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Mom of 14 Mo'old Seeking Advice on Forward Facing Car Seats

Can anyone give me recommendations on forward facing car seats? My 14 mo old is about to grow out of the PegPerego cute pink rear facing seat. I did a lot of research for it and I love the seat (except that it is heavier than others). I appreciate any advice/recommendations from other moms. Thank You!

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Thank you for your advice. We ended up getting the Britax Boulevard. It's a bit bigger but looks safer. My husband liked that more and so does our baby. Thanks again!

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i love my marathon by britax and you can continue to keep her rear facing if you'd like
here is a great website
http://boards.babycenter.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?webtag=bcus...

J.

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Another vote for the Britax.

i love my marathon by britax and you can continue to keep her rear facing if you'd like
here is a great website
http://boards.babycenter.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?webtag=bcus...

J.

LOVE our Britax Marathon! High ratings from Consumer Reports, too!

We have a Eddie bauer cosco 3 in 1 seat, and a booster version that has a back. Both go up to 100 lbs. I have liked the seats very much. I have no experience with the pp's comment on it being too short. My son is 4 1/2 now, somewhere around 40" and still fits into the harness. He may be at the top position, so I guess I will check that.
My son was in the 3 in 1 until we had our daughter.
I had read somewhere that the Recaro's got good reviews. Target has them on their website, and I think* Costco sells them.
Albeebaby.com has good prices, and free shipping over $100.

My 17 month old is still rear facing in her Britax Roundabout. It goes to 40lbs. I LOVE the seat, its soooo comfy looking. My next fav. would be the Boulevard, it and the Marathon, and Decathalon harness to 65lbs. Like others said Britax is more exp but worth the money. If you dont want to spend the money but want the higher harnessing weight seats, the Graco Nautilus is at Walmart for about $150 and there are others like the Radian 65 or 80 I believe.

I love my Britax Boulevard!!
http://www.britaxusa.com/products/product_detail.aspx?ID=1
And you should really condiser leaving her rear facing for as long as your convertible car seat allows...30lbs. I think on most. It is the absolute safest for baby. And don't worry about her legs. She will figure out what is comfortable for her (like indian style for example).
http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/stayrearfacing.aspx
Happy car seat shopping!!

http://www.carsafety4kids.com/rearfacing.html

M.,

You'll want a seat with high harness slots and high weight limits to allow your child max use of the seat. Also please keep your little girl rearfacing as long as you can.

Have a look at the link above..it is really recommended now to keep your little one rear facing...my daughter stayed rearfacing until age 3 1/2 in her Britax Marathon (I turned her when she was 33 pounds), my son who is 2 (26 pounds) is still rearfacing in his Marathon...

As far as seats....the Britax Marathon, Boulevard, Decathalon are wonderful, (the Marathon probably most popular but all are great), most online retailers have them for about 230 shipped, email for good online retailers. My 5 year old will be able to use her Marathon until probably her 6th birthday when she will be too tall for it- most of the Britax seats should last your child until around age 5 so good value! The Marathon has quite a few girlie patterns too. The Roundabout is also a good seat, but it only goes to 40 pounds and has lower harness heights so it is outgrown earlier...but it's smaller for travel (although I travel with my Marathons just fine) and if you plan on more kids you can pass along to the next child.

Both the Britax and Sunshine Kids seats can also be tethered rearfacing...which adds to the safety factor...seats in the forward facing position are always top tethered, but rearfacing only the two mentioned above which is a nice bonus.

Other highly recommended seats are the Sunshine Kids Radian 65 (this is the seat the kids on Jon&Kate plus 8 are now sitting in) or Radian 80. The only issue with the Radian, some cars have experienced installation issues.

The new Triumph Advance by Evenflo is also rated well (goes to 50 pounds).

The Fisher Price Safe Voyage is made by Britax, is cheaper but doesn't have some of the features that make the Britax seats so wonderful, and it stopped production last year so replacement parts will be difficult and the seat you buy now will already have lost 1 year of use (they expire after 6 years).

Stay away from the Alpha Omega Elite...it has very short harness slots and will be outgrown before your child is ready for it's booster use. Same with the Graco ComfortSport, low slots outgrown too early.

You should plan on your little one being in a 5 pt harness until about age 5 to provide the most protection (moving into a booster too early is very unsafe although very common!)

Email with any specific questions....my carseat board connections have given me lots of info!

B.

Hi M.,
I am offering yet another vote for Britax. In all of our research we saw how safe it was AND easy to install.
B.

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