can be used until the child no longer needs to be in a car seat and it is the same price as the britax carseats and gets the same ratings. We bought ours at one step ahead. Good Luck on your next big purchase for your little guy.