S.H. asks from Austin, TX on October 08, 2008
Suggestions for Car Seat
It is time to replace my son's rear-facing seat with one that is forward facing due to his meeting the weight and age maximum. I know it is better to keep children facing the rear of your vehicle for as long as possible, so we held out as long as we could! I would like to hear about brands/types that other moms would recommend. All feedback is very welcome! I am looking at the combination style so that this seat will hopefully see him through using a booster in the future.
So What Happened?™
Thanks again to all the moms who responded to my request! We purchased a Recaro Signo from the Hip Monkey site and we love it! I really like the idea of my money going towards providing other babies with car seats too. Thanks a bunch for the recommendation to go to this site.
B.M. answers from Laredo on October 11, 2008
C.S. answers from Killeen on October 09, 2008
Britax 100% But if you dont want to spend the money then I got a pretty good one at Target, and Eddie Bauer. It wasn't too expensive and it grows with my daughter until she is 100 pounds.
M.F. answers from Austin on October 09, 2008
any of the Britax brands are best. We have the Marathon & love it!
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S.S. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2008
Britax Marathon. This seat rocks. It is safe and comfortable.
T.R. answers from Houston on October 09, 2008
We bought the Britax Marathon for our youngest son. This seat is expensive but it is large enough that my very tall four year old fits just fine. I hope to keep him this until he is five and can sit in a booster seats that just uses a seat belt. I will tell you from experience that booster seats are not all they are cracked up to be unless they come with the 5 point harness and later switch to a belt. I had this for my oldest son and ended buying a different one when he was ready for the belt. My youngest sonin tall enough for just the belt but he is too young and unhooks the seatbelt.
C.P. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2008
Like many moms here I did A LOT of research. I found Britax to be the most highly rated and recommended. We have a Britax Marathon and love it. They are more expensive, but they can stay in them for a lot longer than other brands...up to 65 lbs. I believe. We recently decided to purchase another seat for my husband's vehicle. We again did research and purchased the Graco Nautilus. Thus far we really like it, as well. It converts to a booster seat. However, my daughter is 2 now and tall for her age. I am not sure I would have purchased this as her first forward-facing seat.
Hope this helpful. Good luck.
J.K. answers from Houston on October 09, 2008
I bought the Britax Marathon for my daughter and I LOVE IT!!!!! It is rated the top safety as well, so that's very important. Also, I have used it in an airplane and its quick and easy to set up and so great!! No offense to anyone who has responded, but as a mom with safety on the mind, evenflo's are rated at the bottom on safety, graco's are good too, but I have the britax and will stay. This Marathon one witll last until she is 3 and then I will get another briatx for the older seat too!!! So quick and easy, LOVE IT!!!!!
A.C. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2008
Britax is one of the safest and easiest to use I have found. We bought a Britax Roundabout when my daughter was born for my husband's car. She was rear-facing until it was time to turn around. She is tall for her age...but thin...and about to turn 3 in December...and she still fits in the Roundabout just fine. I think that the Marathon might have a higher height limit...but I am not sure. We also just bought her a Britax Regent and a Graco Nautalis because we are expecting a new baby soon and we will need the Roundabout for him. One thing you need to look at on the height limits is HOW your child grows. My daughter is tall...but it is ALL leg...and the Britax seat heights are based on butt to shoulder height (because the tops of her ears can't be over the top of the seat). So make sure you take that into consideration too.
S.P. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2008
I have an evenflo triuph and I LOVE it. It can be rear facing to 35 lbs and front facit until 50. This is my second one- I had one for my daughter and now just got one for my son. Once you get it in the car you never have to remove it again- all the adjustments are done from the front of the seat!! It is also very safe. I am sad to say I crash tested my first one myself. I was in a rollover accident at 75 mph and other then a couple of bruises from the belts ( understandalbe) she was not hurt!!
M.D. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2008
You can't put a price on your child's safety. Britax is by far the very best brand as everyone else has mentioned. We bought the Britax Boulevard when our daughter turned one. It is for rear and forward facing and has a reclining feature when it is rear facing. We are expecting our second baby in February and will go with another Britax right from the start.